Dry Erase Book and a giveaway…

Happy Wednesday.  Just have a few things tonight… and a giveaway. 🙂

For all you cardmakers out there who love to help others, I have a link for you.  A kind angel is collecting handmade Christmas cards to raise money to help her nephew who is very ill.  Click HERE for more info – what a darling boy.  I will be sending lots in.

Next, I have received lots of questions about the dry erase book I had in Creating Keepsakes a month or two ago.  It is an American Crafts album (my fave) with the page protectors that came with it.  These page protectors (as do all) work great with dry erase pens.  So, I just create pages to put in the album.  I have a font that is for tracing and can create any words I'd like.  (Read more below on an easier way to create your own.  And, once again, forgive the poor photos.)

042109 CK trace 4

042109 CK trace 1

042109 CK trace 2

Here is after Colin did a bit of tracing…

042109 CK trace 3
(c) Creating Keepsakes

We loved this book.  However, I have since changed our system so it is easier to take places.  I now have a full-sized binder that zips shut.  It is filled with office page protectors.  I print lots of different activity pages and put them in there.  Most I download from the internet, but some I create or tear out from activity books.  This way he can do the pages over and over.  (I hated that we pitched so many pages before this.)  This has worked so well for him – we are now using it for reading and adding stuff.  If you are interested in pages to download, click HERE or HERE.

So… giveaway time.

I love these albums from Cosmo Cricket and realized I had two extras.  So, I am sharing.  Just leave a comment here by Saturday night at 11:59pmEDT telling me your favorite fall meal.  (I need ideas.)  A lucky winner will get these babies…

Cosmo prize

Have a great night.


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335 thoughts on “Dry Erase Book and a giveaway…”

  1. Love the book idea, perfect for my 1st grader that is struggling w/ his writing.

    I love Homemade Chicken Taco Soup or Beef Stroganoff in the crock pot, so easy and yummy.

  2. What a fun little book! I love fall comfort foods and have been trying a lot of new ones lately to get out of my rut. One of my new favorites is stuffed baked potatoes – yummy! And chili is always a fall classic – white chili is becoming a favorite of mine.

  3. I just love this little album idea of yours. I keep my grandchildren and had been looking for some ideas to keep them busy and help thenm learn. I think I will make one for each grandchild to keep and take home. I will make two for my house so they will have something here. I also think this would make a really great baby gift……..something a little different and useful for he parents.

  4. I was so impressed with the albums……forgot to mention meals. I like to use the crockpot in the winter. It makes a nice meal and gives me plenty of time to scrapbook. I usuually like to make things that I can use the rest of the week like chili, stew, pot roast, turkey with gravy dressing, butter beans, etc. These make nice warm, filling meals in the cooler weather.

  5. After the heat of summer and lots of salads and BBQ we get excited about crock pot lasagna, taco soup, hearty hamburger soup, & homemade spaghetti.

  6. Oh, what a pretty album … and what a great idea for the ABC album. Thanks for sharing the ideas with us (especially those with the preschool ages). My favorite autumn meal probably sweet potato casserole. With brown sugar and oatmeal topping plus the marshmallows .. my little boy favorite! 🙂 Thank you again for all your wonderful ideas and sharing them with us.

  7. My favorite fall meal is Sausage Corn Chowder – and my family loves it. If I use “hot” sausage, it’s even better but you don’t have to. It warms the heart and the stomach.
    Happy fall!

  8. I make up a big batch of vegetable beef soup, and take it off the stove when the veggies are still a little crisp. I freeze it in meal-size batches, and then on busy days, I put it out to thaw, and put out a loaf of frozen store-bought bread dough to thaw. When I get home, I put the soup on to simmer, and the the bread in the oven. The smells are wonderful! If I don’t have time to do the bread, I serve it with cheese and crackers.

  9. Fall in our family means FOOTBALL! My favorite thing to serve during the game are finger foods/snack type appetizers… some of the biggest favorites (crowd pleasers) are Tequila Lime Chicken Wings, Chili Cheese Dip w/ Tortilla Chips, Pepperoni & Garlic Pizza Bread, and Stuffed Mushroom Caps (with bacon, onion, breadcrumbs, cheese and butter!!… so easy and delicious!).

    I know these aren’t really “meal” suggestions, but everyone needs snacks too, Right?!?!?

  10. When it starts getting cooler it gets me craving the comfort foods but those can be packed with calories. One side dish that I love that doesn’t lack flavor is slicing up pealed sweet potatoes & adding a bit of low salt chicken stock (or home made is even better) bake in shallow baking dish until tender – they are delish. That way I can use the extra calories I saved for some chicken & rice with gravy or something like that

  11. Hello Jen~ one of our favorite fall meals is beef & veggie stew with white steamed rice. It is a meal chock full of healthy options. The key is to use some very good spanish seasonings called ADOBO, SAZON, SOFRITO & BEER. Let all that goodness soak in the crock-pot all day with onions, celery, carrots, potatoes & lean beef cubes, tomato sauce & a little beef broth and wow! You can easily substitute brown rice, jasmine rice or any kind of rice your heart desires but rice is key as it will help soak up the yummy sauce in the stew. Thanks for the chance to win those really cute cosmo books. By the way, your idea for the dry erase book is just genius. Just another reason I can’t stop checking out your blog. You have such innovative & inspiring ideas. Thanks much!
    Sonia

  12. Oh, one of my favorite things to have in the fall is Butternut squash ravioli!! Anything with butternut squash or pumpkin is so good in the fall.

