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Fabulous Friday

Welcome to Fabulous Friday! 

This recipes has come very fun memories of when I was little.  I hated veggies and refused to eat them except for  mashed potatoes and broccoli .  Not together.  But I loved them both.  Since most of you don't know my mom, she is a really great cook and when were little I remember sitting around the table with some really yummy meals.  One of them had broccoli in it.  It is called Thomas Divan up at the Greenery,which is located at the mouth of Ogden Canyon.  I love it and order it almost every time we go there.  My mom being the good cook that she is made up her mind that she could make it cheaper at home.  So she did!  It is super yummy.  I thought that I would give it to you all!

Chicken Divan

3 Heads of Broccoli Spears , Steam for 3 mins
4 Chicken Breasts, cooked & diced
2 Cans cream of chicken soup
1 C Milk
1 C Mayonnaise
1 tsp Curry
1 T Lemon Juice
2 C Soft Bread Cubes
1 ½ C Cheese, shredded
2 T Butter, Melted

Put steamed broccoli into greased pan 9*13 inch pan,.  Lay chicken on top of broccoli.  Mix together soup, mayonnaise, lemon juice, curry, and milk in medium bowl until smooth.  Pour over chicken and broccoli; be sure that all is covered.  Sprinkle cheese over top.  Cover bread cubes with melted butter and put on top.  Bake at 350* for 30-45 minutes.  Serves 6-8.



Getting my life together!!!

Lately, I have been taking a little bit of time to blog hop.  Which turns out there are tons of amazing things.  Now I knew this,but time and knowing are two different things.  I was over at the New Nostalgia, she holds a Anti- Procrastination Party.  She has such an amazing blog and tons of fun ideas.  
As I was going through the list, I found this amazing Household Notebook.  Now if you know me, I am an organizational freak!  I mean it!  You can ask my hubbie, I will get something organized, use it for a few months and then reorganize it again.  So when I came across this, my heart skipped a beat.  I mean it!  

Shannon, over at Living Life On Purpose, made this!  She has changed my life.  I started working on one for myself right away.  I gathered my binder and wanted to write a list and get things together so that I can feel as though my life is a little bit more put together.  If you would like to make too head over and take a look.  What I like is that you can make this personalized.  Also I LOVE the binder!!!  Look how great it is!!

So I invited her over to vist!  Here is what she has to say!

Hi, I'm Shannon from the blog, Living My Life On Purpose.

I started blogging a LONG time ago... I don't even remember who hosted it! I took a break from blogging until I joined a certain social network site. I started blogging there and was actually quite surprised that people were actually reading my ramblings! Then, for certain reasons, I left that social network site and joined Blogger! I started blogging to kind of keep a record of my life. As time went on and I became more familiar with the blogging world, I kind of got addicted to all of the fun things that can be done with a blog! Now, here I sit with hundreds of hits each day, wondering how on earth it evolved so quickly! I mean, there are tons of moms that sit around and blog about their lives... why are people reading me?

Who am I? I am a self-proclaimed crafty mama! I married my soul mate, Mike, in 2006. We have the two most amazingly beautiful daughters, Jaden and Taylor. You might hear about them occasionally on my blog ;o) I am a graphic designer by day and supermom by night. When the kids go to bed, I break out the sewing machine, glue gun, and bottle of wine. Sure, I catch a lot of crap from Mike for my crafty creations and the messes they make (hey, I always clean up after myself... it may just take a day or two), but you should see his movie collection! We all have our obsessions :o)

My girls are my world. They are sweet but LOUD! Jaden is full of drama, yet so sensitive to the feelings of others. Taylor, although still very young, is turning out to be our wild child! I'm scared to death of the day that they get their heads together to scheme against us! Watch out world! In all seriousness though, they are great kids! They amuse me and inspire me. They have filled my heart with more love than I ever thought it could hold. They make being a mom the best thing I have ever done!

I am born from a very creative family. I grew up in a house full of markers and paper and tape and glitter. My mom has always been so creative and artistic. She has taught me well! She gets it honestly though, seeing as her mom is one of the best paper crafters I know. Even though my dad claims to be artistically-challenged, I credit my sewing abilities to his side. His mom has an amazing sewing ability! I hope all of my creative genes were passed onto my girls!

Life On Purpose actually started out as Shades of Gray. I like to believe that life is not always black and white. In fact, it's usually in those shades of gray that we find the most joy. I changed the title of my blog a couple of years ago after reading the book, Intelligence for Your Life: Powerful Lessons for Personal Growth by John Tesh. He talked about how it is important to live your life on purpose. He believes that people who live optimistic, purpose-driven lives, live longer and are happier. I couldn't agree more, therefore I adopted my new mantra, never let the struggles of life interfere with the pleasures of living. What can I say, I'm a "glass half full" type of girl!

