Jul 13, 2012

Cow Appreciation Day

Happy Cow Appreciation Day!!

In honour of this year's festivities, and subsequent free food, I decided to dress up like a bovine and march into the nearest Chick-Fil-A.  Yes, I love me some Chick-Fil-A chicken! 

I didn't want to just don some black spots and printed cow ears.  No no, that wasn't good enough for me.  I wanted to paint my nails to look like cows!  I LOVE how they turned out, and got such a great response from the employees.  Pretty much rocked.

Jul 11, 2012

4th of July Card

HI love the 4th of July.  Partly because it represents our freedom as a nation and celebrates our military for their service and sacrifices.  But also because it entails family days, fun, fireworks, flags and cookouts.  (can you come up with another word for 'cookouts' that starts with the letter 'f'?  if so, that would have been way better for that last sentence. sigh)  

I love watching my Grandma dance and march in her kitchen as she watches the parades on TV.  I love hearing the Boston Pops perform their patriotic numbers.  I love the thunderous roar of fireworks exploding overhead and the sparkly lights as they cascade back down.  And I love this country.  It's cliche, but I'm proud and thankful to be an American.  (do I also love traveling and being overseas?  you betcha!  would I live in Europe?  in a heartbeat!  but a girl has to have roots.)

This year I wanted to send a little patriotic festivity to my family that's scattered across this great nation.  Here's what it looked like:

 I mostly did this card by hand, but used the Cricut Stand and Salute cartridge for the "4th of July" cutout.  For the pinwheels, I designed the cardstock in Photoshop and duplex printed on cardstock in a square.  Then I cut into the center at 45 degree angles, leaving about 1/2 inch in the center.  Next I folded in every other edge, gluing down in the process.  Once that was dry, I tied a sparkly red rope ribbon in a bow onto a blue button and glued that into the center of the pinwheels.
 I did some with an emphasis of blue, and some with an emphasis of red.
 I wanted to make the pinwheels really pop, so I made them larger than the card itself so they would stand off the edges.  I think that gave them more of a pinwheel motion vibe.
 Up close and personal.  I outlined the "4th of July" sentiment by hand with red marker, for an added pop.
 And of course, I added my logo to the back.  :)

Happy 4th of July!!

Jul 9, 2012

Grandma Evie's Rice Krispie Cookies

When I was little, my Grandma Evie spoiled me silly.  As soon as I walked through her front door, she would give me a sweet hug and then hand me a four-leafed clover.  That woman had a serious knack for finding them.  I would lay in her front yard for hours and hours looking for one...she would come out and lay next to me and find one in about 5 minutes.  No lie.

She was also a fabulous chef.  This is her recipe.

Trust me folks.  These are not your typical Rice Krispie Cookies.  Once you try these, be prepared to Never.Go.Back.

Grandma Evie's Rice Krispie Cookies
1 cup sugar
1 cup Karo lt. syrup
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups rice krispies
6 oz chocolate chips
6 oz butterscotch chips

In large pan on low heat, mix sugar and syrup. 
Stir until dissolved and thin. (Do not boil!)  Once dissolved, add peanut butter.
Stir in peanut butter until melted.
Remove from heat.  Stir in rice krispies.  
Press into ungreased 9 x 13 pan. 
In double boiler (or your own creative solution for not owning a double boiler) melt chips together.
Stir well  until melted and smooth.
Spread over the top of the rice krispie cookies.  Let cool.

I like to cut them into 1inch squares so they are bite-size, because, trust me, you WILL want to have them readily accessible and in your mouth as quickly as possible.  My husband tends to eat 5 bites (aka 5 cookies) as soon as he walks in the door....before even thinking about the dinner that I've just spent the afternoon making.  My Grandma Evie would be so proud!

Jul 8, 2012

Father's Day card

This Father's Day was the first in a long time that I haven't been able to celebrate WITH my dad.   I hated it.  I love my daddy.  He was the first man to grab a hold on my heart...and he's never let go.  

When I lived in the same town with him, we would frequently get together after a long day at work and just go out to happy hour.  Often we split a plate of sliders and talked about the day's ups and downs.  Spending time just unwinding, hanging out and having fun.  I loved those times.  Those are moments that I treasure and that I miss.  

So this Father's Day I wanted to remind him of those times.  I made him this *awesome* BBQ card with three sliders on the bottom.  To top it off, I bought him a sliders kit so he could make them at home.   I sure hope he liked it!

 It took a little shape creativity, as I don't have a cartridge that specifically cuts out a BBQ or hamburgers.  I just used a bunch of circles/ovals (BBQ, the leg ends, the grill tray, burger buns, and tomatoes), lines (the BBQ legs), a few squares (burger on the grill, handle, and cheese), flower shapes (lettuce), and swirly hearts (inverted for the steam).  Goes to show that you don't necessarily need to buy all sorts of different cartridges in order to create something unique.  You just need a little creativity.  :)

Dad, I hope you know how much you are loved and how absolutely thankful I am to have YOU as a father and as a friend.  You rock!!  Love you tons!