Food on the brain, apparently!

I love Thanksgiving!! I love the food. I can hardly wait for stuffing (or filling, as it’s often called here in Lancaster) and sweet potatoes. I hope they’re on the menu this year. I don’t know, because I’m not hosting. My mother-in-law is hosting. But one thing I do know, is that anything my mother-in-law makes will be delicious. And I can’t wait to eat Thanksgiving dinner. It’s my favorite meal of the whole entire year.  And I’m sure I’m not alone in that sentiment. Am I right?

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes? Have any that are a must have? Any that will find your way to the table just because they are tradition?

Since I have Thanksgiving dinner on my mind, I figured it would be a great day to share a few recipes I’ve tried this week that were big hits in our house. They’re not Thanksgiving foods, per se, but you could make them part of your Thanksgiving meal/day, if you wish.

~ Breakfast ~


Since we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, let’s start of with this recipe for slow cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats. The fact that I could mix these up in my crock pot the night before and wake up to breakfast already made was just awesome to me.  I have one in our family who isn’t a fan of steel cut oats, so he was not impressed by this dish at all. But all the rest of us steel cut oats lovers thought these were amazing. They tasted a bit like apple crisp. I added a little bit more liquid to make sure it would’t burn overnight, since this was my first time trying it out. But I don’t think i would have needed to.

You could make this the night before Thanksgiving and wake up to a healthy and delicious breakfast already made. It’s a great time saver. especially if you already have a lot of other food to prepare.

~ Dinner ~


I made this recipe for Braised Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms and Creamy Polenta for dinner one night this week, but it totally could work as a nice alternative to the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Especially if you use turkey thighs instead of the chicken. And especially if you’re only cooking for about 4 people. I love polenta. It’s easy and quick to cook, and is a nice alternative side dish to potatoes or rice. The mushrooms were so good, and the entire dish together was amazing. Serve with a tossed green salad and you’re good to go!

~ Dessert ~


I don’t make many desserts besides baking once or twice a week. These Lunch Lady Brownies taste almost like another recipe I’ve made before that my husband tells me I’m no longer allowed to make, because they’re so good! If you do make these, be sure to have lots of people around to share them with, because you will be tempted to eat the entire pan. And we can’t have that, can we?

Just to give you an idea of how delicious these are…I’ve been putting these in my kids’ lunch boxes this week, and today my son came home and asked how he could hide his brownie at lunch time. Apparently he has a few classmates who like to steal them. If he doesn’t eat his brownie at first break it gets taken out of his lunch box while he’s eating his lunch. Haha!! We’re not mad. We know these kids and they are his friends. It’s just funny that they know to take his desserts. Maybe their moms need to bake these so they stop stealing them from my son. :)

And you can’t speak about food and Thanksgiving dinners without thinking about decorating your table. Since I’m not hosting, I didn’t bother getting out my Thanksgiving table decor this year. In fact, I’ve already begun to decorate it for Christmas. But in case you need an idea and maybe are new to my blog since then. here’s a link to my thanksgiving tablescape from last year.


Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope you all have a lovely weekend. I will be back next week with more projects I’ve been working on, as well as some ideas for Christmas. I can’t wait!

Happy weekend!



December Memories storage



I’m sure you’ve seen the 2015 December Memories kit from Gossamer Blue by now. If you haven’t, you can check it out here. It’s an amazing kit, and I’m so excited to be making a December memories album again this year.

It can be a little challenging to figure out how to best store the kit for easy accessibility, while still keeping things nicely contained. I wasn’t happy with my December Memories kit storage choice last year. I had it divided up into separate containers, but they just didn’t work well for me. So, this year I looked for another option for my kit.

I was at TJ Maxx one day (I love that place!), and saw this beautiful silver gilded wooden tray and just fell in love with it. The designs on the bottom of the tray work nicely for Christmas, is small and compact, so it doesn’t take up much space, and I can use it for other things once I’m done with my album. Perfect!!


See that pretty distressed gilded finish? Isn’t it so pretty? Goodness, I just love it.

It’s important to me to choose storage items that are not only functional, but pretty to look at. This one just makes me happy, and makes me want to keep it right beside me on my desk.


These little clear containers were part of my storage solution last year. At least I was able to incorporate them into my storage this year, so it wasn’t a complete fail. I like to use these to store all my little embellishments to keep them separated by type. I also use these for my monthly kit embellishments once I take all my kits apart. I store the small embellishments in a container like this on my desk until I’m ready to move on to the next month’s kits. Then I separate them out into my other storage spaces.


