Thursday, March 27, 2014

CTMH -- Lollydoodle

  As soon as I saw this kit I knew it would be at the near top of my "want" list! Adorableness on paper!

Layout 1

Featuring the new 'Flamingo Dots'...

and the 'Whooos Your Valentine' stamp set :)

Layout 2

Owls from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge

Layout 3


Would you like to see this pkt in a Workshop? Just let me know or leave a comment :)

Happy Scrap'n!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

BBQ Pork Ribs

  I haven't made ribs that often but the times I did proved not to be worth my time. I just couldn't get the flavor and texture right making them on the grill. Then I saw this recipe for baking the ribs in the oven... oh yes, these are SO worth it! Definitely a hubby pleaser ;)

  And they come together quickly, easily and can be done ahead to make a no-stress Sunday lunch, triple win! All you need is:

4 lbs pork ribs

3\4 c. brown sugar
1 t. salt (heaping)
1 T. smoked paprika
1 T. garlic powder (heaping)
1\2 t. ground red paper (opt.)

and a great BBQ sauce

  Make a rub by mixing together the brown sugar and seasoning until well combined. Place 2 layers of tin foil on a cookie sheet and preheat oven to 300* (if making right away, or put on time bake). Remove the tough 'skin' that covers the bone side of the ribs (I usually get Jesse to this part:). Apply rub to both sides of the ribs and lay MEATY SIDE DOWN on the tin foil. If you did not add the hot pepper, sprinkle with fresh ground pepper. Place 2 layers of tin foil over the top of the ribs and crimp edges tightly to seal. Bake for 2 - 2 1\2 hours or until the meat is starting to shrink away from the ends of the bones. Remove from oven and take off top layer of foil. Heat oven to broiler Brush ribs with BBQ Sauce and broil 1-2 minutes or until sauce is cooked and bubbly. Turn ribs over and repeat with the sauce and broil. 

  These make the house smell AMAZING coming home from church by the way :) So tender and delicious!

Friday, March 21, 2014

From Jar To Vase!

  Last summer (wow, was it really that long ago?!) I painted the girls room. It went from tan to lavender and white. I wanted to incorporate another color or two onto the walls to off set the purple. I saw this idea on YouTube, with an abundance of pint jars I was excited to try it! Adds a cheery touch :)

  Simply paint the outside of the jar with 2 or 3 coats of gloss or satin paint and allow dry completely (I let mine set for almost 24 hours) then use sand paper to scuff as desired.

   They're actually really fun to make! Would be cute to have a line of them in different sizes and colors along a shelf or something :) 

Happy Spring!

CTMH -- Timberline

  Ready for another Workshop??? I am! We will be using Close to my Hearts paper packet, Timberline in our April Workshop. Great for any of those outdoor photos and\or vacations. Hunting, Fishing, Camping, At the Lake, little tykes dipping their feet into the river, this one fits them all :)

  Love these real-wood embellishments! The kit comes with 13 wooden shapes to choose from to best fit your photos. 

  Featured Technique: CTMH Spray Pen (notice the "splattered background :)


  Date of the Workshop is undetermined as of now but will most likely be toward the middle of April. Let me know if you would like to join us! 
  Order in by Friday, April 4th.

Kit price: $21.00
Timberline Paper Packet
Wooden Embelishments
Artisan Studs
Bakers Twine
Irresistibles D.E.

Monday, March 17, 2014

CTMH Ivy Lane Workshop!

I am SOSO lovin' this paper packet (Ivy Lane) 
for our Workshop tomorrow night!

Features include some elegant shapes from both 
the Artiste Cricut Cartridge 
and the Art Philosophy Cartridge from CTMH...

...and these perfectly matching accents help this layout come together quickly, aren't they pretty!

The Workshop also comes with a bonus card 
that each can decorate as they like... here's mine :)

Looking forward to sharing and seeing how each one does their own!

If you are interested in joining us for a Workshop sometime,
just let me now and I'll fill you in on the next coming event!

*Layout Title, "Home is our Happy Place" is NOT pre-cut, so it can be open to personalizing.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

CTMH -- Scholastic

  Keep tract of those school memories, one day the children will be grown and life will take on all new responsibilities. So fun to look back on a time of memories!

Scholastic Workshop Kit
                                     Price: $8.00

"First Class FUN"
Only 1 available!

Kits are pre-cut and ready for you to assemble!

"TODAY was awesome!"

Contact me for purchase or leave a comment :)

Monday, March 3, 2014

White Chocolate Coffee Stir-in.... and lots of SNOW!

  Just when I was thinking that winter should surely be coming to an end here in the south, I was surprised when the chilly and rainy Sunday turned into a freezing winter storm through the night. I don't always keep up with the weather and news so I had no idea it was coming. Waking up to a thick (for the south that is :) blanket of snow was fun and especially exciting when the in-laws came over with their sleds!

  (Jayden's first sled ride!)

  Nothing like racing down a snow covered hill on a sled to make you feel like a kid again :) I forgot how much fun it is!

I really was having fun, lol! 
The sun was bright to be looking up at a camera!

  We had hot coffee and popcorn waiting for us when we came back in and later went out again to take a few more rides before the sun went down. I'm pretty sure we all will sleep a little better tonight.

  But speaking of Coffee... I have been totally enjoying my new White Chocolate Stir-in! last year I have played around a little with a few recipes but hadn't gotten it quite right for my personal preference, this year though was a success!

  So I'd like to share it with you! It's great to stir into hot coffee instead of creamer and mix it with any other Stir-in flavor that you like and top with a little whip cream or even blend it in with a frozen coffee, I'll add how I make my own at the bottom.

1\2 c. sugar
1\2 c. half n half
1 T. butter
1 c. mini marshmallows 
(or 1\2 c. marshmallow cream)
2\3 c. Hershey's premium white chocolate chips
1\2 t. vanilla
1\8 t. rum extract

1\8 t. cinnamon (opt.)
pinch of nutmeg (opt.)

  Place sugar, half n half, butter, marshmallows and white chocolate into a saucepan and melt together over med-heat. Once completely blended, remove from heat and add extracts and optional spices. Pour into a pint jar and cool. Store in fridge.

Now for my blended Coffee Frap!

  This is very versatile, you can make it to suit yourself. I start with mixing 4 t. of instant coffee into 1\2 cup of cold water (you can also use strong brewed coffee that is chilled), set aside. Fill the blender to the 3 cup line with ice, pour in the coffee, 1 c. milk and 1\4 c. half n half. Add flavors desired (for white chocolate I add 4 T. of the stir-in recipe above if using it alone or 3 T. if adding a second flavor). Blend VERY well. Can top with whipped cream and a drizzle of coordinating stir-in. I know its still "winter" but I have had spring fever REALLY bad! and I just couldn't wait for summer to share this delicious concoction with you :)