Wednesday, September 25, 2013

a few favorite recipes!

These recipes were taken from a group of McCalls soft covered recipes books that were weekly grocery store giveaways when I was a teen! I collected them for my hope chest! My mom got a set for me and a set for her. Over the years my set has begun to fall apart so I thought if I saved it here on my blog I would have some of my favorites for ever! OH and my children can get to them this way also! Also going to pin them on pintrest from here! LOL! if you stumble on them on my blog, trust me they are the best!!!

old fashion Apple Pie

Pastry for 2 crust pie        6 cups thinly sliced pared
1 cup sugar                    cooking apples (2 lbs)
1 teaspoon cinnamon           2 tablespoons butter or
4 tablespoons flour        margarine
dash salt

1. on lightly floured surface, roll out half of pastry into an 11 inch circle. Use to line 9 inch pie plate, trim. Refigerate with rest of pastry, until ready to use.

2. Preheat oven to 425f

3. In small bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, flour, and salt, mixing well

4. Add to apples in large bowl, tossing lightly to combine.

5.  Turn into pastry-lined pie plate, mounding high in center. dot with butter

6.  Roll out remaining pastry into an 11 inch circle.  Make several slits near center for steam vents. adjust over filling, trim.

7.  Fold edge of top crust under bottom crust: press together with fingertips. Crimp edge decoratively.

8. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or untle apples are tender and crust is golden-brown.

9. Cool partially on wire rack. Serve warm.

Macaroni and Cheese Casserole (Baked, this is my families absolute fav Mac and cheese ever)

2 1/2 cups uncooked         Dash pepper
elbow macaroni              2 1/4 cups milk
1 1/2 tablespoons salt    

Sauce                       2 cups grated sharp
1/4 cup butter              cheddar cheese
or margarine              
1/4 cup all purpose         3 Tablespoons butter or
flour                       margerine, melted
1 teaspoon salt    1/2 cup packaged dry
1/2 teaspoon dry            bread crumbs

1. prehaeat oven to 375
2. in large kettle, bring 4 quarts water to boiling.  Add

macaroni and salt, boil rapidly, uncovered and stirring

occasionally, 10 minutes or untill tender. Drain
3. Meanwhile, make sauce.  Melt butter in 2- quart saucepan;

remove from heat. Stir in flour, salt, mustard, and pepper

untlil smooth.
4. Gradually add  milk, bring to boiling, over medium heat,

stirring constantly.
5. In 2 quart casserole, layer half of macaroni with 3/4 cup

of cheese; repeat
6.Pour sauce over top; sprinkle with the rest of cheese.
7. Toss butter with breadcrumbs. sprinkle over top.  Bake

uncovered for 30 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Let's do the Hop!

 Welcome to the Practical Scrappers/Paper Secrets Blog Hop! We are so excited to have you here today! For this blog hop we are featuring the Ten Things Team from Practical Scrappers and members from the Design Team at Paper Secrets. Our topic for this hop is a fun, trendy one that will definitely catch your attention: wood! We have a collection of wood goodies from Paper Secrets to give away and you can get all the details on that below, but first here's the list for the hop!

Practical Scrappers
Charity Hotrum
Lisa Moen 
Jessica Arrant
Kristi Biesel 
Stephanie U
Patty Selah 
Karen Sessions
Kelly Holfield 
Wendy Coffman
Deborah Johnson
Krissy Clark 
Rochelle Spears
Kerri Yarus 
Lee-Anne Thornton
Leslii Wagner
Kelli Fortier
Kim Ryden 
Kenya Guard
Sue Kithcart 
Brenda Ragsdale
Charissa Miller 
Christine Meyer 
Sarah Clark

Kelly Jean Guzlas
Paper Secrets 

If you want a chance to win the grab bag from Paper Secrets you can do any or all of the following:
1) Be a follower here at Practical Scrappers
2) Be a follower at the Paper Secrets Blog
3) Like our Practical Scrappers Facebook Page
4) Like the Paper Secrets Facebook Page
5) Leave us a comment here telling us which of those you did :)
here is a picture of the grab bag!

