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It’s been a while since I shared a recipe and since this is a new hit in our family, I thought I’d best be sharing it. This is the batch Kassidy and her cousin made it while we were in Idaho last week.

Yum!

 


Ingredients

  • 9 cups popped popcorn
  • 20 Oreos finely crushed
  • 24 oz. White Vanilla Almond Bark

Instructions

  • Melt white vanilla almond bark according to package directions until completely melted to a smooth consistency.
  • Drizzle almond bark over popped popcorn.
  • Sprinkle finely crushed Oreo crumbles evenly throughout the popcorn.
  • Allow almond bark set.
  • Now, eat!

 

  • Dolly - July 10, 2013 - 8:27 am

    um…yum…Thanks…I think LOL
    Is almond bark a ready made Candy?? in other words is this another recipe I have to make first?ReplyCancel

  • Lynette - July 11, 2013 - 11:10 am

    Dolly,
    Almond bark is pre-made stuff. It’s wonderful. It comes in chocolate flavor, or just the white stuff (which is in this recipe). It’s basically chocolate you can melt and dip, or drizzle over things. It’s in the baking isle, and the stuff I buy is packaged in what looks like an ice cube tray. So you just pop out a couple cubes and melt as you need them.
    And Kerri, this looks so yummy. I may need to pick up some oreos and almond bark for our date night treat! I love fancy popcorns, but some recipes call for thousands of things I don’t have. I can handle getting these two! :)ReplyCancel

If you follow me on Facebook, you will have seen this photo yesterday:

  

While we were together on our family farm this past holiday week, I heard my brother say, ‘Let’s go into town’ and the thought came to me, I love being in a place where you can say ‘let’s go into town.’ The thought of  being far enough removed from civilization was just lovely.

Of course, as I sat there in the front room with the morning sunlight beaming in through the leaves of the trees and bushes, I thought about being in that place at the time . . . about how I love being in a place like that . . . and so much more:

I love being in a place where you can say, ‘Let’s go into town.’

I love being in a place where you can see miles and miles of perfectly squared fields of wheat, potatoes, sugar beets and all sorts of glorious crops.

I love being in a place where you can drive up to the mountains and still smell the sweet smell you remember as a child with your mom and grandparents.

I love being in a place where you can sit outside and hear mourning doves talking to each other.

I love being in a place where the unexpected can happen (like a freak wind storm).

I love being in a place where you enjoy the silence.

I love being in a place of peace.

I love being in a place where you can grow things and make things pretty.

I love being in a place where you see tiny evidence of good food to come.

I love being in a place of family history (like almost 100 years).

I love being in a place of beautiful sunsets.

I love being in a place where people work together to make something better.

I love being in a place where cousins and family sit around at night talking, sharing stories, and laughing–and occasionally get made fun of.

I love being in a place where kids fight over who gets the hide-a-bed.

I love being in a place where you can constantly hear water running, like the ditch all day and especially in the evening and while going to sleep . . . or in the early morning.

I love being in a place where things are simpler and slower.

I love being in a place where the chandelier hasn’t changed in 40 years.

I love being in a place where the trees are as old as the property.

I love being in a place where bunnies, squirrels and owls are part of the ‘family.’

I love being in a place I’ve known my whole life.


Yup. That pretty much sums it all up about our family farm. Now your challenge is to to do the same thing and create a page with it. Take photos of a favorite place that you love to be, write what you love, and make a page. This place can be anything–from a room in your house, to a place in town, to a your grandparents’ place, to wherever. There’s lots of things to share when you write about being in a place you love.

