Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

     Once upon a time, I was not a soup fan. *Gasp!* I never really had it growing up (my dad didn't like it), and it honestly never appealed to me. I am a pretty big eater, meaning I can eat a ton. Meaning I can down 5 or 6 slices of Costco pizza and still not be entirely full. So maybe you can imagine why a bowl of soup never appealed to me. 
     My, oh my, how times have changed, my dear Pops and Podge friends. Now that I have been looking for inexpensive ways to cook things, and am constantly trying to use up my leftovers, soups have become more and more appealing to me. Not only are they inexpensive, but you can pretty much dump anything into them, and they will taste great! Seriously! My love for soups has grown even more since living in the Great Northwest. It rains a ton here, and I have quite enjoyed having a hearty bowl of soup and some homemade rolls to warm my soul.
     I have made several soups over the past few months, but this Broccoli Cheddar Soup is by far our favorite. My husband loved it, I loved it, and my girlies loved it.... and that means that this recipe is a keeper. Oh, and remember how I love to eat a lot? Yeah, well I was full after one bowl of this soup! No joke!
     I originally found the recipe on Pinterest (my new go-to recipe place.... oh, and crafting place, DIY place, exercise place.... you get the idea...) and I found it's from a site called Cabot Cheese. I have never heard of Cabot Cheese, nor have I ever tried any of their products, but they're a 10 in my book because of this recipe. Ha! I hope you will make it and enjoy it, and let me know how it turns out for you!!

Oh, before I give you the recipe... sorry about this terrible looking photo.
We don't get a lot of natural sunlight in Oregon, so some of my photos don't turn out quite the
way I would like the to... :)

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

2 TBSP salted butter
2 cups diced potatoes
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 TBSP all-purpose flour
1 (14.5 oz) can of chicken broth (or about 1 3/4 cup chicken broth)
2 cups milk
3 cups broccoli (chopped and thinly sliced stems)
8 oz. cheddar cheese, grated
1 tsp. lemon juice


1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add potatoes and onion and cook, stirring, until the onion is tender. It will take about 5 minutes.
2. Add the flour and cook some more... around 2 minutes more.
3. Gradually stir in broth and milk. Bring to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are almost tender, about 5 minutes. Add the broccoli and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. If you're like me and prefer a little crunch to your broccoli, then you'll need to adjust your cooking time.
4. Remove from the heat and stir in that delicious cheddar cheese! Add the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper until your heart desires... I also topped mine with a little more cheese. :)

Happy cooking!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Linky Followers Party

 The Linky Followers Blog Hop #2

GOOGLE FRIEND CONNECT will be discontinued on Feb 29 for any one that is not with blogspot, and rumor has it that it is being completely phased out for everyone soon BUT...
There is a NEW awesome tool–Linky Followers
It has so many amazing features (that GFC never had). If you have not signed up you should. (And you can have GFC and Linky together). You will LOVE the new features!!! I'm digging' 'em :)
In honor of the new Linky Follower craze, Cheri from It's So Very Cheri is hosting a LINKY FOLLOWER PARTY HOP.

Here are the RULES:
 1. You MUST have the LINKY FOLLOWERS tool on your site to participate.
 If you see that your link has been deleted you need to add the LINKY FOLLOWER tool to your site and then come back over and re-enter your link
{You can have both the LINKY FOLLOWERS & GFC on your site but you must have the LINKY FOLLOWERS tool to participate in this party hop.}

2. You 
MUST follow the person who has the party on their site as a thank you.

3. Just 
add your blog button to the LINKY PARTY below.

4.Then grab the BLOG HOP code if you want to put it on your site.

5. Then you follow other bloggers–(as many as you want)
You will find the code right under the Linky Party where it says CLICK HERE TO ENTER–just under that it says: WHAT IS A BLOG HOP? GET THE CODE HERE. Click on GET THE CODE HERE and enter it into a post on your site. You can grab info from my post if it helps you with your post.  Leave each one of the blogs that you follow a comment letting them know you are following them and ask them to follow you back.

