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/

Thank you for stopping by!

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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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.

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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

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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.

Thank you for stopping by!

 

 

Steak Fajitas

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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
Ingredients:
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

Instructions:
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.

ENJOY!

This is a link to the mini whipper I used. I LOVE my Pampered Chef tools.  I use them a LOT!
https://www.pamperedchef.com/shop/Cook%27s+Tools/Mixing+%26+Measuring/Stainless+Steel+Mini+Whipper/2635

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!

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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:
http://rileyandcompanyonline.com/home

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