Monday, December 27, 2010

What's The Word, Bird.

Hello everyone!
Jumping in with this week's creation for the Delightful Inspiration Artist's Challenge! The freebie that Faith provided to us is called 'Whimsical Cardinals', which is available in the Designed2Delight shop for those who did not play along last week.
I have been in a very colorful mood lately, and the rainbow of color just flowed from me! I hope you enjoy it! :)
Happy stamping!

Whimsical Cardinals Card
A2 or 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches
stamps: D2D Whimsical Cardinals; Inkadinkado sentiment
paper: misc. scraps; SU cardstocks
ink: SU Classic Markers, Old Olive, Pure Poppy, Marina Mist, Only Orange
etc: blue rhinestones, sewing, Marina Mist grosgrain ribbon, scallop border punch, foam dots, tombow adhesive

Monday, December 20, 2010

Some Christmas Cards!

Just sharing some snapshots of Christmas cards I created this weekend for family and friends. These were fairly quick and easy, and without a lot of 3D for mailing purposes. It can get spendy mailing chunky cards! Although, these are square and did require the additional surcharge for postage.

Sorry about the messy craft space there as well! I've been busy with Christmas prep (as we all are) and have not cleaned things up much.

Inside each card is a simple square of white cardstock for personal messages, as these are only 4 inches square.

Happy Holidays!!


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

{Happy Birthday Faith!}

Today is Faith Skrdla's BIRTHDAY!
The Designed2Delight design team has prepared a surprise blog post for her on our new Card Idea blog! Please feel free to check out all of the gorgeous birthday cards the team has created for Faith, and leave a little birthday wish for her there as well!

Happy Day Faith!

It has been an amazing year, playing the weekly Artist's Challenge and being on the D2D Design Team!
You are a wonderful person to design for, and so fun to know!
I wish you much success and happiness!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Designed2Delight Poppy Thank You Card


I took a big step away from my Christmas cards, which I actually had to shove to the side, to create this wonderful Thank You card. The red and green was getting to me, and I needed a bright D2D creation to kick in my mojo. I think the bold combo of Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, and Peach Parfait was quite a trip in the opposite direction, don't you? Aaahhh, I feel much better!! :)

This is the 'Poppy' digi from the 'Beautiful Life' set, available at Designed2Delight Digital Stamps.
I LOVE it!! Can't you tell? I printed it out to 5 x 3.5 inches directly on patterned paper, and cut out the images.

A look inside:
Those are scraps from creating the card front, and I mirrored the sewing from the card front inside to create some balance.

Alrighty, that's all I have for today!

I hope you are not sick of Christmas preparations yet! I am almost done shopping, and my cards are well, almost finished! LOL! I need about 10 more, then to get them in the mail on time....yikes! I have not even started baking treats yet, and I have a list a mile long 'to-do' still.
It will get done! (deep breath)

Have a GREAT day!!


Poppy Thank You Card
5-1/2 inches square
stamps: D2D 'Beautiful Life' digi set; Great Impressions sentiment
paper: SU! cardstocks, SU! dsp from hostess stacks
ink: SU! markers, printer
etc: SU! pearls, Walmart trim, sewing machine, foam 3d dots

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Warm & Cozy Winter Recipes {Day 12}

Hello again! Welcome back to another Warm & Cozy Winter Recipe!
Today's recipe is a fairly common one, with many variations available. But this one is the BEST!

No Bake Chocolate Drops
(from my mom, who got it from her mom, who may or may not have added her own touch)

1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. milk
2 c. sugar
4 Tbsp. cocoa
3/4 c. peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. coconut
3-1/2 c. oatmeal
In large saucepan melt butter; add milk and sugar. Heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Let boil 2 minutes then reduce heat to low. Stir in cocoa and peanut butter until smooth. Add vanilla, coconut and oatmeal, mix well. Remove from heat and drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper working quickly before mixture cools and dries too much to form cookies.
Makes 48

I like to use this recipe during the Christmas season because there is no baking involved, and it's more like fudge than cookies. I usually make several types of holiday cookies, and this one fits right on the plate next to them! (And does not last long!)
I have seen this recipe on many websites and cookbooks, but most do not call for the peanut butter. It makes a world of difference to add it! Yum!
I've got another yummie cookie recipe for you tomorrow!

