Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Recipe of the Week #134- Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
1 cup margarine, melted
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup milk
1 bag chocolate chips

Mix butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and stir. Mix in the salt, baking powder, and flour. Fold in chocolate chips and add the milk. Spread in a 9"x 13" pan. Bake until golden brown and done in the center.

Note: If you leave out the milk, you can make regular chocolate chip cookies.

You just can't go wrong with a good batch of chocolate chip cookies! Making them in a bar form simply cuts out the tediousness of making the individual cookies- plus these turn out so thick and soft. My family always loves it when I whip up a batch of these!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord,
searching all the inner depths of his heart.
Proverbs 20:27

This post is linked to The Dedicated House and It's Overflowing.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Mini Album Monday #37- 30 Days of Lists Mini Album

On Friday, I told you that I had signed up for an awesome challenge from 30 Days of Lists.
Today I'd like to show you the mini album that I'll be using for this.

The cover is a game board from an old Poker Bingo game that I got at the thrift store.

I went through my different paper items to pull out "pages" for my book.
Here you see an old flashcard.

This page is just three shipping tags held together with cute Washi tape.

I used an old playing card,

a page out of a foreign book with a bit of pattern paper along the bottom, and

a pre-printed journaling card.
Along some of the pages, like the one on the left, I placed a 1"strip of pattern paper to prevent the page from coming loose from the binding.

The page on the right is from a baseball coach notepad.
I found that at a yard sale. I figured that somehow I could incorporate it into a mini album:)

Each page is different.
This one is ledger paper with an old playing card attached.

This one and the next are just pages out of journaling pads.

I didn't embellish the pages too much- I figure I can add a bit when I place my list in the book

The dangling tag on the right is attached with a plastic attacher (like a clothing tag).
I forgot that I had that tool!

Some of the pages will have lists on the front and the back.
This one is an envelope, so it will also have one inside.

The one on the right is an old book page with a strip of pattern paper along the inside edge.

You know I'd have to include a map!

The page on the right is a piece of wallpaper with a dangly tag (used the same clothing tag attacher).

I backed the wallpaper with sheet music.
The page on the right is just a vintage score sheet for Yahtzee.

I love graph paper- especially this sheet in yellow.
I added a playing card from a French game.

Sometimes if I have a piece of double sided pattern paper, I'll put the plain side to the front
since it will end up being covered.

Then I leave the cute side for the back (see my German money paper?).
The page on the right is another pre-printed journaling page.

For my back cover, I used a small file folder organizer.
Then I used my Zutter Bind-It-All to bind the pages.
That's it! Now it's ready for me to add a list a day.
Here's what today's list looks like on the first page. . .
All I added was a small journaling card and two pieces of Washi tape.
Part of the flashcard is covered by my list, which is why I won't cover up the back.
I'd love to hear if you're taking this challenge. Feel free to leave me a comment!
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
Wait for the Lord and He will save you.
Proverbs 20:22

Friday, August 29, 2014

Have You Heard of 30 Days of Lists?

For quite sometime, I've wanted to try this challenge by
30 Days of Lists.
Finally, I'm going to do it.
Here's what it's all about (from their blog):
Not everyone can make a mini scrapbook every week or an art journal page every night.
30 Days of Lists is our encouragement and challenge to you that you CAN journal just something every day- even something as small as a list.
Every day through the month of September 2014 we will be posting a list prompt – anything from weekend goals to celebrity crushes. At the end of the 30 days you’ll have a collection of entries creating a small snapshot of your life right now.
Only 5-10 minutes per day are really needed. While you’re waiting for someone, or when you’re the passenger in the car. You can even download the list topics ahead of time to get a jump start!
That’s all.
Just write.

Sounds do-able, doesnt' it?
I'm super excited to finally try it.
What about you?
 You can go here to register.

I went to their blog and found some previous lists that they had posted.
I made a quick page to feature the list I chose: my to-do list.
Only took me 10 minutes and was lots of fun. Because it's so low key, I didn't feel any pressure to make it perfect or to spend too much time on it. Love it!

I'm not affiliated with this organization- I just like this idea :)
Come back on Monday and I'll show you the mini album that I'll be using for this project.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
Wait for the Lord, and He will save you.
Proverbs 20:22

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thrifty Thursday #132

Mike, Mike, Mike. . . guess what day it is? (Imagine a talking camel)
It's Thrifty Thursday!
I got a few goodies on my quick run into the thrift store this week.
I found this small book My Holy Communion for $1.25. It's copyrighted in 1951.
It's a tiny storybook (it's only about 4" tall).
 My mom had been asking me to keep my eye out for one of these-
imagine my delight when I found it!

