Kiss Me, a freebie!

As per request I made another little freebie today, this time for St. Patrick’s Day!


Head to my website at SilHOOette Snaps to download your freebie! Follow this link and click on the Freebies tab to find your download!

This is an 8×10 printable.

Kiss me, I’m Irish…at least 1/4 of me is- thanks to my Mom!

Easter Bunny Printable, a freebie!


Made this cute vintage inspired Easter Bunny freebie today for you! It is an 8×10 printable.

Head over to my Website (SilHOOette Snaps) to grab it in the freebie download section! Here’s a link to the blog where you can download it for free.

(Just click on the freebies tab at the top! )

I’d love it if you leave me a comment below if you snag it. Or if you’d like to know when more freebies are available, like us on Facebook! There’s a link on the front page of the website. Thanks!

Enjoy a Happy Easter!

Brigham City, Utah- and a review


Here’s where we spent much of the day yesterday. Because it was a holiday- kids and Jon had school/work off. So we headed up north to see the new Brigham City LDS Temple. It was beautiful. Had a very sweet modernized-pioneer styled look to it.

Jon took this image of it, along with other beautiful ones that will shortly be added to his website gallery, I’m sure. You can find a link to the temple gallery here:

Or browse other beautiful nature/landscape images in other galleries on his website. at reflected

Meanwhile, we decided to grab dinner in the city. We LOVE to try new hole in the wall- local joints. Jon usually calls them “Greasy Spoons”. For some reason, we all seemed to really be craving Chinese or Pizza- so driving down their main street we happened upon a little Chinese place called China Hua Guan! While it’s not a fancy building, don’t let that fool you. Oh my goodness, that food was amazing! Best Chinese I’ve had in a long time! Wish it was local in my town. We ordered quite a lot, and were amazingly surprise by how large the quantities were. We ate until our bellies were full and still came home with 4 completely stuffed take out containers. My favorite was the Mushroom Chicken- amazing! We also loved the Chicken Teriyaki, Chicken Lo Mein, Walnut Shrimp, Egg Rolls, Wontons-these were the best I’ve had, the Egg Drop Soup- daughter said it was the best she’d ever had, and side salad…So yummy. I’m about to head to tripadvisor to give them a great review.

Not only was our bill only $38 for 7 people to eat, plus 4 big take home containers, we felt like we had eaten at a buffet and then got to bring it all with us. There were so many people coming in and heading out with bags of take home food. Can tell it is a chinese favorite for the locals.

So if you’re ever there, stop in and try them out.

Freezer Roll Sandwiches, a quick lunch fix!


Because I have 3 kids in school, our mornings are pretty busy around here. To help our morning go smoother, I like to have school things ready to grab and pack. Today I want to share one of my latest favorite quick lunch idea. We love to make a huge batch of these babies up and freeze them so they are ready anytime we need. Then each morning my kids can toss a sandwich into their lunch bag still frozen- by the time they eat lunch it is thawed out, but has also kept their lunch cool for their fruit, etc. The rolls taste delis! We all love them- they thaw out nicely -so soggy bread (at least the kind of rolls we use). And they are tasty.

I  head over to Walmart’s baking rack of “sale” items. I grabbed 3 of these huge bags of yummy French Steak Rolls, which we love! I pick up a block of Colby Jack Cheese and some lunch meat -usually my kids love ham and turkey.

bags sale

I head home and dump the rolls onto the counter- slice them in half, stuff them with a slice of cheese and some lunch meat. (Some people may need sauces on them- mayo, etc, but we love them without-which makes for a better freezer fit. You could always send a bit of sauce separately or add it).


Then the sands. get stuffed into baggies with a twist tie.


I have this green basket that I keep in the freezer. It is always full of the “main dish” lunch stuff, such as Sandwiches, Corn Dog Muffins, Crescent Rolls with ham & Cheese, etc. It helps to keep the lunch stuff organized and easy to find/grab!


I also keep another green backed in my pantry with “side” lunch stuff in it! I’ll post about that later.

