Sunday, December 29, 2013

Pear, honey and gorgonzola dessert

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  So many wonderful presents and food.   One of the gift baskets we received (thank you Roger & Stephanie) had wonderful pears from Harry and David.   In the past we have enjoyed pears sliced with gorgonzola cheese, walnuts and port or red wine.  Great summer dessert, but it was cold outside so we took to the kitchen in search of how to make this combination, but with a Christmas comfort flavor.

Peel the pears, cut them in half and cored out the center.   The gorgonzola pieces fit perfectly on each pear and for a bit more sweetness, we drizzled with honey.
Blue Cheese & Honey
Add walnuts and bake

Sprinkle with  cinnamon (optional, we were going for Christmas comfort and cinnamon does that for me).  Top with walnuts and into the oven at 350 for about 15 minutes.  The pears were el dente and perfect for us.
Ready to Eat   Top with a bit of vanilla bean flavored whipped cream.

 The cinnamon gave it a Christmas comfort, but the real  flavor came with the honey, gorgonzola and toasted walnuts.  This recipe is a keeper!
Have a great week and a safe New Year….

Silhouette Birthday card for the cowboy

Do you have any cowboys in your family?  Our family has cowboy Mike!  Like all good cowboys, the exterior is tough and the heart is HUGE.  My Silhouette has been quiet for a week or so and this morning I dusted it off and made this hat from the online store found here.

Cowboy Hat



The paper I used is from The Guy Stack.  It would be fun to cowgirl up this card.  Cowboy's don't have clean hats so I blotted on some prairie dust.

Happy Birthday Cowboy Mike.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christmas Cards and Winter in Seattle

 Baby it’s cold outside! I wanted to share photos of our winter in Seattle. I woke to this spectacular sunrise as the backdrop to Mt. Rainier. The cloud formations that happen around Mt. Rainier are stunning. The second picture  is a sunrise cloud formation taken earlier this year. 

    Mt Rainier Sunrise


Signs of Winter

 Although it is cold, enjoy the beauty of the season! 

On to the cards.  These are a few cards I made using my Silhouette.  Silhouette is running specials and I purchased these designs on sale….yeah!

Silhouette Xmas CardsThe cardinal by Amanda McGee can be found here.   

For the kids its all about Santa and presents.  Silhouette online has Christmas Santa with present by PPbN Designs found here.  
I added Tulip Crystals Dimensional Fabric Paint in Icicle to the white parts of Santa’s hat, beard and clothing to give it glitter.  Simple card, but fun for the kids.

Treats for KidsThe treat bag holders can be found at the links below:
Santa treat bag holder by Amy Robison click here
Reindeer treat bag holder by Amy Robison click here
Snowman treat bag holder by Amy Robison click here
For the purse I used Spellbinder's Labels Eight die, 4 5/8 x 3 3/8, punched two holes for ribbon at the fold line, taped the ribbon inside the fold and done. 

These cards I used the Hero Arts Winter Scene and tried to add a bit of snow fun with the snowman and sledding bears.

Xmas Thank You Cards

Created a few Thank You notes for gifts we received. 

Our granddaughter, Sarah (age 7), makes these precious cards.  Currently her love is all things puppies.  Our daughter-in-law helps them write thank you cards for the gifts they receive.  She is an awesome Mom and a gift to our family.

Sarah Thank You Sarah

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Reupholster Kitchen Bar Stools

The internet if full of fabulous people who have a great talent for redesigning, refinishing and repurposing furniture.  Well I want to be them when I grow up!  The projects I have done over the years generally turn out OK, but in the back of my mind I think there has to be a better way.  So why I took on this project….
Once upon a time, I bought two ugly kitchen bar stools.  They were plain, but functional, or so I thought at the time.  Little did I know how much they would get used.  These stools do not have padded seating and quickly become uncomfortable.  At Joann’s I saw a piece of fabric with color combinations and design I knew I should have in my house.  How do I incorporate it into my home and utilize Joann’s 50% off sale.  My ugly kitchen stools, of course.  Heading home with my great savings, 3” foam and my new favorite fabric,  I had visions of upholstering my ugly bar stools.
Choose your weapons….CHECK!
My WeaponsStools

Sand – CHECK!

  Stools 1st Coat

Primer – CHECK!

Foam Cut Edges

Cutting foam…..When cutting foam we started with a knife and quickly changed to our electric knife.  You can see the difference in the cut!

Learning to cut thick foam – CHECK!

Apply Foam to Stool Top

Spray adhesive to top of stool and bottom of foam – CHECK!


