Bursting With Joy Thank You Card


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I made a set of four of these cards.  Tim used some as thank you cards for birthday gifts he received, and we sent one to our friends that we bought a quarter of a cow from.

My dear friend Vikki is fond of One Sheet Wonders, and that is what I did for this card set.  I took one piece of white card stock and stamped the burst images all over it in three different colors.  That was just an easy way to make a pretty background piece. Then I cut it into the four equal size pieces. If you look around on Pinterest you can find all sorts of patterns to cut them up to make several cards.

I was looking for a masculine look for these cards, and I think I accomplished this.


I didn’t think this card needed embellishments because of the bursts.  Very fun! I used the markers to color the stamp used in the center of the card.  I colored it, huffed to reactivate the ink and stamped.  I love how that stamp works so well for that technique.

Stampin’ Up! Product:
Stamp Set: Bursting With Joy
Ink: Always Artichoke, Not Quite Navy, Riding Hood Red (ink pads and markers for the center piece)
Card Stock: Not Quite Navy and Riding Hood Red

Non SU!:
Papertrey Ink white card stock

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June is Migraine Awareness Month



I didn’t know this until a page I follow on Facebook told me so!

I have suffered from migraines for years.  I guess what frustrates me the absolute most is people that claim they have a migraine, but it is so obvious that they have not one clue what it is like to truly suffer from an actual full blown migraine. Migraines are not your average super bad headache.

Migraines are hereditary, and I know for a fact that on my Mom’s side, I am at least third generation for migraines. I truly think my oldest nephew gets migraines, but has not yet been officially diagnosed as such.

Statistics from Migraine.com state that 100 million people suffer from headaches, but 37 million of those people have migraines. UGH!!!!

Usually when one has a migraine, they want a quiet, dark room to just rest and pray the pain stops.  This is one reason I say that not everyone that thinks they have a migraine does have one.  On migraine days, I usually cannot function.  TV, radio, computer and phone calls are just not options.  If you have a migraine, chances are very good that you will not be texting with your BFF or watching a TV show until it goes away.

There are many other issues that come with migraines – sensitivity to smell, stiff neck, dizziness, vision issues, weakness, nausea. I suffer from the sensitivity to smell.  There have been times that I have had to remove the pillow case from the pillow I was resting on because the smell from the fabric softener was just too much for me.  It is like I have a super power because my sense of smell is so sensitive.  On the other side of that, strong odors (floral perfumes, strong car exhaust smells) give me an almost instant headache. Not necessarily a migraine, but definitely a strong headache.

One tough part of migraines is determining your triggers.  I spent about six months keeping a journal that tracked my sleeping and food and headaches and migraines.  I was able to determine that a few of my triggers are lack of sleep, not eating breakfast, and my period.  There are many other triggers for migraines, but you won’t know yours unless you are willing to track things.

I did have a situation in which I had a migraine for several days and even my prescription meds were not easing it.  I was trying hard to function as best I could, but I ended up at the doctor’s office. I couldn’t handle it anymore.  As we were talking she was testing different areas of my head and neck.  At one point she touched the back of my neck, and I swear I about went through the ceiling.  My doctor determined that the nerves in the back of my neck needed to be physically manipulated to relax, and then the migraine would diminish. Her recommendation – a massage.  Ok!  A dear friend and coworker set me up with my massage friend, and over the years, she and I have become good friends.  I went to her, told her my issue, and I kid you not, she fixed it!  I was so thankful!  Most times that I go to see her now, one of her first questions to me, all of these years later, is how are your headaches?  She is magic!  Honestly!

If you think you suffer from migraines, please see your doctor. There are many options out there to help you.  Imitrex works well for me.  There are other meds out there if that is not a good one for you.  For a while I was on Fioricet as a preventative measure. Thankfully, I was able to stop that treatment plan because things settled down.

I mentioned that I take Imitrex for my migraines.  It usually starts to work for me within about 30 minutes of taking it. I do try to take it with a caffeinated beverage (Diet Coke is usually my choice).  After I take my meds, I lay down.  90% of the time within the half hour the migraine has subsided enough that I feel I am safe to drive and go about daily life.  It leaves me with what I call the migraine hangover.  I certainly still have a headache. I feel hungover, but I can function.  The other 10% of the time, I am usually down and out for a good 8-12 hours.  I am blessed in that Tim is VERY helpful and considerate and loving.  I usually sleep a lot during this time, and truly I usually have no idea how long I have been out when I finally do get up again.

Please consider going to migraine.com to find out about migraines. Learn about the triggers, symptoms, and what you can do to feel better.

Sorry I rambled on so long, but this is a serious issue.