See you there!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Warm & Cozy Winter Recipes {Day 11}

Hey there!
I hope you have found a recipe or two to add to your box! If not, hang tight, here come some more!
Today's recipe is FANTASTIC! Grab a pen and paper, you are gonna want this one. It is THE favorite of my kids and husband!

Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole
(from the Better Homes and Gardens website)

prep time: 20 minutes, bake: 25 minutes

1/2 cup chopped onion (1 medium)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 6.9 ounce package chicken flavored rice and vermicelli mix
1 14 ounce can chicken broth
2 cups water
2 cups chopped cooked chicken or turkey
1 cup chopped seeded tomatoes (2 medium)
3 Tbsp. canned diced green chile pappers
1 tsp. dried basil, crushed
1-1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/8 tsp. cumin
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (2 ounces)

1. In a medium saucepan cook onion in hot oil over medium heat until tender. Stir in rice and vermicelli mix (including seasoning packet); cook and stir for 2 minutes.Stir in broth and water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes (liquid will not be fully absorbed).
2. Transfer the rice mixture to a large bowl. Stir in chicken, tomatoes, chile peppers, basil, cumin, chili powder, and black pepper. Transfer to a 2 quart casserole dish.
3. Bake, covered, in a 425F ove rfor 25 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Makes 6 servings.

Make Ahead Directions:
Prepare as above through step 1. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours. Bake, covered, in a 425F oven about 40 minutes, or until heated through. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Honestly, you can skip the baking time on this one for a faster meal, but the baking does help meld the flavors together nicely. I always add way more cheese than the recipe calls for, and sometimes we use this as burrito filling along with lettuce and sour cream, in soft flour tortillas. It is so good!
And, did I mention cheap? This meal will cost you about $7.oo to make, for the chicken, rice mix, broth, and veggies. Most of us have an entire cupboard of spices already, so we get off easy there, and get to put them to good use!
It's a keeper! Give it a try!

Thanks so much for stopping by! And, thanks for all your sweet comments, I am so glad you are finding some new ideas for your families.
See you tomorrow!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Warm & Cozy Winter Recipes {Day 10}

Welcome back to another day of fantastic food!
Today I have a main-dish, cold salad for you to try. It utilizes the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or Christmas, so that is good for the wallet! :) And the stomach!

Turkey Almond Salad
(old, well worn newspaper clipping)
3 c. cooked and cubed leftover turkey
2 c. shredded cabbage
3/4 c. diced celery
1/4 c. sliced green onions
1-1/2 c. chow mein noodles
1/2 c. slivered almonds, toasted
2 Tbsp. sesame seeds, toasted
2/3 c. salad dressing or mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. milk
2 tsp. prepared mustard
1-1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp pepper

In a large bowl, toss together turkey, cabbage, celery, onions. In another bowl, combine dressing ingredients. Pour over turkey mixture. Chill for several hours. Just before serving, add the chow mein noodles, almonds, and sesame seads; toss to mix. Makes 6 servings.

This salad is crunchy, sweet and salty! And, I assume, healthy!
Thanks so much for popping in and taking a peek at my recipes. If you ever have a question, please ask!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Warm & Cozy Winter Recipes {Day 9}

Don't you love recipes that are easy and inexpensive, but pack a punch!
You are going to love this super easy, super cheap, and absolutely beautiful Coconut Pie!

Easy Coconut Pie
(from my mom, origin unknown)

2 c. milk
1/4 c. margarine, softened
4 eggs
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. Buisquick Original baking mix
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. flaked or shredded coconut

1. Heat oven to 350F. Grease glass pie plate, 9 or 10 inch.
2. Stir all ingredients with fork until blended. Pour into pie plate.
3. Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until golden brown and knife inserted in center comes out clean. Refrigerate any remaining pie.

Makes own crust. Top with whip cream.

