Revolution of Love

Revolution of Love

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Making It Count Tuesday (Vol 9): Creating A Shutterfly Photo Book

Welcome to Making It Count Tuesday, which is every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Originally hosted by Sarah and Pam, it’s new home in now here at RoL.

If you are new to Making it Count, you simply start with any one of those fabulous ideas you’ve found online. Then, do it. Make it. Cook it. Create it. Take it from the screen, give it life and let it bless your world. When you’re done, snap a photo, write about it and share it with us.

Make your time online count!

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2012 was the year I discovered Instagram and since then my iPhone has been snapping photos like crazy! I usually print out my photos and stick them in a photo album but I hardly touched them this year and instead I have a big pile of photos accumulating. I was thinking about putting together a 2012 family year book and looked into Shutterfly Photo Books since I happened to have a coupon.

They offer soft covers, hard covers and premiums books. I loved the various customizable designs and themes they available and was pleased that I could easily use the 4×4 photos of Istagram as well as my standard 4×6. (In fact, the “Pictogram” themed book is made specifically for square photos.) Since I have never seen one of the finished projects before I decided to experiment first with a 8×11 soft cover since it was less than $20. I looked through all the themes and finally picked “Through the Seasons.”

For the cover and some of the pages, I simply used their template and added the photos. For others I chose different formats, backgrounds and stickers to make my own designs. Here are some of the pages from our book.

The cover.

(The back cover)

I was pleased with the way the book turned out and ordered more books as Christmas gifts for both grandparents. I may order another copy for me with a hard cover so it will last longer than the soft cover. I was also thinking of creating one of their mini books with the “Glad Tidings” Christmas theme to add the photos from Christmas that weren’t included in this book and won’t be added to the 2013 book at the end of next year. The only thing I would change the next time is to use a cleaner font (rather than script) on some of the descriptive sections and to use a darker color so it is easier to read. But besides that, I love the way it turned out. 🙂

Well, that is my online project I completed! How about you? Did you do a craft you saw online or try out one of those Pinterest recipes? If so, share it with us! Add your post to the link up below!

Now it’s your turn.

1. Choose a tutorial, recipe, or idea that has inspired you. Do it and blog a little about it. It doesn’t have to be elaborate — we just want to see what you’ve been up to!
2. In your post, rather than linking to your Pinterest pin, link back the original idea/blogger. We want to be sure that cool idea credit is given to the proper person. 🙂
3. Link back here so others can play along. (Feel free to grab the button.)
4. Link up below. Make sure you’re sending us to your actual post, and not to your general blog address. And please use  your own original photo (not someone else’s!) as your thumbnail image. Copyright issues, you know. 😉

You have a week to post your link, so if you can’t get things going by Tuesday, no worries, put it up when you can. We’ll be here. Have fun!




Making It Count Tuesday (Vol 8): Healthier Spaghetti & Meatballs

Welcome to Making It Count Tuesday, which is every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Originally hosted by Sarah and Pam, it’s new home in now here at RoL.

If you are new to Making it Count, you simply start with any one of those fabulous ideas you’ve found online. Then, do it. Make it. Cook it. Create it. Take it from the screen, give it life and let it bless your world. When you’re done, snap a photo, write about it and share it with us.

Make your time online count!

 

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My online time is limited today so this post will be short and sweet! (Savory?)

The other day I craving spaghetti and meatballs. When I’m short on time I’ll just grab a pack of frozen turkey meatballs from Trader Joe’s and a jar of ready-made sauce. But I had some extra time and felt like making the real thing so I went through my binder of online recipes I wanted to try.

I love trying new meatball recipes and I found this link on Cooking Light.com. I figured if it was also healthier for me, then it was a win-win. It is a basic meatball recipe calling for…

  • 1/3  cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs (I made my own breadcrumbs and added Italian seasoning to it.)
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped parsley
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Directions

Combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl. Shape mixture into 16 (1 ½ -inch) meatballs. Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add meatballs; cook 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Add sauce. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes. Pour over cooked whole wheat spaghetti.

(Note: Here’s my question to you – how do you keep your meatballs looking round? Mine always look like a huge dice. Although, lately I haven’t been cooking meatballs on the stovetop. I stick them on a baking sheet, drizzle with a little olive oil and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.)

Anyway, I followed the recipe for the meatballs but I wanted a different sauce.

