Sunday, 15 October 2017

August and September Challenge Cards

Keri and I have been so busy getting ready for the Loonies for Lindor fundraiser, we barely got our cards in. But we had already doubled up because we missed August so we didn't want to get any further behind. WE managed to complete our 2 cards for the challenges. I'll go first because I think mine are a little more basic...
I used YOUR NEXT STAMP coffee stamp and die which I love and came up with this....
I love decorating the coffee cup. There are lot of options in this stamp set.
And I did a flip out card with a branch die that I had borrowed from Keri. I think? it was Altenew but I've given it back so I can't check. And we know what Keri's favourite bird is...
I love these flip out dies by Sissix. They take the guess work out of design.

Keri made this adorable card using MFT Elephants....
It's just the cutest little guy. I may have to borrow this set down the road.
And then she did an equally cute card..

This time using the Lawn Fawn Sunflowers. Perfect for a Fall birthday.
So we have kept up with our challenges. Not sure if October will be accomplished or not. Might have a bit of a delay on that one as well.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Girl's Getaway

Another great time of scrapbooking and hanging out with the best girlfriends at a lovely cottage with ALL the amenities. We had such great weather it was really hard to stay indoors and crop but we had some lovely times sitting out watching the day drift by. AND I got almost all  my bee cards done for the upcoming fundraiser.

I didn't have a lot of time to prep my food as I had been quite busy with a family wedding so I pulled out this old faithful that is so rich, it doesn't even require frosting plus its easy to make and keeps fresh for a long time.

Chocolate, Chocolate Cake
1 package Devil's Food Cake
1 6 oz package instant chocolate pudding mix (dry)
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix everything together. Stir in chocolate chips and pour into a well-greased 12 cup bundt pan.
Bake at 350F for 50-55 minutes or until top is springy to the touch.
Cool thorougly in the pan then turn out onto a cake plate. Could be iced or dusted with icing sugar. 

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Fudgy Brownies

Yikes! Loonies for Lindor registration opened this week and its been Cra-Cra!  SOLD OUT within hours with our biggest group yet. I'm excited yet a little stressed. The support is incredible and I can't wait to lay out our raffle table.

In the midst of all this, I was asked to make a few squares plus I'm starting to bake for the wedding of this special girl.
So I pulled out a reliable brownie recipe that I've been using for years. Sometimes I use the Company's Coming recipe which is a really popular post on my blog but I like this recipe as well.

Fudgy Brownies
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
2/3 cup cooking oil
4 eggs, slightly beaten
2 tsp vanilla extract

Combine flour, sugar and cocoa,baking powder and nuts. Set aside. Combine oil, eggs and vanilla.
Add to dry ingredients. Do not overmix.
Spread in a greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes or until pick is clean.

Hint - I find they look slightly undercooked but when you take them out they tend to firm up, while remaining fudgy in the middle.

Frost with chocolate frosting if desired.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

July Card Swap

We had our cards done right on time and swapped but I'm only getting to posting now. It's been so long, I couldn't remember which cards we made so I had to ask Keri. And I just titled it the AUGUST card swap but its really from July. It's been a crazy month and the prep for our Loonies for Lindor fundraiser is kicking into high gear. It's so fun seeing the prize donations come in. It's going to be spectacular this year!

 So back to the cards. Keri used the adorable Aquarium stamp from Your Next Stamp that we had been eying for awhile.
And here is her card. The pop up creatures just makes the card.... and the hardwood floors. I can't even...
And there is a little doggie on it so its a WIN.WIN.

My card was fairly simple. I wanted to use the new scalloped border die that I got from Simon Says Stamp and I think my dog stamp was from Penny Black but I can't be sure....
I know the sentiment is a Penny Black sentiment. I love it and the words ring true.

We are going to double up our cards in Sept and miss August because we are both too busy to focus on our swap. So check back later. That doesn't mean we don't keep ordering new supplies. LOL.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Lemon Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

It seemed like a lot of frosting when I was slathering it on the cake but it turned out to be just the right amount. This cake was a hit at a recent dinner party that I was invited to, at least with one of the guests who also ate it for breakfast the following morning. It's nice and light and lemony and you could put this frosting on a piece of cardboard and it would be tasty.

Lemon Bundt Cake
1 package of lemon cake mix
1 cup sour cream
1 3.4 ounce package instant lemon pudding mix (just the dry)
1 cup oil
4 eggs
1/2 cup warm water
1 tsp lemon extract
1 Tbsp lemon rind

1 package cream cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tsp lemon extract
3 1/2 to 4 cups icing sugar
1-2 Tbsp of milk
1-3 Tbsp of lemon juice
1 Tbsp lemon rind

Prepare bundt pan by greasing and dusting with flour. Pre-heat oven to 350F.
Beat cake ingredients together and pour into bundt pan. Bake 50 - 55 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Prepare frosting and spread on cooled cake. Enjoy. 

Monday, 14 August 2017

Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit

I finally broke down and subscribed to the monthly card kits at Simon Says Stamp. They are a little pricey with the US exchange but I thought it would push me to try a few different products and techniques. Well, the last kit was certainly NOT in my wheelhouse and did I really like it. NO, not one little bit. But I'm frugal and the deal that I made with myself was that I had to make at least 6 cards with each kit or cancel.

So my friend Corrina and I got together and we each made 3 cards using the kit. I will copy hers and she will copy mine and this kit is history!

I also used a sketch from this week's Freshly Made Sketches so its a win! win!

This is one of the cards that I made and I know exactly who I'm sending it to...
Here's the other 2 cards that I made with the kit...

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Zucchini Fritters

I just harvested my NINTH zucchini from my community garden plot. I think its absolutely incredible that you can look one day and they are too small to pick and the next day they have grown exponentially. So I've been trying some different recipes and uses even though zucchini is best in baked goods. (at least that's what I believe)

This recipe uses 4 zucchini and best of all the fritters can be frozen on wax paper on a cookie sheet and then transferred to a ziploc to be reheated in the oven at a later date. They were very tasty but personally I might add a bit of garlic or a little more onion.

Zucchini Fritters
4 medium zucchini
1/2 medium onion
2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup flour
2 eggs
Pepper- freshly ground
Oil for frying ( I used olive oil )

Grate zucchini and onion and place in a bowl. Toss with salt and let sit for 10 minutes.
Wring the mixture out by wrapping it in a clean tea towel and twisting over the sink. Try to get out as much water as possible.
Mix together other ingredients and drop small scoops of zucchini into a heated fry pan. Fry until golden brown. Cool and eat immediately or flash freeze for later enjoyment.
I'm off to check the garden again. Maybe it will be time to find a NEW zucchini recipe today.
PS. Just spotted the first change of colour to orange in the cherry tomatoes. Once they hit, its going to be an avalanche.