There isn’t an amazing recipe for this, but it makes for a quick lunch making session. Also it works out fabulously when we decide to go somewhere last minute as a family or for little leagues… and need a quick lunch on the road idea. Pull out a sandwich that’s pre-made and hit the road.

in basket

Happy Valentines Day, a little history

I was a little curious today about the History of Valentines Day. So, thanks to google, I read through a few theories of how we came to celebrate this “lovey” day. It is pretty interesting how actions from one man who took a stand to choose love over law…began a world-wide holiday. Pretty sweet. And a sweet reminder really of putting others first before things.

Enjoy a little history lesson from the internet today (Source:

Every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from? Find out about the history of this centuries-old holiday, from ancient Roman rituals to the customs of Victorian England.

The Legend of St. Valentine

The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.

My Most Favorite, a free printable

Most favorite

Get a free Valentines Printable! I made this last week. Every time I walk by it, this cute saying makes me smile!

I made it into an 8×10. Makes for a cute gift, or wall decoration!  If you would like a copy of it: Pin it on Pinterest and leave me a comment and I will email you your free printable!

Red and White Pasta

I made this quick and delicious dinner the other night. It was so simple that I wanted to share.

Red & White Pasta


1 lb. box pasta noodles (We love Farfelle, Penne is great for this too!)

1 jar red pasta sauce

1 jar alfredo pasta sauce

diced ham chunks, however many you’d like

3 c. shredded cheese (I used a colby/jack mix. Mozzarella is yummy too.)

Preheat your oven to 350. Boil pasta in a pot of water according to package directions. Drain.

In a 9×13 glass baking dish, spread a 1/2 cup of the red sauce on bottom. Pour half of the cooked pasta on top. Pour half of the alfredo sauce, half of the spaghetti sauce and 1 c. of cheese over the pasta. Sprinkle ham chunks over this. Repeat with remaining pasta, sauces and cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes or until hot & bubbly!
So yummy!

Waterfall, Oregon Coast


Is there any more of a beautiful place than the Oregon Coast? Seriously…I think it’s my favorite place to be. I love the cliffs, the vegetation, the uncrowded beaches…even the wind and rain are cozy and welcoming.

On our last trip to the coast there. My hub, Jon (from reflected took this gorgeously green, and wet waterfall on a hike in the area with several other views of it. The name of it is Drift Creek Falls. It is so stunning and beautiful, I wanted to share. Her is a link directly to this image on his gallery:


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Little Pet Beds

We had a problem at our house…these poor baby kittens had no bed.


My 10 year daughter, Mia was looking for an idea to make a gift for her baby sisters. Because they love Littlest Pet Shop toys, she decided to make them a case to carry their favorite pet in and be able to put them to sleep. (We based them off of these darling tins on this blog:


You don’t need much of a tutorial for this project, you need Altoid tin cases, fabric, hot glue gun, and a pet or some kind. (My 2 boys are now begging to make a set for their mini dinosaurs…)

Digging through stashes of fabric, Mia chose some soft, colorful flannels. We simply cut fabric the size of the bottom of the tin. Hot glued that piece to the bottom. Sewed a tiny pillow for their head and a top piece of fabric for their blanket. We decided to glue the pillow down, so the babies won’t lose them, as well as the end of the blanket. They can fold the blanket down to put their kitten to bed, but it is attached, so that it also won’t be lost.


My daughter also can up with the clever idea to make balls of “yarn” for the kittens using embroidery floss. Super cute.

This was a quick project, maybe an 1/2 hour long to get all 3 made. And the girls LOVE them. We also glued a ribbon to the outside, so they can be carried around “purse” style.


Snug as a bug in a rug! Look at that happy kitten.


I could go here right now! Lake Powell!


Lake Powell. This is famous and amazing place is Horse Shoe Bend. It is just outside Page, AZ. We travel to Lake Powell almost every year for a camping trip full of boating, tubing, skiing, and swimming in the beautiful and quite warm lake!

This place sounds so fabulous to be at right about now. I’m ready for some summer weather!

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