I never pass up doilies- especially for a dime!
Sometimes I tuck one of these in a mini album as a unique page
and sometimes I use one when wrapping a gift- these look darling glued onto kraft wrapping paper!

I couldn't pass up this 1944 Astronomy book for a dime.
It's going to become a junk journal.

I really love the charts in this book!

I got this package of Hallmark coasters with the cursive S- a set of 50 (minus a few) for a quarter.
They're part paper, part felt- something different. I think they're disposable.
Pretty cool. Our last name begins with S.
I also may figure out how to work these into a scrapbooking project. . .

Even though I got one of these last week, I went ahead and bought one more package of
player piano roll. They were marked down to fifty cents.
That's all for this week. Good luck to all of you with your secondhand shopping this weekend:)
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
But the word of God grew and multiplied.
Acts 12:24
 This post is linked to Ivy and Elephants, Junkin' Joe, and My Girlish Whims.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Layout of the Week #93

This is my 93rd Layout of the Week- that's a lot of layouts!
Without this series, I probably wouldn't get any scrapbooking done.

It's a good challenge for me to keep up with my scrapbooking.
I challenge you to follow along every other week- each tutorial takes an hour or less.
That's only two layouts a month, but it doesn't take long before you'll have
a small stack of layouts done. . . such a good feeling:)
Today's Layout of the Week takes a bunch of photos, crops them, and fits them together like a puzzle.
Here's the layout we'll be creating.
I fit 14 photos on mine.
You could also do two even rows of 6 photos measuring 4 1/2"x 4"
or three rows of nine 3"x 3" photos.
To create this layout, you'll need:
one piece of 12"x 12" cardstock
3"x 12" pattern paper
letter stickers for title
white cardstock for journaling
8-14 photos
paper trimmer
Adhere the 3"x 12" piece of pattern paper along the left edge of the cardstock.
I used part of a park map that I brought home from our trip to Sea World.
I always bring those home, but don't always find a use for them.
Start cropping your photos to make them fit.
I started along the top edge.
I suggest before cropping, you lay out the photos to get an idea of how much
of each one you will need to trim.
Continue adding photos.
For some of my photos, I overlapped others photos- for others, I butted them up edge to edge.
Use whatever method works best for you.
Keep adding photos until all the blank cardstock is covered.
Note: I had one extra small photo left, so I placed it overlapping the two photos
in the upper right corner.
Add your title overlapping the photos.

Print or write your journaling on white cardstock.
Cut it into strips and add it in a column overlapping the pattern paper and photos.
I had lots of stories to add- don't feel you have to have this much journaling.
That's it! This layout really lets the photos do the talking!
If you enjoyed this post, stop by every other Wednesday for a new tutorial to
complete a layout from beginning to end.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
The righteous man walks in his integrity;
his children are blessed after him.
Proverbs 20:7

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Recipe of the Week #133- Italian Roast Beef

Italian Roast Beef
4 lb beef roast
12 oz bottle Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
1 envelope onion soup
Italian seasoning to taste

Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Place roast in slow cooker. In a mixing bowl, mix the dressing, soup mix, and Italian seasonings. Cook on low for 8-10 hours. Remove roast, shred, and place back in juices. Serve on buns.

This is another tasty meat for sandwiches. I make a meal in my Crock Pot at least once a week. I love recipes like this where I just have to make a couple of simple sides, then my meal is done!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Your works.
Psalm 73:28

Monday, August 25, 2014

MORE Low Cost Teacher Gift Ideas

Last week I showed you a few inexpensive gift ideas
for teachers as back to school gifts.
Here are a few more ideas.
Just follow the links to see more details.
All you need to make this is a little bit of scrapbook paper and a large wooden clothespin
 which you can find at Hobby Lobby.

Clipboard + scrapbook paper= display for class photo

Dictionary Definition Necklace

This gift is easily personalized depending on
which word you choose to feature on the charm.

I hope everyone's school year starts off with a bang!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Be strong and of good courage, and do it;
do not fear or be dismayed,
for the Lord God... will be with you.
He will not leave you nor forsake you
1 Chron. 28:20