Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year everyone!

This post might get a little long-winded, but I hope you take a few minutes to read it.

Tim really likes a band called The Cruxshadows. I love their song titled Birthday.

The song starts “Roll out of bed, look in the mirror, and wonder who you are. Another year has come and gone. Today is your birthday. But it might be the last day of your life. What will you do if tomorrow it’s all gone?”

No it is not my birthday, but it is a new year. This is when people make resolutions they usually don’t keep. Maybe instead of resolutions, we should take some time to reflect on our lives so far. 

The part of the song that caught my attention is “Look at your life. Who do you want to be before you die? Look at your life. And what do you want to do? Look at your life. Who do you want to be before you die? Look at your life. You haven’t got forever.

It got me thinking. Is there something you need or want to do? Are you happy? What can you do or change so you can be happy?

I certainly don’t have all of the answers, but I have in recent years made changes in my life. I’m not quite where I want to be in life, but I keep working at it.

I know life can be short. My Dad passed at a young age. It made me realize how precious the time we have really is. 

I’m not talking about wealth or material things. I’m certain I will never be wealthy, however I am rich in that I have a wonderful family (for the most part) and good friends. I try to be helpful and giving as much as possible.

I do want to travel a bit more before I cannot. I want to be able to see new places and enjoy them while I can. My health isn’t 100%, so I have really been reflecting on this.

“Look at your life. What do you want to do? Look at your life. Who do you want to be before you die? Look at your life. You haven’t got forever.”

The Cruxshadows – Birthday [Official] – YouTube

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Bubble Pizza

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We made this dish and took it over to a dear friend who had fallen and was pretty banged up.  She just LOVES pizza, and I thought this way she would have leftovers/meals for a couple of days.  Turns out she loved it, and the bonus was that it was super easy to make.  This particular recipe comes from http://www.geniuskitchen.com and was submitted by Kim M. There are other variations out there using ground beef or Italian sausage. Just Google Bubble Pizza if you would prefer those.

I used spaghetti sauce because I forgot to buy pizza sauce, and it seemed to work out just fine.  OOPS!

This is a quick and easy recipe that even kids can help make. It might be nice for a quick supper one night when life is crazy busy. Yes, I know, when isn’t life crazy busy!? 🙂

Bubble Pizza
Ingredients:
1 16.3 ounce can ready to bake refrigerated buttermilk flaky biscuits
8 ounces pizza sauce
2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
26 slices pepperoni, divided

Directions:
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Separate biscuit dough into 8 biscuits. Cut each biscuit into 8 pieces and place in a medium bowl. Add pizza sauce, 1 cup of cheese and 10 quartered pepperoni pieces. Toss to coat.

Spread mixture into ungreased oblong 2 quart glass baking dish. Top with remaining pepperoni and cheese. Bake 22 – 28 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.

You can substitute ground beef or Italian sausage.  You can also add veggies (mushrooms, onions. peppers, etc).

Enjoy!

Sounding Joy Christmas Card

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I was thrilled to get this set for a steal from my former Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  After a catalog retired, she would put out a bin of stamp sets she no longer used/needed/wanted.  When we placed a $50 order we could pick a set from the bin. At least that is how I remember it. It’s been a while.

I love that the big star stamp has the words to Joy to the World.  I absolutely love that Christmas hymn. Growing up attending a Lutheran grade school, we sang the hymns every year, and I love them.  To me, that is the true meaning of Christmas!

I want to thank my current Stampin’ Up! demonstrator Barb for giving me four pieces of shimmery card stock to make these cards. I know I have two packs somewhere in my craft room.  🙂 I cannot find them anywhere.  They will appear when I least expect it right?!

I sure wish the shimmery card stock showed up better in pictures. This picture just doesn’t do the card justice, but you get the idea.

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I found a pretty fancy fold card using this set that I may try next year, but for this year, I am loving this set of cards.

I hope it isn’t too plain and simple. I tend to do that sometimes.

Stampin’ Up! Product:
Stamp Set: Sounding Joy
Card Stock: Night of Navy, Shimmery
Ink: Night of Navy
Other: Lucky Stars embossing folder, Stars framelits

NON SU! Product:
silver ribbon from Michaels, Papertrey Ink white card stock

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Eggnog French Toast

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Tim really likes eggnog.  I enjoy it now and then too.  Some of the best eggnog I have tried is from Kwik Trip. Their Nature’s Touch brand eggnog is so good!  Give it a try if you have a Kwik Trip near you and enjoy eggnog.

This eggnog French toast is REALLY good!

This recipe was a nice change of pace from regular every day French toast that I make probably once a month for us.  I did not use French bread because I didn’t find any at Kwik Trip when I stopped for the eggnog, so I used their regular white bread instead.  We thought it turned out really great, and we will definitely be having this again!

This might be a nice recipe to try if you have company over for the holidays, but it is definitely worth it to treat yourself! 🙂

The recipe comes from a blog called Sugar and Soul.  Good stuff!  https://www.sugarandsoul.co/eggnog-french-toast

Egg Nog French Toast
Ingredients:
1 loaf french bread
3 large eggs
1 cup eggnog
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon rum or rum extract
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
butter or non-stick cooking spray

Instructions:
Cut French bread into 1 inch thick slices.
Whisk together eggs, eggnog, vanilla, rum and nutmeg.
In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat or use non-stick cooking spray.
Dip each side of the bread slices in the eggnog mixture and put them in the pan.
Cook each side until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Add butter or cooking spray to the pan as needed.
Plate and top with butter and syrup.
Enjoy!

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!

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!