Sunday, 30 March 2014

A Canadian Tradition

Every year, we Canadians look forward to the annual Tim Horton's Roll Up the Rim event.
This year was their anniversary ( I'm not even sure which one ) but I DO know there were TWO chances to win on each cup.

I'm not an excessive Tim's visitor but I am addicted to my morning coffee which I pick up on the way to work. They say that the chances to win are one in three so I thought it would be interesting to keep track. So here's the TALLY:
Purchased 47 cups of coffee- won 9 coffees and 5 donuts. Pretty close to 1 in 3 chances of winning.

I think the contest is drawing to a close. Yesterday, I got a plain cup. SO disappointing but it's another sign that spring is a little closer.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

From the Heart Stamps Monthly challenge

The only challenge I seem to be able to keep up with these days is the monthly challenge at From The Heart stamps. It's a progressive challenge which means that if you complete it every month, you get the next month's image FREE! I love waiting to see what we are going to get to work with. This little guy is growing on me. This month we worked with Hamlet Pigwit Think Spring. He was super fast to colour and I just love how he worked up.
I'm trying to use a few products that I haven't used before so this card seemed perfect for my (new to me) Martha Stewart Butterfly punch. I even added a little bead to the butterfly's body.
I hoped by completing the inside of the card... spring might come a little sooner.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Oh Florida! How I would love to see you right now.

It's Canada. We know that we have winter here but this one is persistent. Still so cold. Minus 11C this morning when I took the dogs for a walk. The sidewalks are icy and one still has to wear winter boots, scarves, hats, mittens. I would love to put my runners on and have a nice stroll.

Lindor's pal, Libby,  sent us this pic of the beautiful beach down in Florida where they have escaped to for a few weeks. My, how we would love to join them. Isn't it gorgeous?

Saturday, 22 March 2014

My new toy!

My goal of using the Cricut last year once a month didn't go so well so after much debating I finally purchased one of these....
I was worried that I wouldn't use it. I have lots of Nestabilities and other dies and I'm not one for sitting at the computer trying to figure things out but I have used it more in the month since I bought it, then I think I used the Cricut in all the years I owned it.
Of course, my first purchase from the Silhouette store is this...
I think that's what sold me on the machine. This Lab has better conformation then Lindor. lol.
Then I fiddled around with another image...
Then my Mentor; Corrina, came over and we attacked unzipping files. It's not quite done and she did most of it, but since then she has been giving me a homework assignment every week to encourage me to keep going and learning how to use this awesome machine and I'm making progress. More updates to follow.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Carrot Muffins

I try to make a different kind of muffin every week. They all seem to be good so I'm posting the recipe here. These muffins are moist and delicious. Apparently this recipe is from the Knotty Pine: a local restaurant and bakery that no longer exists. So it's a good thing I can make them myself. The extra step of boiling the raisins to plump them up is worth the effort. 

Carrot Muffins

1 cup raisins
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 eggs
1/4 cup molasses
1 cup milk
3 cups all purpose flour
3 tsp. baking powder
3 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
4 cups grated carrot

Boil raisins for 20 minutes or until water is absorbed. Cool.
Cream butter with brown sugar. Add eggs and beat well. Beat in molasses and milk (mixture will look curdled)
Stir together dry ingredients and add to mixture alternately with carrot. Gently stir in raisins. Grease muffin tin or use liners. Fill each cup heaping with batter. Bake for 15 to 20 min in preheated 400F oven. Let cool in tins before removing. Makes 18 generous muffins.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

What have I been working on?

Wow, March Break just flew past. My guests stayed a little longer then expected due to another visit from Old Man Winter who has also been reluctant to leave. All my spare time seems to be spent preparing for the upcoming Fundraiser in June. Response has been great so far and there are lots of little details to look after each day.

Here's a sneak peak at what I've been working on...
Can you guess the theme?....
Here's a close-up in case you can't decide...
While, I love dogs and all things dog-related, I appreciate the fact that not everyone else in the world does, so I like to have a little separate theme for the Fundraiser. This year, the ever popular Mason Jars, will be featured in many various capacities.

If you are interested in attending you can email me at
Details of the event are in the sidebar at the top.

It's going to be a super fun day with lots of amazing door prizes, raffle items and fabulous homemade food and baking.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

March Break in Ontario

Ha! Fooled ya. The reality of March Break in Southern Ontario this year is chipping the ice off the driveway and hoping for the temperature to rise above 0C. The last couple days have been almost spring-like but the forecast for tomorrow is MORE snow. Enough already.
I'm busy entertaining the boys... movies, bowling, swimming and building tunnels in this....
Hopefully, I won't have to raise the shovel over this monstrosity. Off to walk the dogs. Hopefully in my running shoes. At least for today.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Toffee Pretzel Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies are SOOOOO good, I've made them twice this weekend. The slight crunchiness of the pretzels with the creamy buttery peanut taste is outstanding. They are moist and delicious.
Try them if you can spare a few calories!

Toffee Pretzel Peanut Butter Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 TBSP milk
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup Skor bits
1 cup pretzels, slightly crushed
1 cup Reece's Pieces

Cream butter, peanut butter and both sugars. Add egg, vanilla, milk and salt. Add flour and baking soda. Stir in toffee chips, pretzels and Reece's Pieces. CHILL your dough at least 30 minutes.
Drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheets. Bake at 350F for 8-10  minutes, just until they begin to brown slightly.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

From the Heart Sketch Challenge 55

I had a great crafty day yesterday with a bunch of friends and I'm going gangbusters on my plans for my upcoming Charity Crop in June. I combined a Sketch Challenge at From the Heart with some Crop preparation and came up with a beautiful card that I simply love. Purple is not a colour I would normally scrap and I guess we're not in the Fall season but I needed to come up with an idea using this particular digi. I borrowed some paper from friend Keri and voila.... stunning, if I do say so myself.
Here's the card....
and here's the sketch I based it on....