Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wednesday SayingZ | Happy Birthday

{ This week's title }

HAPPY BIRTHDAY


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Each Wednesday, I am going to be sharing a quote/saying/title 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!



Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Family History TuesdayZ | Happy Place

Journaling Prompt: 
Where are you the happiest?
Describe that place.

My Journaling:
I've never been happier than when I was with my family at Disneyland in December. Whenever I think of that special time I just feel so good inside and so happy that everything went so perfectly. It will be time that is treasured forever for my kids, my hubby and I.

So that is my HAPPY PLACE - Disneyland and whenever I stop and think about that magical place, I still get those wonderful happy feelings. I'm so glad for good memories and things we can treasure inside our hearts and return to when we need our happy place.


Journal CardZ for this Week
Journal CardZ - MY HAPPY PLACE
6x4 and 4x3 Cards - Squared & Rounded Corners


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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.

New for 2015! Journal CardZ. A very popular trend right now is Pocket Scrapbooking. Part of pocket scrapbooking is journaling cards. So to help you scrap my weekly Journal Prompts, I am offering up 4x6 and 3x4 cards for your use every week! These cards are great to use digitally or you can even print them out!

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, May 4, 2015

Monday Magic - Daughter of a King

So I can't believe that I haven't blogged for 3 weeks - where does the time go? Yikes!  Well I'm back - I hope. Someday I'm going to get a handle on my life and actually be organized and balanced....yea, I always say that but I'd really like it to happen soon!




So I know you probably have all heard it and seen it all over the news and such, but there is a new princess - Charlotte Elizabeth Diana - and she is beautiful.  I have a fascination with the England Royalty, ever since Kate married Prince William. I stayed up late to watch their wedding on tv and I've enjoyed watching their family grow. I love their little family with the cute Prince George and now Princess Charlotte. I just love seeing a royalty family be so happy and you know "normal." I know we only really see what the press tells us, but I just think they are so cute and a family that I would like to really meet and get to know. I just think Kate is a good person and such a good role model.  And I guess thinking about a real Prince and his Princess having their "happily ever after" is enchanting to me.


One of the things I've been thinking about and that has always been important to me is remembering that we are all Daughters/Sons of a King. Our Heavenly Father is our true king and we are all his sons and daughters which makes us all princesses and princes. We are all special and no matter what, our Heavenly Father truly loves each one of us. We are not alone in this world - he is always here for us - only a prayer away. His Son and our brother, Jesus Christ is always there for us too - he suffered and died for us so we could live here on earth and then return to our Heavenly Father. We are all family and each of us has the wonderful potential to be a queen/king.

One of my very favorite songs is a song by Jenny Philips and she released it several years ago, when I was a leader of young women of my Faith. The theme for that year was Daughter of a King (the song title as well) and it just meant so much to me and I felt it was so important for our daughters and the young women of the world to realize that they are truly princesses and have the potential to grow up to be such wonderful women. 

Because we are all princesses/princes, we owe it to ourselves and to our Heavenly Father to be the best we can be. Yes, we all make mistakes and we struggle - but we all can do better. We are His Children - we can rise up and be the best we can be. Just because we are born as princesses/princes, doesn't mean we don't have to work and become better - we have the potential - we just have to endure and show our Heavenly Father who we really are. 

I hope that I can instill these things into my children's souls. They are important - we all are - we are royalty - our King loves us - we have the potential to be beautiful wonderful people - but we have to work at it - its not just given to us. We have to let the Savior into our lives and we have to be kind and honest and work towards all the good values in life. By doing so, we can reach our full potential. It's never too late and we all have our struggles, but we can KEEP MOVING FORWARD and get better every day.




Let me just leave you today with the lyrics to

Daughter of a King 


Do you wonder if he knows who you are?

Do you wonder if he knows the secret pleadings of your heart

He has numbered every sand of the sea
And he longs for you to know that he believes in you.

Can you feel the quiet power from above
Can you feel his strength surround you when your own is not enough
He has blessed you with his spirit from on high
And he longs for you to know what lives inside of you
Oh, be true

CHORUS
Daughter of a king
The father's royalty 
Heir to his divinity 
He's calling your name
To come and take your place before his throne
He has always known
What he created you to be
A daughter of a king

You hold the promises of all eternity
Rise to claim the noble birth right you were sent here to recieve
He has loved you since you lived with him before
Let him lead you to the gifts he has in store for you
Oh, be true

CHORUS

Daughters of a king our father's royalty
Heirs to his divinity
He's calling our names
To come and take our place before his throne
He has always known
What he created us to be.....
Daughter of a king.





