New pics! New Recipe!


Hey, just wanted to share a new pic from this weekend. :) I feel like I just haven’t been taking a whole lot of pics of us lately, so I’ve been trying to take one on Sunday afternoons before night church recently. Yes, I know, you probably recognize this background from the last pic. ;) But it’s the only room in the house that has even remotely decent lighting.. :p

{ new recipe! } red beans & rice

I also wanted to share a new recipe!! This is my newest go-to meal when I need something quick, easy, filling and delicious. Red beans & rice is the definition of comfort food to me, because the first time I had it, my bestie friend Stewy made it for me when we stayed with him in Atlanta after having Lasik. The surgery was pretty rough for me, so here’s what my day was like: Didn’t eat anything all day, had the surgery, went back to Stewy’s house, pitched an ever-loving FIT because I did not want to put my eye drops in (stung too bad to open my eyes), took this amazingly wonderful sleeping pill that knocked me out, slept for 6 hours, woke up at 11 pm and ate 2 huge helpings of red beans & rice. That was in December. I’ve probably made it once a week since then.

{ stewart grace }

This is Stewy. He made me red beans & rice. It was goooood. Stewy got the recipe from his friend who made it for him when he was visiting him in New Orleans. It’s authentic. He was down there cheering for Auburn in the 2004 season Sugar Bowl. BTW, if you guys don’t hear from me in a while it’s because Stewy has killed me for calling him Stewy in public.


So! Did ya’ll like last week’s giveaway?? Are you ready for another one?? :) Who here has heard of Project 365? (raise your hand) Who here likes to digital scrapbook? (raise your hand) Who here would LOVE to win a *gorgeous* digital scrapbooking kit made by the lovely and talented Crystal Wilkerson – famous designer at (raise your hand!!! :D) Even if you haven’t really started digital scrapbooking yet, Crystal’s kits make it *super* easy. I think these are great kits for beginners, because she includes templates and all you have to do is drag in your pictures, add your journaling, add a few of her beautiful embellishments and POOF! You have your FIRST digital scrapbooking page ever!! :)

Creativity by Crystal - January 2009 - Project 365 Digital KitCreativity by Crystal - February 2009 - Project 365 Digital KitCreativity by Crystal - March 2009 - Project 365 Digital Kit

These are Crystal’s January, February and March kits. { Click to enlarge } You may recognize some of the elements from Crystal’s March kit from my blog! Seriously, her March kit is one of *the* most versatile digital scrapbooking kits I have *ever* seen. I think it is a must-have for anyone- whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting to be curious about digital scrapbooking! And that’s why I want you to have it! I’m teaming up with Crystal and we’re going to be giving away one kit from her Project 365 collection once a month here at! Since it’s already March, we’re going to play catch up and have THREE winners this time!! One will win January’s kit, one will win February’s kit, and one will win March’s kit! To be entered to win one of Crystal’s Project 365 Digital Scrapbooking kits, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. One entry per person, please! The winners will be chosen by their comment numbers, which will be picked by‘s number generator. Contest will run until 11:59 pm CST on Wednesday, March 18th, 2009. But that’s not all! Want to win April’s kit?? Head on over to Crystal’s new blog and leave a comment to win the April 2009 Project 365 kit! April’s kit won’t be given away over here so don’t be shy! Go on over there and introduce yourself to Crystal. ;) And stay tuned! May’s kit will be next! ;)

Thanks for looking!!!

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117 Responses
  1. beth p

    I have been wanting this kit for sooo long and it’s always sold out! I hope I win!! Thanks for the chance!

  2. Mindy Sue

    I’m new at this graphic design stuff…but I’m having a blast and would love more help with my designs and digital scrapbooking. Thanks so much for all your ideas and willingness to share them with us. Cheers on the MOCHA!!!

  3. SaRaH Lyon

    Well, I’m too late for the contest, but I wanted to say thanks for the recipe! I haven’t jumped on the digital scrapbooking bandwagon yet, but I suppose it’s time to try! Thanks again for keeping up such a great blog :)

  4. Katrina

    Thanks for the chance to win! What a cute blog! OH, and I downloaded the fonts also…AWESOME!!! Thanks again!

