Wednesday, December 29, 2010

So Very Sad

Our laptop has crashed.  I can't even tell you how sad I am.  I had just uploaded all my Christmas photos on there and my December Daily journaling.  I have so much stuff on there.  My husband is working on fixing it. For now I will use the computer downstairs but it just isn't the same.  I really loved our laptop.  I have journaling for scrapbook pages I haven't done yet.  I have my stretch the sketch on there.  I have photos of all my scrapbook pages from the last year.  I have recipes on there.  It just makes me sick.  I need to find a online backup site and never let this happen again.  I am not sure what will become of my December Daily.  The holidays got crazy and all I kept up with is pictures.  I think I may have even missed some days.  Every time I think about it I just get sadder and sadder.  Okay no more bringing others down.

Monday, December 13, 2010


I ordered a bunch of photos from Winkflash and I messed up.  I somehow did not select my December photos.  I was so excited the other day when my photos got here and then I discovered that I only had three photos from December.  I don't know what I was doing.  Actually I do know what I was doing.  I have a small child that talks and talks and talks.  I love that she talks so much but at times it makes it hard to concentrate.  I am guessing that is what happened.  Silly me.  I am going to order some more.  I just can't wait.  I so desperately want to put my December Daily together.  I have been keeping up with the journaling and the taking of photos.  I just need my photos.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Confessions and a recipe

I must confess that I am a few days behind on my December Daily journaling.  I plan on catching up today.  I am so excited for my pictures to arrive.  Then I will really be able to show something off.  Ali's December Daily is just so amazing. 
I made this soup the other night.  Wow it was good.  I got a Cooking Light book from the library because I was getting bored with my cook books.  I like Cooking Light recipes.  So here it is:


Cooking spray
2 cups thinly sliced leek (about 2 large)
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups cubed peeled Yukon gold potato (about 1 ½ pounds)
1 cup cubed carrot (about ½ pound)
1 cup cubed yellow squash
2 (15.75-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 bay leaves
1 cup hot cooked wild rice
1 cup half-and-half
½ cup (2 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
½ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
Freshly chopped parsley (optional)

Heat a large Dutch oven coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add leek and garlic, sauté 3 minutes or until tender. Stir in potato and next 4 ingredients; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until tender. Discard bay leaves. Place half of potato mixture in a blender, and process until smooth. Return pureed potato mixture to pan; stir in rice and remaining ingredients except parsley. Cook over medium heat until cheese melts. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired. Yield: 5 servings (serving size: 1 ½ cups)
CALORIES 302; FAT 9.5g; PROTEIN 12.4g; CARB 43g; FIBER 4.2g; CHOL 28mg; IRON 2.3mg; SODIUM 693mg; CALC 209mg
From: Cooking Light

I also must confess that I misread the recipe when I was making my grocery list so I forgot to get squash.  I had some extra potatoes so I just added them instead.  It turned out good.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

December 8

I finally stamped my journal cards.  They looked a bit plain so I wanted to jazz them up a bit.  So far I only have up to December 5 printed out. 
I am going to use these blank journal cards to write something about each picture.   I realized as I was journaling about the day that I didn't have specific journaling about the pictures I had taken. I may use number stamps to identify the pictures or some of the arrows that came with my Project Life kit. 
I really like the way this journal card turned out.  I may keep these same stamps throughout or I may switch it up a bit. 
Now to get back to my daughter's birthday party.  I will post some pictures of my decorations when I am all done. 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

December 6 & 7

This is a busy week for me.  I am throwing a Robot themed Birthday party for my daughter's 4th.  I am trying not to leave everything to the last minute so I am doing as much prep before hand as possible.  I ordered some photos from Winkflash yesterday so I am super excited to get them and get caught up on the DD.  I fancied up my journal cards tonight and will take some pictures to post tomorrow when I have more light.  I love this project. 

Sunday, December 5, 2010

December 4&5

I am feeling such a strong urge to go get some photo's developed so I can do a bit of my album.  I am not sure how long I can hold off.  I usually wait till they have a sale or until I have a ton of photos.  I have been keeping up with my journaling and I upload my photos every day.  I had to tweak my word document a bit.  The 3x4 spaces were a bit too big so I cut them down to 2.9x3.9.  This works much better.  I also printed out a graph paper design on both sides of my cardstock.  I have decided to include a bit of my own writing to tell the story of the pictures.  My journaling does not always reflect what is going on in each photo.

 I found some graph paper in word and printed it out on both sides of some white cardstock
I then printed out the other word document I created on top of the graph paper.  I am typing up my journaling in each box.  I took a bit of playing to get it how I liked it.  I then just cut out my little cards.
Here is what the cards will look like when I am done.  I corner rounded them because I love that look.  This particular card is too large so I had to fix it.  I left a bit of space at the top and bottom on my fixed cards so the corner rounding didn't cut my letters off.  I will sew my 4x6 photo sleeve in half so I can slide in my journaling cards and the other decorative 3x4 cards.  On the journaling cards that I have fixed the small bit of space that is left at the top and bottom may get a stamp or some kind of embellishment.  I will work on this tonight and update you tomorrow, just in case you are patiently waiting.

Friday, December 3, 2010

December Daily-Dec 2 & 3

I continue to keep up with the journaling.  I am also taking pictures of things that I don't usually take pictures of.  I am also trying to remember not to focus too much on the getting it all down and focus on the living it.  It is such a magical time for my daughter right now. 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

December Daily-Day One

I do have some photos to upload but Abi has the camera right now.  She loves taking pictures.  I sure am glad we got her her own camera for her birthday.  I even have a file for just her photos.  Some of them are so cute.  I will one day print them out and scrap them.  One day.  Just like all the other things I am going to do one day. 
So for December 1st I have done my journaling.  I formatted a word document with 6-3x4 squares.  I journaled about yesterday and started today.  So far I have filled up 5 squares.  I also wrote out our December Wish List.

December Wish List:
○ gingerbread houses
○ decorate cookies
○ see Santa at the mall
○ see Santa at the tree lighting
○ see Santa come by the house
○ wrap presents
○ Chuck’s party
○ Larson family get together
○ take Christmas photos on Christmas day
○ watch a whole bunch of Christmas movies
○ go to Lewiston to see the Christmas lights
○ make a snowman
○ make an igloo
○ try to make gingerbread cookies
○ fondue on Christmas Eve

I plan on downloading my photos and then planning my December 1st page or pages.  I will print out my journaling once I have filled all 6 of my squares.  I am also keeping a lined journal handy so I can jot down things that I think of during the day.  I love this project.