  • Sue Alg - July 9, 2013 - 9:49 am

    This is a great idea. I’m going to use in my PL pages this week.ReplyCancel

  • Sally - July 9, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    I LOVE this idea! I grew up in a small farming community in Idaho and now live in SLC. I miss the quiet at times and especially the darkness. There were no street lights and you could see so, so many stars at night.
    Now I just have to get the kids to bed so I can go make a page…
    Thanks Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - July 12, 2013 - 10:25 am

    Sadly, I didn’t grow up on a farm (just 2 acres), but to a kid that was plenty to mow (with a push mower) and rake! My dad did raise a cow that we named and then refused to eat; several pigs I had NO problem eating (one bit my knee – was black and blue for SOME time); we even had a pony until he bucked my brother upside down in the water trough. My grandparents lived next door on another 2 acres. Granny raised chickens (LOVE fresh eggs) and my Grandpa always had a garden and wild grapes. As children we would chase lightening bugs at night, played baseball in the vacant fields, hide ‘n seek, etc. Kids today just don’t know what they’re missing. WHERE are all the lightning bugs? I’ve not spotted on in years!
    All that said, it really does remind one of how fortunate we are to live where we do and all the beauty that surrounds us. Sorry to ramble on, but it’s raining out and there’s not much else to do, but clean…..and that can wait!ReplyCancel

  • kimmikaye - July 12, 2013 - 12:05 pm

    That’s my town! So glad you could visit and appreciate the goodness here. Yes, that July 4th storm was sudden. But we still had fireworks.ReplyCancel

  • Andi Walsh - July 13, 2013 - 11:39 am

    I love this post!!!! This is my life as well. Small town, agriculture, great community and all things wild.

    xxooooReplyCancel

So did you all have a wonderful holiday? Did you take a plethora of photos? Need a little help in the getting-‘em-scrapped department? Check out what Layle did!




[ Shapes | July Four (Stars + July 4) / Summertime Icon Freebie ]


Love the stars with the spatters, mixed with the ‘summertime’ icon and topped with a really big ‘july’. And put it all on some notebook paper?

adore.

Here’s what Layle has to say:

A few weeks ago I was working on a mini book for a class I was teaching that included some of my favorite summer photos over the years. As I was looking through literally thousands of photos on my Mac, I came across photos I’d taken of our boys on the 4th of July in 2005.  Oh my gosh – that was 8 years ago!  To say the boys have grown would be an understatement.  They’re so cute and small here.  And I say ‘small’ because our oldest is now 15 and stands 6’4″!  I added a few of the photos to my mini book and that was that.  Or so I thought!  Then I saw Kerri’s FUN July 4 set.  The cursive words floated around in my head along with the thought of scrapping at least one of those photos from 2005 until I finally created this layout today.  The free Summertime icon was the perfect touch to ’round’ out the layout. :)

U.S. friends – I hope you had a great 4th!  And took lots of photos. And if you did, make sure to check out the July 4 set – don’t let those photos sit on your camera card or computer for 8 years, like I did, before you get around to scrapping them!

  • Jo - July 8, 2013 - 12:37 pm

    What a gorgeous layout! Love this photo and love the “July” cut… TFS!

    Hugs,
    Jo
    ♥ Jo’s Scrap Shack ♥ReplyCancel

  • Caroline - July 8, 2013 - 1:47 pm

    Oh! I absolutely love it! The big swoopy “july” is perfect! And I just came across some Kerri Bradford stars last night (but I don’t think they’re the same ones I have) and I marked them to use sooner rather than later. Now that I know for sure how good they look, I’ll have to get on it!ReplyCancel

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July! Ours was definitely out-of-the-norm. I’ll be sharing those details with ya next week. But I did actually spent a little time unplugged, which was nice. Didn’t even look at a computer all day on the 4th. Talk about freedom.

It was lovely.

That’s not to say I didn’t think about work and feel a little guilty though. ;)

But I’m plugging in for just a few minutes to bring you today’s Friday Freebie.


To download it for free, click the image or click HERE.

You have two choices on this one. I made the one with the ‘Freedom’ word, but then I thought it might be fun to have an open one where you could add your own word. So watch for a new video tutorial on how to add your own word next week.

Anywho, better jet. Still with lots of family and all that.

Have a spectacular weekend!

