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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Marniejo's House of Scraps, My Memories and 4 Freebies!

Welcome to The Cherry On Top!

I've got my girl, Marilyn in the sport light today.  Check out her new, fabulous, vintage kit, "Ages Ago".  I am vintage crazy.  So, of course, I am loving this kit.  It's available at MyMemories.  Click on the image to find it.

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This is what I made with "Ages Ago". I used pictures from ages ago, too!  I was 19 years young here and I still had abdominals.  OMGoodness!  Now, I sport a keg!  Hehehe....  It sure was hot that day.  My make up was sweating right off my face.  Ahhh...memories and what better a kit to scrap them?!  If ya, "ooh'd" just a bit, then you are in luck because I turned this baby into a quick page.  Keep scrolling to get it as well as three other freebies from the generous designers at MyMemories.

 MHS Pinterest Board

Don't forget about MyMemories software.  It's the easiest and best priced digital scrapbooking software on the market.  If ya find it cheaper anywhere else, then get your butt back here and let me know!  If you are interested in it, check out their free trial program, then use this code (STMMMS8837) to receive $10 off the already, low price.  MyMemories is a very, very active store, forum, gallery, etc.  You will definitely want to take part!

Click on each image to get the download for these lovely, free goodies from the designers at MyMemories!  From July 28-August 10th ONLY!!!


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 MM Freebie

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Here is your free goodie created By The Cherry On Top.  Click on the image for a hassle free, instant download with no spammy stuff!

 TCOT Freebie

 And here is a link to go check out MyMemories!  Click the pic and don't forget your code for a further discount!  code (STMMMS8837

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Thanks for hanging with The Cherry!  Head over to my Facebook Page and see what other freebies I've got for ya there or check out my Pinterest Boards where I post tons of cool stuff as well as freebies!

Tah!





Monday, July 28, 2014

#19 Weekly Menu Planner from TCOT

Welcome to the 19th week of The Cherry On Top's menu planner!

Planning your meals ahead of time saves, time, hassle and money.  You'll also stay away from those restaurants which will help you lower calories and preservatives.  We've come to a point that we cook so well, restaurant food isn't so yummy any more and we are saving the big bucks!

Another tip:  Make the family drink water with dinner if you're not doing this already.  After a while, everyone gets used to it.  Water is essential to health and can help you in numerous ways.   Especially, if you want to lose weight.  Stay away from sugary drinks as much as possible.  A nice, sweet tea at lunch won't hurt.  I HAVE to drink bottled water or I add lemon, lime or mint to tap water.

Let's dive into this week's meals!

Meatless Monday:  Portabello, Veggie Lasagna

This is SO easy!  If you feel it's not enough, then bring some fresh French or Italian bread home and dip it in the sauce.  Mmmmm...It looks fancy, but the directions are really easy!  If ya just can't go without meat, put a slice of ham in-between!

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Tuesday:  Fish, rice and veg

Bake or boil some fish.  Don't ruin it by throwing it in the fryer!  Go back to last weeks or other previous menu's for more fish recipe ideas if you need them.  I'm supplying you with a copy cat, lime rice recipe.  So easy, convenient ingredients and made very fast.   Try to stay away from long grain rice, but if it's all ya got, then go for it.

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Wednesday:  spaghetti

I just made some spaghetti today for lunch and my son said, I had to make it again this week.  So, here it is.  I've also supplied you with a slow cooker recipe!  Come home from work, cook your FRESH pasta, that'll only take 5 minutes or less, set the table and BAM!  I've read in a cook book, that you never have to cook your meat before you put it in the crock pot and frankly, I'm pleased with that.  It saves time, energy and DISHES! (I've got a couple other recipes in other entries.)  Of course, you can always go meatless, again.

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Thursday:  pulled pork or chicken

It's as easy as dumping in your choice of meat over some sliced onions and pouring over your favourite bbq sauce over the top and turning on the crock pot.  You can choose a nice toasted kaiser, tortilla wraps, pita or just toast.  I'd whip up a quick raw veggie tray with the family's favourite dressing for dipping.  Olives, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers are the fastest veggies to prep.



