New stuff?! NEW STUFF?! That’s right… after much too long of a break, I am back to designing. We had to replace our computer this month and now I’m a very happy designer, no longer wishing I could stab my computer. :) Computer woes make me ragey. ;)

I must admit, designing Valentine’s themed product is my favorite. I really enjoyed creating this newest kit, Always & Forever. It’s 20% off through February 5th. Cheryl created some absolutely swoon-worthy templates to coordinate with the kit, so make sure you also check out her Fuss Free: Always & Forever pack of templates too! We also have some free goodies for you – in honor of Scrapper Bowl – with any $10 or $15 purchase at Scrap Orchard! Spend $10 or more and get Birds of a Feather kit for FREE. Spend $15 or more and you’ll get the kit and the add-on for free! This offer ends February 2nd.

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Always And Forever Valentine's Day Digital Scrapbook Kit

 

Always & Forever Digital Scrapbook Templates

 

I also have a cute mini kit available in Fruit of the Month. Purchase all 4 of the Fruit of the Month mini kits and you will save an additional 50% off the price AND get a free pack of add-ons with purchase! When you purchase all 4 minis, you spend only $1 each!

Fruit of the Month Sale

School Girl Crush Mini Digital Scrapbook Valentine's Day Kit

 

This pack of add-ons is FREE when you purchase all four of the School Girl Crush minis this month:

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Always & Forever Creative Team Layouts

Some of these layouts for School Girl Crush also use the add-on pack of papers that are only available in the Free With Purchase product when you purchase all 4 mini kits in the Fruit of the Month.

School Girl Crush Creative Team Layouts

That is it for this week, but I will see you again NEXT WEEK! I can’t wait to show you what I’ve got coming next. :D

31. December 2013 · 2 comments · Categories: NSBR

Man, it’s been awhile since I posted here! As I’m sure you can imagine, the holidays kept me pretty busy! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (or Hanukkah or whatever holiday you may celebrate)! Every Christmas, I make a delicious honey ham and there are always lots of leftovers. My favorite thing to make with the leftovers is this creamy, extremely delicious ham & potato soup. It’s my favorite soup ever (and I’m not generally a big soup lover, but this is so darn good). For real. Paired with these amazing homemade rolls, it makes an incredible “comfort food” meal. It’s satisfying, flavorful, and creamy – without being too heavy. I realize I’m not typically one to blog about my favorite recipes, but this is just too good not to share! I started off with a base recipe about 3 years ago and it has been heavily modified over the years to create what is below! Enjoy!

Creamy White Cheddar, Ham, and Potato Soup

Creamy White Cheddar, Ham, & Potato Soup

2 tbs. vegetable oil
1 sweet onion, diced
3 ribs celery, sliced
4-5 carrots, peeled and sliced
5 cups *less sodium* chicken broth
4 cups potatoes, peeled and cut into bite size cubes
2 cups diced, cooked ham
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Salt, to taste (1/2 tsp. is about how much I use)
5 tbs. butter
5 tbs. flour
2 cups whole milk
3 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese

 

In a stockpot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat and add the onion, celery, and carrots. Sauté until veggies start to soften. Stir in the chicken broth, potatoes, ham, and salt & pepper. Simmer over medium heat until potatoes are tender (about 10-15 minutes).

In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in the flour and whisk constantly until thick, about 1 minute. Slowly stir in the milk (don’t add it all at once to avoid clumps). Continue stirring over medium-low heat until it thickens, about 5 minutes. Add the cheese and stir until melted and smooth.

Stir the cheese mixture into the stockpot.

Serve and garnish with cheese, green onion, etc. as desired.

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I have a new kit for you today as well. Let it Snow is also 50% off and includes a FREE GIFT with purchase!

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Purchase the kit and receive the Add-On Papers for free. FWP offer ends 12/19 (but the kit will only be 50% off today).