Wow, right? Super easy to put together, and boy, is it delicious! I love this pie, as does my husband, my oldest son, my father-in-law, and so on!! It does not get any better than this!

Check back tomorrow for Day 10 of Warm & Cozy Winter Recipes!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Warm & Cozy Winter Recipes {Day 8}

Happy Wednesday!
Here in Washington state we are enjoying an abundunce of early snowfall, building snowmen, and having snowball fights! We are running low on cocoa and cidar, but we have our wood stove to keep us warm through the night! No worries! :)
The next recipe on the roster will accompany the hot cocoa and cider perfectly!

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Squares
(newspaper clipping)
2 tubes (8 ounce each) refrigerated cresent rolls
2 packages (8 ounce each) cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 c. sugar, divided
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 c. butter or margarine, melted
1 tsp. cinnamon

Unroll one tube of dough and place in a lightly greased 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan. Seal seams and perforations; set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, 1 cup sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread over dough. Unroll remaining tube of dough and place over cream cheese mixture, sretching to fit. Brush butter evenly over top; sprinkle with cinnamon and remaining sugar. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until done. Cool; cut into small squares. Makes about 3 dozen.

How easy it that? And delicious too! Inexpensive? Oh yes! Perfect!

Give it a go and let me know how it went!

Tomorrow's recipe is a super easy coconut something!!
See you there!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Warm & Cozy Winter Recipes {Day 7}

Happy Tuesday!
Today's recipe is a 'stay in your pajamas all day' kind of comfort food! Enjoy!

Cheddar Ham Chowder
(from old magazine clipping)
2 c. water
2 c. cubed peeled potatoes
1/2 c. sliced carrots
1/2 c. sliced celery
1/4 c. chopped onion
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 c. butter or margarine
1/4 c. flour
2 c. milk
2 c. (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 can (16 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
1-1/2 c. cubed fully cooked ham

In a large saucepan, bring water, potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, salt and papper to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until vegetables are just tender. Remove from the heat; do not drain. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Blend in flour. Add the milk all at once; cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add cheese and stir until melted. Stir into the undrained vegetables; return large saucepan to the heat. Add corn and ham; heat through, stirring occasionally. Makes 6-8 servings. (2 quarts)

What I love most about this recipe is how easy it is. You have a pot of heart warming chowder in no time at all, and don't forget the cornbread muffins! I always double this recipe to feed my hoard of men! :)
This is a great recipe to have when you need to use up all the left over ham from Thanksgiving or Christmas.
If you love cinnamon as much as I do, then you'd better check back tomorrow for Day 8!
Hint, hint!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Warm & Cozy Winter Recipes {Day 6}

Happy Birthday to me! :)
Thanks for joining me again today for another sweet recipe! I really am enjoying sharing them with all of you, and do hope you find time to try them!
Today's recipe is perfect to fill little 4 ounce mason jars and decorate with paper crafting supplies, to give as gifts to the 'ice cream lovers' in your life!

Praline Sunday Topping
(from an old country life magazine)

1/4 c. butter or margarine
1-1/4 c. packed brown sugar
16 large marshmellows
2 Tbsp. light corn syrup
dash salt
1 c. evaporated milk
1/2 c. chopped pecans, toasted
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Ice Cream

Melt butter in a saucepan. Add brown sugar, marshmellows, corn syrup and salt. Cook and stir over low heat until marshmellows are melted and mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat; cool 5 minutes. Stir in evaporated milk, pecans and vanilla; mix well. Serve warm or cold over ice cream. Store in refrigerator. Makes 2-1/2 cups.

This topping looks gorgeous in little jars, and is oh-so-yummy on ice cream! If you want to get in good with your father-in-law, I highly recommend seving this to him with a slice of pie! :)

Okay, Day 7 switches gear to a wonderful main-dish chowder! Hope to see you there!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Warm & Cozy Winter Recipes {Day 5}

Hey all!
Are you enjoying these great finds? Sometimes it is so hard to figure out what's for dinner, so I know first hand how exciting it can be to have something new! I hope these recipes will inspire you!

