Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What If Wednesday~ Sketch Challenge

It's sketch challenge week on Repeat Impressions today. Here is the card I designed using  Dandelion Breeze again.

And here is the sketch. This time I followed it pretty close. Ü



Be sure to stop by The House That Stamps Built blog (Repeat Impression's blog) for more details on how you can play along, Each submission enters you in the drawing for a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate. You don’t always have to use their stamps in your creations, but you will receive an extra entry if you do. Also be sure to stop by each of the Rock Star's blogs and see what they did with this week's Challenge.

Would  you like to receive a discount on Repeat Impression stamps? Wendy is graciously offering my readers 10% off their order by using this code rr10df. (thank you Wendy!!) Just click on the box on the right and it will take you right to the store. Have fun shopping!


Monday, February 23, 2015

RI Project of the Week

The Repeat Impressions design team take turns creating a project of the week and today is my day. I am showcasing stamping on book paper as well as a few other tips along the way using RI's 9012-M, Dandelion Breeze. Now to show you how I created this card:



To begin, I wasn't wanting the whole image, so I masked off part of the dandelion blowing away with a piece of sticky note paper. Just place the paper on the stamp that you don't want to show and ink your stamp, then remove the paper and stamp. In this case I stamped on a page from an old book.


As you can see in the photo below, I stamped the image twice.

Here is what the stamp looks like so you can see what I masked off. Masking is a great way to get even more out of your stamps.

To make the image "pop", I colored with long strokes using a light blue marker around the image.

Then started coloring in the leaves and flowers...

To finish it off, I added some glitter to the center of the flowers and the pieces blowing away, and some vintage soft lacey ribbon to emulate the softness of a dandelion.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Frugal Friday 2-20-15

A day late, because for some reason, all the posts I've preposted aren't posting, so having to go in and redo them.

For $7.56 I got:
3 LARGE boxes of Malt O Meal cereal
2 bags of frosted shredded wheat cereal
2 bags of blue whale candy (for a shower, more on that in a later post)
3 bags of
1 gallon milk
4 bags of shredded cheese
2 large cartons cottage cheese
box of store brand "ritz" crackers
Palo popcorn
4 9-volt batteries
2 big bags of gummy worms (for a shower)
2 bags of Turtles candy
4 bags potato chips
2 bags split peas
10 pkgs Ramen noodles
2 boxes hot tamales
2 4-lb bags sugar

all of the above was possible because of rebates, store coupons, coupons on products for even more off, price match, etc. It was so much fun to come home and have it all sit on the table and know I only spent a little bit for it.

I also bought these items I needed for some recipes:

2.5 lb bag chicken $4.99
raspberries $2
Zesta cracker $.99
sausage 1.25/roll

other:
Went to Goodwill to pick up some 50¢ baskets for my sunshine baskets. Will be making up more of them. I already made up one basket and forgot to take a picture. That one went to someone who recently lost her mother and they also recently found out her husband is seriously ill.

used 40% off coupon in Hobby Lobby for item for a shower I am giving and bought some fun things marked down 90% for gifts and showers

took advantage of 50% off paper sale at Hobby Lobby, for shower invites

was given 2 heads of lettuce and a large bag of diced cucumbers, tomatoes and green onions. We've been eating that on cottage cheese. Very good

made hummus...oh my! so good! Will definitely be making this more often
made homemade pitas & flat bread

bought a large atlas book and map for $1...using this for a shower as well

more free movies in Comstock. I've been going almost every Friday and Saturday now. Nice to just get out.

rec'd a coupon for a free sandwich at a restaurant when they brought cold onion rings, also got some fresh onion rings. Gave the coupon to mom as I rarely eat there and she eats there more often, so I knew she would appreciate it.

So about all the shower business....more on that later....it's why it's been a little quiet here on the blog. Ü

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Dress It Up

The Cutting Café is Dressing it Up this week! Regina has some adorable files for us to work with. I created this card from her Dress Shaped Card 2 file. Remember playing with paper dolls when you were little? I think it might be even more fun as an adult. The hardest part of this challenge was deciding on her dress design.


