Wednesday, 25 April 2018

March Monthly Swap Card

Where did the last month go? I was spending a lot of time on the computer for work so the last thing I felt like doing was sitting down and making up a blog post but I'm back now and these cards have been exchanged for quite some time. In fact, it was so long ago I couldn't remember what card I did.

So I was in a pinch and I had these 2 cards that I had recently made from the Simon Says Stamp monthly card kit. I never make shaker cards as I find them too fussy but these ready made shapes make all the difference. These cards come together in a flash. I used the Lawn Fawn Happy Birthday scripty die as well, which I borrowed at the time and now own. So one new technique and one new product....
Keri made this birthday card, I believe the bottles are from Your Next Stamp and the crate is from Stampin Up...
And the inside is pretty cute too.
So there you have it. A blog post in April. Hopefully I can step up my game in the next few months.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Fruit Dip

I was recently reminded of this recipe when my Aunt J, texted to ask what the ingredients were. I've never written it down but surprisingly, I could still remember what was in it. So easy to make and delicious with fruit. You can make it lower calorie also by using lowfat yogurt and Cool Whip light. Makes very little difference in the taste. Oh and it's gluten free also which is a bonus.

Fruit Dip
Strawberry yogurt ( a small container )
Vanilla pudding (dry) a couple tablespoons
Cool Whip Light, 1-2 cups
You can vary the ingredients depending on how thick you like it or how much you want to make. You really can't go wrong with this combination

Monday, 5 March 2018

Feb Swap Challenge Cards

We are still going strong and exchanging our monthly cards. I'll start because my card is pretty basic and I'm not gonna lie, I copied it directly from a blog, which I now can't find. I didn't even remember that I HAD this die set but I'm so glad I do.
I love kraft paper and die cutting. Makes the process so much easier. This is the set I used..
Isn't it just darling? I can't wait to use it again.

Keri used some products from Your Next Stamp. So exciting to have a local company.
She put so much work into this card. Not only did she die cut and colour an image, but she filled in all those holes with scraps of design paper and then made it a SHAKER card! I'd better step up my game. The inside of the card says.... "it takes balls to knit"

This is what she used...
and the background die..

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Spiralized Potatoes

When I was on vacation, I spotted the Vegetti at a great price so I picked it up and I haven't looked back. I've been enjoying spiralizing and then I tried it on ordinary potatoes. I don't think the intent is to use it to load up on carbs, but these are so delicious, I can't stop making them.
They are quick and easy to make especially if you have this model...
I have also used it for other veggies including zucchini but that's a story for another day...
Spiralized Potatoes
These amounts are approximate. I usually just make one potato

1 potato
olive oil to drizzle (1/2 to 1 Tbsp)
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp Seasoning salt (I added this, not necessary if you are trying to watch your salt)

Preheat oven to 425F. Spiralize potatoes. Toss with olive oil, then sprinkle on spices and
stir to coat well. Place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet and spread out well. Roast about 20 to 25 minutes, turning once, depending on how crispy you like them.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Italian Meatball Stew

It was minus 20C last night. Yikes! That calls for some good ole comfort food. About once a week I try to make something in the crockpot so dinner is ready and there is only one dish to clean up afterwards. I got this recipe from a family member who said it came out in a recipe book when crockpots first came out. Imagine, it would be the same as the big fuss going on right now over the InstaPots. This is like beef stew but instead it uses giant meatballs. Good and hearty and no pre-cooking.
Crockpot Italian Meatball Stew
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1/2 cup fine bread crumbs
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup milk
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
1/2 tsp garlic salt
Combine meatball ingredients and form into 2 inch balls
2 carrots, peeled and sliced into 1inch slices

Arrange carrots in bottom of crockpot.
Arrange meatballs over carrots.

1 6oz can tomato paste
1 cup water
1 cup beef bouillon/broth
1/2 tsp oregano
Combine these ingredients and pour over meatballs.
Orginal recipe says cook on low 4-6 hours but I would go with 6. Those are BIG meatballs.
Before serving - Turn to high and add 1 or so cups of Italian vegetables. I just used frozen mixed vegetables. Cook a further 15-20 minutes.

If you are worried about fat. Cook up the day before and refrigerate, then you can skim off any fat. Or use extra lean ground beef. Also can be made gluten free, if you leave out the bread crumbs or substitute another binder. Also you can add a few more vegetables if desired.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Blueberry Muffins

I really need to stop baking but hey, what's the winter for anyway? These muffins are always delicious and even more so because I used the delicious, super flavourful wild blueberries that I brought home from Nova Scotia. I couldn't believe how reasonable they were compared to what we have here. i bought a case of fresh and froze them when I got home.You can use frozen berries or fresh, no matter, they will turn out great.
I cut one open to show how delicious they were on the inside and was only going to eat a half and then it was so good, I had to eat the second half. Need to test the recipes, don't you know.

Blueberry Muffins
1 egg
1 cup milk (I used 1%)
1/2 cup cooking oil
1/4 cup sugar ( I added a bit more)
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup blueberries
2 Tbsp lemon or orange rind, finely grated

Heat oven to 400F
Grease bottoms of muffins tins or use liners
Beat egg, stir in milk and oil. Mix in remaining ingredients until flour is moistened.
Batter should be lumpy.
Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Sprinkle sugar on the top of each muffin. Bake 25 to 30 min or until golden.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

January Monthly Challenge

Keri and I decided to keep going with our monthly challenges. It's so fun to meet up and see what the other person was working on (and get a card to use). We don't always make original designs but it gets us using our stash or borrowing from the other person's stash.

This month Keri used the new release from Avery Elle with a topic that is close to my heart.
Here's the card she came up with this month....
Isn't that just darling? and the clouds were sponged using a plastic template, I believe from MFT. Great job.
Here's the stamp set she used...
I finally bought the die set to go with these cat stamps from MFT. The dies are so pricey and you can usually fussy cut the image but I like the clean look when you use a die. My card is original, believe it or not...
I originally tried to do a tabby cat in orange. Then it was awful so I coloured the cat completely orange. Well if you remember Bridget Jones Diary, it looked just like the colour of her mother's boyfriend's fake tan. I always laugh at that part. I think the more subtle look is so much nicer.  The inside of the card says... "have a purr-fect Day"