Map Coasters

My husband recently got a new job.  And it pays real money!  We have been married about 4 years and I have supported our little family throughout most of those years.  But I did not mind because he was going to college and getting different licenses (real estate, mortgage broker, appraiser, etc.).  He was in the pursuit of happiness... right?  Well he finally found his way...a Commercial Appraiser.  And even though the job market is in the dumps in Portland, through a lot of patience and persistence he found a job!  I am so proud!  A friend of ours gave him a referral to get his foot in the door and it paid off.  Ben decided he wanted to give him a thank you gift.  So we talked about some different options, finally I suggested some coasters I could make with old war maps.  Ben was in the Marines, so he loved the idea!  These are really easy and you could use any maps really. 

Here are the items you need:
Stone tiles
Paint brush
Mod Podge
Rubber or felt dots
Super glue

My husband found the maps online and sent me the images. I formatted
  them all to 4"x4" and printed them on recycled khaki card stock.

I super glued (with the Super Glue Gel, this stuff is seriously awesome) the
rubber dots to the back of the stone.  I let it dry for about 24 hours.

I painted a few coats of Mod Podge to seal them.  And then my husband
wanted them shiny, so I put on some glossy Mod Podge instead of matte.

Look all ready to go with a cute bow and all.
This was a great gift that was both personal and functional.  And he loved it!

Happy Crafting,

Friday, February 24, 2012

{Simple Solutions} - Laundry Room Time Savers

     Spring is right around the corner... I can feel it. After all,  it is almost March, and so I have been thinking a lot about cleaning. Yesterday I reorganized my bookcase, and today I weeded out my girls winter clothes and started breaking out their short sleeve shirts... maybe I'm jumping the gun, but I don't care! I love to clean and organize, and I'm sure there are some of you out there who get the cleaning bug this time of year.... they don't call it spring cleaning for nothing. Tee hee hee.

     One place that I am terrible at keeping clean, however, is my laundry space. Yes, I call it a space because I live in an apartment, and my laundry space is in my hall. We just put an offer on a home that has an actual laundry room, and I seriously dream of how I want that little room to look. Since I kind of dread my little laundry space,  I'm lucky to just get laundry done on a weekly basis... so if any of you have some laundry motivation tips, please send them my way! I can use all the help I can get!

     That's why I have decided to hunt for some laundry room time savers. I need them, you need them, and I'm pretty sure every person out there who does laundry could use a few time saving tips. Here are some good ideas that can help us out:

1. Install a retractable clothes line or drying rack to help save on space. One idea that I love is to hang a ladder from the ceiling so you can dry clothes faster. If you want to take on this project, Little Lucy Lu can show you how.

2. Pre-sort your dirty clothes into hampers. It would be ideal to have 3 laundry baskets labeled whites, lights, and darks. When the hamper is full, just stick it in the wash. You won't waste time sorting clothes, which means more time to surf Pinterest. Ha!

3. Have a laundry room "Lost and Found". I actually do have one of these (shocker, I know!). I have a little basket for all those socks that are missing their significant other. I honestly don't know why 2 socks go in and 1 sock comes out... it's a sort of phenomenon, really.

4. Keep your powdered laundry detergent in a clear canister.  It makes the detergent look neater, eliminates messy pouring, and shows you when you're running low. See, isn't that pretty?

5. Stack dryer sheets in a shallow dish. It's easier to grab them from the dish than it is to grab them from the box. Plus, the box isn't the prettiest thing on the planet... just sayin'.

6. Keep a spray bottle of water handy. Mist a wrinkled shirt, fluff it in the dryer for 5 minutes, and you just might not have to iron.

7. Keep clothespins in a jar. They will always be handy, and you won't loose them!

8. Keep a lazy susan or basket handy for your clothespins, laundry detergent, spray bottle, and stacked dryer sheets. By being in one consistent place, you'll save time!

9. Keep a stain chart handy. Stains are the easiest to remove before they even have the time to set. If you're a genius and have every stain removal remedy memorized, then good for you! But if you're like me and quickly forget what removes what, a stain chart will save your life. Laminate a chart like the one found here, and hang it in your laundry room/space for easy reference.

10. Fold laundry as soon as possible. I honestly dread this, and procrastinate folding laundry until it's time to do another load. Horrible, I know. However, I have been trying to fold laundry as it comes out of the dryer. I have done this the past few weeks, and it literally takes just 10 minutes, and a load of laundry is done. It's so much easier to fold one load at a time, rather than waiting to fold 4 or 5 loads at the same time! A journey  of a thousand miles begins with one step, right?

