Happy Thanksgiving!

I say it often, we are so blessed and have so much to be thankful for.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  Tim and I will be spending the afternoon with dear friends of ours and enjoying a fabulous meal.

I hope you and your friends and family enjoy this Thanksgiving. Please take a moment to reflect on all you are blessed with.  Be thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!


On Gossamer Wings card



Well, that was embarrassing! The picture of the card did not attach! Here is the card from today’s earlier blog post.


Also a quick not that the Stampin’ Up Extravaganza is going on RIGHT NOW!  Some deals are good today only.  Let me know if you need info for a demonstrator to buy from!

Check it out here:  https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/categorypage.aspx?categoryid=100050



On Gossamer Wings Cards



I am finishing up a set of cards for a dear friend. I have been making Thank You cards for her. I am so thrilled that she asked me to make cards for her. 

On Gossamer Wing is a set I got for free after it retired. I was so fortunate. In all honesty, I still am! I don’t use the set very often, but it was one of those sets that we used at Stamp Club to make a really pretty card, and then I wanted it! I have yet to remake that card! 

I used some scraps from the polished stone piece I used to make Mom’s birthday card. I hope you aren’t sick of seeing it.

Stampin’ Up! Products:
Stamp Set: On Gossamer Wing
Card Stock: Apricot Appeal
Ink: Apricot Appeal and Old Olive
Other: Elegant Butterfly punch, Print Pack Designer Series Paper

The reinkers used for the polished stone technique for the butterflies are Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie.

Non SU Product:
Papertrey Ink white cardstock & notched corner punch

Black Friday Shopping


I used to really look forward to Black Friday shopping. My first experience with it was actually not as a shopper, but as an employee at Wal-mart. I was the opening Customer Service Manager (CSM) that day. It was complete chaos. People grabbed a cart and actually ran in the store. People took things out of other people’s carts. People cried. It was nuts! That was 26 years ago. I don’t think things have changed much. 

When I started working for the CPA firm, I got to have Black Friday off. I went shopping. I didn’t get out there crazy early. I got some great deals though! I enjoyed it! Waiting in lines, I have met some pretty neat people. I’ve always had the gift to gab. I appreciate those times.

Nowadays, Black Friday ads are already out to see, stores open before supper time on Thanksgiving Day, and it has really lost its appeal to me. I already shopped the Kohl’s Black Friday preview and got some great gifts early. 

I can get the majority of what I need online with free shipping on Black Friday in the comfort of my home while still in my jammies. I can avoid insane drivers, crabby shoppers and disgruntled store employees. 

If you do decide to go out, please be kind to the store employees. They truly get to deal with all sorts of characters on Black Friday, and halfway through their shift, they may be honestly exhausted. 

Enjoy the day. Pravtice your patience. Get some good deals. Get your picture taken with Santa! 

Penzeys Pumpkin Bars


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I am not a customer of Penzeys anymore, but back in the day I did get this recipe from them.  It is SO yummy.  It makes a very large pan, but they are so good!  This makes a great dessert to take along to Thanksgiving dinner or to serve at your house if you are hosting instead of or alongside your pumpkin, apple and/or pecan pie.  I am pretty sure that besides the stuffing, dessert is my very favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner. 🙂

I use my stone bar pan from Pampered Chef for this recipe, and it works out great.

I usually keep the bars covered with Press n Seal (Saran Wrap and I are not friends.) and  refrigerated.

I usually substitute Pumpkin Pie Spice for the cinnamon, and if I remember correctly I increase the amount to 1 teaspoon because we enjoy that flavor in there. It is a lovely combination of cinnamons, ginger, nutmeg, mace, allspice and cloves,

The cream cheese frosting is so yummy. We all know it pairs great with pumpkin! 🙂


Penzeys Pumpkin Bars
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups pumpkin puree
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, melted
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (or Pumpkin Pie Spice)

3 oz. cream cheese
6 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted

Preheat oven to 325°. In a mixing bowl, beat together the sugar and eggs. Add the pumpkin and butter and mix. Gradually add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Mix well. Pour into a greased 15x10x1-inch jelly roll pan (a 9×13-inch pan would work, but you would end up with a real cake). Bake at 325° for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting, beat together the cream cheese, butter, lemon juice and vanilla. Gradually add the powdered sugar and beat to your desired consistency. Spread over the cake and cut into small bars.


Polished Stone Butterfly & Dragonfly


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I think I have mentioned that I really love the Polished Stone technique. Stampin’ Up! brought back their glossy cardstock, and I am just so excited about that.  This is a technique that you can use year ’round for all different types of cards.  Choose colors that work well together. You can go monochromatic or change it up a bit.  Have fun!  Get inky!

I do let these pieces dry overnight before I make anything with them. I used the piece I created to make butterflies and dragonflies. I have used the sheet as a layer as well. They are just SO pretty!

What you need:  Rubbing alcohol, cotton balls, reinkers, glossy cardstock

Put the rubbing alcohol on your cotton ball, and then drop one or two drops of reinker kind of spread out on the cotton ball.  I don’t use more than three colors so it doesn’t get muddy. If you are unsure, test it on a scrap first. Dab it all over your glossy cardstock.  Let it dry. It should dry quickly, but to be really certain I let it dry overnight.


My apologies that I apparently over-cropped the picture, but I guess in a way it works out so you can see the detail even better of the polished stone technique.

Have you ever tried this technique? Do you have fun with it?

