Recipe: Peanut Butter Banana Crunch

Tropical Smoothie’s Peanut Butter Banana Crunch (re-create)

They, for some reason, don’t have this anymore and I’ve been waiting and waiting for it to come back. I decided to re-create it hoping it’d come out tasting somewhat the same. Here’s what I did:


Flatbread (you can also use a pita pocket)
→ Crunchy Peanut Butter (I bought Peter Pan Crunchy)
→ One banana, sliced
→ Honey
→ Granola (I bought the store brand granola cereal)
→ Non-Stick spray or butter

Step ONE
Spread the peanut butter on half of the flatbread and cover with banana slices (I couldn’t fit the whole banana on there)

Step TWO
Drizzle with honey and top with about a handful of granola.
Fold flatbread in half and place in pan with a little butter or non-stick spray. You can use a pinini press if you have one – I didn’t so I used the pan and pressed it down with a pot. Toast until golden brown.
And there you have it. I’ve had this twice, now, before posting this so I can also comment on how AWESOME it was. These things normally don’t happen to me. It tasted just like Tropical Smoothie’s. So, now they don’t need to bring it back…I can make my own! :)
Comment if you’ve tried this or have had it.
xo, donna

Project Life: Weekly Card Tutorial

I did a step by step on how I’m going to make my Project Life weekly cards :) If you’ve never heard of Project Life or want to learn more about it – go here! Becky Higgins is the creator and her website is amazing and has a lot of ideas/inspirations. I’ve been hearing and seeing a lot of it on Instagram and ever since I saw it the first time I wanted to do it. I bought my 12″x12″ binder from Michael’s on sale along with some other goodies to use for this. I’ve always been into scrapbooking and keeping things, so what better way than to use Project Life to show it all off. I do have some SmashBooks that I use as well for other things but I’ll be doing Project Life weekly. Okay, so on to the tutorial!

These are the items I use in this tutorial:

→ Recollections Cardstock paper (white) 4.5″x6.5′ (will be trimmed to size)
→ Recollections Cardstock paper (The All Seasons pad) – or any patterned paper
→ Month printout, which was found here
→ Creative Memories corner maker punch and the heart punch (other brands of these can be found at Michaels)
→ Hello Kitty date stamp and ink
Mini glue dots
→ Elmer’s Craft bond glue stick
→ Staedtler fineliner pens
→ Assorted washi tape
→ Not pictured: Fiskars paper trimmer & Cricut Create
Step ONE
Trim white cardstock paper to be 4″x6″ – this will be used in the bigger pockets in the Design A pocket pages
Step TWO
Use the corner maker punch to round the edges on the card
Choose a sheet of paper from the patterned pad/paper you have (I’m using the Recollection’s All Seasons paper pad). Cut to fill approximately 1/4 of the white card. I cut mine to be a tad bit more than 2″x4″.
Attach the patterned paper to the card. I’ve put mine on the right side using the glue dots, then used the  corner maker punch to round the corners of the patterned paper.
Cut out the month from the printout and color in the week using whatever you have :)
Step SIX
Attach the calendar to the card in the blank space (mine will be the upper left corner). I’m using the glue dots for this and I’ve also added some washi tape.
Use the date stamp and ink to stamp the dates (this week would be Jan 1 – Jan 5). I used a black ink pad instead of the red one that’s pictured and drew an arrow with a black pen. Then used the Cricut to create the wording “week 1″ (you can also use alpha letters). I used the Don Juan cartridge with a piece of black cardstock (not pictured) and created 1” lettering. All lettering is attached with the glue stick.
The last step, I used the smaller heart punch and punched hearts from the extra black cardstock and added them with glue dots.
That’s it! Easy peasy! You can always add more to your card and make it how YOU want it. This is the card I’ll be using for week one when I get my PL goodies in. Please leave comments! What do your weekly cards look like?
xo, donna

2013 is here, finally.

So I know it’s been forever since I’ve blogged and so much has happened! Chris and I got married on December 1, 2012 – not all of the pictures are up yet but once they are I’ll post a few on here. It was an amazing day and worth all of the 6 months of planning (yes, I did that…). Our honeymoon won’t be until the end of March, originally our wedding date was March 30. Let me fill you in as to why (it’ll make more sense). Chris’ step-mom’s mom was a travel agent for Hawaii and had a timeshare there. She passed away a little over 4 years ago and left the timeshare to Chris’ step-mom and her sister. About a year ago, we were all at lunch and jokingly I said that me & Chris were going there for our honeymoon. We got engaged in June, so of course it came up again about the honeymoon and that’s why the date of our wedding was the end of March (they have the timeshare from March 28 – April 11). We ended up moving the wedding date to December 1, so we could have time to save up for Hawaii. So, that’s that. And yes, we are going for the whole 2 weeks!! :) neither one of us has been before so we’re both really looking forward to it!

One of my new years resolutions is to blog more (I know I’ve said this before, but this time I want to do it and keep up with it!).
So I was looking at blogs this morning and came across a snail mail swap.
Of course, I signed up for it and I’m really excited!! I remember seeing a pin on Pinterest about random things you can mail through the USPS as long as its under 13 ounces (flip flops, sand bucket, water bottle … haha.. You get the point) You have until January 18 to sign up!
one more thing, project life 365. found it on instagram this morning so I’m going to try that this year as well and will be posting my photos on my blog.
xo, donna