Friday, December 31, 2010

Recipe: Hot Chicken Salad

This is another recipe that was passed on to me years ago.  It makes a huge amount, so I ended up bringing half over to the neighbors for dinner.  Next time I'm going to leave the croutons out to see if it make a difference.

4C cubed chicken (I'm lazy, so I just deboned a rotisserie chicken.  It was a little more than 4 cups)
2C diced celery
1C water chestnuts chopped
1 1/2 C mayo
sliced almonds (small bag) browned in butter
4T lemon juice
1 can cream of chicken soup (undiluted)
3Tbs. onion chopped
1tsp. salt
1tsp. garlic powder
2C grated cheddar cheese
2 1/2C croutons
potato chips crushed

combine all ingredients - top with potato chips
bake at 350 for 25 min. or until bubbly.  Serve hot
may be made the day before and baked the day you serve

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Happy New Year Gift

We are invited to a New Years get together Friday night and I needed a hostess gift.  A bottle of wine and a pretty cover are fine, but it needed a little something.  I combined 5 challenges and this is what I came up with.
Copic:  E000, 00, 11, 93, N3, 5, 7, 9, YG21, 23, 25
Stamps:  Happy New Year Anya (she is a free digi, you can get her here.)
Sentiment: There She Goes - Art is the Window
Hat:  A Muse
Numbers: Stampin Up
Embossing Folder:  Sizzix Snowflakes 3

1)  Anyone for Anya - sketch challenge
2)  Colour Q - colors
3)  There She Goes - recycle something from Christmas.  I recycled the little snow flake charm off of some bracelets.

4) The Greetings Farm - Farm Fresh Friday Hostess Gift
5)  Pile it On - All in the wrapping

Friday, December 24, 2010

Igloo Cheeseball with Olive Penguins

We took our cheeseball to a whole new level this year.  Here is how to do it.  We have a favorite cheeseball recipe we used instead of the one on the instructions. 

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Recipe: Crockpot Chicken

This a recipe my friend asked for, so I thought as long as I was typing up for her I would share it with you.  This is one of those passed from a friend to co-worker recipes you pick up along your life.

In crock pot combine

2-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 large family size cream of chicken soup
1 small can cream of mushroom soup (or any cream soup you like)
1 8oz. cream cheese - softened
1 8oz. sour cream
1 pkg. good seasons Italian dressing mix
1/2 cup red wine (optional),
cover chicken completely in mixture. Cook on low 7-8 hours or on high 4-5 hours. Serve over rice or flat egg noodles.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tags for Teacher Gifts

It's here, the last day of school before the holiday break.  No break for mom the next couple of weeks.  Ahhhh!  I spent the evening getting all the teacher gifts ready for the school  party today.  I went vintage with some tags on gift bags.  I'm entering this in Pile It On's It's All In The Wrapping challenge, and Paper Playtime Christmas challenge.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Oh, Alice CHAPTER 44: `Curiouser and curiouser!'

`Curiouser and curiouser!' cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English); `now I'm opening out like the largest telescope that ever was! Good-bye, feet!' (for when she looked down at her feet, they seemed to be almost out of sight, they were getting so far off). `Oh, my poor little feet, I wonder who will put on your shoes and stockings for you now, dears? I'm sure _I_ shan't be able! I shall be a great deal too far off to trouble myself about you: you must manage the best way you can; --but I must be kind to them,' thought Alice, `or perhaps they won't walk the way I want to go! Let me see: I'll give them a new pair of boots every Christmas.'

Hello from all of us here in Wonderland! This week we are Curiouser and curiouser to see if you are willing to play along with our weekly challenge. The challenge is a simple one, and one that most of us should be able to play along with, we would like to take Wonderland and turn it into a Winter Wonderland! Yes, that's right.....put your boots on, hats, mittens and lets play in the snow! Alice, with a hat on? Rabbit in the snow? Anything that reflects a Winter Wonderland. Have fun with it!

This week we are being sponsored by SUGAR NELLIE / FUNKYKITS. They are a fabulous company and you really should go over and take a peek.