Attaching Fabric

Anchor the fabric with 4 staples – CHECK!

Fold fabric

Fold fabric and staple – CHECK, CHECK, CHECK!

Anyone know of an easy way to tuck corners?


Have to say I was extremely happy that these were done…..CHECK! 

For a first attempt the frustration level was high but we got it done!  The original paint color was lighter than I wanted, and of course, I did not want to pay $13.00 for another can of paint.  Lowe’s has the Valspar sampler size paint for $2.50 and they color matched the next darker color paint for me.  Love those guys and gals! 

After washing the darker color onto the stool, I sanded the edges to give it a distressed look, applied two coats of paste wax and now these stools are easy on the bum and make me smile when I see them.
Have a wonderful week and hope you get your Christmas shopping done!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Easy Christmas Cards

It has been an incredibly busy week with far too many projects that need closure!  Having said that, I continue to love the holidays.  For the past few years my daughter comes over to make cards and enjoy snacks.  I am blessed, thanks CJ.  However today, I have a few presents to get into the mail, so early this morning I made a few cards. 

Seasons Greetings

This is a simple and easy card.   The tree was created using my Stampin’ Up tree stamp, Versa Mark and gray embossing powder. Outlining the tree I added gray and blue glitter glue specs and this card was done.
Season’s Greetings stamp is from Fiskars Simple Stick group.
Easy peasy…

Winter Wonderland
I am a skier and there is nothing more tranquil than riding the lift, experiencing the hum of the lift while taking in the snowfall on the trees.  This card reminds me of those ski days. 

Using 110lb card stock and Spellbinders Labels Eight 4 5/8 x 3 3/8 die, I cut out the label and embossed with my polka dots folder. FYI, the insert cutout pieces will be used for the next round of cards.

The stamp is Hero Arts, Winter Scene.  Sky color is rubbed on with Memento’s Bahama Blue ink, with a paintbrush I added Tulip Icicle Dimensional Fabric Paint to the snow and trees.  Winter Wonderland was stamped from Fiskars Simple Stick group using Memento’s Azure Blue.  The top cut out cover was added using foam squares.

Mike's Card

My brother is such a cowboy that I added two horses (one with xmas hat) to his card. Oh the possibilities!

Santa Card

Pintrest has variations of this card.  I wanted to make it because Santa is Christmas!  Embossed the middle white strip, glued the pieces and done.  Silhouette has a version I will try also!

These cards can make nice Thank You cards for after Christmas as well.

Enjoy your week and thanks for stopping by.

CJ’s Apple Caramel Pie

My daughter, Cortnie, came over before Thanksgiving and did some baking!  Over the years she has become quite the cook.  This sinfully delicious pie is a recipe she created.  FYI, CJ baked this pie in a 9” springform pan.  Did you  say deep dish..great idea CJ!
For Christmas one year I assembled a Family Cookbook (click to view post ) sharing recipes from friends and family that have become new traditions.  This recipe is one for the Family Cookbook!
Pie Ingredients

The ingredients.  Note: The heart shaped cutting board is one she made in woodshop for me in Junior HS…awe…

2 pie crusts
4-6 apples peeled and cored (she used honey crisp and golden delicious)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 flour
1 tbsp cinnamon
dash of salt
1/4 cup caramel sauce (recipe post)
3 tbsp melted butter
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp nutmeg (optional)
1/2 cup brown sugar

Pre-heat oven to 425 (use a drip pan under pie to save cleanup time)

Lay the bottom pie crust on a greased (pam or buttered) springform dish.

Give me some sugar
Next, mix dry ingredients into a large bowl, stir and set aside. 
Peel, core and slice apples in separate bowl (add lemon juice to stop from browning). 
Mix apples into dry mixture and coat well. 
Mix in the melted butter & vanilla. 

Combine until well incorporated. 

Add the caramel

Now for the real goodness, add caramel sauce and combine. 

Everybody in Pour this mixture into the pie crust and add the top crust folding the edges into the pan.

Ready to Bake

Moisten the top of the crust and cut 1-2” slits on top.  Sprinkle with pinches of sugar and brown sugar.
Wrap edges with foil.

Place a drip pan on the rack below the pie to catch spills .  Into the oven and bake at 425 for 30 minutes.  (Each oven varies so  use your best guess).

Remove the foil during the last 15 minutes of baking.

After the pie is done, add a few shavings of butter randomly on top of crust.
Cool for 10 minutes.  Add a bit (or a lot) of ice cream, drizzle with caramel sauce and serve.
Pure deliciousness…that’s my girl!

Thanks for stopping by.