Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Cards from Sister's Week

Each of us brought 3-4 card ideas to make.  Kudos to StampinUp’s ink pads.  Sheryl brought ink pads that were maybe 10 years old (?) and they still worked!

These were Linda’s cards:

Linda's Cards

The birthday cake card is adorable.  These were squares with one rounded edge.  The layers were trimmed with flowers and small embellishment crystals inside the flower.  We embossed the top layer with polka dots.  Love the Pink!  This card could be made for birthday or wedding.
Using die cuts we cut out the colored coffee cup with a circle and used a scallop die cut as the backing.  As well, the background paper was backed onto a coordinating solid piece.  That set was then backed to the turquoise on black and attached to beige cardstock.  We all like coffee and cake so this was a great choice.  This color combo is becoming one of my favorites.
Love the simplicity of this card.  The smaller piece was embossed and attached to a coordinating color for both upper and lower pieces leaving room for a sentiment.  Attach a bow and ready to share.

Sheryl came up with these designs for her cards:

Sheryl's Cards

The first card is pink cardstock with coordinating paper and ribbon.  We added the white trim piece embellished with three flowers and placed small pearl embellishments in the center.   Pretty and easy!
Sheryl is the sister who is creative with scrap paper.  She used scrap pieces from her mother-in-law’s birthday invites.  Punch the flower and add a black embellishment for the center.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY was embossed with black glitter and add black eyehooks to the four corners.  You go girl!
Love the black, grey and white card.  The edge of the card was embossed with a polka dot edge.  The corners on the light grey, velium paisley and your tea-riffic saying were corner punched.  Add the black ribbon.  Great guy card!
The last card was made embossing the green layer piece, adding a large coordinating paper flower and small white center flower embellished with a crystal.  Add coordinating eyehooks to the four corners and add a ribbon.  
Enjoy and happy stamping!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Carrabba’s Chicken Marsala

For sister’s week we met in Pinetop, AZ to celebrate sister Sheryl’s birthday.  Although temps were high in Phoenix,  Pinetop was much cooler.  Sheryl has a beautiful home on the golf course, so relaxing, quiet and beautiful.  Thanks Sheryl for a fun filled week.  Best B & B ever!!! 

In celebration of Sheryl’s birthday, we made Carrabba's Chicken Marsala.  The original recipe I prepared had a good taste, but for some reason the sauce was not the right color.  it was a true sister effort to get the sauce the right color!  However, the taste was good.  After arriving home I tried a recipe from Sheryl which nailed this dish.  The recipe can be found at Carabba’s Chicken Marsala.
Chicken Marsala
  • 4 whole chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • Salt, pepper and butter to season
  • 1 large shallot, chopped fine
  • 2 ounces (about 8 slices) thin sliced prosciutto, julienne
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms (shiitake, white or mixed)
  • 2 tablespoons clarified butter (see note)
  • 1/2 cup dry Marsala wine
  • 1/4 cup chicken or veal stock
  • 1 tablespoon Italian parsley, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter
Note:  Instead of 1/4 cup chicken or veal stock, I used 1/4 cup water and 1 tsp brown gravy mix.


1  Season chicken with salt and pepper. Brush with butter and grill until done approximately 8 to 10 minutes or until cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
2  Remove chicken from grill and place on a warm plate. To a skillet add the clarified butter, shallots, prosciutto and mushrooms. Cook for about 1 to 2 minutes, then add wine and stock and cook, deglaze the pan and cook until Marsala and stock is reduced by more than half.
3  Lower flame and add parsley and butter. Shake pan and swirl chicken in the pan. When butter has melted and sauce is a nice creamy consistency, adjust taste for salt and pepper. Serve chicken with mushroom sauce on top.

Middle Sister Wine 

I found this wine at Beverage in Chandler, AZ.  Being the middle sister, this was perfect for Sister’s week and my dinner.  Not only was the label wonderful, the smell is pleasing, good legs and a smooth finish.  This choice is a good table wine on the sweeter side, and would make a good desert wine (with chocolate, of course). 
Visit the website as it has an interesting story and I believe in supporting women in business.  You will find wines appropriate for any personality, Drama Queen Pinot Grigio, Wild One Malbec, Sister Glamour Girl Bubbly, Goodie Two Shoes Pinot Noir.   Perfect gift idea!  Check it out at  Middle Sister Wines.

Next week I will post Sheryl’s dinner (her drink was a Pain Killer!).  After helping Sheryl with the food prep, Linda and I were in a hand brace the rest of the week…not!  We did laugh a lot …could it have been the Pain Killer? 

Have a great week!