Noble Deer Birthday Card

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Hello everyone! Late post today.  Darn work deadlines get in the way sometimes!

I was making a set of cards for a dear friend’s birthday gift, and this is one of the cards I included in the packet I gave her.  It is a nice masculine card.  Most of my masculine stamps are wildlife related.

20170708_143259 The stamp set is called Noble Deer, but I believe this is actually an elk.  Such a beautiful animal! I could have used markers to color the stamp so the trees and grass would be more accurate, but I like the monochromatic look on this card.

Stampin’ Up! Product:
Stamp Sets: Noble Deer and Remembering Your Birthday
Card Stock: Soft Suede
Ink: Soft Suede
Other: Print Pack II (Sahara Sand paper)

Non Stampin’ Up!:
Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream card stock
Notched Corner punch

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Stampin’ Up! Carols of Christmas Bundle

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Hello everyone!  Another great Stampin’ Up! promo to share with you all!

Stampin’ Up! has an early release for us here in August! For those of us that are trying to get ahead or stay ahead on getting Christmas cards ready, this is a neat deal!  You can use your Bonus Day coupons you earned in July to purchase this bundle!

Carols of Christmas has some neat greetings as well as images.  Save 10% when you bundle!  I love a good deal!  The bundle will be available in wood mount or clear mount sets.

http://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/Promotions/NA/2017/Carols%20of%20Christmas/Carols_Bundle_Flyer_US.pdf

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If you need a demonstrator to order from, please feel free to contact me so I can hook you up!

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Let’s Talk Cocoa Powder

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The best mistake happened a couple of months ago!  I placed my order from Savory Spice Shop. I save some of my tax season overtime money so I can place a good size order.  One item I always seem to need is cocoa powder. Between baking brownies for events we attend and Black Bottom Cupcakes at Christmas time, I go through a fair amount of cocoa powder.

Savory Spice Shop offers several kinds of cocoa powder.  I almost always buy the Natural Cocoa Powder.  I did order the Dutch one time, but I went back to using the Natural. I thought the flavor was better for my personal taste.

What was the best mistake you ask?  On my huge end of tax season order, I ordered the Natural Cocoa Powder.  They sent me the Black Onyx Cocoa Powder.  This was neat because Tim and I had talked about trying it, but I never did order it. It was like it was meant to be.

The Black Onyx Cocoa is VERY dark in color.  It makes my brownies very dark colored, but the flavor is so rich and good!  Savory Spice recommends that you replace 25 – 50% of the standard cocoa in your recipe with the Black Onyx, so that is exactly what I do.  The fat content is 10 – 12% so it may make your recipe a little bit drier.  They suggest adding a a little extra shortening, butter, egg yolk or a heavier milk to your recipe, depending what your particular recipe calls for.

Their Dutch Cocoa Powder is good.  It is a richer, darker and slightly milder powder. They recommend it be used for hot cocoa or other chocolate drinks. It has a fat content of 22-2%

The Natural Cocoa Powder is generally what I use for baking.  It has a good somewhat bittersweet flavor.  You can use 3 Tablespoons of this to replace a 1 ounce square of unsweetened chocolate in your recipes.  It has a nice color to it as well.  This cocoa also has 22 – 24% fat content.

They also offer Mexican Cocoa, Mayan Cocoa and Organic Raw Cacao powder.  I have never used those, so I do not know much about them or their flavor.

If you are looking for a good tasting cocoa powder, please consider giving Savory Spice Shop a try.  They have great stuff, and I really like them!

https://www.savoryspiceshop.com/cart/spices?SearchPhrase=cocoa%20powder

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Friends are Like Flowers Birthday Card

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I was looking through my stamp sets so I could choose a set that hasn’t been inky lately to make a couple of birthday cards.  I have recently used the sentiment in my Friends are Like Flowers set, but I had not used the images in a while. They require coloring, which is not a favorite task of mine.  This was a good reason though to bring out my watercolor pencils which have not been used much lately either! Many of them needed sharpening.  I finally found my SU sharpener on my computer desk. I’m not sure why it was there, but I was glad to find it!  With the humidity, the Stickles took a bit longer to dry.  I was really having issues getting the top piece to stick to the Regal Rose piece. I ended up using my ATG and big glue dots.

