Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Family History TuesdayZ | Perfect Day

Journaling Prompt: 
Describe the PERFECT DAY.
Put in as many details as you can.
Make it a possible day, not a "dream day."

Journal CardZ for this Week
4x6 and 3x4 Cards - Squared & Rounded Corners


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, March 30, 2015

Monday Magic | Because He Lives...

Easter is coming and its a great time to reflect on your personal beliefs.  
Of course, the Easter Bunny and the eggs and all of the Springtime Activities 
are a lot of fun and great family times, but for me - 
I celebrate Easter because Jesus Christ Lives. 

There is a beautiful song that the Primary kids in my Ward have been learning. It is called "I Know He Lives" by Clive Romney and it is now one of my very favorite songs of all time. I love the simple, yet powerful lyrics to the song.

by Clive Romney

I know He Lives
I know He loves me
I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior
I know He came to earth as a child long ago
and showed us all the way

I know He paid the price for my sins
I know He died to give life eternal
I want to follow him so that I can return
to live with God again

I truly feel like music is the way to the soul and through song, 
I have felt my testimony grow and have felt the Spirit in knowing 
what things my Savior did for me.

There is another beautiful song that the Primary kids are learning for Easter. It is called "Gethsemane" by Roger & Melanie Hoffman

by Roger and Melanie Hoffman

Jesus climbed the hill
to the garden still
His steps were heavy and slow
Love and a prayer, took Him there
to the place only He could go

Jesus loves me
so He went willingly
to Gethsemane

He felt all that was sad
wicked or bad
all the pain we would ever know
While His friends were asleep
He fought to keep
His promise made long ago

Jesus loves me
so He went willingly
to Gethsemane

The hardest thing that ever was done
The greatest pain that ever was known
The biggest battle that ever was won
This was done by Jesus
The fight was won by Jesus

Jesus loves me
so He gave His gift to me
in Gethsemane

Jesus loves me
so He gives His gift to me
from Gethsemane

This is my testimony. I know He lives and because He lives so can we. We can overcome this life and our mistakes and live with our Heavenly Father again. I know that there is true healing from getting to know Jesus Christ and accepting his truths. I know that my Savior lives and I know that He hears me and answers my prayers. I know he died for me and lives for me and all of us.

Please visit Mormon.org/Easter for more 
information about the Savior and Easter.


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!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Jolly Holiday Surprise Adventure | First Magic Moments

December 6, 2014

After revealing the secret, we all just couldn't wait to get to the hotel. Our shuttle FINALLY arrived and we loaded our bags and ourselves and began our journey.  At this point we let the kids know that not only were we going to Disneyland, but we were actually going to be staying in the DISNEYLAND HOTEL! Ahhh! 

The shuttle driver kept us entertained with Disney music as we drove from Long Beach to Anaheim. Before we knew it, we were pulling up in front of the Disneyland Hotel. We grabbed our bags and excitedly walked in.  The kids immediately gravitated to the cute teacup seats. At the front desk, Joey and I got checked in, amidst a little complication with our credit card (the transaction got flagged, since we don't take a whole lot of trips - but after some calls we got it figured out. The Cast Members at the front desk were really great and helped us get it all figured out.

We were able to get a standard room in the Adventure Tower. It was on the Downtown Disney side, but only the 2nd floor, so our view was trees - but actually I loved it! So easy and fast to get to our room from Downtown Disney and the trees kind of blocked the noise. It was awesome! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Disneyland Hotel rooms. We all loved looking for the Hidden Mickeys and of course the headboard is AMAZING! It was just awesome.

After checking out the room and settling in a bit, we decided it was time to explore!  Everyone was hungry and I also wanted to go redeem my voucher for the Annual Pass and also pick up our Photopass+ Card. (We had decided to get one Annual Pass so that we could get the discounts and such.) So we headed towards Downtown Disney. Joey and the kids grabbed some lunch at Earl of Sandwich and I headed down to the Esplanade. I redeemed my voucher, got my picture taken, and got my new Annual Pass. California Adventure looked less busy, so I went through the gates and headed to the photo shop where I redeemed the voucher to get our Photopass+ card. This all took about an hour and then I met up with my family at Downtown Disney, where we did some exploring in the stores.  We were all fascinated with the Lego Store and all of its awesome characters! The Build-a-Bear Store was amazing too and the kids were definitely starting their lists!

After lots of browsing, we went to Tortilla Joe's for dinner! We LOVED it - it was so good, and we especially loved the guacamole, made for us right at our table!

After dinner, we strolled over to the AMC Theaters to watch BIG HERO 6.  We were AMAZED by this theater. It was HUGE. It was definitely the biggest theater we've ever been to. Plus amazingly there wasn't a whole lot of people taking advantage of it and so in the huge theater, it felt like we were the only ones there.  We LOVED Big Hero 6 - it was such a cute movie.  After the movie, we had to take advantage of a photo-op!

