All posts by jessica

Scorpio Birthday Card – Free Printable!

Hi There, It’s only month two of my commitment to create and offer a monthly zodiac birthday card and I am already struggling to keep my word {Insert flushed face here}. BUT! I made it with only missing a few days of the Scorpio month. In my “trying to keep up with life” world, I call that on time! Disclaimer here: I apologize for the “meh” photo. The sun is shining something crazy in my usual photo spot. Oddly, you would think that makes for a great photo, but it doesn’t. A nice overcast day is the best for those needing a “natural” photo booth 🙂

The school year started by storm with soccer, homework, school events and field trips, conferences, etc., etc. And every year I think I am going to have all of this time to sit at my computer to create and add more to my Frella Etsy store, (There’s a new super cute fall recipe card available!) but it never happens. I do add a few things here and there, but what I really want to do is grow and expand my little shop in to something bigger. Faster. That said, my husband and I are do-it yourselfers and would rather do everything ourselves before paying someone to take care of something for us. More or less because we have the mindset that if it’s easy enough to do yourself and our parents did it, then we should too. No house cleaners, nanny, gardeners or repair man for this household! How do all you boss women do it?  I am truly in awe of how some of you have your St*…uff together and get so much accomplished. There has to be a sacrifice somewhere, right?

I digress now! Back to the purpose of this post. If you have a Scorpio in your life that requires some birthday wishes, you can download and print this little number for free! Just click here for the download!! Happy Fall Y’all!

Libra Constellation Card: Free Download

It’s my goal this year to create one horoscope card each month and end up with a collection at the end of the 12 months. At the end of the month is my husbands birthday and I thought I might as well start now! I’m one down 11 to go! Each month I’ll post the free download here on the blog and then after each month, they will be available on my Etsy shop for purchase..still only $2.50 for the digital file, so either way it’s a good deal!

Click here to download this card for your Libra friends!

 

Free School Lunch/Love Note Printables

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Hi There! I hope summer has been a fun one – I’ve been quiet for a while because I have been busy with the family doing all things summer. It’s been fun, but I will admit that I am starting to feel that need for some routine again. I’m not ready just yet though.

But I have been gearing up for the school year to start and created another fun set of lunch notes to pack in your kiddos lunches. This year I really tried to make it gender neutral  – I have two girls so I tend to go on the girlie side 😉 At the beginning of the year I try to print out and trim a load of the notes to have a stash on hand so I can quickly write something personal on the back each morning. At the end of last year, I thought my girls weren’t reading them and didn’t care if I put them in their lunches anymore, but I quickly got an earful 😉 Check out the other lunch note sets in the freebies section! Click here to download this years.

Free Father’s Day Card

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I can’t believe it’s Father’s Day in just a few days! It’s been a whirlwind of activities around here with all of the end of the year hoopla, 40th birthday celebrations, friends moving away and then there is this darn cold I have…no fun! As usual, I am putting together a last minute card and then hopefully I can save someone else a last minute trip to the store by offering a free printable! Click here for the download 🙂 Or visit my Frella Etsy Shop for a few other instant downloads!

If your husband is anything like mine, he can fix anything. I mean anything!!! I kid you not, he will 3D print an obscure part if he can’t find it in the store, just so he can fix, retrofit, or improve something. Sometimes I wish we could just hire someone, but then it’s also what I admire most about him. He never throws his hands up and says he can’t do it. He gets in there and figures out a way. And even our two girls have long learned that Baba (greek for Dad) can and will fix everything. He has fixed many a faulty toy wiring, had just the right glue for a broken ear, tail or leg and 3D printed a lost doll pacifier. He truly is amazing, but the most admirable is the way he can wipe those little tears right off their faces when he tells them he can fix their favorite toy.

Here’s to the amazing dads out there who fix life’s little (and big) problems! We love appreciate all that you do!

Mother’s Day Card Freebie!

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Just in the nick of time I pulled this Mother’s Day card together and to offer you a free printable (Click Here to download). Just in case you are doing this last minute like me! 😉 I’m going to hold out my honesty card here for a sec. I don’t know if you are like me, but every Mother’s Day I struggle with wanting to just take the day off and coast the whole day…because let’s face it…as mother’s that’s near impossible even if your husband “takes over” for the day. My husband can be in the kitchen, and I am some where else in the house, and my girls will yell out in the house if I can get them a snack. Really?!

Back to my original point of wanting to take the day off…I also have Moms that have put in their time and more than deserve to be celebrated beyond measure. They have been at this waaaay longer than I have! Buuuut….I. AM. TIRED. What do I do? Throw on my big girl pants and put something together for the amazing Moms in my life or coast and hope that they understand this time around? In the mean time, I am popping this card in the mail. And my sentiments are true. Where ever your Mama is, it feels like home. All is right in the world. Thank you to all of the inspiring Moms that have come before me and set the bar high. We can only scratch the surface to express our gratitude for the countless sacrifices made and always having that soft spot to land when times are tough. Thank you Mom!

Happy Mother’s Day – XoXo

Teacher Appreciation “Recipe” Card…Free Printable!!

