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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Sweet Potato Quesadillas, A Recipe

I want to share a delish recipe with you today! 

Sweet Potato Quesadillas
Sweet Potato Quesadillas from TripWorthTaking Blog
Ingredients for Sweet Potato Quesdillas
O.M.G! These are awesome. 
Especially if you like a little sweet and spice together.  
And, they are super easy to make.

Here is what you need:

2-3 medium sweet potatoes
shredded cheese (I prefer Colby Jack, but Cheddar will work just fine)
1 Avocado
1/2 an onion chopped
Olive oil or Vegetable oil for sautéing
Red Pepper Jelly for serving
Sweet Potato Quesadillas from TripWorthTaking Blog
Sweet Potatoes and Onions
Prepare your skillet and oil by heating to medium high while you peel and slice your sweet potatoes very thinly.
Start the potatoes sautéing while you slice and chop the onion, then add it when chopped.

While they cook, chop the avocado.

Make sure to turn the potatoes and onions so that they brown evenly. 
When the potatoes are soft and are just starting to brown evenly, they are done.

Remove them from the heat and transfer the mixture to a dish lined with paper towels to drain.

Use a paper towel to remove excess oil from the pan. Lower the heat to medium.
Sweet Potato Quesadillas from TripWorthTaking Blog
Sweet Potato Quesadillas

Lay a tortilla on the pan and on one half, layer the potato mixture, chopped avocado, and shredded cheese.
Fold the other half of the tortilla over to close. 

Flip to brown on both sides.
Sweet Potato Quesadillas from TripWorthTaking Blog
Sweet Potato Quesadillas

Serve with a salad and it will make a great summer supper!

Don't forget the Red Pepper Jelly! It is the perfect addition to this delicious meal.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Pinterest Peeking: Blogging 101

I'm going to be starting a new weekly installment around here called, Pinterest Peeking.  
I will showcase one board from Pinterest in each post.

These won't be all of MY Pinterest Boards, I will be showing off some of my friends, followers, fellow bloggers, who knows! Anything that strikes my fancy.

If you have a board that you feel has some outstanding pins, let me know and I'll feature it!

Now, on with the show!

This is a board that is gaining followers really quickly!

I have been curating this board for a while, but now it is a group board
with a few of my blogging friends. You'll find pins from Stephanie from Simply Dream & Create; Megin from VMG 206, Rebecca from Living Better Together, Camila from TitiCrafty, and Dana from This Silly Girl's Life.

Here are a few of my favorite pins:

pinterest and blog posts
Pinterest and Blog Posts
This pin will take you to iFabbo (a blogging organization for beauty and style bloggers). The really important part of the post is about halfway through the short article, but it is great information to have when creating your posts and adding information to your images (screen licking may or may not be mentioned). This is something that every blogger should consider.

Media Kit tips from BlogMaven
Media Kit tips from BlogMaven

If you are a blogger and don't know The BlogMaven, you must get to know her.  She gives great tips and tutorials about everything from starting your blog to optimizing your SEO.

The pin above guides you through creating your media kit in 10 easy steps.

BlogMaven takes all the guess work out of putting together your Media kit and you will have it done in no time!

Important Elements of Your Blog
Important Elements of Your Blog

Sarah over at Becoming Martha has some great tips for bloggers when designing the look and feel of you page.  There is so much to consider, but these elements are a must! 

How to Create Your images for your Facebook Page
How to Create Your images for your Facebook Page
Get some advice from the Holly Would Blog on creating your Facebook Fan Page!
This by far has been the hardest thing for me! Getting my FB page to look how I want it to look. This post takes a lot of the pain out of the process and you can really dress up your fan page.

I know you are ready to go over and follow this board, so head on over now! These pins are there, and so many more!

Shabby Creek Cottage House of Hepworths The 36th Avenue Design, Dining, and Diapers Funky Junk Interiors Tatertots and Jello Six Sisters Stuff Skip To My Lou Craft-O-Maniac That's What Che Said The DIY Showoff Under The Table And Dreaming Flamingo Toes Thrifty Decor Chick 
SNAP! Show & Tell Someday Crafts Somewhat Simple Todays Creative Home Stories AtoZ The Owl's Skull The "PIN IT" Party @ Creative Geekery

Thursday, May 23, 2013

20 Minute Crafting with Washi

Amy from Trip Worth Taking
Hi! I'm Amy!
This is the post that ran on Wednesday at Simply Dream & Create. Enjoy!

Hi, Simple Dream & Create Readers! I am Amy and I'm really excited to be guest posting here for Stephanie.  I "met" her when I shamelessly emailed her and asked for blogging tips a couple of months ago. Then she was gracious enough to participate in a blog series that ran over at my blog, Trip Worth Taking.  She shared her favorite crafting tool and cleared up a little confusion for me in the process! 

I love to craft and sometimes you just need a quick crafting fix, you know? At least, I do.  
Maybe I'm the only one with the problem.  If you're not in the same boat then just talk amongst yourselves for a minute while I share with all the craft addicts.