Here is a list of the files that the DT were challenged to use:

DRESS SHAPED CARD 2....TEMPLATE - CUTTING FILE

Be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog on the 7th and 21st of every month to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

RI What If Wednesday: Photo Inspiration

Today's WIW Challenge is a Photo Inspiration. I created this card using Repeat Impressions 103-k Bouquet Stencil stamped on an old book page and water colored with markers.


based off of this Photo Inspiration:

The heart in my card represents the heart of the tree. I used reds and pinks on my flowers to represent the red in pink in the tree and black at the bottom of the card for the black tree trunk. The turquoise in my card is just a frugal addition. I had planned to use dk red behind my stamped/colored/die cut heart and didn't have any red scraps the size I needed and there was this turquoise piece just sitting on my table the perfect size so used it. Then added some blue all around my stamped image which made the image pop more, so it was all good. 

Be sure to stop by The House That Stamps Built blog (Repeat Impression's blog) for more details on how you can play along, Each submission enters you in the drawing for a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate. You don’t always have to use their stamps in your creations, but you will receive an extra entry if you do. Also be sure to stop by each of the Rock Star's blogs and see what they did with this week's Challenge.

Would  you like to receive a discount on Repeat Impression stamps? Wendy is graciously offering my readers 10% off their order by using this code rr10df. (thank you Wendy!!) Just click on the box on the right and it will take you right to the store. Have fun shopping!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

What If Wednesday~DCC Challenge

Today's Repeat Impressions challenge is hosted by design team member Joy. Joy's challenge was to create a thank you card.

My card below uses RI's 9719 E (thanks) and 9706 U (flowers). The "thanks" was part of a full sentiment and I masked off the other words to just get the "thanks" part.

Be sure to stop by The House That Stamps Built blog (Repeat Impression's blog) for more details on how you can play along, Each submission enters you in the drawing for a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate. You don’t always have to use their stamps in your creations, but you will receive an extra entry if you do. Also be sure to stop by each of the Rock Star's blogs and see what they did with this week's Challenge.

Would  you like to receive a discount on Repeat Impression stamps? Wendy is graciously offering my readers 10% off their order by using this code rr10df. (thank you Wendy!!) Just click on the box on the right and it will take you right to the store. Have fun shopping!

Friday, February 6, 2015

All About Valentines

It's all about Valentine's this week for Cutting Café. The design team was able to choose any file they wanted in that category and I chose to create this fun new mailbox that Regina recently released in her Mailbox Template and Cutting File. She has 2 different style mailboxes and there are so many possibilities. I already have the other cut and ready to decorate. Ü


These are so easy to make and Regina has added several different images you can cut to decorate your boxes to make them all different.

I like to have candy dishes around the house, like my grandma did. I filled it with these yummy Hershey's Dark Chocolate Truffle Kisses.


Be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog on the 7th and 21st of every month to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store.

Frugal Friday 2-6-15

I'm challenging myself to buy as VERY little in food as possible to see if I can spend less than last month. I would like to just be able to buy milk and eggs, but if there is a really good deal where it doesn't seem frugal to not stock up on that item, then I may go ahead and get it.

*finally earned enough points to get something worth getting from Kellogg's Family Rewards: a pair of earbuds. They are iLuv brand (which I know nothing about) but seem to be very nice. I can use them with my Kindle.

You  can go HERE to join if you eat any Kellogg's products (we eat a lot of crackers), there is a code inside the box and you just go to the website and enter your code to earn points.

*earned $5 in Bing Rewards. You can only get $5 month if you do searches every day and it takes less than a minute to do. If you are interested click HERE.

