Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Perfectly Preserved

Perfectly Preserved Wood #126690 $28.95, Clear #126692 $20.95
Stampin' Up! had a set, years ago with a Canning Jar...and I used it for so many different things....and then they retired it....so....you know I fell in love with this one when it came out....All my samples are packed away for the next craft fair next month....this was the only one I could round up!!!! 

Got the baby quilt for my Grandson, Samuel, finished...another Christmas Present done.  It came out really good...very soft!!!  I have boxes, and boxes of projects I started and never finished, or bought with good intentions....so my goal this winter is to work thru some of that....this was one of those projects....was gonna make this for Matthew, 24 years ago....Better late then never!!!  Now to finish up some more doll outfits, and starting a small cross stitch. 

These were the projects that Paula did for Inkslingers this month...Great Fall cards Paula....and my box actually made it home...I almost lost it in the wind going out to the car!!!

I love chicken...and this is a quick and easy...and yummy recipe!!!
Saucy Honey Mustard Chicken
1 Tbl. oil
4 small boneless, skinless, chicken breast halves
1/4 C. Cream Cheese Spread
1/4 C. zesty italian dressing
2 Tbl. Grey Poupon  Savory Honey Mustard
1 Tbl. honey
Heat oil in large nonstick skillet on medium heat.  Add chicken, cover.  Cook 5-6 min.on each side, or untill chicken is cooked thru.  Mix remaining ingredients, spoon over chicken.  Cook 2 more min.  untill sauce is heated through, stirring occasionally.  Enjoy and Bon Apitit!!!

Friday, October 26, 2012


Everybunny Wood # 122705 $27.95, Clear # 122707 $19.95 
I know you must think I'm crazy...posting an Easter Set, the day we get our first real snowstorm.  I was looking thru my sets, to see what I had for Animal stamps....and found this, and I know it's Easter...but I just love these little guys.  I used it like crazy last spring..sure hope they keep it in the catalog, Sorry, couldn't find any samples...I must have given everything away!!!!

These were what I made for last night's Inkslingers meeting.  The little pumpkin guy was my swap, and the Pumpkin Poo was a treat for everyone.  Made Witch Cookies and a Spinach Braid for snacks....Yummmm!!!

Here's a really easy, really yummy Pasta dish!  You can substitute regular penne pasta, I like the texture of that better then the whole wheat!!!

Easy Italian Pasta Bake
1 lb. ground beef
3 C. Whole Wheat Penne Pasta, cooked, drained
1 Jar(26oz.)  spaghetti sauce
1/3 C. Parmesan Cheese
1 1/2 C Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Heat oven to 375F.  Brown meat in large skillet, drain.  Add pasta, sauce and 1/2 th eParmesan cheese, mix well.  Spoon into 13 x 9" dish, top with remaining cheeses.  Bake 20 min.  Enjoy and Bon Apetit!!!!

Ladies in Waiting Challenge

Do you have a Blog....Join us in our fun Challenge!!!  The 1st Monday of the Month, is when our challenge entries are due.  Create a post on your Blog with a link to my Blog  www.stampinwithcathy.blogspot.com  Put your entry into your blog post, and then comment on my blog that you have done so, along with your blog address. I will post all the entries, and if we have more then 3, will pick my favorite, and you will get a fun pick out of my basket of discontinued stampin' Up! product.  Our November Theme is Glitter Fall, and is due into me by Monday, Nov. 5.  Can't wait to see what I get!!! 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper

Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper #126895 $10.95
I love this paper....I ordered 3 packs of it....and this and a few more tiny scraps are all I have left!!!  It's a keeper.  Sorry for the glare...I don't have my shades yet for the new window....guess I'm only gonna be able to take pictures at night!!!

Let me share another Halloween decoration that I did on My Digital Studio 2.  This came out so cute!!!!  I'm lovin' MDS 2.  It is so easy to use. 
Here's Set one of the 5 sets of cards we did Sunday at the Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack.  We did 25 cards in under 2 hours!!!  Good deal!!!!

OK...here is a scumptious Pumpkin cake recipe that I made for Dinner for 8 last month.  This one is a keeper!!!
Luscious Four-Layer Pumpkin Cake
1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1 (15oz.) can pumpkin
1/2 C. milk
1/3 C. oil
4 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice divided
1 8 0z. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. powdered sugar
1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed
1/4 C. caramel ice cream topping
1/4 C. chopped pecans
Heat oven to 350F.  Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) round cake pans.  Beat cake mix, 1 cup pumpkin, milk, oil, eggs, and 1 tsp. spice in large bowl until well blended.  Pour into prepared pans.  Bake 28-30n min..  Cool in pans 10 min.  then remove to wire racks and cool completely.  Beat cream cheese in small bowl till creamy.  Add sugar, remaining pumpkin and spice.  Mix well.  Gently stir in Cool Whip.  Cut each cake layer in half horizontally with a serrated knife.  Stack on serving plate, spreading cream cheese filling between layers.  Do not do top layer.  Drizzle with caramel topping just before serving and sprinkle with nuts.  Enjoy and Bon Apetit!!!!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Clearance Rack....

