Saturday, July 31, 2010


According to our chore chart, (yes, we have a chore chart) I should be cleaning out the fridge right now but instead I am posting, scrapbooking, and debating whether or not I should sit on the deck and read my book because it's in the mid-70s right now.

So I made this scrapbook page for my Book of Me a few weeks ago. It was also for my application to be on the All About Me challenge blog design team. While I didn't make the design team, I did have fun creating this layout. I got the inspiration from magazines that interview celebs and show what's in their purses and it's usually, like, "Oh here is my iPhone and this $40 container of lip balm and I always have to have my $100 gold hoop earrings with me and this vial of the perfume that I (the perfume company) created and oh, some Orbitz gum." AmIright?

"My Purse"; Recollections solid cardstock, American Crafts patterned paper, American Crafts chipboard and sticker embellishments, $1 bin glitter letters from Target, random ribbon, random sticker numbers

So okay. (Does anyone else think Kathy Griffin overuses "so okay" in her stand-up?) I took this picture in the bathroom at work during my lunch break. It had decent lighting. Instead of getting all fancy and using a photo editing program to add numbers to my picture, I just used sticker numbers to number each item.

So what's in my purse?
1. My various pills - like an old lady
2. business cards
3. bus tickets
4. iPod in Paul Frank case
5. phone - never on
6. car/house keys
7. wallet
8. book - get lots of reading done on my commute (That week I was reading "Tell All" by Chuck Palahniuk - not one of his best)
9. planner
10. chapstick and tweezers
11. hand sanitizer - must-have in NY
12. lady stuff - I'm not ashamed to share with the world
13. hair clips for my many bad hair days. Seriously. Hate. Humidity. And. Rain.
14. band-aid for blisters on my feet from certain shoes

So okay... (Kathy?) What's in your purse?

p.s. My husband got a job! :)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Do You Mind

With all the money we're spending on fixing our cars this year, it's a good thing I'm winning scrapbook supplies. I got one of my prizes in the mail last week. Check out this super cute Halloween-themed pack from Nicki Sivils that I won from Scrap It With a Song:

Isn't that ghost-shaped chipboard album ADORABLE? I think I have the perfect use for it, but it will require me to convince my husband to stop being anti-Halloween costume. Hmm...

I can't wait for October to arrive so I can take and then scrap pictures!

This is what's on my list of to-do's in October:

1. Asbury Park Zombie Walk (didn't get to do it last year)
2. Nighttime Corn Maze and Harvest Moon Hayride
3. Murder Mystery Costume Party
4. Sleepy Hollow Pumpkin Glow (Martha Stewart endorses it!)
5. Flying Pumpkin Festival (although it doesn't look like they are doing it this year)

So yeah. October is still a few months away. Not sure if I'll have enough time and money to do everything on the list but hopefully I do! What are you looking forward to in October?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Place to Crash

I was going to write a whole post about how 840,000 gallons of oil just spilled into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan (Read this.) and how it makes me mad that we're so oil dependent, etc., etc.

But then my husband was unable to start his car this afternoon (he made it to his interview and back just fine, thank goodness). And I just lost the energy.

Can't we just have one month without something going wrong and/or costing us money?

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Let Me Entertain You

Gluten-free lasagna with gluten-free Brazilian cheese buns.


So glad I found DeBoles no boiling, oven ready rice lasagna.

This is the recipe from my mom:

1 pound ground beef
1 26-30-ounce jar of prepared spaghetti sauce (Ragu is gluten-free)
1 14.5-ounce can of Italian style stewed tomatoes (Del Monte is gluten-free)
1 15-ounce carton of cottage cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 egg
1 8-ounce package oven-ready lasagna noodles (I used DeBoles, found at Whole Foods.)
1 8-ounce package shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Brown ground beef and drain.
2. In the pot, stir in spaghetti sauce and tomatoes. Set aside.
3. Combine cottage cheese, egg and parmesan cheese in medium bowl.
4. Grease 9x13 pan with olive or canola oil. (Sprays can sometimes contain gluten.)
5. Spread two cups of the beef sauce over bottom of dish.
6. Arrange half of the uncooked noodles on top. Press them into the sauce. (You may have to break some of the noodles into smaller pieces to fit the length and width of the pan.)
7. Spread cheese mixture over the noodles.
8. Sprinkle 1 cup of mozzarella and 1 1/2 cups of beef sauce over top.
9. Arrange another layer of noodles on top. Top with remaining beef sauce.
10. Cover with foil and bake 45 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
11. Remove and sprinkle remaining mozzarella on top. Cover loosely with foil and let stand for 15 minutes.