What can you expect from my blog? Me. My life. I may be on cloud nine one day and down in the dumps the next... I've been known to run hot and cold. You'll find everything about me that makes me smile and may even read about what makes me cry. I cook, I bake, I craft, I repurpose, and I LOVE sharing all of it with you! If you don't like it, click the "X" in the upper right-hand corner. If you DO like it, let me know! Either way, thanks for stopping by and enjoy the ride!! 

Isn't she so cute!  I also wanted to talk about her Life list.  Now we have all hear of the bucket list.  Well I love how she put this, " My Life List is a list of things I would like to accomplish in my lifetime, not a list of things I want to do before I die.  You may think of them as the same thing, but they are not.  Whereas a Bucket List focuses on death, a Life List is all about living! 

Some dreams on my list are major and others are small.  I cross off things on my list when I feel like I have fully accomplished them.  I don't set out to do these things for the sole purpose of crossing them off my list.  I do what feels right, when the time is right.

My Life List first originated after 9/11.  I saw an episode of Oprah with a mother of a girl that was killed in the attacks of 9/11.  This mother was talking about going through her daughter's room and personal belongings after she was killed.  In doing so, she found her daughter's Life List.  That episode was very inspiring to me.  That day, I started my Life List.

I'm an organizational control freak so I have a few rules about my Life List!  There will always be 50 goals on my list.  I can change them whenever I want but once an item has been crossed off, there is no changing it!"

That made me think, what do I want to do on my life.  I will be posting my life list soon.  But this weekend I made more time for my son!  That was one thing that I felt like I needed to do this weekend.  But my hubbie also went hunting so I can't sleep while he is gone so I made some fun stuff!  I will show you soon.  

Head on over and see this super great Household Notebook!  It will change your life!  She also is
selling printable pages for a Household Organizational Binder. You get 23 pages for only $5. Have them email Shannon at if you are interested.  They are so cute and such a great deal.  I think this would be great for gifts!


Tuesday Tell All #21

Welcome Welcome!  
We had such a great party this last week.  I loved all of the projects.  Once again the hubbie came through.  I feel bad choosing because they are all so great!  Here is his choices this week:

First we have Allie, Over at What Allie's Making Now, made this adorable bat pillow for her dad.  Dang, that is cute!

The next one is Laurie, over at Scene of the Grime, made these super cute soup can pumpkins.  I am limited on space and I love that you don't have to store this and you can remake them in a jiffy!
Next we have Michelle, over at Dream Home DIY, made super cute hallway tins.  I love the color!

Catherine, over at Cat on a Limb made trip to the dollar store and score a fun knights costume.  She made it just a little to make it more fun!
Lori, over at Paisley Passions, made this super cute mudroom shoe storage.  I love this idea and the colors.  

There was so many great projects I wish that I could feature you all! Also if you have done things on you blog in the past, please link up those too.  I love to see tons of ideas that I haven't been able to see!

Here is my rules are:
  1. Must be something craftie.  This can be anything!  Projects, Craft Ideas, Organization Tips, Recipes, Ect. 
  2. Link only your post, if you link your blog or anything that you are selling will deleted.
  3. Anything that is negative or inappropriate will be deleted.
  4. Visit the other links and show some love!
  5. Please let others know about my linking party so that we can all enjoy in the fun.



My New Best Friend

Today, I was looking through blogs and one of my favorite blogs was having a link party and I found amazing blog.  Now I have been trying to figure out what my decor style is.  This is exactly what I am!  You should go over and check it out.  I want to show you some amazing things that she has on her blog!  Sarah, over at Modern Country Style has such great ideas!

This is what I saw on the linking party, this would be her kitchen and she did open shelving.  Normally I don't like open shelving because I like to hide this in cabinet.  However, this made my heart skip a beat. I love the square containers and officially want a huge set!  Plus look at that amazing glass container on the top shelf.

She did a post about her cute kitchen accessories.  I love the polka dots!

 Then look at this amazing scale.  I would honestly love to have this!

 Then she had an awkward attic space and she needed storage.  Look what she did.  Amazing!!!!!

I hope that I have convinced you to go over and check out her amazing blog!



Fabulous Friday

Another Fabulous Friday and another yummy recipe. 
Stir Fry Oriental
2 ½ C Cubed, cooked chicken
2 C. Sliced Celery
1 Coarsely Chopped Onion
2 C Zucchini
Little Garlic powder
Grated fresh Ginger to taste
Chopped Green Pepper
Bean Spouts

Cook onions until transparent, add the other vegetables and cook until tender crisp.  Add chicken and mushrooms, along with ginger, garlic powder, desired amount of Soy sauce, and any other seasonings desired.

