Monday, April 26

Oh, the things I wish I had photos of…

Attention Men of the World...
(and mothers raising little boys)


I can't explain my disgust towards male undergarments in words very well, but sound effects and onomatopoeias like "blech, urgh," and my personal favorite, "aulgh," all state my affections toward them very well. Why am I so annoyed by this you ask?

When I am driving to campus, I rarely expect to see people that make me stop and notice them, unless they are planning to cross the street or walking precariously on the edge of a sidewalk. The problem I am having is when, in a distance of only 4 short blocks, I see 5 men with their pants buttoned around their thighs. I wish I had a lineup photo of them, just to show you for comparison's sake to a man who's pants are in the proper location. You have to wonder at this point how they can even walk.

In those 4 blocks, I found myself saying, "did you just forget to pull them up this morning?" and "are you having bowel issues that wearing pants properly would constrict you from dealing with?" Its disgusting I know, but so is the fact that I can tell you who makes your briefs.

I know, I've now ranted and raved for almost 5 paragraphs about something that seems insignificant, but its no wonder that we are mocked by the rest of the world, let alone the jokes we crack about ourselves! No one can take you seriously with your butt hanging out of your pants.

Friday, April 23

Just Moved!


Nope, not me. But I am trying to figure out where I will be living next year… Anyways. “Just Moved” is the name of This Little Missy’s new kit! Super fitting for her, because she just moved into a new home :)


It’s super cute, and the colors are fantastically spring-y! I wasn’t sure what to do at first because I thought, “Well, I haven’t moved in about a year, and I don’t have any photos from the last time…” then I got super inspired by some photos I’ve taken recently. The “theme” goes perfectly with our game of monopoly!

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And then my lovely computer (and G’s poor lappy) went on the fritz and I knew it was time for a new laptop for myself. I thought there could be nothing better for a scrapper than to scrap their most “noble” instrument…

My Box small  Then I remembered that this month’s “Scrap What?” challenge at STS was to scrap “things you find in your…” BOX! I was super excited to do this challenge because I had been racking my brain for something I could do! But there is even more good news, than just my scrap challenge revelation…

This Little Missy is having a “Moving Sale!” No, Carissa isn’t going anywhere. She’s staying right here with us at STS, but she’s so punny, isn’t she?TLM_JustMovedSALE So head on over to the store and check it out before her sale ends!

Tuesday, April 20

My New Favorite Challenge!

I absolutely adore all of the challenges at STS, but the real news here is the “new!”

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But their sign is right… the best part about the challenge is that forum members are hosting. That means people like me! Quite literally, in fact :)

I will be hosting the My Life Challenge over at Stuff to Scrap this coming week (Apr. 25 –May 1) and you never know what I’m going to come up with until you get there! So go check it out and give the challenge this week a try!

Monday, April 19

The Computer Killer will Scrap again!

*Sob* I am a computer killer! You may be wondering, "How, if you are a computer killer, are you using a computer to blog?"

Here is my answer to that. I killed G's computer. Not mine. UGH!

Okay, so I'm overreacting a little bit. But not much. What has actually happened is the spindle is stuck. Yep, I'm not a techie, but I'm dating one. So let me explain.

There is a little thingy (like my technical terminology?) that spins within an HD, and there are other things as well, but if the little thingy don't spin, you don't get no data.

For now, this means no photos, no scrapping, no previous homework assignments, no in-progress homework assignments. And a whole lot of looking like I'm making excuses.

Anyways, there are some great things going on at STS in the meantime!


Hope you all can make it!

Tuesday, April 13

A Little Bit of Big News!

So with all this digital scrapping that I have been getting involved in, I was really looking for something to motivate me to get my pages done, and not be overwhelmed by all the photos that I have left to scrap. As such, (woohoo, academics!) I applied to a few creative teams and got accepted to not one, but TWO different CT’s. Be looking out for more info on these two lovely gals very soon! But anyways, I have been more inspired to scrap lately than might be healthy, but pages are getting done, and surprisingly enough so is my homework!

Along with that, you can check up on some of the STS happenings here, the forum, and any of the designers blogs, but now for my little-ish big news :)

Becky Young Designs is hosting the speed scrap tomorrow over at Stuff to Scrap, and her PP is a set of quick pages from her April Showers kit. Check it out…


Hope to see you there!!!

Friday, April 9

Project #5 – A Book of Recipes

I’ve been hoping that I could get my recipes that I’ve collected from numerous locations under control. So this project was well overdue!

As some of you know, I’ve been working hard at making exercise in one way or another a part of my daily life, and meal planning has been a large part of the steps toward a healthy lifestyle. I know, it all sounds cliche, but it’s really working for me!

Slowly but surely everything is starting to work, and so I’m proud to present my recipe book!

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It’s a simple 1-1/2” binder with plastic sheet protectors to hold all of the pieces. Presently, it’s just a hodge-podge of mine and Garrett’s favorite recipes so that I have them all in one place for quick reference. My documents aren’t in a specific order, and they’re not written in a specific format; I have handwritten recipes from friends, notes on how to cook potatoes, photocopies from my favorite cookbooks, and some of Garrett’s favorite recipes from his mom.

The best part about this book is that it’s low maintenance. I just slip something new into a page, and if I need a recipe, I pop the binder open and use the page as-is in the protector (because that’s what protectors are for!)

I have yet to make a “fabulous” cover, so in the meantime the random things I have stuck in there will have to do. It stands out all on it’s own though, because all my other binders for school are brightly colored!

Thursday, April 8

Oh My!

Wow! I am stunned. Altogether, Jess and I had over 250 downloads! I'm super psyched to bring you our next kit coming up in the next week or so, be looking out for it!

