Sunday, September 30, 2012

Bless the Lord

There are so many reasons to bless the Lord!

 May your soul rejoice in Him today!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Just Peachy!

I love browsing blogs and Pinterest for new recipes.  I don't get to bake as often as I would like as my schedule is just too busy, but I still like to try something new when I get the chance.

My fellow scrapbooker and blogger friend, Rosanne, often posts delicious looking recipes and she had one recently for Peach Praline Muffins! I love peach anything, and I had just bought some peaches at the market, so I gave her recipe a try.  Oh my! They were seriously delicious!

The praline topping gives them just the right amount of sweetness and crunch and the peaches keep the muffins really moist!

Here is the recipe if you would like to try them for yourself :)

Praline Peach Muffins 

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped fresh peaches
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 400.Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, milk, oil, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in peaches and pecans. Fill cups muffin cups two-thirds full.

1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 tablespoon cold butter

In a small bowl, combine the topping ingredients until crumbly; sprinkle over batter. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Makes 12 muffins.

Enjoy :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Little Red Wagon #152

Happy Wednesday! It is time for another fun challenge at Little Red Wagon.  It is my turn to post the challenge this week and I thought it would be fun to use an inspiration photo.  This photo is so gorgeous and is perfect for this time of year.

I decided to use the colours and some of the elements from the photo to create a card.

I die-cut the tree using an Impression Obsession die, and I cut the pumpkins and birds using my Cricut machine.

A little button with twine and some machine stitching and I have a nice little fall scene.

I hope you will join in the fun this week and create something using the photo as your inspiration.  Then hop on over to Little Red Wagon and link up your project!  We would love to see what you create :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Little Red Wagon #151

Deanna has challenged us to use a 'Thinking of You' theme this week at Little Red Wagon.

I made this card using scraps from my wagon and a new Mini 8 Punch from We R Memory Keepers. They are the best punches and create the most gorgeous designs.

I hope you decide to join us at Little Red Wagon this week by making a 'Thinking of You' card and linking it up so we can see what you created!

Thanks for looking ~

Monday, September 17, 2012

Dream Big

Lately, I have been intrigued by the sunburst background that some scrapbookers have been creating on their pages. I love the look of it and I like that you can combine a number of different patterned papers on one layout. So, I decided to give it a try on one of my own pages.

I used papers and stickers from Everyday Eclectic by Echo Park. I just love the combination of patterns and colors and it worked really well with the sunburst technique.

I used a couple of different border punches as well and I added some splats of color using Mister Huey's Color Mists. Too much fun!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Inspiration Elevator - September 2012

You may recall from last month's challenge that the purpose of this challenge group is to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to grow as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and grow.

This month our challenger is the very talented Laurel Seabrook. Laurel loves flea
markets and garage sales and would love to incorporate more of those items into her art. We have also invited a valued guest designer to join us this month; her name is Christy Riopel. We welcome Christy from her regular writing and creating job at Canadian Scrapbooker magazine.

Here's a bit of what Laurel had to say about her challenge this month.

"I love going to garage sales, flea markets and thrift shops to find fun items for me to upcycle into something else, either for my own home or to give as a gift. I also love just to pick up some old things that appear to have some sort of story to them. I love the shabbiness of old, worn items and the warm comforting feeling they evoke.

My challenge for you is to scrap an old photo/photos. Not only that I want you to incorporate something that is not normally a scrapping item, upcycle/recycle something to include on your layout. Vintage is definitely not my style when it comes to paper crafting. I like clean and simple so this will be a challenge for me."

Wow! This month's challenge was just that! A challenge! I started with a couple of photos of my paternal grandfather, but the creativity just wasn't happening. Then I remembered a photo I had of my mother with her sister that was taken when my mom was only 3 years old. That is the one that I ended up working with and I am quite happy with the end result!

My personal goal on this layout was to incorporate lots of white space. This was a challenge for me as I kept wanting to add more, but I really wanted the focus to be the photo so I kept it simple.

I started by using my Silhouette to cut out the title for my layout. Instead of adding the title to my page, I subtracted the title! I love the look of a negative title and it worked really well on this design.

