Monday, August 18, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 32

Today's Pinterest inspired recipe comes from THIS pin called Kentucky Hot Brown Bake. It was pretty good, but next time I would use thinly sliced turkey from a baked turkey rather than the pkd stuff. Very hearty and I think I might even try it with ham.

Kentucky Hot Brown Bake
Yield: 9 servings
  • 8 oz package refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 lb. package smoked turkey lunch meat
  • 8 slices cooked bacon
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  1. Unroll the crescent dough and separate into 2 squares.
  2. Place one square in bottom of 8" pan that is greased or lined with parchment paper.
  3. Press dough to fit pan.
  4. Layer with half the turkey, bacon, cheese and tomatoes.
  5. Pour half the eggs over the top.
  6. Repeat the layers.
  7. Top with remaining dough square.
  8. Pour remaining eggs over top.
  9. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, covered with foil. Remove foil and bake another 20-25 minutes.
  10. Let sit at room temp for 15-20 minutes before serving.
This recipe is adapted from Mr. Food's Italian Layer Bake.
You will need about an hour total to bake and let it set after baking.

Tombow Birthday Challenge

August is Design Team member Melissa's birthday month and she is the hostess this month for Tombow's monthly challenge. Melissa chose birthday cards as her challenge to us.

This card is created using Inky Antics stamped image, Tombow's Irojiten Colored Pencils, Mono Adhesive and Mono Glue Stick.

Be sure to stop by the Tombow blog to see how you can win this fun prize in honor of Melissa's birthday challenge:

The challenge prize includes:
Power Tabs
MONO Multi

Friday, August 15, 2014

Hopping with Walnut Hollow

This weekend Tombow is blog hopping with Walnut Hollow. I love Walnut Hollow's projects and chose their 6 x 6 Basswood Canvas. Oh how I wish I had a BUNCH of these! I love the 6 x 6 inch size. Perfect to create fun wall hangings (or they sit) for gifts. The background paper is My Mind's Eye and the rest are from various Fancy Pants Designs collections. I love that I can mix and match them.

My favorite "go to" adhesive for adhering paper to wood is Mono Aqua Liquid Glue. Using a foam brush, I completely covered the wood canvas with the Aqua Liquid Glue and then adhered the paper to it. I let it dry completely (very important) and then applied glue to the apple pieces and applied it to the newsprint paper. The apple was resized and cut from Cutting Cafe's Apple Treat Box file and the "seeds" were punched with a heart punch.

The sentiment was typed on MSWord and then cut out and all the squiggles were done with Tombow's Mono Twin Permanent Marker (It's on sale right now!!). To finish the canvas off, just apply a coat of  Mono Aqua Liquid Glue over the whole thing and it is permanently sealed.

Now would you like to win some Tombow and Walnut Hollow? Below is a picture of what you can win. Be sure to hop on over Chris and Melissa's blogs today, check out their awesome projects and leave a comment.  

Don't forget, this hop goes on all weekend and be sure to check out the following blogs on Saturday and Sunday. Have fun hopping!



Monday, August 11, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 31

We are starting to enjoy the garden goodies from our garden and from those who have been so kind to share with us. My DIL pinned this recipe and I had to give it a try.

Crispy Baked Green Bean Fries
via: Dizzy Busy and Hungry!

Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 10 mins
Total time 25 mins
Serves: 4
  • ¾ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • olive oil spray
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (218 degrees C).
  2. Combine the breadcrumbs, ranch mix, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
  3. Lightly spray a baking sheet with the olive oil spray.
  4. Dip the green beans in the egg, then in the breadcrumb mixture to coat.
  5. Place on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  6. When all green beans are coated, spray them lightly with the olive oil spray and place the baking sheet in the oven.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip them and bake for another 2-5 minutes until crispy. If needed, turn on the broiler for a minute or two to get them really crispy (just be careful not to burn them!).
Here is one of my favorite ways to eat green beans....with bacon.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Blog Hop with Lily

This week Tombow has a special guest designer.Our blog hop is with the amazingly talented, 9 year old Lily Criswell. Our theme for today is Back to School.

I have designed this fun backpack that I made with Inky Antics X1-0020 Gift Bag Template stamp and lots of Xtreme Adhesive for the whole backpack. I designed the little pocket on the front myself and the flaps are closed with Fastener Tabs. The button on the top flap is adhered with a Power Tab.

