Thursday, February 11, 2016

Puppy Love

I have another card I made for the Pretty Cute Stamps blog using their Doggone It! stamp set. I'm not even a dog person and I'm having so much fun with this stamp set.

The puppy is colored and outlined with Tombow's Dual Brush Pens.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Pinned It Made It Monday 2-8-16

I have a super yummy dessert and sauce recipe to share with you for this week's PIMIM.

Apple Pecan Bread Pudding with Vanilla Bean Sauce. The pin is HERE. They used cranberries which would have been good, but we still have apples that needed used up, so I decided to go with that instead.

If you don't like bread pudding, make the sauce! It is amazing!!!

recipe via Mother Thyme:
Prep time
Cook time
Serves: 8 servings
  • 1 loaf of day old French bread cut into large bite size cubes (about 8 cups)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • ¾ cup Tate+Lyle® Organic Pure Cane Sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Vanilla Bean Sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter or spray with cooking spray a 9-inch springform pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl toss cubed bread, cranberries and nuts.
  3. In another large bowl mix milk, cream, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. In a small bowl whisk eggs with sugar and vanilla until blended then stir into milk mixture.
  5. Add bread, cranberries and pecans and gently stir until it has almost absorbed all of the milk mixture.
  6. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes until top is golden brown and center of pudding comes out clean with a tester.
  7. Place pan on a cooling rack and allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes.
Vanilla Bean Sauce
  1. While pudding is cooling, add sugar, butter, cream, vanilla beans and pod to a small saucepan and bring to a low boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Reduce heat to a simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, discard vanilla bean pod and allow to cool slightly.
  4. Pour over bread pudding or serve on the side.

Saturday, February 6, 2016


I have a fun Valentine project for you today using Cutting Cafe's Sweet Big Expression Printable and Cutting File. This week the design team will be showcasing projects using any files from Regina's Big Expressons files. There are 4 different files that we could choose from.

I was wanting a little something extra for my Valentine decorations and knew this project would be perfect to add. I'm even thinking of making a "Lucky" one for St. Patrick's Day, using her Lucky Big Expression file.

I knew for the size of my frame, I wanted the letters to fit in a 3.5" x 10.25" space. I just opened my Silhouette page and selected "all" of the letters and then enlarged them on the mat to fit that space.

The frame I have had on hand for some time and it was an ugly gold. I spray painted it with an off white chalk paint and then lightly sanded it when dry. I really like how it turned out.

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.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Pinned It Made It Monday 2-1-16

Today's PIMIM is a yummy Oatmeal Buttermilk Bread recipe. So soft and moist on the inside with a little crispy exterior.

my favorite part of the bread is cutting the heel right when it comes out of the oven, you can even see the steam in this photo.

then slather with homemade apple butter from made from our own apples...yum!

recipe via fortysomething
Oatmeal Buttermilk Whole Wheat Bread
Oatmeal Buttermilk Bread
This lovely bread is good plain or toasted. The dough is moist and sticky though, so a stand mixer is pretty much a necessity with this bread. Be sure to check the temperature, if you have a thermometer. If you don’t, you’ll want to aim for about 45 minutes, no matter how done it looks earlier. Cover with tin-foil to prevent it from over-browning, if necessary. This recipe will make two loaves.
  • 1 1/4 cups large flake (old fashioned) rolled oats
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 tsp. active dry or instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup canola, vegetable or other neutral-tasting oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 cups bread or all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. salt

  • Instructions
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the rolled oats with the 1 cup of boiling water. Stir to moisten the oats and let stand about 10 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, proof your yeast in 1/4 cup of warm water. Let stand until oats are ready.

  • To the soaked oats, add the buttermilk, oil, brown sugar and the proofed yeast mixture. Stir to combine. Add the 2 cups of whole wheat flour and 2 cups of the bread flour (HOLD BACK THE LAST CUP FOR NOW). Knead with the dough hook for 2-3 minutes, then let rest in the bowl for 20 minutes. After the dough has rested, add the 1 Tbsp. salt and knead with your mixer, adding as much of the last cup of flour (or more) as needed to bring the dough together around the hook (it will still be sticky, but will start to wrap itself around the hook and begin to clean the sides a bit.

