Saturday, May 28, 2016

Saturday Morning Coffee Cafe

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back to the Coffee Cafe. Hopefully, this isn't your first time joining me; but if it is, let tell you what it's all about. This is a weekly post in which I highlight the things I've loved the most around the blogosphere, the interwebz, Pinterest and Instagram etc. The format is always the same: 4 recipes, 3 crafts, 2 parenting articles, and 1 picture or quote to wrap it all up. Ready? Great! Grab your coffee and a comfy seat and let's get started!


Recipes: 

1. Parmesan Crusted Tilapia.  I don't think I've featured a seafood recipe yet in the Coffee Cafe; and this one looks the perfect one with which to start. I love the look of the golden crunch and yet it still looks simple and del
icate as well. A great healthy dinner for a warm spring night full of protein to replenish you after a work out or run.

2. Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle So now that we've talked about the healthy recipe for the day, let's just jump right to dessert, shall we?! This chocolate chip cookie brittle is just begging for me to make it...which I fully intend to do very soon! I love treats that are just easy and fun to make that you can
just tear apart like these and throw into a container and call it good!

3. Creamy Sun Dried Tomato and Parmesan Chicken Pasta (zoodles) I just want to make this...and then I want to just grab a big ol' plate of it and a nice glass of wine and curl up on the sofa and binge watch something! That sauce looks good enough to swim in....like seriously!

4. Tropical Rum Punch  Since it's Memorial Day weekend here in the US, I thought I'd close out this week's recipe round up with a fun summer cocktail! No doubt many of you will be entertaining and gathering around the grills and back yard decks and pools and this drink just looks like a great start to summer, doesn't it?! So, go ahead and fix yourself one and then sit back and soak up the sun!


Crafts:  

1. The black and white striped background around the beautiful coral colored flower of this card by Jessica over at Crafty Jessica really caught my eye! I just think the two elements together create a striking image; and the flower is colored so beautifully. The gold border along with gold sequins works great as well. 


2. With summer wedding season approaching, no doubt many brides are currently in the throes of planning not only for the ceremony; but also for the receptions and parties afterward. Yes, the happy day is always about the loving couple starting their journey in life together. This, however, may not be an easy concept to explain to the kids that are in attendance! If you're a parent, you understand this. You understand that really if your child is under the age of 6, and it's not about them, then...well, in their minds, it's just boring! So, what's the answer? Simple...give them something to do. Make them feel like they are part of the festivities. These adorable little crafty kits with some small candy treats featured over at Wedding Day Dreams are simple, elegant and such a fantastic idea! It's a win-win situation. Kids are happy, moms are happy and the happy couple is able to stay in their well-deserved bubble of bliss!

3. Sometimes simple is best. This "Happy Birthday" card from Francine is just adorable. I love the little bottle cap dies! I mean, how fun are those?! The white card base with the bright summer colors just creates such a fun card!



Parenting: 

1. I've long been a believer in routine and structure for children, especially at a younger age. I believe it is a great way to teach time-management skills, organization, and that it guides them to a sense of accomplishment. It is important to find a balance, of course. Having a routine doesn't mean not having fun! With summer vacation either already started or right around the corner for many, having a summer schedule and routine with your youngsters can just make the days so much more pleasant! Jenny over at "Good Things Realized"  provides some great idea for Creating A Summer Schedule for your Kids. It does take some planning; but the rewards and return on that planning can really teach valuable lessons and keep everyone happy until August!


2. I love this list of 66 Positive Things to Say to Your Child from Pop Sugar. It doesn't cost a thing to make your child feel loved, to feel valued, accepted and important!


Finally, I leave you with this beautiful ocean picture taken by Yhun Suarez


Have a great holiday weekend everyone and enjoy your week as well!










Saturday, May 21, 2016

Saturday Morning Coffee Cafe

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back to the Coffee Cafe. If you're new this week, let me tell you all about it. This is a weekly post in which I feature things that have caught my attention around the Internet, blogosphere, Pinterest etc throughout the past week. The format is always the same: 4 recipes, 3 crafts, 2 parenting articles and 1 picture or quote to wrap it all up. I hope you will visit the sites I've linked for you and give some love to those blog owners and find something you love as well! Ready? Ok, grab your coffee (or beverage of choice) and let's get started!