*free movies in Comstock on Friday and Saturday's. I usually go if nothing else is going on. These are movies that have already come out on DVD

*1 1/2 pkgs of blueberries free
*milk $3.55, this isn't a GREAT deal, but better than over $4
*2 free bananas. I bought 2 bananas the past 2 weeks (1 a week) and they were 24¢ each and then got 25¢ back per banana through C51
*"bought" a punch and 2 designer paper pads with my swagbucks and paid nothing Ü
*used a 40% off coupon for a round plastic tablecloth for a bridal shower. I will keep using them for each one I need until I have enough. Shower is in March and this is a way I can cut the cost down.



Wednesday, February 4, 2015

What If Wednesday~Color Challenge

Today's color challenge is Red, Pink, & White for the Repeat Impressions DT.


I was wanting to make some more little Pizza Boxes from Cutting Cafe's files for Valentine's, so used that as my base for my project. I punched several colors of dark reds to pale pink cardstock with a heart border punch to decorate the top of the box and stamps Hug & Kisses using 422-G, Hugs...stamp.


Be sure to stop by The House That Stamps Built blog (Repeat Impression's blog) for more details on how you can play along, Each submission enters you in the drawing for a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate. You don’t always have to use their stamps in your creations, but you will receive an extra entry if you do. Also be sure to stop by each of the Rock Star's blogs and see what they did with this week's Challenge.

Would  you like to receive a discount on Repeat Impression stamps? Wendy is graciously offering my readers 10% off their order by using this code rr10df. (thank you Wendy!!) Just click on the box on the right and it will take you right to the store. Have fun shopping!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

January Pantry Challenge Update

Update: Just received an email from Wal-Mart's Savings Catcher that one of the items I bought was 52¢ cheaper somewhere else, so I got that back. But if I put it on my Bluebird Card, they will double the amount, so I really got $1.04 back, lowering my total spent to $70.06.

 I thought I would pop in and share the rest of my January deals with you. I did buy some groceries that were just too good a deal that it didn't seem frugal to not purchase them:

canned vegetables for 25¢ (I bought peas, one thing we didn't garden)
2 liter Coke 88¢ (probably didn't "need", but DH likes homemade Vanilla Coke, so got it for a special treat)
red pepper 86¢ plus 25¢ refund through Snap making it only 61¢
loaf bread 88¢
pasta 77¢

Dollar general had a one day special $2 coupon and you had to spend at least $2.01 so used it on chili pdr (we were out) $1 plus a pkg of salami that was $1.50, so only paid 50¢ for the 2 items

gallon milk 2.69 (2)
flour tortillas, I usually make mine, but with store special plus coupon off they were only 18¢
French Toast Crunch...did NOT need cereal, but ever since I learned that General Mills was bringing this back and it's my son's favorite cereal, I had 2 coupons and was finally able to get some! So $3.50 for 2 boxes. Can't wait to surprise him with these in his Valentine care pkg.

cabbage $1.40 (it was a very large head and I was able to get a large salad plus runzas made with it)
ketchup 88¢
chunk cheese 1.50
shredded cheese 7.35 for a large bag
2 jars Alfredo Prego Sauce for 2.25 (for both of them) I use this for chicken lasagne, chicken pasta of any kind, chicken/bacon/ranch pizza, etc
eggs 1.28/doz

4 boxes of 12 ct Pop Tarts for $4!! Was suppose to be $5 (in store special plus coupon I had off of 3), but gal rang it up wrong and would not believe me when I told her I owed her $5, not $4. There was a long line behind me, so I let it go and then went back in to talk to manager and he wouldn't let me pay the dollar I owed, so a GREAT deal on Pop Tarts!

so total spent for second 1/2 of Jan:$43.19plus first 1/2$27.91
total $71.10

We still have soooo much food in the freezer/pantry/canning cupboard, so I'm going to try this again in Feb, but only allowing myself to buy milk & eggs and then whatever spices/sugar/flour, etc I might need. I think milk and eggs will be all I need to buy, but we'll see. HOWEVER...if there are any great deals like tortillas for .18....it would be dumb of me not to get some. I only had the one coupon, so only bought the one pkg....guess I'll just see how it goes and keep you all posted. Ü


Friday, January 30, 2015

PPPR Guest Designer

Today I am a guest designer on Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbon's blog. I've had fun creating with their cutting files and used 2 of them for my project today.