  • Scrape the dough out into a well oiled bowl, turn to coat the dough, and then cover and let rise for about 1 hour, or until doubled (Mine took about 90 minutes)
  1. Punch down the dough and cut in half. With one half, place on a lightly floured surface and press into a rectangle. Fold into thirds, letter-style, then roll up. Pinch the seams closed and place seam side down into a greased 8×4-inch loaf pan. Repeat with other half of the dough.
  1. Let rise in a warm place, covered with a towel or greased plastic wrap for an additional 30-60 minutes, or until loaves crest the side of the pan by an inch or so in the centre. Lightly brush with water and sprinkle a few additional oats onto the dough.
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Bake for approx. 45 minutes, or the internal temp reaches 190-200 degrees. *Check bread at 30 minutes and cover top with a piece of tin foil, if necessary, to prevent the top from over-browning.

Prep time: 20 min | Cook time: 45 min | Total time: 3 hours

Thursday, January 28, 2016

I Woof You

Hello! Can you believe this gorgeous weather we are having??!! For those of  you who don't live here, it is supposed to get up in the low 50's and then snow all weekend...crazy!

Today I am sharing a Valentine card I made for the Pretty Cute Stamps blog using their Doggone It! stamp set.

The cute puppy is colored with Tombow's Irojiten Colored Pencils and blending with Gamsol.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Pinned It Made It Monday

I decided to bring back PIMIM as part of my word for the year 2016 {simplify}. I have been going through my pinned boards and cleaning them out. Being very intentional and real on what I would really make/create/do, etc. Part of that is trying recipes that I think we would like and if we do, keep them, if not...delete.

Here are a couple new recipes that I have tried lately and liked:
Asiago Artisan Bread (I am ♥ing my new cast iron Dutch Oven that I rec'd from my kids for Christmas) Cut thick and then toasted, it is amazing with soup!

M & M Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie


via: My Favorite Meals
3 C. Sifted Flour (plus extra for kneading)
2 1/2 tsp. Yeast
2 tsp. Salt (a little less if adding strong cheese)
2 TBS. Sugar
Mix dry ingredients, then add:
2 C. Water (Warm water if you're in a hurry) 

1-2 Cups cheese, Blogger used shredded Asiago, cheddar chunks and a few tablespoons of Parmesan, I added the cheese when I kneaded dough. Add shredded Asiago to the top of the bread once you place it in the dutch oven.

Mix ingredients together until well mixed with a fork, cover bowl with plastic wrap let sit until mixture has doubled or tripled in size. (About an hour.) It will look really wet and bubbly.

Turn oven on to 400, add Dutch oven to heat up with oven. (Dutch oven needs to be very hot when adding the dough.)

Meanwhile, knead dough with a extra of flour, add cheese let rise for 30 min while oven heats up. 

When oven is at temperature and your dough has doubled in size again, add to hot dutch oven. Do not add any oil. Cook with lid on for 30 min. Remove lid and cook for 10-15 more minutes to brown bread. 

Remove from oven. This is the end result. Yummy hot cheesy bread. 

M & M Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
via: Sally's Baking Addiction y
  prep time: 10 MINUTES         total time: 50 MINUTES           yield: SERVES 6-8
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar (or dark brown)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature preferred
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup M&M’S® Baking Bits
  • optional: ice cream and chocolate syrup
Special Equipment
  • 9 - 12 inch oven-safe skillet1


