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Thursday, December 14, 2023

Merry & Bright Christmas Card and recipe

  Hello everyone, it's feeling like winter here in Indiana. I don't care for the cold weather. I'm already thinking of the beach in Florida. 

Are you all ready for Christmas yet? My tree is up, decorations are up, Cards are made, and I'm done with gift buying. So, I think I'm ready. 

I'm not sure if any of you remember Ernie the Elf. I haven't posted a picture of him for a good while. 

But he wanted to be in the picture of the Christmas card I made. So, I couldn't tell him no. Hee! Hee!

 I think the picture seems a little blurry. It looked better on the camera.  

You can't tell but I added Wink of Stella to the lights to add a little sparkle. I made a lot of these cards. I wanted a card that was on the easy side since I'm having so much trouble with my back. I used alcohol markers to color in the bulbs. The stamp came from happy mail.

I thought I would go ahead and share another recipe with you. This will be my last recipe share for this year. The recipe is for a 5-cheese ziti. 

When we go out to Olive Garden, I always order the 5-cheese ziti. It's my favorite pasta from there. Since I don't get there that often and it's a little pricey to eat there, I started making my own. It's really good and my husband loves it. 

5- Cheese Ziti

Ingredients needed.

1 -16 oz box Ziti Pasta 

1 jar of Marinara Sauce

1 Jar of Alfredo Sauce

1/2 cup of Ricotta Cheese

1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese Shredded

1/2 cup Monterey Jack Cheese Shredded


1-1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese Shredded

3/4th cup Romano and Parmesan blend Cheese Grated

2 tsp. Minced Garlic

1/2 cup Panko Breadcrumbs

Parsley Flakes to sprinkle on top (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13 baking pan with a non-stick cooking spray.

Cook the pasta (don't overcook) drain and set aside.

In a large bowl combine pasta ingredients, add pasta to bowl and mix. Pour into the 9x13 pan.

In a separate bowl mix together topping ingredients. Sprinkle mixture on the pasta. Lastly Sprinkle parsley flakes on top 

Place in oven and bake for around 30 minutes. Be careful top will burn.

This recipe is super easy to make. If you give this a try let me know if you like it. 

Thanks for stopping by and would love for you to leave a comment. 

Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas.

Challenges entered-

Daring Cardmakers Light

Passion for Markers #719 Mega Christmas Challenge - Add a Sentiment - ended

Avenue 613- December AG w/ optional twist Any Winter Holiday

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #219 Anything Goes - ended

The Sisterhood of Crafters  Christmas - ended 

Krafty Chicks #694 Christmas

Word Art Wednesday Weeks #625-626 Anything Goes - ended

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Delicate Dahlia's Card

 Hello crafters. Now that Thanksgiving is over, we are now in the Holiday season. Have you got your tree up yet? Mine is usually up right after Thanksgiving. (If not up before). But I'm running behind this year. 

Started putting it up last night. My granddaughter Scarlett is coming tonight to help me. Her and I love decorating the tree. 

I have started getting prepared to start making Christmas cards but wanted to share with you my last fall card for this year. 

Products used to create this card

  Stamp Set & sentiment from Delicate Dahlias from S.U.  

Itty Bitty Backgrounds S.U.

Inks- Ruby Red, Cranberry Crisp, Old Olive, Always Artichoke and Memento Black

That's going to be it for me today. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!


  Challenges Entered-

Paper Funday - #59 AG optional twist- Grateful, Thankful, 

 or Thank You

Love to Scrap #164 Anything Goes

Krafty Chicks - #692 Anything Goes

Pennys Challenges - #560 Anything Goes

Word Art Wednesday - Weeks #623-624 Anything Goes


Saturday, November 11, 2023

Mom's Birthday Card & Recipe

 Hey crafters, so glad that you could stop by. For today's card I made a birthday card for my mom. Added lots of glitter. She loves things that sparkle.

She just turned 88 and my family and I are so blessed to still have her in our lives.

In September she had a bad fall and fractured her femur, pelvic and lower spine. She had to have surgery and then had to go to rehabilitation for a while. She is now recovering at my sister's home and is improving every day.  

It was so wonderful for us to get together to celebrate her birthday. Loved seeing her make a wish and blow out her candles. 💖

 A few weeks ago, I made a peanut butter pie. It is so creamy and delicious, so I thought I would share the recipe with you all.

Peanut Butter Crumble Pie

Ingredients needed

1 -1/2 cup of milk

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/4th cup peanut butter

3 ounce box of vanilla pudding

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 container of cool whip

1 pie crust

First make some peanut butter crumbs to go on the top and bottom of the pie.

In medium bowl add powdered sugar and 1/4th cup of peanut butter. With electric mixer mix together until it makes crumbs. 

