Joy in the Journey: Back to Class, an Easy Banner Idea and a Yummy Dessert Idea!

August 25th, 2014

I can’t wait to show and tell some of the amazing products I’ll be featuring next week on HSN. Stay tuned this week for a great preview!

1. My house has been so quiet this past week. While I miss the mayhem and excitement that summer vacation brings, I’m also grateful for schedules and structure once again. I was pretty sad. While taking photos of the girls, it began to rain AND my nice digital camera quit working. Thank goodness for my backup camera on my iPhone!

Brecken is a senior and is quite the busy girl. She hung up her volleyball shoes this year to be on student council and to also become a certified nurse’s assistant. So–part of the week she’s wearing scrubs! She also will begin an internship at a local hospital in January.

 

 

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Sage is in 8th grade and is still playing volleyball. She spilled milk down her shirt and pants right before walking out the door. She changed her shirt but as you can see, the milk stain remained (we tried wiping it down with a rag). She’s truly is a gal who knows how to have fun in any situation:

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2. I recently hosted a shower for my niece, Mallory, and my sister whipped up this banner using American Crafts DIY Shop Chalkboard Banner. It even comes with the bakers twine and is so easy to embellish.

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3. I host a lot of showers and have a favorite food I love to serve: “Build Your Own Fruit Sugar Cookies.” This dessert is so colorful, unique, yummy and even a little nutritious!

Start with a platter of plain sugar cookies:

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Put a bowl of cream cheese frosting next to the cookies:

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Place platters of fruit (strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, kiwi, etc.) around the cookies and frosting.

 

 

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Finally, let your guests go to town building the perfect, delicious cookie!

The cookies and frosting were gone before I could get pictures–but I got one of the lovely fruit! The other photos are compliments of Food Network (cookies) and Inspired Taste (frosting).

Have a great week!

Lisa

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Brecken’s Blissful Bites: Yummy, Fresh Pasta Salad!

August 22nd, 2014

Brecken continues to cook up a storm around the Bearnson home. She amazes me how she’s not afraid of hard recipes with lots of ingredients. She doesn’t mind spending two days on a meal. When she was only 12 years old, the only thing she wanted for Christmas was the Julia Childs complete cookbook series! Two years ago, Santa delivered her a KitchenAid mixer. She made her first from-scratch Texas Sheet Cake completely by herself at the age of six.

Here are some photos of her in 2008 (age 11):

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Brecken has made this fresh, yummy pasta salad several times this summer. It’s the perfect accent for a BBQ or would be great as a main dish with added chicken.It’s light and flavorful!

Brecken got the recipe from Barilla:

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Photo compliments of Barilla.

Our family likes ingredients cut up a lot smaller. So–Brecken cuts up the cherry tomatoes and basil a lot smaller than the picture shows.

Cherry Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Pasta Salad

1 Box Piccolinia Mini Farfalle (ribbon pasta)

2 T. extra virgin olive oil

2 T. onion, minced

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved (or chopped)

Salt to taste

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

4 Leaves fresh basil, torn (or chopped)

4 Oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded

Add oil and onions to a medium sauté pan and heat over medium-high heat. Sauté for three minutes or until onions are soft.

Add the cherry tomatoes to the skillet. Sauté the tomatoes for another three minutes until the skins are blistered and the flesh is heated through; season with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, cook the Piccolini Mini Farfelle (ribbon pasta) according to directions on the package.

Remove the tomatoes from the heat, puree 1/3 of the sauce in a blender on high for two minutes. Return the puree to the sauté pan.

Drain the pasta and toss the pasta with the sauce. Stir in the basil and mozzarella cheese.

Serve chilled and enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

Lisa

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Just Around the Corner . . .

August 20th, 2014

Yep–a big craft day on HSN is right around the corner–September 2nd to be exact. I just got the final lineup for the day and all I can say is “deals, deals, and more deals!” I am blown away by the extra-low prices that will be offered that day. I’ll be featuring some of these products in the coming days. I’m on air with several items in four “Paper Crafting Essentials” shows. They are at 2 am (ET), 7 am (ET), 10 am (ET) and 4 pm (ET).

I know I keep talking about my amazing girls-only camping trip but it’s still so fresh AND fun in the my mind! I mentioned all of the girls putting together six years of camping memories in one mini Project Life album. I had so such a great time showing them the ease of Project Life.

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I also took up an Inspired Inc. 3D Embellishment Kit. They were crazy about the dimensional designs, the foil and glitter looks, and how nicely they worked on the Project Life cards.

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These are new to HSN. In fact, I haven’t even showed them on air yet. Go here to see the complete collection.

Speaking of Project Life, the big Azure kit collection is going to be offered for a STELLAR price on September 2nd. Don’t pay any attention to the price on the link. Just gear up to buying several on this day because the price will be so amazing. Oh–and along with the core kit, it also comes with 24 12 x 12 sheets of matching paper, 12 overlays and 12 dividers. It also happens to be one of my most favorite core kits ever. The colors just pop off the page and work for every type of memory!

Several people have asked what we eat while we’re camping. We eat VERY well but make it VERY easy. Here’s just a little sampling of the kind of foods we  ate on our girls-only trip. (Great job with the iPhone pics, Kerri!)

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Oh–and our favorite game this year was:

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Can’t wait to share more HSN goodies soon!

Lisa

 

 

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Joy in the Journey: A Unique Road Block, Mountain Biking and Puppy Love!

August 18th, 2014

Dang it! I’m sad to say that it’s the last day of summer vacation for the Bearnson gals. We have partied hard this summer and have taken lots of photos along the way.

1. We recently went to a friend’s ranch and Sage and I had a blast doing a little four wheeling!

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On the way, we ran into this road block:

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Talk about a major traffic jam!

2. Steve has been having his own fun on the mountain biking trails. He recently rode in this beautiful terrain for two days with some buddies:

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Since my accident a year ago, I still haven’t gotten back on my bike yet. The nerves take over and the pain of my broken shoulder and road rash make me shutter to the very core. I know, I know–it’s time to get back on the saddle and face my fears. One of these days …

 

3. Our next door neighbors made a quick decision and got a six-week puppy last Wednesday. That night, they realized they were both going out of town for three days. The Bearnson family to the rescue! We watched “Roe” and I have to admit–I grew kinda fond of the little gal!

 

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I’ll share back to school photos and that yummy pasta salad recipe soon. Summer has been so crazy! Life should slow down a bit.

Enjoy those last few days of summer!

Sincerely,

Lisa

 

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Our Happy Camper Shirts and Project Life Camping Style!

August 13th, 2014

My last blog post told about the joys of camping with my “3B Outdoor Co.” girls. One of the best parts of  “glamping” are the crafts we each bring. This year Kristy brought safety pins and beads to make bracelets. I brought Maggie Holmes Project Life kits to create scrapbooks of our past five years of camping together. (I will show the album that Sage created at a later date.)

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And Kerri spearheaded our camp shirts using a totally different technique than I’d ever seen.

It involved the Speedball printing screen:

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A custom vinyl design by Kerri that was cut using the Silhouette Cameo. It was then adhered on the Speedball screen.

 

 

 

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And, Speedball paint that was wiped over the vinyl design:

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I love the results:

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Go to Kerri’s blog for complete instructions.

I also love the seventeen sets of images that Kerri made to celebrate our camping trip. (Notice how the trailer was used in the above shirt.) There are a steal of a deal on her site. All these Happy Camper images for only $7.00.

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Can’t wait to share Brecken’s recipe with you this Friday!

Lisa

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