I used Gift Box with Window Cutting File (I made the small box) and inside the box, I layered a piece cut from Background Lace Cutting File to the open window, using Mono Adhesive Dots. This adhesive is perfect for this type of thin line design because you just rub the extra adhesive right off.

Then I layered a piece of clear acetate (AKA page protector) over that. I inked all the edges and decorated the front of the box while it was still flat.

I used one of my tickets (again! Ü), a handmade flower that I crocheted with embroidery floss, a fun heart brad and a stick pin and fun embellishment that were in my embellishment box.

I tied a piece of ribbon around the box and you just lift the lid as the ribbon is only attached to the back.
For the inside I added some reinforcement to the back of the box edge as I could see it needed it as I kept opening and closing the box.

Thank you Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbon for having me as a guest designer and thank you for the files to create this fun project. I will definitely be making more of these darling boxes.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Let It Snow

We are suppose to get snow this weekend, but the title of this post is actually the name of the digital stamp set by From the Heart's January Stamp of the Month. It's been a LONG time since I've been able to play along with Faith's Stamp of the Month challenges. If you would like to play along, you can find info about it here.

It's also been a long time since I've created a tall card like this. This size will fit into a business sized envelope and measures 4" x 9.25". I purposely left off a sentiment that I will later add to the front, when I know who will be receiving this and for what purpose. I like making several blank cards like this so that I can use them for any occasion when I need a quick card.

The inspiration for this layout came from this Pinterest post.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What If Wednesday~Sketch Challenge

The fourth week of the month for Repeat Impressions on their blog The House That Stamps Built is a sketch challenge. This is the sketch we were given:

Okay, now bear with me, when you see my card. I am NOT a wonky image person, so took a few liberties with this challenge. First I turned it on it's side with the band piece toward the bottom.


The stamped image, 9012-M, Dandelion Breeze, is in place of the curved piece. Then the outside curve pieces I put outside the square. I added stick pins to replicate the blowing dandelions.


Be sure to stop by The House That Stamps Built blog (Repeat Impression's blog) for more details on how you can play along, Each submission enters you in the drawing for a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate. You don’t always have to use their stamps in your creations, but you will receive an extra entry if you do. Also be sure to stop by each of the Rock Star's blogs and see what they did with this week's Sketch Challenge.

Would  you like to receive a discount on Repeat Impression stamps? Wendy is graciously offering my readers 10% off their order by using this code rr10df. (thank you Wendy!!) Just click on the box on the right and it will take you right to the store. Have fun shopping!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Frugal Friday 1-24-15

Since I am doing the Pantry Challenge for January, I haven't been spending as much. But here are a few deals I have gotten in the past 2 weeks

*Swagbucks points I redeemed for Amazon and Walmart gift cards
*Christmas items at Dollar General for 25¢ each: green tablecloth and 3 tins with cute lids (that I will spray paint and alter)
*nice heavy dinner plates for a dollar at Dollar Tree. This is their normal price, but it's a lot cheaper than anywhere else and they are nice and big and heavy ceramic dishes. We were using the old Currier and Ives plates that were my g'ma's and they have been breaking a LOT, so decided to put what we had left away and use only on special occasions and get some cheap ones to use for every day
*used 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby for a craft item for a Valentine project.

Grocery:
canned vegetables for 25¢ (I bought peas, one thing we didn't garden)
2 liter Coke 88¢ (probably didn't "need", but DH likes homemade Vanilla Coke, so got it for a special treat)
red pepper 86¢ plus 25¢ refund through Snap making it only 61¢
loaf bread 88¢
pasta 77¢
Dollar general had a one day special $2 coupon and you had to spend at least $2.01 so used it on chili pdr (we were out) $1 plus a pkg of salami that was $1.50, so only paid 50¢ for the 2 items

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

RI What If Wednesday: Photo Inspiration


This week's What If Wednesday challenge for Repeat Impressions is the above photo. We already have more snow, ice, and freezing temps this year than all of last year put together. This photo make me think of the cold (BTW she needs a coat, blanket, something! LOL) and how we like to snuggle up under quilts and blankets, so I designed my card with that in mind.

