Thursday, 22 June 2017

Garden Update

I'm sure everyone is glued to their computers waiting for my garden update. LOL. It's been a weird spring of weather and now that summer is officially here, it's a little cool today and doesn't seem summer like at all. I hope my tomatoes don't sulk. The yellow beans had very poor germination but I started some green to compensate.
SO the little garden that I put in at home in my only sunny location is doing quite well. I'm getting lots of lettuce...
and yesterday I spotted the first teeny tiny makings of a cherry tomato on my very vigorous tomato plants that I got from Costco..
I need to walk up to the school to see how that garden is doing. It doesn't get watered as often.
And on another note, I got my first Simon Says Stamp card kit in the mail. My goal is to make at least 6 cards from every monthly kit or I will have to cancel my subscription. We will see how THAT goes! Isn't the teeny, tiny bikini die just the cutest?



Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Pet Sympathy

I'm constantly adding to my Pet Sympathy selection. I feel there is a real absence in the marketplace for this type of card and sadly this is one we need to send when someone loses a beloved pet.
I like to work in multiples when I get an idea. Designing is not my forte.
I think this card has a lovely sentiment.. "Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog". Senior are so special.

We're off to practise for our Dog Show on Saturday. Wish us luck! Lindor does not like to move too quickly when its hot out.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

May Stamp of the Month Challenge

We exchanged these cards right at the end of the month and I simply could not get around to posting them. So today is the DAY!
Keri outdid herself this time with a beautiful shaker card and she snuck in a new Bee Stamp purchase without telling me as this is the the mini theme for the next Loonies for Lindor fundraiser and she wanted to surprise me. She used this Bee themed set from Kraftin Kimmie....
called Bugs and Kisses.
But you won't be seeing this card in your goodie bag. Lots of work went into making it special but if I ask really nicely, I may be able to borrow the stamp set.

I used a couple things new to me. I wanted the Stitched Flowers from MFT for the longest time but they were really pricey so I put it off until finally I could resist no longer. I think I'll be using them a lot. I combined them with my newer favourite scalloped edge die and made a really nice card that could be used with a variety of sentiments.
And now I guess I best get busy with THIS month's challenge. And just so you know, I don't seem to be reading at all these days.




Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Polka Dot Pups

How fun are these cards? I saw a similar card with cats and I thought to myself... I have a "few" dog stamps. I should try this with dogs. I also liked the technique where you only colour a highlight on each dog. I used my black Nuvo drops to accent under the sentiment which can be changed for any occasion....
Lindor and I start training again today for our next dog show. It's been awhile since I broke my foot at Christmas and was out of commission. She's a smart dog. I'm sure she remembers a lot. I guess we'll find out.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Card Class for Newbies

I've been asked to teach a little card class to a group of ladies that have never participated in the hobby. Over the years, I've learned to keep it simple. Hence, I designed, cut and  stamped the 2 cards that we will be making and basically they just have to assemble.

I think really people just want to go home with a finished product and don't really want to know every step involved in the process. At least that's what I'm banking on. If we have time, I will take a few materials so they will get a chance to play and create their own work of art. I think it will be a fun night.
Time to go check out the garden. The beans and beets are up, even though they got a late start. Everything is doing well with all this rain, especially the weeds. 

Sunday, 28 May 2017

May, Where have you gone?

The month is flying by. What have I been doing, you ask?
Tis the season for greenhouse visits...
Starting a vegetable garden in a little corner of my yard secured from dog and hopefully, rabbit invasion...
Starting a vegetable plot at the Community gardens at a neighbouring Elementary school...
Making cards and treats to donate to the KW Humane Society Wiggle Waggle Walkathon...
Starting back at Golf with my peeps...
It's been a busy month.





Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Happy 10th Birthday Maya

It's either today or tomorrow. I can never be sure but we will be celebrating with a long walk through the forest and maybe a special treat or two.
Happy Birthday, MyMy! I forgive you for laying on my hostas yesterday. 😍


Monday, 8 May 2017

April Challenge

We're on a roll. Keeping up the monthy card exchange and using new products as we go. This month I borrowed the Your Next Stamp Monster set from Keri and she used her own previously untouched Tea cup dies from MFT.
And here is her card...
These are the monster stamps I borrowed....
And here's the card I made...
Very versatile. I think I should make a few more of these.


Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Skor Cookies

I wanted to make a basic cookie yesterday and use up a couple things in my pantry so I decided to make these Skor cookies. They are delish! might stick a bit to your cookie sheet so make sure it well greased or tempered. A nice plain buttery cookie with a hint of toffee.


Skor Cookies

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/3 cups Chipits Skor Toffee bits

Cream butter and sugars, add eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients. Drop by cookie scoop onto well-greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350F 10 to 12 min.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Wedding season

Wedding season is coming right up and I'm looking forward to a very special wedding event this Fall so it's got me in the mood to make some cards.

I saw something similar on Pinterest and thought I'd give it a whirl. I couldn't find the appropriate colour or size of dots to go in the center of my flowers and then I remembered, I got a couple Nuvo drops in a card kit way back when. I gave it a shot applying directly to the card and gave it a lot of time to dry (overnight) and voila the perfect embellishment. Of course, I then had to run out to my favourite LSS and purchase a few more "favourite" colours.

I'm all about value and this did the trick. You can also make your own dots and adhere with an adhesive dot. I just dropped mine onto waxed paper.