 Here is a view of the back. I used eyelets and ribbon to mimic the straps on a backpack.

There is a chance to win a prize with this hop:
Here is what you can win:

In order to enter to win the prize, please comment on all the Design Team’s projects this week as well as “Like” TombowUSA Facebook if you haven't already. Now it's time to head over to Melissa's blog to see her back to school project.

Frugal Friday 8-8-14

*enjoying goodies from the garden...ours and from those who have shared with us...zucchini, onions, cucumbers, beans, banana peppers, corn

*rec'd lots of free food from a truck that now comes to the community with Wal-Mart surplus...oatmeal, peanut butter, brown rice, wheat spaghetti, canned green beans, canned corn, cracker crisps, bread/buns, fresh peaches, diced tomatoes...what a blessing!

*had a garage sale and was able to sell a few things. Wasn't the best turn out, but exceeded my goal, so that was good, going to try again with Junk Jaunt...then it goes to Goodwill

*downloaded free books from Bookbub

*rec'd free coffee and fingernail polish from PinchMe

*put up corn at mom and dad's...4 families each got 11 pint and 44 quart of corn

Monday, August 4, 2014

31 Days of Spending Less

I found this blog and saw this challenge that this gal does in October of "spending zero" for 31 days. I haven't read all the days challenges yet, but decided to take it on with food. We have so much food in the cupboards and freezer.

I asked DH if he thought we could do it for a month and he thought we could for a year! LOL! Well, I don't think we could go that long, but I may try it again in September.

The only things she says to buy food wise is milk, bread, eggs, & cheese. I am going to follow this minus the bread as I will make my own and I'm adding cooking ingredients, like flour, sugar, etc. Also if peaches drop in price, I will buy some to can since it is peach season around here.

Anyone want to join me on this journey? I am excited to give this a try and see how much we can save this month and next. Ü

Pinned It Made It Week 30/May Arts Rainbow Ribbon Challenge

I created these baby crocheted hats and shoes using this and this pin for the latest May Arts Ribbon challenge. This challenge was rainbow inspired. I ended up making 2 hats as I couldn't find a yarn that matched all 3 of the items I had to work with. I was sent the lucious purple ribbon....this is sooo soft and perfect for a baby hat, blue flowers and yellow butterflies from May Arts.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

When Life Gives You Lemons

...Make Lemonade! Ü Here is a box that I created that would be fun to fill with Lemonade pkts. The stamped image is by Inky Antics and colored with Irojiten Colored Pencils and added some depth with Dual Brush Pens.

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I used Mono Adhesive Dots for the doily, Power Tabs for the buttons and for the rest of the box, Xtreme Adhesive.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 29

This is a purse I made with the Inky Antics stamped center piece from seeing THIS pin.

The free pattern can be found HERE on allfreesewing.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Just Flying By

**this is my 3rd post today! Ü be sure to scroll down to see my Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbon guest designer projects and my Frugal
Friday post.

Today the Tombow DT has guest designer Ellen from the Chilly Dog hopping with us. If you came from the Tombow Blog you are right on track.

For my project I have this fun card that is my favorite of the Benton Bears by Inky Antics.

I colored the image with Irojiten Colored Pencils and used Xtreme Adhesive for all the layers. Now it wouldn't be a hop without a prize:

Prize package will include:

In order to enter to win the prize, please comment on all the Design Team’s projects this week as well as “Like” TombowUSA and The Chilly Dog on Facebook! Now you are off to see what Melissa Cash has created for this hop.

Here is this week’s Line-up:
Tombow Blog
Debbie Fisher
Melissa Cash
Jennie Garcia
Marie Browning

Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbon Guest Post

Today, I am a guest designer for Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbon. I had so much fun created these two projects for them using their cutting files. Both are "purse" related. Ü These files are only 99¢ and you can use them over and over, so a great deal on some fun gift projects.

For my first project, I created this using their Purse Gift Card Holder file. I was able to get 2 out of one 12 x 12 sheet of designer paper, so just cut them both while I was at it. Tombow's Fastener Tabs were perfect for this project to hold down the little button flap (I cut one in half). Xtreme Adhesive was used to adhere the parts together. I love how this turned out and can't wait for an opportunity to treat someone.