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Fun Food Friday:  Super Nachos

Yeah, Baby!  I love nachos.  Use chicken, shredded beef, bacon, hamburger...whatever you like.  Lay your chips on a baking tray, pour over your cooked meat of choice and add any topping you like.  This is another meal ready in no time flat!  Follow the recipe below for a twist on nachos.

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Saturday:  grilled cheese, please

Make a regular grilled cheese or add ham or tomatoes or...try out this recipe.  My boys are gonna love it!  I think it'd be great as a quesedilla, too!

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Sunday:  Swedish Meatballs

Ha!  I love Swedish meatballs.  This is exactly how I make them, too!  Make some time for in the kitchen on the weekend if you can.  The kids love helping make the meatballs, believe it or not.  Serve over fries, boiled potatoes, egg noodles...the choice is yours.

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Another week, down the hatch!  Thanks for taking a peek.  If ya have any suggestions, add them to the comments and make sure it's constructive!  Hehehe...

Enjoy your week and see ya on Monday!







Friday, July 25, 2014

This & That And Of Course, Free Stuff

Welcome To The Cherry On Top!

I am absolutely thrilled to introduce to you, my girl, Crazy Cat!  Whooo hoooo!  We've been scraping together for a while now and I've been playing with her lovely goodies this week.  Check out her newest bundle, Set Sail.  Pretty fabulous, eh?!

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She has tons of goodies in this baby!  Head over to her blog and see all of the things you can grab at a fantastic price.  She also has tons of FREE goodies over there, too.  Ha!  Get to know Cat and enjoy her generosity.

Like this one on her blog...

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and this one on her Facebook Page.

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This is another freebie you will want to check out.

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I made two differentiating layouts with Set Sail.  I went a bit bolder and circular with my first layout.


Then a bit more square.   How about these two lovelies?  They are some friends of mine's, children.  Beautiful!  They take the best pictures and travel all over the place.  I'm thrilled they let me pillage  through their photos.  Hehehe...


The lovely Catherine, has allowed me to give you this layout in the form of a free quick page.  Just put your own photo in there and you're good to go.  Sweet, right?!  Nothing better than sharing our links and commenting on our blogs to say thank you for our time and generosity in making you all of these lovely goodies.

 FREE quick page


Thanks for stopping by The Cherry and don't forget about The Cherry's Facebook Page and Pinterest Boards where I post FREEBIES DAILY!

Tah!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Scrap Nerds Shop Is Open

Welcome to The Cherry On Top!

Not much time left to hop around and grab all of those Nerd Alert Freebies.  Get on it fast.  My previous blog has all of the stops and of course, a freebie for ya.

I've got another FREEBIE ready for you as well, thanks to the generous ladies at The Scrap Nerds.  I am such a scrap nerd.  I scrap every single day and sometimes for hours and hours.  I'm an addict.  I'll admit.

Sow what are The Scrap Nerds?  We've got a shop full of amazingly talented designers.  We've got a forum, a Facebook Page and we are all over Pinterest, too.  The blog and newsletters are currently in the making and almost ready, too.  Yay!

The ENTIRE SHOP is 40% OFF!  Kits of all kinds, bundles, collaborations....Everything!  It is so unreal! I can't believe it.  Let me show you some great deals, what I made with some of the free and purchased goodies as well as that freebie I promised.

Check out some of the awesome stuff in the store like the fantastic collaboration for only $3!!!  Click on any image to take you to the shop.

 Collective Miss Mis Designs

 AK Designs Magical Scraps Galore



 FREEBIE from TCOT                       TCOT

Check out the Nerd Alert collaboration that's FREE!  Hop around and grab al of these goodies.  Mine is the one posted here, too.  Click on it to get to the blog for the links and the freebie.

