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We have a winner!

What fun I had hopping to all the blogs on the OWH Bunny Hop this weekend!  Really great inspiration out there!  Without further ado…we have a winner:

#43

Doris of http://momsbeenscrappin.blogspot.com/!  Congratulations!

And, thank you for all of the lovely comments…I read ALL of them and truly appreciate it!

More later.  Enjoy!

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Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

I love to test my skills and learn new things…in the fall, I took a cake decorating class at a local high school.  It was GREAT!  I got comfortable for the first time with bags and tips and frosting…really fun.  And the teacher gave us some very easy, very useful tips for cakes and cupcakes.  Sooooo, when I saw these cupcakes in an issue of Family Circle (www.familycircle.com), I knew that I wanted to try them!  I was invited to a coworker’s house for a holiday party and voila!  These are what I brought: 

Adorable, right??  I love them AND they were super easy.  I will say that the recipe on Family Circle is for “from scratch” cake — I used boxed.  I DID make buttercream frosting, but I KNOW you could just as easily used canned frosting.  I have seen these all over the web and folks have some really creative ideas like baking the cupcakes in mugs or using pretzels (or something else) to make a “handle” on the cupcake to look like a mug.  The possibilities are endless!  Enjoy!

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Purple

This week on “I Heart Faces,” the theme is purple.  I admit, I had to look pretty hard for a photo with a face AND purple in it.   But, I did it!!  I love this picture taken at a water park close to our house.  Enjoy!

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A Braid for Dinner?

I have not had one of the Pampered Chef braids, literally, in YEARS.  You remember these?  The ones that the consultants used to make at EVERY party?  Anyway…I was trying to think of something a little more creative than leftover-ham-and-some-sort-of-vegetable for dinner.  And this definitely fit the bill:

It’s delicious!  I used ham that had been in the freezer, cheddar cheese and red peppers that I had on hand, then used the sauce (mustard, mayo) from this recipe (from www.pamperedchef.com):

Ham & Cheese Calzone

Ingredients:

2   tbsp (30 mL) mayonnaise
2   tsp (10 mL) Dijon mustard
1   cup (250 mL) fresh broccoli florets (about 2 oz/60 g)
1   8-oz (250-g) slice smoked deli ham (about ½ in./1 cm thick)
1/2   small onion
8   oz (250 g) Swiss cheese, grated, divided
1   tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil, divided
2   pkg (13.8 oz/283 g) refrigerated pizza crust
1   oz (30 g) Parmesan cheese, grated


Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C). Combine mayonnaise and mustard in Classic Batter Bowl; mix well with Small Mix ‘N Scraper®. With Utility Knife, cut broccoli into small florets; dice ham. Using Food Chopper, coarsely chop onion. Grate Swiss cheese with Ultimate Mandoline fitted with grating blade. Combine broccoli, ham, onion and half of the Swiss cheese in batter bowl; mix well.
  2. Lightly brush Large Bar Pan with 1 tsp (5 mL) of the oil using Chef’s Silicone Basting Brush. Unroll one package of dough onto bottom of bar pan, gently stretching and pressing dough to cover bottom. Sprinkle with remaining Swiss cheese to within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of edges; spoon ham mixture over cheese. Unroll remaining dough directly over filling, matching edges of dough and shaping to fit as dough is unrolled. Trim 1/2 in. (1 cm) off sides of dough with Utility Knife. Press edges to seal with Mini-Tart Shaper. Brush remaining oil over dough. Using Utility Knife, make 12 slits, in three rows of four each, into top crust.
  3. Bake 14-16 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, grate Parmesan cheese using Microplane® Adjustable Grater; sprinkle over calzone. Return calzone to oven; bake 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is deep golden brown. Slice with Pizza Cutter; serve with Mini-Serving Spatula.

Yield: 8 servings

I added some garlic, and some parsley — TOTALLY DELISH and a little different!  Enjoy!

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Scrappy Cards

In an effort to clean out and clean up, I thought a great place to start would be my scrap container — right?  So, all of these cards that I made for Operation Write Home were made with all scraps.  Good for me AND good for OWH — a total of 35 cards sent this week!  Yahoo!

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Cute Chicks

Hi there — We celebrated my husbands birthday over the weekend with friends at one of his favorite Chinese food restaurants.  But, since the invitation was a boring e-mail, and we weren’t having it at home so I could decorate, I knew that I needed to do something creative.  I saw this on-line (I think on an AC Moore Facebook post, but now have seen it other places) and knew that this was it.  A cute little spring-themed takeaway for our “guests.”  I know they are not perfect, but I think that is part of their charm, no?  I packaged two in clear cellophane bags and tied them with ribbon.  Adorable & EASY!  They are Nutter-Butter cookies dipped in yellow melted candy — love it!

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The Easter Bunny is on his way!

Hi there — if you are a reader of this blog with any regularity, then you know that I love to make holiday cards.  Typically they aren’t anything too fancy, but just cute enough to put a smile on someone’s face (and my son’s cute face doesn’t hurt!).  Anyway, here is this year’s Easter installment.  Enjoy!

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