Sunday, March 21, 2010
I am also submitting this for today's Stamping Sisters in Christ challenge to make a Clean and Simple card. You can view the scripture and the wonderful cards made by the design team by clicking on the SSIC blog on my sidebar.
The frame was made using my scor- pal and the Cuttlebug and running each side through the cuttlebug by lining up the score lines first. I learned this by a blog by Leslie called "Running with Scissors"...also on my sidebar. I love the effect you get with this!!
Thanks for stopping in! I hope you're enjoying a restful Sunday!
and if you haven't visited for a few days, check out my new bargain...bookshelves in the previous posts...
Have a blessed day! ~
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
This is my submission for this week's challenge on the Flourishes newsletter to use pink and green for your card! I love this Flourishes stamp, it is my go-to and is so versatile. This was stamped in Vintage Sepia and sponged with pink pirouette. Then silver pearls and pink ribbon and gorgeous paper added and you have a card!!
I hope you like this one, I don't think you can go wrong with these stamps...
As always, thanks for looking and I am always encouraged by your comments!
Have a good evening! It's late here, I'm about to relax and watch a good movie!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Each week the SSIC has a challenge with a short devotional and this week is by my dear friend, Peggysue...so head on over to the SSIC blog (see sidebar) to view.
I am behinder and behinder in challenges...and wanted to try a few more today and tomorrow, so please come back!!
Have a great day!!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
My friend and I got to talking about our love of cooking, and she told me she still had her first cookbook, the yellow striped Betty Crocker's for children...and what a coincidence, so did I! What fun it was to reminisce over those recipes that I recall making for my family to earn a Girl Scout's badge, like the porcupine meatballs!
Now it is so easy to google a recipe and download it...but I have to say I love my old cookbooks...I can leaf through them and they bring to mind not just a recipe but a memory. Many I have hand written notes dating back to the early 1980's when I made a certain cookie for my daughter's preschool party...or a special entree for a dinner with friends. Those recipe pages that are stained and almost falling out of the book are probably the most treasured. It also reminds me that I am not as adventurous in cooking as I once was...and maybe I should try experimenting a little bit more.
Anyway, hope you enjoy these.
Caramel Fruit Dip
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar (packed)
1 tsp vanilla
8 ozs. cream cheese (may use light) softened
fresh fruit for dipping
Put sugars, vanilla and cream cheese in blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Serve with a colorful assortment of fresh seasonal fruit such as apple slices, strawberries, or pears.
Great for a healthy casual snack or afternoon teas!
Orange Cream Fruit Dip
8 ozs. cream cheese, softened
7 ozs. marshmallow creme
2 T fresh orange juice
1/2 tsp pure orange extract
(or if you don't have that, I've added 1/2 tsp of orange zest)
In food processor or blender, mix all ingredients together. Chill until ready to serve.
Created especially for strawberries!
These chicken enchiladas remind me of the kind in the restaurants with the green tomatillo sauce...they are spicy and creamy. To speed things up, I usually use a roasted rotisserie chicken from the store and a 16 oz. jar of Tomatillo salsa which is just the right amount. But hey, if you want to go for making your own salsa and have the ingredients in your produce department, then let me know how it turns out.
This is our oldest daughter's favorite too, and since giving her the cookbook, she makes her own from scratch. I am so impressed!!
Chicken Enchiladas with Tomatillo Sauce
1/3 cup half and half
6 ozs. cream cheese, softened
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
3/4 cup finely chopped onion (make it fine, you don't want to taste crunchy onion bits.)
12 8-inch corn torillas
3/4 Cup shredded cheddar
3/4 Cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Condiments: shredded lettuce
chopped tomatoes, olives or sour cream (your pick!)
1 store bought jar or make your own:
2 dozen tomatillos, husked
4-6 serrano peppers, stemmed, seeded and minced
3 cups chicken broth
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 tsp salt
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Beat together 1/2 and 1/2 and cream cheese till smooth. Add chicken, onion and salt to cheese mixture and blend. Soften tortillas by wrapping in damp paper towel and heating in the microwave on medium heat for a minute or wrap in foil and place in low oven.
Spoon a thin layer of tomatillo sace in the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish. Dip each tortilla in the tomatillo sauce. Place approximately 1/4 cup of chicken mixture down the center of the tortilla. Roll and place seam side down in the baking dish. Spoon remaining tomatillo sauce to taste over the casserole. Cover with foil and bake in a preheated oven at 350 for 20 minutes or until hot. Remove foil and add the cheeses. Bake for additional 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese melts and sides are bubbly.
Serve with condiments and enjoy ...ole!!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
It's my first time joining in Becky Oheler's Challenges...using a video and giving specific matting and colors. The goal for me is to use my Papertrey Ink stamps and find easier card formats to put together a card more quickly with less fuss and still have the impact I desire. So, I made this with a PTI set and used versamark ink and white pearl embossing powder. A happy "mistake" is there was some enchanted evening blue ink on my leaf that hadn't all been cleaned off before I stamped in the versamark...giving subltle blue hues and sheen to the leaves. The top was scored twice and a simple cream taffeta ribbon tied for ease of mailing. The ribbon was supposed to be blue but I didn't have any which matched, even with my copics to color, so I just kept with simple cream. The combination is stunning, enchanted evening and soft stone cardstock...I love it!!