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Steak Fajitas


I was so excited to find a recipe that didn’t call for a pouch of seasoning packet stuff.  Those always seem to be filled with sodium.  Yes, a little salt is good for us.  I get that. This recipe called for a lot of spices that we already had at home, and I know Tim LOVES fajitas. Me, not so much, but that is ok.  I made these for him on a Monday night. He works late on Mondays, so I thought it would be nice to treat him to a yummy supper. It smelled so good while it was cooking, and he loved them!

You need time to marinate the ingredients, so please take that into account before you set out to make this! It doesn’t seem like it makes a lot of the marinade, but it really is enough. 🙂

This recipe was found at Add a Pinch at http://addapinch.com/steak-fajitas-recipe/

Steak Fajitas
2 pounds skirt, flank, sirloin or hanger steak, sliced into 1/2 strips
1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced into thin strips
1 green or yellow pepper, deseeded and cut into thin strips
1 medium onion, peeled and cut into think strips
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lime juice (I used a fresh lime.)
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
pinch cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
6-8 tortillas, warmed

Optional Garnish:
sour cream, sliced avacado, guacamole, salsa

Place the steak into a sealable bag. Place the peppers and onion in a separate sealable bag. Add the olive oil, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper and garlic to a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake until well combined. (I used my Pampered Chef Stainless Steel Mini Whipper and mixed them together in a bowl.) Pour 1/3 of the marinade over the steak, 1/3 over the vegetables and save the remaining 1/3 for use when cooking. Seal the bags tightly and refrigerate for one hour to overnight. (I only had an hour.)

When ready to cook, heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Pour the vegetables into the skillet and cook until just tender crisp, about five minutes. Remove the vegetables from the skillet to a plate and add steak strips to the same skillet. When the steak is cooked throughout (about 7-10 minutes) add vegetables back into the skillet along with the reserved marinade.

Serve with warm tortillas and desired optional garnishes.


This is a link to the mini whipper I used. I LOVE my Pampered Chef tools.  I use them a LOT!

Campfire Riley Birthday Card


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I needed another masculine birthday card.  Funny how that happens!  I have been neglecting my very small collection of Riley stamps.  I have six of them.  They are so cute!  I could easily become addicted.  They have images for almost every occasion.

I don’t know if the person receiving this card is a sit around the campfire kind of guy, but this is the card I am sending anyways.  Campfires are usually very relaxing.

I was recently at a rubber rummage sale that my Stampin’ Up demonstrator hosts every year, and I found the best deal on dark brown ribbons and cords for around $1. I was thrilled!  Great stuff for use on masculine cards!


I realize I used fall colors for this card, but I think the brown and orange are more masculine.  I thought the tree trunk type background was fitting for a campfire scene.

Stampin’ Up! Items:
Stamp Set: Warmest Regards
Ink: Basic Brown
Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Only Orange
Other: Watercolor Pencils (the retired set), Woodgrain embossing folder

Non SU:
Campfire Riley stamp
Neenah white card stock
Brown cord

Here is a link to the Riley & Company website in case you are interested:

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Know Your Prices



Recently a local grocery store chain has been closing some of their smaller, less shopped stores in our area.  They are having Store Closing sales.  Most items in the store are 25% off, with some items being as much as 50% off. Sounds great right?!

I know my prices on items that we purchase often.  I notice when prices go up a few cents here and there.  For example, the shredded cheese we often buy went up thirty cents a bag recently.  I am amused now that the store we shop at frequently has it “on sale” for the price it used to sell for before the price increase.  We really like the cheese, and we like to support the local dairy it comes from so we buy it regardless.

What we noticed at this Store Closing Sale though was that their 25% off prices were what we usually pay at the store we shop at most often.  People were loading up their carts with “sale” items that weren’t really a sale deal at all!  I found one item I was willing to purchase that I knew I was getting a deal on.  We did grab two other items simply because we were there and needed them. I just kept commenting to Tim, that is the usual price at the other store.  That isn’t a savings. That isn’t a sale.  He just kept nodding.  Bless him for putting up with me! 🙂

I will miss the convenience of once in a great while stopping at this store to grab one or two items that we really needed, but otherwise, I am not overly concerned that they are going to be gone.  Living where we do I pass two other grocery stores in my short 10 minute drive home.

Know your prices so you know you are getting good deals when you are out there shopping!

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Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce


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I was very excited to find a recipe similar to one my Mom used to make.  This sauce is good on pancakes or ice cream.  I like it just plain out of a dessert dish as well. I do sometimes add just a bit more sugar than the recipe calls for. It really depends on how tart your rhubarb is. Take a lil taste while it is cooling to decide if you want/need more sugar.

I wanted to share this recipe now because I am seeing rhubarb at the farmers’ markets, and locally, strawberries have been very cheap in the stores as well as very yummy!

