Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Long Weekend

It was really nice to have an extra day this past weekend. I am getting lots done, there are many details to take care of for the upcoming charity Crop but its all starting to come together.
I was able to spend some time (like everyday) at the KW Kennel Club Dog Show at the Auditorium.

It was so interesting to see all the different breeds of dogs and it really opened my eyes up to the world of showing. It's especially nice when you know someone that is competing in the show. I was able to watch this cutie go through her paces on both Saturday and Sunday. Miss Libby; the chocolate girl did a great job in the ring. She is posing with her protege, a little yellow male from the States that was brought up as a prospective breeder. It (almost) makes me want another pup.

I am quite content though, with my Lindor. We are still going to Rally Obedience classes regularly, I have obtained her clearance to compete in Canadian Kennel Club so with a little more practise, we will be ready to go in the Fall.
Of course, there was plenty of yardwork and my faithful Doodle thought she would help out by laying on my newly seeded soil (and then coming into the house on my freshly washed floors) Oh well. Such is the life of a dog owner.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Banana Muffins

Someone should invent bananas that ripen one day at a time instead of all at once. There seems to be the perfect degree of ripeness and then they all go off at the same time resulting in the necessity of baking. Which maybe isn't a bad thing. Everyone has a banana muffin or bread recipe but this is MY favourite....

Banana Muffins
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted or softened
1 egg
1 tsp baking soda dissolved in 1 Tbsp hot water
1 cup mashed ripe banana
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

Bake in lined muffin cups at 375F for 12-15 minutes

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Pinterest Birthday Card

I made this card a couple times now after seeing it one like it on Pinterest. I had purchased a set of diecut numbers and wanted to use them and this was the perfect time. I was able to interchange the special number for both a 16th and a 75th birthday. The problem was, this card is impossible to photograph. My camera doesn't like the black on black but you get the idea. The top of the card if popped up for dimension (use black foam dots) and a couple jewels were added to bling it up. My friend made it in white and that worked well also.
I heat embossed the sentiment (after the fact). Make sure you do this step before you adhere the top of the card or you'll be forced to do it on another piece of paper and add it after.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

The Farley Foundation

One of the charities that I have selected to support through this year's Scrapbooking Crop is The Farley Foundation. This Foundation, in addition to having the cutest mascot ever! (Farley from the comic strip For Better or Worse) provides funding to help people in need pay their Vet bills.

The funds are made available to Veterinarians to dispense to those who fit the following criteria:
Seniors, Disabled Individuals, Ontario Works recipients, Senior Care Facilities and the OVMA Safe Pet Program (women at risk of abuse who are entering shelters)

For many of these individuals, pets play a vital role in their lives and the cost of proper vet care can be prohibitive. I can attest to the cost of keeping pets as I recently took both dogs in for their routine care and was quite shocked at the total for 2. I know my Vet, as well as many others will make allowances for charitable work and this fund can allow them to assist many more.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Loonies for Lindor Work Bee

There are many jobs to do before the big charity scrapbooking event on June 21 and although I'm a bit of a control freak, I know I have many talented and hard-working friends that are more then willing and capable of helping out. We spent a pleasant afternoon not that long ago getting another job crossed off the list.
Look at all the cute bones lined up in a row.
Many hands make light work!

Friday, 2 May 2014

Coconut Cornflake cookies

Since I bought the JUMBO bag of coconut at Costco, I've been frantically searching for some recipes to use it up. One can only make so many Pink Ladies, although I know a few ladies who would beg to differ. This recipe is a nice change from the usual chocolate chip type of drop cookie.

Coconut Cornflake cookies

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 5/8 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup Corn Flakes
1 cup coconut

Cream butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and fold in Corn Flakes (slightly crushed) and coconut. Drop by large teaspoon onto cookie sheet. (I used an ice cream scoop). Bake 8-11 minutes at 350 F. 

These made a nice soft cookie with just a hint of a crunch. I made a double batch (with help from my sous chef, Kate) so I had plenty to give away tomorrow for National Scrapbooking Day. I think they'll be a hit!