Wednesday, November 12, 2014

December Daily 2014: Content

Now that I've got a layout, I've been thinking about what I'm going to do in each of my December Daily "pockets." I'm a woman whose children have grown and flown (and I don't have grandkids yet), so it's often hard to meet the goals of online prompt lists that call for toy shopping, children baking cookies, and so on. In fact, I've found that in general, there are very few Project Life resources for those of us who are older adults.

My ongoing Project Life album is focused on the everyday adventures of myself, my husband and our pets. But our Christmas preparations are fewer and more low key without children at home, so I do need ideas for doing December every day.

I searched online for "December Daily prompt lists" and finally found a good one that anyone (with or without kids can use). It's here, created by Agnes.

Image courtesy of Agnes
at marysza.blogspot.gr

Of course, I've given myself permission to do something else if the mood or event occurs! My goal in keeping December Daily is to keep Christmas in my heart each day. It's so easy to get lost in the shopping, baking and general craziness of these days without remembering Who Christmas is all about.

I'll stick to my usual inclusions to "answer" these prompts, such as
  • Photos--probably instagram-sized on my 4x6 cards
  • Quotations
  • Clips from magazines and online
  • Ephemera decorations
  • Keepsakes such as event tickets, etc.

If you need other ideas for prompt lists, here are some others that I considered before deciding:

Come back next week and I'll talk about how I'm going to do front and back "covers" for December Daily, right in my 12x12 album!

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Bee and quiche

Hey, it's another month and Anita and I are starting another Bee project. This time, we are stitching Country Cottage Needlework's ornament, Angels. I'll be doing mine on red fabric with white lettering.

Else's materials for "Angels"

Anita's materials for "Angels"

On another note, I made my first quiche of the cold season. We love quiche here at home: it's hot, filling, and perfect comfort food. Our favorite kind incorporates some kind of seafood; last night I made it with "faux lobster" (lobster mixed with white fish) that you can get in your supermarket. Of course, you can make it with other things, too: diced ham and mushrooms, mixed cheeses (adding cheddar is yummy), crumbled and cooked breakfast sausage, bacon, spinach, and more.

Faux Lobster Quiche

I use a very quick and easy quiche recipe I adapted from the Fannie Farmer cookbook. I've used this recipe for over 25 years and it comes out perfect each time! And the kitchen smells delicious while it is baking.

Very Easy Seafood Quiche

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Ingredients

3 eggs
2% or whole milk, or heavy cream (amount will be described below)
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
dash nutmeg
2 cups shredded swiss cheese
9-inch frozen deep dish pie shell
Package "faux" crab or lobster meat (or use the real thing. Cook it first and let it cool, though).

Steps

  1. In a small bowl, beat the 3 eggs, then add enough milk to make 1 1/2 cups. (I usually do this step in a large measuring cup.) Stir in the salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  2. Cut up the crab or lobster into small pieces. Combine in a large bowl with the shredded cheese and the liquid mix.
  3. Pour everything into the frozen pie shell.
  4. Bake in the oven for 1 hour or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Let cool for 5-10 minutes on the counter before cutting and serving.

Enjoy!



Wednesday, November 05, 2014

December Daily 2014: First Thoughts


It's that time again--blogs and online scrapbook shops are starting to talk December Daily. So here are my first thoughts about how I'm going to do DD this year.

Last year was my first time doing December Daily (you can see my 2013 album here). I used the Studio Calico kit ($$$). I enjoyed the process and finished the album, but it was a LOT of work and I knew that I needed to do something simpler and less expensive this year.

This year, I am going to do December Daily within my 12x12 Project Life album. I've come up with a layout that will use four full spreads. Each day will be in a 4x6 pocket, reserving the center 3x4 pockets for additional photos, journaling cards, "bling", and etc. Here's a taste of how the layout will look, and you can download a pdf of the complete month's layout here.


I will also be using a printable journal kit as my base and inspiration. I've chosen Ephemera's Vintage Garden "Merry Melody." Designed by Debbie-Anne Parent in Canada, it features the palette I had already been thinking of using--red, white, and kraft. The kit also features touches of aqua. Perfect! Here's a video by Debbie about her new kit:


While the kit is supposed to be a stand-alone journal, I plan to print the pages, then make my 4x6 and 3x4 journal cards from her spreads. I will also make additional journaling cards using base cardstock of my chosen colors, and embellishing them on the way. I've been using Debbie's kits for all sorts of crafting for over a year. Her images, prints and design are the vintage style I love, and everything can be used in versatile ways.

I plan to blog each Wednesday through the week before Christmas about my December Daily efforts. Check back next week for a report on my progress towards DD 2014!

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