Saturday, September 20, 2014

Challenge Saturdays | ScatterZ Challenge - September 2014

Welcome to Challenge Saturdays | www.designzbydede.com | A new challenge for your weekend scrapping pleasure!
Welcome to Challenge Saturdays! 
I've got a new challenge for your weekend scrapping pleasure! 
Please join in!


Today you get a ScatterZ Challenge!
You do the challenge and then you get
a ScatterZ element as your posting bonus!


Here's what you need to do:

1. I want you to do a layout about your favorite things about FALL! Is it the cool weather, the changing of the leaves, fun fall recipes? What do you love most about Fall?

2. Upload your layout to my FACEBOOK PAGE for all of us to see! If you don't have Facebook - you can email it to me (dedesmith32@gmail.com) and still participate! Please include what product(s) you used!

4. You must complete and upload your layout by Sunday, September 21st - 11:59pm EST.

5. If you participate in this challenge you will receive this:

ScatterZ Challenge Bonus - Fall LeaveZ ScatterZ by DeDe Smith (DesignZ by DeDe)

ScatterZ Challenge Bonus
Fall LeaveZ ScatterZ by DeDe Smith (DesignZ by DeDe) 

I can't wait to see your lovely layouts! I hope you all will participate! Please spread the news and have a great weekend!



Let me know if you have any questions!



Thursday, September 18, 2014

Recipe Thursday | Fancy Schmancy Tuna Noodle Casserole


This week's Recipe:
This is my take on the traditional Tuna Noodle Casserole. I added a lot of veggies and it makes it so colorful and perfect for Fall. It also includes a unique topping (as you actually take 3 different types of crumbs and add them together)!

I have a big fondness for casseroles. I know many people do not like "cream of" soups added to their casseroles and it is healthier for you to not use those - but I actually love the taste, so I do use it sometimes. I did add a can of cream of mushroom soup in this recipe to thicken it up a bit - but you could totally NOT use it and be fine. I loved this dish. It had a lot of flavor and I love all the added veggies. My kids even ate it after a little encouragement (because of the veggies.)


Fancy Schmancy Tuna Noodle Casserole
by DeDe Smith
Fancy Schmancy Tuna Noodle Casserole by DeDe Smith

Fancy Schmancy Tuna Noodle Casserole 

2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz mushrooms, diced
2 stalks of celery, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
16 oz egg noodles
3 cups sharp cheddar/monterey jack, grated
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup half 'n half
1 can cream of mushroom soup (optional)
1 bag frozen peas
1 bag frozen corn
2 cans of tuna in water, drained and flaked
4 tbsp butter, melted
1 cup potato chips, crushed
18 Ritz Crackers, crushed
1 cup Italian Breadcrumbs


Add olive oil to a large skillet and add onions and garlic. Cook for a few minutes and then add mushrooms. Cook for a few more minutes and then add celery and peppers. Cook on Medium-Low until mushrooms are browned and all vegetables are tender.


To the skillet add chicken broth, half 'n half, and cream of mushroom soup. Heat until boiling and then stir in peas, corn, and tuna. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook your egg noodles according to package directions for al dente. Drain and then add to a large casserole dish. Immediately stir in 2 of the cups of grated cheese and stir so it melts all over the noodles.

Pour sauce over the noodles. Top with remainder of grated cheese. 

Mix potato chips, ritz crackers, and bread crumbs and butter and spread over the top.

Bake at 400 degrees for  30 minutes.


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On Recipe Thursdays, I am going to be sharing a recipe with you! I will pick a recipe from my collection and I will be sharing where I got the recipe and everything. But I am going to include my own photo of the finished food, the original recipe, and try and share the things I changed when I made it!

I would love your help too! If you have a great recipe, especially week-night dinner recipes (but I would love all kinds of recipes) - please share it with me, by emailing me at dedesmith32@gmail.com. I will try it out and feature it on my blog! If you have cooking tips or anything else in regards to cooking and food - please email me!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wednesday Sayings | Don't Let Yesterday...

