Classes & more . . .

Monday, January 30, 2012

1/29/2012 POD

I'm still working on organizing photos and putting finished layouts into albums.  I have all the photos from both sides of the family.   Tom's family photos were in about 10 albums and were glued down with rubber cement.  It took a long time but I did get a lot of photos out without doing damage and preserved the captions and journaling the best I could.

My family photos (the old ones) were loose and unlabeled and there were tons of them.  The photos from the '50's when my parents met and later when I was born were  in unsafe albums and the labeling was mostly on the back.  The rest were in those awful magnetic books.  I have finally gotten all these out and organized for the most part. 

It will be impossible to use all these pictures but at least now I can pick out the best photos and scrap them. 

A few more  layouts made into 12 x 12. 

Photo of the Day 1/28/2012

I'm behind on posts and for this post I have to cheat a little!  I forgot to take a pic so I am borrowing a photo from the original poster of this recipe called Country Club Chicken.  I pinned this one on Pinterest and made it.  It is easy to make and full of amazing flavor and I definitely make this again! 

Click on the link above to get the recipe it is amazing!

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Working on some old photos today.  I've been organizing my originals and big surprise today I actually made a layout that isn't a class.   . . . using Simple Stories Baby Steps for my 1st Birthday.

The journaling was copies from my Mother's entry into my baby book!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Photo of the Day and

Happy Birthday to my Dad!

This is one of my organizing dilemmas.  When I first started teaching Preserving the Past in 2003 I used and 8 1/2 x 11 format.  It was more popular at the time but by 2005 more and more of my students were scrapbooking in 12x12.  I changed over to 12x12 but now have dozens of  layouts that are the wrong size.  This morning I started to re-do this page to go in my 12x12 album but I just couldn't do it.  I like this page.  I interviewed my Mom about my "birth story" and even copied her handwriting from my baby book onto vellum.  I decided to keep the page because I like it but instead of re-doing it, I converted it to 12x12 instead.  {Actually seems like a better use of time too}

I think this works out just fine and it saved me recreating a page I was already happy with!


Kitting for my class on 1/25 . . .


Making progress . . . years of teaching Preserving the Past.  Each month I teach a 2 page Heritage Layout and when the class was over I slipped the layout into a page protector and eventually a 12 x 12 W R Memory Keepers album.  The only problem with this "System" is all the "families" are mixed up.  I finally took the time to separate the "families" and put them in their own album.  So far, so good.  I still need 4 more books though . . . baby steps.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Photo of the Day 1/21/2012 and 1/22/2012

1/21/2012:  Happy Birthday to my best friend and partner and husband!  We went to Powell Hall last night to see the St. Louis Symphony.  I wanted a picture of both of us so took this in the bathroom mirror.

1/22/2012:  We went to Adam's for a Birthday Dinner.  

Brownie Trifle {pinned on Pinterest}  Beer Can Chicken, Hash Brown Casserole, Broccoli . . . 

Photo of the Day 1/20/2012

A few of my favorite things, my Grand Dad's typewriter, an old counted cross stitch I did in 1981.  A vintage camera . . .

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Started a new layout today . . . here's a peek:

This is my Dad and us kids, love this picture! 

Sunday, January 15, 2012


Surprise pretties from my DH. 


Best ribs ever . . . DH has been talking about the great food at Bogarts for a few months.  It's conveniently located close to where he works, the guys go there for lunch pretty often and DH comes home bragging about the amazing ribs, delicious chicken wings and just last week the burnt end sandwich.  Today he brought the ribs to me and they were right up there with the best I've ever had!

Bogarts closes @ 4pm daily so you have to plan for lunch!  If you go, try the baked beans too!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

January 10

I'm doing what everyone else is doing this time of year . . . organizing, cleaning, purging.  Oh and finding stuff I've forgotten about too.  I found these cool, vintage silver trays that I bought in a junk store in Phoenix.  I really want to do something cool with these.  Putting it on my to do list.