So good. And unless you have a family of six, there will be LOTS of leftovers. We don't mind.

And here's the gang, minus my husband who was serving as picture taker, at our baseball party yesterday. So glad we have a bigger house with central air.

Saturday, July 24, 2010


I came across this in Glamour magazine and had to share:

Why is this interesting to me? Oh because I have the EXACT SAME DRESS as this girl and I got mine free last year at some press event. Now, unlike the girl above, I have to wear special tummy tuck undies when I wear this dress (and I'm having trouble filling out the top - what measurements were they using when they made this garment??) but I think it still looks pretty cute. In the winter, I wore it with a black blazer, sleeves rolled up a tad per the trend. Here's me in the dress last week:

Don't I look ready to command a boardroom? You can't see it, but I'm wearing red shoes just like the girl in the picture. I might add that it was my idea to wear red heels (the ones that elicit thousands of highly original "there's no place like home" jokes) with this outfit when I wore it in the winter. I wore red flats with it last week.

Now onto something that really matters:

"Crapbooking"; Recollections solid cardstock, Target $1 bin foam letters, a bunch of random ribbon

I decided to use up some of my ribbon stash to create a fun background for these pictures of me and my parents scrapbooking. Got the idea from my Elsie Flannigan book 52 Scrapbooking Challenges. What a great way to use up ribbon that you otherwise have NO idea what to do with. (Also got the idea for grouping four pictures from the book.)

"Words"; Recollections solid cardstock, K&Company stickers, handmade flower/heart embellishment from Amy Muffoletto

This next one was also sort of inspired by the Elsie Flannigan book. I had a whole sheet of word stickers from K&Company (purchased in 2006, people) and I had absolutely no idea what to do with them because I used up all the coordinating paper and I just couldn't part with these stickers. I mean, they will be useful for something... at some point... right? Well, last night I finally just went for it and made the sticker words sort of a border for the picture. I like how it turned out. I still have stickers left over so I'll probably do something like this again.

Thanks for looking!

P.S. The Robbie Williams song titles will be ending soon. I'm still working on the next stage of this blog (muchos thanks to the ladies who have agreed to be a part of it ... you know who you are) so I'm hoping that sometime next month everything will be ready to go. You guys are all "Ooo this is gonna be awesome!" and then it's going to happen and you're all like "Really? That was it?" I'm basically just trying to add a special feature to this blog. That's all. And that's all I'll say about it.

Okay... back to scrapbooking. Or ya know what? I might join the hubs downstairs for some Rock Band. I haven't played "Green Grass and High Tides" in FOREVER.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Your Gay Friend

The FedEx man who comes to my office and I are apparently friends. He's started calling me "Laur" (in NJ/NY-ese it sounds like "lore").

How does he know my name to begin with? We have a part-time secretary so she's only in the office part of the time. The rest of the time, I'm the one who has to sign for packages because my desk is closest to the door.

One time I was leaving the office for the day and the FedEx man was coming down the sidewalk (not even the sidewalk where I work) and he was like "Hey!" and I was like "Hey!"

That's all I've got for you today.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

If It's Hurting You

Spaghetti and meatballs. Such an easy and delicious dinner. I just used the recipe from Ragu (substituting bread crumbs with gluten-free crumbs). Easy, easy, easy, people.

And thank goodness for Target making it easy for me to get some 4th of July pictures scrapped. The $1 bin has cute 4th of July-themed papers, ribbon, and embellishments (as well as other summer-themed paper, etc.) for only $1 each. I got a pack with 9 (I think) sheets of paper for only $1. That's a steal! It may not be super duper awesome quality paper, but I thought this sheet was cute with the border.