  5. Tiffany H.

    Don’t you love friends like Stewy?! Ooooh I love the digital kits. I bought PSE just over a month ago and have been learning how to use it. Would love to win one of these kits, especially the bright March kit. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  6. Mikelle

    I love your site. I think i check it everyday. Thank you so much for all your free fonts too. I love these kits, pick me!

  7. Bernice

    I’ve just recently started following your site and it just keeps getting better and better! I am addicted – you are my new blog idol!

  8. Gennifer

    I’ve had my eye on all three of these, but haven’t purchased any of them yet. They just sit in my cart, waiting… and waiting…

    Maybe I won’t have to? :)

  9. Robin

    I am bookmarking your blog!Found you through Crystal’s site. Off to explore more. Thanks for the contest!

  10. Sarah

    Great ideas! How do you like your Lasik now that you’ve had it done for a while? I am looking at doing it too! Gerat ideas and recipes!

  11. Marsha

    I’m Marsha & just started dabbling in Digi Stuff. I linked here from Krystal’s new blog. Your site has been bookmarked on my computer for a while-LOVE your fonts! I even have Chickie Shannon’s from here, which is how I found Krystal’s new blog-small internet world, huh?

  12. Darline

    Pick me Pick me Oh how I would LOVE to win the 365 days!!! Because my husband has cut me out on buying DSB thing because he loses his job in July so winning will be the only way I will get a 365 day DSB Template.

  13. Katherine

    Wow, Amanda, love the bits ‘n’ pieces you used from Crystal’s kit – isn’t it amazing!? Would love to win one (hint hint! LOL).

  14. Carrie

    I have not tried the digital scrapbooking before so I would love to try it. I HOPE HOPE HOPE I win one!

  15. Bonnie

    Always been a fan Amanda! Big Fan! You have come such a long way. I have been following you since the beginning!!


  16. Teri

    Just starting digital scrapbooking and love this site.
    Not only do I get terrific fonts, ideas and see great papers I could make but FOOD too! Definitely going to try this new one! I’m glad I found you!!

  17. donna

    hello amanda, boy , you really have been working hard on all your things . i just love looking at all you have done with your pictures and just everything,. i save the day at the beach with miley an harley, hope i spell them right .i must say i am in love with those pretty boston.i got me a nother one and its a giel this time, and i would to learn how to take pics like you do but that would take me forever, and your new front is wonderful. i love coming an see all the new things you having going on, i tell all my friends about you your husband and of couse miley an harel, thanks agin keep up the good work, donna meredith.

  18. Sarah L.

    I just have to say – your site is AMAZING! I’ve had it bookmarked for years and I come back here time and time again!

    Thanks for the eye candy with your beautiful work and the inspiration!

  19. kimBinAK

    Hi Kevin and Amanda :) I was over at Crystal’s blog and found your site through her post. I’ve never visited here before, but it looks like a fun and creative site and I can’t wait to explore!

    Thanks and hugs from Alaska – kimB

  20. Peggy Whisenhunt

    How exciting it would be to win either month. Really enjoy your website, keep up the good work. Peggywhiz

  21. Shayna

    Amanda, I love red beans and rice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had it for the very first time when I went to New Orleans 33 years ago. My hubby and I have it all of the time. It’s one of our favorite comfort foods…..along with mac and cheese :) BTW, we also have 2 Bostons. Their names are Jack and Jill.

    Thank you for everything: fonts, recipes, pics, etc. I really enjoy your site.

  22. Karen Johnston

    I absoulutely love your website! Thanks for all the extra work you do to keep new and exciting things coming! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the fabulous recipes and the super cute recipe scrapbook pages! Keep up the good work!

  23. Aimee

    I love the pictures you take. Which lens do you use for the portraits in your scrap room? They are so crisp and just look awesome! Anyway, love all you do. :)

  24. sohobutterfly

    Ooooooooooh, how I would LOVE to win this giveaway! Wooooooooooot!! Thanks for thinking of us, Mandy!! :o)

  25. Erica

    Love your site, fonts, and especially your scrapbook room! We are in the middle of making mine! I’m so excited and can’t wait for it to be finished!!! Fun contest, I would love any of them, the are too cute! :)

  26. Paula

    I love the new look of your site. thanks for the chance to win one of Crystals kits. I enjoy your recipes.