If it doesn't come together enough just add a few drops of water and mix. Add 1/2 of the crumbs to the bottom of the pie.

Now for the filling, with electric mixer, mix dry pudding mix, milk and 1/2 cup of peanut butter together for 2 or 3 minutes. Then fold in cool whip. 

Pour into pie shell, add rest of the crumbs to the top and add some cool whip around the edges. Chill pie for at least 2 or 3 hours. I let mine set for longer though. Usually overnight

My granddaughter Scarlett came over and help me make this pie. For the cool whip we put it in a sandwich baggie and snipped the corner to add it to the top of the pie. She enjoyed doing that. I love when she gets to come over and cook and bake with me. Making precious memories

Sorry for the long post. If you try the pie recipe, let me know how it turned out. Hope you have a great day. Blessings to you all.

Challenges entered-

Crafty Catz Challenge #658 Make it Sparkle

Simply Ellibelle - #8 I Spy with my Little Eye- Shades of Autumn

Avenue 613   November-AG w/ optional twist- embossing wet or dry

Tuesday Taggers - Sparkle All The Way

Crafters Cafe #302 Flowers

Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Weeks #621-622

Cards Galore - #117 Anything Goes

Friday, October 20, 2023

Autumn Birthday Card

  Hello there, Thanks for stopping by. Can't get over that it will soon be Halloween. It will be Christmas before we know it.  

Haven't been crafting as much as I would like to, have been having a a lot of trouble with my back. It's really hard for me to sit for very long on my craftroom chair. 

I did manage to get a card done and wanted to share it with you all.

For this card I used a cute stamp and die set from Scrappy Boy Stamps called Happy Fall Y'all.

Colored the images with Arrtx colored pencils. I used a blending pen from Tim Holtz to blend the colors. ( Love that pen)

Used a stitched die to cut out the little cloud. The blue cardstock is made of a textured material. I actually got it from the Dollar Tree awhile back. It came in a paper pack with all sorts of different types of cardstock and in different sizes. 

Also used a rectangle scallop die and the orange polka dot paper is from Stampin Up. Cardstock used is Early Expresso from S.U. and white. The sentiment is from a foam stamp set that I got years ago.

A few months ago my granddaughter Scarlett ask me if I would make her a little glow in the dark ghost. So I ordered some yarn from Amazon and made this little cutie.

I hadn't crocheted for a good while so I was a little rusty. Ordered the eyes from Temu and the black sheer sparkle ribbon is from Stampin Up. The inside is filled with poly fill. 

This little spooky girl was fun to make and my granddaughter was so surprised. She didn't think I would make it. 

Hope you enjoyed your visit to my blog today and hope you have a wonderful day. 

Challenges entered-

Double D Challenges - Pumpkins - ended

The Sisterhood of Crafters - Pumpkins 

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #216 Anything Goes - ended

Unicorn Challenge #92 Autumn and/or Halloween - ended

Moving Along with theTimes - October Anything Goes

Daisy Chain Challenge - Autumn and/ or Halloween - ended

Crafty Calendar - October Autumn Colors/ Halloween - ended

  The Four Seasons - Anything Goes Fall - ended

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - #79 Anything Goes with Critter -ended

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

18th Birthday Card

  Hello everyone, glad you stopped by. My card for today is for my grandson Walker. He is turning 18, he is all grown up. Well legally he's considered a grown up. But to a grandmother they are never really grown. Right? 

So, for his card I knew that I wanted to keep it as simple as possible. Because that's what he prefers. 

Typed the words on my computer and printed it out. Then cut it out in a shape with my Cricut. For the little black and white strips, I used the inside of an envelope. I knew those used envelopes I saved would finally come to use. You know us card maker's we see something and think Oh I could use that on a card. Ha!

That's all for me today, I have some baking to do for my grandson's birthday. Hope you all have a wonderful day. 

Challenges entered-

The Sisterhood of Crafters - Shapes

Seize The Birthday #270 Birthday-option add Repetitive Cuts


Friday, September 1, 2023

You Are My Happy Card

 Hey Crafter's, Thanks for taking the time to visit. For my card share today I have created my very first Mini Slimline card. 


 I used a stamp set from Close to My Heart called Ice Cream Dream

 to make the Ice cream bar. Colored it with Arrtx and Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

For the little dots on the background I used a retired stamp from S.U. called Itty Bitty Backgrounds. I use that set so much. It's one of those sets that I could never part with. 

I wanted some larger dots but didn't want them perfectly shaped, so I used an eraser on a pencil and it worked great. 

The colors of ink that I used were pumpkin pie, bashful blue and memento black.

I will definitely be making some more slimeline cards,love the size.  

Thanks for stopping by, would love for you to leave me a comment.