Sweet Cherrity Pie
(another magazine clipping from way back!)

1 c. all purpose flour
1/2 to 1 cup finely chopped nuts
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. cold butter or margarine
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 c. confectioners' sugar
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 c. whipping cream, whipped
1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling

Combine flour, nuts and brown sugar in a small bowl; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan. Bake at 375F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown, stirring once. Reserve 1/2 cup of crumb mixture for topping. Using a spoon, firmly press remaining crumbs into an ungreased 9-in. pie plate; chill. In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and extract until smooth. Spread over crust. Fold the whipped cream into the cherry pie filling; spoon over cream cheese layer. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs. Refridgerate 1-2 hours before serving.


This is a great pie for the holidays! It is so creamy and rich! No one will refuse a slice!
I do not know why people buy prepared pies at the grocery store, when homemade is so much better tasting, easy to prepare, and extremely cheaper!
You will need a large bowl of vanilla ice cream for Day 6's recipe! :)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Warm & Cozy Winter Recipes {Day 4}

I'm back again!
Today's recipe is a potatoe side-dish which goes perfectly with chicken, pork, or beef. We love potatoes here at my house, especially with cheese! Here goes:

Party Potatoes
(cut from some old magazine)
8 large potatoes, peeled
2 c. (16 ounces) sour cream
1/4 c. butter or margarine, melted
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of celery or cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1-1/2 c. (6 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Thinly slice or cube potatoes; place in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to boil; cover and cook until tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain and cool completely. Place the potatoes in a greased 3-qt. baking dish; add remaining ingredients. Cover and bake at 350F for 50 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 minutes longer or until bubbly. Makes 6-8 servings

One thing I do with this recipe is skip the cooling of the potatoes. After the potatoes are through boiling, I drain them and add them to the casserole dish immediately. Then, I bake them for about 30 minutes covered; then 10 minutes uncovered. Why wait? We're hungry!
Also, try 'fat free' sour cream, soup and cheese if you are worried about all the calories. It still turns out rich and creamy! :)

I hope you give this one a try. It is a very tasty, economical recipe, which can become a staple in your arsenal!
Tomorrow is Day 5, and I have a beautiful pie to share with you! It is perfect for the upcoming holiday gatherings!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Designed2Delight Artist's Challenge {December Freebie #1}

Alrighty, I finished my card using the first free Designed2Delight digital stamp of December! This gorgeous Poinsettia stamp was so fun to work with and color! I could not help but try to create a white flower with touches of pink. You know the ones, right? They are so pretty!

I printed the image out 3 times on watercolor paper to create the three layers of the flower. I added some very watered down and soft touches of SU!'s Blushing Bride to the petals, and used Pear Pizzazz for the leaves and flower center.

The black outline of the image inspired the black card base, sentiment, and button thread. It adds a lot of contrast in real life.

Here's a little look inside!

 Be sure to grab this freebie before it is too late! We would love to see your holiday projects created with it! And you will receive another free digital stamp from Designed2Delight just for playing this week!

Stop back by my blog tomorrow for Day 4 of my very favorite Warm & Cozy Winter Recipes!

Have the most creative day!


Christmas Greetings
4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches
stamps: D2D digi 'Poinsettia"; SU! Grateful Greetings (sentiment)
paper: SU! 2010 Hostess paper pad; Whisper White, Vanilla, Basic Black cardstocks; watercolor
inks: SU! classic markers
etc: SU! Decorative Label and Scalloped Trim punches, MS snowflake punch, Pear Pizzazz ribbon, buttons, thread, SU! pearls, clear embossing powder, pop-up foam dots

Did You Hear The BIG News? Designed2Delight Has Gone Rubber!

Can you believe it? Faith's amazing images are now going to be available in red rubber cling stamps!
 And what's more, the stamps are exclusive to rubber! You will not be able to get them in digi format, which makes them so much more precious!
 Her first set 'Love Ya a Latte' is available through The Pixie Cottage, and retails for $12.99!
Right now TPC is having a bit of blog candy, and this beautiful set is the prize!


