Saturday, August 29, 2015

A Golden Birthday

Kinda scary that I've posted 3 days in a row. LOL! This summer has been super busy, so blogging got put on the back burner. But things are slowing down some, so hopefully, this blog won't be so neglected.

Sunday, my oldest (Benjamin) celebrated his "golden" birthday. He was 23 on the 23rd. I didn't get a picture taken of his gift, but everything in the box had gold wrapping or the word "gold/golden" on it. It was fun to go shopping for all things "gold". If you need any ideas, just let me know as I looked at pretty much EVERY single item in Dollar General going up and down every aisle and several aisles at the grocery store. Ü

In the box were 23 gold dollars, gold wrapped candies (brachs, resees, twix, ghiradelli, lindt, and ferrero rocher, golden round crackers, golden oreos (2 pkgs as I got one pkg at Dollar General and then went to the grocery store and they had golden birthday party flavored ones and he really likes those, so had to get those too), gold fish crackers, gold dial soap, and I'm sure there is more I'm forgetting. I could have gotten him glittery gold duck tape and gold bond lotion, but that seemed a little girly. LOL I also thought to get him golden french fries, but didn't have a way to keep them cold before I needed to come home the day I went shopping.

He likes cheesecake, so I made a new one called Rocky Road that I found on Pinterest. The only thing I changed in the recipe is I topped it with toasted pecans instead of almonds as he doesn't like almonds. Oh and I added a little cream to the chocolate topping to make it more of a ganache.



and here is the goofy bd boy...not looking at camera...

 
pushing cheesecake away so it's not in photo...

 and fake smiling...LOL



recipe:
Rocky Road Cheesecake
Preparation: Heat oven to 350 degree F.
Ingredients:
Crust
·         14 Oreos, crushed
·         3 tablespoons butter, melted

Cheesecake
·         10 oz. dark chocolate
·         4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
·         16 oz. cream cheese, softened
·         1 ¼ cup sugar
·         ¾ cups sour cream
·         3 eggs

Topping
·         4oz. chocolate, melted
·         ¾ cup mini marshmallow
·         ½ cup Blue Diamond Salted and Roasted Almonds, coarsely chopped
·          
Instructions:
To make crust:
1.    Crush Oreos to a fine crumb in a food processor or place Oreos in a Ziploc bag and use a rolling pin to roll over and crush. Combine crushed Oreos and melted butter and mix to combine.
2.    Press Oreo mixture into bottom of pan. Place pan in oven and bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

To make cheesecake:
1.    Place both chocolates in a heat proof bowl over simmering water and stir constantly until chocolate is melted; set aside.
2.    Place cream cheese and sugar in a stand mixer bowl fitted with a paddle attachment and cream on medium speed. Add in sour cream and beat to combine. Add in eggs and beat until combined. Turn mixer to low and gradually add in chocolate beat until combined.
3.    Pour cheesecake mixture over Oreo crust and bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes (25-30 minutes for an 8 inch pan). Center should slightly jiggle when pan is tapped. Allow cheesecake to cool for completely. Cheesecake will slightly fall once cooled.

To finish with topping:
1.    Pour melted chocolate on top then sprinkle almonds and marshmallows on top of chocolate.


Friday, August 28, 2015

What Does the Fox Say

Shower number 15 was so much fun! (okay, so they all are LOL) I knew that somewhere along the line I wanted to do a "What Does the Fox Say?" baby shower. I decided I would do it for Amanda and when I was telling a friend of hers what the theme was going to be, she started laughing as Amanda likes to tease her and send her the WDTFS song to bug her. Love it!

For the invites I used a svg cutting file from My Scrap Chick called Fox Belly Box Trio.

Here are some photos from the shower. I apologize for some of the blurry ones. I was having issues with my camera. Not sure what was going on, but several were so blurry. For the food we went with a build your own trail mix. It was a huge hit.

I found these napkins at Hobby Lobby. I thought they were fox on one side and owl on the other, but 1/2 were fox and 1/2 owl 

I found these birch straws on amazon and thought they were perfect for our theme!





To hold the trail mix, I just cut down some little white sacks (not sure if I got them at Michael's or Hobby Lobby, just had them in my stash for awhile) and added a strip of designer paper at the top

To hold all the goodies we had to choose from to create the trail mix, I placed a paper doily in a turquoise berry basket or balsa basket. I made mini banners from the same papers used on the sacks.

  I also glued the designer paper to clothes pins to hold little signs




Right outside our church are 2 large hydrangea plants, so I got permission to cut a few blooms to decorate with. I thought they looked "woodsy" with my pine cones and tree slabs.






Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sew in Love

The next shower in line ended up being one I couldn't attend, but was asked if I would still make the invites for it. This bride to be's colors were yellow, blue, and gray and she likes to sew and quilt.