"Proud to be an American" based on sketch 73 at The Scrappiest; Target paper and ribbon, Recollections solid cardstock, random word sticker

Now if only feeding two people and paying bills and a mortgage with just under $30,000 a year could be easier to figure out... Hopefully we won't have to go there, though. Please, cross your fingers for us, pray for us, whatever it is you do... do for us. We could really use it.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Road to Mandalay

Just an FYI, the title of this blog post is "The Road to Mandalay." That also happens to be a Robbie Williams song title. Some of my readers are getting confused, so I just wanted to clarify what was going on. :)

So was the frozen blueberry lemonade all it was cracked up to be? I guess. I doubt I'd make it again unless we can find the lid to our blender. I had to make it using my Magic Bullet blender and it just didn't chop up the ice as well as a regular blender would. But we lost the lid to our regular blender in the move so... can't really mix things in a blender without a lid, can we now?

And in other news, do you see what it says over this layout?

That's right. "Challenge Winner." The American Crafts (my fave scrapbook manufacturer) picked my layout as the winner of its Summer Vacation challenge. I believe I get a prize pack, but I'm waiting to hear back from AC. Sweetness!

Alright, off to scrap some more. I took a nap this afternoon and now I am refreshed and ready to go!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Hot Fudge

I will let you know when the Robbie Williams song title business ends. Do you like the new header?

We went blueberry picking today. And guess who we saw?

Our good friends Danae and Steve.

Okay so it wasn't really that much of a surprise. We hadn't planned on picking berries together but Thursday we discovered that we, unbeknownst to the other, had planned on going to the exact same farm on the exact same day. Crazy, right? So we ended up meeting them at the farm and picking blueberries together. Then we got homemade ice cream (I had black raspberry - yum!) at the farm's little market.

We only picked a pound of blueberries because it is kind of expensive to pick your own when compared to how many blueberries you can get at the grocery store for $1.99. BUT... it was an outing for the hubs and I, and now I can cross pick-your-own off my to-do list.

And now I can also go make frozen blueberry lemonade.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Karma Killer

You didn't believe me with the whole Robbie Williams' song titles as my blog titles did you? For shame. If you are unfamiliar with the wonderfulness that is Mr. Williams, I highly suggest you start familiarizing.

So I'm hoping soon that there will be some changes made to this blog both in look and in content. I'm trying to combine what I do at my day job with what I'm doing here. More details to come, but I'm really excited to get it going.

I'm also really excited about the weekend: Weezer, blueberry picking, Inception, and lots and lots of scrapbooking. Speaking of scrapbooking, here are a few layouts I did last weekend (sorry for the bad lighting on the first picture).

"Smile" based on "Our Little Pumpkins" by Jenny41180; American Crafts Everyday papers and embellishments, Recollections solid cardstock, random ribbon from Mom

"I Wear My Sunglasses @ Night" based on "Both of My Babies" by Mama2Ainslie; American Crafts patterned paper, Recollections solid cardstock, American Crafts Everyday embellishments, American Crafts sticker letters

Thanks for looking! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

You Win Some, You Lose Some

From now on, I'm going to title each post with the title of a Robbie Williams' song. At some point, I'll run out. Maybe I'll then switch to Take That songs.

So I've been winning tons of things lately. You may have noticed (or not) the new tag on my blog (look to the right). I can proudly display that tag because I won the America the Beautiful challenge over at Scrap It With a Song! Woo hoo! Not only do I get the fun tag but I also get some awesome Halloween-themed scrap stuff from Nikki Sivils. Check out this week's challenge and play along!

I was also the lucky winner of a giveaway over at Krafty Kat's blog. And my prize came in the mail today! Ch-ch-check it out!

I can't wait to get started using this book as inspiration. Weekend plans!!! (Isn't Kat's card super cute? I love the little birds she uses!)

And now for a few layouts that I finished while scrapping with my mom over the 4th of July weekend.

"BRB" based on an old layout of mine, "Early Bird"; Recollections solid cardstock, American Crafts patterned paper, random ribbon, American Crafts Thicker Letters and embellishments

"Big Van" based on "Forever Family" by Cornellgj; I have no idea what the supplies are. Just stuff from my stash and a cool background paper from my mom.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

So Yum

Today's Whole Foods sample? Grilled Mahi Mahi with spicy dijon mustard on a soft bun.

I totally need the Whole Foods sample guy to be our personal chef. But he has to supply all the food.

