Sending Thank You Cards

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As we were growing up, Mom and Dad always taught us to send thank you cards or notes after our birthdays, Christmas and whatever else we may have received a gift for.  It didn’t have to be a long winded letter, but a thank you to acknowledge that we appreciated the gift that was sent or given.

I think this is a tradition that is sadly gone or near gone these days.  Tim and I do still send thank you cards. I think it is the right thing to do.  And who doesn’t like to receive happy mail!

I am ready with some thank you cards on hand at all times. You never know when you may need one!  With Christmas just around the corner, I thought I would just mention that a card or note sent via snail mail may really be appreciated.

Thank you for stopping by!

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Thanksgiving Cards

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I truly hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and plenty of leftovers!

I haven’t sent out Thanksgiving cards for quite a few years. This year, my Christmas cards were done early, and I am so proud of that!  I actually had time to make Halloween and Thanksgiving cards!  It was sure fun to get those stamp sets inky again!

The punch used for the leaves on these cards was found at a rummage sale for $1.  It did not like punching through the glossy card stock, but I got it done!

Yes, this is the polished stone technique. Again. 🙂  It is so fun to put together the color combinations though.  I love how they stand out against the Chocolate Chip card stock.

Each card turned out just a bit different depending on how the Chocolate Chip card stock went through with the embossing folder.

I really love how this card turned out. I have some bigger leaf dies from Stampin’ Up! that I may use to do this card again next year.  We shall see!

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Here is a close up picture of what one of the cards looks like.  I just loved how the leaves worked out.  I use my Pumpkin Patch ink pad a lot for fall cards.  Whoever put that ink pad together over at Stampin’ Up! had it all figured out! That ink pad is used for the Happy Thanksgiving sentiment and the message inside.

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I guess they were more alike than I thought, but you get the idea.  I used small glue dots on the leaves.

Stampin’ Up! Product:
Stamp Set: All Year Cheer 3
Card Stock: Glossy and Chocolate Chip
Ink: Pumpkin Patch Kaleidacolor
Reinkers: Crushed Curry, Only Orange, Ruby Red
Other: Decorative Label punch, Woodland embossing folder

NON SU! Product:
leaf punch, Vintage Cream card stock from Papertrey Ink

Cocoa Snowflakes

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This is a neat recipe to make for Christmas Cookie trays.  They are a little bit putzy, but I really enjoyed them.  This is another recipe that Penzeys handed out.

This dough needs to be chilled, so if you are baking a few different kinds of cookies, you may want to make this dough, chill it, and get another batch of something else going.

I took off a Friday to do my cookie baking this year. So I will bake on Friday and Saturday (yes, it really takes me two days to bake everything) and then we will deliver trays on that Sunday weather permitting.  I always look forward to it. 🙂

Cocoa Snowflakes
Ingredients:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 Tablespoons butter
6 Tablespoons natural cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 extra large eggs
1 cup finely chopped nuts (optional)
1/2 cup powdered sugar (for rolling cookies in)

Directions:
In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a small heavy saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add natural cocoa powder, blend well with a whisk until smooth. Remove pan from heat, stir in sugar until combined (it will be a dark brown at this point). Transfer to a large mixing bowl, add vanilla, then eggs one at a time, stirring well with a wooden spoon or hand mixer after each addition. Add flour mixture and nuts if desired. Mix well. Cover the dough with plastic wrap, refrigerate until chilled (at least 2 hours). The dough never gets really stiff, but it won’t roll as nicely if it’s warm. (I use my scoop from Pampered Chef.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grab a handful of dough, enough for a sheet of cookies, leaving the rest in the refrigerator. Roll each hunk of dough into a 3/4″ ball, then roll in the powdered sugar. Place on a greased cookie sheet (I use parchment paper.) about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8 minutes at 400 degrees, let cool a minute, an remove from pan. Store in an airtight container to maintain the soft, chewy texture of these cookies. If you prefer a crisper cookie, bake one additional minute. Enjoy!

Stampin’ Up! Year End Sales Event

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Hey everyone!  Sorry I missed posting yesterday.  I got really busy making chili and applesauce, writing out Christmas cards, and dealing with signing up for new insurance for 2018.

What I wanted to share with you all quick is that Stampin’ Up! is having their Year End Sales Event.  There are items from the Holiday Catalog that are retiring and some of the items are discounted! Embellishments are only available while supplies last!

We all deserve to give ourselves a Christmas present, and I try to be sure to do this every year!