This one is super yummy and I love these easy meals.


I was Featured!

Ok,so if you don't know me personally, I am kind of a nerd.  Now I don't say that to put myself down.  It is really true!  I am the type of person who when something happens like this it truly means the world to me.  I talk about it for days and I am on a high and it helps me want to do more projects.  I hope when I do features on my site you feel the same way.

There is this great blog called House of Grace.  She was so sweet and featured my Crafter's Haven.  I love am so honored and I love that she calls them He Twice Owed Queens.  I am a QUEEN!!  I will have to let my hubbie know so that he can honor me!  Haha, just kidding.  He already knows that!

You should go check out her party!  It is such a fun party and you should add it to your linking party list.  It is so fun to see what other people's creative think of.  Because I would never think of that! 



Tuesday Tell All #20

Is it really Tuesday already?  It really is!  Welcome!!!  I am so excited that we are having more friend stop by and link up their amazing crafts so that we can get ideas.  This last week was full of really fun projects.  Let get this show on the road.

First we have Ellen over at the Creative passage,  you might remember her last project that I featured, her wool pumpkins.  Well she used more wool for super cute flowers on her fall wreath.  So Cute!
 Ashley, over at Me and You + 2, these super cute witch legs.  I want to make some for my house.  These are so fun and you can use them anywhere.
Next are these yummy cookies made by Jenna, over at Running Wild, from Cake mixes.  If you haven't had these, you should try them.  They are to die for!
 I love this idea!  Courtney, over at Between U & Me, made this amazing drying rack.  I have seen these on other blogs too and I really want one..... well when I get a laundry room.
 This next would be my sweet hubbie's pick of the week.  He wants me to make it tomorrow.  I just laughed... maybe I will.  These are spiderweb nachos, made over While He Was Napping, made by Krista.  They look super fun and I bet taste super yummy too.

Here is my rules are:
  1. Must be something craftie.  This can be anything!  Projects, Craft Ideas, Organization Tips, Recipes, Ect. 
  2. Link only your post, if you link your blog or anything that you are selling will deleted.
  3. Anything that is negative or inappropriate will be deleted.
  4. Visit the other links and show some love!
  5. Please let others know about my linking party so that we can all enjoy in the fun.



Fabulous Friday

Welcome Welcome!  I am so excited that you have stopped by to see what this weeks recipe is.  This one of my hubbie's favorite soups.  It is easy and so yummy! 

Taco Soup

1 lb Hamburger
Taco Seasoning
Tortilla Chips
1 Can Corn
2 Can Dice Tomatoes
1 Can Kidney Beans
1 Can Black Beans
Diced onions

Brown Hamburger with onions.  Then mix everything together.  Stir till until warm.

I hope that you enjoy!



Tuesday Tell All #20

Welcome to Tuesday Tell All!  This last weeks projects where great!  I loved all of the cute ideas.  This we had a mix of new faces and some old.

I was so excited to see this first one.  My son will be turning 2 on Wednesday and I love to see how creative mom's get with their kid's birthday parties.  I am going to be doing a monster theme, but this was I believe will be on the list of parties I would like to do.  Over at Kitschalicious, she did an awesome army party.  Go over and check out what she did! 

Next we have Summer over at Sumo's Sweet Stuff, made these super cute and easy gum ball bouquet.  I saw these and thought that they would be so hard.  Ya,  they are CRAZY easy!!!  She shows you exactly how to do it!

Next we have Lisa M, over at The Dating Divas.  She linked up a really great wedding gift idea.  But you could do it for a couple gift too.  She shows you start to finish exactly what to do.

This next one was great and I would love to do something like this at our house.  Janet, over at Cul-De-sac Chic made these awesome yard decor!  They are great.  I love the eyes. 

 The last one for this week is over at Unexpected Grace, this beautiful vase lamp.  I want one for each room, they are gorgeous.  I really want to do some really fun vase.  She tell you exactly how to do it.  It is super easy and the most expensive thing is the lamp shade. 

 Thanks to all of you who linked up this last week.  It is slowly getting bigger and bigger each week. 

Here is my rules are:
  1. Must be something craftie.  This can be anything!  Projects, Craft Ideas, Organization Tips, Recipes, Ect. 
  2. Link only your post, if you link your blog or anything that you are selling will deleted.
  3. Anything that is negative or inappropriate will be deleted.
  4. Visit the other links and show some love!
  5. Please let others know about my linking party so that we can all enjoy in the fun.



Fabulous Friday

Welcome to Fabulous Friday.  I don't know if all of you are Chinese food addicts like me....  But here is another super cuter recipe that doesn't take 5 hours to make.  I hope you enjoy!