Go to my Web Page....  www.cathy.stampinup.net, Click on Shop Now, then on Clearance Rack...to see the 70 newly added items....Great deals!!!!  Or Click on the Clearance Rack tab on the left!!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

You Are Loved

You Are Loved Wood # 123777 $31.95, Clear # 123779 $23.95
Sometimes I have to start way early to get my ideas for my classes and clubs, so that I can get supplies all ordered ahead of time....(Oppsss...wasn't too good at that this fall!!!).  I was going thru my sets to see what I had for Valentines...and came across this set...it is such a keeper!!!!  Works not only for Valentines, but Anniversaries, Weddings...and just making a beautigful card!!! 

Sunday our stamping group met for our monthly power stamp/swap.  This was my swap card.  I love this little guy.  Normally I would have used the new Stampin' Up! Googlie Eyes, since they are self sticking....I love them....but these cards had soo many eyes, I thought I would be frugal and use some of my old ones, that I have bags of.  Laid all the cards out(all 16), and started glueing them on...5 per card.  left the room to give them time to dry, came back....and ALL of them had popped off.....not good!!!  So I changed glues and started over...and when I came back the next morning....yup....at least half had popped off, and as I handled them, more popped off... so I defalted to the great Stampin' Up! ones. 
 I love this Stampin' Up! cat stamp....I think I'm gonna have to get it!!!!

 Too Cute!!!!  Not sure who makes this stamp.
 I also love this spooky tree stamp from last years mini!!!! 

And this boot set is so cute....it has a really nice rain boot, cowboy boot, and winter boot!!!  But I just love the Witches Boot!!!!

I can't remember if I posted this recipe...but it was such a good one I thought I'd put it on here, even if it's a repeat.  I made this for one of our Dinner for 8 dinners...and they were all gone....really fast!!! 
Buffalo Chicken Crescent Puffs
12 oz cream cheese, softened
1 TBL. Hot sauce
1/3 C. crumbled blue cheese
1/4 C. finely chopped celery
1 C. finely chopped cooked chicken breast
2 cans refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1/3 C. Butter melted
1 c. plain bread crumbs
Line cookie sheet with wax paper.  In medium bowl, mix cream cheese and pepper sauce.  Stir in blue cheese and celery.  Stir in chicken until well blended.  Shape mixture into 32 (1 1/2 -inch) balls, and place on cookie sheet.  Refrigerate for 20 min.  Heat oven to 350F.  Remove crescent rolls from package, do not unroll.  Slice each roll into 16 rounds.  Press each round into 3" circle.  Place chilled chicken mixture ball on center of each dough round, shape dough around ball to cover.  In shallow dish, place melted butter.  in another shallow dish, place bread crumbs.  Dip dough balls into butter, then roll in bread crumbs.  Place 2" apart on large ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 17-22 min.  Enjoy and Bon Apetit!!!!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Haunts & Harvest Digital Collection Disc

Haunts & Harvest Digital Collection Disc # 129835 $34.95
Here's one of the images that you can download from this disc.  There is a variety of images from the Howlstooth & Scaringbone Suite, and the Orchard Harvest Suite...and by buying the disk, you save 10% over buying them individually.  WooHoo!!!

I thought you would all enjoy the Gift Card Holders and Treat Bags that were our Make & Takes at my World Card Making Day Event, I held 2 weekends ago. 

They were cute and easy...and now I have gift card holders for this next year!!!

Here's another Carrot Recipe....I made these when the Little Grandaughters were here...they were so yummy...Lots in them!!!  But very filling, I could barely eat one!!!!
Morning Glory Pancakes
Preheat an electric griddle to medium.  In a large bowl, prepare 2 cups "complete" buttermilk pancake mix as directed on package.  Stir in 2 carrots, finely grated; 1 cup chopped walnuts, and 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut.  Pour about 1 cup batter per pancake onto oiled griddle.  cook until tiny bubbles on surface begin to pop.  Using a large spatula, flip and cook other side.  Serve immediatly with butter and warm maple syrup.  Or spread with whipped cream cheese, or raspberry jam, and top with chopped nuts....Yumm!...Enjoy and Bon Appetit!!!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

No Peeking

No Peeking - Wood # 126290 $24.95, Clear # 126292 $17.95
Love these little guys....they are so cute.  Been thinkin' I need to make them with the Googlie Eyes!!!!  What's ya think????
Been working on Christmas presents.  These came out so cute!...Part of the gift is in the presentation!!!!  Love this presentation!!!  Belly bands are so easy, and really make a gift look special.  You could add this to a scarf, afghan, gloves...you name it!!!
I've also been working on Fall, and Halloween decorations....love this one....All done with My Digital Studio 2.  So stinkin' easy...this one was a template...but I'm also gonna use it for a Scrapbook page background!!!!  I will be doing an overview of how to use the program at my Craftin' Free for All on Saturday, 12:30-4:00.  Let me know if you will be stopping by!!!

I'm also putting together my Workshops/Parties for November and December.  One of my options will be to make 2 Holiday ornaments for your projects at the Party...so why not turn it into a real party...Invite your friends and have a fun Girls Night/Afternoon Out!!! 

