Introducing Paper Plus

After many months of planning, and lots of hemming and hawing, I’ve decided to open my own little online boutique selling scrapbooking supplies and planner accessories.

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Foodie: Veggie Beef Soup

I had originally planned this post back in March when it was chilly and perfect soup weather. But, you know, life happens. So here it is, a couple of weeks late. This is my go to soup recipe. I always have hamburger in the freezer so I usually only have to pick up a few things at the grocery store. The tomato juice base really makes this soup, or I think so anyways. Give it a shot and let me know what you think.


1 bottle of tomato juice (large)

1 box of beef stock

2-3 pounds of browned ground hamburger, drained

2-3 bell peppers, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 bunch of carrots, chopped

4-5 stalks of celery, chopped

2-3 cloves of garlic (I use the frozen squares and pop in 3)

1 can of green beans

1 can of sweet corn

1 can of black beans, rinsed

1 can of tomato paste

1 can of Rotel tomatoes (I like the cilantro and lime version)

3 large potatoes, peeled and chopped

3 Bay leaves

Salt & pepper to taste

1 tablespoon EVOO

Seasoning (I use an Italian blend or whatever I have on hand)


In a large pot combine onions, peppers, celery and garlic and saute over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add in the rest of the ingredients, stir and cover. Increase heat until the soup comes to a slow boil for 10-15 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer soup for 45 minutes to an hour or until veggies are tender.

Makes a boatload of servings. (True story.)

Wish List | April Edition


Liberty Copper | Carry Light Charm by Alex & Ani

Michael Kors Runway Silicone & Baguette Ladies Watch

Oy Vey Sticky Notes by Knock Knock

Keen Alaska Boots (Sold out but I’m hoping I can find a pair on eBay)

Adulting is Bullshit Mug by Frankly Noted

Michael Kors Bedford Ostrich Tote (sold out everywhere)


Adventures in Dirty Pours: Stellar

Mom’s birthday is was week so this past weekend I got out my paints again and made a dirty pour just for her. And it turned out perfectly.

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Big Picture Classes: Keep It Simple 2.0

Recently I signed up for the Big Picture Classes free trial to check out the classes and see what they had to offer. I’m not big on the traditional scrapbooking layouts, so I headed right over to their minibooks & notebooks section and found just what I was looking for.

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Currently: Movies

I’m super excited for all of the movies coming out the next few months. Here’s a few that have caught my eye.

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Foodie: Homemade Granola

It’s no secret that granola is a main staple in our house. We eat it constantly. In my yogurt for breakfast. Snacking during the day. Or in Rick’s case, eating a whole container in one sitting. I love this recipe because it’s so versatile. You can constantly change it by adding or subtracting ingredients. Don’t like raisins? Don’t add raisins. Want to add dark chocolate chips? Go for it!

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