Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Christmas Card Swap

You aren't going to believe, it, but my Christmas card I made for this swap won a prize.  Thanks to Hunter who liked it, I ended up getting a package of Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags.  I realize I should use them for cards or packages, but I'm thinking I want to use them as little notes throughout the month thanking people for what they've done/do.  Over the past year, I notice I have gotten better about recognizing things but I don't always take that time to acknowledge.  I'll carry these with me and I'll always have something to write on and I can pass it to them as I go about my day but still be able to say "Well done!", "Congratulations", "Thanks", etc.
 Bells & Boughs by Barb Baynard

 Winter Memories by Barb Furlong

 Ornament Keepsakes by Chris Occhipinti

 No Peeking by Heidi Sorg

 Evergreen by Kim Overholt

 Deck the Halls by Leanna Kerr

 Snow Much Fun by Mary Nunaley

 Sassy Salutations, Scentsational Season by Rhonda Nelson

 Delightful Dozen by Terri Butcher

by Unknown

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Happy Fall Y'All Swap

I hosted a Fall swap on VC Rocks this month.  The ladies did an outstanding job as usual.  
Stamps: Tricky Treats by Alice Leal.

 Stamps:  Serene Silhouettes, Day of Gratitude by Barb Furlong

 Stamps:  Googly Ghouls by Chris Occhipinti

 Stamps:  Bootiful Occasions by Cynthia Ferenz

 Stamps:  Lovely as a Tree, Apothecary Art by Debbie Gordon

 Stamps:  French Foliage, Loving Thoughts by Debbie Peterson

 Stamps:  Perfectly Preserved by Elizabeth Kratzer

 Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes, Tricky Treats by Heidi Sorg

 Stamps:  Day of Gratitude by Mary Grauel

 by Ria Blackwell

Stamps:  Halloween Bingo Bits by Shari Ferruzzi
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

10 Months of Dating

So crazy to think they've been dating for 10 mos.  
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Monday, August 13, 2012

Ornament Keepsakes

I participated in a Christmas card swap.  How can I pass up Christmas cards?  This is similar to what I submitted for the swap.  I added the Espresso scallop strip next to the ribbon.  I had each version and the family voted on which was best and it was divided.  I went with less because the Espresso didn't make it or break it, it was just there.

I also have to say that the acetate flocked paper that was part of the DP was really, really hard to cut through.  The die I used didn't cut through it.  My paper trimmer got a cut but it wasn't clear through.  In both instances, I had to use scissors.  I have heard some say that sandwiched between regular paper it cuts well.  I wasn't aware of that tip at the time so I don't know if it works or not.

Stamps:  Ornament Keepsakes (inside the card)
CS:  VV, Early Espresso, Real Red, Lucky Limeade, Candlelight Christmas DP
Ink:  Real Red, Early Espresso (ornament stamped inside card)
Misc.:  Dimensionals, vintage brads, large paper doily, 2-1/2" circle punch, lacy brocade EF, lucky limeade ruffled ribbon, holiday ornaments framelit, scallop border punch.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Lemon Chex Buddies vs. Puppy Chow

Lemon Chex Buddies is on the left and Puppy Chow is on the right.  One of the twins requested Puppy Chow, which made me think of the Lemon Chex Buddies I saw on Pinterest.  Can you believe it, I actually made something I pinned.  I think my percentage must be .073% on that end and it is the recipes that give me any percentage at all.

I liked the Lemon Chex Buddies but I must admit Puppy Chow wins hands down in this house.  The Lemon Chex Buddies are light and have good flavor.  They actually reminded me of a Girl Scout cookie they used to make.  If you want to give it a try, you can find the recipe here.

Puppy Chow 

1 box (12 oz.) Crispix
1C peanut butter
1 pkg. (12 oz.) chocolate chips
1 stick butter
2-3C powdered sugar

Melt the peanut butter, chocolate chips and butter in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.  Gently stir in cereal until well coated.  Place powdered sugar in a large plastic bag.  Pour cereal mixture in and shake to coat.  Allow to cool.  Keep in an air-tight container.

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Presidential Bake-Off

For 20 years Family Circle has had a "Presidential Bake-Off" on an election year with a First Lady cookie contest.  They say that 4 out of 5 times, the cookie that won ended up in the White House.  The exception being the last contest where Cindy McCain's cookie won but obviously John McCain didn't win the election.  Here we are in 2012 and the bake-off is between Michelle Obama and Ann Romney.

I thought it would be fun to see which cookies friends and family preferred.  I won't spoil it for you in case you choose to try yourself.  If you want to know which cookie belongs to whom, ask me or check out the August 2012 issue of Family Circle.

White and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie

2-1/4C flour
1t baking soda
1t salt
1C (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 stick Crisco butter-flavored solid vegetable shortening
3/4C sugar
3/4C brown sugar
1t vanilla
1C each white chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips and mint chocolate chips (or Andes mint pieces)
2C chopped walnuts

Heat oven to 375.  In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.  In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter, vegetable shortening, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla.

Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.  On low speed, beat in flour mixture.  By hand, stir in chips and walnuts.

Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto ungreased baking sheets.  Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool on baking sheets for 5 min.; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

M&M's Cookies

1C sugar
1C brown sugar
1/2C (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1-1/2C crunch peanut butter
1T light corn syrup
3 eggs
1/2t vanilla
4-1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2t baking soda
6 oz. chocolate chips
2/3C M&M's candies

Heat oven to 325.  In a large bowl, cream sugars, butter, peanut butter and corn syrup on high speed until well combined.  Beat in eggs 1 at a time.  Beat in vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, mix together oats and baking soda.  Stir into peanut butter mixture until combined.  Mix in chocolate chips and M&M's.

Using a standard-size ice cream scoop, drop dough onto baking sheets (about 9 per sheet).  Bake at 325 for 18 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool 2 minutes, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
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