Here's another Carrot recipe....Yes, Rusty is still on a carrot diet!!!  He gets weighed next week...but he's looking thinner!!! So we have lots of carrots!!!
Roasted Carrots
Toss 2 lbs carrots, trimmed & peeled with 3 TBL olive oil, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper.  Roast at 450 F. for 15 min.  Reduce heat to 325 F. and cook until carrots are soft and browned .  Enjoy and Bon 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Ghoulish Googlies Bundle

Ghoulish Googlies Bundle :  Googly Ghouls Stamp Set, and Ghoulish Googlies SDP....this is my favorite bundle....but then I love Halloween!!!  Wood # 129852 $20.95, Clear 129853 $16.95

This treat box came out so cute!!!!  I think I may have to make more for my Halloween Treats!!!!

Here are the projects that Rebekah brought for us to do at last months Inkslingers meeting....fun baby cards!!!

Hearty Chicken & Noodle Casserole

1 can Cream of mushroom soup
1/2 c. milk
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
1 c. frozen mixed vegis
2 c. cubed cooked chicken
2 c. med. egg noodles, cooked and drained
1/2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
Stir soup, milk, pepper, P. Cheese, vegis chicken and noodles in a 1 1/2 qt. casserole.  Bake at 400 F. for 25 min.  Stir.  Top with Cheddar cheese.  Variations:  Omit Cheese topping and top with 1/2 c. French's French fried onions., Substitute corkscrew pasta for the noodles.  Enjoy and Bon Appetit!!!


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Jolly Bingo Bits

Jolly Bingo Bits Wood # 120857 $37.95 Clear # 121187 $26.95
If you are like me and love small stamps to use here, and there, and everywhere...this is the set for you.....Mine gets mileage out of me, on envelopes, gift tags, by your signature, just about anywhere!!!  Originally designed to use with the Bingo Card stamp....it is so versatile!!!!  Love the Rudolf stamp!!!

Last Wednesday was the first gathering of my Altered Book Club....I had such a blast...and the book covers all turned out great.  I have 2 gals that couldn't make it so as soon as I have them get theirs done...will take pictures.  This one is mine...it is an old cook book...and I am going to be putting my favorite recipes and tid bits into it!!!

Got my December Class all put together....it's a quick and easy one....great chance to get out of the house and take a break!!!!  
Pretty Pendants & Pins

Tuesday, December 18, 6:30-8:30
Cost $5.00
Deadline: 12/15/12
Need a last minute gift…or just a day out of the house…..come on over and make these fun jewelry embellishments.  We will be making 3 different pendants and a brooch! 

Haven't posted a recipe in a while....Here's a simple Italian dish!!!

Sausage and Tomato Rigatoni
4 c. rigatoni pasta, uncooked
1 lb. Italian sausage, cut into chunks
1 red onion, sliced
 1/4 c. tomatoe paste
1/4 c. Sun-Dried Tomatoe Dressing
1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley
1/4 c. grated Parmesan Cheese
Cook pasta as directed on pkg.  Brown sausage in large skillet, drain.  Stir in onions and tomatoe paste, cover.  Cook 15 min.  stirring occasionally.  Stir in dressing.  Toss sausage misture with pasta, sprinkle with parsley and cheese.  Enjoy and Bon Apetit!!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Googly Ghouls

Googly Ghouls Wood # 128060 $16.95, Clear #128063 $12.95
Love, love, love this set...it is just too cute, especially when you use the Googly Eyes!!!!  The Mummy Man is my favorite!!! Well, they are all pretty darn cute!!!

Here are some cards I got at Inkslingers last week...they were belated Birthday cards!!!!  Love it when birthdays last for months!!!!

Cindy's card...gorgeous

Sue's card
Pajama Saga....OK....about 3 years ago, I was getting ready to attend Leadership, and decided to get some Red Silk PJ's.....as all my PJ's were threadbare, and I was rooming with someone.....They were the most uncomfortable PJ's...not because they were silk...although the slippin' and sliddin' part took some getting used to, but because they seemed to have cut the butt out, and shortened the waist. The next year I decided to go with a different brand and got some pretty navy blue ones.....same problem.....Last year, I didn't go to Leadership, but really needed some new PJ's, so got some Flannel ones....yup....while they were cut a little fuller.....the waist was still way too short, not to mention that after a few washings the flannel is all icky. This summer I got some new ones for Convention(which I ended up taking back), and they had the same problem....I was really getting depressed....thinking my butt was getting way too big, when I realized that my old ones still fit just fine.....Come to think of it, ALL the jeans I have bought recently are short waisted too....so it has to be the manufacturers are skimping on fabric.....I really needed some warm, comfy winter PJ's, and looked thru catalogs...but all the nice Flannel PJ's were like $65....I ain't payin' $65 for PJ's. Found some flannel at the store, and flannel is not cheap like it used to be.....Thank goodness for coupons!!!! This is what I ended up with...not too bad, seeing as I haven't sewn garments in years!!!! And they fit like a dream....and I'm guessing they will be toasty warm, and all for "ONLY $22"!?!?!