Recipes:

1. Teriyaki Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Pear Salsa. You know how sometimes you see a picture and read a recipe, and you can almost actually taste what's being featured? That is exactly what I thought when I read this recipe from Jenn over at Carlsbad Cravings. I could just so clearly imagine that teriyaki taste with the sweet pineapples in the salsa that I may have actually drooled a little!

2. Pecan Pie Bars: Speaking of drooling...ummm...these Pecan Pie Bars did not help my drooling problem when seeking out recipes for today's post! Another great recipe idea from Kelly over at Just a Taste. I love the idea of taking a Pecan Pie and turning it into a bar recipe. This is my recipe for next week's baking treat; and I can't wait to try it!

3. White Cheese and Chicken Lasagna: When I saw this recipe for this yummy looking white lasagna from Laurie over at the Tasty Kitchen, the first thing I thought was, "Wow, that just looks all kinds of delicious!" It's a perfect summer lasagna, I think as well. I tend to think of traditional red sauce meaty, cheesy lasagna as more of a winter comfort dish. I think this would also be perfect for a potluck or end of the year sports banquets that we all attend around this time of year!

4. Hot Ham & Cheese Party Rolls:  No doubt you've seen the popular ham and cheese sliders recipe that are often featured at potlucks and brunches. I make them all the time as well. I was rather intrigued when I saw this recipe from Amanda over at Kevin and Amanda Food and Travel Blog for a similar recipe; but instead of individual sliders this one features a pinwheel roll made from pizza crust. I thought this was very clever spin on the popular slider recipe. The sauce is different as well, adding to the recipe's uniqueness.


Crafts:

1. Glow in the Dark Water Balloons  The water balloons are just one of many glow in the dark activities featured in this article over at "Double the Batch" These activities look so fun for a warm summer night. Granted, depending on when you do them and where you live, you might have to wait until 10pm for it to be dark enough to do them! That's completely ok though, because you know...Summer!!

2. I really thought this Thanks So Much card from Michelle from "Handmade by Michelle" was just so pretty! I love all the white space in the front of the card with the flower die cut edge over the band of rainbow colors. It's just so striking!

3. Another card I found simple, yet rather striking is this "Find Joy" card from Brenda over at "Stamping As Fast as I Can" Brenda did a great job of pulling the focus of this simple card to the watercolored splotches behind the sentiment. Any crafter will tell you that the so-called "messy watercolor" look of a card is somewhat like the "messy hair bun"....it actually takes a bit of skill and practice for it to come out just the way you envision! This is fantastic, however! Well done!



Parenting:

1. In this article by Nina over at "Sleep Should be Easy" she discusses Why you shouldn't reward your kids and what to do instead. She makes valuable points about teaching our children that doing what they need to in return for internal rewards rather than external rewards should be our focus as parents. It's a great read, go check it out!


2. See Crafting #1....yep! I'm taking an easy out here this week. The activities in that article aren't just about the activities themselves, they're also a great way to spend some time with your kids!

Unfortunately, I don't have a picture or a quote this week for you. I just had a really hard time finding one I could use. I wanted to use a picture because I've done quotes lately and thought it would be nice to do a picture. I found pictures I wanted to share; but no way to link or give credit back to the original photographer. That is very important to me! If I can't credit it, I won't share it. So, on that note, I will bid you farewell until next week! Enjoy your weekend!



















Friday, May 20, 2016

Thinking of You Hearts (and summer sign off)

Hi Everyone!

Well, we did...we made it to Friday again! Yay! I hope you all had a fabulous week. Before I get to today's card, I just want to let you all know, this is my last crafty post for a couple of months. We are moving this summer; and it's time to start getting things organized. To that end, I began packing up all my crafting supplies yesterday. No, we aren't moving until July; but I really need to get to work on a laundry list of things to do before the movers come to pack us all up. I tend to get a "little" distracted by the many "to do" projects on my craft desk and floating around in my head! Also, with the kids getting ready to finish school, the day to day dynamic of the house shifts a bit as well. I'm hoping to be back up and running sometime in mid-August, so don't forget about me!  I will be keeping the Saturday Morning Coffee Cafe posts going probably through June, so be sure to come back for those; and I may do some book reviews as well. I'm not leaving you completely!