I stamped & embossed the image in white using RI's 9402-U, Quilt Background stamp. The I colored some of the images with a red marker (looks like a dk pink because I water colored it) and cut apart. I layered them onto some red snowflake designer paper and paper pierced the corners and "tied" my quilt with embroidery floss.

Added another designer paper to the bottom where the circles look like a sweater pattern to me and added some fun pompom ribbon from May Arts. It is finished off with a computer designed sentiment.

Be sure to stop by The House That Stamps Built blog (Repeat Impression's blog) for more details on how you can play along, Each submission enters you in the drawing for a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate. You don’t always have to use their stamps in your creations, but you will receive an extra entry if you do.Also be sure to stop by each of the Rock Star's blogs and see what they did with this week's Photo Inspiration Challenge.

Would  you like to receive a discount on Repeat Impression stamps? Wendy is graciously offering my readers 10% off their order by using this code rr10df. (thank you Wendy!!) Just click on the box on the right and it will take you right to the store. Have fun shopping!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Calendar Pizza Box

Hello! After being sick for Cutting Cafe's 7th of the month post, I am back. It feels so good to be creating again.

For the 21st post, Regina challenged us to use one of these sets.


I chose to use her new set: 2015 Calendar Day Set and I also used the Pizza Box Set. I cut the Pizza Box the size that it came, but I reduced the calendar to 65%, so that it would fit the top of the box.

I decorated the box with the calendar that I printed out onto kraft cardstock, a paper doily, my wonky crocheted heart (need to practice that a bit more), one of my tickets that I like to add to my projects, and some embellishments from a My Mind's Eye kit that I had left over from previous projects. 

I think this turned out pretty cute and will be fun to fill with some goodies for someone special for Valentine's Day.

Be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog on the 7th and 21st of every month to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Pantry Challenge

One thing I had planned to do this month is a pantry challenge. I first learned of this through THIS blog that I enjoy reading. I've done it a couple of times (not necessarily in January) and decided to do it again.

One of the upsides to being sick is that it makes this challenge REALLY easy! Esp. since DH doesn't shop.

I wanted to eat from our pantry, freezer, etc as much as possible for this month. I decided I would only buy the necessities and then anything not a "necessity" ONLY if it was a huge bargain that wouldn't make sense to pass up. So, since the first, here is what we have bought so far.

Things we were out of and needed:
gallon milk 3.89
chili pdr 1.00
salami 1.50 (minus $2.00 coupon from Dollar General...with the coupon it was a one day deal and you had to spend at least $2.01...so my salami and chili pdr only cost 50¢)
buns .88 (these were on sale)
baking soda .65
cooking spray 2.18
cocoa 2.68
parmesan 3.00 (needed for recipes for alfredo sauce)
cottage cheese 2.73 (something I could eat and not make me sick the first part of the month)
eggs 1.45
canola oil 2.50
crackers 2.50
chips .99 (didn't really need these, but DH likes them and they go easy with a sandwich and on sale)

Great Deals
case (12 pk) of REAL cranberry juice 99¢/case! We bought 4 cases 1.96

Things we've eaten that I already had on hand (these don't include breakfasts which has been mostly toast, pop tarts, and cereal. We have LOTS of cereal that I got last year with great buys with store bargains plus coupons)

fried egg sandwiches
peaches/cottage cheese
French dip sandwiches
chili & grilled cheese sandwiches
chili baked potato
beef and noodles over mashed potatoes
chicken and noodles
deer steak, mashed potatoes & gravy
hamburgers & chips
salami, crackers, and cheese
oranges
French toast
bacon, egg, & cheese "tacos"
cream cheese chicken chili (what we are having tonight with cornbread)
breakfast pizza (sausage and bacon)
pumpkin bread
pancakes

So if I figured it all up, we've spent $27.91 for 15 days. Not too bad. I'll check in at the end of the month to let you know what the total has been.