Sugar Nellie is a small Scottish company that brings you fantastic rubber stamps from some amazing artists. Funky Kits is the sole online retailer for Sugar Nellie stamps - so head on over to grab yourself some of that sugary goodness!

The prize for this week will be 1 set of 6, yes, I said 6 Leanne Ellis Alice in Wonderland stamps. I sure wish I was able to win this one. This set of stamps are fantastic!

For my card is used some of the treasure trove of goodies the design team was sent by Nikki Sivils.  They were so generous, you should see the swag bag of goodies I got.  The designer paper is Nikki Sivils, so is my sentiment, and the super cute burlap button.  I matches the colors in the paper to my Copic markers for the house colors.  For snow I used Liquid Applique heated with a heat gun.  A little Glossy Accents in the windows and the holly berries on the photo corners for shine.  I'm also entering this in The Pink Elephants Winter Wonderland challenge.
Stamp:  Museum of Modern Rubber
DP:  Nikki Sivils - Happy Holly-Days
Copic:  BG93, 96, 99, Y11, 13, 15, E07, 18, 19, 50, BG000, T5, 7, 9
Liquid Applique
Glossy Accents
Button:  Nikki Sivils Cute as a Button Burlap Buttons

Now put your winter hat on, think Winter in Wonderland and play along!  Link your project to the Oh Alice! Challenge blog by midnight, Friday, December 24th to be entered in the drawing. Happy creating!!

NOTE~WE will be taking a short time away to play in our Wonderlands thru the holidays. We will resume in the new year with more challenges and fun giveaways!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Vintage Christmas ATC

Last night was my monthly ATC club meeting.  This months theme was Vintage Christmas.  I went strait to my Tim Holtz products for this ATC.
I used TH paper for my main image, distressed the edges and inked them in vintage photo.  Then covered them in crackle paint in clear (rock candy).  The vintage photo from the edges blended into the rock candy so the images came out even more antiqued than planned.  I curled a corner over a small paintbrush before I put the rock candy on.  The poinsettia is sprayed with glimmer mist in candy apple.  I used old sheet music distressed in vintage photo also.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Flutter By Wednesday Under the Mistletoe

It's Wednesday again, so that means it's time for another Flutter By Wednesday.  This will be my last post as the December Guest Designer.  It's been lots of fun joining the team the last few weeks.  Thanks for having me girls.  A special big thanks to Danni for answering my 101 questions and e-mails. 

Our challenge this week is another Open challenge~~anything goes as long as you have a butterfly, fairy or angel on your creation!

Once you've created your new fluttering creation, enter your direct link in the InLinkz at Flutter By Wednesday.

For my card I started with Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge.  I uses CC Designs Sweet November Mistletoe Snowhill.  Isn't she a cutie, she was a gift from the creator Amy.  I paired her with BasicGrey Eskimo Kisses designer paper from my stash.  I colored her with Copics, glitter, and Smooch in moonlight.  The border punch on the bottom is Martha S. snowfall, then I punched some flakes out of vellum and covered them in glitter and added the white glitter dome top.  The ribbon is Maya Road (I think) deep red velvet.
Happy Fluttering!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Holidazzle, a Blizzard, and more Christmas Cookies

It has been a busy weekend for us.  It started Friday night with a trip on the train to downtown Minneapolis.  Target puts on the Holidazzle Parade every year.  Pea likes getting to ride the train as much as seeing the parade.
It was cold but not windy.  I couldn't feel my fingers by the end.  The hot chocolate a vendor was selling was lukewarm.  Good thing the parade isn't very long.  Dinner was popcorn and a entire bag of cotton candy for Pea.
What's coming now?
Wizard of Oz!
Just about the time we got home the snow started.  It snowed for almost 24 hours straight.  If you haven't seen the news today it collapsed the roof of the Metrodome.  Go watch the video, it's pretty cool.  We got about 18 inches here. 