Ok, that's enough rambling! Let's get to today's card. I had no sketch or plan for this card, just a white card base and a bunch of scraps lying on my desk, so I decided to just use what was there. A few circle punches and heart punches later, and a simple sentiment and viola! A CAS card done! I wish had more to say about this card; but I really don't, so that is all for me today. Enjoy your weekend; and I'll see you tomorrow for Coffee Cafe!

Challenges:

1. Aud Sentiments: Anything Goes with a Sentiment
2. Crafty Girls Creations: Anything Goes
3. Brown Sugar Challenges: Anything Goes
4. Crafting with Friends: Anything Goes
5. Crafty Catz: Anything Goes
6. Creative Corner: CAS
7. Simply Papercraft: Anything Goes










Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Simple Watercolor Cards

Hi Everyone!

I hope you're all having a great week so far. I have two cards for you today because they were just too fun and easy; and I couldn't resist doing two of them!




A while ago, I ordered these Watercolor Doodles Printables from SSS just to have something fun and easy when I wanted to craft; but wasn't in the mood to do a whole lot of complicated things. They are so adorable! I love them. I had a hard time choosing the two I wanted to do! I used my Prismacolor watercolor pencils and colored  it all in and then used one of my aqua brushes for the water. Some of the areas are REALLY tiny though, and unfortunately, I did get a little out of the lines bleeding.



Obviously, once I was done with all the coloring, I really didn't need to do anything else, I just simply added it to a Kraft card base scored at 5 1/2 to make a top folding card.

That is it for me today. Enjoy the rest of our day; and I'll see you all again on Friday!

Challenges:

1. Lemon Shortbread: Anything Goes
2. Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
3. Fab N Funky Challenges: No Designer Paper
4. Sisterhood of Crafters: No Designer paper
5. The Crafty Addicts: Anything Goes with a sentiment









Monday, May 16, 2016

Birthday Wish Balloon

Hi Everyone!


Welcome back! I hope you all had a great weekend, mine was nice and relaxing, we went to the movies and watched The Jungle Book, which we all enjoyed!



Let's get right to today's card, shall we? I wanted to create a card with some fun summer colors; and I also wanted to play with a bit of texture paste. I pressed my Salty Ocean distress ink pad on to my craft sheet and then scooped some texture paste on top of it and used my palette knife to mix it all together. I adhered the Large Dots Stencil from SSS to a piece of Vintage Cream (PTI) card stock. I set that aside to dry and made the front panel with the balloon, which is from Up, Up and Away (Verve) in Memento  Tuxedo Black Ink and also stamped a separate one on to a piece of masking paper. I masked the balloon and stamped the cloud so it would be behind the balloon. I colored both of them with my Prismacolor Pencils: Aquamarine, Pink, Sprng Green for balloon and Cloud Blue for the clouds. I added the sentiment, also from Verve and then adhered the front panel as shown to the stenciled background. For final embellishments, I added some sequins along the left side.


That is all for me today. I hope your week gets off to a great start and I will see you again on Wednesday!

Challenges:

613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes
Lacy Sunshine's Color and Craft: Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
Love to Scrap: Anything Goes


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday Morning Coffee Cafe

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back to the Coffee Cafe! I hope you all had a great week. If you're new to the cafe, let me take a moment to explain what it's all about. This is a weekly post in which I share things that have caught my attention around the blogosphere, interwebz, Pinterest, etc. The format is always the same: 4 recipes, 3 crafts, 2 parenting articles and 1 quote or pretty picture to wrap it all up. Sound good? Great! Let's get started.



Recipes: 

1. Creamy Spinach Tomato Tortellini. This recipe has been on my "recipes to try" Pinterest board for a while now. I'm not sure why I've not made it yet; but I intend to rectify that this week! This dish looks so creamy and yummy, not to mention easy, which is always a plus. I might add some diced chicken for a little extra protein to the dish, as well.

2. Honey Garlic Crunch Chicken. Also on the menu this week will be these chicken tenders. I can practically "see" the crunchiness in this photo. They just look SO GOOD!! The thing I like most about this recipe is that the chicken isn't cut up into "bite size" pieces. Sometimes the little pieces can be hard, and very messy, to deal with when using flour and egg. I sure hope mine turn out as pretty as this picture!