I have three small containers for the small embellishments, one medium sized container that holds my smaller pocket cards and my washi tape and twine, and then one larger one that holds the larger packages of embellishments, like stickers, alphabets sheets, the stamp set from the class kit, chipboard sheet, etc.

The larger papers and pocket inserts are tucked in behind the largest container.


They all nestle nicely inside my wooden tray with a little room to spare for anything else I might want to store in there, like a spool of thread, which I often keep handy for my album since I like to use that a lot.

I am so happy with my december memories storage this year. I love my tray, and I love that the clear containers still allow me to see the tray underneath.

Did you know Gossamer Blue is also offering a December memories class? It started on november 1st, but there is still plenty of time to sign up and take full advantage of all it has to offer. You can find out more about the class here.


If you have any questions at all about my december memories storage or album process, please don’t hesitate to ask. I hope you’ll join us in the classroom, and we’d love for you to share your december memories album with us in the Gossamer Blue gallery as well!



Thanksgiving card set


Last week I shared a scrapbook page I made with some die cut watercolored leaves. I had some smaller leaves I made still left over, so I made this card set to use up the last two I had.

I kept the cards very minimal, allowing the leaves and sentiments to take center stage. I wanted the cards to be simple, calm, and perfect for a season where we focus on simple thanks and gratefulness.

These cards would be perfect to send to someone for whom you are especially grateful for. During this season of Thanksgiving, let’s not forget to tell the people in our lives how much we are grateful for them and all they mean to us.

So thankful:


This one features a watercolor maple leaf along with the simple sentiment.

So very grateful:


A watercolor oak leaf graces this card, and a little cork heart and sentiment.

So much love and gratitude:


I didn’t have any more watercolor leaves, but I did have some glitter die cut leaves left over from a craft I did. So the third card showcases a pretty copper glitter leaf, a wood veneer embellishment and the sentiment.

These cards were such fun to make. I love the simplicity of each one. This card set is available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing part of your day with me. I so appreciate it!








watercolor autumn leaves


Last week I went out on a little nature stroll with my camera to try to capture some of the beauty of the autumn season. I headed out soon after the kids got on the bus when the morning sun was at its best. It was so pretty, and I determined that I really need to do that more often. It’s such a great way to not only capture your surroundings at different times, but to also grow in your photography skills.

My goal is to not only capture the changing landscapes as the seasons change around me, but to train my eye to pay attention to the details, to not capture the same things over and over, but to try to see something new, or even just something I’ve photographed before, but to see it in a different way.

I want to challenge myself to do this in different seasons, and at different times of the day. To work at noticing the way the lighting changes as the day unfolds, but also as the seasons change. To a photographer, being able to see the light is of utmost importance, so I’m trying hard to work at training my eyes to be able to see the light and how it effects the thing I am trying to photograph.

I loved the way the bright yellow leaves looked as the morning sun shone on them. I took many photos that day, but I chose to print this one out to scrapbook because I really wanted to pair it up with some watercolored leaves I had been playing around with.


I cut these leaves out with my Silhouette from watercolor paper, then added the color with some distress inks. I added some darker splatters of ink after the initial colors were dry.

These were such fun to make, and I felt like the crinkly watercolor leaves captured the feel of the crunchy, colorful leaves underfoot as I took my walk.


I kept the rest of the page fairly clean to keep the focus on the pretty leaves, both in the photo and the watercolored ones. I added a bit of stamping with the leaves and words in black to add contrast, and the wood grain paper and cork accents for warmth.

Now that its getting colder here, I’m hoping to head out one morning to capture some frost photos. And then snow? Who knows.

I had such fun taking these photos and making this page. Fall is my favorite time of year, and I feel like this page really shows it. This is my happiness on a page. The glow of the autumn leaves, the warm sunshine, the watercolor leaves, the touch of black. It’s all so me, and it makes me happy to look at it.

I’ll be back soon to share more projects made with those watercolor leaves that I had so much fun making.

Thanks for joining me today!


Gossamer Blue November reveal 2

Yesterday I shared a few cards I made with the November kits from Gossamer Blue. I have a couple more projects to share with you today.

I made a quick page this time, because I really wanted to use more of those Life Pages cards. I’m not doing pocket page scrapbooking a whole lot at the moment, but those cards were just too good to pass up.

Friends down on the farm page (Main kit, Life Pages kit,Life Pages add-on #3):

My daughter and a friend of hers enjoying a day spent on the farm.