So I used a cute little wood veneer birdy on my example. I used some mist to give him a bit of color! 
here is my layout!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

What's New

What's new? The sketch that is up on the Paper Secrets Blog!!! A new sketch means another chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Secrets Store! Head over to the Paper Secrets Blog to check out the sketch challenge!
Here is my layout following the sketch challenge!
The handsome young man is my grandson Britton!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


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So I decided I want to learn more about photography and so I took a class from a local photographer and I have been spending lots of time on the internet trying to learn more about photoshop also.

I am truly hoping I can see a difference as I look at future photos and compare them to some of the photos from the past!

One thing I learned about was movement and capturing a photo without the blur of movement!

So I was very excited when I went the next day to my grandson's ball games and caught 2 of my all time favorites of them playing ball.

I am still busy learning and downloading free brushes, textures and actions.  I am considering some purchases also of some actions and other photoshop goodies! So much to learn so little time!!

The only thing I am trying to be careful about though is that I don't get so busy learning that I don't find time for SCRAPBOOKING!

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Time to check in again with Paper Secrets!

Today is the 1st and so once again it is time for another great sketch over on Paper Secrets Blog!

I really enjoyed this sketch! So many possiblities! So here is my creation!

I really loved using 
                                       Echo Park All About A Boy - 12x12 Collection

                                              You can find the collection at the Paper Secrets Store!

Head over to the blog to check the challenge and to the store to check the paper collection!
Do the challenge and take a chance at a gift certificate to the store!

Monday, April 15, 2013

APRIL 15th Paper Secrets Challenge!

Want to win some scrapbooking supplies! You even get to pick out the supplies!!! Yes that is right!
The April 15th Paper Secrets Challenge is up! Do the challenge and get a chance to win a gift certificate to spend at the Paper Secrets Store!!!
Here is my layout for the challenge!
Dylan is such a monkey! It was not easy getting his photo Easter Sunday!

So head over to the Paper Secrets Blog and see the challenge and all of the Design Teams examples!

Friday, April 05, 2013

Scrapbook Steals April Blog Hop

Welcome to the HOP!!

I was so very honored and excited to be asked to be part of Scrapbook Steals April Blog Hop, I just love Scrapbook Steals! You have to love great deals on scrapbooking supplies and then as an extra there are lots of great scrapbooking ideas!
I was excited to try American Crafts Wood Veneer Pieces, there are so many things you can do with them. I thought of painting them or inking them,covering them with pattern paper or just wood staining them but in the end on today's layout I decided to use my copics to color them. The American crafts Wood Veneer Hexagons seemed  the perfect embellishment for Echo Park All about a boy collection. The orange hexagons were placed right on  a border that was printed with hexagons to give a great 3d effect! Just so many possibilities!

Here is my layout that I used American Crafts Wood Veneer Hexagon Pieces to create:

Products Used: 

Echo Park - All About A Boy Collection, American Crafts Wood Veneer Pieces (Hexagons), Dear Lizzy American Crafts Thickers

Time to hop on, your next hop is:
Stamping Starlette - Erica Bass  
        If you started at the beginning, Erica will be your Final Stop, if not here
is the Blog Hop Order so you will not miss a single stop!
Blog Hop Order

1. Scrapbook Steals -
2. Scrapbooking Is Cheaper Than Therapy - Staci Jones (
3. Michelle - Michelle Philippi (
4. Spacey Stacey's Scrappy Goodness - Stacey Mentor (
5. Paper Memories by Brenshevia - Brenshevia Baker (
6. Scrappin' Mama! - Stacia Brandt (
7. So Many Scraps - Sue Kithcart ( YOU ARE HERE
8. Stamping Starlette - Erica Bass ( 
 The Ladies have a lot of wonderful things to share with you! I hope you have fun and enjoy all the great ideas found on the hop!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Looking for a few good followers!

It seems that lately my blog is just not getting much in comments and I am sure I need to step it up a bit!
I think I have become discouraged so not posting as much as I should so I need some followers who like posting!

