Monday, January 09, 2017
1 lb. Ground beef
1 med. Onion, diced
4 med. Yukon gold potatoes, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
3/4 c chopped carrot
2 cups chicken broth
1 can corn kernels, drained
4 Tbsp butter
1/4 c flour
2 1/2 c milk
2 c shredded cheddar blend cheese
1 tsp dried parsley
salt and pepper to taste
Brown ground beef. Add onion, potatoes, celery, and carrot and saute until onion is translucent. Add chicken broth, cover and simmer 25 minutes or until potatoes are cooked. Add in corn. In a small pan, make roux with butter and flour. Cook roux for 3 minutes to get rid of raw flour taste. Soup pot should be simmering while you whisk in the roux to the ground beef mixture. Keep stirring until completely mixed and soup starts to thicken. Add milk and stir to heat through, then add cheese and stir until cheese is melted and mixed in thoroughly. Finally, add parsley and salt & pepper to taste.
I'm sorry, but I couldn't take an appetizing photo of this soup :(
Thursday, January 05, 2017
1/2 large white onion, diced
2 cups cooked pork loin, shredded
1 tbsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 lg chicken bouillon cube
2 - 15.5 oz cans Bush's white chili beans
1 bean can full of water
1 bean can full of medium salsa verde
1 can Campbell's cream of chicken soup
Shredded Fiesta blend cheese to garnish
Cooked white rice
Sauté onion in 1 tbsp. oil until translucent. Add cooked pork and stir until heated through. Add the rest of the ingredients except the cheese. Stir to make sure everything is fully blended. Simmer 20-30 minutes on low. Serve over white rice and garnish with cheese.
**Cooked chicken can be substituted for pork.
Sunday, May 01, 2016
List of materials:
Red cellophane wrapping, cut into 5" squares
Green cellophane wrapping, cut into 3" squares
Wooden bbq skewers or 18 gauge floral stem wire. If using wire
do not insert into the chocolate. Make a loop at one end and hold it next to the candy and wrap both in red cello.
Floral stem wrapping tape, 20" per stem
Small hair elastics. These are Goody brand
Zots medium clear adhesive dots or adhesive of choice
Hershey's kisses, one bag easily makes 2 dozen roses
Wednesday, April 06, 2016
Sunday, April 03, 2016
After watching multiple YouTube videos and looking at many pictures, I jumped in. The shaker element is separate and then adhered to the card front. The clear front of the shaker is just the packaging that a die had come in. I bought a bag of mixed sequins at JoAnn last night and have since ordered a bunch of sequins on eBay.
Also, after watching YouTube, I ordered the We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool from HSN, which is now on clearance. That's why I know I'll be making more of these!
Sunday, March 13, 2016
I wanted to make a couple of little pocket albums to take on vacation to visit my mom. My oldest son hasn't seen her since 2009 and her memory has been getting progressively worse. I want to fill it before we leave with pictures I take while there.
I've based my album on the Sizzix Pocket Mini Album die.
Check out this video for basic instructions to put this album together:
Here are the measurements for this little album:
You can make this entire album with 4 sheets of 8.5" × 11" paper.
6pcs - 6.5"×4.75" (pockets)
Score @ 3, 6 long side & .75" short side
1pc - 3.25"×10.5" (cover)
Score @ 1.5", 2", 6", & 6.5" on long side
1 pc - 3"×1.5" (back pocket hinge)
Closure of choice, i.e. velcro dots, mini brads, and/or twine
One difference that I made is that I stick the hinge to the back of the cover
and cut the tab off the pocket in the front of the album.
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Here is my version of an easel back card, which I based on the Artistic Impressions easel card die. The idea is that you decorate the front of the card and there is an attached easel so the recipient can stand it up and enjoy it. There isn't an inside of the card. If your cardstock is a nice heavy weight you can get away with just cutting one of these and it will stand up just fine. Otherwise, cut two and make one fold from the right and one from the left. Try to line up the circle punches as closely as you can so they line up when you have the easel out.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
I made this card for a friend's birthday this week. I love the idea of adding an easel to the backs of my cards and actually considered buying and easel die from Artistic Impressions for $30. Good thing I played around before shelling out the cash for that! I can make a very similar card to theirs by hand. I did, however, receive the Tim Holtz easel die for Christmas, and it is very nice to have. Now that I know how to make this easel, it's just faster to cut it by hand. This easel is similar to the Tim Holtz design.
The flower & foliage were made using the Stampin Up Bouquet Bigz L die. The paper is DCWV Linen Closet.
Saturday, May 09, 2015
2L stainless steel wide mouth carafe
Melitta #4 filter cone
Melitta 10 cup thermal coffee maker
It looks just like the one at F&E market! Mine does not.
I basically followed her recipe but added a keilbasa sausage and used red lentils. It's delicious! Thank you, Gluten-Free-Vegan-Girl!
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Makes 7 half pints
5 cups applesauce
6 tbsp Ball dry pectin
1.5 c white sugar
1.5 c brown sugar
1/2 tsp butter
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/16 tsp ground clove
1/16 tsp ground nutmeg
Prepare jars, lids, and bands as usual for canning.
Once this process starts it moves fast, so do yourself a favor and have everything premeasured and ready to go!
Meanwhile, place applesauce, butter & pectin in a large pot and bring to a full rolling boil. At this point add the sugars and spices and return to a rolling boil. Keep it at a boil for one minute.
Remove from heat and immediately ladle into hot, sterilized jars. Leave 1/4 inch headspace, get rid of large air bubbles, clean the mouth of the jar with a wet towel and place lid and screw on bands (not too tight). Return to canning pot and process 10 minutes.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Friday, December 05, 2014
Sunday, November 02, 2014
No carafe? A Mason jar works! Put a cozy on it and then the lid to keep the heat in.
I can see the Mason jar coffee maker on a road trip. I know I won't be traveling with my Chemex. No more crappy hotel room coffee (you're good as long as you have a way to make hot water). Pack all your supplies inside the jar and you're good to go!
I admit that a quart of coffee only fills my husband's monster cup and my measly 10 oz cup so I don't need to worry about keeping it hot unless I'm home alone.
Good coffee does NOT require any fancy equipment. People all over the world make coffee with much less.