Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sticky U

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Hello and welcome to Sticky University! This year Tombow is introducing Sticky University AKA StickyU! They sent out their latest adhesive product, Xtreme Adhesive to designers of all media who signed up. This adhesive is 5 X’s Stronger than our standard tape runner. It works on a variety of hard to glue surfaces such as cardstock, cork, wood, fabric, glass, plastic and rubber.

In return, each designer received a Sticky U t-shirt and have been posting their projects on social media. You can view these posted so far by going here. This week the Tombow design team is posting their Sticky U projects.

I created this Stationery Caddy by Cutting Cafe. When creating something like this, you need a very strong adhesive as you don't want it falling apart. I used Xtreme Adhesive to adhere all the box pieces together as well as the designer paper to the box.

In the back of the box are these notecards for my DIL who is a 5th grade teacher. I made some for her last year, but needed to change her name as she just got married to my oldest son in May. Ü I used Mono Adhesive Dots to adhere mini apples on each notecard. The notecards are from Cutting Cafe's Mini Notepad Printable Set and the apples from Apple Treat Box file.

Kassy decorated her classroom with Husker Decor, so in the front box sections I included Husker sticky note pad and lip balm.

I strongly dislike photos of myself, but we were to take a selfie of us wearing our Sticky U shirt, so here I am...For those who haven't seen me lately, Yes my hair is shorter. I had 6" cut off. Ü Made it more curly too, which you can't tell so much in this photo.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 34

In my Frugal Friday post I mentioned that I made Benjamin a Snicker Cheesecake for his birthday. I found the recipe HERE on Pinterest.

And here is the goofy birthday boy and his bride.

Snickers Cheesecake
from all

This layered dessert recipe starts with an Oreo crust, then a layer of chopped Snickers, then cheesecake batter and, finally, caramel sauce and peanuts. Creamy, sweet, and with a crunchy crust, this cheesecake is a dream dessert.
  • Yield: Serves 10
  • Prep time:25 Minutes
  • Bake:1 Hour, 5 Minutes
  • Cost Per Serving:$1.17


  • Crust:
  • 24 chocolate sandwich cookies (such as Oreos)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Filling:
  • 3 8-oz. packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 regular-size Snickers bars, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce, optional
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted and salted peanuts, optional


1. Make crust: Preheat oven to 350ºF. Mist a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Wrap bottom and sides with 2 large foil pieces. Pulse cookies in a food processor until crushed. Pulse in butter. Press into an even layer in pan. Bake until firm, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool.
2. Make filling: Place a roasting pan filled with 1 inch hot water on oven's center rack. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar; beat for 1 minute. Beat in eggs. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl. Beat in vanilla, lemon juice and cornstarch.
3. Sprinkle Snickers over crust. Pour batter into pan; place in water bath. Bake until cake is set around edges but still jiggles in center, about 55 minutes.
4. Remove cake from roasting pan; remove foil. Place cake on a rack to cool. Cover and chill until firm, 4 hours or up to 1 day. When ready to serve, drizzle top with caramel sauce and top with chopped peanuts, if desired.

**I made homemade caramel for mine using this recipe

Homemade Caramel:
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 4 tbls water
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 tsp vanilla extract

1.  COOK:  In a small saucepan, briefly stir together sugar and water and bring to a boil.  Continue cooking on medium-high heat, without stirring, until the mixture turns DARK amber in color.  About 7-8 minutes.2.  ADD:  Remove sugar and water mixture from heat and slowly add in cream and vanilla.  Stir with a wooden spoon until mixture is completely smooth.  Then set aside until it is cool to the touch.  About 30 min.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Frugal Friday 8-22-14

*cut DH and DS hair

*eating cucumbers, zucchini, beans, a handful of peas I found on the smashed vines!, onions, and peppers from the garden

*been very frugal about only buying milk, cheese, eggs, spices for the month of September. I did buy bread because it was just too hot to bake and a bag of chips Sunday when we found out at church that there would be a potluck meal after the baptism. We weren't going to be going home, so needed to take something. Ended up with 1/2 bag left, so DH was able to have some chips with his sandwiches.

The challenge also states that you can buy food for special occasions, so bought cream cheese and 3 snicker bars to make Snicker Cheesecake for Benjamin's bd. We celebrated Sunday (early) as Aaron goes back to college today.

*helped Aaron buy a car at a great savings. DH has been on the internet for HOURS, looking for the best buy. Found one in Lincoln. While there we ate at Famous Dave's. While this was not a frugal meal (in a way it was, cuz we didn't go there until 3 pm, and there was so much food we didn't need supper), it was our first time there and they had us sample all 6 of their BBQ sauces and tell them which was our favorite. As we finished our meal, they brought us each a full size bottle of BBQ sauce! So if you go there, and it's your first time, be sure to let them know.

*gave a handmade gift (crocheted baby hat) to a friend who just had a baby girl

*was able to buy Benjamin's bd gifts from Amazon with my Swagbucks points

*earned another $30 in Swagbucks that I redeemed for Amazon

*was given some left over mashed potatoes and beef 'n noodles. All I had to do was add a salad and supper was ready. Ü

*was given left over hamburger from monthly Ladies Night Out (from a local business and the are very good!). Froze them and have had 5 meals from them.

That's it for the past 2 weeks. What have been your frugal savings?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

THE Planner

I love the file that we were challenged to use this week on Cutting Cafe. Regina designed this awesome file called The Planner that is FULL of files that you can use to personalize a planner for yourself.

I printed several of the pages for my planner, but since I don't have a small binder, it was going to be WAY too thick, so I just used personal info, months, meal planning, shopping, notes, doodles, and to do in mine. I will use the address pages and dates to remember for a birthday/anniversary type planner.

Here is what I created. I may add ribbons to the rings, not sure since I plan to carry this in my purse when needed. I don't know if all the use I plan to give this will keep the ribbons on.

I used cardstock for the divider pages and copy paper for the printed out sheets. I also used Tombow's Xtreme adhesive for the whole project. I am so excited about this planner and can't wait to use it!

Be sure to stop by the Cutting Cafe blog tomorrow to see the creative ways the DT used this file. While you are there, don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win some files of your choosing.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 33

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 32

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 31/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.