Thursday, December 25, 2008

Basketball Layout and Banana Muffins

A friend of mine graduated from college last weekend (yep, I'm talking about you Amy). It's hard to imagine it's been 3 years since I got my ECE degree at UIUC. The finals, the stress, the winter. I was really happy when it was over, but now that classes are behind me, I wish I had a reason to go visit more often and do the things that I didn't have time for when I was there such as basketball games, football games, bar hopping, etc. For a while I still had a few friends and contacts in Champaign, but Amy is the last person I knew who still attended the school. Makes me feel a little sentimental... and a little old :)

As a tribute to UIUC, here's a layout I did in October for SCS virtual scrapbooking night.
scrapbook, layout, 12 by 12, UIUC, University of Illinois, basketball finals, faux leather, Stampin'Up
It's a 12x12 page with a faux leather technique created by embossing paper through Swiss Polka Dot folder. Since the the folder is small, I had to emboss two pieces and glue them together. The stitching was done with thin ribbon. What I love most about this page are the pictures - someone dressed up our Alma Mater in a jersey - brings back fond memories when UIUC went to basketball finals in 2005.

Supplies (All supplies are Stampin'Up! unless otherwise noted) :
  • Paper: Pumpkin pie, night of navy, blue/orange dots DP from My Mind's Eye
  • Ink: Really rust (for faux leather look)
  • Accessories: Making memories tag, night of navy and brown ribbon, Cuttlebug embossing folder, punches, BasicGery alphabet, die cut, Illinois sticker
  • Tools: Cuttlebug embossing folder, scalloped edge punch

Now for some cooking experiments. This year I've been getting more and more into making muffins. They're easy to make and what I love most about them is that they freeze really well so I can make a few batches at a time and freeze a portion of them. A few weeks later just pop them back into the fridge for a day or two and then into a microwave or taster oven right before eating.

Last night I tried a new recipe, Quick and Easy Banana-Oat muffins.
Banana oat muffins
I think I made a few mistakes such as putting too much bananas and taking them out a little too soon, but all in all these have some potential, not bad at all for how healthy they are compared to other muffins. The recipe calls for lots of bananas and oats, whole wheat flour and very little sugar and oil. Next time I need to experiment a bit to make them raise more. If you have some muffin recipes you like, let me know, I'm always on the lookout for new ones.



  1. What a fantastic layout!! Welcome to the blogging world. :)

  2. Oooh that's cool! I don't remember seeing the jersey, but I do remember after the game there was a huge riot on Green Street. Last winter they dressed the Alma mater up in a football jersey since we went to the Rose Bowl.

    It's funny though, in my last month on campus I realized all the things I hadn't done either... like basketball/football games, actually eating at Papa Del's, stuff like that. Kind of made me sad I was leaving and have no reason to return.

    And I might have to bake those muffins! :)

  3. Very cool layout! That basketball is amazing.