Friday, July 20, 2018

Christmas in July: Cocoa Pockets

This week's challenge is "Christmas in July" and we could use any file we wanted. I chose two: Christmas Pockets and Christmas Mini Words to create these fun cocoa pockets.

The Christmas Pockets comes with different sizes and cut out shapes. I chose the snowflake pocket as it was the perfect size without having to resize it for the cocoa packets I had on hand. 

To create the same pocket with the candy cane and tree, I just removed the snowflake and added in the other shapes.


When it gets closer to the holidays, I will add some mini marshmallows and mints and/or candy canes or stir sticks.

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog tomorrow 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. 

2018 goals check-in June

You can read more details about my goals HERE and how I did in JanFebMarApr, May
I'm a little late checking in, but here are my June updates:
*note: some of these are completed, I will continue doing them, but won't keep updating the totals

1. 2018 in 2018 Decluttering Challenge...

I have decluttered 1400/2018 items from my home

2. 40 bags in 40 days...this challenge ran from Feb 14 -  March 31, I did 32/40 bags. I am going to continue this challenge throughout the rest of the year.


*total to date: 46/40

**COMPLETED**

3. Create 365 cards...
I am behind on this challenge, it may not happen this year
*total to date: 81/365

4. Try 2 new recipes/month...

18. Dark Chocolate Rhubarb Brownies
19. Rhubarb Cookies w/ Cream Cheese Frosting
20. Kraft Shake n Bake copycat this recipe is the perfect amount for 2 leg quarters. growing up, my mom used to make shake 'n Bake chicken. I couldn't believe how much this smelled like what I remembered from my childhood.

*total to date: 20/24 

5. Read 25 books...
23. "Round the Corner" by Nancy Moser & Vonette Bright
24. "Undivided Heart" by Nancy Moser & Vonette Bright
25. "A Place to Belong" by Nancy Moser & Vonette Bright
26. "The Celebration" by Wanda Brunstetter
27. "The Blessing" by Wanda Brunstetter

total to date: 27/25
**COMPLETED** 

6. Put items on Buy/Sell/Trade...still haven't done this and probably won't at this point


7. Completely decluttering and organizing my creative space. 

slowly working on this as I work on the rest of the house as well

8. Create/Design/Etc 2 pinned items/month that are not food related...

made 4 burp cloths using this tutorial





total to date: 10/24

9. Twelve RAK's for the year...if you are unfamiliar with RAK, it stands for Random Acts of Kindness.


13. gift basket to a friend
14. surprised someone with supper

**total to date: 14/12

**COMPLETED** 

Friday, July 6, 2018

Christmas Animals

This month is Christmas in July on Cutting Cafe. This week we were challenged to make a Christmas card using any of Cutting Cafe's shaped animals. I chose the elephant from the Elephant Shaped Card set. I know my card doesn't look very Christmas-y, but it needed to be pink for a very special baby girl's first Christmas.

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog tomorrow 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.

Be sure to visit the Cafe daily OR subscribe to their store. They will be offering Christmas sets at a discounted price for their Christmas in July Celebration.... 
here is the first... 
http://thecuttingcafe.typepad.com/the_cutting_cafe/2018/07/christmas-in-july-discounted-sets-.html


Monday, June 25, 2018

Cutting Cafe Blog Hop Winner!

Thank you everyone for your kind comments!  Migdalia you are the winner of the Mason Jar Shaped Card Template and Cutting File. Please contact me at debbiedeefisher@yahoo.com and I will forward to Regina to get your file.
Your USA banner is Fantastic!!Amazing job! Love it!
Have a wonderful day,
Migdalia
Mrodriguez860@hotmail.com
Crafting with Creative M

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Cutting Cafe Blog Hop~USA Jar Banner

This week we have a fun blog hop going on with the Cutting Cafe Design Team. If you came from Lisa Snowdy's blog you are in the right place. If not, be sure to start at Regina's blog, so you don't miss a chance to win some awesome files.

Each team member playing along will have a project and we get to give you a chance to win the file that we chose to use. So be sure to stop by and comment on each blog for a chance to win.