  27. Judi Vrieling

    I have yet to digital scrapbook – everytime I see a layout done I think I want to try it, but haven’t yet gotten over my fear of the unknown. Would love to try though – thanks for the chance to win.


  28. Joscelyn Reuter

    PICK ME! PICK ME!! :)

    I would love to start digital scrapbooking! I am such a fan of your page, keep it comin!

  29. Mindy Hunsaker

    Thanks for all your fun ideas and your recipes. I would love to win a kit and start scrapbooking digital!!

  30. Renee

    How exciting!! I’ve been curious about digital scrapbooking and am so excited about getting the chance to win one!! Thanks, Amanda!!

  31. Cindi

    Love Crystal’s kits! So well designed and versatile! I was going to pick up one today at 2peas, but I think I’ll wait for the drawing now ;)

  32. terri d

    What cute digi kits. I worked with Crystal at our LSS and she was a talented sweet girl that I’m so happy to see is doing so well…. we miss our lss and all those who we would regularly see. Hi there to Crystal and glad to see she’s teaming up with amanda and kevin.

  33. Stephanie

    Amanda-I love your website. Ran across it one day and now I’m HOOKED. I visit every day just to see what’s going on. Love your recipes, scrapbooking ideas, pics…everything. LOVE IT!

  34. Olga

    Happy St. Patty’s Day… I’m so excited about the new contest. I’ve never done digital scrapbooking and would love try it out! Good luck everyone!

  35. Pat

    Love your and give aways.Will certainly have to try digital scrapbooking now too.Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  36. Carolyn

    Stewy, huh? I hope he loves you a LOT now that he’s famous for being “Stewy”! =0) You made me smile.

  37. Rebecca

    Loved your last giveaway…I can’t wait to see how my illustration turns out! Next time you are in Atlanta…you better send me an email!

  38. Diana

    I am soooo new to all of this stuff but I love it! I totally want to learn how to do digital scrapbooking. I can’t wait! Hope I win! Thanks!

  39. Judi Llively

    I’d love to win a digital scrapbooking kit. Maybe it would make me get off my fanny and get it done.

  40. rachel in Cali.

    OMG! Hadn’t even thought about doing a digital 365! Maybe that’s because I’ve never made a digital page! LOL! Gotta start somewhere. :0)
    Thanks for such a fun giveaway!

  41. Jennifer U

    I’ve loved your blog layouts and now that you’ve shared Crystal’s blog I’m even more excited. The March kit is fantastic and I can’t wait to see April’s!

    How nice of you two to be giving away her kits. I can’t wait!

    Thanks again!

  42. Jenn

    Well, I haven’t really gotten into digital scrapbooking, but this looks like a great way to start.
    Love your blog, love the recipes, love you guys!!

  43. Crystal

    I love all scrapbooking! I have “fiddled” with some digital scrapbooking and have learned to love it as well. At first I was like “Eh. Digital scrapbooking doesn’t have the personal touch.” But it does!! I did some for my mom, husband’s grandmother, and my son for Christmas thru snapfish. They love them!!! Good luck everyone!!! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

  44. Brooke - in Oregon

    I am enjoying P365, I am a bit behind on my layouts but not my picture taking! :) LOVE LOVE LOVE Crystal’s style and found her blog by searching google and finding you! :)

  45. Kristin O

    I am going to try digital scrapbooking (my software comes tomorrow!) and would love to win one of these kits! Thanks for a chance!

  46. Liza

    Me me me!! I’ve been taking at least 1 picture a day for Project 365 since January 1st this year. I saw this kit and have wanted it since. Fingers are crossed!!

  47. Misty

    I found your blog randomly one day while looking for cute fonts and I fell in love! You do such a cute job and I love everything you post. I look forward to this contest, thanks!

  48. Pam

    I love to digital scrap and would love to win one of the fabulous kits! I am going have to try and make that recipe for my hubby. I am not a huge fan of beans but I know he would love it! Thanks for sharing.