Also, today marks the start of a new month of Designed2Delight Stamp of the Month Challenges. This gorgeous 'Poinsettia' digi is FREE FOR EVERYONE!
Create a project with this digi and upload a link in the widget provided by December 9th, at 11:59 pm EST, and you will receive the next freebie in your email box first thing Friday, December 10th! And the challenge starts all over again like that each week!
It is so exciting and fun! Don't miss this opportunity to jump in!

I have a project in the works this morning using this beauty, and I hope to have it posted tonight or early tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day!

Warm & Cozy Winter Recipes {Day 3}

Welcome back to another day of my most favorite recipes!
I hope you will get a chance to use these wonderful food ideas, and when you do, be sure to let me know how much you loved them! Today's recipe is the ultimate Winter comfort food!

Crock Pot Pear Crisp
(given to me at my local fuit orchard)
4 ripe pears
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. white sugar
1/2 stick butter, unsalted, room temperature
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 handful of oats, about 1 cup

Cream the butter and sugars in a mixing bowl. Add vanilla and cinnamon, mix well. Add oats and mix again, put aside. Peel pears and dice into 1 inch cubes, place in crock pot. Evenly top with oat mixture. Set the crock pot to LOW and cook for 4 hours. Best served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Love the crisp? You can easily double the recipe for company!

What I love about this recipe is that you prepare it before dinner, and the whole house smells so yummy! The kids clean their plates so they can have dessert! It is SO delicious!
Like I 'diet' food here! LOL! No one should deny themselves fresh and exciting food! Just watch your portions, and maybe do a few crunches before hand! :)

See you tomorrow for Day 4!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Warm & Cozy Winter Recipes {Day 2}

Back for more? Great!
I think I should mention here that NONE of the recipes posted on this blog can be considered 'diet' food! LOL!
Here we go:

Sweet Cornbread Muffins
(swiped from the wrapper of a 10lb. bag of sugar years ago)
1-1/2 c. flour
2/3 c. sugar
1/2 c. corn meal
1 Tbsp. baking podwer
1/2 tsp. salt
1-1/4 c. milk
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 c. oil
3 Tbsp. butter, melted

350F; Grease or paper line 18 muffin cups. Mix all dry ingredients; mix all wet ingredients, then combine until moistened. Fill cups 2/3 full, bake 18 to 20 minutes
For Cornbread:
Pour batter into a greased 8 inch square or round pan. Bake 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

This is my MOST FAVORITE cornbread recipe in the world! I will never use another! It is cake-like and sweet. It melts in your mouth, it's so good! My entire family loves it! Whenever I make homemade soup, stew, or casseroles, I serve this cornbread with butter and honey. And, whenever we are having company over for dinner, my husband asks me if I am making cornbread!

You've got the recipe now, go try it! I promise, you will throw away all of your old ones!

Come back tomorrow for Day 3! It's gonna be a sweet one!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Warm & Cozy Winter Recipes {Day 1}

Hello you!
It's the first day of December. It's snowing. There is Christmas music on the radio. The fire is crackling in the wood stove. It's nice and cozy inside. So what's a gal to do (besides paper crafts!)? Bake of course!!
 I thought it would be fun to share some of my most cherished recipes with you! Some are family recipes, and some are just random recipes I have gathered over the years. I will post a different one everyday this month, so get your index cards ready! I have tried all of them, and can assure you that they are fabulous!
Cozy, warm, and comforting!

Best Ever Banana Bread
(from the kitchen of my Aunt Patti Wilkinson)
makes 2 loaves
3/4 c. shortening
1-1/2 c. sugar
3 eggs
3/4 c. milk
2 c. mashed bananas (4-6) -six is best!
2Tbsp. lemon juice
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
3-1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. chopped walnuts or pecans

Mash bananas and lemon juice, set aside. Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs and beat thoroughly until very light and fluffy. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk, beat after each addition; fold in bananas and nuts. Pour into 2 greased loaf pans. Bake at 350F for about 1 hour. Cool in pans 10 minutes, then remove and cool on wire rack.