I chose to use the Mason Jar Shaped Card Template and Cutting File and this is the file that you can win! Be sure to leave a comment below and I will pick a name using random.org Sunday, June 24th. You will need to leave me a way to contact you.
I love anything Americana (maybe because I'm a July baby?) and created this USA jar banner. The font is MTF Jumpin' Jack. You can download it for free here.
Next on the list is Maria Luisa. Hop on over to say hi to her.
Here is the list of everyone playing along. Some of these links may not work until tomorrow, so  be sure to try again in case they don't.
Mitra Pratt
Audrey Long
Sheryl Wilder
Lisa Snowdy
Debbie Fisher **You are here**
Maria Luisa
Shanta Newby
Krista Norman
Tina Goodwin
Kristi Steinbeck
Thank you for stopping by! Don't forget to leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win the file(s) they are giving away.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Fish Shaped Card

I'm back with a Cutting Cafe post. I was gone for a bit do to some health issues as well as some other hard stuff. Life can be hard! But I'm glad to be back to creating again.

This week we were challenged to use fish bowl or fish files. I chose the Fish Shaped Card to create with. I had a box of scraps that I've been working out of to make cards, so decided to use the scraps to make a fish card and I think it's a fun scrappy fish!


Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog tomorrow 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.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

2018 goals check-in May

You can read more details about my goals HERE and how I did in JanFebMar, Apr

1. 2018 in 2018 Decluttering Challenge...

I have decluttered 1357/2018 items from my home

2. 40 bags in 40 days...this challenge ran from Feb 14 -  March 31, I did 32/40 bags. I am going to continue this challenge throughout the rest of the year.


*total to date: 39/40


3. Create 365 cards...
none this month, I thought March was a hard month, but May has been worse. Some major issues with my health and a double funeral with my dearest friend passing away a week later has been almost too much.
*total to date: 68/365

4. Try 2 new recipes/month...

13. Rhubarb Streusel Cake with Vanilla Sauce (I retyped the recipe and have it posted below as the link has spelling and other errors)
14. Garlic Roasted Asparagus with Bacon and Feta Cheese (so good! we've had twice already)
15. Creamy Italian Asparagus good, but I would use 1/2 the Italian seasoning. I didn't like it overpowering the asparagus, but otherwise, very good
16. Shaved Asparagus Pizza this is sooo good!
17. Asparagus Gratin it was so-so

*total to date: 17/24


5. Read 25 books...

20. "The Road Home" by Beverly Lewis
21. "The Sister Circle" by Nancy Moser & Vonette Bright (this is book 1 in the series, definitely looking for the others. loved this story line)
22. "The Seekers" by Wanda Brunstetter

total to date: 22/25

6. Put items on Buy/Sell/Trade...still haven't done this


7. Completely decluttering and organizing my creative space. 

slowly working on this as I work on the rest of the house as well

8. Create/Design/Etc 2 pinned items/month that are not food related...

made these using this and this tutorial


total to date: 9/24

9. Twelve RAK's for the year...if you are unfamiliar with RAK, it stands for Random Acts of Kindness.


10. shared rhubarb cake with vanilla sauce with someone

11. gave someone rhubarb
12. made cinnamon rolls and delivered

**total to date: 12/12


Rhubarb Streusel Cake with Vanilla Sauce

Cake:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • Streusel Topping:
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
    Vanilla Sauce:
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly grease a 9-inch square baking dish and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar for the cake. Beat in the egg. 
In a smaller bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter/sugar mixture alternately with the buttermilk, beating just until moistened. Fold in the chopped rhubarb. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the batter to the edges.
In a medium bowl, combine the streusel topping ingredients, mixing them together until the mixture is coarse and combined. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the batter. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and the top of the cake is lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
For the sauce, melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add the sugar and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until slightly thickened (it will thicken more as it cools slightly). Remove from the heat; stir in the vanilla. Serve warm with the cake.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Book Review: "The Road Home"

The Road Home by [Lewis, Beverly]
"The Road Home" by Beverly Lewis is an Amish story about Lena Rose and her family. Lena is the oldest of nine children and after her parents are killed in a car accident, the family is split up and she has to move from Michigan to Pennsylvania to live with family she has never met.

The youngest of the siblings is just 6 years old and she struggles the most missing him as she has been like a mother to him.

