DIY Easy Christmas Card

With all the Christmas decorations going up in stores and the touch of white stuff on the hills, I want to start all things Christmas!

On Penny Black blog there are so many great designers and ideas that it is hard to pick.  There was one called Frosty, Cool Colors I just had to try.  Of course, I did not have their great design stamp or for that matter any of the materials.  In fact this is pretty much not like theirs at all.  But it did inspire me to try and make something like that.

Here is what I used.

Watercolour paper – these were pages that the original painting was, well let’s say “not up to par”.  I cut them 1/4 inch smaller all around than the card I was placing them on.

Watercolour

Watercolour

Next I swished water over (on the clean back side!) in a back and forth slant, not really filling in or covering my paper.  On to this, I dropped or splatted four different colour blue paints from my palette and let it run where it wanted to.  Once all the colour was dropped in, I took a blow dryer to it.  I am terribly patient that way.

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I stamped on the Christmas/Winter design from my Close To My Heart Stamps and poured over silver embossing power. My stamps were not as loose and airy as the one in Frosty, Cool Colors but I was still pleased with the results.

Next I managed to find some Close To My Heart paper.  This was a feat as most of my studio is still stuffed into the front porch, but a girl has to do what a girl has to do!   Christmas Cards 6

Don’t you just love those colours?  I cut the background paper the same size as the card and used some thin glue dots to attach both the background and the picture.  It was such a fast easy method and I think the results are great.

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Are you sending cards this year?  Will you make your own?

Apple Crisp – Comfort Food

Apple Crisp has always been a great “go to” for desserts in our house.  It is delicious served warm with ice cream or fresh farm cream, if you can get it, or cold.  I think it is perfectly OK to eat it for breakfast!

This is my recipe. Apple Crisp 1

Wash, core and slice your apples, enough to fill a family size dish.  For us, I always make enough for two days if possible.    For just the two of us I used a greased 1 quart casserole dish.

In a separate bowl, combine the following:

1/4 cup flour

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1/4 cup rolled oats

Apple Crisp 31/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup cold butter

cinnamon to taste

I like to use my pastry cutter to break down the butter and blend it in to small pieces.  Once you have an even mixture, pour it over the Apple Crisp 4 Apple Crisp 5top of the apples and gently spread it evenly across.

Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until apples are tender.

You may find it difficult to save enough for two nights, but you need to try!

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Wordless Wednesday – Lest we forget!

In Remembrance

In Remembrance

Wood Duck Walk

Wood Duck WalkYou would think with a name like “Wood Duck Walk” there would be ducks.  No, no ducks, but it was a great walk in the Creston Valley Wildlife Management area.  This ramble takes about 2.5 to 3 hours to stroll.  It is mostly flat and runs east then south before heading back to the road.   Starting out

It was a wonderful Fall day, still leaves but you could smell the earth and felt that winter was coming.  The dikes were drying up and the flowers gone.  There was great areas of Cat tails.

Seeds

Cattails

Dried Queen Anne's Lace

Just a Few

Carpet

The Hidden Way

North side Slough

Old Slough

Towards the end of the walk we did catch a glimpse of the Big Foot but he is so elusive, I may be wrong.

WildlifeCheck out the size of these trees!  Doesn’t it just make you happy.  Tree Hugger

I would recommend this walk.  A bottle of water would have been a good addition to bring along.

And I guess we did really see some wildlife on our walk back to the car.  Wildlife1

Baked Apples

In orchard country, you can’t help talking about apples!  We have processed about 80 Baked Apples 1pounds of them.  We have juice and apple sauce mostly with a few for eating and baking.

The other night I made Baked Apples.  These are so easy and delicious for a dessert.

BAKED APPLES

Choose an apple per person, round and sweet, and able to stand on it’s own without rolling over.

Using a sharp paring knife or an apple corer, cut Baked Apples 2out the cores, leaving the bottom 1/2 inch of the apples so all the syrup does not run out.  Place them in a baking dish appropriate to the number of apples you are baking.

