Aloha!! I am super excited to share with you my first mixed media scrapbooking layout for the Shimmerzpaints Youtube Channel. For a few years I have been on the Social Media creative Team with Shimmerz, and now am switching to their Youtube Creative Team.
I love working with Shimmerz and posting on their channel is an honor!!
Here is a look at the Autumn themed Mixed media scrapbooking layout I made.
I used Shimmerz Wisteria Lane and So sappy for the main media component. It works perfect with the Maggie Holmes Heritage collection.
Then I finished off with adding the new Dazzlerz Foilz to the cork pieces and the edges of many of the leaves on my layout.
Aloha!!!! Sup My Scrappy Peeps!! It’s a new month which means a new For The Love Of Homemade Kits!!
This month of August We are going to be sharing a mini kit, as its already August when this is being shared. Also this month I want to work on killing my July kit. I still have so many summery amazing things left. (I know that really means I just need to make smaller kits, but that just is too hard. )
To download the Pdf for this month’s recipe, click here.
Khristina, Megan and I are taking on one of our favorite series, For the Love of Homemade Kits.
We make a new recipe each month, then create a kit with our supplies. Throughout on Monday’s we will share layouts (process videos) using our homemade Kit.
The biggest key to this kit series is mixing the stash we love with things we may have had laying around for a while or have a hard time using. We really just want to use our stash and create layouts with memories and stories we want to tell.
I hope you join us this month and create a kit with our recipe.
January 2020 For The Love Of Homemade Kits Recipe Kit:
– wood grain/nature
– floral design
– black and white pattern
– colored/one tone paper (or colored card stock)
– something dimensional
– foil flakes/chunky gitter
– project life card/bigger pieces of ephemera
– something with glitter
– floral (die cuts or sticker)
– flare buttons
– word/phrase stickers
Alpha that matches one of your patterned papers
Alpha from the same collection as one of the patterned papers or embellishments
-an unfinished mixed media background/ unfinished layout
You can also this recipe at Khristina’s Secret Not Secret Kit Club ground in pdf form. this will make it easier to copy or use if you upload that pdf.January-2020-Homemade-Kits-Printable
If You decide to play along, tag us so we can see your kit and what you create. If you want to play along and share your kit via your blog or Youtube channel, let us know and we can add you in the info box so others can see your kit and projects and be inspired as well. One of the best parts of this series is having a bunch of different people sharing together, it’s so inspiring.
I am excited to share with you my first food prep video. Bare with me while I get camera angles and all that stuff fine tuned.
One Sundays my husband and I work together to food prep stuff for the week. This is a newer thing we have added to our process to streamline and make the week run more smoothly. I am a homeschool mom so having meals that are mostly ready to prepare is so helpful. This week we worked for about 4 and a half hours preparing things for the upcoming week, along with some extra things we wanted to make ahead.
We meal plan for the upcoming two weeks, so sometimes it just makes sense to make a few things ahead if we can. Sometimes though life happens and meals and plans change throughout the week. Preparing ahead of time helps this flow.
There are many things that we accomplished and here is a list of what we created along with links to where you can find the recipe.
Here below are the homemade recipes I made on my video,
Homemade Tomato Veggie Sauce (there will be a link below at the end of the blog so you can print of this recipe)
8 plum tomatoes, cut in half
12 cloves garlic
1 red bell pepper
Salt and Pepper to taste
Olive oil to coat veggies
1 red onion, small dice
1 zucchini small dice
5 baby portabella mushrooms small dice
2 Tbsp anchovy paste
2 small cans of tomato paste
2 cans 14oz Fire roasted tomatoes
1 14oz can full water
olive oil – couple of turns in pot
salt to taste about 2 tbsp
2 28oz cans crushed tomatoes
1 cup red wine – optional
Handful each of Italian parsley, thyme, and basil
Salt and pepper to taste
crushed red pepper optional
In a cast iron skillet arrange tomatoes, garlic and red pepper.
