February 2015 CARD SWAP Birthday

Our theme for the February''s Card Swap was "BIRTHDAY"  that included the challenge to use nature/floral and add a border of some sort.  This theme is an annual one for our ladies to take and shine with their creativeness - and who doesn't need extra birthday cards?!  

     Due to SNOW and winter weather - we weren't able to physically meet; but our swap still produced some very creative birthday cards!

Here are the cards from the swap... enjoy!

Cream, black, brown and gold - this card says Happy Birthday in an elegant way! The detail of the embossed front adds to the elegance to this card along with the embellishment of a beautiful ribbon bow and a golden embossed "Happy Birthday" stamped greeting.  Inside is a contrast color top-note card with black embossed greeting saying "May your birthday be as special as you are"  - great job, Pam!

LOVE this whimsical card - with a natural color scheme of browns, tan, greens and an accent of turquoise - add the varied die-cut designs, matching double-sided paper bow and embossed texture - makes this a fabulous birthday card!   Check out the POP of the inside with the added effects of the cut-out embellishment & stamped greetings that carries out the color scheme through-out the card.  Maria always sets the standards high for our card swaps with her creations!

This card would be perfect for any birthday - it features a white embossed design front card layered on a red card and stamped "Happy Birthday".  The colored stamped and cut-out flowers - embellished with 3D pearl centers makes for the perfect focal point to this card.  The cut-out flowers continue on as a border for the inside of this birthday card.  A stamped envelope finishes off this delightful birthday card by Kimberly!

Has this card got "humor" or what... "Birthdays are like hairballs...the more you have - the more you want to gag"! Makes me laugh out loud!!  The bright colors used of yellow and lime green; embellished with ribbon, hemp string and embossed textured paper - grab your attention, but the stamped and colored cat is the star!   Inside continues the color scheme with the stamped "punch line of the greeting"!  This card also includes a  stamped greeting envelope that has a green-color liner.  April - this card is AWESOME!

Here's a fabulous colorful birthday card that features layers from pretty paper designs with an embossed stamped tree accented with glitter.  The colorful "eyelash" ribbon adds the perfect touch to this card.  Check out the multi-layers of the printed paper landscape - cool, huh!  The punched flower border and tassel ribbon add texture and an eye appealing grab at the bottom of this card.  Inside the card is completed with a colorful die-cut 3D bird and embossed stamped greeting.  Angie has created a "show-stopper" of a card here with her swap!

This card features a new SU stamp that's embossed in black and colored with copic markers on watercolor paper.  3D paper-pieced balloons accent the stamped image along with a embossed textured paper picket fence that borders the bottom of the card.  Paper punched flowers with sequin centers and an embossed "Happy Birthday from the Herd" finish off the front of this "HeeHaw" card!!  Inside features another embossed paper-pieced balloon and stamped greeting with room for a personal greeting to the special birthday recipient!

Thanks for joining us and letting us share our card swap for February with you!  Here's a link to last month's swap here - "Valentine" themed cards. 

     Next month's challenge is to create a "Viva la France" cards using the color PINK!  Ooh La La! This should be fun!  Be sure and check back for next month's swap!

     Hope you are enjoying your WINTER TIME snow days!  Remember to hug the ones you love the most... until next time!

January 2015 Card Swap "Valentine"

Hello there!  
How are you today?

Thanks for coming by - this post is our first Card Swap of 2015! 
We have a group of ladies that meet together and swap homemade cards.  Each month there is a theme and a challenge for each to use to design and create their cards according to.  

Here are the "goodies" that we also received at the swap!! Cute "Valentine Candy" purse made with SU's top-note die cut and 

Maria made us ALL cupcake toppers... for Valentine's - AWESOME!   Along with new catalogs from her - she's our dear SU Demonstrator! For all your Stampin Up needs - contact Maria Hale! 

We also indulged by snaking on delicious Strawberry Cake with Sweetheart punch.  (Pam brought the cake and here's the recipe here at this link!)

This month, the theme was VALENTINE!
We had 7 participating this month:  Margie, Maria, Angie, Melissa, Pam, Kimberly and Angie!









Here is a link to the last month's swap!  The theme for next month(February) is BIRTHDAY and the challenge is to include "Nature/Floral" & a border!  Should be fun...

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure and stop back by soon!  See you later!  Remember to hug the ones you love the most, until next time...

I love cookies!!


Thanks for stopping by today!  Over the holiday break, we baked, cooked and ate A LOT!  With the New Year's Resolution to "cut back" and "eating healthier" - our sugar levels have been dropped - but we still LOVE cookies in my family!

My sweet father-in-law sent home a bag of fresh pecan halves with the hopes of receiving some Pecan Sandies!  I had to make 'em - used this recipe here and they turned out great!  The only tweak that I made was - using 1/2 cup of white and 1/2 cup of brown sugars instead of all white sugar.

The next cookie that we really like and can whip up FAST - "DON'T JUDGE" - are these...  Chocolate chip caramel cookies!  They are the ready-to-bake from a package with a mini ROLO candy smashed and placed in the middle of a cookie that's still in the oven.  I cook the cookie for 9 minutes - place the rolo candy  in the center and continue to cook for an additional 4 minutes! YUM!

Yes!  We love cookies - What cookies do you like?  Would love the hear your favorite cookie!  Remember to hug the ones you love the most, until next time...

Happy New Year 2015 (Recipe Swap for Lentil Black-eyed Pea Soup)

Happy New Year!

Wishing you and your family a FABULOUS year ahead of happiness and good health!

We are celebrating at HOME - our weather here in the panhandle of TEXAS is very, very cold!  Thankfully, we are able to stay indoors and REST!  Very grateful for a job that allows us to be home with our boys during the holidays.

Here is a new recipe that we have enjoyed and are sharing with you for the tradition of New Year's Day!  

Found this recipe on my favorite youtube cooking channel - Laura Vitale - she is so AWESOME; including videos of how-to when she cooks - and there are so many recipes...  Here is a link to that recipe  - the only tweak that I've made is adding a can of black-eyed peas!  In Italy, they eat this lentil soup on New Year's Day - in America we eat black-eyed peas... that's why I've added this in the soup!  We love it - it even has KV's 2 thumbs up approval (which is very hard to get!!)

New Year's Day Lentil Black-eyed Pea Soup

10 oz of Brown Lentils; rinsed well

1/2 cup of any tomato product (I use a Sun-dried Tomato Pesto)

2 or 3 Cloves of Garlic, peeled but not chopped

3 Stalks of Celery, sliced

2 Tbsp of Parsley, chopped 
1 1/2 Tbsp of Olive Oil                                                                                                                1 can Black-eyed Peas 
Salt and Pepper, to taste 
1-1/2 cups of Short Cut Pasta

Fill a large pot 2/3 of the way with water. Add the lentils, tomato pesto, garlic, parsley, celery and olive oil and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat a simmer and cook the soup for about 1 hour to 1 hour and a half or until the lentils are soft and tender.   Add the pasta along with black-eyed peas, salt and pepper; cook until the pasta is cooked al dente. Cover the pot with a lid and let the soup sit off the heat for 10 minutes. 

Enjoy!  Thanks for dropping by!  If you fix this recipe, would love your feedback!  Let me know how you fixed this for your family!  

Remember to hug the ones you love the most... until next time!

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