My next project uses their K-Cup Treat Cutting File. This was easy to create using their instructions and I was able to get 2 out of a 12 x 12 sheet of designer paper as well.

I tried folding a piece of paper over the back and front like they showed, but it was just too tights, so I just added a decorative front with Nestibilities dies and used Fastener Tabs cut into small pieces to hold the handle shut. I used Xtreme Adhesive again for this project.

Thank you PPPR for having me as your guest designer this week. I had a ball creating these projects and now have 4 gift items ready to be used.

Be sure to stop by the PPPR blog as she has a Freebie Friday file every week.

Frugal Friday 7-25-14

*lemon lime soda 67¢/2 liter (we drink lots of limeades with all the fresh fruit in the summer)

*lemon lime soda five 12 pk/$9

*replaced zipper in jeans for son...not a fun job, but a sense of accomplishment being my first time doing it and saved them lots of money....zipper $ jeans $30...great savings!

*eating spinach and a very small onion from garden, lots of rhubarb (making desserts and syrup for limeades with it so far)

*took inventory of pantry, cupboards, freezer, etc and making as many meals as possible with what we have without buying lots of groceries every week

*enjoyed fresh fish from brother-in-law....yum!

*earned $30 in swagbucks, turned it in for Amazon bucks and bought birthday gift for son and me a new paper trimmer.

*rec'd shampoo/rinse, lotion, coffee samples in the mail

*rec'd lots of papercraft goodies for DT work with other companies

*free frozen custard with birthday coupon from Culvers

*free ice cream cone with birthday coupon from Baskin Robins

*great savings on goodies I needed for a "Sunshine in a Basket" that I wanted to make for a friend. 50¢ baskets and mugs at Goodwill.
*cereal 3 boxes for $5. My rule is no cereal unless it is $2 or under which means we don't buy a lot of cereal. Was so glad to find this bargain as DH likes to eat cereal for supper when he comes in late from the field (late as being after 9 pm)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 28

**Looks like I had some blog issues, this didn't go live when I wanted it to...

This week I am sharing some pins of food I have made, but didn't get any pictures! I can't believe I forgot to take pics before it all got eaten. But it was all VERY good and I will be making them all again, so I will post pics next time.

I live in the country and the closest "town" is actually a village. It has a senior center where locals meet for coffee each day. I don't drink coffee, but I do go in from time to time. When it is your birthday, there is a birthday coffee for that person and they bring treats. My birthday was the 6th and I had my "coffee" the 8th. I made THESE yummy cheesecake bites. I have never made cheesecake before and I ended up making two!
Sally's Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes
Photo courtesy of cupcakesgarden

I also made THIS cheesecake recipe, but mine didn't look anything like this. I don't think I let the cheesecake set up long enough with the caramel and ganache, but it was DE. LIC.OUS! I made it just like it said, with the exception of the homemade whipped toppping.

Delicious Salted Caramel Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache at
Photo courtesy of tidymom

I also have tried THIS sweet potato recipe lately. Very yummy!

Maple Syrup Bacon Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Photo courtesy of yourhomebasedmom

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Fun with Paper Hats....Kinda

How is that for a title? LOL! This week is all about hats on Cutting Café. Hat files anyway. When Regina first sent out the Party Hat Template, I didn't see a hat, but a cone holder. I also used the new Rosette File.

For a chance to win 3 Cutting Cafe files of your choice, be sure to stop by the Cutting Cafe blog tomorrow and leave a comment AND to check out the files that the rest of the DT chose to create with this week. I'm guessing the others actually made hats. Ü

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

BFB The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn: A Novel - eBook  -     By: Lori Benton
The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn was a good book, but the history put into it was a bit long and boring and at times I would not get what the point of the real history and the made up story had in common.

If all of that very long detail had been left out, it would have been a 5 star book for me. In The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn Tamsen Littlejohn escapes her wicked stepfather and marriage proposal of a would be suitor. She seeks refuge with a stranger who whisks her away to the Watauga settlement in western North Carolina. However, life becomes even more complicated. The story is filled with lots of intriguing moments and revelations as the two get to know each other and find the truth about their pasts.

I received this e-book free from Water Brook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 27

This is a BIG post, so sit back and relax with a cup of tea or whatever. Ü Today's post is in conjunction with this week's Tombow post. To see that post, just scroll down. This whole post is inspired by the Basket/Box of Sunshine ideas that are on Pinterest.