This week's quote:

Don't Let
YESTERDAY
take up too much of
TODAY

Don't Let Yesterday take up too much of Today | Wordart by DeDe Smith (DesignZ by DeDe)

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Each Wednesday, I am going to be sharing a quote/saying with you! I am a collector of quotes/sayings/scrapbook titles, etc. and I love to hear new ones! So, each week, I will share a quote/saying with you that I hope will inspire you and make your day a little better! I also create pieces of wordart with these quotes each week and offering them to you as a freebie!!!  Feel free to use them in your scrapbook layouts or just print them out for great wall decor!

If you have any great quotes/sayings - feel free to send them in to me at dedesmith32@gmail.com - I would love to use them!




Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Family History Tuesdays | Remember Me



Here is this week's journal prompt :

Journaling Prompt: List 10 Things you would hope to be remembered for

Journaling Prompt: List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for


My Personal Journaling:

I hope not only to have people remember me as these things - I hope to actually BE these things. Some of the things on my list are things that I would like to be, and maybe I'm not there yet. I think by knowing the things that you want to leave for future generations, it will help you to make the right choices to become the person you want to be.

If my actions are what others will remember me by, then I might need to change some things that I do!


1. I want to be remembered for being a kind, loving, and caring person.

2. I want to be remembered as an all-service individual. Someone who helps others.

3. I want to be remembered as a good mom and wife - someone who makes her family happy and successful.

4. I want to be remembered as someone who loved books and movies and loved to share those with others.

5 I want to be remembered as a good and loyal friend. Someone with a listening ear and a comforting shoulder and someone who is always there for you.

6 I want to be remembered as a creative person. Someone who can create things that help others.

7. I want to be remembered as a happy person and someone who makes others happy.

8. I want to be remembered as someone who lives her religion and who has a testimony of the Savior.

9. I want to be remembered as someone who has no regrets.

10. I want to be remembered as someone who cares about Family History and family stories and helps others to share their stories. I want to leave a legacy of story-telling and memory-keeping. I want my friends/family to feel that journal-keeping and memories are so important to leave for the next generations.


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Each Tuesday, I am going to be offering prompts or ideas. If you don't write in your journal regularly - I am going to encourage you to write just ONCE A WEEK and answer the question/idea that I give on Tuesdays. These ideas hopefully will spark a memory and you will be able to capture that in what you write/record so that it can be left for your children/grandchildren/family/friends. Give as much detail as you can when answering.

Will you do this for me? Will you do this for your families? You can write it down in a journal, you can type it up on a computer or journaling software, you can take a recorder and talk, you can videotape your answers, you can even scrap a page with the journaling. It doesn't matter how you do this - it's just important that you do it. The memories, the dates, the information is the only real thing we can leave to our families when we are gone.

If I come up with other family history ideas - I will be sure to share it here too - and if you want to share with me your ideas - that would be wonderful and I'd be glad to share them here too. Just comment here or email me at dedesmith32@gmail.com.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Featured Product Monday | You Are My Sunshine

Featured Product Monday - DeDe Smith (DesignZ by DeDe)
Today I would like to feature a kit that I just put back into my store. It is an older kit, but actually one of my favorites. I love the Denim feel of the whole kit. It's great for a variety of different kinds of layouts and perfect for your denim-wearing girl! Scrap all those meaningful moments with the special people that make your life happy and wonderful!  
Let me know what you think!


Take a Look at my YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE!
You are my Sunshine by DeDe Smith (DesignZ by DeDe)

"You Are My Sunshine"
 by DeDe Smith 


I shared this layout with you in yesterday's Life 2014 post! 
You Are My Sunshine by DeDe Smith (DesignZ by DeDe)


ENJOY! Thanks for reading my blog and have a great week!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Life 2014 | Beth's 9th Birthday


We celebrated Beth's Birthday a week before her actual birthday. She wanted a RAINBOW PARTY so that is what she got! We decorated with rainbow streamers, rainbow tablecloth, rainbow plates and cups, and rainbow balloons! We had a family party this year with Dad, Mom, JJ, (of course Beth), Uncle Aaron, Uncle Cody, Aunt Becki, and Cousin Mallory. For dinner we had Rainbow Pasta with Alfredo Sauce, Rainbow Bread, and of course Rainbow Cake (with rainbow butterflies). She loved her gifts - she got: an Anna Costume, Horses and Girls from Horseland, a Black Sketch Notebook, Frozen Blu-Ray, and an awesome stuffed horse (Buttercup) that whinnies and responds to touch. Beth was so excited and it was really fun to spend the evening with family. We can't believe she is really 9 - she's just getting to be such a beautiful young lady and we love her!