Into each hollowed apple add:

Teaspoon of Brown Sugar

1/2 teaspoon of butter

shake of cinnamon

Pour in a 1/4 cup of hot water to the baking dish and place in the oven at 375 degrees.  Bake for 30-45 minutes.  Serve with cream or ice cream if you desire.  I love mine with a drizzle of maple syrup.Baked Apples 3 Baked Apples 4

Wordless Wednesday

Redneck Chandelier

Redneck Chandelier

A Great Place to Eat

Had a Sunday drive to Sand Point, ID just to visit the area.  We found some wonderful little shops and a great place to eat.

We were directed to MickDuff’s Brewing Company by a local store owner.  What a find.  Nestled into the main downtown area, 312 North First Avenue, MickDuff’s offers a great menu; their own handcrafted beers in a family-friendly pub atmosphere.  MickDuff's Mickduff

They are open 7 days a week with a special of the day, kids menu and vegetarian and gluten free options.  They even have home brewed Root Beer!  Inside is a rustic and homey atmosphere with friendly and knowledgeable staff.  I love how they store they mugs.Carabiner

For lunch, we picked one special, a Turkey, Bacon, Pesto served on a fresh bun with a side of Idaho homemade fries; and the BLTA, Bacon, lettuce, tomato & avocado with garlic mayonnaise and served on all natural sourdough bread.  The BLTA was mine and I had it with regular mayonnaise, with a side order of their homemade potato chips.  For a drink we each had a coffee.  No this is not a beer story, maybe next time.BLT Turkey; Bacon; pesto

The meal was amazing.  It was hard to pick which we liked the most, even the coffee was delicious.  I hope, if you are ever in Sandpoint you can stop by for a meal at MickDuff’s.

Please give their facebook page a thumbs up and let them know how you enjoyed your meal.  Find them on Facebook here and on Twitter here.

Greek Salmon

I was given an Epicure Selections collection, Good Greek. Real Fast., from my Epicure Consultant, Cheryl.   Epicure Selections was founded in 1997 by  Sylvie Rochette and is a Canadian Company, passionate about good food and clean eating.

The set Good Greek. Real Fast. contains three *Greek seasonings and some recipe cards all in a nice box, perfect for gifting.

Good Greek. Real Fast.

Good Greek. Real Fast.

  • Includes Lemon Dilly Dip Mix, Greek Dressing Mix, Souvlaki Seasoning & Good Greek. Real Fast. recipe cards.

Cheryl’s web site contains a recipe section as well if you are stumped as to what to make for supper.

We were having Salmon.  Sometime I find that you get a really “fishy” taste with salmon and so we don’t eat it too often.  I wanted a flavourful dinner without too much fuss or fishiness.  Do you ever pick your spices by smell?  I opened the jar or Greek Dressing Seasonings and WOW!  What an aroma; herbs, garlic; onion; bell peppers.  mmmm.

Salmon Fillets – 350 degrees for 30 minutes

In a small baking dish, lay the fillets out and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Add Epicure seasonings and sea salt to taste.  Cover with tin foil and bake.  The fish should flake nicely apart yet still be moist.  Serve with fresh vegetables and rice or baked potato.

Dinner SalmonThis was wonderful.  No fishy flavour, just tasty goodness.

Please visit Cheryl’s web site and browse the catalog.  If you order, it will be delivered straight to your door.  Cooking has never been so much fun.

Wordless Wednesday

Fall Rose

Fall Rose

DIY Paint Tray Liner

Garbage bag tray Garbage bag tray1 Mst B2Washing out a paint tray is a royal pain.  Too late smart, I thought of this little DIY.

Taking a large garbage bag, I put the tray inside.  Turn it over and tape it down so it doesn’t move.  Make sure to leave room on the top side for the paint.

It worked very well.  The one caution I would add, is do not leave your paint in the tray to use later.  With plastic, as with tin foil, you will get acrylic paint peeling off the tray and adhering to the roller.  You may get bits on the walls.

Use it quickly and put only as much as you need into the tray.  It works very well.

Clean up was easier too.  Just pull off the tape and fold the bag over itself.  Discard.

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