So what do you do when your snowed in at Christmas time.  You make more cookies.
We made peanut brittle, yellow cake cookies, chocolate gooey butter cookies, and Hersey hugs melted in the center of a round pretzel with a M&M on top (don't have a name for these).
See the hole were the microwave was?  That's the other thing we did this weekend, get a new microwave.  Can you believe that wallpaper was in the kitchen when we moved in?  It's so bad, I forgot how bad until we took the old microwave down. 
This morning all was calm but very cold outside.
Lots of snow blowers running.
In this next one you can't even tell where the sidewalk is, and it had been cleaned off on Saturday.
Pea and Lutefisk didn't mind being stuck inside.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


LADY dear, if Fairies may
For a moment lay aside
Cunning tricks and elfish play,
'Tis at happy Christmas-tide.

We have heard the children say—
Gentle children. whom we love—
Long ago, on Christmas Day,
Came a message from above.

Still, as Christmas-tide comes round,
They remember it again—
Echo still the joyful sound
"Peace on earth, good-will to men!"

Yet the hearts must childlike be
Where such heavenly guests abide;
Unto children, in their glee,
All the year is Christmas-tide!

Thus, forgetting tricks and play
For a moment, Lady dear,
We would wish you, if we may,
Merry Christmas, glad New Year!

Christmas, 1867.

Welcome down the rabbit hole once again my friends. This poem by Lewis Carroll was found in the back of a copy of Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. In researching the history of this poem I found the All Saints, the Lewis Carroll Memorial Window at Daniell Chapel in England. The 3 centre panels contain verses from this Lewis Carroll’s poem. The window was designed by the stained glass artist Geoffrey Webb and depicts a Nativity scene, at which both Carroll and Alice are present. This is a must see for anyone that loves Wonderland.

For our challenge this week let's get into the Christmas spirit. The challenge is to use red, green, + one color. You can still use other colors for hair and skin. Just make the main use of color red, green, + one.

Our wonderful sponsor this week is Pixie Dust Studio. The lucky winner will receive your choice of 2 digital images.

I used red, green, and kraft for my card.  I wanted to add a little dimension so I used Snow-Tex on the roof and the corner of my sentiment.  You can find Snow-Tex at your local craft store usually in the general adhesive and paint aisle.  My tip is to buy the smallest bottle you can.  Once opened it dries out quickly, so you don't want a bunch sitting around getting old.  I'm also entering this in Pixie Dust Studio's Let it Snow Challenge.  You know me, I love to combine challenges.
Copic:  G12, G14, G16, BG000, E41, E42, E44, R22, R24, R27, R29
DP:  Martha Stewart Frosty Gingerbread
Stamps:  White Rabbit - Pixie Dust, Cute & Curly - Stampin Up
Nesties:  Labels Eight
So get your Santa hat on, turn on your favorite holiday music and get crafty for your chance to win your choice of 2 digital images! Remember, you have all week to play this challenge! Link your project to the Oh Alice! Challenge blog by midnight, Friday, December 17th to be entered in the drawing. Happy creating!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

A Naughty Little Christmas

When I saw this cheeky little girl I thought she looked like she was up to something.  I love her sexy little Santa dress.  I covered the fur in white fun flock and used some red glitter for the eye shadow.  So what should I do with this naughty little girl.  Maybe hubby will get lucky and get a special gift certificate for Christmas.  Ha Ha

1)  Club Anya & Friends Mystery Monday Challenge - case the card
2)  There She Goes - Bring on the Bling

Stamp:  TGF A Cheeky Xmas
Sentiment:  TSG Loads of Fun
Copics:  R24, R27, R29, E000, E00, E11, E35, E37, E39
Nesties:  Small & Large Labels
Embossing Folder:  Winter Woods
DP:  October Afternoon - Good Cheer Falling Snow

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It's Flutter By Wednesday

It's that time of the week again, Flutter by Wednesday!  This week is an open theme.  All you need is to use a butterfly, fairy, or angel somewhere on your card.  How easy is that?