There will be more cards coming up using different color combinations.  I hope I don’t bore you with them. 🙂

Stampin’ Up! Product Used:
Card Stock: Pretty In Pink, Melon Mambo, Glossy
Ink: Regal Rose and Melon Mambo reinkers
Other: Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Butterflies Thinlits, Rhinestone jewels, Perfect Polka Dots embossing Folder, Melon Mambo Designer Series Paper

Non SU! Product:
Papertrey Ink card stock, rubbing alcohol, cotton balls

Vanilla Prices Increase



I prefer to use pure vanilla extract in my baking versus imitation. Yes, it is more expensive, but the flavor is so much better and worth it. Savory Spice Shop has some of the best vanilla I have ever used. 

I had commented to Tim several months ago that the price of pure vanilla extract has sure gone up recently. He found that the beans are being stolen! Then I recently received an email from Savory Spice Shop stating that not only were the beans being stolen, Cyclone Enawo hit Madagascar and had ruined crops. 

Keeping up with demand has been tough. There is a process called quick curing that uses “green” vanilla beans. Flavor houses are buying as much as they can, and this increases the value of the green vanilla beans. The increased value has lead to the beans being stolen. How crazy is that?

Picking them green offers a lower quality vanilla flavor. There is a product that is now being offered that is made with all natural products. This includes leaves from the plants. 

The product Savory Spice Shop is now offering is Natural Vanilla Extract. I will definitely be giving this product a try. Please consider giving it a try for your holiday baking. 

Here is a link to the full article about the vanilla beans. I find it both sad and interesting. 

Thank you for stopping by!

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Potato Soup (changed up a bit)



My friend Leslie added me to a soup group on Facebook, and it has somewhat inspired me to try making some soups.  I have always enjoyed soups from the everyday chicken noodle soup to gumbos to chilis. YUM!  I will eat veggies in soup that I would not otherwise eat. Yep, I’m an odd one!  Ask Tim, he will tell you! 🙂

Seriously though, I found this recipe, and I thought it sounded pretty good.  I did change it up a bit.  I will post it as I made it and share the link to the original recipe for you.

I did try to get the soup a bit creamier, but I do not yet have an immersion blender.  I tried using my Magic Bullet to mash up the taters, but it would kind of spit at me as I opened the cover. I didn’t want to get burned, so I abandoned that idea and said good enough!

I am not a huge fan of celery so I added more carrots and reduced the amount of celery. Tim and I both love bacon. I put in a half pound of bacon.  I will definitely add a full pound of bacon next time. I also completely forgot to add the parsley. OOPS! I think it was just fine without it.  We will be freezing some of this.  I am hoping the taters freeze well.


Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Potato Soup

One pound bacon
1 Tablespoon butter
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and sliced thin (I had red potatoes so used those)
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
3 cups sliced carrots
1 cup sliced celery
8 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/3 cup fresh chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon white pepper (You can use black if you prefer.)
1 bay leaf

Bake bacon on cookie sheets with parchment paper at 375 degrees for about 12 minutes (check to see if it is done enough for you). I let it cool a bit and broke it up into small pieces. Or you can fry the bacon and cook the onions and garlic in the bacon grease.
Place skillet over medium heat, add butter, onions and garlic. Saute to soften and add to crock pot with bacon pieces.
Cube chicken breast into bite size cubes and place on top of the onions and bacon. Add sliced potatoes, carrots, celery, chicken broth, thyme, bay leaf and pepper. Place the lid on the slow cooker. Turn on high and cook for 8-12 hours (mine was done in 6 1/2 hours on high). Stir occasionally until the potatoes are extremely soft.
Stir soup vigorously to break up the potatoes and thicken the broth. (You can make it extra creamy by partially pureeing the soup with an immersion blender or place 1 1/2 cups of the soup in a regular blender, puree, and then stir back into the crock pot.).
Remove bay leaf before serving.
Add fresh parsley, Stir well. Serve well topped with low fat cheese if desired.


The original recipe can be found here: http://www.aspicyperspective.com/healthy-slow-cooker-chicken-potato-soup/


Halloween Hedgehogs


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Happy Halloween everyone!  I hope your day is filled with treats! 🙂

I made this Halloween card for a special lady. She is my friend Holly’s Mom.  I hope she liked it. I hope she smiled.  That is the goal.

These lil hedgehogs were popular back in the day, and I still have the few sets I bought.  I am not a huge fan of coloring, but the Watercolor Pencils are the easiest method I have. I color with the pencils and smooth it out with the Blender Pens.  I am not very good at coloring, and yes, I still color outside the lines. 🙂

Stampin’ Up! Product:
Stamp Set: Halloween Hedgehogs
Card Stock: Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Polka Dots embossing folder, Top Note die for the Big Shot, Watercolor Pencils (retired set, not the current set), Blender Pens

NON SU! Product
Papertrey Ink white card stock

Thank you for stopping by!

Booglie Eyes!


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I didn’t forget to post! It has been a crazy busy week.

I managed to get a few Halloween cards made and sent out this year. I have four very retired Halloween stamp sets from of course Stampin’ Up! They are far too cute to sell though. 

Booglie Eyes has always been fun. Sometimes I even remember to adhere googie eyes onto the images! I know they are here in my card making room…somewhere! 

The witch has always cracked me up! She looks as frazzled as I feel some days! 😊 These were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored with the old Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils. I then used a  blender pen to smooth out the colored pencil. 

Remember way back when eyelets were all the rage? I have a ton of them left! I used a couple of Lovely Lilac here. Thank God for the Crop-o-dile so we no longer had to pound away with our hammer and eyelet setter kit! 

Stampin’ Up! Product:
Stamp Set: Booglie Eyes
Card Stock: Lovely Lilac
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: retired Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pens, Top Note Die, Lovely Lilac eyelets, Crop-o-dile

Non SU! Product:
Papertrey Ink white card stock, swirls embossing folder

Thank you for stopping by! 😊