Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pretzel Rolo Turtle Thingies

This is one of my favorite go-to recipes! Everyone loves them and they are SO easy! A little time-consuming just because you have to unwrap all the Rolos but I just put the kids to work! They work very cheap...a rolo each and all the broken pretzels they want! :)
Here's what you need:
RolosPretzelsPecan Halves 1) Line a cookie sheet with pretzels. I fit about 70 per sheet.
2) Unwrap rolos and place them on top of each pretzel.3) Bake for about 3-4 minutes @ 250. They need to be melted but not goo! They get a bit shiny when they are ready.4) After taking them out of the oven, immediately squish a pecan half into the Rolos. This pushes them down and spreads them onto the pretzel.5) Cool and eat! I needed mine to be pretty firm quickly for transport so I popped them in the fridge for about 15 minutes.

I made about 150 of these today to give to Tadd's runners. It took probably about an hour but you could probably cut that to half an hour if you didn't have 2 little helpers! :) But aren't they cute!?!?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Homework! (week 4!)

I love doing these types of challenges for the simple fact that they get me scrapping! I have made 6 layouts and a tag for School's In since September 1 and I have one more layout that I hope to get done by the 30th! Thanks to all the design team members at Scrapdango for their great challenges.
This is the Week 4 Assignment...Handstitching! This is something I had never done on a layout and I have to admit, I really had fun doing it!Here is the M-R extra credit. I had to use Masking, Notebook paper, October Afternoon, People we love, Question Mark, and Ribbon. One of the best things about these challenges for me was doing things I wouldn't normally have done. On this layout I have to say that it was probably the monsters! They are from October Afternoon and had I not had all my OA stash on my table, I probably wouldn't have thought of the monsters! And they are my favorite part of this layout!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Published and More Extra Credit!

Last May I submitted my first creation for publication and it was picked up! It is a card in the magazine Cards. (that link is still showing the Sept. issue) I have been waiting and waiting and the October issue is finally out! How fun to see my card in there! (Even if it is a card I don't really like!) If you happen to get that magazine, I am on page 34! :)

Despite waking up sick today...I managed to complete another extra credit assignment for Scrapdango. This was the S-Z one so I had to use...Staples, Tearing, Us, Vellum, We R Memory Keepers or Webster's Pages, X stitch, Yellow, Z was our choice. I did a zig-zag stitch. I knew I wanted to do this one but I had no We R Memory Keepers or Webster's Pages paper. I had just given some scraps of We R to Sta'Cee who it turns out is also doing the challenge! :) I also had just recycled a ton of vellum because I hadn't used it in recent memory! Had to go buy a piece! All in all I really like how it turned out...turns out I really like the vellum in the center of those flowers! :)

Now I just have to get to the last challenge (due Monday) which is to handstitch on a layout. I also have 2 more extra credit assignments if I can find the time!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

{scrap} Lift Me Up!

Ronda started a great challenge over at Cocoa Daisy. We signed up in groups of 7. The first person was sent a layout to lift and then that layout was sent to the next person and so on. So only the first person on the list saw the original layout! I was first on the list this time. It was a lot of pressure! :) Here is my layout and here is the reveal of the original and all the rest!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

School Pictures

Better late than never I guess! Seems everything has been a whirlwind of activity here with school starting, Isaac playing soccer, Tadd coaching xc, me doing a bunch of scrappy stuff, and Erin falling teeth first onto hardwood floors! ;) Isaac has loved school so far (all 3 days of it!) and has also started taking the bus!

Here he is in front of his school. He looks so little! (but don't tell him, he thinks he's pretty grown up going to school!)

Just some fun posed shots that both kids were game with so I took full advantage!On the first day in his class. He got right to work and almost didn't even say goodbye!On his third day I let him ride the bus to and from school. He loved it of course!

Monday, September 21, 2009

School's In...week 3!

This challenge was all about technique! We had to use mod podge to transfer an image. (The technique is here if you want to learn how!) I struggled with it for awhile but finally got one to work! Here is my tag!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Extra Credit!

For the School's In Challenge that I am doing there are 4 extra credit assignments. The one I did was A-F. (The others are also a group of letters!) So my assignment was to use the following on a layout! A-acrylic, B-basic grey, C-chipboard, D-distress, E-eyelets and F-fun in title. Here is my layout!

Monday, September 14, 2009

School's In...week 2!

I wasn't sure I was going to get this one done! I had Isaac's first day of kindergarten, 70 kids over for a BBQ, the Coburg Antique Fair and the Lift Me Up challenge at CocoaDaisy all this week! But, I somehow pulled it off today!

This week's challenge was to create a background using a mask or stencil with paint or ink! I used some number KI Memories Lace Paper. I just laid it on my paper and painted over it with yellow. Then from another piece of the lace paper, I cut the 2 out and put it where the 2 was in the mask! Glad to have this Isaac just turned 6! :)I'll have pictures of my Coburg Antique Fair finds tomorrow as well as 1st day of school pictures!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

When the Kids are Away...

Mommy gets to play! Although I had some cleaning and errands to do while they were gone, I managed to make this bag too! I made one of these Market Totes for my cousin for Christmas (you can see it here!) and knew I wanted to make one for myself but hadn't gotten around to it yet! This weekend is the Coburg Antique Fair and it was the perfect excuse to make it...I WILL need something to carry all my finds in! :)I can't wait for the fair on Sunday! I went last year and it was so much fun! This year Anna AND Sta'Cee are coming. We are spending the nigh at Sta'Cee's and getting up at 4AM to get there when it starts! We decided it was easier to get up at 4am (that's a middle of the night adventure!) rather than 6am (that's just early morning!) since none of us are morning people! We may regret that later! :)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

School's In!

A couple things to go with the title of this post!

1) Tadd officially started back to school today with students. And of course xc starts as well which means long days for him at school and long days for me at home with the kids!

2) And speaking of kids, Isaac had his kindergarten screening today. He really doesn't start until the 17th so we have a few more play days. Today my parents took both kids for 3 days! :)

3) I started a challenge over at Scrapdango called School's In. Last week's challenge was to doodle somewhere on the layout! I had a ton of fun using my Glimmer Mist for the first time! I was especially inspired to use it by this wonderful woman!Here is a close up of some doodling in the letters, as a border, and on the scallops.I even doodled on a button!