Tuesday, January 29, 2013

a tasty crockpot meal

I am one of those people who struggles with the crock pot. I WANT to love the taste of the food as much as I love the convenience factor but all too often I am disappointed. I have long suffered from many of the dishes I make in the crockpot having the same off/odd taste. I think I may have finally cracked the code...I was overcooking the food. Since figuring this out, I have had a few successes. I have made the following meal twice and it is by far my favorite. It is so good that I can say it actually tastes very similar to my mom's roasted pork loin! Give it a try.

And for awhile I had been sharing commentary on recipes and projects that I found on Pinterest and actually made. I must have inadvertently deleted that board. So this dish is kicking off a new board. Visit it here: ::PINNED IT, MADE IT BOARD::. 

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

current contests on pinterest

I want to also begin mixing in some business and social media related content on my blog. So many things that are interesting from a social media strategist perspective are often of interest to many others as well. Like Pinterest Contests...who would not like to win one? So many of us are active Pinterest users, why not participate? Here are few current contests:

Learn more ::HERE::.

 Bust a move to enter :: THIS ONE::.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

a pinned it, made it update--

Let's start with the perhaps not so good--

I wanted to like these healthy, breakfast type muffins, I really did.
I listed out the changes I made on my repin. But you can read it right here too:

#Oatmeal #Cupcakes: 3 mashed bananas (the riper the better!), 1 cup vanilla almond milk, 2 eggs, 1 tbsp baking powder, 3 cups oats, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 3 tbsp mini chocolate chips (or blueberries)]:: made these tonight. Subbed baking soda and 1/2 c. Vanilla Yogurt bc I didn't have baking powder. Plus I had plain Almond milk. I think they may be better cooled and with a little sweetener. Glad I used choc chips. And wish I knew the nutritional values...just how healthy are these?

So, they were oddly moist. Perhaps from the yogurt? I subbed the baking soda and yogurt because I did not have baking powder. And they needed a bit of sweetener for me. The bites with chocolate chips are manageable but those without are not so good. At all.  I have eaten two but I doubt the other 10 are ingested. 

Now the next item I am sharing is delicious. Hear me: DELICIOUS. I will go out on a limb and say they are the best cookies I have ever made and possibly ever tasted. I made them in late November when my mom had surgery. She loved them too. 

If I were not faithfully counting calories, I would make these again ASAP.

These do not qualify as pins I have made, but here is a short list of good things getting me through my semi-restricted diet:

Fat Free French Vanilla Coffee-Mate. I like it hazelnut coffee.

Greek yogurt. I am using this as the base for a lot of things. I add about a tablespoon of dry ranch dressing mix to one container and use that as a veggie dip. I have added a tsp. of low fat mayo but found I could not taste the difference, so now I eliminate it.

This salmon. It is pretty flavorful and at 140 calories per serving it is a winner. It is also very easy to prepare.

Bonus: I discovered yesterday that one Dove chocolate heart (milk or dark chocolate) is just about 40 calories. Good news!

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Monday, January 21, 2013

back in time:: september 2012

Buying new goodies gets the creative juices flowing! The new P& CO is offering $1 deals each week. Be sure to get their newsletter to see the additions. I got these cute cards and whipped a September layout right up.
My September 2012 layout:

and I got these for kicking of 2013:

Three dollars well spent!!

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

project life:: finishing 2012

Yep, I am the most sporadic blogger. Ever. But today I am back.

Below are my recently completed 2012 digital scrapbook pages. I took a Project Life-ish approach in that I am using the style, adapting it to digital and completing at least one page per month. I am closing in on the end of this project and I am excited because I love what I recorded for 2012 and am even more inspired to begin 2013. There are so many great products available.



I have used product from all over the place. Cathy Zielske, Persnickety Prints, Ali Edward, AC Digitals and many more. 

The biggest update to these pages is that I bought pockets by Valorie Wibbens at the Lilypad. I LOVE these! 

How are your pages coming? Are you finished with 2012? I could choose to never be finished but I am instead choosing to be content with the 1-2 pages per month that I have completed.  
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