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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Flowers & Stripes

Flowers & Stripes
I love the colors all together

I added an embellishment onto this card
this card I am sending to a friend to say hello

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Finally a gentlemens card *

Hello Ladies
For some reason I always have a difficult time creating a card for a man
so here goes
This one is going to hold two different gift cards
I used embossing powder for the quitar

All About hot dogs

Hello Ladies
Summer is just about here and oddly I have been craving hot dogs :)
here is something alittle different , enjoy

Creative hot dog toppings
Hot dogs are a popular summer BBQ item. But this summer, instead of the same old boring toppings, prepare a fun hot dog bar with all the essentials and some fun and creative choices.

Ideas for Toppings
Keep the classics: You have to keep the classic hot dog toppings. Relish, mustard, ketchup, sauerkraut, and onions are always favorite stand bys, so make sure you have those in case your guests don’t want to get creative.

Update the classics: There are fun ways to update classic toppings. For example, you can add some jalapeno to ketchup for a spicier version or you can make a homemade cucumber relish instead of the usual store bought pickle relish.
Go global: A great way to add some creativity to your hot dogs is to put a global spin on them. Hummus makes a tasty Mediterranean style dog or salsa or guacamole with a hint of chile make a fun Mexican dog. Homemade chutney’s also work well or even tomato sauce topped with shredded mozzarella for an Italian dog. Add some tzatziki sauce, chopped olives, and feta cheese for a Greek style dog or some wasabi mayonnaise for an Asian inspired treat. Have fun and be creative with the toppings and encourage guests to mix and match to find their own favorite hot dog.
Think outside the box: Some other fun and creative toppings are right under your nose but you may not even think about it. For example, crushed potato chips make a fun topping and add a little extra crunch. Diced pineapple or even honey make for an interesting sweet twist. Garlic sauce, diced crisped bacon, BBQ sauce, tartar sauce, and a variety of cheeses all also make perfect topping choices. A great way to get ideas is to take a look in your refrigerator and pantry and use what you have on hand.

Spicy Cucumber Relish Recipe
Makes 8 to 10 servings

4 large cucumbers, peeled and finely diced
1 red bell peppers, finely diced
2 onions, finely diced
3 celery stalks, finely diced
5 jalapeno peppers, finely minced
1/4 cup salt
3 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups white vinegar
1 tablespoon celery seed
1 tablespoon dill seed

Combine cucumbers, red bell peppers, onions, celery, and jalapeno peppers in a large bowl; add salt and fill bowl with cold water. Let vegetables soak for 3 to 4 hours then drain well
Mix sugar with vinegar, celery seeds, and dill seeds in a pot and bring to a boil and cook 5 to 8 minutes or until sugar has dissolved
Add vegetables and reduce heat to a simmer, cooking for 20 minutes. Let vegetables cool for a few minutes then spoon into jars and chill until ready to use

Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
Makes 4 servings

8 ounces Greek style yogurt
1 large cucumber, peeled and diced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh dill to taste, chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until well mixed.

Garlic and Pepper Ketchup Recipe
Makes 8 to 10 servings

3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup ketchup
Red pepper flakes to taste
Hot pepper sauce to taste

Sauté garlic in butter until just golden; stir garlic into ketchup and season to taste with red pepper and hot sauce

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Shoes & more shoes

Another fun card I made several shoe cards
I used the Cricut expression for the shoes , cartridge, "forever young "
then I used a stamp that reads " its a girl thing " Across the bottom of the card

I wanted to send these cards as "thank you " cards so I enclosed a magnet in each card that had shoes all over the magnets for fun

Ice cream cone card * birthday card

This was a fun card
* Ice Cream Cone birthday card *

Making this card I used the cricut expression
to cut the cone and the topping

then the cuttle bug for the textured background on the card , with a corner punch on the ends of the card , right side only

Thursday, May 5, 2011

A " BIG " Thank you to Kat from Kat's scrappy , bloggy life

I am excited to say I have received my first award for my blog , " the stylish Blogger Award " Thank you Kat
upon receiving this award I must

* thank the person who gave this award to me & link back to their blog
* share 8 things about myself
* Pass the award to 8 people that I have recently discovered
* Leave a comment so that they can pass along the reconginition

ok so here goes 8 Things about me
1- I love to craft , all sorts of crafts
2-my family means everything to me , love being a wife & mother
3-I enjoy looking at all sorts of crafting blogs
4-I love butterflies , so beautiful
5- I have a passion for cooking / baking , enjoy trying new recipes
6-I love to cut fresh flowers in the house
7- I love the holidays , especially decorating for X-mas
8- I collect snowmen
I could have gone on and on , lol
I will be passing this on to 8 people ,

Monday, May 2, 2011

* Over the weekend *

The ones following my blog know by now I am addicted to fold cards
so yet another fold card

This was one I was just experimenting with
so now real exact mneasurments for this
I used 11x 11 card stock and folded it into a triangle
then cut the points on the side and scored to fold on both sides of card

I am showing a picture of the card folded and also open to see the sentiment
the purple ribbon keeps the card closed in place

This is two small size cards I made

Both of these cards are the same size and style fold
but just different embellishments and design papers

card when open measures 3x 10 1/2
round the top as show
then score at 2 1/2 & 6 1/2 fold at scores lines

Pepperazzi stuffed with goat cheese

small peppers stuffed with goat cheese
perfect appetizer

10 Della Pepperazzi
8 oz soft mild goat cheese , at room temp
3 Tbsp sour cream
2 sprigs fresh thyme , leaves chopped

directions: drain liquid from peppers mix together goat cheese, sour cream & thyme until smooth. spoon into a plastic freezer bag and push to one corner , twist bag & snip the corner Pipe cheese into the peppers . top with chopped thyme
enjoy ..........