Each Monday (that doesn't have a new release), I am going to be offering a little Magic to start your week. It might be a fun idea, some inspiration, a tutorial, or just sharing some 
thoughts - Whatever I feel like! So come back and share your thoughts too!

Friday, April 10, 2015

High/Low + Freebie | April 10, 2015

My LOW this Week is that its been a crazy week and my house is still not clean. I've decided that I am on a cleaning sabbatical (that's what my sister-in-law says) and who knows when I'm going to come back!

My HIGH for this Week is that I have enjoyed lots of time with my kids this week since it is Spring Break. We've done lots of activities and my kids are just at a fun age that it is just so fun to do things with them!


I do have a freebie for you today! 
The next in line of my COLOR SKETCH SILHOUETTEZ!  
Meet Snow White!
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Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Recipe Thursday | Personal Pizzas

Personal Pizzas
by DeDe Smith

This week's Recipe:
Pizza makes a great meal and my family loves it, especially my son. He would live on it if I let him.  Personal pizzas are perfect for making at home. You can get your whole family involved and everyone can make their own pizza with their choice of toppings! This recipe makes 18 good sized personal pizzas. You could divide the dough and make half into pizzas and freeze the other half of the dough for later use!


2 cups warm water
2 packets active dry yeast
3 tbsp honey
3 tsp salt
4 tbsp olive oil
5-6 cups flour

1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 tbsp garlic spread seasoning

1 jar marinara sauce
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
6 cups mozzarella cheese

Toppings - Pepperoni, Canadian Bacon, Onions, Green Peppers, Mushrooms, Olives, etc.


In the mixing bowl of your stand mixer, stir yeast, honey, and water together. Let it sit for 5 minutes. 


Add salt, olive oil and half of the flour and mix well.  

Add the rest of the flour - a little bit at a time - and mix well until the dough is slightly tacky, but doesn't stick to your finger when you touch it.

Using your dough hook, knead the dough on medium high from 5-7 minutes. The dough should be smooth and the bowl should be clean.

Roll the dough into a ball and place in a lightly greased bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise 1-2 hours.


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place parchment paper on baking sheet(s).

Melt butter in the microwave and then stir in the garlic spread seasoning.

Punch down dough and divide into 18 pieces.  Roll each piece into a ball.

Take one of the balls of dough and using your hands, spread into a rough circle - as thin or thick as you like it.

Take a pastry brush and spread some of the garlic/butter mixture on the dough.

Add a large spoonful of marinara sauce on top of the garlic/butter mixture.

Sprinkle dough with cheeses and then add the toppings of your choice.

Repeat with the rest of the pizzas. You should be able to fit 6 of the pizzas on one baking sheet.

Bake for 12-15 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, April 8, 2015

Wednesday SayingZ | perfect love casteth out all fear

{ This week's quote }

perfect love
casteth out all fear
- 1 John 4:18

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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, April 7, 2015

Family History TuesdayZ | Looking Forward

Journaling Prompt: 
What are you looking forward to the most?

My Personal Journaling:
I really feel like having something to look forward to is important in life - at least it is for me. Being able to plan and dream a bit and just have something to keep me going is really important.

Right now the thing I am looking forward to the most is actually not set in stone - but we are hoping to visit Disneyland in December again and this time we are hoping to take my brother and his family with us. I really really hope it happens! I love spending time with Cody, Becki and Mallory. They are truly more than just siblings/niece to me - they are some of my best friends and I want to share the magic that is Disneyland with them! I hope it happens!


Journal CardZ for this Week
Journal CardZ - LOOKING FORWARD
6x4 and 4x3 Cards - Squared & Rounded Corners


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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.

New for 2015! Journal CardZ. A very popular trend right now is Pocket Scrapbooking. Part of pocket scrapbooking is journaling cards. So to help you scrap my weekly Journal Prompts, I am offering up 4x6 and 3x4 cards for your use every week! These cards are great to use digitally or you can even print them out!

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.