I love that this recipe makes 2 loaves of bread! We eat one, and freeze the other! It's wonderful for breakfast too!

Thanks for stopping by! Come back tomorrow for Day 2 of my all-time favorites!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Season of Sweetness

Happy Monday!
I just finished creating my card for this week's Delightful Inspiration Challenge! The freebie this time around was this wonderful 'Christmas Cocoa' mug! I just love it!

I also printed out one of the new circles from the 'Holiday Circle Labels' set, and layered my steamy mug over it. I love the way it looks!

Inside, I added the sentiment 'Wishing you a season of sweetness'! Perfect!
Remember, next week marks the start of a new month of Designed2Delight Freebie Challenges! There will be a free digital stamp available for EVERYONE to grab on Friday, December 3rd. Then all you have to do to stay in the progressive challenge is create a card, tag, or scrapbook layout using the image, and link it back to Faith's blog, Delightful Inspiration, by Thurday, December 9th. Then, when you check your email Friday morning, you will have the next free digital stamp to play with! Every week you play earns you a new digi! It is so fun, you will not want to miss out!

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Season of Sweetness
4x4 inches square
stamps: D2D -'Christmas Cocoa' and Holday Circle Labels'; SU! -'Merry Crittermas' and 'Christmas Punch'
paper: SU! - Ski Slope dsp; Baja Breeze, Real Red, and Whisper White cardstocks; watercolor paper
inks: SU! classic markes and aqua brush; printer
etc: PTI -Pure Poppy ribbon; sewing machine, nesties, pop up dots

Saturday, November 27, 2010

One of my favorites, and another recipe!

Good Morning everyone!
I woke up to 6 inches of fresh snow, on top of the 8 inches we already had! My husband is out plowing as we speak, so I thought I would share one of my all-time favorite Designed2Delight digi stamps with you, 'Primitive Snow Angel'!

I made this card last year, and it is one of the first cards I made using Faith's images. I fell in love with them immediately!! And, if you are in need of any snowman images, be sure to stop by Designed2Delight and browse through the Snowfolk category! Faith has an entire collection of wonderful snow characters to choose from! They make perfect Winter and Holiday cards and tags!

If you are a D2D fan, you should already know about the new D2D Designers' Card Making Ideas Blog. The team is having a blog hop today showcasing easy gift ideas made with D2D images! Faith is giving away generous prizes too! You will want to get started right now! Just click here:

Okay, I've got another sweet recipe for you today as well! I made these cookies for Christmas last year, and they were a big hit! It is my Aunt Dianna's recipe! Enjoy!
Coconut Butter Cookies

1 cup sugar
1 cup butter
2 cups flour
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup coconut

Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add coconut. Sift in flour and soda. Form 3/4 inch balls, press down slightly on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes at 325F - Do Not Brown!
You could add 1/2 tsp dried grated orange peel for a different flavor, or try dipping half of cookie in melted chocolate for a more festive cookie.
Easy and good! That's my favorite kind of recipe! :)

Have a fantastic day!


Friday, November 26, 2010

Apple-Raspberry Crumb Pie Recipe

Happy Black Friday! I hope those of you who braved the crowds made it through safely!! LOL! Not me. I stayed home with my family, and have been munching out on turkey leftovers and pie! :)

Speaking of pie, here is the recipe for the one I made this holiday. It was new to me, and absolutely wonderful! You'd better give it a try, you won't regret it!

Apple-Raspberry Crumb Pie Recipe
(from Betty Crocker's Fall Baking 2007 mini book)

prep time: 15 mins.
start to finish: 1h 35 mins.

