Tuesday, December 11
Monday, December 10
Well, I was absolutely floored when I opened a box from Carole Davids, one of my readers in Evansville, Indiana this past week. I could not believe the GORGEOUS hair bows, clippies and embellished socks she sent our daughter Micaela. There were five bows, five clippies (technical term) and five pairs of beaded & furry socks.
Check out the slide show below to see each one up close. I love the school house ribbon she used on several of the bows, the little Christmas tree clippy is so darn cute I want to use it to embellish a card and I love the jingling of the bead & button socks.
Carole had emailed me about Micaela's school uniform colors (which are Navy & Red) a few weeks ago so I had a hunch she was going to send Micaela something but this was more than I could have imagined.
I will be taking pictures of Micaela wearing everthing in the coming days but I wanted to post a public thank you as soon as I could.
Thank you CAROLE!
Carole does craft shows in the Evansville area, please write me if you are interested in her information.
BRAK: Blog Random Act of Kindness
1/4 tsp. peppermint extract
1 sleeve RITZ Crackers (36 crackers)
1 peppermint candy cane (6 inch), crushed
I hope you will take the time to try these.
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Wednesday, December 5
- KitchenAid Stand Mixer to mix the ingredients
- KitchenAid Food Processor to finely chop the pecans
- Reynolds Parchment Paper on my cookie sheets (makes cleanup a snap)
You can view the recipe online here
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 2/3 cups (10-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® SWIRLED™ Holiday Morsels
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts
Directions:PREHEAT oven to 375° F. BEAT butter, 3/4 cup sugar, vanilla extract and salt in large mixer bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in morsels and nuts. Shape level tablespoons of dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheets. BAKE for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are set and lightly browned. Remove from oven. Sift powdered sugar over hot cookies on baking sheets. Cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar, if desired. Store in airtight containers.
Pictures of my little baker, below....
Tuesday, December 4
I woke up with my left eye sealed closed (pink eye). Needless to say, it was a very rough morning. The first thing I did was remove my extended wear contacts and put on my glasses. I don't wear my glasses very often so it takes a while for my eyes to adjust (everything seems curved to me-- so I tend to do everything slow). I think I've washed my hands 1000 times today because I don't want anyone else to get it. Micaela kept asking if I was crying. I finally put a gauze patch on my left eye so I wouldn't be wiping off so much. Then Micaela thought I looked like a pirate. When DH got home after noon, I was still in my pj's, wearing the patch with my glasses and I hadn't even brushed my hair! Yesterday we celebrated our 41st month anniversary so when he walked in the door, I told him, "this is what happens to wives after 41 months!" ha ha!
I was able to get a doctor's appointment in the afternoon. I waited for almost 30 min in the waiting room, saw the doc for less than 5 minutes, got charged my $30 co-pay and was sent on mt merry way with a prescription. I went straight to the pharmacy and was told there was an hour wait. So I wandered over the grocery store nearby to kill some time. While I looked around I saw this little pad of recipes by the Nestle Toll House stuff. After reading all the recipes, I decided the Holiday Snowball Cookies with Holiday Swirled Morsels looked kinda fun so I bought the morsels and headed back to the pharmacy to get my prescription. The line was long and finally after another 15-20 minutes I got to the front. I gave the attendant my name, she got my prescription and says "it's $25". I figured they had not entered in our insurance info so I give her the card again and expected the amount to decrease by say ten dollars. Nope, the attendant tells me "the $25 price is with insurance, otherwise it would be $75"! So I pay and go.
I got home 3 hours after I left, go to use the drops and I am shocked at the size of the bottle. It's teeny weeny. I mean teeny weeny, it's like a fourth of the size of a reinker! I think there is more saliva in my mouth than what is in the bottle! So that was my day...
After dinner I was determined to bake the cookie recipe from Nestle.... See the post above for details.
Tuesday, November 27
Monday, November 26
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Tuesday, November 20
To celebrate 6000 hits, the winner of the AIY blog candy is none other than the blog fairy ...... Nancy Riley from Phoenix, Arizona I really couldn't believe it! The blog fairy got the candy. Nancy is very deserving of this blog candy because she comments on my posts all the time. Nancy, I need your address! Email me please!
Monday, November 19
I did not realize until I was going back to my notes just now that both cards were inspired by Nancy Riley. Nancy does beautiful work, I love everything she does. She was one of my first subscribers and she kindly comments on most of my posts, she's like a blog fairy. Thank you Nancy for all of your inspiration. You can see her versions of the Autumn Harvest card here and her Baroque Motifs card here.
The supplies for both cards:
Chocolate Chip and River Rock card stocks. Apple Cider DP. Baroque Motifs stamped in Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip craft inks and embossed with clear powder. Chocolate Chip Wide Grosgrain Ribbon. Brad in center of motif is More Mustard from Earth Elements box and beige brads are from JoAnn.