Coat with Olive Oil and Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Roast in oven at 375 for about 45 minutes, moving the veggies around a few times to help them not stick or burn to the bottom of pan. When the tomatoes start to brown and break down and the garlic has gotten some color, they are done.
Use food processor to blend veggies until smooth. Set Aside.
In big sauce pot, add olive to coast bottom of pan a few times, turn on to medium heat.
Saute onion zucchini, and mushrooms for about 5 to 10 minutes, to get a little color on them.
Add salt and anchovy paste and stir in. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently so it doesn’t burn.
Add tomato paste and cook to darken the color. Stir while this happens so it doesn’t burn, I like to do this for about 10 minutes to get a really dark tomato color and deep flavor.
This is a good spot to add your red wine if adding it, cooking for another 5 to 10 minutes.
10.Add diced tomatoes and a can of water (i mostly do this to get all the bits out of the can, so really how much you add is a personal preference. Stir occasionally and cook about 10 to 15 minutes.
11.Put this mixture in the food processor and blend until smooth. Add back to the sauce pot.
12.Add in the oven roasted veggies and stir to combine. Continue to cook on medium low. This is a good place to taste and add a little bit of salt.
13.Chiffonade the basil and cut the parsley. Add these to the sauce with the thyme. If you leave the thyme on the branches just make sure you take those out when dividing up your sauce.
14.Add crushed tomatoes to sauce. Stir to combine. I add a little more water to my cans and add this to the sauce.
15.Season to taste and add any extra seasonings you like in your sauce, like crushed red pepper. Lower your burner on low.
16.I let my sauce simmer on the stove at least 30 minutes at this point but the longer if simmers on low thebetter. After it is done simmering, take off heat and let cool down before portioning out. I usually get about 4 portions out of this pot, depending on how much sauce you like for a family portion. This recipe freezes really well and can be kept there for about 4 months.
Risotto with Mushrooms and Leeks
1 cup uncooked Arborio Rice
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup red onion diced small
1 whole leek, sliced thinly
1 lb assorted mushrooms
3 cups chicken stock
Saute onions, leeks and mushrooms in olive and butter for 3 minutes.
Add rice, stirring for about 2 minutes.
Stir in 1 cup of broth, stirring and cooking on medium high until liquid is absorbed.
Slowly stir in the broth 1/2 cup at a time, waiting until it absorbs before adding more. Make sure you are stirring the whole time, this will help add to the creaminess of the rice mixture.
This makes 3 cups of rice, but a bit more because of the veggies.
Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Jam
+3 to 4 pounds Strawberries, de stemmed and quartered (I used 2 lbs frozen and 1 and 1/2 lbs fresh)
+2 big stalks Rhubarb, chopped
+ 1/4 cup sweetener, (I used 1/8 cup agave nectar and 1/8 cup honey)
+pinch of salt
+1/2 cup Chia seeds
Cook Strawberries and Rhubarb so it breaks down on medium heat. I found this took about 15 minutes, maybe a little more.
Add Salt and turn burner down to low and continue to cook down until a thickness that you prefer. Do remember you are adding Chia seeds later so this will help thicken it a bit too.
Add this mixture to the food processor with chia seeds and sweetener and pulse a few times.
Add to mason jars. This jam can go right in the fridge to thicken, if you want to have it out, make sure you follow standard canning procedure. The recipes I used today were for about 10 to 15 minutes in a boiling water bath on the stove.
This recipe made 3 full jars of jam plus a little more.
To watch all this prep here is the Youtube video I posted
Here are some links for the recipes in document form:
Thanks for joining me here today!! I hope this inspired you to get into your kitchen and meal prep a bit. Be sure to join me this next week for a fun cupcake recipe using that amazing Strawberry and Rhubarb Jam. Also this week I hope to sure more with you on my instagram about what we made meal wise with this and more meal prep additions!!!
