Thursday, December 1, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Tim came by right on the heals (like the day after) we had our big scrapbook retreat at the Dairy Barn. I did most of the cooking for that, plus ran a couple classes. I was a little crazed at the end. And then I made 6 dozen filled cupcakes in 3 different flavors, chocolate chip cookies, gingersnaps, chicken vegetable soup and foccacia. Maybe manic might be a better description than crazed, lol. Unfortunately that meant I had to delegate something, in this case, typing recipes so this lovely man could take them back to his paper fell into my grandmother's lap (bless her heart for helping). But you know every cook changes something as they go... yep, so my margin notes didn't make it into the final copy.
The recipes are good as they are, but I like the way I do it :-) So here you go if you want to be awesome and faaaamous in your state.
1) I was born in Iowa, and grew up on the Kansas-Oklahoma border. On the Kansas side. I went to college in Oklahoma. I like cowboys, okra, and ranch dressing and picked up a little accent that I've kept, 'cuz it's fun. I point this out so nobody in Kansas thinks I'm putting on airs. This postcard is about 2 blocks and a hundred years from where I lived. Hmmm, hasn't changed much.
2) Like I said, I was a bit manic and making food. I took a shower, but didn't have time to do my hair or makeup before caught in action making focaccia. Sorry about that photo. Most days I look like this:
3) I did not make Irish Car Bombs for Tim. He just thought they sounded good. Which they are. I did make Tuxedos (devils food filled with raspberries and frosted with white chocolate) and Daisies (sour cream yellow cake filled with from scratch lemon curd and frosted with lemon white chocolate) plus the Pumpkin Spice (which need cute name suggestions). We weren't done chatting 'til lunch so we had my favorite chicken vegetable soup, focaccia, all those cupcakes, plus my BLUE RIBBON!!! winning Gingersnaps. I'm just a little in love with those gingersnaps. Alfie (the dog) likes them a lot too.
4) The Irish Car Bomb and Pumpkin Spice Cupcake recipes are actually perfect. I had them on file because I made them up and I have a rotten memory for measurements. Bake them. You won't be sorry. Unless you are in AA. In which case, leave out the booze, you will still be happy.
Now Margin Notes from the Delegated Recipes
5) Chicken Vegetable Soup: Corrections
- Feel free to substitute canned vegetables for fresh. It's winter. You aren't getting fresh corn on the cob and if you do you are going to hell for not being a locavore and your punishment will be having corn that tastes like cardboard. Just sayin'. ;-) But realistically time and effort is an issue for everyone. I try to use home canned tomatoes, but when time and pantry don't allow, I reach for the Rotel. See that part about growing up on the Kansas-Oklahoma border. Only ingredient better in the whole wide world than ranch, is rotel.
- I sometimes throw in pesto instead of fresh basil, because my basil plant is usually naked stems because I made pesto. It's an addiction, but I don't smoke so it must be okay.
- I use leftover chicken in my soup. And sometimes canned. Shhhh, don't tell.
- Pickapeppa sauce = Tabasco sauce. I like a bit of spice. You can leave it out.
- I don't blanch my zucchini. I just peel it and cut it up and toss it in the pot with the corn. This is an excellent soup to use up the giant zucchini that got away from you in the garden. Most people eat it and think it's celery.
- I don't ever thicken it with cornstarch. That is what crackers are for.
6) Focaccia: Corrections
I think this is my dear grandmama's recipe. It isn't mine or at least not one I've made in the past decade. Pesto is involved so it's got to be good. I'll put a link to my current fave (the one I'm chopping rosemary for in that oh so lovely photo) here just as soon as I retype it, sounds like a goal for tomorrow morning.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
The winner is Pamela Young! Your name literally fell in my lap during the drawing, lol. Please e-mail me at donya at backroadsplumcrazy.com with your contact information by October 17th, 2011.
I taught this as a class this time last year at Door County Rubber Stamps in Egg Harbor. We had so much fun! Everybody made such beautiful boxes. I think the most popular part was making the paper rose and coloring it with Twinkle H2Os.
Here are the instructions for everyone who wants to try this at home: Fall Magic Box
Supply List Details:
- Stamps are all available at Backroads Plum Crazy or directly from Door County Rubber Stamps
- I used decorative paper from Cosmo Cricket Flueriste Paper (Vineyard & Dew Drops) & Cosmo Cricket Flueriste Cardstock Stickers on the inside of each notecard
- I used the Marvy Embossing Oak Leaf Punch and the McGill Designer Series punches to make the foilage out of vellum. Since then Spellbinders has come out with some really excellent foilage dies that I would highly recommend.
- I stamped my main image, cut it out with Spellbinders Nested Maple Leaves (S4-228), colored the girl and branches with Copics, then created sky and leaves with a blending tool and distress ink.
- Brown Vine & the Antique Gold Silk Ribbon are from May Arts and are to die for. Swoon.
That's all for today folks! If you have trouble with any of the steps or questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an e-mail. Have fun and thanks for visiting!
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Yay! It's World Cardmaking Day! Time for some swag! I'm on the road this weekend, so no card making for me, bummer! I was up until the wee hours making these card kits. Leave a comment for your chance to win a kit and the stamp I used on the top of the box!!!
each kit contains materials to make a beautiful one sheet wonder gift box and a handful of 4x4 notecards. Everything you need is included (well, except glue)
Tune in Monday morning and I'll post the winners names plus instructions for making your own!
Monday, September 26, 2011
It's hard to see in the cloudy gray light, but the card base is a deep plum. The rest paper is from the Harvest Glow collection by Reminisce. I love Reminisce because #1 they are from Iowa, like me, and are therefore super cool, and #2 Reminisce is eclectic. They have more than one style in their bag of tricks so you never, ever say Oh, yep, that again. #3 and final is that they made Harvest Glow. People just about fall over when they see this one in person at Backroads Plum Crazy. It is so beautiful!!! Now there's pretty paper and beautiful paper, this is the latter. It glows (hence it's name) and is just lovely, classic, and warm like apple pie. Ach, just impossible to describe so you better just go look here at Reminisce's site. Or better yet, go buy some. Because it's better in real life, believe me.
The stamp is of course, my favorite Door County Stamp. I used Memento Cocoa Brown to stamp her so the lines wouldn't be so prominent after I colored her in with copics. I think if I make more of them for card club, I'll try it in Potters Clay so she just looks painted.
To make the frame cut and emboss Spellbinders Classic Frame, but leave it in the die. Stencil Aged Mahogany distress ink through the openings in the die, then pop it out and go over the whole frame with Vintage Photo. Looks like the Classic Frame must be discontinued since I don't find it on the Spellbinder site. Pity, it's very useful. Hope you have one already :-)
Memento Cocoa Brown Ink
Kaisercraft mint flowers
Door County Stamp- Blowin' in the wind
Spellbinder Classic Frame Die S5 012
Glitz Teeny Letters
Reminsice Harvest: Harvest Plaid (just one sheet front and back)
Mmm, warm spiced cider and crunchy maple leaves. Hello fall!