Teriyaki Chicken

½ C. Soy Sauce
1/2 C. Brown Sugar
¼ C. Butter
½ tsp. Dry Mustard
½ C. Water
4-6 Chicken Breasts

Boil for 5 minutes all ingredients except for chicken.  Put chicken and sauce in large dish.  Bake at 300* for 1 hour.  Or at 350* if chicken breasts have bones.  Serve with rice.  Serves 4-6.



Tuesday Tell All #19

Welcome to Tuesday Tell All!  We had a great turn out last week with tons of cute projects.  I am so excited to show you a few.  If you haven't seen all of them you should take a min and look at them.  They were all so cute.

Amy, over at The Happy Scraps, made this super cute scrapbook page about her son that was named after his grandpa.  I love to scrapbook so this one caught my eye!  I love how simple it is and yet so pretty!

 over at , made this Pottery Barn knock off growth chart.  I want one of these.  Maybe some day I will get around to making one!  Great job, for about  a tenth of the price.  Who doesn't  love that?
 Then over at The Heaps, she made this super cute wreath out of candy corn.  I LOVE CANDY CORN!!!!  I will be showing you soon some of my candy corn decor.  She also linked up a cute Halloween tray.
 Amy, over at Increasingly Domestic, made these super cute "Halloween Buddies" out of treat bottles.
 Krista,over at Stolen Moments of a Crafty Momma, made this super cute Menu out of a cookie sheet.  I am trying to get a menu put together and when I do, I want to make something like this. Cute and functional!
I love that all of you stop by and link up your cute craft things so that we can get ideas and be inspired.  Thanks for another great linking party!  I hope that this week's is even better!!

Here is my rules are:

  1. Must be something craftie.  This can be anything!  Projects, Craft Ideas, Organization Tips, Recipes, Ect. 
  2. Link only your post, if you link your blog or anything that you are selling will deleted.
  3. Anything that is negative or inappropriate will be deleted.
  4. Visit the other links and show some love!
  5. Please let others know about my linking party so that we can all enjoy in the fun.



It is DONE!!!!!!

As promised I finished my crafting heaven.  I am so excited!!!  It was actually finished later the same night I posted about it.  But if any of you have hunters for a husbands, then you know that this is kind of busy time of year.  This week is the dear hunt and so I am am husband less till Sunday.  

As a reminder, here is the before:

I must say this was made possible by my sweet husband.  He was working right by my side till wee hours of the morning so that we could get it done before the hunt so that I could us it while he was gone.  But I have been so busy that I haven't even had two seconds to use it.

I was going to put it in my craft room, but it is a smaller walk in closet and not very much space.  Plus I like to have movies on while I work.  I would not be able to do that.  So much cute hubbie suggested that we put it in the living room so that I could still watch movies and not be closed off to my little room.  I am so excited!

Here is the After: (Sorry for the crummy basement pictures!)

This top part is where all of my fun decor magazines are going to be stored.  I will be making them cute here shortly.  I will show you how I do that.  On these shelves I have my small paper, my glue and any adhesive.

 Then I have all of my projects in here too.  So that as I get them done I will have more storage space and so they are easy to get too.

I am so excited and I hope that you all think that it is as cool as I do!  It has been such a great things and I can't wait to use it.

I will be linking to THESE parties.

Also don't forget to stop by on Tuesday, for Tuesday Tell All.


Fabulous Friday

Welcome to Fabulous Friday!  I love today's recipe.  I think I say that every week.  But if you know me, I love food!!!!  The reason why todays is one of my VERY favorites is because I LOVE sugar cookies.  I mean if it is between and chocolate chip or a sugar cookies with yummy vanilla frosting.  The sugar cookie will always win out.

Before and when I was first married I worked at a cooking store.  They sold everything there and had cooking classes.  I loved when they did this class and it was pretty often.  They would do this recipe.  Now this is no ordinary sugar cookies recipe.  It uses sour cream.  Now give it a chance.  I never would have tried these if it wasn't for my boss.  They are SUPER soft and not really super sweet like some that I have tried.

My hubbie is going out of town this week and I think that I will make these and gain10 pounds while he is gone.  (I hate when he leaves, DON"T MARRY A HINTER.  IT IS NOT FUN!!!!!) Anyways, give them a try and let me know what you think! Also let me know if you want a good frosting recipe!

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

1 C Sugar                       1 C Butter
½ C Sour Cream             2 Eggs
½ tsp. Baking Soda         1 tsp. Baking Powder
4 C Flour                        ½ tsp. Salt

Cream softened butter and sugars.  Add sour cream, eggs and mix well.  Add dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.  Chill 30-60 mins.  Roll to ¼ in. thickness.  *Don’t over the dough.  Cook until just right (you do not want brown edges, but you don’t want doughy centers either.)  Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 mins.



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