Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Rare Summer Picnic

Since this week Jim and I will be busy celebrating our August 14th Wedding Anniversary, I will be AWOL from my computer the rest of the week. That being the case, I am linking to several other sites for this post and they are listed at the bottom.......please be sure to check them out! :)

As many of you know I'm hooked on Scrapbooking.............
I've gotten several e-mails lately asking when I was going to post more of my scrapbook pages so I've decided to feature pages from a spur-of-the-moment picnic we had a short while back. Here in the desert there are virtually no picnics after Memorial Day or then again before Labor Day, primarily because of the heat. That's my world. Now picnics and BBQ's around backyard pools are an entirely different in Phoenix people live in their pools all summer. No, the kind of picnics I'm talking about are the" picnics- in- the- park" type of meal. Some years you can't even be sure it will still be cool enough by Memorial Day. Fortunately, in this particular year it was still relatively cool, and when we realized this we headed to Cortez Park at the last minute with a few friends.
As I've said before I now do digital scrapbooking exclusively. While I loved doing it the paper and paste way I found that with the volume of photos I want to scrap it was so time consuming that I would never stay caught up. I scrap chronologically with a scrapbook for every year. I keep each page fairly simple by arranging the photos with whatever clipart strikes my fancy at the time. I don't use this many "talk bubbles" every time but in this particular layout I wanted to use humorous conversation to move the story along.
We had a lot of fun with this insanely large frisby. None of us were used to doing this anymore so it was quite comical in itself.......a fact that was not lost on our teenagers!

You see? Teenagers.....gotta love 'em.

I create the layouts using Photo Shop, print each one out on my regular printer as an 8x8
page, then add to my 8 x 8 sized scrapbook. I also love the fact that I can make CDs of each years albums and keep them in a safe place as a back up "just in case".

The end of a long day......time for a nice siesta under the trees.

I'm leaving you today with a recipe that I took to that impromptu picnic that day...... Janie's Baked Beans. Now these beans are quick,easy, and definitely not baked. They can be prepared on top of the stove or in an electric skillet with not much effort. You can serve them warm, but I much prefer them cold. It's a good idea if you're taking them somewhere other than your own backyard that you chill them first, put in a plastic container and pack in your ice chest. These go so well with any kind of outdoor meal. Yummy and foolproof.
Janie's Quick Baked Beans
I call them this because this started out as
my baby sister's recipe a long time ago....
then I took it over :)


4 slices bacon, diced

1 chopped onion

1/2 bell pepper, diced

I can pork and beans (31 oz)

3 Tbs dark mollasses

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tsp prepared mustard

1/2 tsp tabasco

1/3 cup Ketchup

2 Tbsp Worcester Sauce

In electric skillet or large frying pan saute first 3 ingredients until they are tender. Mix other ingredients in, cooking over low heat. Simmer until well seasoned. Serves 6.........but I often double, triple, or even quadruple this recipe for a large crowd. It is very can experiment with each of the ingredients until you get it just the way you like it.


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Becca said...

Thanks, Elaine, for posting more scrapbook pictures. I wish I lived in the same area as you so I could take a peek into your albums. I'm getting so many ideas from the ones you do post. I have so many photos and I have been very frustrated trying to keep up with it all. I've been learning to scrapbook digitally and I'm finding that it is faster. But you still have to purpose to keep it simple! Loved these!


Becca said...

Oh and Happy Anniversary!!

Carrie said...

You guys sure looked like you had a lot of fun. Man that is one big frisby!! I bet that its fun to play with,huh? The beans look like they'd be pretty easy to make. Just looking over the ingredients I can tell they'll be very tasty. lol I like good beans so much I could probably eat them as a main dish. Good recipe for bbqing in the backyard.

Maryrose said...

Hi Elaine,
Loved your post. Happy Anniversary and Happy OD Wednesday.

darnold23 said...

I'd love to see you at Crock Pot Wednesdays. Come on over.

Louise said...

Nice pages! I'm going to forage into digital this fall. I'm sort of excited.

Melissa said...

Elaine! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love your scrapbook pages! I'm just getting started on the whole "digi-scrap" method. It's a lot of fun! Happy Anniversary!