I got the recipe for a simple marinara sauce from one of my favorite cook books Food Network’s How to Boil Water. I used this book initially when I was trying to get more comfortable in the kitchen. It has many great recipes that are simple enough not to overwhelm but tasty enough to make you feel like a semi-pro in the kitchen. There are also lots of photos and how-to tips. (And with the holidays here, it would be a great gift for someone moving out on their own, a bride-to-be, someone who is tired of too much take out and wants to get more pro-active in the kitchen or anyone that just wants to brush up on their cooking skills!)

You need:

  • ¼ medium onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbs extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1  28-ounce can whole, peeled tomatoes with juices
  • Sprig of fresh thyme
  • Sprig of fresh basil
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Here is a condensed version of the directions in the book.

Heat oil. Med-high heat. Add chopped onion, smashed garlic and 1 tsp salt. Slightly brown. Crush tomatoes. Add with juice. Boil. Lower and simmer for 15 min. Remove sprigs. S&P to taste. Pour over spaghetti. (Use whole wheat to keep with the healthier mode.)

This makes about 3 cups. I always double it because I like my spaghetti saucy. 🙂

Together these two recipes became this yummy meal.

 

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Now it’s your turn.

1. Choose a tutorial, recipe, or idea that has inspired you. Do it and blog a little about it. It doesn’t have to be elaborate — we just want to see what you’ve been up to!
2. In your post, rather than linking to your Pinterest pin, link back the original idea/blogger. We want to be sure that cool idea credit is given to the proper person. 🙂
3. Link back here so others can play along. (Feel free to grab the button.)
4. Link up below. Make sure you’re sending us to your actual post, and not to your general blog address. And please use  your own original photo (not someone else’s!) as your thumbnail image. Copyright issues, you know. 😉

You have a week to post your link, so if you can’t get things going by Tuesday, no worries, put it up when you can. We’ll be here. Have fun!




Making It Count Tuesday (Vol 5): Tyler Florence’s Chicken Meatball and Tortellini Soup

Welcome to Making It Count Tuesday, (now known as Pinterest Party) which is every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Originally hosted by Sarah and Pam, it’s new home in now here at RoL.

If you are new to Making it Count, you simply start with any one of those fabulous ideas you’ve found online. Then, do it. Make it. Cook it. Create it. Take it from the screen, give it life and let it bless your world. When you’re done, snap a photo, write about it and share it with us.

Make your time online count!

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I was originally planning to post about my Instagram/Postal Pix project for this week’s Making It Count but I used it for my Operation Clean and Organize post instead.

So today I am posting about a new recipe I tried. I was in the mood for soup and since Brian was feeling under the weather I thought chicken soup would be perfect but I wanted to do something different from the “normal” chicken soup. I was browsing through recipes online and came across Tyler Florence’s Chicken Meatball and Tortellini Soup. I remembered watching him make it on Food Network and he has the recipe here along with a video clip from the show. However, I also have his great cookbook Dinner at My Place and it has a slightly different version of the recipe.


I used the ingredients listed in his cookbook, which includes milk and fresh bread crumbs. You can also find that version of the recipe on Tyler’s website.

The only change I made was for the meatballs. I used 4 low-fat chicken-apple sausage and ½ a pound of ground turkey. (I froze half of them.) Once the meatballs were made, the rest of the soup was super easy to make and everything smells sooo good.

Here is the finished product.

I added a small grilled sandwich to go with it.


Brian loved it. I believe his exact words were, “I could eat this every night!” I wouldn’t go that far, but this will be a regular in our family meals list!

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Now it’s your turn.

1. Choose a tutorial, recipe, or idea that has inspired you. Do it and blog a little about it. It doesn’t have to be elaborate — we just want to see what you’ve been up to!
2. In your post, link back the original idea whenever possible. We want to be sure that cool idea credit is given to the proper person. Please do not link to Pinterest. Linking to the original blogger insures that proper credit is given where it’s due.
3. Make sure you link back here somewhere in your post so others can find us and play along.
4. Link up below. Make sure you’re sending us to your actual post, and not to your general blog address. Don’t forget to use your own original photo (not someone else’s!) as your thumbnail image.
You have a week to post your link, so if you can’t get things going by Tuesday, no worries, put it up when you can. We’ll be here.



Making It Count Tuesday (Vol 4): Instagram – Postal Pix Note Cards

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On the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, Sarah at Amongst Lovely Things and Pam at Everyday Snapshots used to co-host the Making it Count Tuesday link-up. However, these busy homeschooling mamas are especially busy this time of year so they have kindly allowed me to take over hosting Making It Count for now.

If you are new to Making it Count, you simply start with any one of those fabulous ideas you’ve found online. Then, do it. Make it. Cook it. Create it. Take it from the screen, give it life and let it bless your world. When you’re done, snap a photo, write about it and share it with us.
Make your time online count.