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (162°C). Lightly grease your oven-safe skillet.
  2. In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter for 1 minute on medium speed until completely smooth and creamy. Add the granulated sugar and brown sugar and beat on medium high speed until fluffy and light in color. Beat in eggs and vanilla on high speed. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt together until combined. On low speed, slowly mix into the wet ingredients until combined. The cookie dough will be quite thick. Add the chocolate chips and M&M’S®, then mix on low for about 5-10 seconds until everything is evenly disbursed.
  4. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, spread the cookie dough evenly into prepared skillet.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until puffed, browned on the sides, and lightly browned on top. If you want your skillet cookie a little more cooked through, bake for 40 minutes. Allow the cookie to slightly cool in the pan set on a wire rack before digging in. You can scoop/slice and serve or serve with a whole bunch of spoons so everyone can dig in together. I always serve with ice cream and chocolate syrup. Cover leftovers and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  6. Make ahead tip: Prepare cookie dough through step 3. Cover dough tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and chill for up to 3 days in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 3 months in the freezer. If freezing, thaw in the refrigerator before continuing to the next step
  7. Additional Notes:The most important part of this recipe is using an oven-safe skillet. You want anything from 9 to 12 inches in diameter. When making skillet cookies, I always use my 10-inch cast iron skillet. As stated in the recipe directions, adjust the baking time. A larger skillet will take a little less time, a smaller skillet will take a little more time.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Sealed With a Lick

Hello from snowy Nebraska! I have another Inky Antic card to share today that is springy in nature, but it sure isn't springy outside. I used some fun Doodlebug papers from their Hello Sunshine paper pad. The images are from Inky Antics. Dog from 10977MC Delightful Dogs #1 set and sentiment 4713D Sealed With a Lick.

here is a  peek at the other images in the Delightful Dog set.
Inky Antics Clear Stamp Set - Delightful Dogs #1

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Valentine Bendy Card

Have you seen the new Bendy/Bendi cards? I hadn't until Regina designed a set of them on the Cutting Cafe and that is our challenge for this week. To create my card I used the Bendi-Bendy Card Template and Cutting File as well as Valentine Family and Friends Printable Stamp Set and Valentines' Day Mini Words.

Most of Regina's files come with a SVG Measurement guide in case your cutting machine doesn't open it to size. I use a Silhouette and sometimes the files are to size, but this one wasn't. Rather than copy and paste all the images to one mat to resize, I decided to just make the size that showed up on my mat. (this was due to the fact that I have a head cold, my eyes are watering like crazy and my head is in a fog LOL) But...I think the small size turned out kinda cute. When folded flat it measures 4 3/8" x 3 5/8".

I decided to go with a Valentine theme, since that is right around the corner. From the borders option, I cut one of the large hearts to go at the top of the card and 3 of the smaller hearts border for the tabs and for the inside of the card. I trimmed off one of the hearts on the border to fit the length of the sentiment on the inside.

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.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

500 Things Decluttering Challenge

I subscribe to Money Saving Mom (I highly suggest this site as she has so many frugal tips, special buys, etc and has helped me save a lot of money on things I otherwise would not have known about and would have paid a higher price).

She posted a few days ago about a gal that is hosting a 500 Things Decluttering Challenge in 14 days. MSM is posting what the challenge is on her blog and keeping a running tally of the things she is purging from her home. I decided this falls under my word for the year {simplify} and I wanted to do it as well. This started on the 11th.

Here are the challenges for the days so far in case you would like to play along. Be sure to subscribe to Money Saving Mom to get the daily challenges. I will also be posting them every few days here as well. I've added the links to the posts from Money Saving Mom in case you want to read more about each challenge.