So with that said I think I need to do a blog candy giveaway and see if I can get some new followers and/or some returning followers!

So here are the rules:
1. you must follow my blog ... this will give you your first entry into the drawing.
2. leave a comment on this post! this will give you a bonus entry.
3. Share this on your blog, facebook, forum.  you will receive a bonus entry for each place you share it!
4. leave a comment on any future posts during the contest. For each post you comment on you get another entry.

This contest will continue from tonight through Sat. March 2nd at 11:59 pm Eastern time for a total of 10 days.

The winner will be a random drawing from all entries and will receive ......

Drum Roll please...........

a 20.00 gift certificate to YOUR favorite online scrapbook store!

so let the fun begin!

Friday, February 01, 2013

Feb. 1st Paper Secrets Challenge!

Well its been awhile once again! My grandson who lives with me got sick and ran very high fevers for 10 days! I was a bit overwhelmed and then when his fever finally broke, I was left exhausted! During that time I was able to do my daily photos all but one day! Did not do much else but now I am back on focus!!

So the first thing I did was my challenge for Feb. 1st  on Paper Secrets Blog! The challenge is up and the sketch is great! The twist is you must use Chevrons! So head over and check out the challenge!!
I promised a couple from my church that I would do some pages as a wedding gift (along with giving them the album) I just got their wedding pictures so the photos are from the wedding. (the daughter was her mothers maid of honor) .
I used October Afternoon Woodland Park Pattern Papers available in The Paper Secrets Store!

here are a couple of my daily photos. The first one is my poor little Dylan during one of his sick days!


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Paper Secrets Jan. 15th blog challenge

Wow can you believe we are already half way through Jan.! The month is going by so fast! Are you excited to see what is new in the papercrafting business? I am looking forwar to seeing all the CHA booth pics! I am hoping one day I will actually get to go! But right now that is a huge DREAM! The new challenge for Jan. 15th is up on the Paper Secrets blog! Another great sketch with a twist of using twine! I love twine! So head over and check out the challenge and play along for a chance to win a prize!!! Here is my DT layout for the challenge!
The following items used on the layout are available at The Paper Secrets Store! Pattern Papers from Jillibean Soup Winter Tortellini & Spinach Soup Collection Kit Ball Trim - Chocolate Queen & Co. Twine Twist Tim Holtz Distress Stickles - Rock Candy

Monday, January 14, 2013

more on 365 photos

I had hoped to post every day or every other day on my 365 day photo adventure but I realize now that is not going to happen! Dylan has been sick so I have been happy to just get the photos done! So I am hoping to post once a week! I will now admitt that some of the photos were a quick desperate attempt at getting a photo done with all that has been going on! Like taking a photo of a painting I did! LOL So here are day 7-13.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Missed a day already!

well I have missed one day of photos already but only due to illness. I was sick enough that I did not eat and barely drank anything all day so I guess it was a good enough reason! but here are my photos for the 3rd and the 5th! I have yet to take the photo for the 6th~! guess I need to get moving!

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

365 days of photos

that is my goal for the year! I doubt I will be able to do each and everyday but if I aim for each day then maybe I will do at least half the year. Here is my photos for Jan. 1st and Jan. 2nd. but I will admit to cheating slightly already! the first photo was Done dec. 31st at approx 1130 pm at my nieces wedding! So I decided it is close enough.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

My New Years Resolution

My New Years resolution is to scrap more, to find more time for me!!! Being a grandmother and then suddenly raising the 3 year old grandson has been quite the trial so far and I really need to find Sue time for my own sanity! So that is what I plan to do! With that I also hope to do more blogging and visit some forums I have missed dearly!!! Jan. 1st reveals a new challenge over at Paper Secrets!!! The challenge this month is a sketch with and added item! This is my layout for the sketch! Please be sure and check out the challenge on the Paper Secrets Blog ! Participating will put you in a drawing for a gift certificate to the Paper Secrets Store! Also don't forget to check us out on facebook!!