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My project this week is Instagram – Postal Pix note cards. As you know, I love Instagram and have been looking for an easy way to have the photos printed out in their 4×4 format. My answer? Postal Pix! I downloaded the Postal Pix app to my iPhone and from there I am able to order photos in 4×4, 5×5 and 8×8 sizes. (They also make regular sized prints.) I have been working on updating my home wall photos but I still have a ways to go.

However, I did finish another little project using my Instagram/ Postal Pix prints. I was inspired by all the cool ideas that Postal Pix had on their Pinterest Board. I decided to use some of my favorite shots to create blank note cards.
After receiving my ordered prints, I purchased the following:

AC Cardstock (by American Crafts) 5-1/4-Inch by 5-1/4 Inch 12-Pack Cards, such as these, in both black and white.

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American Crafts 5-Inch by 5-Inch 12-Pack Square Envelopes, such as these, in both black and white.

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Glue Dots

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Then I simply added the photos to the cards using the glue dots.

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For the black envelopes I added a Martha Stewart mailing address label.

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Here are the cards I made so far.

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Now it’s your turn.
1. Choose a tutorial, recipe, or idea that has inspired you. Do it and blog a little about it. It doesn’t have to be elaborate — we just want to see what you’ve been up to!
2. In your post, link back the original idea whenever possible. We want to be sure that cool idea credit is given to the proper person. Please do not link to Pinterest. Linking to the original blogger insures that proper credit is given where it’s due.
3. Make sure you link back here somewhere in your post so others can find us and play along.
4. Link up below. Make sure you’re sending us to your actual post, and not to your general blog address. Don’t forget to use your own original photo (not someone else’s!) as your thumbnail image.
You can add your link all the way through Sunday, so if you can’t get things going by Tuesday, no worries, put it up when you can. We’ll be here.



 

PS – If the link-up isn’t working or you can’t comment (the combox gets skittish with wordpress), you can email me at blog(at)revolutionoflove(dot)com.


Making It Count Tuesday (Vol 3): Banana Oatmeal Cookies

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On the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, Sarah at Amongst Lovely Things and Pam at Everyday Snapshots used to co-host the Making it Count Tuesday link-up. However, these busy homeschooling mamas are especially busy this time of year so they have kindly allowed me to take over hosting Making It Count for now.

If you are new to Making it Count, you simply start with any one of those fabulous ideas you’ve found online. Then, do it. Make it. Cook it. Create it. Take it from the screen, give it life and let it bless your world. When you’re done, snap a photo, write about it and share it with us.
Make your time online count.

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My father-in-law always blesses us each week with a big bag of fresh fruit and veggies from the Farmer’s Market. However, he went a little crazy with the bananas this week and we had a big pile of REALLY ripe ones that needed to be used up. I had one cookie recipe I liked to use but it had a lot of butter and I wanted to make some that were a little healthier (particularly since my weigh-in was on Monday. Grr.) I finally narrowed it down to this one – Allrecipes.com: Banana Oatmeal Cookie. I changed the recipe to make it a little healthier for us.
The ingredients called for the following but I crossed out a few items and substituted.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat flour1
  • 3/4 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 TBS butter
  • 1/2 cup vanilla, non fat yogurt
  • a little less than 1/2 cup white sugar 1 cup white sugar
  • a little less than 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (The kids requested that I add chocolate chips instead of nuts. Not exactly a healthy substitute but who can say no to chocolate?)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.
  • Add egg, yogurt and banana. Mix well.
  • Add dry ingredients. Mix well.
  • Drop by the teaspoon on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until edges turn lightly brown.
  • Cool on wire rack.

Here is the final product…and they didn’t last long. (Which was good for me since they kept calling my name every time I walked in the kitchen. 😉

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Now it’s your turn.
1. Choose a tutorial, recipe, or idea that has inspired you. Do it and blog a little about it. It doesn’t have to be elaborate — we just want to see what you’ve been up to!
2. In your post, link back the original idea whenever possible. We want to be sure that cool idea credit is given to the proper person. Please do not link to Pinterest. Linking to the original blogger insures that proper credit is given where it’s due.
3. Make sure you link back here somewhere in your post so others can find us and play along.
4. Link up below. Make sure you’re sending us to your actual post, and not to your general blog address. Don’t forget to use your own original photo (not someone else’s!) as your thumbnail image.
You can add your link all the way through Sunday, so if you can’t get things going by Tuesday, no worries, put it up when you can. We’ll be here.