Do you do a pantry challenge? If so, what have been some of your best bargains, or deals?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What If Wednesday

Hello! Today I am showcasing a card for my first post as a Repeat Impressions Rock Star! Recently Wendy contacted me and asked if I would be interested in joining her design team.

Every Wednesday the RI design team has a challenge and you get to play along for a chance to win a prize.

This week is fellow design team member Deonna's turn to hostess and she is challenging us to make a monochromatic card/project using black, brown, and white. For my card I chose RI's rubber stamp 103-K, Bouquet Stencil.

I stamped the image in black and colored with markers. I'm liking how the white really pops against the darker brown designer paper.

Be sure to stop by The House That Stamps Built blog (Repeat Impression's blog) for more details on how you can play along, Each submission enters you in the drawing for a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate. You don’t always have to use their stamps in your creations, but you will receive an extra entry if you do.

Also be sure to stop by each of the Rock Star's blogs and see what they did with Deonna's challenge.


Would  you like to receive a discount on Repeat Impression stamps? Wendy is graciously offering my readers 10% off their order by using this code rr10df. (thank you Wendy!!) Just click on the box on the right and it will take you right to the store. Have fun shopping!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Hello!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Yes, I know I'm kinda late, but the last 3 weeks have been a blur to me and I'm just now feeling like I'm on the mend. I found out on Dec 22nd that I had pneumonia and it went from bad to worse in a hurry. I ended up with it spreading and getting pleurisy and then spread to my bronchial tubes to make for a rough few weeks. Three day infusions at the hospital and more meds before I can say I feel like I actually am on the mending side.

Lots going on here! I posted my last post for Tombow the end of Dec, have some news coming up to share with you on Wed and have a word for the year...SLOW that I will be sharing some thoughts on later as well. I have been thinking about SLOW being my "one little word" for the 2015 year for several weeks now. How ironic that I get sick the end of the year and start the year still on bed rest. Can't get much "slow"-er than that! LOL

As we start the new year, I hope to "slow" down and figure out what I want to do when I grow up. Ü What will that look like, what will I be involved in? What will I say "yes" to and likewise, what will I say "no" to as well. I have lots of ideas, but want to take it "slow" and make wise decisions.

Do you have a word/phrase for the year? If so, I would love to hear about it.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Frugal Friday 1-10-15

*earned $5 through Bing Rewards. Here is a link if you would like to join:
https://www.bing.com/explore/rewards?PUBL=REFERAFRIEND&CREA=RAW&rrid=_effa9da1-a0ac-ed8d-f00f-8b00f82822e9
*earned swag points that I redeemed for Amazon gift cards






Grocery:
* 8 oz blocks of cheese on sale for 69¢!! I picked up 10 of them


saved LOTS of money food wise by being sick and not able to go anywhere. Unfortunately will pay even more with meds and hospital infusions!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Kisses and Wishes

This last week of December the DT was challenged to create a project for you that was New Year's Eve Party themed. Our family doesn't reallyt do anything on New Year's Eve unless it ends up being the time that we can all get together for Christmas, which actually happens to be New Year's Day this year.

So I went to Pinterest to try to find some ideas. I wanted to make a non-alcohol project and after doing quite a bit of research, I put some ideas together to come up with a "Kisses and Wishes" gift one could give to those attending a New Year's Eve Party, or to just give to a friend. The idea is to "kiss" the old year goodbye and to light a candle and make a "wish" for the new year.



I designed the tags that says "Kisses" and "Make a Wish" for the individual items then went "shopping" in my supplies.


When I think of celebrating the new year, silver and gold come to mind, so I looked through my stash and came up with mostly gold. I found designer papers and embellishments from My Mind's Eye, gold glitter from the Art Institute, some gold twine I had picked up at an antique store and forget to use, a mini gold ornament, and a Christmas garland. I gathered all my goodies and got to work.