Mom cannot find a lot of her recipes, so I went in search of this. I found this recipe on the Pillsbury website.

Rhubarb does freeze very well. I cut it up into small pieces and measure it before freeing it. I usually freeze it in 2 or 4 cup packages.

Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce

2 cups sliced fresh or frozen rhubarb
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
2 cups sliced strawberries

In medium saucepan, combine rhubarb, sugar and water. Mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer five minutes. Stir in strawberries. Cook 1 minute (you may want to cook it a little longer if you want the berries to break down a little more). Serve warm or cool.


Stampin’ Up! Catalog


Normally I would do a card share today, but there is super duper fun and exciting news in Stampin’ Up! world!

The new catalog is now live!  There are lots of awesomely wonderful new items in the catalog just waiting to come live in your craft room/craft cave/stamping nook.

Need a link to a demonstrator?  Let me know – I know several!

Check out the new catalog by stopping over at the Stampin’ Up! website or contact your demonstrator to get yourself a copy to love and keep forever.


A few things I love and am happy to see in this catalog:

Cookie Cutter Christmas (One of my favorite Christmas sets in a long time!) This set has a matching punch!

Daisy Delight Bundle (neat punch and stamp set on my wish list)

Dragonfly Dreams (I have this set and the matching thinlits!)

Sorry for Everything Clear Mount Stamps – finally a sympathy sentiment for the loss of a pet.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy shopping!

Memorial Day


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Memorial Day is a day for remembering those that gave their all serving our great nation while in service.

It was originally called Decoration Day.

It is now observed on the first Monday in May in almost every state.

Moina Michael wrote the following poem, and then she came up with the idea of wearing the red poppies on Memorial Day to honor those who died serving our nation during war.  Money from the poppies she sold was mostly donated to benefit servicemen in need.

“We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.”

1922 was the year that the VFW became the first veterans’ organization to sell their poppies nation wide.

I don’t know about you, but I cannot walk past our veterans that have the poppies out for Memorial Day and not get a poppy.  I thank them for their service and put my dollar in the can.

Support our troops, and remember that this is a day to remember those that gave their lives for our nation while in service.  God bless them.

Chili Lime Chicken Tacos


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This recipe came from the Knorr website.  We use their rice and pasta sides frequently.  This recipe sounded different but good, so I figured we would give it a go.  We had them a week or so ago, and we really liked them. I did add some sharp Cheddar cheese that we had on hand. Next time I want to use their white cheddar queso rice instead. I have a feeling that would be really yummy too.


Sorry I didn’t edit the picture at all.

Chili Lime Chicken Tacos
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 clove garlic, finely chopped (I used my Pampered Chef garlic press)
2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice (2 limes)
1 medium poblano pepper, chopped (about 2/3 cup)
1 small red onion, chopped (about one cup)
1 package Knorr Rice Sides Rice Pilaf
8 corn tortillas or taco shells (I used flour tortillas.)

Season chicken if desired with salt and pepper (I did not). Combine one Tablespoon olive oil with the chili powder in a large bowl. Add chicken and toss to coat.

Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat and cook chicken, stirring frequently until thoroughly cooked (about six minutes). Add garlic to the skillet and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add lime juice, toss. Remove and set aside.

Heat remaining 1 Tablespoon of olive oil in same skillet over medium-high heat and cook poblano pepper and onion, stirring occasionally,until softened, about 4 minutes. Add 2 cups of water to the skillet and the Knorr Rice Sides Rice Pilaf and cook according to package instructions.

When the rice is done, stir in the chicken.

Serve in tortillas or taco shells. Garnish with salsa verde, sour cream and lime wedges if desired. (I forgot the garnishments!)


Pinecones Christmas Card


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Each year I make between 60 and 80 Christmas cards to send out.  I love making them and sending them. I usually make 5-7 sets of 12 cards.  I try to make one set each month starting in May or June.  Well, I am on my way! Some months it just doesn’t happen, and then I scramble near the end. They always get done though! 🙂


This is a fairly simple card, but I think it works.  The stamps are huge, but they are sure fun to use!  This set was gifted to me from a friend that went to a Stampin’ Up! party, but never got into scrapbooking or making cards.  Yay me!

I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the pine cone with the branch.  It took me a bit to figure out how to position the branch so there was enough room for the pine cone as well.  I ran the card stock through the Big Shot with the Top Note die prior to stamping.  Those bigger stamps sometimes don’t give me the best images.  I am thankful we can usually flip the piece over and use the other side! 🙂

Stampin’ Up! Product:
Stamp Sets: Pinecones, Petite Pairs
Card Stock: Handsome Hunter
Ink: Close to Cocoa and Handsome Hunter
Other: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Top Note die, corner rounder punch

Non Stampin’ Up!
Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream card stock

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