Happy Organizing,

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Smores Pie

Summer is long gone here in Portland.  But we have had a few days of sunshine this week and I was inspired to make one of my favorites, Smores Pie.  This recipe is from Hershey's.  I love their recipes, in fact their Deep Dark Chocolate Cake is one of my favorite cakes to make from scratch.  My mother-in-law actually uses it for wedding cakes.  But we are not talking about cake, we are talking about pie, and better yet...smores pie.  There is nothing better than chocolate, marshmallow, and graham crackers in a slice of oozy goozy pie.  And this recipe is easy and always a hit at my parties!

Look at that marshmallow peeping up to say hello through the crust!

Smores Pie

4-6 HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Bars (about 1-1/2 cups), broken apart                                   
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 jar of marshmallow creme

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-inch pie plate. Unwrap chocolate bars; break into pieces. 

Beat butter and sugar until blended in medium bowl. Add egg; beat until light and fluffy. Stir in flour, graham cracker crumbs and baking powder; beat until well blended.
Press half of dough onto bottom and up sides of pie plate.  Spread marshmallow creme over bottom of crust.  Sprinkle the chocolate pieces evenly over marshmallow creme.

Form remaining dough into ball; place between 2 sheets of waxed paper. With fingers, flatten and shape into 9-inch circle.  Peel off one side of waxed paper.  Pick-up waxed paper, supporting dough with hands. Flip dough onto pie surface; peel off waxed paper.   Pinch edges of dough together and form crust edge.

5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. 

To serve, microwave slices at HIGH (100%) 15 to 20 seconds or until slightly warm and marshmallow starts to melt. Top with ice cream, if your little heart desires.

Want some-more-s!

Happy Baking,

Linking up to:

Pincushion Creations

Monday, February 20, 2012

Welcome, Welcome!

      This is our first official post, and we are super excited! Eek! We have been working on this new little blog for the past couple of weeks, and we already have followers! So to all of you who are new here, and are helping us get started, THANK YOU! 
     Since we are all getting acquainted, we want to tell you a little bit about ourselves...
About Miss Claudia
Miss Claudia and The Hubs

Miss Ava
Miss Halle

 After I tell you the usual stuff (my age, about my family, yadda, yadda, yadda) I thought it would be fun to answer some random questions...
    I am approaching the ripe ol' age of 28. And you know what? I'm ok with that. :) I have an absolutely incredible husband who loves to test out my baking skills. I have two beautiful girls who are the spunk and spice of my life. I love the color yellow and I love giraffes! Now on to some random tidbits about me...
#1. My favorite food as a child was probably pizza. Pizza still is my favorite food!! Mmm....
#2. The #1 song that's played the most on my iPod is probably "I've Got a Dream" from the Tangled soundtrack. Tangled is a favorite around our house, and somehow my 2 year old manages to play that song every time she has my iPod.
#3. One of my favorite quotes of all time is "Falling in love is easy, but staying in love is something special".  I completely agree with that. Staying in love takes hard work, but it's totally worth it. :)
#4. One of my favorite activities is watching movies. I know that's totally lame, but I love watching a good movie!
#5. One chore I absolutely hate doing is folding laundry. Ugh. I always fold the previous weeks laundry when this weeks laundry is in the dryer. I don't know why I hate it so much... it only takes a few minutes, but I despise it!
#6. My favorite time of the day is usually after my kids get up from their naps. After they wake up, I seem to have a little burst of energy, and that's when I get most things done. Plus, they are refreshed from sleeping, so we have peace and happiness for a few moments. :)
#7. I hate driving in Oregon at night. The roads are narrow, there's usually ditches on either side of the road, and I can't see anything! The clouds cover any light that can come from the stars or the moon, and there aren't any street lights!
#8. My favorite sound is the sound of rain. When I found out I was moving to Oregon, people told me that it's too rainy for them... but I love it! I love it when I fall asleep to rain falling and wake up to the sound of rain. It relaxes me...
     So there you have it, some random tidbits about me... I hope you will love our blog, and we would love to get to know you better!