  49. Becky

    I’ve never tried digital scrap booking B4 but hope I win so I can try it. I will have to try the new recipe. Anything with smoked sausage has to be good. My favorite dish is smoked sausage, served with a side of fried apples and separate side of lima beans. YUMMM ;) Great pics. By the way congrats on making the cover of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Amerie is sure to be a super model in the future. She is a beauty. Happy St. Patty’s Day !!!

  50. Mel

    I’m loving all the new changes and additions to the blog…it’s great to have a spring “makeover!” Thanks for the chance to win!

  51. Nicoleigh

    The kids look fabulous! How fun they would be. I don’t scrapbook too much, but I know I would find a use for them. Or, maybe I would even start doing some digital scrapbooking. Thanks!

  52. Renae Reis

    Maybe if I look at your blog multiple times a day some of your creativity will rub off on me! Until then i’ll just have to hope to win the 365 kit so I can have a little help in that department!! Great stuff!

  53. Susan

    Oh I love red beans and rice, it is actually one of two ways I will eat beans. (Otherwise I can’t even stomach them!) Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  54. Christy

    I love your idea of giving away free kits. I hope I win. :) Your site is always soooo inspiring. I’m redesigning my website and using yours as inspiration. Thanks!

  55. Peg Boyd

    Wow, I love your fonts and your website, I covet your scraproom! Just all around *great*. I have done limited digital so I hope I win this kit :)

  56. Casie

    That recipe looks great. I think I will try it this week. The recipe looks similar to a Jambalya I make.
    Take a box of Zateran’s Jambalya mix (in the rice isle)add a link of sausage sliced into thin circles (I use turkey smoked sausage to cut the fat a little). I chop up 1/2 onion. Add a can of diced tomatoes, a can of kidney beans, and a can of corn. Follow the directions on the box and I just dump all the extras in at the begining and let to all come to a boil. It is delicious.

  57. Marey

    I love your blog and visit it quite often. Your fonts are awesome :) Your new blog header & colors here look wonderful!!!

  58. Candice S.

    I just love your blog! You’re always so informative! And when you have something to give away, that just makes it even more fun!!!

    I had to raise my hand on all:

    I am actually totally committed to my Project 365; and I love it!!! I am so glad I decided to do it. My project 365 can be found here:

    And then of course I love digital scrapping. I am new at the whole digi scene, but I am learning fast and I loooove it! Amd I would LOOOOOOOVE, LOOOOOVE, LOOOVE to win one of Crystal’s kits!! They’re fabulous! I love them all, but I agree, I think the March kit rocks!!

    Lastly, thank you for sharing that recipe, looks yummy and I am going to give it a go! I am not really great in the kitchen, but think I can handle this! :-)

    Thank you for all you do.


  59. jen@ourdailybigtop

    What a great kit – this would be an easy way to get started on digital scrapbooking. Thanks!

  60. Monica

    Love the photo of you and Kevin, and did you take the picture of Stewy? I love the tone… how’d you do that? Did you use an action? Love the color. BTW… scrapbooking Kits, WAY WAY CUTE!

  61. becki

    found you from crystal’s blog. am looking forward to seeing what you have and maybe finally get started again on scrapbooking!! fingers crossed.

  62. Reba

    I’m so excited! I will just have to try the beans and rice meal tonight!

    Thanks for the chance to win… really love reading your blog! Making a rag quilt is still on my to-do list! :-)

  63. Diane Davies

    Love the colors in the digi kits. I haven’t done any digi scrapping and if I do I’m sure I’d do hybrid because I need texture and dimension on my page. If I won this kit I just might try. : )

  64. Tina

    I love your posts – digital scrapping and recipes in the same place! I’m a total newbie at digital scrapping, (and pretty much in the kitchen, too!) so I totally appreciate everything you write. Thank you!

  65. Tracy

    I haven’t started digital scrapbooking – yet… I am not sure how to do it & would love this kit to help get me started with the thousands of digital pictures I need to get in an album & get journaled. I love the paper craft of scrapbooking, but don’t have the time to get all my pictures into albums.


  66. Cathy

    Oh these kits are gorgeous… thanks for the opportunity to win one. And my advice… don’t tell “Stewy” about the blog post just yet… we need you around a while longer!

  67. Dee

    I love all your crafts, ideas and recipes……but my personal favorite is Howie and Miley – Hannah and I would love to see some new pictures!! Thanks……

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