Photo taken with my Android Retro Camera app.

January 9

Monday, January 9th . . . Backyard view.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Day 8 and My Class this Week!

Wednesday, January 11 @ 6PM
Each month we will create a 2 page layout perfect for your Heritage scrapbook.  This month's edition features papers from Authentique. 

Please bring basic supplies plus:
Paper piercer
Brown Distress Ink
pop dots
Adirondack Marker Stream
Black Fine Line Pen (I used Copic Multi-liner)

Today I put the finishing touches on next month's Preserving the Past! 
Wednesday, February 8 @ 6PM

Bring your basic supplies plus:

Black Distress Ink

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Day 7: Holy Guacamole!

DH {Darling Hubby}  requested guacamole today.   He thinks I make the best guacamole he's ever tasted.  I can't really take the credit for it and I don't have a recipe other than the avocadoes, lemon or lime juice, salt, comino and my secret ingredient.  Smoked garlic.  My #1 Son Adam makes smoked meats, cheeses and a couple of years ago decided to give garlic a try.  I've never seen it sold in a store anywhere but when he makes the garlic he usually make us enough to last a couple of months.  It gives the guac a great smokey flavor.  It's almost addicting. . . .  he really should think about selling this stuff!

Friday, January 06, 2012

It's Friday.  January 6 . . . in the midwest.  I shouldn't be sitting here with the back door open to let the fresh air into the house but it's 70 degrees!  The first week of the New Year has been more like the first week of Spring! 

Someone was itching to get out the kayak he got for Christmas and test it out.  We took it out to Simpson Lake in Valley Park for the Maiden Voyage.  I took the Flip Video camera just in case something amazing and or embarrassing happened but it was pretty boring so I'll leave you with this one!


Thursday, January 05, 2012


The Best Broccoli of Your Life

I found this recipe while grazing PINTEREST.  {seriously addicted}  I love simple recipes that aren't too fussy since it's just the two of us.  I wasn't too sure about this one,  The Amateur Gourmet wrote that the person he made it for said it was "as good as biting into steak".  Alrighty then, I gave it a try and I have to admit, it is yummy.  Seriously, can't stop eating it good.  He credits the Barefoot Contessa for the recipe and I'll let you grab it HERE!  Try it, you will love it!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Photo of the Day


Busy packing all the Christmas away . . . I love getting it all out but when it's time to put it away I love the cleaning and organizing that goes along with it.   {a little crazy?} 


Found this little gem at an antique store.  I picked it up because I love the cover so much!  This guide to Meal-Planning, Cooking & Serving was published by Good Housekeeping in 1928.  On the first page after the contents it says:  "Sooner or later your friends will learn that you possess this book.  You will be having them in for dinner some evening, and they will express their enthusiastic admiration for  your delightful hospitality!"   So cute.

Inside you will find amazing recipes such as Hotch Potch and Creamed Lima Beans, and advice for Making frozen desserts in mechanical refridgerating units.  I'm reading up on Squabs, Partridges & Pheasants now, gotta go!

Monday, January 02, 2012

Day 2: Photo of the Day . . .

Playing with my new Tablet tonight. My boys gave it to me for Christmas and I just realized it had a camera built in...shows how much I know, right?  It actually will take a photo from either side, back or front like the newer smart phones.  I wonder what else this thing does?

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year!

It's 2012 and though I don't want to wish my life away, I'm not to sad to see 2011 go.  I'm looking forward to a New Year and I even made a couple of resolutions.  Sure they are the usual promises that I make to myself, but I like to think I'll stick to them at least for awhile!

  • walk everyday
  • make stuff {preferably my own scrapbooks}
  • finish the unfinished
  • purge & organize {the annual work room clean up}
  • Take a photo a day & keep up on my blog
Not too many, not too hard, I can do this!

Started working on this today . . .