Kay said...

Hello Elaine. Thanks for coming by my Boomer Songs blog and becoming a follower. Your blog is so fun! I love the collages with the cartoon bubbles. I'm hooked.


Mary said...

Happy Anniversary. Have a wonderful celebration.

Ginny said...

Elaine, I'm so far behind with my pictures. I'd love to see a post about how you organize each scrapbook project, or maybe what your process is. Any help for someone who is all over the place on this? I've got to get some sort of plan. Just something to think about.

Ginny said...

Oh and I forgot. Happy Anniversary! Hope you guy have a great time. :)

Pricilla said...

We're having a picnic with friends this weekend and I was just wondering what to fix. The beans look yummy....on my way to the store to buy the ingredients. Thanks.
Have a great time celebrating your many years?

YayaOrchid said...

Happy Anniversary to you and your Husband Elaine!! How wonderful that you'll be spending some time to celebrate.

Love your scrapbook, and you actually gave me some ideas plus I learned something from your post about scrapbooking. Thanks, Elaine!

natalee said...

Elaine.. i found you through my friend the redhead riter... im a follower now.. love the scarpbook.. come visit/follow me.. Natalee

natalee said...

..and happy anniversary!!!!

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Terry said...

Howdy Elaine
I could not remember if I said thank you for the award :) oh my !
So thank you !
Happy Anniversary.
have the time of your lives and may you have many many more to scrapbook for us in the years to com. :)
Thank you for the awesome blog award.
You were so sweet to think of me.
Blessings to you and yours.
Happy Trails

Anna said...

Hi, I love your scrapbook pages. I'm a newlywed and I want to get started scrapbooking my new life as a married woman and my future life as a mom, so thanks so much for the ideas. I want to try to keep up from the very beginning. I just became a follower of yours (after going back and reading just about all of your posts lol). Your site is awesome. Just the kind of place I've been looking for. Hope to see more on your scrapbooks in the future. I'm going to need all the help I can get! :)

Kathleen said...

Happy Anniversary! And thanks for visiting my blog!
Have a great celebration!
Southampton, NY

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Thanks for the scrapbooking pictures, Elaine. You are very creative. I have a cousin who is GREAT at scrapbooking. I've never tried it ---and really don't have time in my life now to start something new. I don't have alot of creativity either ---so guess I'll just admire yours.

Happy Anniversary. Have a good week.

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Thanks for linking up to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday. Glad you found us. The beans sound great.

Irene Toh said...

Hi Elaine. Happy anniversary. Scrapbooking really preserves memories. Nice.

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Everyone loves a picnic. Love an easy way to make the "requisite" beans!


Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

Happy 14th. We are about to celebrate our 10th. You reminded me I am so behind with scrapbooking. :D
~ Wendy

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Hi there! I'm visiting from Julia's party. :) I love scrapbooking too, but haven't had a chance to work on my albums in a long time. I haven't ever tried digital scrapbooking. It looks like fun. :) Cute pages!

Poppedijne said...

It sure looks to have been a great day in the park with the picnic. Enjoy your wedding anniversary.

YayaOrchid said...

Elaine, Happy, happy Anniversary!!

Pricilla said...

Just letting you know that I just finished making the beans and they are absolutely delicious. I'm putting them in the fridge for our picnic tomorrow. My hubby had a taste and now I'm going to have to "police" him so he won't eat them before tomorrow! lol Thanks again for the recipe. :)

Ann Kroeker said...

How personal and fun to have your family picnic photos to give a context for your great looking baked beans recipe--this looks like an easy and inexpensive pitch-in dish! Yum!

darnold23 said...

Happy Anniversary. Thanks for sharing. We're sharing peanut butter ideas and Elvis stories at I hope you will come join us. Or, join us for Crock Pot Wednesdays. Mister Linky will be ready for that on Tuesday.

Monique said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! The baked bean recipe sounds great, and I especially like that it can be tweaked, those are my favorite recipes! Can't wait to try it!!

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Kate said...

I can't for this summer to have picnics with my kids. I think I am going through Spring fever right now. I can't wait. Thanks for the personal stype of writing. It makes me feel good when I read it.
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