2nd card: Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, River Rock, Wild Wasabi and Very Vanilla card stocks. The pumpkins from Autumn Harvest were stamped on the Apple Cider paper using Chocolate Chip craft ink and embossed with clear powder. The Give Thanks saying is from Fancy Flexible Phrases (retired). I used the large oval punch to create a window.
I thought it would be nice to give her teachers a little something so I made these cards using the ABC Alphabet, Polka Dot background and Elementary Essentials stamp sets.
The ruler, scissors and letters were all stamped in craft ink and embossed with clear powder. The card base is Ballet Blue and I used classic Ballet Blue ink for the polkadot background. The "gracias" and scissors are both on dimensionals.
I also adhered a white piece matted with real red for the inside. Inside I stamped Gracias from the Felicidades Siempre stamp set and the apple from the retired Year Round Fun II stamp set. The brads are Brilliant Blue from the Bold Brights box.
Then Saturday, I am at Dillard's doing my demo thing. I look across the way and offer a customer a sample of the smoothie I am making in the KitchenAid blender. She accepts and walks over to talk to me. I look at her face to face and tell her,"I know you". After 30 seconds we determine we're both from the same home town (Mission 500 miles away). We talk briefly and figure out, she was my little brother's 2nd grade teacher, mother of our childhood neighbor's best friend, her husband used to do business with my father and she recently met my second cousin who is a principal at a school district in another Dallas suburb and figured out the same connections. This may not seem weird to you all but the strange thing is that we're not in a little town, we're in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex...population over 1 million and I am 500+ miles away from my hometown which isn't exactly small with a population of 40,000. What are the odds?
And that brings me to my third little story. A couple of weeks ago a friend emailed me inviting me to join her "Linked In" network. I accepted the invitation and signed up for the service which is free. Linked In provides a service that helps you network. It's easy to find past and present colleagues and classmates quickly. LinkedIn makes staying in touch simple. The system will actually go through your email address book and help you find connections. Well, I went through my address book and immediately found some people I had totally lost track of. Overnight, I found 30+ people from my hometown, college, previous places of employment and even some of my old clients. I encourage you to visit the website, sign up and reconnect with your old friends and collegues. Feel free to add me to your list, you never know about the power of networking!
3 tablespoons seedless raspberry preserves
1⁄4 teaspoon grated orange peel
scraping bowl once or twice. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours
2 tablespoons honey
1⁄4 cup chopped walnuts
Sunday, November 11
I typically make the dough using the Basic Egg Pasta recipe found on page 9 of the Pasta Roller & Cutter Set Use and Care Guide but recently KitchenAid partnered up with Ecco La Pasta, a company out of Wisconsin. They sell specialty mixes that are super easy and fabulous. The owner of the company Peter Robertson actually came to speak to us at one of our training sessions last year- he's like a pasta guru and very entertaining.
Friday, November 9
I wanted to give something that would be useful and practical so I came up with this spatula.
I figured everyone could use an extra spatual as they're cooking Thanksgiving dinner and these seemed perfect because of the color (looks like Really Rust to me). I debated about how to "wrap" them and in the end decided to go the simple route with just some ribbon and a card.
Stampin' Up's Love Notes were a perfect size for this.
I used one of the sayings from the "Elegant Inspirations" stamp set (one of my favorite Bible verses), stamped it in Chocolate Chip craft ink and embossed with clear powder on More Mustard card stock. I used a couple of Paper Shaper punches to punch out the leaves and then layered on Chocolate Chip card stock and adhered it to the True Thyme Love Note.
Inside the Love Note, I adhered another piece of More Mustard insde with a little message that I typed on the computer. Everyone loved them.
Tuesday, November 6
1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup powdered sugar (optional)
COMBINE flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and slat in small bowl. Beat eggs and sugar in large mixer bowl until thick. Beat in pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with nuts.
BAKE for 13 to 15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake and towel together, starting with narrow end. Cool on wire rack.
BEAT cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until smooth. Carefully unroll cake; remove towel. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake. Reroll cake. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.
Monday, November 5
We started watching DWTS during the first season. We really didn't get into it until Dallas Cowboy "Emmitt Smith" was a contestant on the show. We voted for him every week and were thrilled to see him win in the end. This year we gave our hometown boy Mark Cuban all our votes until he was eliminated two weeks ago; now we just randomly pick one couple and give them all our votes. The competition is tough, who do you think will win?
Okay, I know the Bachelor is corny but I have been watching it ever since the season when Trista didn't get picked, (the begining). Every season I say, I am not going to get "into it" but by the 3rd episode I am hooked. Before M was born I used to watch every episode with girlfriends, now two of us have toddlers so try to get together for the finalee. This season the bachelor is a TEXAN so of course I had to watch. He is down to 2 women, who do you think he's going to pick???
