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.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Canada Day 150

I always like to do a little entertaining to celebrate Canada Day and the beginning of the summer. It's nice to put up some flags and show some appreciation and gratitude to live in such a beautiful and respected Country. It was a small gathering but I enjoyed making some good summery food and I was gifted this lovely bouquet...
I've been wanting to try to make a giant cookie for some time so I just grabbed a recipe off the Internet and gave it a try.
I loved the Canada Day M and M's. So festive. I put the dough on a pizza pan and held my breath as it crept closer and closer to the edges while it was baking.
I narrowly avoided a baking disaster and overall the cookie turned out pretty well but I found it a touch dry. I wanted to make sure it was thoroughly baked in the middle so maybe I left it in a little long. Once it was decorated up and accompanied with ice cream, it turned out pretty well...
Here's the recipe if you want to give it a try.

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie
1 cup butter
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups chocolate chips (I substituted some M and M's)

Mix as per usual for cookies then spread on a 14 inch pizza pan. Bake at 375F for 20 to 25 minutes.
(I might try turning the oven temperature down a bit to avoid the overbaking)

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Lindor Gets her CKC Title

We recently participated in a Dog Show down in Vanessa. This was a new venue to both myself and Lindor. We had two trials and after a stressful start (had to change collars just before we started our test), Lindor did amazing. Working the best I've ever seen her work. Excellent heel position and attentiveness.

 The Judge was super picky but we were still able to get great scores and earn our SECOND CKC title in Rally Obedience Intermediate. Super happy with how Lindor did. Not sure if we will continue to the next level or not. After all my girl is turning 9 and she doesn't have the spunk she once did but as long as she enjoys getting out, I think we will keep going.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

June Monthly Challenge

We both had really busy months so we simplified our cards using ideas that we got off the Internet.
I used an image from a 6x6 paper pad and just coordinated it with the other papers...
and Keri made a cute wedding card with a computer generated image...
I really need to find a better spot in my house to take photos. They always look so washed out. A photographer I am NOT!

Friday, 30 June 2017


How is it possible that this handsome fella is heading for HIGH SCHOOL?!!!!
A special occasion deserves a special card so I went with my favourite Birdbrains. They seem to have a theme for everything. This is a standup card and I got some great brads at Michaels that matched up perfectly.
On another note, I've started working on the next Loonies for Lindor fundraiser. Actually I work on it all year long but it's getting close now so time to get focused and get production underway.

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.