In the meantime, we would love to see anything that you create with it, so send us links to your LO's or send them straight to us by email up at the contact button on the top of the page.

Thanks so much for all the downloads!


So sorry!

Thank you to NanaScraps for pointing out to me that my WA link from yesterday was not working!

Here is the fixed link and I also fixed it on the earlier post! Hope you will all forgive me!

Wednesday, April 7

A Quick Page for You!

Thanks for sticking with me all week!

This next week, we’re putting up a whole new kit, so make sure you come back to see it!

And here’s your quick page! I made this LO using a mix of both mine and Jess’s parts, but it was PERFECT to scrap this photo of Berti with her gigantic pink unicorn.

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And here’s the link to your qp!

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Project #4 – Completed, with Photos!!

As posted previously, this project was the Women’s retreat that happened just two short weekends ago.  It was a huge success! We had 16 women in attendance as we learned about Following the Leader, and the promises that He has for us! I was super excited to meet some of our amazing international students, and get to know the girls that I already knew better! Check it out!!

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I know it’s a ton of photos, but look at all the fun we had!!! There might be some other photos that pop up here and there, just because they’re still floating in, and they’re amazing! We had an awesome time. Be looking out for another update of this project with the different things we studied :)

Tuesday, April 6

Garden Party Wordart

Can you believe that it’s already Wednesday??

Wow… I guess that’s just how the weeks go when the semester comes to an end…

Anyways… tomorrow Jess and I will have some quick pages up for you to finish off all the kit pieces. We would LOVE to see anything you do with our work, so please feel free to shoot me an email to klschmidt56{at}gmail{dot}com or you can just click "contact" up on the top toolbar!

And now, today’s word art!

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I hope you can put them to good use!

See you tomorrow!

Project #6

I know, I know, you’re thinking… what happened to #4 and #5?! I’m getting there, I promise! I’m having a difficult time choosing my photos so I promise I will come back to them!

In the meantime, I thought it would be appropriate to share one of my new favorite variations on a recipe.

Bourbon Beef Noodle Bowl – with some twists!

1/4 c. balsamic vinegar or bourbon (for those of us who are underage, or just don’t have bourbon on hand!)
1/4 c. pure maple syrup
2 Tbsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 lb. boneless beef sirloin steak, sliced into bite-sized strips
2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1 1/2 c. sliced onion
1 can low-sodium beef broth (14oz.)
1 c. water
1 c. cubed sweet potato (about 4oz.)
1 cup (approximately) dry kluski or other short egg noodles
2 cups loosely packed spinach

Just some things to note: Marinade for at least 15 minutes, so the beef has a chance to soak in this amazing flavor. Bourbon has a bite to it for an aftertaste, so if you aren’t used to this the vinegar works just as well! Also, I often fudge the measurements because I prefer more of a “soup” noodle bowl, and I love the hearty ingredients in this recipe.

Combine bourbon, maple syrup, garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Add beef, mixing to coat. I prefer to marinade in a plastic bag, less dishes!


Cover and marinate beef 15 minutes or up to 24 hours in the refrigerator. Drain beef through a sieve over a bowl, reserving the remaining marinade. Don’t forget to save it! It adds great flavor to the whole dish.

Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add beef and sauté until browned, about 3 minutes, remove from pan; set aside. Add remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil and sauté onion for 5 minutes. I rough slice my onions because I prefer that they have the same look and eventual consistency as the noodles, but you could chop them as well, whatever your preference.


Stir in reserved marinade, broth, and water. Add sweet potato and bring to boil; Add noodles. This is where it becomes all about what you like as the end result. I prefer more remaining broth when all is said and done so I will add in 1/4 c. additional broth and 1/4 c. additional water as the liquid is cooked down so I can keep that consistency. If you prefer a traditional noodle bowl, be sure to stir as you cook so it doesn’t burn.


These are the noodles I use. This bag will make 4 batches for me (heaping portions) so it’s a value choice.

Cook until sweet potatoes are tender and noodles are done, about 8 minutes. Stir in beef and spinach. Cook until spinach is wilted.


I love this photo, all the colors look  so fantastic together, I want to make myself a batch right now…

So that’s the recipe! The recipe technically makes 2 servings, but it’s so filling, I can usually get 3 or 4 out of the same amount of ingredients, and I just supplement with a slice or two of soft French loaf.  I hope you give it a try, and let me know how it turns out!!

Look at what I found!

This is a chance to win a $15 gift card to the STS store. I’m super excited about it!

Go and check it out!!

Monday, April 5

Garden Party Add-On

Hope you all have had a chance to download our first part of the kit, and are returning for part two! I would get right down to the nitty-gritty, but I want to show off the word arts that I’m releasing tomorrow and the alphas that are coming from Jess as well!

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Garden Party Alpha Preview

On to today’s piece… The fabulous add-on!

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Don’t forget to stop by Giggly PolkaDots to get Jess’s part for today, and come back tomorrow for more freebies!

Sunday, April 4

A Week of Freebies!

So, I mentioned earlier that over spring break, Jess and I created a few full kits to put up together. Well, here’s our first kit!

World, I would like to introduce you to Garden Party

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We were so psyched about being together, and Jess designing for the first time, that not only are we both designing parts of Garden Party, but we also created some extra goodies! We have an add-on:

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plus an alpha, some word arts, and quick pages!

It will be a busy DL week around here, so make sure to go see Jess over at Giggly PolkaDots today for her part, and come back to both of our sites and check out the rest of our freebies!!!

And just a little incentive to go and visit Jess…


See you tomorrow!