The "kisses" project was made by painting a peat pot white and then adding glitter dots using Mono Multi Liquid Glue and gold glitter. The nice thing about Mono Multi is that when it "dries" it stays tacky, so I just rubbed the glitter onto the glue and it worked perfectly. Adding more adhesive to the top of the peat pot held the garland. Add a chenille handle, mini Christmas ball, and tag and then fill with Hershey Almond Kisses (I chose the almond ones since they are covered in gold foil.


The "wishes" project is a candle in pear scent and had a gold color, so perfect for my color scheme. I added washi tape around the candle lid and then decorated with designer paper, brads, twine and a tag. The flower on top of the lid is from May Arts. I used Xtreme Adhesive to adhere the papers to the jar and Foam Tabs for the embellishment on the front of the jar. The stick pin is from Dreamweaver Stencils.


Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this project. This is my last post as a Tombow Designer.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 52

This is my last week for PIMIM for 2014. Did you enjoy these posts? Should I do it again in 2015? What are your thoughts?

I made cinnamon rolls from this pin and peanut butter frosting from this one for Aaron's birthday yesterday. I can't believe my youngest born is 20!! Fortunately my mixer was able to do most of the work, since I've been sick with pleurisy and very little strength and energy.


My notes: I really liked how this dough rolled out. It did not shrink back like my other recipes, but...DO NOT leave out sugar when adding cinnamon. The site claims that cinnamon rolls dry out because the sugar pulls out the moisture. But they need the sugar!

Cinnamon Rolls

Combine the following in a large bowl:
3 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons instant yeast
2 tablespoons potato flour or 1/4 cup instant potato flakes
2 tablespoons Baker’s Special Dry Milk or nonfat dry milk
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 tablespoons soft or room-temperature butter
2/3 cup lukewarm water
1/2 cup lukewarm milk

Mix to make a rough dough…then knead for about 7 minutes, to make a smooth dough.

It’s OK if the dough sticks to the bowl a bit; better a dough that’s too soft than too dry.
Of course, you don’t have to use an electric mixer. You can get the dough to this point by using a bread machine or your hands, too.

Notice this is a fairly smooth dough, but it does have a bit of surface roughness; that’s OK.

Place the dough in a lightly greased container — an 8-cup measure works well here — and allow the dough to rise for 60 to 90 minutes, until it’s just about doubled in bulk.

Gently deflate the dough, and transfer it to a lightly greased work surface. Shape it into a rough rectangle.

Roll the dough into a 16” long rectangle, about 12” wide. This soft dough rolls easily, so you shouldn’t have much trouble with shrinking or “push back.”

Sprinkle 2 teaspoons cinnamon over the surface of the dough. A small sieve or tea strainer works well here. (My Note: ADD SUGAR!!)

How come plain cinnamon, not cinnamon-sugar? Because sugar is hygroscopic, and will draw moisture from the dough. The result?  Cinnamon buns that aren’t as moist as they might be. Don’t worry, the final sugar glaze on top will give you plenty of sweetness. (NO it does not! LOL)

Ready to roll!

Starting with a long side, roll the dough into a 24” log. How come we end up with a 24” log? Because as you roll, the dough stretches. If it’s not quite 24”, no sweat; it’ll be fine.

In order to make the neatest job of cutting the buns, use a sharp knife to mark the log at 1” intervals.

Here’s a trick beloved by King Arthur bakers all over the company: using dental floss to cut the neatest possible cinnamon or sticky buns. Loop the dental floss under the log where you’ve notched it. Pull the ends in opposite directions. Bob’s your uncle – beautifully cut buns, with no squashed dough or oozing filling.

Lightly grease two 9” round cake pans. Divide the buns between the two pans, spacing 8 in each pan. Gently flatten the buns a bit.

Two pans of buns, ready to rise.
Can you freeze one pan of buns at this point?
Well, not quite… Let it rise till they’re quite puffy, then cover tightly, and freeze. For directions on how to bake at a later date, take a look at our FREEZE! blog.

