Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Recipe of the Week #132- Root Beer Float Cake

Root Beer Float Cake
1 pkg caramel or yellow cake mix
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp finely shredded lemon peel
Root Beer
Grease 13"x 9" pan. Preheat oven to 350.
Prepare cake mix according to package instructions, substituting Root Beer for the liquid called for, and adding vanilla and lemon peel. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake according to package directions. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely.
Root Beer Frosting
1/3 cup butter
3 cups powdered sugar
3 Tbsp Root Beer
1 tsp vanilla
Beat butter with 1 cup powdered sugar. Slowly add Root Beer and vanilla. Gradually stir in 2 more cups powdered sugar. If necessary, beat in a little more root beer or powdered sugar to make of spreadable consistency.
Cut cooled cake in half crosswise. Frost top of one cake, then top with remaining cake half. Frost top of cake.
Note: I substituted 1/2 tsp lemon extract for the lemon peel. Also, my icing was a little thin. I would recommend at least one additional cup of powdered sugar.
This cake truly tasted like a Root Beer Float! I made it for my son's birthday and it was a hit! (despite the thin icing). This is a repeat recipe.
Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.

In You, O Lord, I put my trust
Psalm 71:1
This post is linked to Skip to My Lou and Daisy Cottage Designs.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mini Album Monday #36- Yearly School Album

It's almost time for school to start (enter cheers and/or groans here).
In honor of this time of year, I have a fun album to share with you this week:
a yearly school album.
The beauty of this album is that it documents seven years of school photos in one small album.
Let me show you how I made it. It's very simple if you'd like to make one.
The cover is made of chipboard measuring 5 1/4"x 8 1/4".
I used two pieces of school themed pattern paper to cover the front and back covers.
Then I added a title "School Days" printed on white cardstock and matted with red cardstock.
The book was bound with a Zutter Bind-It-All.

The title page simply says, "Kindergarten through sixth grade".

Each layout features that year's school photo,
a signature block to show how my son signed his name that year,
and a questionnaire.
This album has 8 pages and I used the fronts and backs of each page.
Each page is black cardstock trimmed to 5"x 8".
On the right side of the layout, is a vertical strip of pattern paper measuring 7 1/2" x 1 1/4".
Next to that is a questionnaire that got filled out every year.
The prompts include:
favorite subject
least favorite subject
favorite lunch
best friend
most memorable day
favorite things to do at recess
field trips taken

Each layout has a piece of colored cardstock measuring 2 1/2"x 4 1/4" in the lower left corner
with a grade level printed on it.
Above that, is a vertical strip of white cardstock measuring 5"x 1"
which provides room for a signature.
Next to that is space for a school photo.
Each photo measures 3 1/2" x 5".

Every layout is the same, but has a different colored block of cardstock
and a different type of school themed pattern strip on the right.

This is a great way to record a school year.

My son was looking at this album after I took photos of it and he said,
"Where's 7th and 8th grades?" which I took to mean he likes this album!

The back cover matches the front.
Seems do-able, doesn't it?
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face evermore!
1 Chron. 16:11

Friday, August 15, 2014

Pink Fuzzy Pillow

My sewing machine has been sitting out on my dining room table since I got it out
last week for a different project.
I was hoping that with it out and convenient, I'd find some time to use it to make something else this week. Today I was finally able to eek out some time.
I've had this pink fuzzy material for awhile and thought it would make a cute pillow.
I added this pink and white pom pom trim.
It's just so soft and fuzzy.
Makes me want to lay down and take a nap on it:)
I hope you all have a lovely and restful weekend. Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
Listen to counsel and receive instruction,
that you may be wise in your latter days.
Proverbs 19:20


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thrifty Thursday #130

My hubby and I don't have the same ideas of ways to spend free time,
but one thing we like to do together is go to yard sales.
As long as his work schedule cooperates, he enjoys coming with me.
And I always love having him come.
Here's what we found on our last jaunt together. . .

