Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Super Yummy Strawberry Banana Nut Smoothie


Hi everyone!  Spring has sprung! With Easter just around the corner and summer not far behind, my thoughts have turned to my squishy waistline.

With fresh fruits and veggies coming into season, I decided to dust off the Nutribullet and make a few healthy smoothies. 

One of my favorite smoothies to make is one I call Banana Nut. It's full of healthy ingredients but tastes like a banana peanut butter milkshake.  Even Elvis would approve. I promise!

The smoothie has 2 cups of spinach, but has no spinach taste at all. The flavors of the peanut butter (boosted by flaxseed meal) and banana really win out. 



Recipe:
2 cups fresh spinach
1/2 cup skim milk (or soy or almond)
1 T peanut butter
1 T flaxseed meal
1 banana
6 strawberries
Ice cubes

Layer ingredients in a blender.  I added mine in the order of the recipe. One tip: be sure to add the peanut butter somewhere in the middle. Otherwise, it may stick to the blender sides. 

If using a Nutribullet, be careful that your liquid does not exceed the max line. It's OK if the fruit/veggies do. 


Mix and enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great week!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Easy Layouts Using A Grid: My Creative Scrapbook

Hello everyone!

I'm finishing up my projects with the February kit from My Creative Scrapbook and have saved my favorite for last. 


This is my sweet little guy in his red wagon, enjoying a treat on a balmy Valentine's Day. 

The February Creative Kit features the Yours Truly collection from Pebbles Inc and I was immediately drawn to this adorable paper:


I knew I wanted to feature those cute Valentines, so I carefully trimmed the inside squares, leaving the outer border. 




The flip side of this paper is a pretty floral and I used that to border my layout. On the inside, I placed the valentine cards in a grid around my photo. The watermark on the photo was a rub-on from the kit. It worked perfectly!


Here's another look at the final layout. It was so fun to do!


Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great week!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Mini Envelope Valentine Frame

Hello everyone and Happy Valentine’s Day!  

I love re-purposing old frames. Today I am up on the Fancy Pants Designs blog with a Valentine project using a standard 5 x 7 inch wood frame. 


I got the idea to do a frame of little love letters after finding this McGill envelope punch at a thrift sale for $3. It makes the cutest little envelopes. 


I punched several envelopes from double sided paper from the Be Loved collection from Fancy Pants Designs.  It's such a sweet collection. I love the mix of yellow, aqua and grey with traditional pink and red.



The base of the project is the pretty yellow side of the Adoration paper from Be Loved, trimmed 5 x 7 inches to fit a standard frame. I added the mini envelopes I had punched then decorated them with buttons, stickers and ephemera.



After the piece was complete, I added a bright blue bird and a sentiment to the outer frame.  

Here’s another look at the final project.


Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope your day is extra sweet!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Lovin' From The Oven: My Creative Scrapbook

Last year for Valentine's Day, my then 3-year-old and I made some yummy heart-shaped cookies using a strawberry cake mixCory loves to help in the kitchen, especially when sweets are involved!  Being a scrapbooker, of course I took a few photos along the way. 


These photos were a terrific excuse to break out some pink paper, something I don't do often when scrapbooking my little guy. But I couldn't resist here, especially since I had the terrific new February kit from My Creative Scrapbook in my hands.  The kit featured the sweet Yours Truly line from Pebbles Inc. 


I blogged about making these cookies last year. They use just three ingredients, plus a cream cheese frosting. The recipe is on that blog post if you'd like to try them. They are easy enough for a three-year-old, my kind of recipe!


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, February 3, 2014

February Sneak Peeks: My Creative Scrapbook Kit

Good morning!  Hope your week is off to a great start. Probably more so if you are a Seattle Seahawks fan!

I have a couple sneak peeks today from the new February Creative Kit at My Creative Scrapbook. As you might guess, the kit is Valentine themed.  



I'll be back later this week with the full reveals. You can see the Design Team sneak peeks of all the February kits on the My Creative Scrapbook blog. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Valentine Sketch, Layout and Card: Fancy Pants Designs

Good morning!  I'm excited today to be up on the Fancy Pants Designs blog with a layout and card for Valentine's Day based on an original sketch. 

Here's a peek at the projects. I used the super cute Be Loved line.  




The card was really quick to make. I used one of the "Title Pieces" that comes with each Fancy Pants collection. These are the title pieces for Be Loved:




For the card, I stitched the "Be Mine" card to some pink polka dot paper and added a chipboard banner and a few buttons. Easy peasy.


 

The layout, sketch and other details are posted today on the Fancy Pants Designs blog. Pop over if you have a chance. I always love to seeing what the design team has been up to!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a great week!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Riding Lessons: Simple Stories

Hi everyone and happy Friday!  I'm back today with another layout I made with the January kit at My Creative Scrapbook.


The kit including an everyday themed line from Simple Stories called Daily Grind. The kit didn't have anything horse-themed in it but since my son takes occasional riding lessons, I ran with it. 


The journaling card sheet included a set of tabs that said: People We Love, Places We Go and Things We Do.  I used those three tabs for my three photos. 


The bottom tab pulls out to reveal hidden journaling.


To make the hidden journaling card, I stitched the Things We Do tab to a mostly plain journaling card.  I turned the journaling card upside down to suit my purposes. 


Here's another look at the completed layout: 


Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend!
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