Cover the pans, and allow the buns to rise till they’re crowded against one another and quite puffy, about 60 to 90 minutes. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F.

Can you freeze one pan of buns at this point?
Yes. Simply over-wrap with several layers of plastic, and freeze. For directions on how to bake at a later date, check out our FREEZE! blog.
Uncover the buns, and bake them for 20 to 23 minutes.

They’ll be golden brown on top, and the edges of the center bun will spring back lightly when you touch it.
To serve buns immediately: Just before the buns are done, stir together the  following:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3 1/2 to 4 tablespoons cream or 2 to 3 tablespoons milk

Turn the hot buns out of the pan onto a rack, and brush each pan with 1 tablespoon melted butter.  this will help keep the buns soft and tender.

Spread with the glaze, and serve immediately.
To serve the buns later: Turn the hot buns out of the pan onto a rack, and brush with the melted butter. Cool completely. Wrap airtight and store at room temperature for a couple of days; for longer storage, freeze.
Just before serving, tent the buns lightly with foil, and rewarm in a preheated 350°F oven for 10 minutes (a bit longer, for frozen buns).

Stir together the glaze, brush over the buns, and serve warm.
Want to serve only half the buns now? Make just half the glaze. If you reheat a glazed bun, the glaze melts and disappears. Reheat a plain bun, then glaze.


Peanut Butter Frosting

Ingredients

4 cups powdered sugar                                      
1/4 cup peanut butter
6 tablespoons milk

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine powdered sugar and peanut butter. Stir in enough milk to reach spreading consistency.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Frugal Friday 12/26/2014

*orange tablecloths marked down to 50¢ each (we use these for ladies night out, not as good as last deal, but still better than full price)
*more cream cheese for 79¢...needed these for dip for Ladies Night Out
*milk $2.99/gallon
*tea bags $1.99 with price match plus coupon
*king size hershey bars 59¢ each...will use these for fun Christmas goodies
*large bag of M & M's $1.50 with price match and coupon
*regular bags of M & M's 30¢ each with in store sale plus coupon
*used Swagbucks to order Christmas gifts from Walmart and Amazon
*earned $10 from Inbox Dollars...takes MUCH longer than swagbucks, but free is free
*was able to get 2 pallets for free....would like to find more for some wood projects
*downloaded free svg cutting files
*I won a super fun pkg of goodies via Lori's blog! I've had fun creating some Christmas goodies with what I rec'd.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 51

I made Twin Bing (or also known as Cherry Mash) candy from THIS pin, but didn't get a picture before they were all gone! LOL I have a microwave recipe that I've tried for years and maybe one of of 7 times the bottom would set, otherwise it was a  messy goo you had to eat with a spoon (not that any of the guys complained about that!), but it was nice to finally make a batch and they set up perfectly. I think that by cooking it on the stove top and being able to control the temperature is the trick.
Cherry Mash/Bing Bar. I make these every year at Christmas, but I think I might be the only one that actually likes them....
photo courtesy of food.com

Cherry Mash Bars

Ingredients
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2 tablespoons butter (I used butter) or 2 tablespoons margarine ( I used butter)
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/3 cup half-and-half (I used 1/2 and 1/2 mixed with whole milk) or 1/3 cup undiluted evaporated milk ( I used 1/2 and 1/2 mixed with whole milk)
    • 1 cup miniature marshmallow
    • 1 cup cherry chips
    • 1 cup chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate about 3 1/2 ounces) or 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate ( I used Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate about 3 1/2 ounces)
    • 1/2 cup peanut butter
    • 1 cup salted peanuts

Directions

  1. Combine sugar, butter or margarine, salt and half and half in saucepan. Boil on high heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in marshmallows and cherry chips.
  2. Spread in 8 or 9" square pan which has been lined with parchment or wax paper.
  3. Melt chocolate with peanut butter in a small pan over low heat, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in peanuts. Spread evenly over cherry layer.
  5. Let set in refrigerator. Cut into 1" squares with warm sharp knife (hold under hot water and then dry before cutting).