And here is a picture of them 10 years ago at another Illini event.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
You know this thing called "Pinterest"? This highly addictive website with tons of fun things to see and do? Well I have decided if I'm going to
waste spend my time browsing it, I must put it to work as often as possible.
Since I love to cook and I need to see a picture of the end product, Pinterest is sooooo up my alley. Even though I see a TON of lovely recipes, I try to only pin those I really think I will make. Heaven knows I have a cabinet full of cookbooks with recipes I have never tried, so let's be realistic.
I am not a big fan of sweets but I made THIS lemon cake today for my parents and some friends of theirs that are in town visiting. I have not sampled a complete piece yet, but the crumb scraps and licking the bowl from the filling proved it will be yummy. Lemon is so refreshing, hope the cake delivers.
A couple of weekends ago I also tried THIS. I believe I've mentioned it before on my blog. It was yummy and SO easy to make in the crock-pot. Great dinner to let cook all day and have ready for you when you get off work. I will do it again for sure.
Last Saturday while Colin was spending the night with my parents I made dinner for myself. THIS chicken was super yummy! I broke out the grill for the first time this winter and it was so worth it. I used chicken tenders so it didn't take long to grill them. I would highly recommend cooking them on your grill outdoors because the honey from the basting lets off some terrible smoke. Would not want that in my home or it will take awhile to air things out.
Lots of more things to try. So much to do, so little time! Happy Cooking!!
Saturday, February 25, 2012
How's your Saturday going??!! I hope well. A little bit of randomness here because we've had a little bit of everything going on. Colin is visiting his Dad so Romeo and I ran some errands. It was beauty shop day for dog-dog.....he needed a bath. I started taking him to Pet Smart when I got him and the groomers at our store are extra sweet. They always remember Romeo and he has his favorites as well. I know he loves the girls grooming him and all the smells, but not sure he cares of the bath event. Every time I go to pick him up I can hear him barking his little head off before I even get into the grooming salon. But, muddy feet and stinky bottoms need washed. :)
He always gets a treat after bath-time. I used to walk him around Pet Smart and let him pick something out but that is like letting a kid go in a candy shop. However little kids do not smell other kids bottoms (or at least I hope not). It's too hard to hold him back from other dogs and people, pay at the counter and get out of that place in one piece so we stopped the "shopping hour". I buy his treat before I pick him up and we head straight to the car after leaving the beauty shop. I have a bottle of water waiting and a treat and then we head home. Once he is home, he usually takes a nap after his rough day.
But today I decided to take him for a walk when we got home. The sun was shining, it was a bit chilly but still a beautiful day. And I was especially happy to hear the Cardinals singing "pretty-pretty-pretty"! That means Spring is near!!!!
Mr. Handsome with his Santa Clause beard.
Look at those freshly manicured paws. I just love him.
Now to jump to craft time.
I saw this cute pin and saved it to my Pinterest awhile ago. The wreath was so sweet so I wanted to make one to hang on my old window frame. I couldn't find the same color of yarn so I went with a darker shade. I also couldn't find the same flower ribbon so I used some cream paper flowers I had in my scrapbook room. Pinned them on with pink stick pins (buy at any fabric shop).
Monday, February 20, 2012
I haven't posted any other pictures of my Project Life album so I thought I would show you some. If you remember from here, I decided to start a PL album for 2012 and actually keep it up. I made an album for 2009 and 2010 but it was more of a "go back and get caught up" kind of thing. (Notice how I haven't done anything for 2011?) So far we are on week #7 and I'm staying caught up! It is such a feeling of accomplishment, sure hope I can keep the momentum going.
Since last week was Valentine's Day week, I had lots of cute pictures I wanted to include. Throughout the week I try to snap as many pictures as possible. I use my big Canon DSLR camera, iPod Touch and now my iPhone to take pictures. Some have a theme, some are totally random. Colin will either like the randome ones when he is old and looking at his albums or think his Mom was wacky (probably the latter).
By Friday night I try to devote time to getting my photos printed. Since I don't have fancy photo editing software (only the free stuff you can find on-line like PhotoScape), it was harder for me to print multiple sizes of photos on one sheet of paper. When you print your own photos at home you try to be as thrify as possible. But I knew there had to be a work-around so I kept playing. I ended up adding the photos to a blank piece of paper in WORD and it works great. :)
I decided to have my week consist of Monday-Sunday so I try to finish things up with the whole spread before Sunday evening comes to a close. I don't press myself to take a picture every single day. Somedays I miss a day and I don't think twice about it. Many days I miss Sunday because I'm ready to print and scrap, but if I end up with something I'll save a space and go back later to update my page.
When I have my photos printed, I decide what color theme I want to go with. In the above 2 pictures you can see how it's shaping up. I lay my photos on top of the pages to figure out where I want them to go. Then I start cutting out paper. I learned this idea from one of my favorite blogs "Mish Mash". I go with a theme and use the same paper on the entire spread. It's too hard to look through all of your paper stash and change it up for each picture. Too time consuming and I would never get it done. Since this was Valentine's Day week, I went with red, pink and blue.
And here are my finished pictures. I try to journal as much as I can with stories to tell. I date stamp many pictures and add extras I have kept throughout the week as well.
If my picture can tell the story in small version I print it small to add to one of the 3"x4" slots. You can really add a lot more pictures this way (like the picture of our heart shaped pizza above).
As someone that loves to scrapbook this gives me that pleasure on a smaller scale. Instead of designing a huge 12 x 12 page, I get to add all of my scrapbook goodies and actually accomplish something! :)
All 3 of the above pictures were taken with my iPhone. I love the 4x4 size. The two side by side of Tiger was created using the Diptic App. It enables you to create a collage with photos taken on your Touch or Phone. I then cut it in half to fit one picture in each 3x4 pocket.
That is week #7 of my Project Life. I can't wait for the year to progress and see this album grow.
Labels: Project Life
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Last Tuesday I received a personal secretary.....her name is Siri. She was delivered to me via my new iPhone. I have really never been one to be infatuated with technology. Well, until Apple came along. I must say, I've been smitten as I have already disclosed when talking about my iPod touch. I didn't think things could get better............until you take that bundle of joy and stick it in a phone.
Monday, February 6, 2012
And that's the story of my weak moment. If you ever need someone to talk you about of a purchase, just give me a call and I'll hook you up with Colin. I guess all of those parenting moments I have tried to teach him about spending money wisely came back to bite me on this one. My weak moment did cost me $50.00 (PERSONALLY....I don't think that was very bad). It may be $50.00, but by golly those mini pictures are going to look darn cute in my Project Life album! Or at least they better. If not, the printer and case will look darn cute.
Thank you Sissy.
Thanks Colin for being the smart one in our family (joy sucker). just kidding