Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Sorry so long since I've blogged. :)
Just been super busy, I guess!

I created a really fun project kit for Right at Home Scrapbooking. It's called "Countdown to Christmas" Advent Calendar, and you can see a sneak peek photo above. LOVE the whimsical colors and details of this project. The kit description and information are here. Preorders have begun and you can purchase the kit on their website with Paypal. They are going fast, so reserve your kit soon! I had SO much fun creating this. I listened to Christmas music while I worked and it really put me in the mood for the holiday season. :)

Speaking of Christmas....I've done a little more gift shopping! Noah wants a Nintendo DS so badly this year. Toys R Us has them with a $20 gift card this week plus they have all of their games buy 2, get the 3rd free. So I got the DS plus 3 games for a great price. He is going to flip out. Now to hide it for 2 1/2 months! (Allison, don't tell Luke!) :D

A big HELLO to Toko, a sweet lady I met today while in the scrapbook store. She recognized me from my blog. ::waving:: Hi, Toko! (I hope I'm spelling your name right!)

New 80's video posted on the right ~~~>
Warning - it will get stuck in your head. Don't say I didn't warn you.

There isn't much that tastes better or that is more comforting on a cool Fall day than homemade macaroni and cheese. Yum. Here is one of our favorite recipes -

Baked Macaroni and Cheese
from Steph's Kitchen

2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1-3/4 cups milk
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
2 cups (8 ounces) grated Sharp Cheddar cheese, divided

1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ.

2. Cook macaroni in salted boiling water according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Pour into a 2-quart baking dish.

3. In a saucepan, melt butter and stir in flour. Cook and stir for one minute. Gradually stir in milk. Add sour cream, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and mustard. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until sauce bubbles and thickens. Stir in half of the Cheddar cheese until melted.

4. Toss macaroni with remaining Cheddar cheese. Pour sauce over macaroni and mix thoroughly.

5. Bake, uncovered, for 1 hour, or until bubbly and brown. Yield: 6 servings.

"Home, the spot of earth supremely blest,
A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest."
~Robert Montgomery


Toko said...

Hi back to you,too.

It was so nice to see you. You are exactly what I have imagined,, nice and fun:D

I can not wait to take your class in the future. hopefully soon..

By the way there is an another Scrapbook store in South of austin called " Felicia's scrapbook store"
the owner Felicia is a wonderul girl that you will love her.

Have a wonderful day.


Jenny said...

Ok, that advent calendar is the cutest thing and YUM for the macaroni and cheese recipe!

Thanks! Jenny

melissa said...

that sneak peek looks awesome!

and I am so impressed that you are getting some x-mas shopping done so far ahead of the game. you go girl!

yummy recipe ;)

Staci Compher said...

the countdown calender looks so cute....!!!

Carla said...

I can't wait to buy that kit! It looks so colorful! And I would love a Nintendo DS too with the adult brain games! It would be great to keep in my purse for those times I'm waiting and need something to do. I may have to make a trip to Toys and treat myself today on my lunch break! ;o) Thanks for the heads up on the special!

deb said...

That recipe sounds pretty easy.. and yummy too! I've been craving homemade mac and cheese lately. That countdown calendar looks adorable. Love those sneak peeks!

Anonymous said...

LOVEEEEEEEE the Countdown Calendar!! Can't wait to get mine :) Thanks also for the awesome & yummy recipes. YOU ROCK!!

Your Curly Haired Sista

Heather said...

Your project looks SO SO SO cute Jen!!!!! I want to see! And yum on the mac and cheese...need to try that one as it is my favorite! ;) And we got Kiersten a ds this summer and she loves it! She was with me when I got it for her since she had earned part of it and she wouldn't stop hugging me all the way through walmart and saying thankyouthankyouthankyou! It was so sweet!

Jenny said...

I live near Right At Home Scrapbooking so I just pre-ordered this kit. I'm so excited to get it, it looks great!

The mac and cheese recipe looks great as well. I'm definitely going to have to make that sometime!

Jennifer Sizemore said...

Love the new kit!!!!
And I JUST downloaded that song for my iPOD a few weeks ago :) It is catchy!

2H Design said...

cute cute - on my way to try & reserve it!

and thanks for the yummy sounding receipe, will have to give it a try!


Julia said...

Hi Jennifer! Your new Xmas projects look amazing!!!

If you have time..I tagged you on my blog!