I made a Basket of Sunshine for a friend who was going through cancer over a year ago and forgot to take pictures of it. It was so much fun to create. I have been wanting to make another (or 2 or 3) for some loved ones going through tough times right now and decided this was a good time to get it done.

Ever since the first basket I made for my friend Teri, I have been keeping an eye out for "yellow" sunshine-y items I could add to a box/basket. Whenever I'm going to be out of town, I make sure to print a Hobby Lobby coupon so I can pick something up, if I come across it.

Here is the basket that I created. Last week, my DIL and I took a girl's day and went to Kearney shopping. We had some things we needed to do there, so I kept my eye out for yellow. Ü We went to Goodwill and I found some mugs that had a yellow band around them. Perfect! My purpose was to go there and get a basket or two and found them for 50¢ each, so ended up getting 3. The mugs were 50¢ as well, so that was a fun find.

I added some Lemon Zinger tea in the mug. I like this tea hot and cold. To go with the tea, I made some Lemon Biscotti that I drizzled with yellow melting discs (that I used my Hobby Lobby coupon on Ü). Yummy!

I already had a yellow dishcloth crocheted up, so added that to my basket. I like to add personal items that I have made. The flowers were some I had gotten at a store last year marked down for 76¢. I wish they would have had more of them. I think it is a perfect accent to this basket. Put them in a vase and it's sure to brighten one's day. Oh and the yellow towel I lined the basket with, is one I've had in my stash for a very long time. I have about 3 more of them, just waiting for a project like this to brighten one's day.

I then added a pkg of microwave buttery popcorn, Caramel Milky Way Bar, Peanut M & M's, Lemon Drops and Lemon flavored gum for fun. With all the school items out now, I found some yellow sticky note pads and grabbed a couple of them for my baskets. A pretty pen, I already had in my stash for when I had been yellow hunting in the past, Pina Fanta (not sure how it tastes, but it was yellow and looked like fun) and this cute tea lite that I found in the dollar section at Target. I added some yellow tape that I had in my stash around the base edge. This is really fun lit up. So much fun, I had to tell my son to quit playing with it. LOL!

For another homemade treat, I made some Lemon Puppy Chow! Oh my....this is yummy! I put it in a Starbuck's coffee jar that I yellow of course.

I have a Biscotti Board and Lemon Board if you want to take a look at them for ideas to fill your own Sunshine Basket/Box. Be sure to scroll down to the post before this one on more details on my sun shaped card.

Have you made a Sunshine Box/Basket? I would love to hear about it and what you filled it with.

Lemon Puppy Chow
via youandmearewe blog

9 cups rice squares cereal (Chex, or your store's brand)

1 1/4 cup white vanilla chips (not white chocolate chips!) **I used white melting discs that I had gotten from Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon
1/4 cup butter1 fresh lemon
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar

Measure your cereal into a large bowl. In a separate (microwave safe) bowl, mix together your white vanilla chips, butter, and the juice of one fresh lemon. Microwave that puppy on high for a minute and a half - stirring occasionally. Just a tip, it's going to get foamy, so make sure you keep an eye on it so it doesn't get all over the microwave. Once the mixture is nice and creamy (you may need extra time depending on your microwave), fold it into the cereal. Make sure it's all coated nicely, then add the powdered sugar and toss well.
**I am a chocolate fan, but these were very nice and tasty and I will definitely by making them again.

Lemon Biscotti

via livlife

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 

1 cup sugar 
2 teaspoons baking powder 
1 1/2 tablespoon grated lemon rind 
2 tablespoons or lemon juice **I used 3 tablespoons
1 tablespoon vegetable oil 
3 large eggs 
Cooking spray 

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, sugar, and baking powder in a large bowl. Combine rind, lemon juice, and add to flour mixture, stirring until well-blended (dough will be dry and crumbly). Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 7 to 8 times. 

Preheat oven to 350°. Divide dough in half. Shape each portion into an 8-inch-long roll. Place rolls 6 inches apart on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; flatten each roll to 1-inch thickness. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes (*I prefer to bake for 20) 

Remove the rolls from baking sheet; cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack. (**I prefer to cut mine hot and not wait 10 minutes)   

Cut each roll diagonally into 15 (1/2-inch) slices. Place the slices, cut sides down, on baking sheet. Reduce oven temperature to 325°; bake for 10 minutes. Turn cookies over; bake an additional 10 minutes (the cookies will be slightly soft in center but will harden as they cool). Remove from baking sheet, and cool completely on wire rack. ***After they cooled, I drizzled them with the melted yellow baking discs.