About Miss Christie
Hi there!  I am so excited about this venture with my good friend Claudia!  Creating Pops and Podge has truly been such a fun process.  I am thrilled with the way it is all shaping up.  For our first post here, it is fitting that we share some bits about ourselves.   Here is a little view into my life...

 Me and the Man (4 years ago, dang I looked good!)
 The Boss (Boston)
Coming soon... Sweet little Savannah
Claudia is a little braver than I and has openly shared her age...hmmm, yeah not so fast here.  The good news is everyone usually thinks I am younger than I am.  I was born and raised in San Jose, California.  And I do miss that sunshine.  But I do have to say, we may have more rainy days here in Oregon, but I have never seen it rain so hard as it does in San Jose sometimes.   I have been sort of a west coast girl my whole life.  I have lived in San Jose, San Diego, Seattle and here in Portland.  I spent a few months in Rexburg, Idaho and a few more months in Logan, Utah.  It was way too cold for this Cali girl!  I enjoyed 4 months abroad in Florence, Italy and a few more months traveling about Europe as many youngins' do.   Needless to say, I like to travel and am not afraid of change.  But I am settled now and am loving Oregon.

I am a stay at home mom and work at home meeting planner.  I do both part time.  Although it is a little hard to be a mom part time, just saying I have help.  Lot's of help.  I'm pretty spoiled actually.  But a girl has to make a living sometimes.  I plan conventions and large meetings. I have been planning for about 15 years and own my own company called Northwest Green Event Management (Northwest GEM).  I love what I do and find it hard to give up, so I don't...yet.  I am often pretty slow in the winter and summer and like to stay busy, so I blog.

I started Portobello Road (now Pops and Podge) last year when I bought a whole bunch of furniture and started refinishing it and then posting about it.  But now it has turned into so much more.  I also host a monthly craft night for about 20 local friends.  I have always loved crafting, decorating, cooking, baking and just being creative in any way.  I hope that you enjoy your time floating around our blog, Pops and Podge.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

How to make Scrabble Tile Coasters

I have a friend up in Seattle that is a Scrabble queen!  I mean I don't even try to play her.  I would for fun, but I would end up just feeling humiliated because she would kick my butt win by a lot.  So I save myself the time and we do other stuff together, like shopping (which I excel at) and eating (I also am very good in this area).   We are pretty close friends as we used to share an office when I worked at the Grand Hyatt Seattle.  We also used to travel all over the world together and try to find hot dates for each other, this was of course before I got married and had a kid.  Needless to say, I know her pretty well.  So well that I knew if I could not find her the perfect present for her birthday that it would probably end up re-gifted or in her guest room closet (and eventually purged), because she likes a clutter free home.  On I went searching for the perfect gift.  I knew she would love this present that I saw on Etsy.  I had to figure out how to make them, but in the end it was pretty easy so I thought I would share.

Items you need for 4 coasters:
Masking tape
Cork (I bought a roll of it at Micheal's)
E6000 or I suppose a glue gun would work
16 Scrabble tiles per coaster (so 64 total, any thrift store would have Scrabble games)

First I arranged the tiles how I wanted them.  I was going to arrange the letters into words, but do you remember the part about how I suck a scrabble.  I thought it would drive her crazy if I did not get words across and down.  I opted to go random.  And I asked her after I gave it to her and she agreed, she liked it random.  I used masking tap to secure the positions of the tiles.

I measured the cork to be about 1/4 inch smaller then the edge of the full 16 tile square.  I cut the squares out and then rounded the corners.

I turned the tiles over and put the glue on.  If you use hot glue you will have to work fast.  Then put the cork square on the tile square.  Wait until it dries and then take off the tape.

Aren't they cute!  Do you have anyone that loves Scrabble?  These are the perfect gift!

Linking up at:

CraftOManiac Mondays
Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Pincushion Creations

Monday, February 13, 2012


I love foods that are easy to prepare... especially breakfast foods.
Mornings are not my best time of day, and the last thing I want to do is prepare my family 
a nice warm breakfast.... 
I don't want to do the dishes, I don't want to worry about planning another meal to cook
(remember how I am terrible at menu planning?),
and so cereal is really the only viable option for breakfast.