1 refrigerated pie crust, softened as directed on box
3 cups thinly sliced peeled cooking apples (3 medium)
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbls all purpose flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 cups fresh or frozen (thawed and drained) raspberries
1/2 cup cubed or crumbled pure almond paste (from 7 or 8 oz package)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sliced almonds

!. Heat oven to 350F. Place pie crust in 9-inch glass pie plate as directed on box for One Crust Filled Pie.
2. In large bowl, stir together apples, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tbls flour and the cinnamon. Spoon into crust-lined pie plate. Sprinkle with raspberries. Sprinkle almond paste over raspberries.
3. In medium bowl, mix 1/2 cup flour and 1/4 cup sugar. Cut in butter, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite directions), until particles are the size of small peas. Stir in almonds. Sprinkle evenly over almond paste.
4. Place on baking sheet. Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 15 mins, covering edge of crust with foil after about 30 mins, until apples are tender in center and topping is golden brown. Serve warm or cool.

Tip: Look for almond paste near the baking chocolate and nuts.

Although the recipe says to slice the apple thinly, my recommendation is not too thinly. And I felt that the amount of apples was too little. I think using 4 medium apples would fill the pie nicer than the three. I baked my pie for 1 hour, and the apples were almost mush. (but still good)
 It was so yummy!! I served it with vanilla ice cream, and they were perfect together. My father, father-in-law, and my husband all loved it so much, there is none left to take a picture of! And as everyone said their goodbyes, I got more even compliments on the pie!
What can I say? I have a knack for pie!

I hope you try this one! I give it 5 stars and two thumbs up! :) It was so easy to prepare, and so beautiful to look at!
Stop back by and let me know if you loved it!

Warm Winter Wishes!


Designed2Delight is having a blog hop Saturday! Keep an eye on Faith's blog for details!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cranberry Freeze Recipe

Warm Winter Greetings!
We live near Spokane, Washington, and we are in the midst of a 'Blizzard Warning' with arctic temperatures this morning. We have accumulated about 4 inches of very dry snow, with wind speeds around 20 mph, and the drifts are piling high! We are in for negative 10 degree temps tonight, with a possible 4 to 8 addition inches of snow. Fun, huh??
Winter is here!!
So, I thought I would pass along a recipe that I just received from my mom! I have not tryed it yet, but it sounds wonderful, yet cold! LOL! Perfect for the Thanksgiving Feast!

Cranberry Freeze

1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple, in juice

1 (16 oz) can whole cranberry sauce

½ cup chopped pecans (optional)

1 (8 oz) carton fat free sour cream


Drain pineapple.

Mash cranberry sauce well.

Combine all ingredients.

Pour into 9×9 inch baking pan and put in freezer.

Once frozen, cut into squares to serve.

Makes 12 portions, 2×3 inches each

If you give it a try, come back and let me know how you enjoyed it! :) And, if I get a chance to squeeze it into my menu, I'll give my full review as well!

Stay warm!


Sunday, November 21, 2010

D2D Skating Penguin Challenge Card

Can you believe it's ME??
Hello everyone! I am super happy to be able to create and share a card with you today! I have not been around much, and have not created a single paper craft since World Card Making Day!! YIKES!
So here is what I came up with for the Delightful Inspiration Artist Challenge this week, using the free digi 'Skating Penguin'. So cute!

I was inspired by many of the cards already linked to the challenge, like Kathy Winter's girl penguin, Kristine Breach's white penwork, Kendra Sand's sparkly paints, and someone had used felt snowflakes too, but I cannot remember where I saw them! So if it was you, thanks for the inspiration! :)

I was kinda stumped for a sentiment for this image. The usual 'Warm Winter Greetings' or 'Skating by...' sentiments came to mind, but my inner voice was screaming 'NO! Do something different!' So I stamped the little notebook page, and hand wrote a To Do List of fun snow activities.  Then, inside I wrote the sentiment 'We hope your winter is packed with fun!'.

I really wanted to add some sewing, but did not want to run out of time to finish the project, so I added some handstitching around the list. It satisfied my craving for now! :)
This card also qualifies for the Double Delight Challenge this week: to use Snowflakes with the D2D image! Easy!! :)
Thank you all for your wonderful comments, prayers, and hang in there encouragement! I am so glad to have all of you as my online friends! You are all so great!

Have a fantastic weekend!!