Day 1 100 pieces of paper Right now I'm at 210 pieces of paper. I decided for a month, I'm going to try to find the number of pieces to throw away for that day. So for Jan 1st I threw away one, Jan 2, two, etc.
Day 2: 25 items from your bedroom done
Day 3: clean off counter tops We basically have no counter tops. Our kitchen is very small and we have a 14" space on both sides of the kitchen sink and then my Hoosier Cabinet, but I try to keep that cleaned off so I can use it when cooking baking. My Kitchen-aid sits out at all times and I can pull out the shelf thingy on the Hoosier to give me more room esp when serving food when we have company and for rolling out cinnamon rolls, baking, etc. We do keep tea, chai, hot chocolate etc on the top of the Hoosier so I decided to clean that all off and find another space for them. I did declutter the area, but didn't get rid of anything, so am not counting anything on this. We use all the items I have on the top of the Hoosier.
Day 4: 50 things from your home office done
Day 5: 25 items from your pantry done
Day 6: 50 things from kitchen drawers and cupboards
Day 7: clean out the garage and basement

I don't have all of these done yet, as I started a couple of days late and am battling a head cold, but I will keep a running tab on what all I get rid of and post.

so far...310 items...I'm on day 6 today and it's WAY too cold to go outside to do day 7, but supposed to be warmer this weekend, so will tackle that then.

Here is a great quote as a reminder while decluttering...

"have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." - william morris.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

PCS Monthly Challenge ~ Love

It is time for Pretty Cute Stamps' monthly challenge and this month it is all about love! Every month Pretty Cute Stamps has a card/project challenge where you can play along for a chance to win some prizes.

I don't have a lot of stamp sets, so had to be creative with what I did have and I came up with this cute card using Doggone It! and Fur Baby.

The sentiment is from Doggone It! and the heart is from Fur Baby. There is a sentiment in Fur Baby that says "I ♥ My". I just colored the ♥ with a black Tombow marker and stamped it on the ends of the sentiment strip. The dog is colored with Tombow Irojiten colored pencils.

Here are the 2 stamps sets that I used. You can click on them and it will take you to the store: 

Now we would love to have you play along! Check out the wonderful projects the rest of the Design Team created. You have until February 6th to enter your own project with a {love} theme and Pretty Cute Stamps image for the challenge for a chance to win.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Have a Purr-fect Day

Last week was CHA in CA and I really miss not going any more, but I was able to create some cards for Inky Antics, so I was represented in my artwork.

This card is using 10979MC Cute Cats #1 Clear Set. The image is colored with colored pencils and blended with Gamsol. The sentiment comes vertical, but by masking, you can stamp each line and make it a horizontal sentiment.

The set comes with 3 images and several different sentiments.

I hope you all are having a "purr-fect" day!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Totally Rad

I'm over on Pretty Cute Stamps' blog today. Pretty Cute Stamps has a new stamp set that came out this month called "Totally Rad". This fun stamp set has lots of fun images reminiscent of the 80's. I was needing a birthday card and I thought this set would be perfect. I even had some fun "rad" paper that I wanted to use with it. The papers may be more 70's, but I put them together any way.
I colored directly onto the glasses stamp with a Tombow marker and I like how it looks like there is a glare on the glasses.

Friday, January 8, 2016

PCS January 2016 Stamp Release Blog Hop

If you came from Amber's blog, you're in the right place. If you stumbled upon this post and would like to start from the beginning, please visit the Pretty Cute Stamps' blog, so you don't miss all the wonderful inspiration.

For this one day hop, we are sharing projects featuring the new stamps from PCS' January 2016 release that are now available in the Pretty Cute Stamps Store

My stamp set to share with you today is a fun 80's set called Totally Rad. This is a fun set for anyone who lived in or loves the 80's.

Here is a peek at the stamp set and all the sentiments that come in it.

The blog candy for this hop is a $15 Gift Certificate to the PCS Store. For a chance to win, you must leave a comment on each blog. For EXTRA chances, just "like" Pretty Cute Stamps on Facebook and/or sign up for the Pretty Cute Stamps Mailing List.

A random winner will be chosen for the prize on Monday, January 11th. All new releases will be on sale through January 12th and you can save even MORE by purchasing the January 2016 Stamp Release Bundle. 

Now it's time to hop over to see what Larissa created. And if you hop over to the PCS' blog, you can pick up this cutting file for free TODAY only!

Here is today's line up in case you need it: