Apr 26, 2016

A Rubber Ducky Baby card - Cricut Craft Room

My Doodlebug Designs papers are at it again.
I shared a CAS baby card the other week and
here's the second one in my "baby series!"

baby card using a Cricut die cut duck

This sweet little rubber ducky die cut was made
using my beloved Cricut and a free cart from
the Cricut Craft Room.  

baby card using the free software from Cricut
Cricut Craft Room basics, Cricut, Inkadinkado sentiment stamp,
Doodlebug Designs paper (Snips & Snails),
kraft cardstock, flower button, jute twine

The rubber ducky song kept going through my
head as I was making this card.
Rubber Ducky you're the one,
you make bath time lots of fun...

Congratulations baby card, with Doodlebug Designs paper, Inkadinkado stamps

I hope this post brought a little smile to your face!
Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your day!

This baby card series will 
continue in the coming weeks. (:

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Apr 22, 2016

My TO-DO List Altered notebook - Bella BLVD

Happy Earth Day!

Here's a fun little recycle/upcycle - reuse
project I've been wanting to share.

I am an admitted list-maker, yep, it's right there
on my "About Me" page! Lists are a constant in
my life. 

My mind naturally works in lists.
When I have a project to do, I see the steps in
list form before my pen even hits paper.

So where does a prolific list-maker keep her lists?

altering a notebook, recycle, my to do list notebook

But I'm a crafter too, so they need to be
embellished notebooks!

I make one for each season. (:

notebooks - Summer '15 & Winter '16

Recycling or is it Upcycling?

I use the kids old composition books; they 
never use all the pages. Would that be 
recycling or upcycling?

Upcycling the kids old notebooks.
The used pages are carefully cut out and
the cover is joyfully altered.

Most notebooks have more than half of
their pages unused, in that case I just 
alter the cover. 

However, my current edition was pretty
much thinned out so I made a quick 
bookcover from kraft wrapping paper.
This will allow me to transfer my spring 
cover to another book when this one
is finished before the end of the season.

creating a kraft paper book cover

Ironically, some of Bella Blvd's winter papers 
were perfect for my spring notebook!

Bella Blvd Winter Wonder design papers were
used, earlier in the year, for both my winter notebook 
and my 2016 daily planner, I really liked the color scheme.

Winter '16  with Bella Blvd design papers

My 2016 daily planner using Bella Blvd Winter Wonder papers

spring 2016 To-Do list notebook

Are you a list-maker?
Do you keep notebooks of notes?

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Apr 20, 2016

5 Favorite Books from My Childhood

We've been de-cluttering our home for the last two 
years. I think I can claim that I'm a minimalist now!

It's a lot of work but it feels sooo good!
And you find things you haven't seen in years. 

My mother had kept my favorite childhood books
to pass onto my children, hoping they would enjoy
them as much as I did. 

I'm happy to report, they loved them too!

Gus was a Friendly Ghost - I loved how kind Gus 
was and how patient he was with that mouse!

We Were Tired of Living in a House - this was
such a wonderful adventure to me and gave me
a warm, cozy feeling when they ended up back
 home.  Ooops, maybe I should have labeled
that a "spoiler alert"! (:

The Monkey and the Crocodile
I was impressed at how clever the 
monkey was!

Down Down The Mountain -
such a sweet story and a great
lesson that generosity is somehow
always rewarded. 

The Strange Story of The Frog Who Became a Prince -
I'm not sure why I like this book so much, maybe the 
black & white sketch-like drawings or maybe it was just
a funny story.

I'll admit...when de-cluttering uncovered these books,
I read through each one...and enjoyed them all over 
again!  (:


Do you remember your
favorite childhood books?

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Apr 19, 2016

Cheesy Bacon Quiche - Printable Recipe

Quiche is one of my go-to meals!
And I have an easy one to share with you today.

a basic quiche recipe Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Quiche

      quiche: (keesh) 
              is an open-face pastry crust with a 
              filling of eggs and milk which, when
              baked, becomes a custard. It can be 
              made with vegetables, meat and seafood.

This definition tells me that as long as I have
milk and eggs, I can pretty much dump any
thing else I have in a pie crust and have 
dinner on the table in about 30 minutes!

That's a winner in my book.

And the fact that you can "customize"
your quiche for your family puts this
meal over the top!

