Monday, 6 March 2017

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I went out for lunch with my brother the other day to a very nice Mennonite style restaurant with a yummy looking selection of baked goods in the store area. I like Peanut butter and he likes oatmeal raisin so we picked up a pack (I won) and to my dismay when I got home and tasted them, they were rather dry and disappointing. So I felt bad that I pushed my choice and made my sibling a delicious batch of FRESH Oatmeal Raisin cookies with delicious yellow raisins. Here's the recipe...

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups rolled oats
1 cup raisins

Cream butter and sugar together. Add egg and vanilla. Add remaining ingredients.
Mix well. Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes.

As I noted in my recipe book "SCRUMPTIOUS"

Saturday, 4 March 2017

February Challenge

We are continuing on with our monthly quest to make a dent in our previously untouched scrapbooking and cardmaking items. This month we used items from our own stash and basically re-created cards that we had spotted and liked on the Net.
Keri chose Lawn Fawn- HowYouBean?
and made this card with the pleasing purple tones of the Lawn Fawn spring paper line....
There are two cute little jelly beans on the inside of the card.

I chose to ink up this My Favourite Things stamp called Steeped with Love.

 I thought she was darling and I have a thing for "kraft" so away I went...
I've really got to find a better spot to take photos. These cards are so much more vibrant in person.

Monday, 27 February 2017

From the Heart Stamps Monthly Challenge

I am so happy that Faith is continuing to recover and my favourite challenge site is back up again. I really want to show my support and what better way then to hop back in on the progressive montly challenge. If you enter the challenge then the next month you are sent the next image for free. It's a win-win.

Here's the first challenge of 2017...
I didn't get a card done for Valentine's day but the image came without the candy treat as well. I was thinking I could have put flowers or something in his hand/hoof but as the challenge ends tomorrow, I thought I'd better just get it done and here is the card I came up with....
The background paper is so cute.. it reads, Quack, Oink, Cluck etc. Already looking forward to next month. And wishing Faith prayers for a continued recovery.

I'm also going to link up to Little Red Wagon because their challenge this week is DOWN ON THE FARM.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

After some brief computer repair problems, let me introduce you to my favourite recipe book...
As you can see, it's been well-loved, first by my Mom and now by me. I go to it for all of my old time favourite including bread recipes. But my favourite classic peanut butter cookie is also found in this volume and now I'm sharing it with you.

Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup smooth peanut butter
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

Cream shortening until fluffy. Gradually add sugars mixing until creamy. Beat in eggs and mix well. Add dry ingredients. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto cookie sheet and add classic criss-cross with moistened fork.
Bake at 375 F approximately 8-11 minutes.
So good!

PS.  I think the search button is working again so you can look up recipes by typing in a key word. 

Monday, 20 February 2017

Sending Pawprints

I happened upon a blog, Sending Pawprints,  that has a Challenge to collect and donate cards to Animal shelters in the US to allow them to thank their donors and adopters. I regularly make and donate cards to organizations in Southern Ontario so I'm going to link up. The theme for this month is to use a heart so here's my card...
I'll make sure that my favourite charities get a few cards for their use.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Pumpkin Spice Cake

I've been meaning to post this cake for awhile. It starts with a box mix and once its doctored up it's delicious! Especially the cinnamon frosting.

Pumpkin Spice Cake
1 box spice cake
2 small boxes vanilla instant pudding
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/4 cups water
4 eggs
I cup pumpkin

4 cups icing sugar
1/2 cup butter
3-4 splashes milk or cream
2 Tbsp cinnamon

Mix all the first ingredients and pour into a prepared 10 inch bundt pan. Bake at 350 F for about 50 minutes or until cake is set. Cool and turn out.

Prepare frosting by creaming butter, then alternating wet and dry ingredients.
The frosting recipe makes quite a bit if you like it thick.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Valentine's Card

I decided to participate in my first Challenge for Cards in Envy Valentine . I have never made a card for this one before but I'm all about the simple flat card that can fit in an envelope and get mailed so I whipped up a simple card to join the fun.

I had a cute 6 x 6 Valentine paper pad and the iridescent sequins picked up the pinkish hues very nicely. Trying to remember to use sequins a bit more to add some flavour to my cards. So I was quite happy with how it turned out.