Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Butterscotch Rice Krispie squares

Look at me go. Blogging several times in one month. Nice to have a bit of free time to try some new things like these squares. This was on the Rice Krispie Website. When I first tried them I thought they were brutally sweet but I must admit, they have really grown on me. Crispy with a chocolate layer and a hint of peanut butter. A great combination and no bake.

Butterscotch Rice Krispie squares
1 cup Butterscotch chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
4 cups Rice Krispies
6 oz. Semi-sweet chips (3/4 cup)
1/2 cup icing sugar
2 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp water

Melt butterscotch chips with peanut butter in heavy saucepan until melted. Remove from heat. Add Rice Krispies. Press half the mixture into a 8x8 coated with cooking spray. Combine other ingredients after melting chocolate chips and spread over chilled first layer. Then press gently the remaining mixture. Chill a bit and then cut into squares before they get too hard.

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Stocking Stuffers

When I was recently in Florida, I was delighted to learn that the My Favourite Things boutique was about an hour away from where I was staying. So you can be sure that I was going to make THAT drive to check it out. It was great to see all the products in one place and not have to add a big shipping charge onto the purchases.

My friend Corrina asked me to pick up this lip balm die and coordinating stamp set.
And when we last got together for a crafting session, she generously offered to share along with the blister packs that makes for a quick and easy assembly.
What a professional looking item except for the ribbon which required the use of a ribbon iron (private joke). Of course, it's just a couple days before Christmas and I'm just finishing them up.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Annual Card Swap Cont'd

Here are the remainder of the cards...
Janice put together this amazing graphic card with so many details including a die cut, embossing and her beloved washi tape.
Robin used a stencil and I believe texture paste to create this homey card. You can't see the details but there are tiny little paper cutouts on the end of each strand of thread.
I made all my cards using the Doodlebug Pirate 6x6 pad and the Dienamics dinosaurs. I wanted to have more of a male themed birthday card. I have since added a few enamel dots as I thought it needed a little more embellishment.
Anne Marie combined two of my loves.. paper piecing and quilts. She used this beautiful die from Gina Marie and created a lovely Christmas card which of course, I will never mail. 😏 And that's a wrap!

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Annual Card Swap and Christmas Gathering

We recently had our annual get together and Card Swap. I'm not sure how long we have been doing this but I think its reached a point where we can call it a "tradition".  Thanks Lisa, for hosting us all again. It's so nice to see everyone and as always, it's super interesting to see what everyone comes up with. There is no theme so there always ends up being quite a variety. You start to see everyone's personal style emerge after a few seasons.

Up first...
Lisa used up the buttons in her stash and our favourite background grunge stamp from Stampin Up to create a birthday card.
I have never seen a spinner card up close before, so it was really neat to get this card from Nicole. You wind it up before you put it in the envelope and it spins when the person opens the card. The little polar bear has a front and a back. Super cute.
It's always fun to hear the process that people go through. Liz was going to try her hand at some water colouring but ran into some difficulty and in the interest of time, went with a watercolour paper. Great to have a thank you card on hand.
And then there is the shaker card from Corrina. These are so much work, I don't think I've EVER made one and Corrina made 9! The photo doesn't capture the glamour. The ornament is a dark red foil and the sequins are a pretty mix of Christmas colours.
I love, love, love coffee cards. Something about this theme and Keri did not disappoint. She wanted to use up some washi tape and those donuts and sprinkles are to die for.

Stay tuned for the remainder of the cards. Somebody(Lindor) wants her walk.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Oreo stuffed Peanut butter cookies

It's been awhile since I posted a recipe because I have been doing my Christmas baking and I always make my old favourites but I saw this awhile ago and wanted to try it.
I used mini Oreos because I thought that would be one heck of a large cookie with the regular size and it turned out pretty well. Actually stayed crunchy but maybe didn't have the full flavour of a large Oreo.
It's always fun to have a little surprise hiden in your cookie.  Here's the recipe so you can try it too (or make the cookie plain, it's still delicious)

Oreo Stuffed Peanut butter cookies
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar(packed)
2 eggs
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 package of Oreos

Cream butters and sugars. Add dry ingredients. Chill a bit.
Grab a hunk of dough and mould around Oreo. Roll in sugar if desired.
Bake at 350F ish for 8-11 minutes. You want the cookie to be slightly moist.

Friday, 8 December 2017

November Challenge Swap

Despite an extended vacation in a warm holiday destination (take me back), I managed to get a card done for the November challenge.
I kept it simple and just used one set of Dienamics in a rainbow of colours. I'm low on birthday cards after making so many bee cards so I thought this would be useful and it came together pretty quickly which was also key.
Here's the die set I used...
And Keri used the Lawn Fawn Oh Snap! to make this adorable card...
Another monthly challenge in the books. Our December group card swap is coming up. It's always fun to see what everyone comes up with. Stay tuned.