I've got some layout love I made with the store's collaboration, Sun Kissed.  I love the coulrs and of course, the summery theme.

Here's a great example of some of the beautiful products you'll find in July's Collaboration, Sun Kissed.  So many goodies!



This is the quick page I have for.  Find an awesome summer picture you have and blow it up to fit as your background, just like I did on my layout above.  Joey, SAS, Neia and Katie all have pieces in this great collaboration.  Thanks to them, you've got this great freebie.  If you are all about the FREEBIES, then you HAVE to visit my Facebook Page, The Cherry On Top. I've got a lot, everyday!


 Free quick page

Thanks for visiting The Cherry!  Make sure ya do it a'gin!



Sunday, July 20, 2014

TCOT's Weekly Menu Planner #18

Welcome back to another, fabulous, weekly menu planner.

Isn't planning menu's great?!  Save time, money, hassle and eat healthier.  So, here's what's on tap for this week!

Meatless Monday: polenta with veg...

It's a holiday here for us and we'll be whipping up some BBQ!  Ribbs, polenta and corn on the cobb.  Feel free to have the same or bring home some rotisserie chicken after a hectic Monday.  You may want to have some fish with your polenta and corn if you don't want to break out the grill.  I love polenta.  It's a great potato substitute.  Here's a recipe you may want to try.  Polenta is VERY EASY to make!  Add hamburger to your tomato mix if ya gotta have your meat.

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Tuesday:  slow cooker stoof vlees

What is that?!  It's basically beef stroganoff, belgian style.  They don't add the cream, but dark beer!  Ya got to let it set for hours.  That's why the slow cooker is the best!  Just dump all of your ingredients in the pot, turn it on and head off to work.  When ya get home all ya have to do is set the table!  Alternative:  If ya have the few minutes, chop up some fresh garlic and onion in the chopper.  You could leave the garlic whole and onion sliced if you plan on cooking for 8 hours or more.  Instead of water, use a dark beer!  Just make sure your mix is just covered with liquid.  If you prefer it creamy and with out beer, then add some sour cream to it when ya get home and let it all warm  through and serve.



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Wednesday:  Meat, Veg...Flex

Flex day for left overs or take out.  Consider the healthy choice of staying in and enjoying some baked fish, rice and steamed green beans.  I always recommend a rice cooker.  When the rice is finished, I put in a nice pad of butter and one of those jellied bouillon cubes and stir.  Yummy and fast!  Of course, baked, steamed or grilled fish are your healthiest choices.

This image is all hooked up to a great, fast and easy, baked fish recipe.  You probably have all of the ingredients at home, already.  If ya don't have fresh lemons, use the stuff in the bottle!  Always keep that stuff on hand. 

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Thursday:  Fast Fajita Salad

Man!  You are gonna love this one!  Made in minutes, fresh and just might turn out to be a family favourite!  Click on the image for the really easy recipe.

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Fun Food Friday:  wings

My hubby is bugging me for wings, again!  I serve them up in traditional, American style.  Raw veggie platter with either ranch or blue cheese dressing and some fries!  Delicious!  The kids are starting to come around to them as well, but I leave off the hot sauce.  There are so many fabulous hot wing recipes out there, but we simply deep fat fry the wings in the frier, while on the stove, we melt butter and add Texas Pete hot sauce.  Then flip the wings all in the sauce.  That's it!  I'll hook ya up with another recipe.  There are actually, two different recipes here along with a dressing recipe, which I always recommend.  Make it yourself!  It's way better in flavour, you can make it like YOU like it and it's ready in mere minutes.

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Saturday:  sushi

Not your thing?  Throw a pizza in the oven or consider a fishy steam up!  Place your fish, potatoes or rice and veggies all in the steamer.  Finished quickly, really easy and healthy as all get out!

