Monthly Archives: June 2010

Black and White and Red all over…

A quick post tonight…another card that I made for OWH (and is already in their hands, hopefully on the way to a soldier!).  A cute, simple “hello” card:

Enjoy!

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“Honey” of a project

I made these recipe cards for a gathering to celebrate my niece’s arrival — not a shower, really, more of a gathering of friends.  But, because I can not resist a reason to craft :), I created some little takeaways.  The theme I chose was “Going to ‘Bee’ a Mom of Three”.  So, I made these honey-themed recipe cards, with an adorable bee stamp, that I attached a honey dipper to:

I had jars of honey (no pictures, unfortunately) that I made tags for that said:

A little bit of heaven, will drift down from above
A handful of happiness, a heartful of love
A mystery of life, so sacred and so sweet.
The giver of joy, so deep and complete.
Precious and priceless, so lovable too
The world’s sweetest miracle — baby, it’s you.
OUR LITTLE HONEY IS ON THE WAY!

I also made jar toppers, and these candy bar wrappers:

I put one of each at everyone’s chair at the restaurant…everyone loved it!

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Cheeseburger Salad — a new summertime dinner staple!

I just had this at my sister’s house this past weekend — it is going to become a staple in my house! SO DELICIOUS. She served it on a platter do that every portion had a little bit of everything, but if you were using a deeper bowl, I think I would just do layers of the ingredients. I cut and paste this from Pampered Chef (where she got the recipe — she is a consultant), but you can use whatever pans, etc. you’d like/have. Enjoy!

The Pampered Chef ® Deluxe Cheeseburger Salad Recipe

4 sesame seed hamburger bun tops
1 small red onion, divided
2 plum tomatoes
3/4 lb 95% lean ground beef
1/2 cup finely diced dill pickles
3/4 cup ketchup
1 tbsp yellow mustard
8 cups thinly sliced romaine lettuce
1 cup (4 oz) shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 425°F. Slice bun tops into 1/4-in. strips (if bun tops are very thick, slice bottoms off horizontally before slicing into strips). Arrange in a single layer on Large Bar Pan; bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Remove to Stackable Cooling Rack; cool completely.

Slice half of the onion crosswise into thin rings using Ultimate Mandoline fitted with thin slicing blade. Remove and discard stems from tomatoes; cut tomatoes into quarters lengthwise and slice crosswise using Utility Knife. Set onion and tomatoes aside.

Cook ground beef in (8-in.) Sauté Pan over medium-high heat 5-7 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking beef into crumbles using Slotted Turner. Chop remaining onion half using Food Chopper. Finely dice pickles using Utility Knife. In Classic Batter Bowl, combine chopped onion, pickles, ketchup and mustard. Add cooked ground beef; mix well using Small Mix ‘N Scraper®.

To serve, arrange lettuce on large serving platter. Spoon beef mixture over lettuce. Top with cheese, tomatoes and sliced onion. Arrange hamburger bun croutons around edge of platter. Serve immediately.

Yield: 6 servings

Nutrients per serving: Calories 250, Total Fat 10 g, Saturated Fat 5 g, Cholesterol 55 mg, Carbohydrate 20 g, Protein 20 g, Sodium 730 mg, Fiber 3 g

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When is a carrot not a carrot?

Hey there — I made these for my niece and nephews’ Easter baskets and just realized that I never posted these pictures, which is surprising because I really LOVE this idea.  The idea came from http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf56341461.tip.html (Thank you Erin R. from Seffner, FL!).  I was looking for useful, cute basket stuffers and voila!!  I found the washcloths and the hand towels at Walmart for cheap, and I think I bought the ribbon (which was in my stash) from the dollar bin at Michael’s.  So, here you go:

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I HEART DAD

I wanted to do something fun with my son for my husband for Father’s Day.   I looked around the web and in stores…and decided that a garden stone would be great.  My little one can stir (I mean LOVES to stir) and pour and make his handprint so this is the PERFECT project.  My son was SO proud and my husband really liked it — a winner!  Our creation is below in our rock garden…


We made this from a kit…but it would/could be easy to replicate with simple things from the hardware store.

Enjoy!

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I Stamped!

It’s been a while since I did some serious stamping (serious for me, anyway!).  But, I pulled out an old(er) Stampin’ Up! set, which is labeled Petal Prints, but I think that is wrong (if you know differently, let me know!) to make the background.  I wanted to do something springy and feminine to send to OWH soldiers to send to wives, mothers, daughters OR for a female soldier to send to that special someone back home.  I really like the way these turned out — I used two different dollar store/dollar bin stamps for the sentiments.  Pretty.  They, along with 37 of their friends, are in the mail today on their way to OWH.

Enjoy!

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One of the best ways to be creative — BIRTHDAY PARTIES!

Boy do I love a good party!  I love picking the theme, scouring the stores for the perfect decorations and goodie bag stuffers, looking on the internet for ideas…it all is so fun!  So, I have a few things to show you, but today, I will just show you the sweets that I made for the “Cars and Trucks and Things that Go!” Party that we had here a couple of weeks ago.

This dump truck cake is an idea that I have seen all over the internet — BRILLIANT.  First, pick a decent sized dump truck and scrub it and then scrub it again. How can you go wrong with chocolate cake, crushed oreos, chocolate pudding and yellow decorating sugar? So easy, yet such a big impact and it tasted delish to boot!:

And here are the race car chocolate covered pretzels that I made — again, super easy.  I found the mold at Michaels and LOVE it — my family will be seeing these again!  My only suggestion is to buy two molds (@ $2 a piece) so that you can make 12 at a time.  Six at a time went a little more slowly than I thought it would.  Also — chocolate and the 85 degree and humid weather did not really mix, but everyone loved them!

More later!  Enjoy!

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