I then created a tag cluster that I felt added to the vintage feel of the page.

It was fun digging through all my supplies to find just the right items to add to the cluster. I was so delighted when I found the little button with a bow on it! It mimicked the bow on my Aunt's dress and the colour was perfect!

The upcycle/recycle item on my page is the string I used on the tag. I know... pretty lame! But, that was the only thing I could find! It was attached to a tag that I had saved to use on a page.

I wanted to incorporate the date on my page, so I added a small banner tag in the corner. It is hard to believe that the photo was taken in 1931! My mom was only 3 years old and my aunt was 6 - the only two girls in a family with 6 siblings. To this day, my mom and her sister are still very close and they try to get together every couple of weeks for lunch or for special occasions. They are now 84 and 87 years old and still share a special bond. They especially encourage each other in their struggles, the most difficult being that they have both lost their husbands after many, many years of marriage. I can only hope that my sisters and I stay as close as my mom is to her sister.

Here's the list of my IE friends, who have been working all month to create gorgeous and inspiring designs. I do hope you'll pop by each of their blogs to see what they have created and perhaps take a moment to leave a comment for them.

If you would like to take on this month's challenge, please do so! Just leave a link in the comment section below and I will be sure to take a look :)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Little Red Wagon #150

This week at Little Red Wagon, Rosanne has challenged us to use hexagons! I adore hexagons so this was a really fun challenge for me!

I pulled out my new Die-namics Hexagon Die and I dug through my wagon for some bits and pieces of paper that I could use. Then I added a yummy bow and a button for good measure the there you have it!

Why not join in the fun at Little Red Wagon this week? Show us your hexagons by linking up your project. We would love to see what you create ♥

Monday, September 10, 2012

Refrigerator Pickles

I actually made my first batch of pickles and they turned out perfectly! Cool and crisp and tasty!

I have always been intrigued by Refrigerator Pickles as they are far less complicated than regular pickles to make and when I saw a recipe on Pinterest, I decided to give them a try.

So after a trip to the Farmers Market for the cucumbers and numerous other stores to find the right spices (they were all sold out of coriander seeds!) I made up 16 small and 1 large jar of yummy pickles! It turned out to be quite easy to do and it was exciting to see how they would turn out! Plus, I kept thinking of how proud my Mom and Dad would be as they always did lots of canning when we were growing up.

This is the recipe I used and I will definitely be making them again :)

Refrigerator Dill Pickles (from One Perfect Bite)

1-1/2 cups distilled white vinegar
1/4 to 1/3 cup granulated sugar
4 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
3/4 teaspoon dill seeds
2 cups hot water
2 pounds kirby cucumbers, sliced 1/4-inch thick
3/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh dill
3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped


1) Combine vinegar, sugar, salt, mustard seeds, coriander seeds and dill seeds in a heatproof bowl. Add hot water and stir until sugar dissolves and liquid is clear. Cool to room temperature.
2) Place cucumbers, garlic and dill in a large bowl. Toss to combine. Pour brine over all and turn to coat cucumbers. Cover them with a plate to weigh them down and keep them covered in brine. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight, stirring once or twice.
3) Transfer to an airtight container and store for up to three weeks. Yield: 1 quart.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Farmers Market

Mr B and I woke up early this morning and went to the Farmers Market! We have not been all summer because we have been busy every weekend, but today we finally made it there.

Guess what I am going to try making for the first time ever?

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Little Red Wagon #149

This week at Little Red Wagon, Regan has challenge us with a school theme. I love making school themed cards and the one that I made for this challenge was inspired by a card I saw on the Paper Crafts blog.

I used my Silhouette to cut three apples and I put them on a plain white background. I used my computer to add the sentiment and I used a border punch for the notebook paper edge.

A little piece of twine completed my card and I love how it turned out! Thanks Regan for a fun challenge.

Check out what the other Girlfriends created and if you want to play along with us this week, be sure to link up at Little Red Wagon. See you there :)

My card also works for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge this week and the repetition challenge at Moxie Fab!

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