Friday, February 15, 2013

The Beauty Of An Oklahoma Sunrise- A Reflection

How often has the sun peaked in your window and you groan and you bury your head trying to hide away from the sun? too many times right? I know I am guilty of this myself many times. Often I forget that with each new sunrise brings a new day and I can choose how my day can go. I am one of those people who love to watch Sunrises and Sunsets! It is one of my favorite things to do and it often reflects in my photos since it seems I have a gazillion pictures of them but I can't help them. I always seem to find something different in each one. I try each morning to go out and watch as the sun is coming up how the first rays are spread across Lawton and Fort Sill. The hues that are present the pinks and purples in one area and the blazing red,orange and yellow where the sun itself is just starting to peak through. It seems to set my mood for the day!

Thinking about how the rays of sunlight are spreading over the city helps remind me that I can help keep things calm and rational throughout the day.

Next time things seem chaotic, set your alarm clock a bit earlier grab a cup of coffee or whatever you prefer in the morning and go outside and watch a sunrise. Watch as the rays begin to touch every building, every tree everything inside and let that be your guide for the day.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Honored Scraps Buy My Store

Special Limited Time Offer
Buy Honored Scraps 'Buy My Store' for $8 and
get a $2.00 coupon good towards anything else in the store!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Another new tag using Honored Scraps

Honored Scraps has done it again.... She has released another beautiful kit! Lots of people love fall. There is just something about it; I don't know if it is the smell in the air or the changing of the leaves but fall is one of my favorite seasons. Autumn Romance fits perfectly. With its varied papers and elements it's perfect for any tag or layout you may want to do! Right now you can find Autumn Romance on sale over at DreamScape Imaging

Here are the tags I did

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

New Tag Using Some Beach by Honored Scraps

Here is a new tag I made last week made using the awesome kit Some Beach by Honored Scraps. This kit has a variety of uses!

Check Honored Scraps Blog Here and you can find Some Beach and all her other amazing kits at her store Honored Scraps Here

Saturday, September 22, 2012

New Scrap Creations Blog

Hey Folks.... My New Scrap Creations Blog Is Up!

I am in the process of removing the layouts from this blog and have already put them up on my new blog!

For all my new layouts please come visit me over at My New Blog

I will continue to post any new tags I make here as well as post about life and share some amazing recipes I find!

I will continue to share any new wordart I make or any of my own scrapkit creations on this site only!

Thank You :)

Rae Lynn

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Changes Coming Soon!

Some changes are coming soon to this blog. In order to separate my hobbies of digital scrapbooking and sig tags from each other. I will be opening a new blog that will be strictly for my digital scrapbooking stuff. I will still be posting my promo stuff here but any new layouts I do will be posted over there. I am doing this simply because many of the scrapbook artists I use are Family friendly themes while many of the Artist tubes I use may or may not be. This is a personal decision to do this. I will be updating both blogs often. I will be removing and updating my personal scrapbooking stuff that I have created including links as when I shift my other layouts, links may get broken. I will get them fixed and back up as soon as I can. This will take about a week to do all this stuff so please bare with me.

Be on the lookout for the new blog and hope to see ya there too!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

New Tag Using Scrapkit By Honored Scraps

It's been awhile since I have been able to do any tags using Honored Scraps so finally got the chance this morning to do one. Since it was chilly this morning and they were talking about Autumn on the news I decided to do a Autumn tag. I chose Honored Scraps Falling into Autumn. It's such a beautiful kit with lots of variety and color choices. You can check it out at her store HERE

Make sure you check Honored Scraps Blog for lots of awesome previews and deals going on at her stores ::)

Honored Scraps Blog



Thursday, September 6, 2012

Where to begin???

Oh boy where do I begin?? It's been a long crazy crazy summer here in the Simpson household.

Let me backtrack to May. On May 18th, the life I had before changed. Why you ask? because that day I had a seizure for unknown reasons even to this day.  What do I mean by changed? It means that Until the end of July I didn't go anywhere if I had to go inside some place ( like a store ) If I had to go to the doctor's it took medication ( sometimes a double dose) to be able to go in and sit in the waiting room without having a meltdown. I was and still am to a point a wreck. I am slowly getting better thanks to my awesome neurologist who switched my meds and put me on something to help me and it has. I have been able to go to my doctor appointment's without losing it and have been able to walk into the shoppette without completely freaking out... Just baby steps but for those that know me... those are huge steps! During this time... I really stepped away from what I loved doing. Creating on my computer. I didn't have the heart. I honestly never thought I would get it back and then one day I sat down and opened up PSP and the love of creating was back. It was slow at first but it's building back up again. Something that many don't know about me unless you are on Facebook is that I love doing Digital Scrapbook Layouts. Sometimes I just use Quickpages and sometimes I create my own. I also participate in challenges in a forum for the Digital Scrapbooking Studio .
I do have a lot of fun in there. I have met some awesome people in there!

