Monday, March 27, 2017

Asian Lettuce Wraps

 I'm trying so hard to eat more healthy and I need something super flavorful to keep me from heading down to Taco Bell or McDonalds so tonight I made these EASY, YUMMY Asian Lettuce Wraps. 

Cook turkey, mushrooms, water chestnuts, and onion in deep frying pan or wok till turkey is cooked through. 
Combine Hoisin sauce, garlic powder, onion salt, brown sugar and soy sauce. Add to meat and heat through. 
Serve on clean, dry Lettuce leaves. 
Top with your favorite sauce. 
Enjoy!  Hopefully this yummy recipe will keep us away from McDonalds and Taco Bell!  Heaven help up us all till cheat day!

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Diet & Exercise- mine need to change!

Well, I have been so terrible about exercise for way too long and I've been eating whatever the heck I want to eat which means lots of fat, sugar and bread. I have got to get on a healthier way of living and I started (again) today!  

I got up and rode my bike with my bestie which was also good for my soul because we always have great talks when we exercise. 

It's hard making changes, but I have got to do it!  Sharing it will make me accountable, so here I am sharing!  I may share more of the particulars as I go, but here's my dinner. 
1. Salmon
2. 1/2 c of sweet potato 
3. Asparagus 
4. Salad
Oh, and a diet orange Crush. I know this one is controversial, but we'll see how it goes. Right now it's my substitute for the Twisted Sugar Cookie at Sips. 

Wish me luck,

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Hope of Spring

Tomorrow is March 21. The first day of Spring! My favorite season! My husband and I always tease each other about which season is best. He likes Fall because the work is done and it's time to celebrate what you've accomplished and reap the rewards of what you've sown. I like spring because it's a fresh start and there are signs of hope and new life all around us.

The seasons are very symbolic to me and spring is a reminder that things will always get better. No matter how harsh and bleak the winter, spring always comes and with it, brings hope and new beginnings. 

PS: I also like Mondays.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Layton's Got A New Best Cookie!!!

 I don't know if this is a Utah thing or if this is going on all around the country, but I am loving all these little shops that keep popping up.  You can get flavored soda pop and other sweet treats and it's addicting.  Swig,  Fiz, Soda Crazy, and now Sips! It's huge!

This is such a phenomenon. The Drive up window lines wrap around the buildings. 

Sips just opened up down the street from me. I was pretty excited about that because now I can get my Sprite Zero with raspberry and coconut flavoring much more conveniently. 

Unfortunately, my friend Makaylee told me to try their cookies. Big mistake! Do not try the cookies! I repeat, do not try the cookies!!! You will be hooked! 
My favorite is the Twisted Sugar.  It is so good! A soft, but chewy sugar cookie tops with just enough delicious coconut frosting. (i'm not a huge frosting fan so I don't want gobs.) then comes the magic! I guess this is the twist. The cookie is topped with a wedge of lime. You squeeze the lime juice over the cookie before you eat it. Do I need to go on? You have to try it if you live anywhere near. Or at least try to re-create it in your own home.
I just had to share. I thought this delicious little morsel deserved a shout out!

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Paris Fashion Week Make Up Trends

 Image may contain: 1 person, closeupI'm not sure how many of you know that I started a new adventure back in May, but I am having so much fun and this has turned out to be a way bigger deal than I had ever imagined.

When I signed up to be a distributor for SeneGence (LipSense) I did it so I could get as many LipSense lipstick colors as I wanted at 50% off. Then my friends wanted it and then I started a Facebook group and here I sit less than a year later with over 100 people on my team, actually making money, (I mean, more than you would think $$$) and I am loving it!

 I love helping my "girls" find success and skills they didn't know they had. I love helping them earn extra money for their families, I love meeting new friends and I love the extra money it has brought my family. 

My blog has always been about what I am doing. This is what I'm doing now so I will be posting on this blog occasionally about beauty tips and beautiful colors and magic lipstick and cosmetics that stay put all day, but we are just going to have fun and I am going to try to share some valuable beauty tips with you that I have learned.  I will also continue to share crafts and party ideas and recipes and whatever else I am up to. I hope you will join me. 