Thursday, 27 April 2017

Pinterest Fail

My blog has been pretty quiet lately so I thought I would put up a fail for a change. I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it would be interesting to try for Easter. I have the Jello mold that makes the 3D eggs. Not sure if its available anymore but its really fun to play with and I have the jello jellybean mold also. You're supposed to make the eggs and cut them in half and scoop them out to look like devilled eggs. I found that once I scooped a bit of the middle out the eggs were really fragile and kind of fell apart. So that's my Pinterest fail for this month.
Otherwise, they looked pretty cute and tasted fine.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Lucky Lindor

Recently Lindor was featured on Kingsdale Animal Hospital's Facebook page celebrating her recovery from a near fatal illness last March. I credit Lindor's diagnosis and recovery with the tremendous staff at Kingsdale including the wonderful Dr. Brad Hinsberger who came in on his day off to perform the emergency surgery.


Lindor Fall 2016
 Here's what they had to say...
This month marks the one-year anniversary of Lindor's emergency spleenectomy.
Lindor, who was 7 years old at the time, had been feeling unwell and had a decreased appetite, which is terribly unusual for a Labrador Retriever. X-rays revealed that she had an enlarged spleen that had ruptured and was bleeding into her abdomen.

In order to save her life, Lindor's spleen had to be removed. Within days of this procedure, Lindor was back to her normal self. Her spleen was sent to the laboratory to identify the cause of its enlargement. It was determined that Lindor had a type of cancer, B cell Lymphoma, that fortunately was caught early and had not spread beyond her spleen. Lindor continues to do well.

Congratulations Lindor! You are a wonderful patient. Your family (including your Kingsdale Family) loves you so much!

Footnote: Lindor is currently in training to obtain her final leg for her Intermediate title in CKC Rally Obedience.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Butterscotch Confetti

These squares are like eating little pillows of buttery perfection. So quick to throw together and they freeze well also (if they make it that far).

Butterscotch Confetti

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1 cup Butterscotch chips
2 cups (approx) of white or coloured mini marshmallows

Melt butter and peanut butter over low heat. Stir in chips until melted. Cool a bit and add marshmallows. Pack down in 8x8 pan lined with wax paper. Chill and cut.

Doesn't get any easier then that. Could add some peanuts for a twist.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

March Challenge

I'm back again with last month's challenge cards with Keri. We are still using our own products. Maybe we'll go back to borrowing after Scrapfest this weekend. LOL.

Keri used a unique combination of washi tape and tiny jewels that she glued on one at a time. Patience!
And I used the Lawn Fawn Gumball Machine. I think its called Something Sweet and made a simple card from it....
On the inside, the sentiment reads ... on your birthday! You can't really tell but the bottom gumball is glossy and there is some Wink of Stella on the metal parts of the gumball machine. Cute!




Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Wedding Card

I've seen this card kicking around Pinterest for quite some time and I always wanted to make it up. Well that day has arrived! I put together several of these cards and although getting the dimensions for the first one was a little tricky, after I got it figured out they went together smoothly. I just used my computer to do the tiny Mr and Mrs. I also used a couple of embossing folders. This is a larger size card. I believe its 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Almond Crunch Cookies

I thought I had posted these cookies before but I couldn't find them on the blog and they're a winner so I had to add the recipe. My heritage predisposes me to being a lover of all things almond. The cereal adds a nice crunch to these cookies and you can never go wrong with oatmeal.



Almond Crunch Cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup shortening
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp almond extract
1 1/2 cups uncooked oatmeal ( I used large flake but any type is fine)
1 1/2 cups toasted corn cereal ( like Chex, I actually used Rice Chex)

Beat shortening until fluffy, add sugars, then 2 eggs and almond flavouring. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in another bowl then add to sugar mixture. Beating well. Stir in oatmeal then gently fold in partially crushed cereal. You want it chunky to keep the crunch. Using a scoop, drop dough on a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake at 325F for 12 -14 minutes. Cool and transfer to your container.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

March Stamp of the Month

Month 2 since I've joined the progressive challenge at From the Heart digital stamps.  If you create a card with the image of the month, then you automatically get mailed the next month for free. Here's the image that we received this month...
He could be used for St. Patricks Day but since I missed that deadline, how about just for a good luck card?
Spring is coming so I need to get my cardmaking going because soon it will be too nice to stay indoors. Here's hoping.


Thursday, 23 March 2017

Gideon

It's hard to believe that Lindor had yellow in her line as after 17 pups, she only ever had black and chocolate but apparently it was there all along. Meet Gideon, Lindor's grandpuppy.....


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

Frosting
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.
Enjoy.

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.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Card Swap

Here's the remaining 3 cards in the Swap. We exchanged a total of 7 cards. Nice to have some variety in the "send some day" file....
Whaaat? Two items for the price of one. A shaker card AND a gift card holder! I haven't attempted a shaker card yet. They are fussy to be sure so to do more then one for a Swap is a big effort in my eyes.
Followed by a "design your own" background paper. I need to step up my game.
So my card illustrates the white on white phase that I'm going through. I used 2 background stamps; the Grunge stamp from Stampin' Up and a Splatter stamp and sentiment  from Your Next Stamp. I popped up the front flower and it actually looks very pleasing in person. At least I think so. And that wraps up the Card Swap from 2016.