I like making my own sushi.  The grocer makes it easy by having kits and some lovely fresh fish all ready for sushi making.  I can also buy fresh sushi all ready to go.  That's what I plan on do'n!  hehehe...Here's a pretty easy recipe if want to endeavour the ride.  My hubby loves to make his own sushi.  If ya love prepping stuff and really enjoy cooking, then this is for you!  You can always use canned tuna or cooked shrimp.  It doesn't HAVE to be raw.

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Sunday:  chicken alfredo

People!  I am drooling over this one.  This is cajun style!  Wow!  Absolutely fabulous. 

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All of the images are hooked up with brilliant recipes for your convenience.  Thanks so much for hopping over and I hope you're able to use theses recipes sometime.  Let me know if ya do!  Have a great week!









Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Nerd Alert Blog Bounce

Welcome to The Cherry On Top!

I'm super stoked that you are here and that you're joining The Scrap Nerds in this very special opening event.  I'm sure you'll be back for all of the other amazing things we have planned.  The Scrap Nerds forum is going to be THE place to be in Digiland, that's for sure!

So, you've been hopping around and gathering all of these amazing freebies and now you're here for yet another fabulous freebie!  Don'cha just love these things?!  What a great way to add to your stash of DigiGoodies?!

Join our very chatty forum at The Scrap Nerds, our Pinterest Boards, The Scrap Nerds Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram social network places.  Wow!  Are we gonna keep you busy or what?!

What has The Cherry On Top got for you today?  Some super cute journal cards made with the goodies from Boomer's Girl Designs.  The Cherry On Top will keep you up to date on all of the major happenings at The Scrap Nerds and tons of other things.

Come check out The Cherry for all things that help make your life easier.  I have healthy, fast and inexpensive weekly menu planners posted every Sunday.  I post all kinds of cleaning, organising ideas, printables, gift ideas and a lot of child oriented ideas as well as crafty stuff.  What I do most is give away FREE stuff and promote awesome goodies and fantastic sales and deals.

The blog is updated every couple of days, but the TCOT Facebook Page and Pinterest Boards are updated every day. I've got loads of FREEBIES for you in both places!! Whooo  Whah!  Hehehe....Become one of thousands of smart cookies and become a fan of The Cherry On Top!

Here's your fabulous FREEBIE designed by The Cherry On Top.  Enjoy it and share the link with all of your other scrappy friends!  Think about gifts tags or maybe use them in your project life layouts as well as other scrappy endeavours you have.

 Free Download from The Scrap Nerds

Check out this fantastic collaboration of FREE goodies!!!


I've got a copy of the list for all of the stops if ya need it.  There sure are some great scrappy goods in this hop.  Spread the word, enjoy and make sure you join us on our social networks!

Scrap Nerds: https://www.facebook.com/thescrapnerds
BoomersGirl Designs: https://www.facebook.com/BoomersgirlDigitalDesigns
Jenn Summers: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jenn-Summers-Designs/246263602997
Shmooangel Designs: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shmooangel-Designs/233931593298806
Joey : https://www.facebook.com/JoeyDesy
Neia Arantes: https://www.facebook.com/neiadesignscrap
Mis Mis: https://www.facebook.com/missmisdesigns?ref=br_tf
AKDesigns: https://www.facebook.com/byakdesigns
Beautifully Blessed -  http://beautifullyblesseddesigns.blogspot.com/
enjoyyourpix - http://enjoyyourpix.blogspot.com/
DigiDewi - https://www.facebook.com/digidewi?ref_type=bookmark
Scooty - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scootys-Designs/165345100142962
Magical Scraps Galore - https://www.facebook.com/MagicalScrapsGalore?ref=hl
SAS Designs: https://www.facebook.com/pages/SAS-Designs/163465083737

You come back now, ya hear?!




Monday, July 14, 2014

Week #17 Menu Planner


Welcome back to this week's menu planner!

