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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Baby Boy Card

    We have about 3 pregnant women at my job!! Something in the water they tell me!! LOL! We had a baby shower for one of them and I made this card for everyone to sign.

Steps:
1. Cut circles and glued them randomly on a white cardstock. Then glued that onto the top of the card.
2. Cut the word "BOY" and a star. Using distress inks add a little of blue tint to the letters.
3. Embossed a white cardstock with a polka dot design. Glued it to the bottom of the card.
4.  Glued the "baby boy" border between the 2 bigger sections. 
5. Glued star, button,bow and word "BOY". 


Materials Used:
  • Plantin SchoolBook Cricut Cartridge
  • Distress Ink-Broken China
  • 5.25X7.25 White Card
  • The paper company white cardstock- Linen Textured
  • Recollection Cardstock-- Coolwater & Preppy Beach
  • K&Company --Itsy Bitsy Adhesice Borders

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

   Another, of many, recipe I found in Pinterest Simple ingredients and quick.My husband loved it! It's very filling. 


Ingredients: 
2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup finely chopped carrot
1 celery stick, finely chopped (feel free to add more celery if you like celery; I don't, so I don't add much)
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
4 cups chicken broth (I usually use a mixture of low-sodium chicken broth and broth made with chicken soup base because it gives it such nice flavor)
2 large baking potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 Tablespoon flour
1/2 cup water
2/3 cup milk
2 cups chopped broccoli
2 heaping cups shredded cheddar cheese

Melt the butter in a large soup pot.  Add onions, carrots, and celery and saute over medium heat until tender.  Add garlic and cook 1 or 2 additional minutes.  Add chicken broth and potatoes, bring to a boil, and cook until potatoes are tender.  Mix flour with water, add, and simmer until soup is slightly thickened.  Add milk and broccoli and cook until broccoli is just tender and soup is heated through.  Stir in cheese, allow to melt, and serve.
**I used 99% fat free chicken broth and low sodium. I did have to add a little bit of salt. Also, I added black pepper, oregano, parsley to taste. I did use a very small amount of bacon. **

Monday, November 5, 2012

Cookie Recipe

   I found this recipe on Pinterest and decided to share. They were super easy to make and they came out delicious. Note: they do not flatten out, so when you scoop them, that is the form they will keep.


Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies


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Ingredients:
6 ounces of softened reduced fat cream cheese
3/4 cup of softened butter
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1/3 cup of sugar – I used Truvia.
2 tsp of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups + 3 tablespoons  of all purpose flour
2 cups of chocolate chips (dark 60% cocoa)



Directions:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Cream together butter, cream cheese and sugars until fluffy in your stand mixer with the paddle attachment on.  Add the vanilla.  The sift all of the dry ingredients and then add to the butter mixture.  Blend but avoid over-mixing.  Add the chocolate chips and stir by hand.
Drop with scooper onto your cookie sheet.  Leave 1-2 inches in between each one.  Bake for 14-18 minutes depending on your oven.  Should be golden brown along the edges.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Anniversary

   My husband and I just celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary! Mind you this is one of 3!!! lol! Yes, we have gotten married 3 times! The first wedding is the one we really celebrate. So, I decided to do a nice golden card, something masculine. I find it a little hard doing male cards but I think this one came out good. 


Steps:
 1. Stamped background and embossed it. 
 2. Glued 4 strips of gold ribbon.
 3. Cut the #4 using my cricut, applied glossy accent  to add a nice shine.
 4. Cut out a square recycling one of my 2nd wedding cards, once #4 was dry I glued it to the gold square.
 5. Took a very thin strip of black cardstock and stamped my greeting with gold embossing powder. **It looks very light on the picture but it was clear.**




Materials:
  • Kaiser Card- Metallic Copper
  • The Stamping Place--Crackle "Antique" Background Stamp
  • VersaMark
  • Stampendous Midnight Black & Jeweled Gold Embossing Powder
  • Galena Metallic Ribbon-Gold
  • Cricut Plantin Schoolbook cartridge
  • Glossy Accents 
  • Fiskars 1 3/4 square punch 
  • Hero Arts Clear Stamp