Monday, October 3, 2016

Fall Granola?!!

Why didn't I think of this before? I have been making granola for my family for years. This weekend it occurred to me to in addition to cinnamon I added a little bit of ground cloves, for a little bit of that fall flavor. It smelled amazing! as it baked, my kids thought that I was baking pumpkin pie!
I have enjoyed this recipe since I first tried it after seeing it in the Family Fun magazine back in 2010. I am sharing the recipe just as it was printed but the photo is from my own granola this weekednd : )

Crunchy Granola 

Around the holidays, even the sweetest tooth can get a little overwhelmed by all the treats. This nutty granola, presented in a glass jar with a handwritten label, makes a welcome — and incredibly tasty — alternative.
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • (6-ounce) package dried sweetened cranberries or other dried fruits, such as cherries, raisins, pineapple, or papaya

  1. Heat the oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, nuts, brown sugar, cinnamon. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the oil and honey. Toss the mixture until it is well combined then spread it evenly on a cookie sheet.
  2. Bake the granola until lightly browned, about 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to keep the mixture from sticking. Let it cool completely, then stir in the cranberries or dried fruit. Makes about 7 cups.
Wendy's Tips: 
  • For a little Fall or Holiday flavor I added 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves. 
  • The granola will get crunchy as it cools, so don't panic that is not crunchy right out of the oven. 
  • Sometimes we enjoy stretching out our granola with Bran Flakes Cereal. 
  • You can save yourself some clean up time by lining your pan with parchment paper.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Like Cotton Candy

This card makes me think of cotton candy.  This card was inspired by Diamonds, the Theme of the week over at Less is More Challenge #294 I went with element of sparkle that a diamond creates.

I used pearlecent Pigment ink to stamp the sentiment and created the somewhat ombre effect by inking one half of the stamp with one ink and the other half with another color. This little dew drop ink set of colors is just so pretty, I added a picture of the set that I used at the bottom of the post.

I was going to stop there but I just didn't look finished so I ended up using a the ink blending tool to apply a little bit of the same ink to the top and bottom of the card and finished it off by tying a little bow with metallic thread.
The photos do not do justice to how pretty this card sparkles. Also this pigment ink with this stamp the way Papertrey made it, it created this slightly raised image, which I just love. I am going to play a little more with these inks and stamp : ) Click on the photo for a closer look.

Thanks for stopping by my crafting friends. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Rustic Sort of Card

One thing led to another and I ended up with this rustic looking card. At least I think it has a rustic feeling to it. 

I even carried the rustic feeling into the photographing of this card. I photographed the card over my grandmother's weaving frame. I prepped it months ago to get start a weaving project but that if as far as I got. Thinking of my grandmother almost brings tears to my eyes. I miss her.

I started by inking up the front card panel with distress inks by Jim Holtz (faded jeans and vintage photo) using a mini ink blending tool, I then sprinkled a little water one it, let the water drops sit for a second and absorbed the rest of the water with a paper towel. Once it dried, I moved on to the stamping part...yay! I stamped the pumpkin image first and then that gorgeous sentiment and finished it off by adding the little clear droplets from Pretty Pink Posh. Isn't that sentiment gorgeous?! The set comes with three beautiful sentiments.

Stamps are from Wplus9 Design Studio (pretty patches: pumpkin and grateful Greetings)

That is it for today my crafting friends, thanks so much for stopping by.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Making the Perfet Loaf of Sandwich Bread

Growing up my dad was in the restaurant business and later in the bakery, so I love both cooking and baking, both my parents are great cooks and bakers, they have truly inspired me.

A little over a year ago I decided to try making sandwich bread for my family and in doing so I have tried a number or recipes in hopes of achieving the degree of softness that store bought sandwich bread has...I began to think this was not achievable at home. 
After continuous search, a few times people referred to The Bread Bible so I decided to purchase a copy. I was surprised that there was more than one Bread Book under that name so after a little reading about each of the ones that I found. I decided to go with The Bread Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum. Once it came, I could not wait to page the book, I hoped that there would be a sandwich bread recipe…it was after called The Bread Bible and there is. 
The first time I made it just as the recipe call for and it was so cool! I seriously felt like I was a scientist, to experience the consequence of following her technique, and seeing and feeling the dough behave different than all the other times that I have made bread was just awesome! I am actually bread rising at this very moment.
Because I wanted to make might bread a little sweeter add a little bit of whole wheat. I tweaked the Basic Soft White Sandwich Loaf just a little bit.  
I substituted 1 cup of unbleached all-purpose flour for 1 cup of whole wheat flour when making the dough starter (sponge).  Cut down the salt to 1 ½ teaspoons and lastly I up the honey to 1/3 of a cup.

I was really intrigued by Rose's technique but really enjoyed following her instructions and ending up with the best sandwich bread I have made. It’s soft, moist, delicious and it does not break when you fold it.

I just thought tthat I would share : ) Maybe you enjoy making bread too or maybe you know someone who enjoys making bread and might enjoy having this book in their collection.
Rose Levy Beranbaum also published The Baking Bible which is all about cakes! Yes, I totally plan to get me a copy of that one too. I love how she explains why to use one ingridient over other other, like powder milk over regular milk.

Happy Friday! thanks for stopping by and have an amazing weekend. 

Monday, July 18, 2016


Hi, it's a good way to start off. Don't you think? So many times I don't even know what to say to start off a conversation, then those two little letters that spell hi come to my rescue.

Finally got to ink up this Altenew Peony Bouquet stamp set.
I was inspired to create this thanks to CAS(E) this Sketch! Challenge #181

I started off by masking what I didn't what to ink up on that front panel, then inked, stamped and colored the background with ink from a stamp pad and an aqua brush. Then finished the card off by adding the little bubbles, scoring lines at the top and bottom of the middle section and lastly added the die cut " hi"

This was fun, I thought that coloring the background was risky move but I am happy with how it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by : )

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Playing with water colors

I got to do a little stamping and play with water colors. It felt great! Yesterday I was browsing around and this Freshly Made Sketches Challenge # 245 inspire me.  

thanks for stopping by : )

Monday, June 20, 2016

Birthday Invitations

My daughter and I had fun making these invites for her 12th birthday.
We printed them on water color paper, applied water color by applying water color onto an acrylic block (clear stamp acrylic block), then we stamped it onto the water color paper, we flicked the paint brush to add some droplets and once it was dried, I hand wrote the twelve onto them. Evie had so much fun making these invites and specially the water coloring part, I was just her assistant : ) and advisor. It's a small, intimate party...making half a dozen of them and changing the font color for the Evelyn's 12th Birthday line on each invite went pretty quickly.

Fun fact: I actually photographed these two in the car, over my husband's suit coat while drive to church. These two were a couple of Evelyn's favorite and she wanted to hand them to her friends that day, this past Sunday.