However, my kids don't really agree with me.
While they will choke down happily eat the cereal,
they would much prefer waffles, pancakes, or even cinnamon toast.

In my search to find something more suitable for my little girls' breakfast,
I have discovered the wonderful world of crepes.
I had them at a meeting last month, and haven't been able to get enough of them!

They are easy to prepare (which makes momma happy),
I always have the ingredients on hand (which makes momma and the wallet happy)
and they are simply delicious (which makes momma and girls happy)!
I love that crepes can essentially go with whatever I have in my fridge.

Typically you would use a cream cheese filling to put inside the crepe,
I have used strawberry yogurt, vanilla yogurt, Nutella, or even peanut butter.
To top the crepes, I just pull out some frozen berries and heat them in the microwave.
You can also use bananas if you would like.
And of course, crepes wouldn't be complete with out some powdered sugar sprinkled on top!

The first time I made crepes, it was a little frightening.
I scoured the internet for tutorials, but they all said to use a crepe pan.
What the heck? I don't have a crepe pan!
But I do have some wonderful non-stick skillets that can get the job done.
I found a wonderful tutorial here, that made my first crepe making adventure a success.

Since they have been such a big hit at my house, we have them once or twice each week.
We have even started eating crepes for dinner.
I made some last night, and instead of putting fruit on it,
I made a scrumptious filling out of ham, mushrooms, and green peppers using the recipe I found here.

Now if you'll excuse me, my mouth is watering, so I am going to go have a little crepe snack. :)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

I love you...Chocolate Salted Caramels!

At this very moment, I am enjoying one of this most sweet and savory caramels.  And they are oh so melt in your mouth, creamy, salty, and honey-vanilla-licious.  These are so awesome that they will make for great gifts for neighbors or for whomever you feel like showering with yummy goodness.  If you find a fancy box and put a little bow around it, they might even think that you went to a fancy store and dropped some serious dough on these tasty treats. They are a little complicated, so get ready to put some LOVE into them.

Not perfect, but scrumptious!
The Honey-Vanilla Caramels are from,
the chocolate-salted part I made up myself :)
Mmmmmmmm, don't you want one!

Honey-Vanilla Caramels

2 cups sugar
3/4 cup light-colored corn syrup
1/4 cup honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups whipping cream
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into chunks
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Line the bottom and sides of 8x8x2-inch pan with parchment paper.
2. Combine sugar, corn syrup, honey, and salt in a heavy 3-quart saucepan. Cook, stirring, over medium heat, until mixture begins to simmer around the edges. Using a wet pastry brush, lightly brush the sugar from inside sides of saucepan. Cover; continue to cook about 3 minutes. (Meanwhile rinse spatula or spoon before using again.) Uncover; brush sides again. Attach candy thermometer to side of saucepan (do not let it touch bottom). Cook, uncovered, without stirring until mixture reaches 308 degrees F (8 minutes). Meanwhile, in small saucepan bring cream to a simmer; keep hot until needed.
3. As soon as the sugar mixture reaches 308 degrees F, remove from the heat. Immediately stir in butter. using long-handled spatula gradually stir hot cream into caramel. (Be careful; mixture will foam up and steam.) Return to heat. Adjust heat so mixture boils but not too rapidly. Stir to be sure it is well blended and smooth. Continue to cook 22 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until temperature reaches 255 degrees F.
4. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in vanilla. Immediately pour caramel into prepared pan.  Otherwise, let set 2 to 3 hours or until caramel is completely cool and firm.
5. Using an oiled knife or scissors, cut each marshmallow in half across the middle. Arrange the marshmallows very tightly together, cut (sticky) side down, on top of the caramel. There should be no space visible between the marshmallows. Let set for another 2 to 3 hours, until the caramel is completely cool and firm.
6.  Lift pan liner to remove caramel to a cutting board. Using a long oiled knife, cut into pieces.
7. After you cut the caramels. (You can stop here if you choose and wrap caramels in waxed paper. Store up to 1 month in an airtight container at room temperature. Makes 48 to 60 caramels).  Melt some dark or milk chocolate.  My favorite is the dark/semi-sweet melting chips from Winco.  I like to melt chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat until smooth and creamy. 
8. Take the cut caramel, you can do you to 3 at a time.  Use a fork or two, and dip the caramel into the chocolate.  Make sure the chocolate isn't too thick when you take the covered caramel out and place on wax paper.  I have several different types of racks, but I have found I prefer the smooth bottom you get from wax paper.  Sprinkle about 4 or 5 granules of kosher salt or any fancy salt you have, I use the red/pink Alaea Hawaiian salt.  Let cool and wha-la fancy chocolate covered salted caramels!