Pair the Mahi Mahi with last week's pan-seared angel food cake dessert and you've got yourself the perfect summer meal. Oh yeah.

And speaking of angel food cake... I came across this gluten-free angel food cake recipe so now I can make the deliciousness for my husband!


In twenty minutes, I will be eating some chips.
In two hours, I will be doing the same thing I'm doing now.
In twelve hours, I will be sleeping.
In one week, I will be ordering more bus tickets.
In 32 days, I will be on my second honeymoon.
In two months, I will be at my brother-in-law's wedding.
In four months, I will be looking forward to Thanksgiving break.
In one year, I will be doing nothing apparently because there is nothing on my future planning list in my planner. So yeah.

What about you?

Monday, July 12, 2010

Everybody Get Up

The best companion to cleaning windows. "Whoa! Little screw!" Is there anyone reading this who understands that reference?

In other news, there's a giveaway happening at Red Oak Lines. Wanna win some Imaginisce stuff? Yeah you do. Just click on that link for the details. It's super easy to enter. You have until Friday, July 16 at 11:59.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

All American Family

This is for the Scrap it with a Song Week 12 challenge: America the Beautiful. This is such a fun challenge site because every week a different song is used to inspire scrapbookers. I love music, so Scrap it with a Song is just perfect for me!

On this LO I used Recollections solid cardstock, American Crafts Thicker letters, American Crafts patterned paper, Target $1 bin ribbon (seriously some cute scrapbook stuff in the $1 bin right now), some random star stickers, and my Signo white pen. I love my Signo.

And can I just say how amazing it is that 14 years after a song first came out, I still know all the words? The husband and I saw The Verve Pipe last night in Brooklyn (yes, hipster central...) and the band, of course, played "The Freshman", which was popular way back when I was in 7th grade. (FYI, that link plays the song via iLike, if you want to hear it.) Now how can I remember the words to a song from when I was 13 but I sometimes forget to put on deodorant in the morning??

Saturday, July 10, 2010

4th of July pictures to scrap

There's a Mars chocolate plant nearby.

Playing pool at my in-laws' beach house

Sand castle sculptures on the beach

Deer in our backyard

Eating lunch on our porch

Scrapbooking with mom

Friday, July 9, 2010


Pan-seared Angel Food cake.

A scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Honey drizzled on top.

Is your mouth watering yet?

This is the delicious dish I was fortunate enough to sample at Whole Foods the other day and boy oh boy am I adding this on my list of desserts to make.

Do I go to Whole Foods every day just for the samples? Well, occasionally I'll actually need something, such as Glutino bread. But yes. I mainly go to Whole Foods for the samples.

Have you ever heard of GuS Soda? It's soda for grown-ups. No caffeine. Sweetened with natural cane sugar. 90-98 calories per 12-ounce bottle. I'm all over the Grape Black Currant flavor.

What about Kind Snacks? Almond & Apricot bar - gluten-free and yummy.

Maybe one day, when our food budget (and life budget) isn't so tight, I'll actually buy these products, but for now, I'm content just to get the free sample.

And no, there are no pictures of these tasty treats. I didn't want to be the weirdo with the camera at Whole Foods. I mean, come on!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

So Versatile

So there I am reading the Miracles Momma Designs blog (she scrapbooks... it's awesome!) and the post is all about how she was awarded the Versatile Blogger Award from another blogger and then part of the award was passing it to seven other bloggers. Well, guess what? I was one of those seven bloggers!

“This award is to recognize good design, writing, photos, etc.; to network amongst other bloggers; inspire content ideas, etc. Conditions of the award stipulate that I need to share seven things about myself and then pass on this award to other wonderful bloggers.”

Wahoo! Thanks to Heather for passing the award to me in the first place! So cool!

And now, here I go sharing seven things about me.

1. I had a dream the other night where I was auditioning to be a model and I had taken all of my photos and put them in a scrapbook. But when the time came for everyone to leave their portfolios with the casting folk, I just couldn't part with my scrapbook. It was tough because my dream self apparently really wanted the modeling opportunity, but I had worked really hard putting the scrapbook together and didn't want to let it and all of my beautiful pages go.