My Facebook group has helped me overcome a lot of my internet shyness. I will be Sharing how-to videos and much more of my personality here. No more "Pinterest perfect" life. Because it's not! 

 Today I want to share the upcoming make up trends from Fashion Week in Paris. I love these romantic, classic looks. This is the best make up I've ever used. And you can get anything you see from me. Just contact me on Facebook, email or comment if you want anything. 
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I used the products mentioned in this post. I'll Mark the ones I used with an *
Either way, let me know what you think of these trends. 

Best Beauty Trends from Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion week took place this month and turned out some of the upcoming season’s hottest makeup trends: 

1. Glossy Berry Lips

A trending look on the runways from Fashion Week was a clean, glowing and minimalistic look with one exception- a berry lip color painted on and sealed with a glossy top coat. Berry, Plum, and Napa are the go-to colors here.

2. Statement Brows

Well-defined, statement brows are here to stay this season. To fill in your brows or give them a boost in the appearance of fullness and shape, go for liquid BrowSense, or crème to powder *ShadowSense in a shade that matches your brows.

3. Touches of Burgundy
Mulled Wine
Mulberry, Garnet, Sandstone Pearl*
Dusty Rose

Dramatic touches of burgundy in makeup were paired with romantic braids on the runway. Use ShadowSense in shades of Mulberry, Garnet, Sandstone Pearl; on lips try Mulled Wine and Dusty Rose LipSense.

4. Pink Flushed Cheeks*

Feminine pink blush was seen swept across the entire cheekbone- from apple to temple. *BlushSense in Cherry, Pouty Pink, Toasted Rose or ShadowSense in Mulberry or Pink Frost would work great. Buff and blend with a brush for the most natural effect.

5. Golden Eyes
Gold Shimmer

Gold Shimmer & Bronze Shimmer

Touches of metallics were seen all over this fashion week’s runways! Blend Gold Shimmer and Bronze Shimmer ShadowSense on your eye, or use as eyeliner with an angled brush. Silver Shimmer ShadowSense also looks gorgeous swept under the eye or used to highlight the inside corners of eyes.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

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We are all Innkeepers

Love this quote. Enjoy your Sunday. 

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Easy Sweet Potato Casserole a Thanksgiving favorite at our house.

This dish is a HUGE hit in my house!  We didn't used to love the "yam" part of Thankgiving all that much until we tried it this way.  Now it rivals the stuffing as the favorite Thanksgiving food!  It's super easy too.

Preheat oven to 350*

Combine and pour sprayed 9 x 13 dish

3 cups canned, sweet potatoes (mashed)
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs


1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 cup melted butter ( I use 1/2 cup)
1 cup chopped pecans

Sprinkle topping over sweet potato mixture.

Bake covered for 30 to 40 minutes.  Remove foil for last 10 or 15 minutes.

It's better the second day! You can make a day ahead and reheat it for your meal. I mix it up the night before Thanksgiving and cook it the next day.

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How to Roast Pine Nuts in Shell

Oh man! I absolutely love this time of year!!! Everything changes and I'm not just talking leaves!  The colors, the weather, the clothes. Even the produce!  And one of my favorite changes in the produce department is these little guys...PINENUTS!!

When I was a little girl I loved being with my grandma!  She was always interesting to me!  I don't remember ever being bored when I was hanging out with her. She was an oil painter, a storyteller and a fabulous cook!  

She lived up in the avenues in Salt Lake City and I remember one time walking down the street to the Salt Lake City Cemetery and picking up the beautiful pinecones that fell from the Pinetree's there. I can still remember that wonderful pine smell!  Ahhh!  

We took our gathered treasures to her house and she popped them into the oven on a cookie sheet. As the pinecones heated up they all released there seeds. What?  That was so cool. 