- April 6, 2014 -




Here's the layout I did:

I used the "You Are My Sunshine" by DeDe Smith 
and "Fill 'er Up Templates" by Britt-ish Designs


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wednesday Sayings | you is KIND you is SMART you is IMPORTANT

This week's quote:

you is KIND
you is SMART
you is IMPORTANT

you is kind, you is smart, you is important  |  Wordart by DeDe Smith (DesignZ by DeDe)

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Each Wednesday, I am going to be sharing a quote/saying with you! I am a collector of quotes/sayings/scrapbook titles, etc. and I love to hear new ones! So, each week, I will share a quote/saying with you that I hope will inspire you and make your day a little better! I also create pieces of wordart with these quotes each week and offering them to you as a freebie!!!  Feel free to use them in your scrapbook layouts or just print them out for great wall decor!


If you have any great quotes/sayings - feel free to send them in to me at dedesmith32@gmail.com - I would love to use them!



Saturday, September 6, 2014

Challenge Saturdays | ONE WORD Challenge



Welcome to Challenge Saturdays! I got a new challenge for your weekend scrapping pleasure! Please join in!


Who's ready for a challenge? I have a fun one so I hope you have some time this weekend to play!!!!

Today's Challenge is all about ONE WORD!
Today's word is SMILE!


Here's what you need to do:

1. You create a layout using today's ONE WORD. You must use this word in the title of your layout. Your layout can be any theme, but has to include MY PRODUCTS ONLY.

2. Upload your layout to my FACEBOOK PAGE for all of us to see! If you don't have Facebook - you can email it to me (dedesmith32@gmail.com) and still participate! Please include what product(s) you used!

4. You must complete and upload your layout by Sunday, September 7th at 11:59pm EST.

5. If you participate in this challenge you will receive this Flower PowerZ ScatterZ!

Flower PowerZ ScatterZ by DeDe Smith (DesignZ by DeDe)

Flower PowerZ ScatterZ by DeDe Smith (DesignZ by DeDe) 



I can't wait to see your lovely layouts! I hope you all will participate! Please spread the news and have a great weekend!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Friday, September 5, 2014

One Word Challenge tomorrow!

Please join me for a ONE WORD CHALLENGE this Saturday! Come back to my blog here and you will have 48 hours to complete a fun Challenge to get a great ScatterZ!

Please come and join in!

One Word Scrapbooking Challenge from DesignZ by DeDe



High/Low + Freebie | September 5, 2014


My LOW this Week is that I just did not get any digital scrapbook designing done like I had planned. Amidst - carpooling my son to school, working a lot on my Origami Owl business, starting a delivery job twice a week, tending my niece a couple of days this week, and just daily life....I just can't seem to fit everything in. I'm trying not to get discouraged about that...

My HIGH for this Week is that my Origami Owl Fall Party went fantastic! I'm excited to be having 4 Jewelry Bars (parties) scheduled for the next couple of months, plus 2 that I am already doing this month. I even have got a few sales and that just makes me really excited. I love the O2 products and I just want everyone to see how awesome it is! That is really why I am selling it - (some extra money is nice too), but the real reason is that I just think it is so amazing and meaningful and such a treasure for you and your family to have. It's a little piece of you and your story - it goes right along with scrapbooking in my opinion - so SCRAP-A-LOCKET!

Also I have a O2 deal right now that only lasts until the end of the day today.....if you are interested....


Origami Owl Two Free Charms Deal from Independent Designer DeDe Smith

 TWO FREE CHARMS DEAL
only available until September 5th 



I do have a freebie for you today! Last week, you got the ELSA Dress. Today you get the ANNA Dress!  These go with the DollZ in Bethie's Room!


Have a great weekend!

Anna Dress to with the Bethie's Room DollZ

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High/Low + Freebie Posts. Each Friday, I get a little personal and share my high and low points of the week and then I offer a digital scrapbook freebie for everyone to download for FREE.