Enjoy, and save some for your sweetheart!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Get Your Bundt Cake On!

There are many times when I need a last minute dessert.
This yummy bundt cake has been my go-to dessert for a couple of years.
I learned it from my mom, who has this incredible talent of taking whatever she has stocked in the cupboards,
and making it into a delicious culinary concoction.
This cake has been one of my family's favorites for over a decade.
In fact, my youngest brother has requested it for his birthday cake!

The first couple of times I tried using a bundt pan, I failed miserably.
I was too impatient, and didn't wait for the cake to cool completely (which can take a couple of hours)
and I didn't use enough spray when prepping the bundt pan.
I like to use Baker's Joy spray, because it contains flour in the spray.
Please, I beg of you, learn from my mistakes!!
Always, always, always spray the inside of the pan!
Always, always, always let the cake cool completely before removing it from the pan!
If you do these two things, your cake is sure to come out looking beautiful!

Are you ready for this easy-peasy recipe?
Here it is...

1 Box Chocolate Cake and ingredients needed to make that cake
(I use Pillsbury. It's usually the cheapest)
1 small can of sweetened condensed milk.

Make and bake the cake according to package directions.
Cool completely.
Remove the cake from the pan by loosening it from the pan.
I like to use a small silicon spatula.
Place the cake on a plate, or cake stand, 
and poke holes in the cake with a fork.
Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk onto the cake.
I like to use the whole can because I'm a sucker for sweetened condensed milk,
but use as much as you prefer.

If you're crunched for time, what is your go-to easy dessert?

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Quiet Book Group--Page 1

Recently some friends of mine and I came up with the idea to start a Quiet Book Group.  When you look at quiet books online or on Pinterest, they can be so overwhelming.  So we got about 15 friends together and started a group, kind of like book club or like my craft nights.  It is designed that we do one page a month.  The group leaders come up with the page designs, although suggestions from the group are always welcome.  We also bought the supplies and put the page kits together. Then the girls come over with some yummy goodies and we all create one page that night.   Easy peasy!  The plus side is it's not overwhelming to do one page a month. The down side is they are usually so cute that you want to use it right away.  And so in however many months, our group decided on one year, you will have a finished quiet book!
This was a first page, and it was an enormous success!  Anyone up for a little game of Tic-Tac-Toe?

So you can see what was sewed on.  Really just the Velcro in this case.

You can see here that each X and O has a double layer of white felt for the base.

We assembled most of it with fabric glue.  But some was sewed on for better securing.  If you are interested in the pattern, just comment below and if there is enough interest I will post it. 

Items needed for this page:
(1) sheet of turquoise felt
(1) sheet of red felt
(1) sheet of white felt
Pattern or a good eye to just copy what you see here. 
Sewing machine (white or red thread)
Fabric glue

Stay tuned for more cute quiet book pages here!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Weekly Menu

     Coming up with a weekly menu is always challenging for me. To be honest, I completely dread it. I feel like we eat the same things over and over, and I hate going grocery shopping because the rising costs just horrify me. But, I do have to say that since I've been addicted to browsing Pinterest, I have found dozens of recipes that are just calling out my name! If you want to see everything that I've pinned, then you can follow me here.
    Here are some of meals I am planning on this week...

Dinner Crepes found here

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps found here

Creamy Ricotta Artichoke Lasagna found here

Broccoli Cheddar Soup found here

I have also found tons of lunch ideas, breakfast ideas, and snack ideas.
This week, I plan on making Jello Fruit Roll Ups found here.