I'm not sure how the pine nut sellers do it, but I have heard that you still need to cook them after buying them at the grocery store so this is what I did. 
Preheat oven to 325°
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. 
Put pinenuts into colander and rinse them for about one minute.  
Do not rinse. Spread on a cookie sheet. You can salt them at this point. I salted mine, but I really didn't taste a difference since the salt doesn't seem to permeate through the shells. 
 Baked on top rack in oven for 15 minutes. 
As soon as they are cool they are ready to eat! Here's a fun tip. Put pinenuts in a dish towel and roll over them gently with a rolling pin. You will hear the shells crack. Now just pull off the shells and enjoy. 
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Sunday, November 6, 2016

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

I Have Loved Serving With You! Handout

I was recently released from my calling in the Women's organization (Relief Society) presidency in my church. When you are called to serve in these organizations you become really close to those you are serving with. We shed a few tears and then move on to other callings and build close relationships with new people.  That's kind of the "Circle of Life" we live in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  It's so great!  Our circle of close friends grows as WE grow and change.

My new calling is one I serve in with my husband so that is fun and we are enjoying it!  We are serving as the Young Single Adult leaders.  We are kind of taking care of and keeping track of the 18-30 year-olds who are single.  We teach a Gospel Doctrine class each Sunday. We are loving it!

After being released my sweet friend Kelli brought me the cutest set of serving utensils and a nice note.  In the note she wrote, "I enjoyed serving with you."  I thought that was so cute!  I decided to make a label and share it with all of you.

This is so very easy!  You don't even have to cook anything!  Just find some cute serving utensils, print and cut the tags and attach them. Easy as pie!  Actually, I can think of so many things that are easier than pie, but...

Print the tags HERE!

Good luck wherever you serve!  Enjoy it and those you serve with!

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

God Bless the USA Mixed Media Canvas

Last year I was a guest on Sugar Bee Crafts as a part of the Red, White, Blue Series. I thought I would post here in case you missed it.

For my project I decided to make a mixed media canvas.  This project was one of the funnest I have done. I love mixed media! You can use any materials you want and you just keep adding layers until you like the way your project looks.  

See all of the different mediums I used on this one little project?  
acrylic paint
patterned paper
glittered chip board 
black marker
sheet music and hand written lyrics 
That explains why they call it "Mixed Media".  I really enjoyed this project and I love the way it turned out!  you should try it too!  I would love to see what you come up with!

Here's how I did mine:

First, I painted a 12 x 12 canvas with black acrylic paint. I cut out pieces for my flag from patterned paper that I had on hand. I also printed out some stars (print HERE) and then use them as a pattern to cut out my burlap stars.

I stained the edges of my stars with black acrylic paint and using a glue gun I attached a button and a twine bow.

When it was time to attach my flag to the canvas I realized that a 12 x 12 canvas is not really 12 x 12.  I trimmed down my flag a little bit so that it would fit on my canvas and I also wanted a little border around the flag. I attatched it to the canvas with a thin layer of Mod podge and then after it dried I covered it with another thin layer of Mod podge.
I antiqued the borders and edges of the flag where I saw a fit with the black acrylic paint and I attached my burlap stars with hot glue.
I hot glued black, glittered chip board letters to the project and then added some detail with a black marker. I added some sheet music and hand written lyrics that I found on the Internet and printed out on regular computer paper.  I ripped out a section of the paper and  spread a little Mod podge onto the project with my finger and placed the paper face down onto the Mod podge. I used a bone folder to press the paper into the Mod podge and then I started taking the paper off. As I did so. The paper tore and much of it remained on the canvas. I did this in a couple of places on the canvas until I had the look I wanted.  
I sprayed some red ink on the camvas and then sprayed a little water on the ink so that it would run a little bit. Then I sprayed some black ink onto the canvas.
I finished the project by printing the words "God Bless the" which you can print HERE.  I painted the edges with black paint and attached them with a hot glue gun.  The hot glue makes them stand out a little rather than lying flat on the canvas which I really like because it added some dimension. 
I couldn't resist finishing the project by tying a bow of tulle around the entire canvas. 

 Right now I'm working on painting and organizing my new craftroom and I am excited to share it when I finish it.  Keep checking back for the reveal.

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