Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My husband is a good sport

The other night I made gluten-free Pappardelle with Peas and Parmesan. The picture accompanying the recipe looked delicious. The finished result ... not so much. I couldn't even finish my bowl of the pasta. I thought the recipe was going to be kind of alfredo-like, but it was not. It was pureed peas-like. (At least our blender, which hasn't been used since 2009 still works.) My husband finished his bowl even though I offered to make him something else. He is such a good sport.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Are you Smarterer than me?

As a BzzAgent, I get to try new things and then review them for you! One of the latest campaigns I'm participating in is for a website called Smarterer. The purpose of this site is to test your digital, social, and technical knowledge and see if you know more than your cubiclemate and friends. For example, the site tests you on your knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Photoshop, and Google Search. The company's website says: "People are rapidly accumulating a new set of digital and technical skills that make them valuable and effective in today's workforce, yet no one is measuring or validating these skills. As consumers we need an easy way to enhance our reputation collateral. As employers, we hire based on work history and personality metrics, but are missing the key criteria that prove people's ability to use the tools needed to be successful."

It's kind of fun! Here is what I found out about myself after taking a few tests:

For Facebook, I ranked proficient! I got 541 points and am in the top 64 percent of proficient users.

For Google Search, I ranked expert with 703 points and that was after only about five questions! (I search through Google exclusively.)

For PowerPoint, I ranked familiar with 309 points. And I guessed at the answers for some of the questions.

And for the 80s Trivia test (not sure what that has to do with "digital, social, and technical knowledge" but hey, it was fun to take!), I scored expert. I got 714 points!

Now I can always improve my score by answering more questions or adding good questions of my own to the tests.

This is a fun website for those of us who use these types of technical and digital programs on a regular basis. I actually learned information about stuff I use everyday. For example, did you know that the Google search engine was originally called Backrub?

(If you're on the East Coast, don't forget to enter my Dr. Oetker's Pizza Giveaway! You have until February 29!)

Friday, February 24, 2012

My Word is Patience

This is a layout I did for a challenge at the All About Me blog. February's challenge is to scrap what our word is for 2012. I chose the word "patience." The journaling reads: Not everything in my life is as I want it to be. But I need to enjoy what I have now and have faith that someday somehow everything will work out.

I finished up most of my Echo Park Life is Good kit. That was a fun one to work with. I just loved the colors and all the fun embellishments and letter stickers. Now all I have left are some scraps for making a few cards with, but I ran out of adhesive! I smell a trip to Michael's!

What is your word for 2012? If you want to participate in the All About Me challenge, you have until the end of this month. There is a prize this month, too, so check it out!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Love Layout Using Non-Love Papers

(I apologize if some of you already saw this post in your Google Reader. I was pre-posting and wanted to schedule it for today, but it didn't listen to me and posted immediately after I hit publish the other night. *sigh*)

Here's a layout I made for a challenge at the My Little Shoebox blog. (I swear, I've been REALLY good lately about entering challenges, which is a surprise given how little time I have to scrap during the week.) It was a Sweetheart Sketch challenge and we had to use stuff from any My Little Shoebox paper collection. I had won the Destination collection awhile back and so I, of course, chose those papers and embellishments for this challenge. I used a Sharpie to outline the pink hearts. I love when I use non-seasonal papers for seasonal/holiday layouts. The challenge is already over with at the MLS blog, but you should challenge yourself to do something similar!

And don't forget that my East Coast readers can enter my Dr. Oetker's pizza giveaway here! You have until February 29. Yum!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Pagerize Me

Over at Scrap Our Stash, I participated in a challenge where I had to "pagerize" (or scraplift) another person's layout. Well, my layout was chosen as the winner! That means that now one of my scrapbook layouts will get pagerized. Check it out here and play along! (And you can go here to see my winning layout.) The winner gets to be the next Pagerizer. You've got until March 12 to play and then I will choose my favorite. :)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Dr. Oetker's Pizza Review and GIVEAWAY

A few months ago I signed up to be a BzzAgent, which means that I get to try and review stuff and then share my opinion with you! The first campaign I got to participate in was for Dr. Oetker's Ristorante Pizza. First off, it's pronounced "oht-ker." Second, it's a brand that's been around since 1891. In 1891, Dr. August Oetker started out developing and selling baking soda in his pharmacy in Bielefeld, Germany. Five generations later, the company has grown quite a bit, but it still relies on the finest, freshest ingredients and restaurant-quality results. Its Ristorante Pizza has been a European favorite since 1985, but it wasn't until 2009 that it arrived stateside.