3. Rolo Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups. Yes, yes...you read that correctly.  A chocolatey, caramel filled ooey gooey little Rolo candy inside a little chocolate chip cookie baked in a little muffin cup!
At this point, it's ok to squeal just a little bit! I did when I saw these. Seriously, beyond excited to try these!

4. Mini Muffin Pancake Bites: Also making an appearance in the mini muffin tin are these adorable little Mini Muffin Pancake Bites! I thought these were both genius and adorable! I mean, can you even stand the cuteness of these?! They also look relatively easy to make. Perfect for a lazy Saturday morning breakfast. When I make them, I may try to freeze a few of them just to see if that works, for future reference. If it does, then they would be a great and easy busy week day morning breakfast as well!



Crafts:

1. I love all the crisp white in this beautiful "Celebrate" card by Stacy. The brightly colored strips of washi tape in the background add such a refreshing pop of color. You can read all about how Stacy put this card together over at the Queen&Co Blog

2. Spray painting the bottom of pinecones, and then flipping them over so that the look like pretty flowers? Oh my word, what a clever idea from Vanessa over at "A Fanciful Twist" You go girl! Rock that creativity!!

3. This gorgeous stunning floral card made by Coralynn takes my breath away every time I look at it; and believe me....I've looked at it a LOT! I can't take my eyes off it. It's just beautiful! The whole thing just catches my eye in a different way every time I see it.




Parenting: 

1. This list of Mother daughter dates over at Sugar, Spice and Glitter is such a great list of ideas. I love how it is split into different budget categories as well. I think the relationship between mothers and daughters is just so important. The greatest influence on a girl's life is her mother, I believe. I have always try to ensure that my daughter and I have a loving and strong relationship. Oh, it's not always pretty, that's for sure! But it's steady, it's solid, it's there front and center in both our lives. She's almost 16 years old and I think the reason we have a good relationship now is because we did spend time together doing fun things when she was smaller and continued as she grew and her interests few and changed as well. Go read the list and be inspired!

2. I can also totally relate to this article from Chelsea over at Everyday Light: "She is Not Me" I love my daughter beyond anything I ever imagined and she is the spitting image of me. Seriously, people who have met me and then meet her totally separately know instantly that she's my daughter! However, she is definitely her own person! I love how in this article she talks about all the ways she knows her daughter may not be like her. That she may never want to be a photographer or like blue grass music or watch musicals. I know my daughter may never enjoy crafting, reading or red wine. She may never develop a taste for Jazz music or Indie music; and that is totally ok, because as Chelsea says, "She is not me, she is part of me....the best parts of me"


Finally, we'll wrap it all up this week with this quote. Have a great Sunday; and I'll see you again next week!







Saturday, May 14, 2016

Thinking of You.

Hi Everyone!

Well, we have made it to the weekend. How was your week? Mine was good. A little rain and some sunshine. I went out for dinner and margaritas with some friends and that was fabulous. Sometimes, you just have to regroup and refresh, reset the "mom" button, you know? I am sorry I wasn't able to post this yesterday. I ended up spending the day away from home and just wasn't able to do any blogging.



Let's get to today's card, shall we? Just some simple background stamping today with a simple sentiment for this one. I used Hero Arts Classic Fabric Design background stamp with SSS Slate Ink on some Neenah Solar White card stock, followed by another small layer of white edged with SSS Audrey Blue ink. For the next layer, I used Clearly Besotted Eastern Delights to create a small border around the edge of the card stock with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink. For the center panel, I used the Swiss Dots Embossing Folder. Once the piece was embossed, I used an ink blender and added a bit of Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I decided to run a sanding block lightly over the embossed surface to give it a little bit of a distress look. I added the sentiment, which is from the same Clearly Besotted set. I layered the various pieces as shown with a SSS Fog card base.

That's all for me today! Since I'm a day behind, Coffee Cafe will be posted tomorrow instead of today. I hope you'll come back and see me!

Challenges:

1. Jade's Sparkling Butterfly: Anything Goes
2. Aud Sentiments: Anything Goes with a Sentiment
3. Southern Girls Challenges: Anything Goes
4. A Beautiful Mess: Anything Goes
5. Crafting with Friends: Anything Goes
6. Creative Fingers: Anything Goes
7. PDE Linky Parties: Anything Goes
8. Simply Papercraft: Anything Goes