Sunday, November 4
Knock Knock... Who's there?
It's time for some AIY blog candy to celebrate 6000 hits!
Everytime I look at the counter it boggles my mind. Who's out there reading my little ole blog??
I have been meaning to do this for quite a while so here we go. In the spirit of the Knock Knock game/riddle.... I wanna know who's out there! So sign my guestbook with a picture and this little collection of AIY blog candy could be yours.
What is AIY Blog Candy??? I bet you want to know... Well it's Alter It Yourself stuff.
Included in giveaway is: 10 blank square coasters, 1 giant clothespin, 1 jumbo clip and one Target mailbox!
Open to US only. I'll let Random.org pick a winner on the 15th.
Saturday, November 3
The pan has two sections, the bottom and top. One regular cake mix fills both. You assemble the cupcake by spreading a thin layer of icing in between the halves and just decorate. This pan can be used for just about any occassion.
You can see the pan on the SLT website by clicking HERE.
Check out http://www.cupcakefun.com/ for a bunch of great ideas for many different themes.
Here are pictures of two completed cupcakes from the SLT website. (sorry I could not enlarge more)
Friday, November 2
I am a BIG FAN of Good Housekeeping magazine and everytime I find helpful information, I like to share it with others.... Here's some of their tips to get ready for the holiday.
While it is too early to start baking the pies, it's not too soon to:
- Firm up your guest list (or give a firm commitment to your hostess. Yes, even if she is your sister!).
- Plan your menu with GH's easy and versatile dishes.
- Order your turkey.
- Clean out the fridge to make room for Thanksgiving groceries.
- Take inventory of your spice shelf. If any are more than two years old, toss them out, buy new ones, and date them.
- Check your kitchen equipment. Find out what cooking gear the Good Housekeeping Research Institute recommends. You know if you want advise about any KitchenAid products, all you have to do is email me!
- Organize your house for any overnight guests. They've got tips on getting your home ready in a flash.
- Sign up for Good Housekeepings free two-week countdown.
- Simply click HERE and beginning Nov. 8 you'll receive Good Housekeeping's daily to-dos, tips, and advice on putting together the easiest Thanksgiving ever.
- This week, check their website for recipes for do-ahead corn-bread stuffing and cranberry chutney, plus everything you need to know about buying and roasting a turkey.
Dave passed away from a rare blood disease, and during November SU is donating 100 percent of the sales worldwide from the All in the Family stamp set to the Dave Abbott Family Fund.
I am personally offering free shipping as an extra incentive.
The All in the Family stamp set is featured on page 83 in the Growing Up section of the Fall & Winter Catalog. The set has 28 pieces and has tons of possibilities, click HERE to see the SCS gallery for some fabulous ideas!
You can see the color flyer HERE
Stock up for all your upcoming projects with Stampin' Up!'s exclusive double-sided Designer Series paper. We've got so many pretty patterned papers to choose from; you're sure to find the perfect patterns to help you show off your unique crafting style. Best of all, you'll get a FREE pack of double-sided Designer Series paper ($9.95 value) for every three packs you buy-no limits, no restrictions! Visit pages 170-173 of the Fall--Winter Collection 2007 to view our beautiful double-sided Designer Series paper. And be sure to download the patterns and instructions for all of the festive projects by clicking on the link below.
Thursday, November 1
Wednesday, October 31
So, here's a quick snapshot my little spooky tree and a few little treats. This is on a table by our entrance.
Anyway, I was trying to make the tree look like it had been papered with the Trick or Treat ribbon but I am not too happy with the look. Since it will come down tonight, I am not going to worry about it.
The tree: Got the tree at Michael's with a coupon. Tag ornaments were done with tag punches, used Whimsical Alphabet for letters to spell out Happy Halloween. Other ornaments done with various circle punches and scallop circle, used images from Bitty Boos.
Little Treat Box: Covered matchboxes, got the idea from Cambria Turnbow
The jars are baby food jars-- I painted the lids with black paint, added a band and topped off with the scalloped circle and an image from Batty for You.
What's Cookin' Card: Haunting Halloween kettle and the What's Cookin' from the BBQ set that retired a couple of summers ago.
Have a great day! Tomorrow is November, I can't believe it!
Friday, October 26
Details about card: 53 from Whimsical Numbers (retired), Medallion from Wanted stamp set, Happy Anniversary from Hugs & Wishes stamp set, the stars and smoke blowing out of the lawn mower is from Haunting Halloween, and last but not least the lawn mower and mower sentiment are from Hambo Stamps. Also used: Dimensionals, Scallop Circle, 1 1/2 Circle, 1 3/8 circle punches, Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon, Real Red marker, sponge daubers, Creamy Caramel Classic ink pad, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Confetti White, River Rock Card Stocks. Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke Craft ink and Clear Embossing Powder.