This card I think was my favorite of the night. I usally find the simple ones to be the cards I like best...not because they are easiest to make, but because they are just clean and beautiful.
I love how a simple detail can bring a piece to life...like the "dew" on the leaves, just a couple drops of crystal effects makes a fun touch. Also added a lil bit of dazzling details around the flower centerpiece...because we all know glitter makes everything better. :)
The stamp set used is the Reason to Smile set and the greeting was stamped with white craft ink and embossed with white powder...I love embossing for a finished look.
We had the weirdest thing happen with our 3 kitties. The 2 boys were afraid of our lil girl, and not being nice. I couldnt figure out how after 6 years together they were now having issues. Then The Hubs got home from work and I told him they were being weird, and he tells me when he got up at 3am to go to work there was scratching at the door....Miss Lily was outside...OUTSIDE?!?! My kitties are indoor kitties, so I couldnt figure out what had happened. But some detective work tracked down how she had gotten out...and she had been out for 6 hours!! I was so thankful she had come home...and then so puzzled why the boys didnt like her. Then I realized the way they were smelling everywhere she went...she must smell different from her night out in the wild.
Here is Simon hiding under the tent on the cat tree...look how huge his eyes were, he was really freaked out and hid all day. Charlie on the other hand was not liking her at all, and was letting her know this. I knew of course he would have to come around sooner or later...after all she cleans his face every single day.
Awww, look here, he must finally be accepting her...well at least a little bit...he is keeping his feet on the ground, but still had to have his daily face cleaning.
I LOVE the once a month mom website. It is full of so many yummy recipes, they do your menu planning and even have your grocery list all ready for you. I dont do a full month, I usually spend a couple days preparing by choosing which recipes I do want to make over the weekend and then adjust my shopping list accordingly.
Last weekend I made their Freezer Bean Burritos...They were fast and easy to make, froze beautifully, and best of all tasted so good!!
I first started my rice cooker with:
2 scoops of white rice
14oz vegetable broth plus enough water to equal 4 scoops of liquid (I like a 1-2 ratio to cook my rice in)
14.5oz can of Diced Tomatoes
1/2TBL of taco Seasoning
1/2 an onion diced up
4 cloves of garlic (minced)
I pulled out 1 cup of the rice mixture and to this I added: 1 can of refried beans
1 can of black beans
1 can of corn
1/2 cup of shredded cheese
I mixed this all up and then made my burritos...
I wrapped them up in foil...
I made 10 burritos and put 3-4 of them into a gallon size freezer bag. To cook just thaw and pop into the oven for 10 minutes at 350. I unwrapped after the 10 minutes and cooked an additional 5 to crisp it up a bit.
With my leftover rice I added a can of pineapple for a yummy side dish.
So what is seized soap...that is when the soap seizes in the pot before you can get it poured in the mold. There are various reasons for this to happen, for me the biggest reason is because of the fragrance oil...and most likely it is a floral scented fragrance oil.
This is our gardenia soap...makes a beautifully scented white soap.
This is the batch that seized on me. :(
It is still a safe and useable bar of soap...just not so attractive. When it seizes you just try to salvage the batch by throwing it in your mold and banging the mold on the counter best you can to get the soap settled...hoping to not find air pockets when you cut the loaf.
Here you can see the comparison. Sadly I dont have a bunch of gardenia lovers in my family...so what to do with 12 bars of these wonky looking soaps??!!
I havent been able to make card class the last 2 months...oh how I have missed it.
Here is card #1 of the month...a fun double pocket card that holds 2 bookmarks.
At first glance I thought this card looked hard to put together, but it was actually quite easy for me...but then to be honest my card class teacher was also kind enough to have the paper already scored for us. :)
So for you to make this yourself I have included a video tutorial from Patty's Stamping Stop of how to score your paper.
This makes a great card to pair with a book or jounal.
Blossom Petals Builder Punch (one of the petals to make the leaves)
Elegant Butterfly Punch
Scallop Circle Punch
Scallop Edge Border Punch
Both stamps used are from the Petite Pairs stamp set
What is a "Scouffin" you ask? Well it is a cross between a scone and a muffin.