She sends money home from working in PA, waiting for a job to open up in MI, so she can move back home to be closer to her family. One thing after another happens to prevent her from leaving and eventually she comes to love the Lancaster area.

This story started out really slow for me, and didn't seem very realistic, but I kept reading and it ended up being a nice story.

**I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.**

Monday, May 7, 2018

Lip Balm Holder

A few weeks ago, I had shown Regina and the team a lip balm holder idea I had seen online and had asked where one could buy the plastic containers. A team member led me to Frantic Stamper and then Regina designed this amazing file Lip Balm and Chapstick Holder making your own with clear cardstock that she also carries in her online shop here. I was completely out of clear cardstock, but I did have some of the plastic pouches that I had ordered from Frantic Stamper, so I used Regina's cutting file making the center cut a little bigger to hold my plastic pouch.
This was such a fun project to make and I am going to be making many of these! Thank you Regina for another super fun file to create with!

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog later today 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.

Monday, April 30, 2018

2018 goals check-in April

You can read more details about my goals HERE and how I did in JanFeb and Mar

1. 2018 in 2018 Decluttering Challenge...

I have decluttered 1324/2018 items from my home

2. 40 bags in 40 days...this challenge ran from Feb 14 -  March 31, I did 32/40 bags. I am going to continue this challenge throughout the rest of the year.


*total to date: 34/40


3. Create 365 cards...
I created 18 cards this month (I'm a bit behind, but I made a whole bunch of card fronts, so if I can get those finished up in May, I might be back on track)
*total to date: 68/365

4. Try 2 new recipes/month...

9. Carrot Cake Cheesecake (made for Easter)
10. Instant Pot Easy Chicken Wings (a winner and I've made twice so far using my own sauces)
11. Cream Biscuits (okay, but won't make again)
12. Orange Rhubarb Muffins (very moist, but could barely taste the orange, so will add orange essential oil next time)
*total to date: 12/24

5. Read 25 books...

17. "Where the Fire Falls" by Karen Barnett
18. "Welcome Home: Our Family's Journey to Extreme Joy" by Kimberley Woodhouse (I read this during our power outage due to the blizzard. Really put things in perspective!)
19. "936 Pennies" by Erin Lynum

total to date: 19/25


6. Put items on Buy/Sell/Trade...still haven't done this


7. Completely decluttering and organizing my creative space. 

slowly working on this as I work on the rest of the house as well

8. Create/Design/Etc 2 pinned items/month that are not food related...

made these using this and this tutorial and just combined some of the info from both.
total to date: 7/24

9. Twelve RAK's for the year...if you are unfamiliar with RAK, it stands for Random Acts of Kindness.


None for this month

**total to date: 9/12

Friday, April 27, 2018

Book Review: "Things I Never Told You"


Things I Never Told You by [Vogt, Beth]
Things I Never Told You by Beth Vogt is the story of how one family deals with death, esp the surviving twin losing her sister and the secrets she kept from the family (which isn't as dark and ominous as the back of the book makes it seem).

This story is told by each of the sisters telling it from their viewpoint. I was so confused at first as the author had them all intertwined and I had to keep going back to see who was "talking" and what was going on.

Adding to that stress is the oldest getting cancer. This brings them closer together where forgiveness and healing begin.

This was a bit of a hard read for me, but once I got going it was easier to figure out what was going on.

Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.



Friday, April 20, 2018

Penguin Hot Cocoa Pocket

The Cutting Cafe Design Team had a "free" week this week, meaning we pick any file from the store to create with. I didn't know which direction to ask, so asked my team members to give me a letter, then a color, and then a number. The letter represented the name of the files I would choose from starting with that letter, the color was to use in my project and the number after having been given a letter, I counted down from the top to pick the file.

So I was given: P, blue, 17...I counted down 17 from all the files starting with P and landed on Penguin Shaped Card. Doesn't seem like the project to create with in April, but oddly enough, it snowed the night before I asked the design team to help me out AND we had a blizzard last week.

I sealed an envelope and then cut it down from the short side to create a pocket for a hot cocoa packet and fun straw. I also hand cut some white cardstock for snow. I'm hoping this is the last of the snow that I see until late this winter.