I created this invitation (with info on the back) using Cutting Cafe's Ribbon Spool Set. A local business was going out of business, so I was able to get enough packages of rick rack at a very good price.


I actually ran out of gray cardstock and could not justify driving 1.5 hours away to get some. After Bible School a friend jokingly offered me gray spray painted grocery sacks they had used for a project asking me what I could do with them. I didn't know at the time, but it worked out perfectly for this project!

The "sew in love" label was made on my computer and the yellow gingham patterned paper was left over from THESE invites. I love how I was able to use up the scraps.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

BFB Waiting for Morning


WOW! Another great book by my favorite author Karen Kingsbury. Karen rights "real" books. "Real" in that people die, struggle, fail, etc and then she shows how by God's grace they can survive. 

This story was no exception to her "real" writing. In this story, it opens as Hannah is waiting for her husband and daughters to return from their annual end of summer fishing/camping trip and they are much later than they are supposed to be. Then comes the dreaded visit from a police officer letting her know that they have been hit by a drunk driver.

This was hard to read and yet hard to put down. "Hard" in that I've had 2 friends killed by drunk drivers. This story is all about forgiveness and was beautifully, though very hard as forgiving is sometimes the last thing we want to do.

I highly recommend this book.

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

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Pretty Cute Stamps Design Team

Now I can share!! I have been selected to be on the Design Team for Pretty Cute Stamps! I am  honored and excited to be on this team. Be sure to check their blog to see their cute stamps!

These are the links for the other Design Team Members that i will be joining.


I am looking forward to designing for PCS. Thank you Lisa!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Take Note

This week on Cutting Cafe, the team is taking note with  Regina's MINI NOTE PAD AND CARD SET....PRINTABLE STAMPS AND TEMPLATE - CUTTING FILE or POST IT NOTE BOX AND COVER SET....TEMPLATE - CUTTING FILE
Every year since my daughter in law started teaching, I have made her some personalized note cards that she can use. The first year was this set with her maiden name, last year this set and box with her married name and again this year, but using an apple graphic I found for free on line.  
I used the MINI NOTE PAD AND CARD SET....PRINTABLE STAMPS AND TEMPLATE - CUTTING FILE to create my cards. Opened up the lined version in word and added the apple graphic and wording.  
I'm a little late getting my post up today as we upgraded the computer to windows 10 and it is taking me awhile to figure out all the photo editing now as the upgrade changed how it worked before. Still have some playing around to do and get it all figured 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.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Romantic/Glitter/Sparkly Bridal Shower

It's fun to host showers that are your style, but this one was fun to do out of my "comfort zone" so to speak. All other showers have had a hint of rustic/country/vintage to them, and while this one was completely different and I really love how it all came together.

It all started with this invitation...Her theme was gold/sparkly/glitter and her colors: pink blush and gold. I knew right away I wanted to use some gold paper doilies. Those aren't as easy to find as I thought they would be!
I didn't have any designer papers that fit this theme, so did some googling and came across Erin Bradley Designs. I love her work and she had the perfect digital designs for me to print in her Pink & Gold Digital Paper Set. I printed the floral design, then ran it back through the printer and printed the info on top of that. I love how pretty it is and how it worked perfectly with my gold doilies.

With pink and gold as the color theme, I knew it needed to be "girly". I borrowed the ruffly curtain from a friend to cover the ugly marker board that is usually seen and receive lots of compliments on that accent alone!

In front of that was the food table. We used a gold plastic table cover and a fabric lace one that I got at 90% off at Dollar General in January when they were marking all their Christmas stuff down. I thought it added the perfect touch to the gold.


I also bought a gold spray paint can and used the whole can spraying things for this table. You might be able to see it better by clicking on the photo, but I bought some glass cut glasses and spray painted them gold, then glued them to some old white dishes. The three cups and plates were 10¢ each. Love happy bargains like this.

The little container holding the nuts, I found at a second hand store for 10¢...SCORE! It was already gold, but tarnished on the outside, so I sprayed (the outside only) the tin and you can see the difference in the golds. I wrapped some lovely May Arts ribbon around it and added some paper flowers.

The mints were a new recipe as well. They were butter mints and I'll post the recipe at the bottom. They were quite a hit as well. (with DH too as I had several left over to bring home)

See the gold on the pink plastic spoon? As I'm spray painting several items, it came to me to try to paint just the top of the spoon. It worked so well, that I took all the pink forks outside too and lined them up, then laid a newspaper over the part that would be touching food and sprayed the handles. This was so much fun and I've never seen this done anywhere, so was excited that I thought of something like that. Ü

The tray holding the dipped rice krispie bars, is a clear plastic tray you can get at the dollar stores. I just turned it over and spray painted the back. The gold color shone through perfectly. We have several gals that have to eat gluten free, so I wanted a snack that they could eat as well. The bars are just the regular rice krispie treat recipe and then I colored some white almond bark and dipped 1/2 the bar in to get a "pink & gold" look.
We had 3 different flavors of cupcakes to choose from: chocolate, lemon with lemon curd in the center, and vanilla. I piped the rose frosting onto all of them the same.