Today's recipe is a very basic one, you could 
switch out the bacon for any meat or seafood
and use any cheese that compliments the 
protein you chose.
Use whatever you have on hand; leftovers
work great!

chopping bacon for quiche

My hubby likes to make a big breakfast for the family
over the weekend; bacon, eggs, pancakes and french
toast. Its a regular breakfast bar. 

So this past weekend, I asked him to make some extra
bacon so I could make quiche this week.

Well, you would have thought I spoke in a foreign 
language, both my son & hubby cocked their 
heads and in unison said, "There is no such
thing as "extra" bacon!"


So I just bagged some up before bringing it 
to the breakfast table and no one even noticed.

This quiche starts simply by putting your pie
crust in the pie plate. Homemade crust or
store bought, both work fine.

add bacon and shredded cheddar to pie crust

Feel free to make a pretty crimped edge,
I just throw my store bought crust in this
time and didn't worry about the pretty part.

Then toss gently place your bacon and 
shredded cheese in the crust.

Beat your eggs, milk, salt and pepper together
and pour it into the crust.

cut piece of baked cheesy bacon quiche

Pop it in the oven and in about 30 minutes you'll
be enjoying a yummy meal with your family.

It's that easy!

have a piece cheesy bacon quiche

Here's the handy dandy printable recipe.
I hope you'll give it a try.


Cheesy Bacon Quiche
(printable recipe)

Pastry for 9 inch pie
5-6 stripes of bacon, cooked and crumbled/chopped
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
4 large eggs, beaten
1½ cup  milk

1. Preheat oven, 375 degrees
2. Fit pie crust into pie plate, fold ends under and crimp.
3. Spread shredded cheese and bacon evenly in pie crust.
4. Beat salt, pepper, eggs and milk until well blended,
5. Pour over cheese and bacon in pie plate.

Bake 30-40 minutes or until set. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

yield: 6 servings

Maria Matter http://asimplefive.blogspot.com/

quiche recipe

If you like this recipe,
be sure to check out my
Sausage Cheddar Quiche
it's a bit more spicy!

What's your go-to meal?

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Apr 13, 2016

A Clean and Simple Doodlebug Baby

CAS baby card, Doodlebug Designs, MFT

A CAS baby card

The end of the world is NOT near!
I just thought I would put that out there today.

How do I know?

Because of the un-naturally high number
of babies being born over the next few
months to friends & loved ones!

With all that new freshness coming into our
world...the world can't possibly be near it's end!

CAS baby card made with Cricut, Doodlebug Designs paper, My Favorite Things stamps
Cricut Craft Room basics, Cricut, Memento ink,
Doodlebug Designs paper (Snips & Snails),
My Favorite Things (DC stamps: notched tags)

CAS (clean and simple) cards are 
definitely my go-to approach to
cardmaking, it fits nicely with
my minimalistic lifestyle!

Doodlebug Designs: Snips & Snails paper 
was perfect for all the baby boys cards I 
crafted; love this monkey print!

Then I used my beloved Cricut and the 
Cricut Craft Room basics cart, available
for free online, to cut my little onesies.

This design would be great for mass 
production but I wanted to get a bit 
creative with each of the cards I made.

Stay tuned for a "series" of baby cards
over the next few weeks!

Thanks for stopping by, have a blessed day!

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Apr 11, 2016

Springtime Centerpiece - Chicken Wire Flower Cage

Spring has sprung!
So I thought it appropriate to dust the 
cobwebs from my blog and say HELLO!

forsythia bush

This past winter season was a busy one
in our home, more on that later but I
wanted to share my first spring project
with you.

A Chicken Wire Flower Cage

recycled bottles wood and chicken wire for a springtime flower centerpiece
centerpiece using  recycled bottles

My original idea was to place
single stem flowers in plain 
clear bottles spaced across my
table. Cute idea, right?

Turns out it was not very practical 
once I needed to move them every
evening for meal time. So hubby 
made me this sweet chicken wire cage!

So simple but I'm lovin' it!
general materials used:
soda/beer bottles, labels removed.
flower bouquet (Walmart $3.00),
 snipped to separate stems.
scrap wood.
chicken wire.

*side note...we have a very long
farm table (nine foot long) so I
needed at least seven bottles to
make the piece look right. If you
have a normal size dining room table,
and you wanted to make a similar
centerpiece you could probably get
away with using only 3 to 5 bottles.

springtime centerpiece chicken wire flower cage recycled

Sweet & Simple
What do you think?

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