Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin (from Gooseberry Patch).
I love Crock Pot recipes- smelling the food cooking all day, then the illusion that I hardly had to do any prep for the meal (although I did; it was just earlier in the day!).
1 pork tenderloin
1 can each of Golden Mushroom, French Onion, and Cream of Mushroom
Put tenderloin in the Crock Pot. Sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper. Mix the 3 cans of soup together and pour over the meat. Cook all day (4-6 hours) and serve meat with gravy over mashed potatoes or rice.
This tastes good with mashed potatoes and buttered green beans. I love easy meals that taste good, too!
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
To create this heart garland, you'll need an old book that you can cut up, a stapler, scissors, ribbon, twine, and a paper trimmer. Cut at least 36 1 inch strips of book text. You'll also need little pieces about 1 inch by 1/4 inch (these will be the tabs that stick out of the hearts to which we'll attach the ribbon).
Take 3 strips together and fold them in half.
Take a small tab, fold it in half, then stick it open side down into the folded side of the paper strips. Staple together as shown.
Fold each piece down to form 3 hearts.
Staple at the bottom, Cut off the excess paper at the bottom of the heart below the staple.
Attach ribbon to each heart then attach to twine. I tied a knot around each ribbon so my hearts would stay in place.
Hang up and admire!
I also made one out of pages from a comic book. It's pretty cute, too!
I linked up with Craft-O-Maniac Monday Link Party and Get Your Craft on Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by!!
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Here's what I scored at the thrift stores this week.
Books were only 2 for a quarter. I just can't pass them up when they are that cheap! I got a bag full of the Reader's Digest books with the beautiful covers. I am going to feature projects with books coming up here on the blog.
The other great deal I got is this pack of Brides Bookmarks. They say things like "Like it," "Love it," and "Possibilities." They cost 25 cents. I thought they were a lot like the tabs I have for my Smash album (in photo above) and that's where I plan to use them.
I love searching for treasures in thrift stores.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Here's a simple banner idea using playing cards, a few letters, twine, and some various embellishments.
Since it's Valentine's themed, I chose cards from the hearts suit. Then I decided what word I was going to use and grabbed a handful of red and pink embellishments. My favorite go-to embellishments are buttons, tickets, lace, and flowers.
After placing the letters and embellishing the cards, I punched holes in the corners and placed them on twine. I did add a card to either end with photos of the boys and of Phil and I.
This took about 30 minutes and is very inexpensive to make. (As a matter of fact, I picked up a pack of cards for a quarter at the thrift store the other day.)
This would be cute with a birthday theme, family theme- the possibilties are endless!
I linked this with Get Your Craft On at Today's Creative Blog, Sundae Scoop , Your Whim Wednesday and at Brassy Apple.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
One thing I thought I'd try this year is a new recipe every week. This week it was Deep Dish Pizza Casserole. It was good and very filling. The recipe is for an 8"x 8" dish. I didn't think that would be enough for my family, so I doubled it. There was no need to have done that. This recipe is so thick, an 8"x 8" pan would have fed all four of us.
Deep Dish Pizza Casserole
1 lb beef
8 oz can tomato sauce
6 oz can tomato paste
14 oz can pizza crust dough
6 slices mozzarella cheese
Cook meat. Drain. Add sauce and paste. Cook until heated.
Grease an 8"x 8" dish. Press dough on bottom and halfway up the sides. Place 3 pieces of cheese on the dough. Top with the meat mixture. Bake uncovered at 425 x 12 minutes. Top with remaining cheese. Bake another 10 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.
We all really enjoyed it and decided it would be a "repeat recipe" (code for "Make it again, Mom!).
Note: I added some seasonings to the meat as it cooked- Lawry's Seasoned Salt, garlic salt, pepper, and Italian Seasoning. I mistakenly bought sliced Swiss cheese instead sliced Mozzarella and I used that on the bottom layer. Then I topped it with shredded Mozzarella cheese and shredded Cheddar cheese. I figure you can't go wrong with cheese on pizza! I also cut up a green onion for my husband's piece.
Unfortunately, I cannot remember the source of this recipe.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Two years ago, I started keeping a month by month scrapbook. I started out by creating an album with 12 layouts. Each layout had the month printed on it and contained a journaling box for which I used to write down what we did for the month. It was basically a list I compiled from our family calendar.
Some months are packed and I have lots of photos which I cropped to make fit or added an extra page to that month.
The first year, it was a smaller album made of a clipboard cut in half. Every other page was a large note card with a 6"x9" envelope for the alternating pages. This gave me room to keep extra mementos from the month (2 months shared an envelope). This was a nice size although all the photos had to be majorly cropped or printed out wallet size.
The next year I used an album from a kit. This was a somewhat larger format and had room for more and larger photos.
cover August's layout
This type of scrapbooking is very "freeing" as I am able to cover our entire month's activies in 1 layout and our entire year's activities in only 12 layouts. At the end of the month, I just print the photos, grab a few embellishments, use my calendar for documentation.
This past year this was really the only scrapbooking I have done.
Stay posted for photos of this year's album- made from the cover of an encyclopedia!
This post was linked to Get Your Craft On Tuesday on Today's Creative Blog