I had another dream involving the actor James Marsden. Why he was in my dream, I just don't know. I haven't seen a James Marsden movie since... X-Men? And that was how many years ago? Oh wait, I take that back. I saw Enchanted, but that was 2007.

2. Currently my husband and I have no health insurance b/c my husband doesn't have his teaching job for this upcoming school year, we can't afford COBRA, we can't afford the insurance my company offers, so we are trying to get approved for cheap private health insurance. Good times.

3. Last summer I started my own scrapbooking business, The Side Scrapper. If you like what you see on this blog and are interested in having me create custom pages for you, check out my website.

4. I wake up at 5:15 a.m. Monday through Friday to get ready for work and catch the bus and I don't get home from work until 7:00 p.m. Yeah, it's a long day. When I get home, I basically have time for dinner and then I have to go to bed. I just realized that this schedule is going to seriously screw up my Thursday night NBC TV in the fall. BLERG.

5. My car is a 1999 Chevy Malibu. It has 80,000 miles on it. It's name is Car, it is androgynous, and it doesn't like me.

6. I also haven't washed my car since 2006 (possibly the reason behind Car's hatred of me?). Mainly because I didn't live anywhere with a hose attached to it and I am too cheap to go to car washes. Hopefully this will change this weekend b/c we now have a hose, bucket, shammy (I know it's spelled wrong, but I don't care - chamois...whatever), and large sponge.

7. I sometimes kill bugs by spraying them with hair spray.

Alright, here are the seven bloggers that I'm passing this award to! Share your seven things with us!

Krafty Kat



Lindsay (forcing her to blog since she moved!)




Have fun ladies, and thanks for being such versatile bloggers!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Adventures in Ribbon

See the orange flower on this layout?

"Ugly Icon" done for All About Me challenge - Idol; Recollections solid cardstock, American Crafts patterned paper, Making Memories journaling spot, American Crafts Thickers, random ribbon and buttons

Yeah, totally made it.

Wanna know how?

First, I tried making a ribbon flower using a so-called easy tutorial wherein you fold the ribbon a bunch of times and then pull the ends and the ribbon bunches up.

Uh, no. That did not happen.

So then I moved onto this other ribbon tutorial that I had bookmarked. If you have ribbon with stitching along the edges, this is the tutorial for you. (I wonder if you could stitch along the edges yourself to make this work. Probably.) Thanks Ideas for Scrapbookers!

My first flower, the orange one, turned out great.

Second and third flowers... not so much and then I was out of the stitched-edge ribbon, so I couldn't try anymore. Tip: Don't pull the stitching all the way out like I did. *sigh*

At least I got one, right?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I want to be a part of B.A. - Buenos Aires! Big Apple!

2012. Broadway. Ricky Martin. EVITA. YES.

I want to go to there.

In other happy news, check out this cute little stash of goodies (a "sussie") that I received for participating in a challenge last month at These are a Few of My Favorite Things.

Aren't those little embellishments so cute? And I'm loving the hand-made note card. AND AND AND the way cool vintage book page. I love seeing these on other people's layouts, but I've never used one on any of mine. It's just so cool, I don't even know if I want to use it!

Thanks again, Amy!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

That's What I'm Talking About

Mmm. Doesn't that look delicious? Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake. So easy, even my husband can make it. (And he did.) With some Trader Joe's frozen sweet corn. Oh yes.

I bet you can find the recipe at the Campbell's soup website. (It's their recipe, so...) However, we don't make it with Campbell's Cream of Chicken soup because it's not gluten-free. But for all you non-Celiacs out there, gluten it up!

P.S. Pardon my pill holder in the picture. Yes, I am 87 years old.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

And with this...

"California Mouse" based on "Car Wash Cutie" by DancinIrish90; Recollections solid cardstock, EK Success Disney papers, embellishments and letters

...the honeymoon album(s) are done.

The wedding album...

"Just Dance" based on "Playtime" by Mama2Ainslie; Recollections solid cardstock, American Crafts Elegant papers, American Crafts sticker letters, random ribbon

"Toast" based on "The Toast" by Richelle; Recollections solid cardstock, American Crafts Elegant papers, American Crafts sticker letters, random rub-ons, Martha Stewart cake stickers

... also done!! Wahoo!