There are six pizza varieties: Mozzarella, Spinaci, Funghi, Quattro Formaggi, Vegetale, and Speciale. I tried the Speciale: pepperoni, cooked ham, and spicy herbs. It only took about 10 minutes to cook in the oven and when it came out, it's thin crust was super crispy! This was really good pizza! It wasn't too tomato-ey and really not spicy at all, despite the "spicy herbs" in the description. I really enjoyed it. (Unfortunately my husband could not enjoy it because it is NOT gluten-free, but that just meant there was more for me!)

Right now, Dr. Oetker's Ristorante Pizza is found in the frozen aisle of most major grocery stores on the East Coast. So if you live on the East Coast, visit oetker.us or ristorante.us to find specific grocery stores that carry the brand. (The websites also tell you what pizza varieties are available at what store.) The pizza retails for about $4.99.

BUT I want some lucky readers on the East Coast to try Dr. Oetker's for less than the retail price. I have eight coupons for $1.50 off one Dr. Oetker Ristorante Pizza. That means, I'll pick four lucky readers to each win two coupons! All you have to do is visit oetker.us or ristorante.us, pick which flavor of pizza you'd like to try, and let me know in the comments section by February 29. I'll use random.org to help me pick the winners and announce them shortly thereafter.

(Sorry to everyone who is not in the U.S. or on the East Coast. Hopefully they will expand the brand into other regions.)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

"You're Just My Type"

Here is another layout I submitted for challenges. One was a sketch challenge and one was a recipe challenge, meaning I had to use the following recipe:

one photo
two different cardstocks
three journaling spots/tags
four words in the title
five patterned papers
six butterflies

I thought I would have trouble with the butterflies, but I managed to find six butterflies in my stash! Have you guys ever participated in recipe challenges? They are kind of fun!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

From me to you

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Gluten-Free in Newark

Dear People with Celiac,

If you find yourself at the Prudential Center for any sporting event and you don't know what to do about food, head over to section 6 where you will see this:

It has gluten-free hot dogs and Italian sausages on gluten-free buns (!!!), packages of gluten-free pretzels, gluten-free cookies, and gluten-free beer. Yay!

Friday, February 10, 2012

A Quote

There was a challenge on the Studio Calico blog to incorporate a quote or song lyric into a scrapbook layout or card. I didn't know what I wanted to do yet because I didn't know what quote I wanted to use. And then someone brought in a box of Baci chocolates at work. I unwrapped one of them (of course I was going to eat one!) and there was some printing on the inside of the wrapper. I thought it was information about the company and I wanted to find out more, so I took a closer look. It was a quote! About love! I knew I had to use it on a Valentine's Day card! So here it is:

The quote is: Love me for love's sake only. - E. Barrett Browning

Auf Deutsch it is: Liebe mich nur der Liebe willen.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Look at all the stuff I've made

I haven't cooked anything new lately, nor have I done anything crafty aside from scrapbooking. I swear I have crafty projects that are bookmarked on my computer (I do not use Pinterest) but it's just finding the time to sit down and do them ... or really it's more of I'd rather scrapbook and I have lots of pictures to scrap. Here's another sample of pages I've done recently:

"The Story of Us" is for a challenge at Once Upon a Sketch. We had to do a layout about the man we love and use the provided sketch. I used up some Bo Bunny Valentine's Day stuff.

"Family Game Night" is another one that uses Echo Park Life is Good papers. This is for a sketch challenge at Studio Calico. I had that WISH Bingo card in my stash and have been waiting for just the right opportunity to use it. I thought it fit well with these papers.

"Who Dat?" is for a scraplift challenge at Scrap Our Stash. I went to a media event a few weeks ago and had to get a visitor's pass. I gave the security guard my driver's license so he could read my name but apparently he was illiterate. He put my first name down as Angela. ????? Where did that come from? The last name was sort of close, but not really.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Featured layout at All About Me

Hey all - One of my layouts is featured over at the All About Me challenge blog. The challenge for last month was to do a layout about someone you love. I, of course, chose my husband! :) Click on the above link to see my layout (and two other great ones). The February All About Me challenge should be posted by now, so check that out, as well.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Bad blogger

Wow! I haven't posted anything since Monday! I didn't schedule any posts to go live this week. What was I thinking? Hopefully I'll have time this weekend to remedy that for next week. Things have been busy.

Here are two layouts that I should have shared with you earlier, but, well, too bad. I did these for sketch challenges, though I can't remember where I entered either of them. I hope I figure it out so I can check back to see if I won!

"New Stadium" was made using supplies I received from Kat.

And "Sneaky Dog" was made using a kit I got for Christmas. (I think I entered this one into a PageMaps sketch contest.)

Alright - off to get my breakfast on!