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SEI scrapbook album and Why I scrapbook part II

This is the front cover of the scrapbook album(Joycelyn) fromSEI but instead of paying the $30 plus shipping and handling I got a 40% off coupon fromHOBBY LOBBY.  So I only paid $20 plus tax.  Still  a whole lot
cheaper and my need for instant gratification was met.As you can see the colors are pretty neutral and they
come with sketches so you don't have to  do a whole lot outside of embellishing which is what I will be doing. I find it very ironic that I use to look down my nose at this since I had been scrapbooking for 6 years now
and thought I should be advanced enough to do my own sketches.  What I quickly came to realize when I went back to school this semester is that I just don't have that kinda time anymore since I have to actually
bond with the kids in the photos that I am scrapbooking about! Here are the other reasons I try to keep doing this lovely hobby of mine:

Stress releaseSelf expressionI dread the idea of my kids not remembering the good thingsI dread the idea th…

paper from Die Cuts with aView and Why I scrapbook (part 1)

I am taking advantage of those 40% coupons from Hobby  Lobby and bought this stack from DCWV called

all  about me .  I have been trying to remind myself why I scrapbook.  I am much busier now but I still want to

capture the everyday and maybe even al little of the mundane.This album will be a year in review for 2010 that way I can use the same paper line and it will have a cohesive look.  I love that I really don't have to have
a sketch for alot of it it already has journaling spots , a space for the photo, , it tkaes some of the guess work out.   I use to be the one who scoffed at album kits, other folk's sketches any little short cut that didn't originate from you.  If there was such a thing as being a creativity snob , then I was truly  the epitime of one.
Now I realize that I can't endure the thought of letting these goofy moments that my kids seem to  have an abundance of, go by without me to preserve them for all time. (Well maybe  for blackmail but mostly for lau…

Birda Mae's Recipe Corner: Coca cola Cakea

make 15 serving

prep 20 min Bake 35 min

2 cup all-purpose flour 2 cups sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda1 cup butter or margarine1 cup of cola soft drink2 tablsepoons cocoa1/2 cups miature marshmallows1/2 cup buttermilk2 arge eggs lightly beaten1 teaspoon  vanilla extractCola frosting1 cup finely chopped pecansCombine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl.Bring cola , butter, and cocoa to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly.  Gradually stir into flour mixture.  Stir in marshmallow and next 3 ingredients.  Pour into a greased and floured 13x9 inch. pan.Bake at 350o for 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Spread Cola Frosting over warm cake; top pecans   Cola Frosting  1/2 cup butter or margarine 6 tablespoons cola soft drink 3 tablespoons cocoa 1(16-ounce)package powered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Bring first 3 ingredients to a  boil in a large saucepan over medium heat , stirring constantly until buttter melts ;remove from hea…

Birda Mae's Recipe Corner:Chicken Tortilla Soup

Prep 30 minutes.  cook 40 min.


3 tablespoons vegetable oil4(6inch)corn tortillas, cut 1 inch pieces1 medium onion, chopped5 garlic cloves, minced1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro2 cups chopped cooked chicken2(32-ounce)containers chicken broth1(14.5-ounce) can stewed tomatoes,undrained and chopped1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles, undrained and chopped10 ounce can greentomatoes with green chiles undrained1 tablespoon gound cumin1/2teaspoon pepper1 bay leaf1/2 cup vegetable oil           8 corn tortillas, cut into 1/4 -inch strips
            Garnishes:shredded Montery Jack cheese, sour cream

Heat 3 tablespoon of oil in a Duthc oven over medium-high heat.  Add tortilla pieces and next3 ingredients: saute'5 minutes or until onion is tender.  Add chicken and next 6 ingredients.  Bring to a boil:reduceheat and simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes.Discard Bay leaf.Heat1/2 cup oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat: add tortilla strips; and cook 4 to 5 minutes or un…