You can see the rest of my layouts here....Layouts

Thanks and see ya soon!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New Tutorial Tested-Rawr! By Sezy

Sezy  has a super easy new tutorial up called Rawr!....This tutorial is very easy to follow and the only limitations are your imagination! You can check out the tutorial itself HERE and while you are there why don't you check out all her tutorials......Invented By Sezy Designs

Here is my examples of this easy tutorial using the beautiful work of Caron Vinson

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Friday, June 15, 2012

New tag made from GORGEOUS new kit from Honored Scraps called Dark Cinnamon. You can find it at her store... Honored Scraps Store

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

New Tutorial From Laine's Highway

Super Easy Peasy Tutorial...Uses a beautiful FTU scrapkit....Hardest thing about it??? Deciding which tube to use! lol

You can find the tutorial HERE

Here is the tag I did

Awesome New Tutorial By Wicked Little Cupcake

Called PSP Addict! Y'all need to check it out! The tutorial can be found HERE
Here is the tag she made for me :)

Homemade Italian Pasta Salad

It was a beautiful and HOT day here in Oklahoma today! Record setting temp of 99 degrees today! Michael, Jayson and I spent the morning hitting the on-post yard sales! We walked around and found some really good deals( 8 brand new blu ray movies for a total of $21)Got a air mattress for my brother since he still hasn't been able to find a bed and a couple of decorative lamps. Then went to Walmart and spent way to much money again there lol... But it was for a good cause...We need to get the carpets cleaned and so we needed the stuff to do them with! Man this stuff has gotten expensive! Anyway finally came home and needed to decide what I wanted to cook for dinner. Even with the AC going it was still hot in here and wanted something easy but filling. I knew I had rotini pasta, black olives and Kraft Tuscan House Italian dressing. So my mind starting forming a thought....Hmmm a version of Antipasto..with my own twists..... So here is my recipe 1 full box of rotini pasta ( I use Barilla) 1 bottle of Kraft Tuscan House Italian Dressing 2 small cans of sliced black olives ( or 1 can of Jumbo black olives sliced) 1 small pack of pepperoni slices ( used about 12-15 slices) 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese ( I used a 6 cheese blend from Sargento) 3/4- 1 cup of crumbled feta cheese 1/2 green bell pepper sliced into small chunks(optional) Cook pasta according directions on box with draining and rinsing in cold water to stop the cooking process and to somewhat chill the pasta. Let the pasta sit for about 2-3 minutes. Making sure there is no water left empty pasta into a large bowl. Add 1/2 bottle of Italian dressing and mix thoroughly. Add in olives and the cheeses. Taking the pepperoni tear them into at least 4 pieces each. ( I know extra work but I like it this way). Mix all ingredients together. Add about another quarter of the bottle of dressing ( I think it would be about 1/2 cup give or take) and again mix well. Cover and put in fridge for at least 20-30 minutes just so the flavors can meld a bit. This was an easy and filling dinner. This would also be a great side to take to a potluck or any type of get together. As always if you try this let me know what you think!

Yummy Penne Pasta Sausage Bake

As is the normal I am always scouting new recipes to try. Michael and the kids will give me their verdict whether the recipe is a keeper or not. More often than anything, most are keepers ( I will admit their has been a couple that I was advised never to make again lol) I knew I had beef smoked sausage in the fridge but wanted something different that what we had been having. So as usual I wandered over to Pinterest and started looking. Did a search for smoked sausage recipes and found this wonderful recipe. It looked yummy as well as amazingly easy. Of course I always add my own little twist to something but still an easy recipe( Even Christina could make this!) The original recipe can be found over at Taste Of Home This is my modified recipe: Ingredients 2 cups uncooked penne pasta 1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices 1-1/2 cups 2% milk 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom with garlic soup,(or you can use just regular) undiluted 1-1/2 cups french-fried onions, divided 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheese,( I used a Mexican 4 cheese blend) divided Seasonings of your choice ( I used Adobo,Mrs.Dash Table Blend and Iron Skillet Woodsman) Directions Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, brown sausage over medium heat for 5 minutes; drain. In a large bowl, combine milk and soup. Stir in 1/2 cup onions, 1/2 cup cheese, seasonings and sausage. Drain pasta; stir into sausage mixture. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Cover and bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with remaining onions and cheese. Bake, uncovered, 3-5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings. This is just before going into the oven after sprinkling the cheese and onions on
This is when it was completely done. Look at all that yummy goodness.....If y'all decide to try this let me know what you think!