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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Stampin’ Up! July Promo

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Hello everyone!  I am sure by now my stamping friends have all heard from their favorite Stampin’ Up! demonstrators about the July promo going on.  I know my demonstrator sent us all the info via email, and I have seen several posts on Facebook about it. I wanted to be sure you all know about it.

From July 1 – 31st, for every $50.00 you spend before shipping and sales tax, you get a $5.00 Bonus Day Coupon good for spending in August 1 – 31!  How awesome is that?!

As always, if you need a referral to a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would be happy to help you out.

This is a pretty neat promo, and if your wish list is long enough, it could really add up!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy stamping!

Jamaican Banana Fritters

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I will admit that I was nervous to make these because of the frying part.  However, it was not at all scary, and they turned out quite yummy!  YAY!

My very favorite breakfast item that I enjoyed every morning in Jamaica was pancakes with bananas (might have been plantains) in them.  Seriously, I pigged out on them. I LOVED them.

I found this recipe on Pinterest for the fritters, and I thought, yep, I want to try those! I am so glad I did!

The lighting in our kitchen is so goofy, so please excuse that in the picture.

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Jamaican Banana Fritters
Ingredients:
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/4 – 1/2 cup milk
Cinnamon Sugar for sprinkling on top

Directions:
Peel and mash the ripe bananas
Beat together egg, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg
Blend egg mixture with mashed bananas. Make sure it is well incorporated.
Sift flour and baking powder into the banana/egg mixture. Mix it all together.
If the batter seems to be too thick, add a little milk. (1/4 cup was plenty for my batch.)
Add oil to frying pan and place on medium high heat. Drop spoonfuls of the banana fritter batter into the hot oiled frying pan. Flip when you see the edges starting to get brown and golden.
When the fritters are done cooking, remove to a plate and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
ENJOY!

http://www.thatssoyummy.com/recipes/jamaican-banana-fritters/

Watercolor Vines Sympathy Card

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I was kind of surprised that I didn’t have any sympathy cards on hand.  I need to get some more made up one of these soon days.  One of my dear friends recently lost a family member, and I wanted her to know we were thinking of her and her family.

I usually hoard my Barely Banana card stock, but I was able to pick some up a the annual rubber rummage my awesome SU! Demo has every year.  I parted with a piece! I love the softness of this color.  I think it is soothing

I remember when the Prima Flowers were all the rage in stamping, and then to alter the milk bottle they came in was also a HUGE ordeal.  Well, now I have a ton of prima flowers that need to find some pretty projects to be attached too.  Six jars worth!

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I should have maybe used Versamark to roll the leaves pattern onto the Barely Banana piece, but quite honestly, I JUST thought of that!

Stampin’ Up!  Product:
Stamp Set: Petite Pairs and Watercolor Vines Jumbo Wheel
Card Stock: Barely Banana
Ink: Barely Banana and Certainly Celery
Other: Top Not Bigz die, Basic Pearls, Decorative Label punch, sponge

NON SU!
Papertrey Ink white card stock, prima flowers

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The Salt Room

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Those of you that are friends of mine on Facebook have seen me check in at the Salt Room.  My dear friend gave me a three weeks unlimited gift card when my allergies flared up, and the hives kicked in.  I was skeptical at first.  I thought it was some sort of hokey foofy place.

Tammra is the owner.  She is SUPER nice and very helpful.  When you stop in for your first visit, you fill out a form (as you do in most places).  While you are in your first therapy session, Tammra and her staff fill out a therapy plan for you based on the issues you have.

What types of issues do they work with you ask?  Great question!  Here is the list from their brochure:
Allergies, Asthma, COPD, cold & flu, cough, Cystic Fibrosis, Dermatitis, Ear Infections and Sinusitis

Salt therapy uses natural salt in a simulated microclimate (Salt Room). Pulverized salt is blown into the room for occupants to breathe in. You sit in zero gravity chairs in either a meditation type setting or a conversation setting. The sessions last for 45 minutes.

The salt works like an expectorant and helps with mucus clearance and improving lung function.  It kills harmful bacteria and soothes your respiratory system.

It can help strengthen your immune system!  Who wouldn’t want that!

I always choose the meditation room. I will tell you this – I relax enough to doze off and take a nap.

Have I noticed a difference? Yes!

My tree pollen allergies lead me to coughing, sneezing, runny nose, congestion, and worst of all hives. I started the therapy as my hives were kicking in. About an hour after I left the first session, my nose opened up, and I was able to get rid of a lot of the yuck that had been draining down the back of my throat. By the next morning my sore throat felt better. After the third session, I realized that my hives were not nearly as bad as they usually get. I have been to approximately 12 sessions. My hives are pretty much gone, and I never did flare up like I have in prior years. I am still blowing my nose a lot, but I am fine with that. Normally, by now, this would have settled into my chest and turned into bronchitis. I was labeled with chronic bronchitis several years ago. I am very content to have mild allergy reactions compared to what I suffer through most other years.

Infrared sauna therapy is also available. Since heat is one of my migraine triggers, we decided that the sauna therapy is not a good option for me.

Check out their website. Give Tammra and her staff a call if you have questions. They do offer an introductory visit so you can see what it’s all about.

The Salt Room does have locations all around the US, so be sure to Google them if you are interested.

Locally, this is the location I go to: http://saltroomlakecountry.com/

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Meat Loaf Pan

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My friend Roxie bought me this awesome pan shortly after she bought hers.  I love making homemade meatloaf. It is such a great comfort food.  Mine is always a bit more on the greasier side because I use a half pork and half beef recipe.  Well, this awesome pan with the holes in the bottom does a great job of letting the grease run out of the meatloaf for easy discard when you are done.  I make a two pound meatloaf, and it fits in here just fine with or without a mozzarella layer in the middle.   🙂

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You put your meatloaf mixture in the pan on the right in the above picture and that pan settles into the larger loaf pan on  the left.  Then you bake it.  The grease goes down through the little holes as it bakes.  The meatloaf does not dry out at all.   My pan has had a lot of uses, so it looks a little, well,  used.

If you go onto smile.amazon.com (Using Smile sends a portion of your purchase to a charitable organization.), you can find all different varieties of this pan for all different prices.  I have not looked in local stores for this pan, but I would think you could find them there too.

I really like these pans. Clean up is easy, and that is always a plus for me!

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