For my card this week I combined a few challenges into one card.  The sketch is from Club Anya and Friends Saturday Sketch Challenge.  The colors are from Colour Q #62.    I used The Greeting Farms Flutter Anya stamp along with a sentiment and small snow flake from A Muse.  The small flake is what is glittered all over my card.  I used the flurries and snowflakes embossing folders and Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly designer paper.  The snowflake border punch is from Martha Stewart and I used the punches from it to make the little snow flakes on the two tabs on the left of my image.
As I mentioned, the challenge this week is an open one, but don't forget to use a fairy, angel and/or butterfly on your card...that is the most important detail! We hope that you will join us this week! Happy Fluttering!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Happy News

2 pieces of happy news today.  First one of my cards made the ColourQ Courtiers this last week.  You can see it here.  Second I won Mystery Monday at Club Anya, you can see it here.  I get one single rubber stamp as my prize.  I picked the brand new Cheeky Cherry Pie.  My other happy news is that it's hubby and my 8th Anniversary.  Maybe I should go buy a Lotto ticket with all these good things happening today.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Buckeye Recipe Wanted

We have spent a busy weekend baking at our house.  No crafting for me, but I have been doing lots of dishes.  We started with buckeyes.  I remember my mother always getting these in cookie swaps when I was young.  Chocolate and peanut butter, how can you go wrong.  Well the recipe I used didn't turn out so great.  The peanut butter ball was to sweet, maybe to much powdered sugar, not creamy like I remember them.  So here is what I would love to know.  Do you have a good buckeye recipe?  If so, please leave it in the comments for me.  Thanks.
We couldn't let the left over chocolate go to waste.  Chocolate covered pretzels anyone?
Today we decorated the sugar cookies. 
We also made baklava.  Tim did the layering of the pastry while Pea and I painted on the butter.  It turned out amazing!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Oh, Alice Chapter 42: The Flowers are Talking

`O Tiger-lily,' said Alice, addressing herself to one that was waving gracefully about in the wind, `I wish you could talk!' `We can talk,' said the Tiger-lily: `when there's anybody worth talking to." Alice was so astonished that she could not speak for a minute: it quite seemed to take her breath away. At length, as the Tiger-lily only went on waving about, she spoke again, in a timid voice -- almost in a whisper. `And can all the flowers talk?' `As well as all can,' said the Tiger-lily. `And a great deal louder.'

Hello from all of us in Wonderland! This week we would like you to have a go at making your own flowers! So get fun creating, we can't wait to see what you come up with! This week we are being sponsored by 'Some Odd Girl', who have gorgeous Digi Stamps that the DT have been luckily enough to create with this week. So get creating your own flowers for your chance to win some of your very own ' Some Odd Girl' Images! You have until Friday the 10th of Dec to play long with us!

digital stamps

For my card I used Artsy Kaylee.  I couldn't resist her, we kind of had the same hair.  I cut my card using Sizzix scallop circle.  I rummaged through my huge stash of flowers to match them to my color scheme.  For the white flower I put Distress Ink (Black Soot, Barn Door, and Pumice Stone) on a craft mat and dipped my flower on each color.
Image:  Some Odd Girl Artsy Kaylee
Copic E000, 00, 11, 17, 19, 27, 30, 31, 33, 74, 77, 79
T0, 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9
R22, 24, 27
Sentiment:  Stampers Anonymous
DP:  Sassafras Lass - Vintage Yummy
Nesties:  Standard Circles LG
Look no further for some inspiring examples from the members of our Twisted Tea Party:

Jessica aka MAD HATTER
Erin (me)
Tracy - Guest Designer

Remember, you have all week to play this challenge! Link your project to the Oh Alice! Challenge blog by midnight, Friday, December 10th to be entered in the drawing. Happy creating!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Stylish Blogger Award

Thank you so much for sharing this award with me Kimberly!