After the movie, we headed back to the hotel and we had a little bit of a Christmas Celebration, complete with a little Mickey Tree, Treats, and gifts.  These were things I brought from home to bring some Christmas to our room.  The kids loved it all, especially the Disney gift cards from Dad and Mom and the money from Grandpa and Grandma Sorensen! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

At this point, we were just so exhausted. It had been a very long, but thrilling and exciting day! We couldn't wait to see what tomorrow brings!

The Adventure Continues in another post. :)

The Smith Family's Jolly Holiday Adventure
I'm so excited to share my family's magical Christmas adventure of 2014 with you!
To see all the postings in this series go HERE.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Challenge Saturdays | Just a Little Magic Challenge - March 2015

Today you get a

Amidst the hustle and bustle in life, there are little magic moments that make life worth living! These scrapbook challenges are to help you scrap the magic in your life and you will get a posting bonus if you participate!

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, 
but by the moments that take our breath away."

Here's what you need to do:

1. I want you to think about birthdays. I want you to think about that magical moment when you blow out the candles on your cake and you get a wish. 

Today, I want you to scrap about that magical moment - whether its your own or one of your childrens or a friend or a spouse. In your journaling on the page, I want you to talk about what made this moment MAGIC!

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 - remember to use my products only!

4. You must complete and upload your layout by Sunday, March 29th - 11:59pm EST.

5. If you participate in this challenge you will receive this:
Challenge Bonus
Confetti StreamerZ 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!

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

Friday, March 27, 2015

Join me for another Challenge Saturday!

Please join me for a Just a Little Magic Challenge this Saturday! Come back to my blog here and you will have 48 hours to complete a challenge to get these Confetti StreamerZ ScatterZ!

Please come and join in!

High/Low + Freebie | March 27, 2015

My LOW this Week is that my daughter and I have been sick.  Stupid Colds that just won't go away.  :(

My HIGH for this Week is that I got to go on a lunch date with my hubby on Tuesday. We went to KFC and got their special Chicken Fried Steak and just visited for a bit, before he headed back to JJ's school where he was doing a special Computer Programming presentation. I love that my husband gets so involved with our kids' schooling and likes to volunteer and be a part of it!

I do have a freebie for you today! 
My Family Tree CalligramZ would be a fun accent to any page!

Have a great weekend!

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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.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Recipe Thursday | Chocolate Steamed Pudding

Heavenly Chocolate Steamed Pudding
by DeDe Smith
adapted from two peas and their pod

This week's Recipe:
My Grandpa & Grandma Sorensen lived next to us growing up and we saw them everyday. They were a big part of my life. I miss them. Anyway, I've been thinking a lot about them lately and one of my greatest memories was Sunday dinners. We always had Sunday Dinner at their house and my Grandma was a good cook. One of the things that I loved best was when she would make Steamed Pudding. I don't have her recipe and I've really been wanting to try it again.  Many people that I mentioned this to had never even heard of steamed pudding. It is like a very moist cake that has a pudding like sauce at the bottom. So I started looking on the internet and I came across a Chocolate Pudding Cake that sounded just about like the one my Grandma made. Now I was young the last time I had this from my Grandma (and I seem to remember her using a special bundt pan for hers), but it tasted heavenly and I'm pretty sure it was close to my Grandma's recipe. 

I did some minor adjustments with the recipe - basically making it more chocolately. It definitely looks like a mess, especially after you pour the boiling water over the top. But it totally cooks to perfection - I promise and its so easy! It's definitely very rich, but with ice cream and whipped cream- its just divine.  And I love that since it is so rich, a little goes a long way! I made this on a Sunday and we had it for dessert for several days. We liked it best warm, but it could be served cold or at room temperature if you prefer.

Try it - you won't regret it!

2 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips
2 tbsp unsalted butter
4 oz unsweetened chocolate
2 cups buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 1/2 cups boiling water

Vanilla Ice Cream

Whipped Cream Topping
Chocolate & Carmel Topping

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 baking pan.

Combine flour, half of the brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix until combined very well making sure there are no lumps of brown sugar. Stir in chocolate chips.

Melt the butter and chocolate together over medium-low heat. A double boiler really works great for this. You want to keep stirring so that it doesn't stick and burn.

Heat the buttermilk over low heat until barely warmed and then remove from heat. You don't want this to boil-make sure it is just warmed.

Remove chocolate and butter mixture from heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour mixture over dry ingredients. Add the buttermilk and stir until mixed well. Spread into the prepared pan.

Take the rest of the brown sugar and combine with the cocoa until smooth. Sprinkle mixture evenly over the batter.

Pour the boiling water slowly and evenly over the batter in the pan. (Don't mix)

Bake in oven for 40 minutes. Serve with Ice Cream and Whipped Cream and use the extra sauce in the pan to spread on top, along with additional Chocolate and Carmel Topping.

Keep any leftovers in the refrigerator and just warm each serving up in the microwave for a few seconds.

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!