To add a little whimsy, we had gold straws to drink our pink lemonade with. Perfect for a hot summer day. I added some pink flags to each straw. The straws I picked up in the dollar section at Target. The tray this is all sitting on was also a dollar clear plastic tray that I spray painted the bottom with.

Here is a closer look at the forks spray painted. The gold polka dot  napkins are from Party City.

Underneath the rose jars are several layers of white tulle. The jars and tulle were borrowed from a friend's daughter's wedding decor. The roses were from a large rose bush that I got 1/2 off at Hobby Lobby. To decorate the jars, I cut 3 layers of crepe paper ribbon and then cut a fringe on each long side, overlapped the ends and tied with gold string.

The sign in table...I spray painted a jar and then added some ribbons and flowers to it.. The sign in sheet was another of the prints that came in the digital set that I used for the invites.


Friday, July 24, 2015

N*O*E*L

Today I have another Christmas in July project for you as the guest designer for Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbon. I like to look at files and try to find other ways to use them. For my project today I used 4 different files from PPPR.


The "blocks" are from their Puzzle Cube file. I opened in my Silhouette and then chose to cut the outline only. If I would have chosen to  just "cut", it would have cut markings for where to put all the little pieces to look like a Rubics Cube.

The "n" and "e" come from Fall Phrases. I just took the letters from the fall words that had an "n" and "e" and then separated them from the rest of the words so that I only cut the letters I needed.

To create the "O", I used Ornament Trio. I just used the background of the candy striped ornament. and then for the "L", I used the stocking from Christmas Stockings and flipped the stocking horizontally so that it looked like and "L". I'm thinking this stocking could also be a "J" for spelling "JOY" (flipped the other way of course Ü)


To finish the blocks off, I added designer paper behind my "N*O*E*L" letters and glued to the boxes while they were flat and then adhered the finish blocks together and added some May Arts ribbon and red and white berries. The beautiful papers are from Fancy Pants Designs' "Oh, Deer!" collection.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this project.

Monday, July 20, 2015

rustic vintage bridal shower

This is a dual post. It is combining the next Cutting Café challenge and the next in line shower that I helped host.

The Cutting Café theme is Anything Goes (each design team member can create with any CC file they choose) and the shower's theme was rustic/vintage and we used lots of jars.

This is probably my favorite shower to date that I've done. Not only do I love the theme, I just love how everything came together. The bride also has a special place in my heart as she is marrying a young man that is not only good friends with my boys, but we have a special relationship too. A special one in the way that a mother/son have without the angst of raising a young man at times. LOL!

The invite I created uses Cutting Cafe's 13 SHAKER CARD TEMPLATES AND CUTTING FILES. The bride-to-be's wedding colors are teal and coral with hints of silver, navy, and yellow. I stretched the file out so that it would fit in a regular sized envelope. The invite size is 3.5" x 5.75". I used this jar many times and in many ways for the shower.


I also used the jar file to make banners and stretched and squatted them so that I have 4 different sizes. Here is a small one that we tied to an old wagon wheel that we had on the farm and Hannah is going to use at the reception.


 This was right when you walked in the door of where the reception was held. All the other showers were in our church gym, but this one was held at the youth group center. It is more rustic and fit the theme better.
 



Even the sign in sheet had a jar on it:

The "H" and "Z" were not only part of the decor, but part of my gift to the bride


Straws just make everything more fun! Tea and water served in jars...

You can see another longer jar banner here hanging on an old window that was in our basement. I cleaned it up and now am going to use it on the wall in my living room.
We used yarrow growing wild in the ditches and fields for the flowers

Dessert was fruit crisps made and served in jelly jars: peach, cherry, rhubarb, and blueberry. Sorry for the blurry photos!



 
Here you see the jar once more shrunk way down to make tags for each jar naming the flavor of the crisps.

We also had jars homemade vanilla, caramel, and chocolate toppings as well as chopped nuts to add to the frozen yogurt served on the crisps.



 I was so busy taking photos of the sign in and food table I forgot to take a picture of what was on the tables, so I kinda recreated it at home. It was a tree slice with a white doily and then a coral doily cut from cardstock. On that was this candle holder...


single turquoise flower in a cold coffee drink jar with coral chevron burlap and not pictured below a burlap and doily wrapped soup can with lots of white yarrow.


The cut doily and banner on the invite were cutting files from Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbon called:
Doilies 1 Cutting File and Simple Banner Shapes.

Many thanks to the gals that helped me with this shower. It was fun to pool all our vintage goodies together to create this special day for Hannah and her family and friends.

thank you for stopping by and 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.