 

  • Tammy Joyce - July 5, 2013 - 2:32 pm

    Ty and very pretty. Can be used for lots of stuff. Hope your weekend has been great.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui Bailey - July 5, 2013 - 2:37 pm

    Thank you for the spectacular freebie!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn in Michigan - July 5, 2013 - 3:04 pm

    Thanks very much! Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Rhadonda - July 5, 2013 - 3:36 pm

    Thank you so much! I love it. I wonder if i could request a jpeg image so when i do my organization in lightroom i have a picture? When i right click on the image to “save image as” it comes up as a png which my version of lightroom doesn’t work. Just wondering ( :ReplyCancel

  • Val Court - July 5, 2013 - 4:49 pm

    Thanx again for the freebie Kerri. Enjoy your weekend with family & friends. being in Australia I will find other uses for your great freebie Cheers Val :-)ReplyCancel

  • Dolly - July 5, 2013 - 5:05 pm

    Thank you Kerri!!ReplyCancel

  • D Grant - July 5, 2013 - 5:10 pm

    Thanks for the freebie! Looking forward to tutorial on adding our own word!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Thomas - July 5, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    Thank you for the awesome freebies! You rock Kerri!!! Have a great holiday weekend. Take care. :)ReplyCancel

  • Pam S - July 5, 2013 - 6:22 pm

    Thank you, so cute!ReplyCancel

  • {dawn} - July 6, 2013 - 6:38 am

    Thanks, Kerri! Love the freedom freebie! So happy you and you family had a great Independence Day!ReplyCancel

  • Trish - July 6, 2013 - 2:55 pm

    Thanks Kerri for this patriotic cutting file! It will be great for OWH AnyHero cards. Continue to enjoy your holiday weekend. Time unplugged is precious!ReplyCancel

  • labbie1 - July 6, 2013 - 5:46 pm

    Thanks! Happy 4th weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Jo - July 7, 2013 - 3:36 am

    Thanks so much for the wonderful freebie!!! I hope your 4th was great!!

    Hugs,
    Jo
    ♥ Jo’s Scrap Shack ♥ReplyCancel

  • j - July 15, 2013 - 12:45 am
  • lynne - July 16, 2013 - 6:59 pm

    Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Donna E - July 16, 2013 - 9:48 pm

    Thank you! I missed this but saw your you tube video about it today so thank you so much for keeping it there still. :) DonnaReplyCancel

I thought with my previous post about this amazing country that we live in, combined with our celebration of America this week, you might like to see a few photos that my son took from his long weekend to Yellowstone + Grand Tetons.




beautiful country.

  • Julie - July 3, 2013 - 7:48 pm

    This are really lovely pictures.

    I like your post about what a wonderful, beautiful, fantastic country we live in. I guess I’m inspired to scrap a page about that!

    enjoy the holiday.
    JulieReplyCancel

  • Cindy - July 3, 2013 - 9:55 pm

    AWESOME photos. I just love the beauty found in nature shots.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine Vargas - July 5, 2013 - 7:49 am

    Beautiful love those pictures :)

    http://www.vindiebaby.com
    Vintage Inspired GirlsReplyCancel

  • Denise Johnstone - July 8, 2013 - 1:02 am

    Hi all, YES your country sure is beautiful. I live way down under in Australia and was fortunate this time last year to visit the USA! One of several highlights was the glorious Grand Canyon…helicopter flight over and landed at the bottom. Lunch by the Colorado river…..oh the pictures I have :)Love your photos Kerri and all the terrific work you do on this blog. kind regards DeniseReplyCancel

I’m not a big shoe buyer. I know a lot of girls are, but I tend to buy what may be cute and stylish and most importantly, comfortable, and wear that 90% of the time. I take my shoes off at the door and so it may be that I often wear the same shoe more out of laziness. ;)

Although, to take a look at my closet, you’d think I frequently bought shoes. In actuality, it’s years and years of shoes. I have gotten better about discarding them though. The pile is thinning.

But each summer I go on a quest for a fun summer sandal. And I am picky. It can’t be high, because that’s too much of a pain. Remember, I did say comfortable. I don’t like showing off too much of my feet down by my toes, so tiny straps are out. And straps that go around the back of my foot so I just can’t slip them on? Forget about it. (hello…I said I was lazy!) And generally speaking, they should be black, because let’s face it, most of my summer wardrobe consists of the Eddie Bauer black tee (I won’t say how many).