Once given this award, you are to:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this
2. Share 8 things about yourself
3. Pay it forward to 8 bloggers you have recently discovered
4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about their awards

8 Things About Me:

1.  I'm double jointed in my fingers and toes
2.  I find clowns disturbing
3.  I hate feet.
4. I think shaking hands is a tradition we should do away with, it's so unsanitary
5. I love chocolate and kosher dill pickles
6. I'm a TV junkie and love reality shows
7. In my dream world I would be a picker (as in American Pickers)
8. I hide hordes of chocolate around the house (I learned this from my mother)

Here are 8 Wonderful bloggers I've recently started visiting:


Thanks so much for stopping by, and be sure to stop by Kimberly's blog and the other fabulous blogs I've passes this award on to!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

My First Flutter by Wednesday Guest Designer Challenge

It's here, my first challenge as the December Guest Designer at Flutter by Wednesday!  The team was given this cute little fairy from Karber Digital Images.  This week is an open week so see below how you can enter to win 2 digi images from Karber.

For my card I paper pieced the dress and headband.  You may notice that I also took the flowers off the bottom of the dress, got to love that you can change a digi.  Her wings are covered in glitter and there is also little touches of glitter in the Spica pen I used to highlight areas with.  I picked the paper so I could also enter this in the Pink Elephant red, blue, and green challenge.  I just love how it looks stitched without me having to do the stitching.  The designer paper also has a lot of glitter on it.  Lots of sparkle to this little fairy.

Here is how you can play along:
  • Create a NEW creation with a butterfly, fairy or angel--theme this week is open! Anything goes as long as it has a butterfly, fairy or angel!
  • Leave a DIRECT link to your creation in the InLinkz at Flutter By Wednesday before next Tuesday (December 7, 2010) at noon (MST)
Come join me in the fun.  I can't wait to see what you create.

Copic: YG23, YG25, R00, R29, BG0000, BG000, BG01, W1, E000, E00, E11, E42, E43, E50

Digi: Karber Digital Images
Sentiment: A Muse
DP: K & Co. BW Peppermint Twist
Nesties: Labels Eight
and lots of Spica Glitter Pen and Glitter

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

BIG NEWS: I'm the December Guest Designer for Flutter by Wednesday's!

I was asked to be Decembers Guest Design Team member for Flutter by Wednesday's.  I've been keeping this under wraps for a long time and it just snuck up on me.  Can you believe it's December!  Ahhhhh!  Please check out Flutter by Wednesday's and play along with the fun challenges.

Monday, November 29, 2010

I think he is happy here.

Well I think our new family member is happy in his new home.  He is the most relaxed kitten I've ever seen.  Not one scratch yet, not even on the dog.  If you put him on your lap he is happy to stay as long as you let him.  The best thing is he loves my craft room.  Lots of little knocks and crannies to hide from a 5 year old and a 65 lbs. Golden Retriever.  His favorite spot is under my Ott Lites so I moved his bed right next to me.  I guess it's because of the warmth they put off. 
There has been a lot of discussion regarding his name.  I still can't get Pea or hubby to stop calling him a her.  Buddha just isn't fitting him, so I think we are changing it.  Not sure why it matters to my husband since every cat we have ever owned has been called Puss by him.  So we think the new name is Lutefisk.  What is Lutefisk you ask?  Lutefisk is a traditional dish of the Nordic countries and parts of the Midwest United States. It is made from stockfish (air-dried whitefish) or dried/salted whitefish (klippfisk) and lye (lut). Its name literally means "lye fish."  Discusting right, it's a big Christmas thing for the large Swedish and Norwegian population in the Twin Cities area.  I've never tried it, but have poked at the gross looking frozen bags of it at Ikea and the grocery.  So why name the cat Lutefisk?  It just sounds like a cats name to me.  The bonus, we can call him Fiskars for short.  Fiskars is a great name for a crafty cat don't you think?

I guess I'm starting to sound like a crazy cat lady.  I'll try to stop posting pictures (I said try).

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Oh, Alice CHAPTER 41: Off With Their Heads!

`Let's go on with the game,' the Queen said to Alice; and Alice was too much frightened to say a word, but slowly followed her back to the croquet-ground.

