Weekly Meal Planner with Dinner Suggestions


I have been busy trying to get meal planning organized.  I have created three weeks of worth of Dinner Ideas.  Have more ideas for a fourth week.  Will work on getting that put together soon. I have recipes for you also. Some are 4" x 6" size, ready for you to cut out and laminate if you want.  A couple had too much info to fit on a card size so they are full pages.  Just fold to fit in your recipe box. I laminated my Menu planner so it will last awhile.  I also thought you could cut out each meal idea and put into a jar and pull out a few for the week to mix it up.
Here is what they look like.  Click on the PDF link to print out or just save onto your computer. I left the grocery list section blank so you can fill in yourself. Come back to get week for and some more recipes.

Recipe Cards Set One  These do not necessarily match what is on the week one Meal Planner,  I didn't think that far ahead when I was typing up the recipes.  Just print them all out.

Using Rotisserie chicken from the deli will save you time and if you have a smaller family you will have leftovers for another meal. If your deli makes a nice potato salad or cole slaw, pick it up and save yourself some time making from scratch.  Though I do know a couple of ladies that can make a really wonderful potato salad.  I don't.  I always forget I am cooking the potatoes and then have to make mashed potatoes. :) 

Feel free to leave a comment.
Blessings, Diane

Job changes requires personal organization.


I have been blessed with a job change that provides full time hours. I worked at my last job for eight years and really did enjoy the creative work I did.  Business just kept getting slower and my hours kept decreasing to a point I couldn't even buy groceries for a week.  A friend recommend me for a opening a her company and they hired me.
Working full time, as many of you know, does not leave you with much time for all the tasks at home like cooking, cleaning, laundry, family time and having a social life.

I am one prone to being organized or at least try to be. With my past job I had plenty of time to prepare dinner.  Mind you, I had plenty of time just maybe didn't always want to do it. Now, I find I really need to get organized and plan my meals ahead so I don't get fast food every night. Which my more health conscious teenager does not like me bringing home for dinner.
I made myself a weekly meal planner list with a grocery list.  You can also find several on-line.  The ones I found on-line had too much space used up to look cute.  I love cute but I really wanted my document to be more functional. So,  now I am thinking and planning for the week the meals I want to cook and then shop for groceries accordingly.  This also saves on wasted food because I am buying what I know I will be cooking. I am finding I actually enjoy cooking more when I have all the ingredients I need to prepare a meal and know what I plan to prepare.  Makes getting home and starting dinner so much easier than asking hubby and kids "what do you want for dinner?" and everyone responding "I don't know" and an hour has gone by and nothing is on the table to eat.
I realize that I had too much time to think about what to make for dinner that I did not structure myself and let the time get away from me. I have been going through recipes I have and found new ones online to try.

I recommend if you haven't tried planning your meals for the week you give it a try.  There are even web sites with weekly meal planning meals you can get a weeks worth of ideas or join and have them send you a grocery list and recipes for the week or month.  Trust me it really does simplify your life.
Click below for my Weekly Meal Planner and get your meals organized.
My Weekly Meal Planner
Here are some dinner ideas I recently made.  I will add in some more when I get them written out.
Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream Sauce
Pork Medallions with Grainy Mustard Sauce

Blessings, Diane


Graduation is upon us.  I have two son's graduating from College this year and one son graduating from High School.  I am so very proud of all of them. I was asked  to make a Graduation Photo Album by someone. This is was I came up with. I designed some of the paper and many of the embellishments myself. The album can be personalized. I can change to your school colors. If you would like one allow 7 - 10 days for me to make. Click on image to view larger size. $25.00 each.

I have really been enjoying designing my own paper and embellishments. It is really nice to make something that fits the projects I am working on and not having to spend lot's of time shopping for something I never seem to find in the end. 

Let me know if I can make an album for you.

 Blessings, Diane


Feeling a bit better today.  Have had some darn bug.  I am finding the winter weather seems to zap my creativity some. The weather is warming up and I finally made it to my office to create a card. What about you?  Does the weather have any influence on how creative you are?
Here is a Christ is Risen card to share.

The card base was a pre-made card DCWV Linen Closet box.
Stamps: Christ is Risen - Stampin' Up!  Flowers - Stampin' Up!
Leaves: Sizzix - Flowers, Brances & Leaves set
Plaid Frame and Christ is Risen cut out with Sizzix - 657902
White Frame: Sizzix - Ornate Plate
Embossing Folder: Sizzix
Flowers shapes with the Heartfelt Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
Glitter: Sparkle and Yellow

Enjoy, Diane

You've Been Elfed


Apparently the "You've Been Elfed" tradition has been going on for awhile and I only found out last year after the Holiday's.  We have a couple of new neighbors this year so I thought it would be nice to Elf the new neighbors.  There are lot's of cute You've Been Elfed signs on the internet you can search for and print out to use for yourself.  I found one I particularly liked here: http://www.tipsfromatypicalmomblog.com/2012/11/weve-been-elfed-free-printable-door.html This site has lot's of other fun stuff also.
I wanted a couple of tags to attach to my gifts so I made a couple to match the signs.

I know that a lot of people like to do neighbor gifts, but this is extra special because it’s done in secret, and the kids love to ring the doorbell and run away.  They feel like little elves themselves.
So what you do is:
1. Download the printable signs and tags. (Click on the above image and it will open to full size. Right click your mouse and save to your computer).
2. Print 2 Copies
3. Make a special treat for 2 people (maybe pick someone that needs some extra love, this is a great way talk to your kids about thinking of others instead of themselves)
4. Head out and leave the note with the treat on your unsuspecting recipient!
5. And above all, have fun!
Merry Christmas, Diane

Halloween Treat Box Class

Hello Ladies,

Halloween will be here soon.  I have designed some treat boxes that will make giving your sweets to someone extra special.  Attend my class on October 7th at 6:30 pm. Get all the materials to decorate 8 boxes.  You will have extra designs and tags to make more boxes or add to bags for gift giving.  Class fee: $12.00.  Please register in advance so I can prepare a kit for you.  Here is a photo of the projects you will be making.