Now why would you make that you ask?? Well it wasn't on purpose. I had 2 recipes planned for the day...strawberry scones and blueberry lime muffins. Somewhere along the way my recipes got switched on the counter. As I was adding the wet ingredients I realized I hadnt put in the sugar and wondered how I missed that when adding the dry ingredients...this should have been my first clue that something was wrong...but I paid no attention and instead mixed away....as I tried to plop these onto the pan I thought hmmm shouldnt these be stiffer on the pan....second warning not heeded....
Check out the flattened scones...oh yes something is wrong, so I checked my recipe(s) and discovered what I had done, so the remainder of the batch went into muffin tins.
I have to say the end result...pretty darn tasty!!
I have been wanting to make jam for a while now...My oldest daughter and sis-in-law make jam...wonderful tasty jam...well who knew the "family recipe"...is the Sure-Jell recipe, lol.
Lucky for me Fry's has strawberries on sale this week for .88 cents a thingy...I'll be honest, I am not savvy in the kitchen...and may not even belong in the kitchen. I dont know if strawberries are sold in pints or quarts, so I just bought four "thingys" of them. Washed them up and measured my sugar...yeah thats a lot of sugar!!!
I dont like chunks in my jam so I pulled out my "food processor"...umm I found out I dont have a food processor, I have a shredder thingy (I am not kidding when I say I dont know my way around a kitchen)...look at my stringy strawberries...this will not work...
So into my vitamix it all went!!
Oh yeah, this is more to my liking. I mixed it with the sugar and boiled the Sure-Jell and poured into jelly jars.
Look at my gorgeous jam!! I made 5 jars of strawberry and 6 jars of strawberry blueberry.
By the way I made freezer jam, thought I would start easy instead of diving into the cooked kind...I will wait and see how this turns out...hopefully it gels right and is a success...I will know in a couple days.
I love summer because it means farmers market season and freshly grown fruits and veggies. Our local market started last week, and tonight was our first trip of the season. Not gonna lie...I was a little disappointed. There were a lot of jewelry booths, and the few veggie booths were tucked over in the corner...so The Hubs and I beelined it over to them, but it was slim pickens. :(
I found a couple squashes that werent gigantic. (I learned long ago huge squash are just full of seeds.) Also found some garlic and the local bakery was there with their fabulous bread. The yummiest find was a local cafe I wasnt aware of that had some wonderful hummus and crackers...cant wait to make a visit to that cafe some afternoon!!
So what fabulous bounties are you finding...and what are you making with your yummy finds?
Today is my birthday!! I had a no gift rule...but apparently my family cannot listen...but I have to say I love what they gave me!! :)
I have a couple of loves/obsessions, one being SmartTarts (as the guy at the gas station calls them...Smarties/Sweet Tarts...SmartTarts!!) I LOVE jumbo SmartTarts, horrible habit I know...but I guess I could have worse habits. :)
Baby Girl gave me a big bag of them...all individually wrapped of course because that is just her style. lol
My next love is tea. I love tea iced or hot, herbal or plain. My favorite right now is Pu-Erh tea, and my favorite brand is Rishi...mostly because I am a packaging snob and I love their tins.
So The Hubs gave me a tea maker and some tea....
Having a little trouble with the directions of how to use it....
Obviously there are 3 steps to it...just not sure what those steps are. LOL
But I winged it and now have some yummy Chamomile tea brewing to enjoy later.
The dining room is coming along with the addition of the beautiful wainscot.
The wainscot was personally made for us by Cousin Al. Al had had some hickory trees on his property in Georgia that he had milled, and when he heard we put in hickory cabinets, he generously made us wainscot himself out of it, and then shipped them off to us.
It is absolutely gorgeous!!!
Up next is the counters and flooring...any ideas on counter top materials and colors?
Luster Canyon derived from the need for products I could use on my own overly sensitive skin. That first batch of handcrafted lotion has grown into my passion for creating and sharing the benefits of my products with others. Follow my blog and read about our products, new creations and find out more about me, Stacie, my family and some of the random life moments that present themselves as I mix and measure my way through this adventure.