August 2016 Card Swap - "Some type of FOOD item..."

Finally getting to post these incredible cards from our AUGUST Card Swap! 

 This month's challenge was to include a FOOD item in the design of the card.  Think:  candy, snack, drink, fruit, vegetable... 


 The swap was held at Sue Haile's home - in aztec glamour style!!  We indulged on Sue's speciality - homemade "Chex Mix" along with a sweet caramel sauce on fresh apple slices!

 Great food, fun and super-duper card designs! August was a tough month with the start of school, but we still had 5 swappers with fantastic cards! Check them out:


ANGIE's "BONUS" card!!





Hope you enjoyed this card swap!  These cards really are FOOD-LIOUS!  Next month will feature cards with a "Fall" theme along with a matching envelope... We're meeting at a special place next month to exchange cards - will be posting LOTS of fabulous pictures!   Here's a link to last month's card swap - July 2016.  

Thanks for stopping by and letting us share our card swaps!  Remember to hug the ones you love the most... until next time!

Plant Based Recipe - ROASTED VEGGIES

Here's a recipe that is PERFECT for a 

This recipe has

NO dairy, 

NO meat & 

NO oil!  

This healthy method of roasting vegetables is PERFECT for summer time!  It can be different each and every time you make it!  It's convenient to use the vegetables that you have available in your garden for this dish!  

In my childhood, I was brought up eating and cooking a meal that had a meat and 2 vegetables.  This is a common practice in most American families. 

Looking at this graphic circle -  studies show that our American daily diet is divided into 3 portions.  The largest portion is made primarily of sugary snacks and junk food, with the 2nd from meat and then the least portion is vegetables with HALF of that being potatoes.  Does this graph ring true with your daily diet?  It did for us - 6 months ago!  This is a major problem of the American lifestyle.  We have to change this method of eating for a healthier lifestyle!  HOW?  "Add more vegetables into your diet!"

Creating a BOWL has been a "score" with us in cooking and serving a plant-based meal and defeating this common problem.  In a basic BOWL meal - you can serve a grain, vegetables, and a bean to get your complete protein and nutrients.  

Roasting vegetables is a very tasty way to go in preparing a bowl.  With the garden FULL of vegetables - it's a great way to cook and serve and get plenty of your veggies for a healthy meal.

Roasted Vegetables

Use the vegetables that you like -  you can introduce some new vegetables along with your old favorites!  

Broccoli, squash, zucchini, mushrooms, butternut squash, eggplant, okra, cherry tomatoes, turnips, beets, sweet potato, potato, carrots, cauliflower, brussels sprouts...  

2 jalapeƱos; diced
1 onion; diced
Salt & pepper 
Red Pepper Flakes
*1 tablespoon of Chia Seeds or Ground Flax Seeds (optional)

**I do use a lite spray vegetable grease to treat the foil so the vegetables do not stick!  

 On a greased foil-lined cooking sheet, add your vegetables that are cut in bite-size pieces.  Add seasoning and cover with more foil. (*I sprinkle EVERYTHING with either chia seeds or ground flax seeds...  this adds MAJOR nutritional value to your food!)  Cook at 400 degrees for 30 minutes; remove the foil and cook additional 20-30 minutes.  

Remove from oven - serve veggies over a grain (couscous, quinoa, brown rice...) add a spoon or three of your favorite beans (lentils, black, kidney, pinto, white, chickpeas...) and ENJOY!  You could add a dressing or squirt of hot sauce - but the roast vegetables really pack a punch and we don't use any!

Refrigerate leftovers.  We have been eating this type of dish OFTEN this last month!  Hope you like it and find a new vegetable or two!  Would LOVE to hear from you and see how you prepared your BOWL!  

Thanks for stopping by - wishing you an AWESOME day - Remember to hug the ones you love, until next time...

2016 July Card Swap - "Something from the garden"

Hello!  Thanks for joining me today!   This is a group of ladies that create and design homemade cards and swap each month according to the challenge and/or theme. 

This challenge was fun - to make a card with the theme of "Something from the garden".  What would you design on a card?  We had five card swappers to play this month.

 These cards are fabulous - but what's better are the ladies that make these cards - they are the BEST!  Pam hosted this swap; Pam Foster is the sweetest, talented - BEAUTIFUL spirit that blesses everyone that she meets.  Thank you Pam for opening up your home and hospitality.  She's a true gem!

This month's swappers include:  Margie, Pam, Maria, April, and me!  Here they are:







BONUS CARD - Maria created a bonus card with new SU stamping supplies...  She truly is the BEST Stampin' Up Demonstrator around!  We love her!  Isn't the LLAMA the cutest!  See Maria Hale for all of your SU needs!

Here are the links for the last Card Swap:
June Card Swap  (using blue, white and red color combination)

Next month's challenge is using the challenge of including a FOOD item in the design of the card.  Food??  Think: candy, snack, drink, fruit vegetable, etc...  Can't wait!  Should be interesting to see what each FOOD item each will choose!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you a MARVELOUS day tomorrow - may all your wishes come true!  Remember to hug the ones you love, until next time...

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