Here are some fun places you can find me on social media:
If you follow me on social media you may have seen that I am wanting to add to my youtube channel, and on social media. I mostly have used this space for my memory keeping. I have mostly used this blog to share all the things I was making in my scrap room. But originally when I started this blog I had actually really wanted a space that memory keeping and my love for food could meet.
For years friends would tell me to share all my creations in the kitchen with them and online. And even though I did go to culinary school after high school, I also saw myself as a home cook just like so many others. Not really special and not really seeing how my take on food would stand out.
So I’m doing something scary…. And I am going to start sharing what I am making in the kitchen. I still want to share my scrapbooking, this part of my life has really brought joy in my life. Food though really has always been something I am passionate about. I love finding ways to eat healthier. Find ways to take those flavors I eat, out in all the amazing places I have lived, and bring them into my home. I love being creative with cupcakes!!
I am finally seeing how I fit into this foodie world. I love making carb conscience, fresh and homey food that tastes good.
I hope you enjoy this new direction I am wanting to go. I really am excited about having memory keeping and food meet.
I am hoping to share recipes, (lots of cupcake ones), food prep type of videos, videos on how I make carb conscious choices in meal prepping, and hopefully some other food related types of videos and blog posts.
My goal is to blog/post videos on Monday – memory keeping/scrapbooking process videos, Wednesday- food related or Thursday- scrapbooking related and then Saturday – food related. I am hoping that sticking to three days a week and themed related days that will help you know and anticipate the types of videos you want to see. I did think about having two youtube channels, but decided to use my one youtube channel for both things, and then have a separate facebook page and instagram account too. I will be sharing some of the other things on both accounts but I’ll try to keep those more exclusive to it’s theme!!
I hope you are inspired!! I hope you have a great week, making the most with what you have!!
Aloha!! I feel like it’s been a while since I posted anything to Youtube. To say my life is busy is an understatement!! Things are starting to calm down and the weather is starting to get cool and drizzly. All the sweater weather that is perfect for staying in and finishing all those to do scrapping things I have been meaning to do.
Today I am sharing a mixed media layout that I posted to the Clique Kits Youtube Channel. Here are some close ups of the layout. To see all the products in the Clique Kits store, check out my video and the description box for links.
Here is a close up of the cut file and how I raised the inside of the file (the letters) on foam adhesive. I added the cut file right on top of the watercolor splatters I added to my background.
I used one of the left over exclusive flair buttons from my Forever Fall mini album class. I layered it with a leaf cut file and some die cuts from the kits. Also tucked into the layers is a cut file that was made exclusively by Zinia to make this kit.
Here is one last close up of the cut file and title of my layout. As you can see the mixed media peeks through the leaves on the cut file. I used my silhouette cameo to cut out this file from The Cut Shoppe.
Here is a full look at just the layout. This Gather Kit from Clique Kits is perfect for documenting how gorgeous my tree looks this year.
To watch my process video look below.
Thanks for joining me today!! I hope you have a wonderful day and stay inspired. Don’t forget to join the Clique Kits design team on Instagram tomorrow for the October Pep Rally and Kit Reveal.
As you know I have been sharing my work over at my other blog, scrapbookpagesandcupcakes.com. In the next month I will be switching over to this blog again. I am trying to clean up some of my social media accounts and make things a bit easier for me. As blogs really isn’t how I share my work, and blogs aren’t as important as they were, I am thinking the cost of paying for a blog that was never meant to earn money this blog will do all that I need it to do to share with you all the pretty things I make and share on my youtube channel.
I will be trying to share more on my blog again when I make a post on my youtube channel or a youtube channel for my design teams.
I can’t wait to keep sharing with you all I am creating.
Aloha!! I wanted to give everyone a heads up, that this site is no longer where I post all my current blog posts.
Today is a super special day because I am posting my first blog post as part of the Clique Kits Design Team. Because I don’t want anyone to miss out on that I hope you hop over to my newer (last year it was new) Blog site, which is, scrapbookpagesandcupcakes.com.