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog tomorrow 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.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Ribbon Spool Shaped Notepad

This week we have a fun challenge on Cutting Cafe. Regina challenged us all to make a notepad using any file from the Shaped Cards section. The hardest part of this challenge was which file to pick! I had so many ideas from looking through the shaped cards section. The idea was to basically make a front and back of your chosen design and then to cut several sheets of paper or cardstock for the filler.

Well, you know me...always thinking outside of the box. LOL

I decided to use the Ribbon Spool Set for my notepad cover.



Here is how I created it...
I resized the spool to fit to the size of my notepads from the Dollar Tree. The length is 5.25" and the inside spool width is 4". I cut 4 of the base pieces, 2 patterned paper to layer the front and the back (I didn't layer the inside as the notepad will be covering it up), 2 pieces for the middle of the spool and then I cut 2 base pieces for the pockets and cut them down to 3" tall, and 2 layering pieces to fit the inside pocket pieces. I also cut a piece of cardstock 2.5" x 3.25" for the spine. Along the 2.5" side I scored it at 1" and 1.5".


I layered the patterned paper to the front and back and inside "pocket" pieces. To the front only, I added rick rack  (and now I think I'm going to go back and add it to the back) and then typed and printed "sew I don't forget" and adhered that to the front as well.

To the second set of spool bases, I adhered adhesive to the bottom and sides only to create my pocket.

To the spine I adhered double side adhesive to both sides of the 1" ends.


I removed paper from the inside of the spine piece and adhered to the inside pieces.

here is what it looks like when you flip the inside over:

I removed the paper and centered a 24" piece of ribbon:

I forgot to take a picture of the next step: Adhere the front and back decorated spool pieces over the ribbon.

Next, trim off about .5" from the back of 2 paper pads. This keeps the end from sticking to the adhesive on the bottom of the pocket, plus makes the pad fit in better. I learned this trick from my YouTube friend Amber. I got the idea to make this notepad holder from her tutorial HERE.

Now insert the note pads in each pocket

Tie the ribbon ties and you have a cute notepad holder.


Note: there is space in the middle to add a pen, but I didn't have one that matched. I will buy one and add to it later.

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog tomorrow 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, April 5, 2018

BFB Where the Fire Falls



I'm sad to say that this is my last review for Blogging for Books. They are no longer in business. I have enjoyed so many books and found new authors whose work I love through this program and will miss it for sure.

"Where the Fire Falls" by Karen Barnett is set in Yosemite National Park. Artist, Olivia Rutherford is commissioned to paint the park for a travel magazine. She isn't that excited about it, but needs the money to hide a secret. Clark Johnson is her guide with secrets of his own.

The author writes in such a way that you can almost see the park in your mind. The story was very captivating.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

2018 goals check-in March

This month was hard. There were some hard, unexpected things that happened in our family and not much about this month was normal and scheduled. Hopefully we will have a very "boring" month in April. I have been physically and emotionally drained and for April I am hoping to get back on track.

You can read more details about my goals HERE and how I did in January and February

1. 2018 in 2018 Decluttering Challenge...
I have decluttered 1313/2018 items from my home

2. 40 bags in 40 days...this challenge runs from Feb 14 -  March 31, I did 32/40 bags. I am going to continue this challenge throughout the rest of the year.

*total to date: 32/40


3. Create 365 cards...
I created 20 cards this month 
*total to date: 52/365

4. Try 2 new recipes/month...
due to my schedule being off, not only did I not make anything new, but I also wasn't able to follow my monthly meal plan.

*total to date: 8/24


5. Read 25 books...
13-16. read 4 new books

total to date: 16/25

6. Put items on Buy/Sell/Trade...still haven't done this

7. Completely decluttering and organizing my creative space. 
slowly working on this as I work on the rest of the house as well

8. Create/Design/Etc 2 pinned items/month that are not food related...
made several of these and these

I made them for a craft show for my cousin and forgot to take pics before I gave them to her. I'll post some pics in a separate blog post if there are any left over and/or I make more

total to date: 6/24

9. Twelve RAK's for the year...if you are unfamiliar with RAK, it stands for Random Acts of Kindness.
*made several mini loaves and a few large loaves of zucchini bread and gave to several people. I forgot to count how many I gave, so just counting this as one.

*sunshine basket for someone

*St. Patrick's Day basket for someone

**total to date: 9/12