Monday:  Simple tomato and pasta

Does it get any easier than this?  Not even a recipe for this baby.  Just some images.  It's pretty small, so I'll help ya through it because it is delicious!  Making fresh pasta is the fastest, easiest, healthiest way to cook a meal.  I always have some kind of fresh pasta in the house because it lasts for weeks.  Isn't that awesome?!  This recipe is for ravioli's, but you could easily substitute tortellini, spaghetti, rigatoni...any fresh pasta will work! If you choose dried pasta, get started earlier on it because it takes 3x the time.  If you are not dig'n on the meatless Monday thing, then buy pasta with meat in it.



Let's take a look.  We've got fresh basil here, but you could put oregano, thyme, parsley, etc. I would definitely add GARLIC and onion. It's all really good and super healthy.  I always keep fresh herbs in my kitchen window sill, both inside and outside.  They cost nothing, last a long time, are healthy and makes your meals SOOOOO much better!

Prepare your FRESH pasta according to directions or use dry,  knowing it takes longer.  Then either use a jarred sauce (withOUT sugar) or better yet and 'tis the season, use fresh tomatoes and sautee in olive oil or butter (in this recipe).  Add your salt and pepper and leave the fresh herbs for the last minute or two.  Fresh herbs do not need long to cook, but dried ones do.  If you are using dried herbs, then let them cook the entire way through with your fresh tomatoes.  When everything is nice and soft, you're set.  The pasta should also be finished!  How easy was that?!

Tuesday:  flex day/meat, starch, veg

A flex day is good for left overs or some Chinese take out.  What about baking some drum sticks, grilling a steak or sautéing some sausage?  I'll be making sausage, these camp fire potatoes and broccoli.


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Wednesday:  slow cooker swiss steak

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One of my Facebook Fans asked for a slow cooker meal.  I'm super happy to oblige because I love using my slow cooker!  Put your ingredients in in the morning and it's ready when you get home.  The house smells great and dinner's ready!  All you have to do is set the table.  I chose a recipe with super easy ingredients that you can find anywhere because she lives in South Africa and I'm not sure just what you can and can't get there.  Fingers crossed that this one will work.  It looks really, really fabulous.  I love cooking with sherry.  It's a permanent feature on my stove top.  I often use it in place of dry white wine, too.  This would be so awesome with some french fries to dip in that delicious sauce or mashed potatoes.  Mmmmm....

Thursday:  toasted chicken Philly cheese steak

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Grab some French or Italian bread on your way home or use the half baked bread for the healthiest choices.  You could use tortillas, pitas, kaiser rolls, anything would work!  I love a hoagie style roll like they suggest.  Of course, beef would be great, sausages...Mix it up and enjoy!

Fun Food Friday:  Smoked Salmon Pizza

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This looks totally awesome!  I am totally going to make it.  I bought all of the ingredients and can't wait!  They use creme fraische, but I will use Philadelphia cream cheese. To make some short cuts, you could always use the crust that's prepared in the grocer's, but know it's not nearly as healthy.  If this ain't yo' thaang, then just order some take out pizza.  Hehehe...

Saturday:  cheesy ham, potato and BACON casserole

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My stomach is actually growling as I'm typing and this one is really making my mouth water.  Wow!  I'll keeping this one on tap because I just got back from Spain and I have a plantain I want to make.  However, I will be making something similar to this.  Platinos cubed, potatoes cubed, diced green onions, prepared ground hamburger, cheddar cheese, cilantro and salt and pepper.  I'll let ya know how it goes!  It's my own concoction, but I think it should be fabulous.

Sunday:  Skillet Chicken Parmasean

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This recipe promises to be ready in 20 minutes.  I love that!  I'm serving mine with fresh spaghetti pasta.

I am so looking forward to this week's menu.  I hope you are as well.  I've mentioned it often, if you like what ya see, let me know.  If I get enough responses, I'll make shopping lists for ya.

I have a food board on Pinterest if you like easy, healthy meals like the ones here.  I also have a board dedicated to my weekly menus that you can get easy access to.

Thanks for stopping by.  I'll see ya next week!