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Today, I have 3 little freebies for you, but they are all only available 12/10! Hurry and snag them, because the links will expire at the end of the day. Please unzip your downloads immediately to ensure that your download was successful. I don’t want you to miss out if you later find your zip became corrupted! If you collect all of today’s freebies, you will have this cute mini kit:

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You can download the papers right here on the blog: (click the image to download)

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You can also get this little element pack on my Facebook page!

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And grab the sampler that was made available in the Scrap Orchard Newsletter by clicking here.

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Happy shopping! Thanks SOOO much for all your support throughout the year! It means so much to me that so many of you let me be a part of your memory keeping!

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27. November 2013 · 4 comments · Categories: NSBR

It’s no secret that Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love the excitement, the magic and wonder that I get to experience through my kids, the hot cocoa and treats, the reminder of my blessings, and the constant reminder of our Savior’s birth. I love doing an advent activity calendar so we can celebrate Christmas every day in December.

Back in September, I made it out to Hobby Lobby. Imagine my GLEE when I saw that their Christmas stuff was already out. I have NO problem with seeing Christmas stuff put out well before Christmas. The nearest Hobby Lobby is over 2 hours from my house, so I used that as an excuse to pick some stuff up without guilt since I might not make it back before Christmas. I saw this cute little gold sleigh and snagged it for 40% off. I had no idea what I was going to do with it. At first I thought maybe I’d fill it with ornaments… but then I thought how cute it would be filled with mini gift boxes?!

Christmas Advent Calendar in a Sleigh

I found some inexpensive kraft jewelry boxes on Etsy. They are pretty close to the size of a mini box of matches. They came in a set of 25 for $7.50 (plus shipping). I purchased some glitter card stock and used my trusty Silhouette Cameo to cut out my numbers and glued them to the tops of the boxes. I added some embellishments to some of them, printed out our activities and placed them inside, then piled them into the sleigh!

Advent Calendar Assembly

Advent Calendar mini boxes

Advent Calendar

I thought I’d share our activities in case you are looking for some ideas. Some of these have photos from years past. I have all these activities typed into my iCal so if I need to shuffle things around later, I know which boxes to check.

1. Write letters to Santa

2. Prophets Foretold the Coming of Christ Family Home Evening (free lesson plan on A Year of FHE)

3. Pick out a toy at the store to donate

4. Unwrap a new Christmas book and read it together (I’ll be picking up The Polar Express this year)

5. Pick out a Christmas tree and decorate

Silver and gold Christmas tree

6. Clean out toy bins, organize, and donate unused toys

7. Go to the church Christmas party and meet Santa

santa

8. Take silly photo booth photos (we’re using these cute, free printables from Catching Fireflies)

9. Come Let Us Adore Him Family Home Evening (from the Family Home Evening Resource Manual, which you can view for free here)

10. Make a Christmas craft (I haven’t decided what yet, but we might make ornaments or just do something simple like cut out paper snowflakes)

11. Donate food to a food drive

12. Make snowman pancakes

Snowman pancakes

13. Decorate a gingerbread house

gingerbreadhouse

14. Unwrap a new Christmas movie, pop popcorn, and watch it (We’re buying Elf… I can’t believe we haven’t added this to our collection yet!)

15. Make Christmas cards for grandparents

16. Gifts for the Savior Family Home Evening (free lesson plan on A Year of FHE)

17. Make homemade hot chocolate

18. Make a gift for school teacher

19. Perform a random act of kindness (like pay for someone’s lunch or leave a little cash for someone)

20. Campout in front of the Christmas tree – this is one of our favorite parts of December! We pull out mom and dad’s mattress, watch movies, eat treats, and sleep in front of the tree! This tradition is never complete without some jumping on the bed the following morning!

Camp in front of the Christmas tree

21. Make treats for friends – baking day

22. Drive around and look at Christmas lights and bring some hot chocolate and snacks for the ride

23. Symbols of Christmas Family Home Evening (we’ll be merging this free lesson plan with the story at the end of this post)

24. Make cookies for Santa

christmascookies

So fun! I love December! Feel free to share your favorite December traditions in the comments. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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