The other guests had taken advantage of the Queen's absence, and were resting in the shade: however, the moment they saw her, they hurried back to the game, the Queen merely remarking that a moment's delay would cost them their lives.

All the time they were playing the Queen never left off quarrelling with the other players, and shouting `Off with his head!' or `Off with her head!' Those whom she sentenced were taken into custody by the soldiers, who of course had to leave off being arches to do this, so that by the end of half an hour or so there were no arches left, and all the players, except the King, the Queen, and Alice, were in custody and under sentence of execution.

Welcome back to the land of wonder and where the saying, 'Off with her head' is a regular statement! Well here in wonderland this week, that is exactly what we want you to do. This week we want you to take your stamps and yep you guessed it,'Off with their heads'. So we are asking you to alter your stamps and mix it up a little by giving them a new head or body. Ohhh this is going to be sooo much fun seeing what you come up with!!!

I had a lot of fun with this one.  I started with the Club Anya and Friends Case the Card Challenge.  I loved the latticey look to the card with all the cut work.  So how did I make my heart flourish work?  I used my Cricut with the seasonal Thanksgiving cartridge.  I used the pumpkin scroll work and cut it apart and made hearts.  I then added the small black bling to copy the dots on the original card.  The sentiment was the perfect touch and super easy since it's a sticker.  The design team received these a few months back from E. A. D. Designs to use in a challenge they sponsored.  I loved getting to use them again.  I loved how the designer paper looked like wall paper behind my cut out head.  The card suit embellishments are buttons with the shank cut off.
Stamp: The Greeting Farm Royal Pain Digi
Copic:  E000, E00, E11, YR21, YR23, YR31, R24, R27, R29, C5, C7, C9
Border Punch:  EK Success Card Suits
DP:  Stampin Up Jackpot
Up for grabs this week is a Scor Buddy from the lovely people at Alice! Challenge blog by the 3rd of Dec. to play along with us.

Friday, November 26, 2010

A Black Friday Card

Did you go out for the big sales?  I went to Walmart for the 12:00 sale. I did good, got everything on my list. 

Here is a quick black Friday card.

1)  There She Goes - Color Challenge 82
2)  The Pink Elephant - Sketch

3)  Crazy for Challenges - Circles
4)  Flutter by Wednesdays - butterfly & Thank You
Stamp:  TSG Sweet Pea
DP:  SU Sweet Slumber
Embossing Folder - Birthday Set 2
Punches, MS
Nesties:  Standard Circles SM, Classic Scallop Circle SM

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Turkey Day

It's going to be a COLD Turkey Day for us.  High of 14 with a windchill of 5.  It was nasty today with a snow sleet mix most the day.  With the boys trapped inside I did get my Christmas trees put up.  A day early this year, not to bad.  Now to get the outside done now that everything is covered in ice.  I hope to sleep in tomorrow, wake up to hot chocolate and the Black Friday Ads in bed, followed by a long hot shower alone.  A girl can dream, right?  Have a great day and Happy Birthday Daddy!  Gobble til you wobble!

1)  Club Anya & Friends Saturday Sketch Challenge

2)  Colour Q

3) Anyone for Anya - Girlie
4)  Pile it On - Winter

Stamps:  TGF Beanie Anya, trees Northwoods, Sentiment A Muse
Embossing Folders:  Distressed Snow, Cardinal

Monday, November 22, 2010

First Day of School Scrapbook Page

I actually got to another scrapbook page.  SHOCKING!  This one is for The Pink Elephant's red, blue, and yellow scrapbook challenge.  I've been having more fun scrapbooking than card making lately.  Funny how you go through phases.  Maybe it's because I get to scrap so infrequently.

New Addition to the Family

Well this is what I've been busy with all weekend.  A early Christmas present for my daughter (and me).  This is Buddha (at least for now) he is a lynx point Siamese.  I have had Siamese most my life and have been looking for another.  I found him at an animal rescue group and could resist.

So far so good, our Golden Retriever has kept her distance so far.  He is a very sweet kitty but still like a little alone time.  That drives Pea crazy, but I tell her to give the kitty a little break.