So as you can see, it’s not always easy finding a pair of sandals that are me.

There are a couple things that I do love about the shoe industry, and one of them is the Born line. I owned a pair of clogs or slip-ons that were my all-time favorite. I think I wore them three years–constantly (excluding summer). They held up so well and I loved them dearly. They are worth the extra money you pay for them in both comfort and longevity.

So when I went on my yearly summer sandal quest, it only made sense for me to look on born.com–it was January, after all…no sandals to be found in the stores. I guess you could say I started early this year. ;) I saw some really cute ones out there and there was one pair I was particularly fond of. But they were $80+.

Now remember, I don’t mind paying extra for a good quality shoe, but that seemed a little much for a sandal where there’s not a whole lottta leather to begin with.

So I admired from afar, looking at them from time to time….wishing….dreaming….almost pressing Buy.

And then in March I went to HSN in Tampa with Lisa. We needed to go to Target for an article of clothing and right next to it was a TJ Maxx. I have to tell you, the TJ Maxx by my house is awful. I don’t even know if I go into it once a year because any time I do, I wonder why in the heck I went in, so I just gave up on it.

Instead of going into Target, we hit the TJ Maxx. I went in there with major reservations and came out having had the best shopping experience I ever had. Lisa could tell you, all I could say was, ‘I’m so happy!’ I found the perfect yellow bag (and so did she), two cute lacy tank tops (and so did she), a pair of Guess sunglasses, and some silver earrings………and my Born sandals–for $39,99. One pair. My size. It was kismet.

And here they are:


I love them. They don’t show off too much of my foot by my toes, they are black, low-profile, slip-on, has a cute little flower….I couldn’t be happier.

And as part of my summer happiness, I am also frequenting the pedi. Although I thought I was getting more of a bronze color than shiny new penny. I’m usually a dark burgundy girl, but ventured out. Won’t do that again. ;)

As you may (or may not) be able to tell, I actually used Instagram to filterize the photo. And yes, I shared it on Instagram too. Shocker. More of my venturing out of my little box. I had to pick a filter that didn’t truly show how *ehem* pigmently challenged I am.

And I just need to add that this post is brought to you by the people at The Phone Photography Project. I’d been wanting to show off some of those fun TJ Maxx scores, but never got around to it. Their challenge yesterday spurred me to take a photo and then actually write about it. I think I’m going to do a whole page or something on my feet this summer. We’ll see if I actually do it and how it turns out.

We’re only on Day 2 in the class and I’m loving it! Love that I get tips and tricks by people like me in this industry rather than the techies out there. Love to see what my favorite people are using for their smartphone and to see what challenges they’ll present to help me have more fun documenting the everyday.

If you’re interested in taking the class, you still have until July 10 to jump in….the water’s fine. ;)

  • Katie - July 2, 2013 - 12:33 pm

    LOVE those sandals! Do you know the style name??ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - July 2, 2013 - 1:11 pm

      Yikes! I went out to their website and I don’t see them anymore. I can’t remember the name of them either. Maybe they were last year’s sandals and I didn’t know it? There’s a number inside the shoe: B97903 Don’t know if that’ll help ya or not. Sorry.ReplyCancel

  • b - July 2, 2013 - 2:35 pm

    Those sandals are adorable! Guess I’m going to have to try TJMaxx (don’t usually cause I don’t have good luck there). What is the born website? I tried typing http://www.born.com but it went to a photography type site. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Larson - July 3, 2013 - 9:16 am

    You’re right! those are totally cute sandals! (even cuter because you got a smokin’ good deal!).ReplyCancel

  • Jen - July 3, 2013 - 12:12 pm

    Love your sandals! They are really cute! Wish I had a TJ Maxx by me :(.
    Also, love the color on your tootsies!ReplyCancel

  • Lynette - July 6, 2013 - 10:00 am

    I love those shoes! I also love born shoes, but haven’t gotten any in a long time. I love how everybody has different preferences on shoes! I am picky, but with my everyday sandals I have to have a strap because shoes totally don’t stay on my feet! Thanks for sharing! My fun summer shoes are teal and I love them! :)ReplyCancel

If you’ve been with me for a while, you know of my passion for travel.