I contacted my demonstrator Barb and ordered the Every Good Wish stamp set.  It is really neat! Look for that on Christmas cards in 2018!

https://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=144865

I really like the Christmas Quilt bundle, but I decided that since I am not a quilter, I didn’t have to have that.

https://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=146026

The bundle that I absolutely LOVE, but did not order (insert very sad face) is the Snowflake Sentiments Bundle. One can NEVER have too many snowflakes or snowman stamps!

https://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=146053

Check out these neat bundles and retiring items over on the Stampin’ Up! website and be sure to let me know if you need the name of a demonstrator to order with.

Holiday Bundles: https://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryID=100202

Year End Sales Event: https://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/CategoryPage.aspx?categoryid=100040

Thank you for stopping by!  Happy Shopping!

Dragonflies Thank You

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I am so happy that I bought the Dragonfly Dream bundle from Stampin’ Up!  I just love it!  I am looking forward to creating a few more cards that I have thought up. Now to just find time to play at the card making table!

This is another card for my pack of thank you cards for my dear friend. Her favorite color is yellow, so I try to stay in or near the yellow family for cards I make for her.

This will be the last card using the polished stone Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie piece. I thought the result of mixing them worked well with the Apricot Appeal.

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I found I had one piece of this Apricot Appeal piece from a Print Pack left .  Yes, it was retired years ago, but I have at least two packs of each set they offered.  🙂  I am trying my best to use them and stop hoarding them as well as my ribbon and other packs of Designer Series Papers.  It is not an easy task. 🙂

Stampin’ Up! Product:
Stamp Set: Much Appreciated
Card Stock: Apricot Appeal
Ink: Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie reinkers for the polished stone technique, Memento Tuxedo Black for the sentiment
Other: Apricot Appeal Print Pack, Modern Label punch, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Pearl Basic Jewels

Non SU! Product:
Scallop Lace corner punch, Papertrey White Cardstock

Thank you for stopping by!

Poblano Chicken Chowder (changed up a bit)

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Hey everyone! Here is another recipe that we tried and really liked. After reading the comments, I changed it up a bit. I will do as before and type it out as I made it and then share the link to the original recipe.

I never knew I liked poblano peppers until I met Tim. Ok, I didn’t know I liked a LOT of stuff until I met Tim. I love that we experiment with new to me foods. 🙂

If you do not like a strong cilantro flavor, back off the amount of cilantro. I thought it was kind of strong, and I really like cilantro.

This made a HUGE pot of soup, and we froze half of it. I ended up using Tim’s stock pot to cook it in. It was too much for my slow cooker. So, if you decide to make this, be ready for a bunch of soup! Maybe share some with a neighbor. It’s a fabulous way to check in on your elderly neighbors to be sure they are doing ok.

I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t use leftover turkey in this instead of chicken. It would be a nice and different way to use up some of those Thanksgiving leftovers!

Poblano Chicken Chowder (changed up a bit)

Ingredients:
2 – 3 Tablespoons olive oil
3 large carrots, sliced
1 onion, diced
5 stalks celery, diced
4 potatoes, cubed
1 can corn, drained
3 – 4 cloves garlic, minced
2 – 3 small poblano peppers, roasted, seeded and diced
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (or more to taste)
3 quarts chicken broth
1/2 bunch cilantro leaves, minced
3 cups chicken breast, cubed
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1 Cup flour
1 cup heavy cream

Directions:
To roast your poblano pepper, slice it in half, remove seeds and bake at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes. I also put my chicken breasts in the oven on the cookie sheet. After I took the peppers out, I put the chicken back in for about 10 more minutes, and then I took it out, let it cool a bit and cubed it up. Dice up the peppers.

Heat the oil in your large stock pot over medium heat and add the carrots, onions, celery, garlic, poblano peppers, potatoes, white pepper, cumin and thyme. Saute for 7 – 8 minutes or until the veggies begin to soften.

Stir in the chicken broth and cilantro. Cook for 10 – 12 minutes or until the carrots and taters are tender. Stir in the chicken and cook, stirring frequently until the chowder is thick (mine never really got thick – I think that was operator error) and the chicken is heated through. Add the drained can of corn.

Shortly before the chowder is done, melt butter in a pan over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until a paste like texture roux forms. Add one or two cups of broth from the stock pot. Whisk again, but do not brown. Slowly add to soup. Whisk to combine, and then slowly add the cream and continue whisking until all is well blended together.

Serve and enjoy!

The original recipe can be found at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/poblano-chicken-chowder-recipe-1946804

 

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

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

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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

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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

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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!