Sunshine Challenge

It's challenge week on Tombow and I am your hostess. My challenge is to use the color yellow and sunshine. The inspiration for this challenge is the Box/Basket of Sunshine ideas I've seen on Pinterest. I even have a Box of Sunshine board if you would like to visit it for more ideas.

I created this card for my basket of goodies that is going to a friend who is going through a tough time. I wanted something to cheer her up and I hope this does it. If you would like to see my basket of goodies that I made to give her, go here. There are recipes and other ideas for you.

I used the Sun Shaped Card and Every Day Mini Words files from Cutting Cafe. The patterned papers are adhered to the card with MONO Adhesive Dots and the layers are put together using Xtreme Adhesive. To adhere the bow, I used a Power Tab.

If you would like a chance to win the Tombow products that I used on this card, be sure to stop by the Tombow blog for details on how to play and win.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Frugal Friday 7-11-14

*rec'd free shampoo, rinse, and lotion samples
*rec'd 2 free silicone baking mats after a long messed up order...they ended up sending them to me for free
*watched 2 movies for free (if you live in the area, free movies at the old Methodist Church in Comstock, Fri and Sat nites at 7:30 pm)
*ate lots of leftovers
*spinach from our garden...YAY! first fruits of our labor this summer
*watched free movie on HULU
*bought 2 liter generic lemon lime soda for 84¢ each for homemade limeades

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

BFB A Table by the Window

A Table by the Window, Family Secrets & Heirloom Recipes Series #1   -     By: Hillary Manton Lodge

A Table by the Window by Hillary Manton Lodge was a fun read. It is filled with many recipes as the story of food writer Juliette is told. The story opens up with Juliette  receiving a special table her grandmother willed to her. Juliette is the youngest in her family who are all involved in food from owning food business, chefs, etc.

After a relationship gone bad, Juliette tries on line dating. She "meets" someone after she thought she had deleted her account to the online dating service.

This story was so well written, it was hard to put down. The ending is such a surprise because it is like it stopped mid sentence. Now I need to find the second book to the series. Ü

I highly recommend this book and received this e-book free from Water Brook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Sending Hugs

I have a cute card to share with you today using an Inky Antics image and colored with Irojiten Colored Pencils (which by the way are on sale for 99¢ each! a $2 savings). The hexagon shapes is  a cutting file from Cutting Cafe and was adhered to the card with Mono Adhesive Dots.

Sending Hugs

Monday, July 7, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 26

This week's Pinned It Made It is actually made by my youngest son. Yesterday was my 50th birthday and he decided I needed a cake for my birthday. This is the first cake he has ever made and it was so moist and yummy! Here is the pin to the recipe he used. He didn't make the frosting from the recipe, but I bet it would be good too.

This is what a cake with 50 candles looks like. It's a wonder all the fire alarms didn't go off. LOL

Then the kids had to be funny and add candles that don't go out. But it was cool cuz they put them in the mass of candles to form a happy face. Do you see it?

Here is Aaron trying to scrape all the wax off the frosting. Ü

Beatty's Chocolate Cake

  • Butter, for greasing the pans
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups good cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk, shaken
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
  • Chocolate Buttercream, recipe follows
  • Chocolate Frosting:
  • 6 ounces good semisweet chocolate (recommended: Callebaut)
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 extra-large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 8-inch x 2-inch round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans.
Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on low speed until combined. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.
Place 1 layer, flat side up, on a flat plate or cake pedestal. With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake.

Chocolate Frosting: Chop the chocolate and place it in a heat-proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir until just melted and set aside until cooled to room temperature.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until light yellow and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and continue beating for 3 minutes. Turn the mixer to low, gradually add the confectioners' sugar, then beat at medium speed, scraping down the bowl as necessary, until smooth and creamy. Dissolve the coffee powder in 2 teaspoons of the hottest tap water. On low speed, add the chocolate and coffee to the butter mixture and mix until blended. Don't whip! Spread immediately on the cooled cake.