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I like how the Stickles dried a bit puffed up so it looks like it is sticking out a bit. I hope that makes sense! I used the yellow pencil underneath the Stickles.  I often use the Crystal Stickles for snow. I thought it would be neat over the yellow colored pencil instead of the yellow Stickles I usually use on flowers. I think it turned out nice!

Stampin’ Up! Product:
Stamp Sets: Friends are Like Flowers, On Your Birthday
Card Stock: Coastal Cabana, Regal Rose
Ink: Coastal Cabana (to sponge around the greeting piece), Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pens, corner rounder punch, Decorative Label punch, sponge,polka dots embossing folder

Non SU!
Jet Black Stazon
Crystal Stickles

Hockey Players Are Great Guys!

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I have been asked several times how can I stand to watch hockey? That question is almost always followed by the comment “It’s such a violent game/sport!”

Hockey is awesome! It is a fast moving sport. There are fights. That is a given. My oldest nephew’s first game featured a rare bench clearing fight. Every time we go to a game now he asks me, “Auntie Laurie, will there be a fight?” We never know. They both love watching the games though with or without a fight.

Some players lose teeth during the game. It could be from a fight. It could be from a puck to the face. A lot of players grin and have no front teeth. One of my favorite players sporting a toothless grin is Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks.

In a great story shared by nhl.com, it turns out that this great guy was mistaken for a pirate while on a family vacation at Disney! He was asked to sign autographs, not for his hockey fame but because the kids thought he was a pirate! I am certain that toothless grin was the cause! 🙂 He did so gladly. What a great spirit!

Not all hockey guys are rough and tough. They are good natured big hearted guys!

Go catch a hockey game if you get a chance. Get into the positive energy. Have a blast!

Here is a link to the story about Brent Burns. I just love it!

https://www.nhl.com/news/brent-burns-mistaken-for-pirate-at-disney-world-signs-autographs-anyway/c-290024802
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Sandy’s Aunt Betty’s Settler Beans

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I have a confession.  I may have already posted this recipe.  However, somehow, a few of my posts from the past were deleted.  Me thinks maybe it was Gremlins.  I am not sure.

This recipe is good enough to post it twice regardless!  With Labor Day weekend coming soon, I thought it might be fun to share some recipes that you can take along to those family picnics or just enjoy yourself at home!

Tim and I were at a cookout at our friends Sandy & Nick’s house.  Sandy is a great cook, and she always serves something that has me asking for the recipe.  No doubt, she did it again!  This time it was beans. I will say though that Nick made the beans this time!

The directions are not very specific, so I am going to say that you mix together the sauce ingredients before adding them to the other ingredients. Give this recipe a try and enjoy it!

Aunt Betty’s Settler Beans
Ingredients:
1 can kidney beans
1 can butter beans with molasses
1 28 oz can pork & beans
1 pound ground beef (cooked with the onion and crumbled)
1/2 pound bacon (cooked and diced up)
1/4 cup onion, diced

Sauce:
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons dark molasses
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

Combine ingredients and bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.

Enjoy!

Sprinkled Expressions Birthday Card

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This is a total CASE card from a stamping event I attended. I switched up the colors a bit, and I did not do some of the embossing that was on the original card. I decided to use an embossing folder instead. Honestly, I did this because I couldn’t get the lines to line up correctly with the Celebrate image.  Grrr!  So, Plan B as usual! 🙂

I went with primary colors. I wanted a bright card for birthdays!  I made four of these cards. I think it is a fun card. I used thin 1/8″ borders in the Pacific Point card stock.  I think it looks good that way.  Sometimes I get so stuck in the 1/4 inch borders, so it is fun to change things up a bit! I wish the glimmer paper showed up better in the picture. It looks pretty neat in real life! 🙂

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I was using scraps of the glimmer paper, so the one point on the star is missing. OOPS!  That’s the fun of a hand stamped card.  Once in a great while there is an imperfection.  It happens. To all of us.  Really.

Stampin’ Up! Product:
Stamp Sets: Sprinkled Expressions & Outlined Occasions
Card Stock: Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Real Red
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Real Red
Other: Stars #2 die, Red Glimmer paper, silver brad, star embossing folder

NON SU! Product:
Papertrey Ink white card stock
Notched corner punch

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Aldi – Why I Love to Shop There

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A lot of people look down at Aldi or cannot seem to bring themselves to shop there.  I used to be kinda snobby that way. Not anymore! Tim and I have done some of our shopping there for a few years now.

