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 and I will forward to Regina to get your file.
Your USA banner is Fantastic!!Amazing job! Love it!
Have a wonderful day,
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 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

  • 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.**