To go. To see. To do. To photograph. To spend time with family. To relax. To experience.

Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.

I’m pretty sure this strong desire–this craving–to travel came from my mom. Her quick little jaunts to St. George to just get away. Our going to the farm. Instilling a love for this land and all that it has to offer and appreciate. And I’m sure my moving around has something to do with it too.

When I lived with my cousin in La Grande, Oregon as a teenager, one Saturday afternoon we sat in her VW Rabbit–map in hand–and plotted our cross-country trip to see the United States.

It was a grand plan. I loved dreaming about that.

Well, it’s 30+ years later and we still have yet to do that. Don’t think it will ever happen with her,

but…

now it’s becoming a dream with hubby and me.
And let me tell you, I’m rather excited about that!

Due to the nature of my job over the past several years–and greater technology, I can pretty much work anywhere, especially now with my own business. It’s always been a dream of mine to be able to rent a beach house for a month and sit on the back deck, listening to the sound of the ocean while I work. Doesn’t that just sound ideal? The Oregon Coast or Maine just sounds ever-so dreamy. If any of you know of a great beach house that isn’t too expensive…. ;)

That’s on my to-do list, but it’s what’s spurred Dan’s suggestion for us to not just talk about driving cross-country, but actually do it. To get away somewhere warmer in the winter and out of the inversion crud that we get during the winter months.

And now that ‘technically’ we are ‘empty nesters’ (so to speak–they still live here), we can do it!

I feel like I’m 15 again, sitting in that VW Rabbit planning a fabulous cross-country trip.

the mere thought of it. 

I can’t wait.

(maybe I should start working on a cross-country road trip playlist now. ;) )

And on that note–and because I hate posting without a photo–here are some photos of this gorgeous country of ours. A trip we took to Glacier National Park a few short years ago.

Grateful for this beautiful land that we live in. Isn’t it amazing? It is almost the 4th of July. :)

 

  • Penne Beckett - July 1, 2013 - 8:58 am

    Aww Kerrie, So glad your hubby is with you in this dream, soon to be reality! Love the pics!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth G - July 1, 2013 - 9:59 am

    I love this dream! There are so many wonderful places to visit and to just be able to do what you and one other adult wants to do would be heaven on earth! I can’t wait to see the post after you do hit the road!!!ReplyCancel

  • christi in ma - July 1, 2013 - 12:14 pm

    That is a fantastic dream. You should totally do it! If you’d consider Cape Cod, try weneedavacation.com for beach rentals. Late August and early September things slow down on the Cape but the weather is still gorgeous. You could find a bargain in that time frame. Homeaway.com is another good house rental site and covers the entire US.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Kment - July 1, 2013 - 7:08 pm

    You are one lucky girl! That sounds like so much fun!!! I got in the wrong business—cherries in The Dalles Oregon! Best of luck on your plans!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - July 3, 2013 - 9:58 pm

    stunning photos. Thanks so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

Major bummer. It doesn’t look like we’re going to reach 3000 Facebook Followers by tonight–unless I get surprised. ;) So just letting you know that today will most likely be your last chance for the store-wide sale. I don’t want you to miss out on it.

  • Ruth G - June 30, 2013 - 7:52 am

    Thank you so much for working hard to get your classes here and for including the classes in the coupon! I’m so excited to be able to take your Silhouette classes (I’ve been looking forward to it ever since I got my Silhouette in April ;-)! I can’t wait to do more with my fabulous machine!!!ReplyCancel

  • Trish - June 30, 2013 - 2:29 pm

    Kerri, I LOVED the Silhouette DE class. I learned so much and have already put that new knowledge into a completed project. I would say that was money well spent!ReplyCancel