Looking forward to seeing you.
Blessings, Diane

Ladies Open House Craft Night

Hi Ladies,

It has been a long time.  My Open House night will be starting up again.  I am looking forward to seeing all of you and sharing some creative ideas.

Blessings, Diane


I saw a couple of cute bags online and wanted to make myself some.  I spent today making a couple of bags. They were really easy to make. My daughter-in-law wants a Bento Tote for her lunch tote.  My son's girlfriend wants a Origami bag because she thinks it is so cute.  I have another bag I want to make.  Project for another day.

Blessings, Diane

Sunflower Wedding Album

I love this Wedding photo album I designed. Measures 8 1/4" x 5 1/4". The base of the album is chipboard to make your album sturdy. Perfect brag book size. This album has 8 beautifully decorated pages that will fit your 4 x 6 photos. There are lot's of great icons, accents and journaling blocks decorating the album. Just add your photos to complete the album. This album design can be customized to your wedding colors and flowers can be changed. Personalization also available. Contact me for options... Click photo to see full size. Cost: $25.00 includes shipping in bubble envelope. No tax.
Order the matching Tri-Fold-Shutter card for a complete gift.
Coming will be Wedding, Baby and Birthday albums.

Blessings, Diane

Sunflower Wedding Card

I finally finished my Sunflower Wedding Card. Love this shutter fold style card. Personal message can be added to the back of card. Colors can be changed to personalize. I did design some of the paper and most of the images. The flowers are all handmade. Click image to see more detail. I will have a link soon so you can order with PayPal.

Blessings, Diane
Graduation photo album. Measures 5" x 5". Perfect brag book size. This album has 16 pages and 2 pocket pages. There are lot's of great icons, accents and journaling blocks to decorate the album. Just add your photos to complete the album. This album design can be customized to your school colors. Personalization also available. Contact me for options... Click photo to see full size. Cost: $20.00 includes shipping in bubble envelope. No tax.
Order the matching Tri-Fold-Shutter card for a complete gift.
Coming will be Wedding, Baby and Birthday albums.

Click image on right to place order.

Blessings, Diane

Graduation Card

I designed this beautiful Graduation card. I also designed my own paper to create parts of the card. Found some other items on the internet.  I will be designing a scrapbook to go along with the card.
The items will be available for purchase.
This handmade Graduation  embellished tri-shutter card makes a beautiful display standing up, and folds up nicely to be mailed. Surprise a friend with an unique, one-of-a-kind hand-crafted card.
Slip your tri-shutter into an envelope (enclosed with this card), and it's ready to go. 
This card design can be customized to your specifications changing colors. Personalization also available. Contact me for options...
Click on image on right to place order.

Blessings Diane

New Antiquity Collection from Heartfelt Creations


I have spent the past four days at the CHA convention.  I had so much fun.  I took several classes at Clearsnap and learned several ways to use ink to create beautiful backgrounds on a variety of surfaces and with a variety of inks and sprays.  I still really like the Colorbox pigment inks. They came out with two new sets that have yummy colors.
One of my favorite booths was Heartfelt Creations.  They have beautiful stamps, metal dies and papers.  The display samples are over the top beautiful.  I was able to get a paper pad of their new Antiquity Collection colors to show at work. (Hopefully we will be ordering some for upcoming kits).  I really like that the new paper pads though 12 x 12 in size have 6 x 6 quads on a page.  Great for those 6 x 6 albums I like to make.  The pads also have 12 x 12 designs and lots of beautiful frames and greetings that are wonderful for card making and scrapbooking.
Here is a card I made tonight using the paper. I know it isn't full of flowers and mega layers of stuff.  How do you mail those cards anyway.  This card is also for a guy and he wouldn't want all those flowers.  Watch for more projects.
Blessings, Diane

Love Messages in a Jar

My son Allan wanted to make his girlfriend something from his heart for her for Christmas. I helped him a little with this project. We designed these small cards that he wrote down things he likes and appreciates about her. Then he decorated a jar and filled it with the cards. Is that just not the sweetest. I was amazed at how many things he wrote and filled the jar with. I was thinking these would make wonderful Valentines gifts. If anyone is interested I could make one for you and you just fill in the cards to give to your loved one. I will also include extra cards so as time goes on you can fill in more cards to be added to the jar. I can change the colors of the paper to colors you prefer. I can also make hearts, butterflies and different flower shapes. Contact me if interested. Click photo to enlarge.

Blessings, Diane

Cupcake Liner Storage Idea


I have discovered in 2013 that I have found I enjoy finding new uses for items.  I try to think outside the box on ways to re-purpose items.  I have come up with some clever ideas if I say so myself.   Do you have cupcake liners in your cupboard that fall around, get dirty if left unused for too long or get smashed and useless? I cannot take full credit for this idea but knew it would be a very useful idea, I just needed to find a container that would work and one I already had sitting in a cupboard not being used.  I found this beautiful jar. So what if it has a Christmas print.  I have always liked the jar but had it stuffed in the back of a shelf too high for me to reach.  It will now be in a cupboard I open everyday so I will see it more often and better yet my cupcake liners will be neatly contained and clean.
Give this a try yourself.
Blessings, Diane