Needless to say, Pinterest has made meal planning a little bit easier!
If you want to see all of the food I've pinned, you can go here.
Happy Pinteresting!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Welcome Sign by Cameo

My Cameo is making a cameo today!  I am new to the world of owning a Silhouette.  I have always envied those that own one and get to enjoy creative freedom in the world of vinyl and paper-crafting and the million other things you can do with this little itty bitty machine.  I begged and begged and put on the top of my Christmas list...SILHOUETTE CAMEO.  And guess what I got Christmas morning!  Yep, you betcha my dream came true!  I am now the proud owner of a Cameo.  It's probably a little anti-climatic that I am just telling you about her now over a month after I received her.  But it took me a while to find, clean and create a suitable location for this special girl.  After all, she will be busy between monthly craft nights and my blog and just meeting my personal desires for cute crafts requiring her skills.  She needed her own desk....and she got one!

And this was one of my first projects...A simple little "Welcome" sign for my front door.  A have a few friends that have put these on their doors and I just fell in love.  I had to copy some of their brilliance.  Don't you feel so Welcome!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Blog Award!

I am so excited!  The other day I received a comment on my blog from Katie over at  She awarded Portobello Road the Most Versatile Blogger Award.  I am thrilled that my small little growing blog has been given this award! 
The funny thing is, I was actually awarded another one of the awards last October from Stephanie over at  I just did not realize that I was suppose to pass it on.  So THANK YOU to Stephanie and Katie!

I learned that in winning this award I need to show the love and pass it on to 7 other bloggers.  I also need to tell you 7 things about myself that you may not know. 

Let's spread some love first...because all we need is love!

I would like to pass along the Versatile Blogger Award to the following blogs:

A few of my favorite blogs are first, CeCe's Corner. I love her blog and sometime we post for each other.  She is a fabulous mom, crafter and cook.  Love this girl!  Head on over to her blog and become of follower.

One blog I recently discovered is Randee's Organized Chaos.  I found her blog very informational.  She has some great tips on how to make sense for the chaos in our lives.  Which I am all about!  And I love that she calls her recipe section "Nummys"  Love it!

To satisfy my painting furniture hobby, sometimes I check out fellow north westerner Tonya at Painting in Portland.  She moved to rainy Portland from Utah and been really good about finding something to do with her time indoors.  That is what we have to do here in Portland, find stuff to do inside...she has mastered it!  Love her furniture!

A girl that featured one of my crafts (heart wreath) recently has a fabulous blog called The Latest Finds!  Check out Ashley and her latest trends, which will be sure to keep you up to date in all your fashion, crafting, and other fun finds.

Turquoise!  Love it right, well Sara over at Sweet Little Gals has a super fun Turquoise Lovin' Linky party.  Her blog is just filled with cute crafts and and sweet things!  Check it out and become one of her many followers.

One of my favorite things to do, is making something beautiful out of someone else's junk.  Katie over at Thrifty Finds and Redesign has made a whole blog out of it.  She has lots of cute DIY projects and redesigns on her site.  Check out our east coast friend and become a thrifty finder!

Kacey over at Refreshed Decor just reinvented herself!  Formerly Life of Blue, same creator, same content, same very cool decor/furniture ideas.  I have been following this blog for a while and I think she is very talented and it does not hurt that she has two adorable little boys.  Check out this blog and be inspired! 

About Me
1. I love cake. All kinds, I don't discriminate against any cake except cake that is soaked in things like milk or coffee or rum because I think it strips the cake of its cakey texture, it becomes soggy cake...its not right.

2. I love that I have a job that allows me to travel. I love traveling because it gives me an excuse to buy things, not just for myself but for other people, any excuse to buy things is good. Although there are other reasons that I love traveling too...

3. I think I have a shopping problem, I mean seriously #2 ??? There are much better reasons to love traveling. But of course with the shopping addiction comes a buying and returning skill as well. I don't think there is anything wrong with shopping if you return it :)

4. I have virgin hair...never been dyed. Last year I cut off 10 inches and donated it to Locks of Love.

5. I wear earplugs at night. Sometimes just one, but since I have been married... two. Sometimes I fear this is doing damage to my brain or ears or something I am unaware of. Is this a habit I need to break????

6. I love the smell of Eucalyptus trees, it reminds me of the drive between San Jose and Monterey, California. It brings back many childhood memories.

7. When my husband brings me flowers, I usually cry. I think it is one of the most thoughtful things someone can do for another.

Happy Crafting,


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