Packed With Fun Card
4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches
stamps: D2D digi 'Skating Penguin', Stampabilities Notebook page stamp
paper: BG Eskimo Kisses pp, SU! cardstock: Baja Breeze, Blushing Bride; watercolor
ink: SU! markers: Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze, Blushing Bride, Pretty in Pink; printer ink
etc: snowflake embossing folder, nesties, cuttlebug, glitter and glue, SU! Felt Flurries, Rich Razzleberry button, thread, black pigment pen

Monday, November 1, 2010

Eat, Sleep, Work, Repeat

Yes, it's me! I know it has been a while, but hey, I've been busy!
My job as an in-home care giver has been keeping me on a wonky schedule, and my husband can't seem to stop injuring himself and going to the hospital!
He threw his back out a couple of weeks ago, then when he was on the mend, sprang his ankle. Now that that is healing, he somehow injured his 'private parts'. The crazy thing about that is when he went into the ER yesterday, the female doctor prescribed an antibiotic for a STD!! My husband and I have been together for 10 years now, and I KNOW he has not cheated on me, nor I on him. So we think we need a second opinion! Besides, he was moving our giant dog house when the pain started in his groin. Hhmm....could it be some sort of strain, Doc?? Jeezz!
I am putting in my 2 week notice today. And am looking for a new job, again. I need something with a set schedule, like 7 am to 3 pm everyday. I like the in-home care position, but the days and hours are all over the place. I cannot take care of MY family's needs. Plus, I have to drive an hour to get 3 hours work, then an hour's drive home. Sorry...not for me!! I'd rather be with my kids!
So, otherwise we have all been healthy, and adjusting to Mom being at work. My house is a disaster, and everyone is hungry all the time! As soon as I walk in the house after work, I am bombarded with whining for food, so I throw out crackers and cheese sticks! I can't seem to just sit down, ever. My 'to-do' list just keeps getting longer, with my hubby adding to it daily. I think he is starting to miss my housekeeping talent!
I know we will survive this, our crazy life, and things will smooth out soon. My fingers are crossed!
Today I am going to pig out, take a hot bath, and then tackle some of those to-do's! Or not! We'll see!
I may end up sitting at my stamping station for the better part of the day! Hhmmm....that's the best idea I have had all week! :)

Take care,


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sweet Stampin' Up! Only Cards


Sorry I have been a bad blogger, but I have been busy working! I got a job as an in-home care giver, and I have been working for about a month now. I like it, and it sure feels good to make some money again! It's so empowering! I feel so good!

I made these two cards on World Card Making Day, (I know....almost two weeks ago!) for my vitual Stampin' Up! hostess group. We place our orders with our demo each month, with a set minimum purchase amount, and we all rotate being the hostess each month. That way we can enjoy our SU goodies without having to throw a party each month, and still get hostess bennies! I like it a lot!
I was the hostess in September, and boy do I love my new free stuff!!

Our demo posted a couple of challenges for WCMD, with prizes, so I HAD to join in the fun! :)

The first card challenge was to make a 'Re-Make' card by choosing a card in the current SU catty, and remake it by changing the colors or stamps used, but keeping the layout. I chose the card on page 111, which uses Pacific Point and Old Olive, and the Bluberry Crisp dsp.
I used Rose Red and Pumpkin Pie, and the new Sweet and Sour Specialty dsp for my butterflies. I love that paper! It is beauitful!
I am going to send this card to my baby sister in Dallas, Texas, because she just sent me the prettiest necklace! She's so sweet!

This second card was created for a challenge that required us to use at least two of the new In-Colors, and two current punches. I used Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz, the new Decorative Label punch, and a circle punch. Those new glittery brads are so pretty, I am so glad I bought those! (Yes, I spend a lot of money on SU products! I am addicted!!)
I actually won this challenge, and got to pick a new punch from the catty. My choice is the new 2-3/8" Scallop Circle punch! Can't wait to get that!
I have a lot of SU stuff that I have not even used yet! It is sad almost, but I will use it sometime! LOL!! Right??

Okay, that's it for me today! I've got to get off this computer and make some new Designed2Delight creations! The team has been extremely busy while I have been at work! LOTS of catching up to do!

Have the most creative day!