I used three Life Pages cards, wood veneer, puffy stickers, washi tape, those fun chipboard letters, and more.

Together card (Main kit):


Another main kit only project, a wedding/engagement/love card.


The flowers and the gold help keep things romantic.

Lovely card (Main Kit):


And yet another main kit only project. I guess the main kit was really good this time, huh? I’d say so! I love the colors, the washi tape, the rub-ons. Well, everything!


I used the transparency sheet to create a see-through panel on this card. Just for a little bit of fun. Anything written inside would peek through the transparency a little bit.

And, there we have it for my Gossamer blue November projects. What did you think of this month’s kits? Is there a stand out product for you? I know, it’s hard to decide, right?

Thanks for stopping by today. Here are this month’s links for you.

November Main kit

November Life Pages kit

November add-ons


November designer scrapbook gallery

November designer cards and projects gallery

November designer Life Pages gallery


Gossamer Blue November reveal

The Gossamer Blue November kits are here! These were such great kits to work with. I’m sharing a couple of projects today that I made with the November kits. I hope you’ll go check out the galleries for more project ideas as well.

Thanks card (Main kit):


I loved the patterned paper with little houses all over the one side. I cut out a few of them for this card and stitched them in place.


I also used the washi tape, some rub-ons, and a die cut from the die cut pack.

This card would be great for multiple occasions:

  • thanks for helping us move
  • thanks for being a great neighbor
  • thanks for your hospitality

Favorite 4 ever card (Life Pages kit):


The Life Pages kits was my favorite this time. I love the stamp set, the sequins and the puffy stickers.


As soon as I saw that stamp set, this idea came to mind to stamp it in multiple colors as a background. It turned out pretty much just like I planned. I used my Studio Calico stamp pads and stamped each one off once for a lighter color.

Hello There card (Life Pages kit):


I had to make another card with the Life Pages kit since I love it so much.


More sequins and puffy stickers. More stitching. I love those colors in the Life Pages card I used for my background. It’s a great combination.

I’ll be back tomorrow with the rest of my November kit projects. In the meantime, head on to the GB website and check out all the kits. All the links are below.

Thanks for stopping by!!

November Main kit

November Life Pages kit

November add-ons


November scrapbook gallery

November cards and projects gallery

November Life Pages gallery

Gossamer Blue sneaks and more

Hey everyone!

Yep, I’m still alive.

I’ve been finding it harder and harder to schedule time to blog. I’m more likely to post on Instagram these days. It’s easier, less time consuming, and I like the feedback and interaction there. You can follow me here.

I’ve been doing several photography sessions in the past several weeks. I still feel like I have so much to learn before I can consider myself a pro, but I’ve been getting good practice and have been learning so much. Plus I’ve been teaching myself Photoshop along the way. I’m thankful for those wonderful people who believed in my abilities enough to trust me with their photos. I’m planning to learn and grow as much as I can in this area over the winter months, probably by taking some online courses and such, and then decide what I want to do as far as doing it as a business or not. There is so much to think about and so much to learn.

But…I didn’t really come here today to talk about photography, other than to let you all know that has been keeping me busy. Well, that and life. That never slows down.

I did want to share a couple of things with you. I’ve been struggling with my crafting mojo, but am happy that it came back enough to make some projects with the November Gossamer Blue kits that I really love. Here are some sneak peeks:

GBNovembersneakI loved the addition of royal blue in this month’s kits. So lovely and different from the lighter blues that have been all the rage the last few years. I still love my aqua and sky blues, but I’d welcome a change to the deeper hues, especially for winter. Navy blue, anyone? With soft pink? Sigh…wouldn’t that be great?

Also, I was over on the Gossamer Blue blog yesterday sharing some monochromatic cards. One of the cards is shown below, and you can find the rest here.


Have you checked out the December Memories kits yet? Maybe you’ve even ordered yours? I am in love with this year’s kit. Gossamer Blue always does a fantastic job on their December kits. I can’t believe Christmas is only two months away! It’s insane how fast time flies.

Oh, and one more thing I wanted to share. I opened a brand new Etsy shop. I only have a few items in it so far. But I’d love for you to check it out. You can find it here. I plan to use it as a spot to sell my excess cards and other handmade and vintage items. As you can see, I haven’t had a ton of time to post there either. Does anyone know where I can go to get more hours in my days and more days in my weeks? Ha!

What’s going on in your corner of the world, my dears?