Mini Book: Weekend Escape

I recently took an online workshop about mini books from Amy Tangerine. I was so glad that she offered this class because I was so interested in her style of scrapbooking. Most of her scrapbooks are these minis that she creates, often by sewing the book together. While the class taught how to make these books, I decided to get the class kit anyway. The kit included a sewn mini book and embellishments for it.  Sweet!

During the class I made another book, well 2 that I combined. I’m using that as a gift later on, so more on that when the time comes. I used the provided kit, with some additional embellishments, for this past weekend Price and I spent in upstate NY. We went to visit family and going to wineries- this was the perfect opportunity to use this book because of the size. Additionally, Amy taught about her process in packing and preparing for scrapbooking on the go. She makes herself a kit that allows her to scrap, even on planes!

The most exciting thing about this is that I am done with my mini book. That is really record timing for me. Very impressive considering I only worked on it for a a bit over the weekend and at random points during the week. Pretty cool considering how hectic my week was with staying late, going in early, creating my Halloween costume, and a crocheting class. I do look forward to the point when I get it done even fast. Still very excited it’s done within a week since I still have not finished my DC book from our June trip. I’d say that this trip mini book experience has been a great success. 🙂

It was the first time that I scrapbooked on the go as well. My kit was much, much larger than Amy’s example but it’s a start. On Saturday night I sat down and started to map out and journal some pages. I’m a big planner so I realized that my future kits will need post it’s in it to block out picture locations, until I have them printing.

Aside from the ‘scrapbooking-on-the-go’, I enjoyed this class because it made me try new things. Typically, I don’t include souvenirs or write so much, but this class featured that scrapbooking style. I felt ‘safe’ doing those things in a mini book since it is a bit more whimsical compared to my 12×12 pages. This approach was really nice because I was able to toss in bits and pieces from the different wineries we went to. Even the sticker from the bakery I went to went into the book.

Overall I enjoyed the techniques I learned during this class. One of the big things is that I will sew text and embellishments into layouts and books in the future. I love the look and the process of it. I can also hand sew some mini books in the future.  Time to experiment and do some more scrapbooking!!!


Architecture is Masochistic

This is funny, and yet so sad. It’s sad because it is true. My friend Emily sent this to me since we can really relate to this. All of it except the coke part. But for anyone who is interested in the field of architecture, listen up!

So You Want to Become an Architect

*I have been trying to have it embed but my computer/wordpress is preventing such an easy request*

Mr. July

I volunteer for the local rabbit rescue group, House Rabbit Network. Every Monday I do the calls that come in from the hotline. I love how they are generally adoptions. I do hate having to pass along the surrenders to the fantastic woman who has the patience to deal with them, because I would not at all. That being said I did my calls for tonight and felt this was a perfect time to share Mr. July with you. He is a very adorable rabbit who loves food, laying around, trying to dig to china on the hardwood floors, flopping over, eating more food, doing binkies, laying down, being groomed, destroying books, and eating more. What he loves most are raisins. Really funny to see him freak once the box of raisins makes its appearance.

Mr. July is our JACK!!

This is one of my favorite photos of Jack. This is Jack in his element. He loves to lounge around, but it is quite rare for it to be on the sofa. So that of course makes it more special.

So why exactly am I calling him Mr. July?

It’s because he is in the 2011 House Rabbit Network Calendar!!!!!!!! I hate to push things on people but I can’t resist this. So I encourage any pet/rabbit lover to get a calendar or to even gift one to someone. This will truly help a great cause. HRN is a great organization that I love to help out. There are so many rabbits in the foster home system now, and all of these rabbits could use your help for health care, supplies, and food.

If you don’t want a calendar, you can still help out with donations. Or even donate to your local rescue, since they all really need the help.

(Thanks, I’m done now being all beggy and preachy)

Not Ready for Monday

I’m not ready for Monday’s arrival tomorrow.

I had a fantastic weekend in upstate New York. We drove around the Finger Lakes Region trying a lot of wine, seeing cows, hanging out with Price’s family, playing with his nephews. Can’t go wrong there. So being cooped up tomorrow is going to drive me mad! At least I have great photos to develop and my scrapbook to finish.

Hope you had a great weekend as well.

Banana Oat Bread

Banana Oat Bread

Post from 10/24/2010, Pictures updated 10/15/17

One of my favorite blogs to follow is Fake Ginger.

I read a lot of blogs from crafting and scrapbooking ones, travel ones, and food ones. They are so fun to read since you get to know the creator in their writings. Plus, you can learn a lot or get inspired to try something new.

I love Amanda’s blog since she is so diligent about posting daily and so early. It’s refreshing to wake up to something new every day. The recipes either have me longing to make something myself or harass her to send something to me. Her posts and pictures  just connect with me.

One of her recent postings was for a Banana Oat Bread. I love banana bread so I was interested in the idea of incorporating oats into it. Plus, it was an old recipe from Cooking Light so I knew it would come out extra healthy.

There is something so nice about Banana Bread.

It’s a ‘I forgot to eat you’ or ‘I bought too much’ bread. Any other fruit that is past is prime needs to be thrown out, but not bananas. Over ripe bananas have a second chance at making you happy when you whip them together with a few other ingredients to make bread.


Well, this bread is no exception to greatness. The oats add a slight nutty quality to the bread. Plus it helped hold in moisture- considering it (surprisingly!) hung around our place for a few days, it was just a moist on day 4 as day 1. The oats blend in well without being ‘hey, look at me! I’m an oat!’ (yep I’ve just lost my mind) but add a nice surprise once you bite in.

I bet you will love this bread toasted up with a big slab of butter on it. Or just as is with as an afternoon snack. It’s hearty and healthy, leaving you satisfied and happy!

Banana-Oatmeal Bread

Makes 1 Loaf

  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Cup brown sugar
  • 7 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2  large egg whites
  • 1  large egg
  • 1 1/3  Cups mashed ripe banana (about 2 large)
  • 1  Cup  Old Fashion oats
  • 1/2  Cup low-fat milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare a 9 x 5 – inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; stir with a whisk.
  3. In a bowl of a stand mixer, combine the brown sugar, oil, egg whites, and egg; mix well. Add in banana, oats, and milk; beating well.
  4. Fold in the dry ingredients until just incorporated and moist.
  5. Spoon the batter into the loaf pan.
  6. Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan placed on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

Recipe adapted from from Cooking Light