I especially like the store near us now that they remodeled.  They have a fresh bakery section, and the store just seems to be laid out better and much more organized.  I believe they are in the process of remodeling all of their stores, but I could be wrong about that.  Not at all 100% sure about that.

The deals on their fruits and veggies are great.  Granted the variety isn’t huge, but they seem to always have what is in season, and I have always been able to find bananas, onions and taters.  Their strawberries this season were awesome, and they were priced much cheaper than the grocery store.  Peppers have been cheaper and nicer at Aldi as well.  That was nice for making fajitas for Tim! 🙂

The new fresh bakery is great. The croissants are amazing!  They still have the packaged hamburger buns and loaves of bread they always did.  They now offer donuts and other bread items.  Definitely a win!  The prices are pretty good for these items as well.

Next up – their meat.  I do not but a lot of meat there, but I do like their Kirkwood (Tyson) chicken breasts in the bag.  A three pound bag is very decently priced around here, but I am sure the price varies by the area just as it does with most other things.  I did buy a sirloin steak recently when I made the fajitas for Tim, and it was reasonably priced and a very nice cut of meat.  I would definitely do that again. I also like to buy chicken thighs at Aldi. Again, it is mostly due to the good price.  Sometimes they get the huge family packs in for dirt cheap. I usually get two and break them up into meal size portions for us and freeze them up.  Their frozen shrimp was priced very well during Lent this year, so I stocked up a bit.

When I get ready for Christmas baking, I definitely watch their ads for good prices on flour, sugar, pudding mixes, and baking soda.

A few other products that we really enjoy include pesto, spaghetti sauce, angel hair pasta (2 pound box for the price of a 1 pound box at the other store), trail mix, milk, eggs, the PurAqua flavored waters, and their pizzas.

They always have a section of seasonal stuff. I have bought some neat Christmas presents from this section.  Watch the prices. You might be surprised at what you can find, and how much less it is!

Take a quarter along so you can get yourself a cart to use in the store. You get it back when you return the cart. Bring along your own bags if you don’t want to pay for their paper or plastic bags (10 cents and less at our store) or hope to find empty boxes along the shopping trip.  🙂  It’s a great way for them to keep prices low.

Enjoy your shopping trip.  Let me know what you think!

Incredible Breakfast Bake 

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Well this is one easy recipe! 

We have been in a slump. Neither of us knows what to make for supper. I had some leftover cubed ham in the freezer, so I decided to search for recipes with cubed ham. This sounded easy and good! Bonus!

I found it on Pinterest. The link is http://www.keyingredient.com/recipes/1141255041/incredible-breakfast-bake/

Incredible Breakfast Bake 
Ingredients:
1 can Flaky Grands Biscuits
1 8 ounce bag cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup milk
1 cup ham, cubed (may substitute ground cooked sausage)
5 eggs
Salt
Pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a 13×9 casserole dish.

Lightly mix the eggs. Add cheddar cheese, milk, and ham in a large bowl.

Cut biscuits into fours and carefully mix in with other ingredients. Transfer to casserole dish. Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Bake for 25 minutes at 350°.

Enjoy

Fine Lace Birthday Card

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I have been making birthday cards two at a time lately, and for me that is just odd!  I usually do a minimum of four cards at a time, but this is working out well. I am sticking with it for now. The exception being Christmas cards. I still do those in sets of 12!

I found some inspiration for this card on Pinterest, but I did’t have all of the ribbon the card maker had used on her card, and I decided to change it up just a bit.  I think these colors go together very well. I wanted to use the Vintage Cream card stock from Papertrey Ink to blend well with the Crochet Trim Vintage 5/8″ ribbon I have from Stampin’ Up.  I do believe the ribbon is retired.

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I apologize that I didn’t edit the picture before bringing it over. 😦

Stampin’ Up! Items:
Stamp Set: Fine Lace (background stamp)
Card Stock: Baked Brown Sugar and Crisp Cantaloupe
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar
Other: Butterfly thinlets, Crochet Trim Vintage ribbon

Non SU! Items:
Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream card stock
Scallop Lace corner punch

Here is a link to the Papertrey Ink card stock. You can get a 24 pack or a 50 pack(better deal).
https://www.papertreyink.com/paper/paper-basics-vintage-cream-cardstock-24-sheets/

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