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Monday, June 19, 2017

Camping and Crochet at Cranberry Lake

It's extremely difficult to be a legit glamper when you REALLY have to watch every pound of weight being pulled by a Subaru Forester. So, what's a girl to do? Add color to your pillowcases with a little crochet trim! A simple whip stitch plus some single crochet and whala!  Beautious! And, it gave me something to do when the lake was too choppy to kayak.
The yarn is a "blank" of sock yarn that I dyed last year with a group of friends. It may have even been two years ago! You know...Queens of Unfinished Projects! You know who you are. Three more pillowcases to go. Perfect for my next three camping trips. #Campcrafting
Cranberry Lake was gorgeous. The loons were in prime vocals every single night. Breeze was refreshing, and the campground was clean and quiet. 

You know it's great when you don't want to come home.

Enjoy these ADK views and my colorful pretty pillowcase!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Basil and Chive Creamy Dressing

Herbs are my FAVORITE garden item. They can be perennial like garden sage, thyme, chives, and the aggressive white onion and mint. They can be annual like basil, rosemary, lemongrass and the delicate pineapple sage. I also LOVE my dill and cilantro re-seeders. And, how about those two year herbs like tarragon and parsley?  
Early to show their glory, they are a great way to freshen up your garden lettuces now and perhaps peas. But, they can also brighten up off-season tomatoes and cucumbers. Here is a quick, easy dressing I whipped together with my Magic Bullet.  Hope you enjoy.

Basil and Chive Creamy Dressing
  • 6 Basil Leaves medium size
  • Handfull of Chives cut in half
  • 2 heaping TBS Mayonnaise (Hellmans please!)
  • 1/4 c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • Splash of Wine Vinegar
  • Few twists of salt and pepper
  • Few squeezes of fresh lemon
  • Squeeze of honey
Put all into your Magic Bullet or blender. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust ingredients as preferred.  I poured half of mine over a pint of cherry tomatoes and 2 slices of cubed day old Italian bread. Refrigerate remaining dressing up to a week.

*I could use this as a straight dipping oil!  Great alternative to a caprese salad or a tomato sandwich until fresh tomato season.

#mykindaherbs, #herbsareeasy, #easygarden, #fresh, #healthy

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Rhubarb Apple Crisp With a Zest

Do some dishes you make have a history? Ever thought of journaling or scrapbooking those special dishes? The Rhubarb in this recipe is grown in my backyard garden but traces it's roots literally to my late husband, David Lennon's, grandmother's garden in Blind Sodus. I received a splitting from my mother in-law, Mary Ann Lennon. She received her splitting from her mother in-law. Interesting that this Rhubarb has been passed down from some pretty awesome mother in-laws. #motherinlawblessed. 

The Homemade Vanilla was a gift from my sister in-law and brother, Roberta and David Billa. 
Pure Vanilla home brewed from vodka and vanilla bean.  #sogood
 The final product. Both versions incredible but I would pick the
orange zested pecan version if I had to only choose one.

Rhubarb Apple Crisp
1 1/2 c. Rhubarb cleaned and cut into 1/2 in pieces
1 1/4 c. Apple diced and peeled (I used granny smith and pink lady blend)
2/3 c.   Sugar
1/2 c.    Flour divided (I used wheat/white blend flour)
1 tsp.    Vanilla (I threw in an extra healthy dash)
1/4 tsp.Ground Cinnamon
              *Zest from half an orange
2/3 c.   Old fashioned oats
1/2 c.   Brown Sugar light (don't pack it)
             *Handful of pecan pieces
3 TBS. Butter softened and broken into small pieces

  1. Preheat oven 375 F. Coat 6-cup baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Combine rhubarb, apple, sugar, 2 TBS of the flour, vanilla, cinnamon and orange zest. Toss and place in coated dish.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients in bowl including remaining flour, oats, brown sugar, and pecans. Add butter and rub in with hands until mixture holds together in little pieces. Spread on top of mixture.
  4. Bake  until golden brown and filling is thick and bubbly (50-55 minutes).
*I made two batches of this recipe one with the orange zest and pecans and the other without.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Did You Miss Me?

What's Cookin Good Lookin?!

I haven't posted in a while instead focusing on Facebook, Instagram, and Vending. But I have to tell you that I miss my Blog. The primary challenge I am facing is growing my followers on my Blog. The growth on FB and Instagram is so fast and immediate whereas my Blog growth is what I imagine childbirth to be like.
So, for now I am looking at my Blog as a way to share my love of journaling. It'll be a hodge podge of topics I love so will include Moose, coffee, cooking, gardening, mixed media and papercrafting, sewing, cocktails....basically whatever I like.  If you like my Blog, please 
share it, give me a comment every now and then, and keep reading.

 The original "Cuttlebug". 
Paw embossing ONLY!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Planner Monday: Hello with Lots of To Do's

This week's #Planner Monday continues the April Theme of  "Try New Things" using a light brushed Acrylic Wash with $1 Acrylic Paint from the LSS. Of course, I added stamping with CTMH's Plan On It Acrylic Stamp Set.  I am also still using the PML Cards: Live Your Day Set of 54 Cards for $3 on Clearance.  Simply slice and dice them up. Click the link to get your set before they are gone. I continue to use Some Kinda Wonderful Complements and  Good Life Complements. The Complement Sets are where I am getting all of my glittery accessories and awesome stickers. I have been using these two sets all year long so they stretch really far.

Month to date, I have tried a new Art Technique (Acrylic Paint Wash in my Planner on Cards and Tags), and I learned a bit more about using Pinterest for Business. Click here to follow my Boards: My Pinterest.  I also have my menu set for this week to try a few new healthy recipes. As for Yoga? Well, it's on the schedule. Wish me luck! 
I wish you all a Happy #PlannerMonday.

Sticker from Good Life Complements Set. I love I can write on the letters if I want.
 Black Journal Spots cut from Live Your Day Card Set.

 Journal Spots, Flowers, and Hello from Live Your Day Card Set.
 Black Glitter & Bling from Some Kinda Wonderful Complements Set.
Extra "To Do" Page Added this week to prep. for my vending events. Lots of TO DO's!
These are just washi taped on and are from the PML Journaling Cards set of 24.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Planner Monday: Try New Things

Among the multitude of goals I have for April, "Try New Things" is at the top of that list. This week I focused on working with an art medium that I've been "meaning" to do for well over a year now! I know you can relate. So simple but pretty - acrylic paints. A light wash was perfect for my Planner Pages, some tags, cards...etc. No other medium besides stamping used. The look reminds me of washed wood at the beach. I learned that stamping on the paint did take longer to dry. So, get out that heat gun to set it quicker or get some patience. I will post some cards and tags later in the week but for now here is my #PlannerMonday.

I'd love to know what "New Things You Would Like To Try"?  Feel free to comment.
Here is my April Top Five:
  1. Try a new art medium. (check)
  2. Try a new recipe.
  3. Try a new business idea to grow my social media following.
  4. Try a new vegetable in my garden - plant the starter seed.
  5. Try going to Yoga twice a week! - Yoga is not new to me but GOING is.  LOL
#PlannerBling  #AndShouldAlwaysSparkle

The supplies I used are:
**I have been using Plan On It! Stamp Set, Some Kinda Wonderful and Good Life Complements and Silver Sequins all year long. The Silver Sequins are also great because they are flat. They add dimension and sparkle but minimal bulk.