My kids think I'm crazy sometimes because a thought will jump into my head and I have to act on it.  Sometimes those little crafting explosions work out and sometimes they don't, but I give it a try anyway. 

I have recently fallen in love with Washi Tape. Yes, I know, I'm late to the party. (Hey, but I DID show up!) And, want to put it on everything. I have been able to restrain myself mostly, but I did decide that Washi would be the perfect answer for a little problem.

worn out phone cable
Poor worn out phone cable

worn out phone cable
Poor worn out phone cable

Isn't it sad.  I know it happens to us all.  
We use and abuse our phone cable and expect them to last forever.

I was going to just put some tape around the top and then I had a brain surge. Washi!

Before I could Washi my little heart happy, I had to get the outer rubber casing pulled down to the ends evenly.  To do that I simply held on to one end and ran my fingers down the cord.  It easily pulled back into place.

Then I set to work. No real technique involved here.  I started at one end with the cord running down the length of the strip of tape:

Washi Taped Phone Cable
Washi Taped Phone cord

I just closed the tape around the cable. Easy Peasy.  
At the ends where the cord meets the USB and phone connections, I wrapped around the cord.

Washi Taped Phone Cable
Washi wrapped phone cable
I did this all the way up to the connector.

Now my cord should last a while longer....and, it's pretty.

Washi Taped Phone Cable
Washi Taped Phone Cable
Here's an itsy bitsy hint:
If you find that your tape is coming loose, use a little clear nail polish to stick it down. Booyah!

I bet you're going to Washi something right now, aren't ya?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Guest Posting at Simply Dream and Create

Today, I am sharing a simple and quick craft over at 
Simply Dream & Create with my friend, Stephanie!

Head over and show some love!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Oklahoma Tragedy

My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the severe weather in and around Moore, OK.  
I pray that they will continue to find more survivors and bring happy news to those who are still searching.

Our area is currently under severe weather watch and will turn into tornado warnings later today.  
Everyone be careful and take safety precautions.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Learning Lessons

Yes, there is a lot of testosterone running rampant in my world.  And, I like it that way. 

I had lots of people ask me after my youngest was born if we were going to keep trying for a girl.

My answer was emphatically, "NO!"

Don't get me wrong.  I think little girls are so cute and you can dress them up and take them to dance lessons. But, I have always loved little boys. 

Geez. I love my boys. 

I have a soon to be high school freshman who is so good at so many things.  He loves to take things apart and fix them and put them back together.  He loves learning about how things run. I fully expect him to be some sort of engineer.  So, obviously he is very smart. And good lookin', too!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Automate Your Life!

Do you know IFTTT (IF This Then That)? If you don't then you totally should get to know it.  

I am a firm believer in working smarter, not harder, and IFTTT helps you do just that. 
IFTTT can help you automate many aspects of your life.  

Automate blog posts to Twitter and your Facebook Fan Page
Automate your Instagram photos to Evernote, Facebook, or email.
Set your lights to come on at home when the sunsets or if your favorite team wins their big game.
Want to save a link to a favorite Youtube video to Dropbox? Automate it.  

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Simple Campfire Desserts

I am on a pretty strict diet. But, my family isn't.
And, we love dessert.

It's the whole reason for the rest of the meal, right?

I've been collecting ideas for fun summer desserts that the kids can help make.

We love to cook as a family, and making these desserts will be even better.

Cookouts are always fun, and the perfect way to finish it off will be with these super simple and yummy Campfire Cones

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

DietBet Update

Well, folks, I did it!

Dietbet Update

I lost 4% of my bodyweight and won a whopping $41!!
I have never been so excited over $41 in my life.  I worked hard for it! And, more importantly, I stuck with it. I have never been one for sticking to a diet or exercise plan for long.
For 28 days, I ate healthy and exercised at least 4 times a week.
That's a big deal.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Embarrassing Things I Don't Do Anymore...or, Trendy Things We All Did in the 80's

Times change...thank goodness!

As a wonderful result, there are a lot of things that I don't do anymore.  
I'm sure you have things that you don't do anymore, also. (At least, I hope you do!)

There are fads that come and go...and, absolutely should go and never, ever return.

I was born in the amazing decade of the 70's (that was sarcasm peeps), but I am a child of the 80's.
Whew! Am I glad those days are gone!

I was a stick with knees, big hair, blue eye shadow, and shoulder pads.
It was awesome!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Printable Art for Mother's Day

You know there is so much inspiration for Mother's Day gifts floating around on Pinterest and a lot of it is PRINTABLE!

I love printable art. Seriously.

What could be better for a quick change in any room?
Who doesn't love a gift of framed, ready to hang art?


Am I gushing? Can you tell it's one of my favorite things?

And, combine one of my favorite things with a gift for one of my favorite people and you get me all scwunchy faced and giggly!

I've rounded up a few of my favorites for you here, so get to printing and framing with glee!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Fish Scale Artwork Fail or Not Fail?

Hi everyone! I am back from my trip to Washington, DC and so glad to be home.  

I was so busy while there, I had very little time to update you on what I was doing, so I wanted to share a few pics that I snapped.


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