  13. I love the food we eat in the fall season but not liking our cold temps lately.
    I have been making a simple chicken gumbo stew in the last two weeks. Onions, garlic, celery, chicken, carrots, corn, and either add potatoes, rice, or noodles. I love corn or fish chowders also. But my favorite is
    Beef Bourguignonne with egg noodles. I have never made a mini album so this would be great if I win. 🙂 Thanks for the chance.

  14. Great album…I need to make one of these for my niece.
    Favorite fall meal we love to eat slow cooked pot roast (one that’s been cooking all day in a crockpot) with potatoes,and carrots. Also homemade sweet cornbread. Yummy!!!!

  15. I think your dry erase album is an awesome idea! I think I will have to look into putting something together for my 3-year-old.

    As for your question about my favourite Fall meal – I don’t really know. I did make Shepherd’s Pie last night and that was pretty yummy!! 🙂

  16. Thanks for the chance to win! I love, love my mom’s homemade chicken noodle soup that she serves on top of mashed potatoes. I know, sounds weird, but is fabulousness.

  17. In our mountain town, few homes have air conditioning so in the summer, we avoid using the oven as much as possible. I am always excited to return to a few of our favorites from the oven – homemade lasagna, pizza, etc. – and of course soups and chili.

  18. oh gosh, paula deen has a great recipe for chicken rice casserole. i made it for the first time last weekend and it was so good! yum! you have to cook a whole chicken ahead of time for it, though…so it’s a great recipe to use up leftover chicken!

    xoxo andie…

  19. My favorite is “left over” soup. Save up all the left overs until there is enough to throw in a pot with some sauteed onion, dices tomatos, and whatever else strikes your fancy. Different every time, but always good!

  20. Love the Dry Erase Album!
    My favorite fall meal is Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Chili. It’s easy and d’lish. In fact I’m making it tomorrow for my birthday! You have to try it.

    2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts: 1 cup onion, chopped: 1 cup celery, chopped: 1 cup carrots, chopped: 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained: 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed: 1 cup chicken broth: 2 tsp chili powder: 1/2 tsp salt: 1/4 cup buffalo wing sauce: crumbles blue cheese optional.
    Spray a 5 to 6 quart slow cooker w/ cooking spray. In cooker, mix all ingredients excetp buffalor with sauce and cheese. Cover, cook on low heat 8-10 hours. Stir in buffalo wing sauce. Serve w/ blue cheese if desired.

  21. The dry erase book is such a great idea. You’re very clever Jen.
    My fave recipe for fall would be stir-fry noodle! Easy and quick to make and it can be as healthy as you want it to be 🙂

  22. My favorite fall meal is homemade potato soup topped with shedded cheese and crumbled bacon. Oh and add to that warm cornbread. YUM! I’ve made myself hungry…wonder if I have the ingredients……

  23. i have 2 favorite meals for fall: Stuffed acorn squash (with stuffing, apples & raisins), and Hashbrown Casserole. It’s as decadent as it sounds.
    thanks for the chance to win, and Happy Fall!

  24. ohhhhh and I forgot to say, those ideas for the letter practice is brilliant. I’ve homeschooled, 3 kids & have 3 to go. And I hate with a passion the amount of printing and throwing away. This would be a fantastic resource that would go on and on :o)

  25. I love fall as I can turn on my oven and cook and bake..The summer in NYC is too hot to cook!
    In the fall I love to roast pork loin and in the pan there is a vadalia onion cut up underneath..I saute apples in a skillet and serve them along with the drippings from the roast…Yummy.. Another idea, I make beef goulash in my crockpot…It cooks all day on low and I serve it with mashed potatoes on the first night, and noodles for leftovers…You can be busy, but cook at the same time! Happy cooking!

  26. I love to make chili with cornbread muffins. A local tea shop does cornbread madeleines though that are fantastic! There’s nothing like apple crisp either.

    Thank you for the wonderful videos! I’ve been watching them and getting all inspired again.

  27. How wonderful! I’ve not seen the chalkboard accessories before your blog! My favorite Fall meal would have to roast beef cooked in the oven with potatoes, carrots and celery in it’s own gravy! My mother used to make it from scratch, but I cheat and use the little package where you put it in a bag and mix water with their packet of dry gravy and cook it in the oven. I think my Mom’s was better, but mine’s easier and faster to cook! Now I’m hungry talking about it! Suzie

  28. My favorite is my daughter’s homemade corn chowder. She serves it up in bread bowls and it is absolutely the best! Great idea for the album too!

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