You know how I love globes.
I spent $4 on this guy.
I like the coloring on this one.

This vintage tray was only a quarter.
I've seen people do cute things with them on Pinterest, so I have some ideas on what to do with it.
It's about 8 1/2"x 14".

I haven't picked up any old books in awhile.
This one is a Bookkeeping and Accounting Course Book.
It was fifty cents.
It will be turned into a Junk Journal- stay tuned:)

I'm not for sure what this old thing was, but it will become a photo holder.
It cost $1.

Last, but not least, I found this pastry cutter for fifty cents. It, too, will soon hold photos.

I try to only pick up items that I know I can use- and I have ideas of what to do with all of these items, so I'd say it was a morning well spent- and the company was the best part:)

Good luck with your secondhand shopping this week.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless. 
I am the vine, you are the branches.
He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit;
for without Me you can do nothing.
John 15:5
 This post is linked to I Heart NaptimeCraft-O-Maniac, and Simple Nature Decor.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Layout of the Week

Today I'd like to revisit some previous Layout of the Week tutorials.
All three of these show simple ways to incorporate lots of photos on a layout.
Take a look and follow the link for the easy step-by-step directions to complete these.
This layout has eight photos. Go here for more details.
This layout not only fits eight photos, but also has a pocket to store memorabilia.
In this layout, I stacked eight photos into a photo tower.
Grab your photos and create a layout today!
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
But the Lord has been my defense, and my God the rock of my refuge.
Psalm 94:22

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Recipe of the Week #131- Quick Lasagna Casserole

Quick Lasagna Casserole
12 oz dried campanelle or cellantani pasta
1 lb bulk Italian sausage
1 onion, cut into thin wedges
1 medium yellow sweet pepper, cut into bite size strips
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 24-28 oz jar marinara sauce
1 tsp fennel seed, crushed
1 15 oz carton ricotta cheese
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 cups shredded Italian-blend cheese

Preheat oven to 375. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. At the same time, cook sausage, onion, sweet pepper and garlic until sausage is no longer pink. Drain fat.

In a large bowl, combine sausage, marinara sauce, and fennel seed and stir. Place this mixture in a baking dish.

In a separate bowl, mix together ricotta cheese, egg, and half the Italian cheese. Spoon this over the pasta mixture in large spoonfuls. Sprinkle remaining Italian cheese over the top. Cover with foil. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Note: I used Prego spaghetti sauce instead of marinara sauce.

I can't say that I agree with the quick in the name of this recipe, but it was certainly faster than making traditional lasagna. It was so good- it tasted just like lasagna! It made a lot- my family ate it for dinner, I shared a plate with my neighbor, packed up a helping for my hubby to take to work and for an older gentleman from church. I think I'll make this the next time we have company over for dinner.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

But it is good for me to draw near to God
Psalm 73:28
This post is linked to My Girlish Whims, Embracing Change, and Ivy and Elephants.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Comic Covered Chipboard Letter DIY

I'm back with yet another letter project.
Today I've covered a chipboard letter with
 a page out of a Smoky the Bear comic book.
I think it turned out pretty cute.
To make it, I used:
a chipboard letter (got it for 40% off at Hobby Lobby)
one page out of a comic book (I got the comic book for free at a travel rest stop)
coordinating paint
Mod Podge
foam brush
small piece of sandpaper

So basically, this project only cost me a little over a dollar!
I started by painting the edges of the letter.
Once the paint dried, I quickly covered the front of the letter with Mod Podge
paying close attention to the edges.
Then I carefully pressed the comic book page to the letter, smoothing out any ripples.
After giving the glue time to dry, I used a piece of sandpaper along the edges to remove the excess comic. The sandpaper gives a smoother finish than scissors would.
That's it!
The painted edges help the letter to have a more finished look than just leaving them the natural chipboard color. The green really pops!
I now have one more letter ready for my alphabet wall.
This would also be cute spelling out your child's name for his or her bedroom wall.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
 My flesh and my heart fail;
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalm 73:26