 

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If you are rushing to find a little gift for your kid’s teacher, I’ve got a little something to save your bacon. I put together a little package for both my girl’s teachers this year. It’s small, sweet, personalized and best of all, easy to do! Just click here to download the free teacher appreciation card that, pair it with one of my instant download and editable recipe cards in the Frella Design Etsy shop and pick up a little kitchen tool such as the heart measuring spoons you see in the picture (Amazon!), but anything will do. I added each of my daughter’s favorite treat recipe to give to their teacher to make it personal to each of their teachers.

Our teachers deserve to be appreciated for all they do – I know that when I am in the class room for even an hour, I am spent and wonder how they manage day after day! They create an environment where our children feel safe, teach them something new every day and help shape and guide them to one day be participating adults in the big world. There is nothing easy or simple about that and we thank all of you wonderful and tireless teachers out there for the amazing service you provide our children. XoXo

Easter Watercolor Name Cards – Free

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Oh man have I been lacking creativity and motivation lately. I don’t know what it is, but I’m hoping I get out of my slump soon. I’ve been meaning for over a month to post about my daughter’s unicorn birthday party details (check my Etsy shop for the super cute invitation). I’ll get to it soon I promise! But in the mean time, I’ve come up with another free printable for you all. Easter is just days away…really not sure how or when that happened…and I am hosting this year and I always think it’s fun to come up with a new name card design for the table.

I don’t know about you, but this watercolor trend isn’t getting old for me and I especially love it during the spring time. And how pretty are watercolored eggs?! Click here for the free download and just write in the names of your guests at the top…a gold sharpie perhaps?! Enjoy the season everyone! Xo, Jessica

Free Printable Recipe Card!

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I haven’t been as regular with my posting the last few months. I don’t know if it’s this dreary NW winter we are having (I am soooo over the rain!!!) or if it’s because we haven’t been able to get in to a routine with the girl’s school schedule being all over the board since winter break, but my struggle is real! To beat this gloom and doom weather we are having…if you could see outside my office window right now…I thought I’d share a recipe card freebie. And who doesn’t love baking in this kind of weather anyway? I think that is what I will do after I finish this post! I digress 🙂

I created this recipe card to be clean, minimal and modern so the recipe is star. It’s perfect for those bridal showers coming up! Click here for the free printable PDF download and if you would like the editable version (no hand writing necessary!), you can purchase it on my Frella Designs Etsy Shop. I hope you enjoy using it!

Free Valentine Card Printable!

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Well hello there! I haven’t been on here much last month, I’m getting my mojo back and wanted to share a free valentine card with you all. No need to stand awkwardly at the store reading cards amongst other desperate strangers trying to find that perfect card, only to put it back and then try to jockey for more space. You know what I’m talking about 😉

I know “to the moon and back” is a tried and true saying, but my girls and I say it to one another almost daily. And then we try and out do one another to see how far we can “love” one another. So far no one has beat “to infinity and back again infinity times”! Kind of silly, but I love it and will probably say it to them when they are my ripe ol’ age. Because I am their mom…and it’s my right at their mom…I don’t care if they get embarrassed or think I am off my rocker. Without further ado, click here to download your free card to print out. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your loved ones!

XoXo, Jessica

Curried Cauliflower Soup with Cashew Cream

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I recently discovered cashew cream (instead of using regular cream) from the blogger Pinch of Yum over on Instagram. I made the cashew cream the other day to use in her creamy tomato sauce pasta and it was so good (you should try it!) and better yet, it was soooo easy! But I had about half of the cashew cream left over and I didn’t want the creamy cashew goodness to go to waste so I thought it would work well in a cauliflower soup I had been wanting to make. And what goes better with cashews than curry? They are made for each other, and quite frankly, cauliflower flawlessly cuddles up with those two perfectly as well.

I was thinking this soup is either going to be a complete miss or a complete hit. And from my perspective, it was a complete hit (otherwise I wouldn’t be sharing my fail, right?!). Even my picky 5 year old said she liked it (wha, wha??!!). My 8 year wouldn’t try it, but she is usually my food adventurer so I’ll give her a pass this time and say she was just in a stinker of a mood. Which she was. So here is the recipe to give it a try and I am curious what you think.

Curried Cauliflower Soup with Cashew Cream

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 quart vegetable stock
  • 2 cups cashews
  • 2 1/2 cup water
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or cilantro

Directions

  1. Heat Olive oil in a large pot over medium  heat. Saute onions in oil until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir garlic into the onion and continue to cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes more; season with curry powder and ground turmeric. Stir until combined.
  2. Stir chopped cauliflower with the onion mixture. Pour stock and 2 cups water over the cauliflower mixture. Place a cover on the saucepan and bring the stock to a boil. Immediately remove the cover, reduce heat to low, and cook at a simmer until the liquid reduces slightly, about 10 minutes.
  3. Puree mixture in the saucepan with an immersion blender until mostly smooth.
  4. In a blender, blend the cashews with the remaining 1/2 cup water. Blend until very smooth. Reserve half of your “cashew cream” in the fridge for another recipe, and add the other half to the soup pot. Stir until creamy.
  5. Stir cashew cream into the soup; season with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with parsley/cilantro and/or croutons if you have them.