Have a great day!


challenges entered-

crafty Gals Corner #246 Summer Fun

A Perfect Time to Craft #9 September Anything Goes

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #212 Anything Goes

Double Trouble Challenge- #146 SomeThing, AnyThing, EveryThing

      Creative Crafters- #67 Anything Goes   

Creative Knockouts  #502 Anything Goes 



Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Mushroom Card & Recipe

  Hello, glad you stopped by. I have a card to share today. I needed a couple of birthday cards so I decided to use a new stamp that I had actually won from In Love Art Shop. The stamp is called Hello Autumn. 


 Supplies used-

Mushroom stamp- In love Arts

Sentiment- from S.U Best Birds stamp set

Cardstock- Red, White and black

Alcohol Markers


Satin Ribbon

Also thought I would share a recipe with you for (No bake) baked beans. I have been making these for years. I love baked beans but I think alot of times they tend to dry out after being baked and I really don't like that. 

Also in the heat of summer I don't like to use the oven as much. So I came up with this recipe to make on the stove top.

(No Bake) Baked Beans

Ingredients needed

One large can (19.75 oz.) Campbell's Pork and Beans

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4th cup ketchup (I use a little less)

1/2 tsp. mustard

1/4th tsp. chili powder

In medium saucepan add all ingredients and mix well. Heat up till it just starts to boil. 

This is super easy and quick to make. Everyone that has tried it says that it's really good. So if you like baked beans but don't want to mess with heating up the oven, you might want to give this a try. 

Also this is a family size. But you would want to make more for a get together with family and friends.

 Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a great week.

Challenges Entered-

DL.ART August Linky Party - Anything Goes

Creative Crafters #66 Anything Goes

Simply Ellibelle August Challenge- Anything Goes

Saturday, July 1, 2023

July Birthday Card

  Hello and welcome to my blog. Can you believe that we are already in the month of July. This year seems to be flying by.

Made a birthday card for one of my sister's. So of course I had to share it with you all.


Made this card using a napkin. I thought it was so pretty and perfect for my sister. It was super easy to make. Added a Happy Birthday sentiment and also added three diamond gems to the center of a few of the flowers. and it was done. 

I also thought I would share another recipe with you. This one is for Orange Fluff. I have been making this about once a week to give to my Mom. She is in love with it and says is the best dessert in the world. 

Seriously she wants it as soon as she wakes up and again before going to bed. Since she loves it so much of course I have to keep making it.

Orange Fluff

Ingredient's needed

One 24 oz. container of cottage cheese

1 small box orange jello 

1 cup coconut flakes

1 can off mandarin oranges (drained well)

3/4th bag of miniature marshmellos

1 tub of cool whip

I large bowl add cottage cheese and jello (mix well)

add coconut and marshmallow. Mix

add well drained mandarin oranges. (I chop them up some) mix

add cool whip last and mix well. Keep in container with lid in the refrigerator over night. 

That's it from me today. Hope you all have a great 4th of July. Thanks for stopping by. 

Challenges entered-

Love to Craft #75 Anything Goes

Krafty Chicks #670 week 5 Anything Goes

Tuesday Taggers - Summer Blooms

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Banjo Pickin Pig Card

Hello, Glad you stopped by. I had a request from someone wanting a  card for a guy for Father's day and they wanted a banjo on it. So when I came across this image I thought it would be perfect.


  On the left side of the image there was a little place messed up so I added a strip of jute twine to hide it. 

I stamped grass in blue on the musical note paper. To represent (Bluegrass Music). The grass stamp is retired from Stampin Up. 

Sorry the picture quality isn't the best. I think he will really like it. It actually looks a lot like him. The guy is also bald. Hee! Hee!

That's It for me. Hope you all are doing well. Have a good day and God bless!


 Challenges Entered-

  Shopping Our Stash- #498 Let's here it for the Boys

Moving Along With The Times -#155 Man/ Boy -ended

2 Crafty Critter Crazies #75 Anything Goes with a Critter-ended

Pearly Sparkles Challenge #85 Make It Masculine-ended

Crafty Calendar Challenge- June- Summertime-ended


Friday, May 12, 2023

Mother's Day Card

  Hello, Haven't posted a card in awhile. Shame on me, right? So I thought I would share the card that I made for my Mom for Mother's Day. 

For this card I used a napkin that I had picked up at the Dollar Tree around Easter time. I thought it would make a nice card for Mother's Day. 

Instead of just having a white card base I colored the edges with a Spectrum Noir alcohol marker. The number is PP3.

Several month's back I removed all of my rubber stamps from their wood blocks. So I'm not sure what company made the sentiment stamp. I think I had got it from Hobby Lobby. 

Sprayed an adhesive on the front and then added Dazzling Diamonds from Stampin Up. Not sure if they even sale dazzling diamonds any more. But it's a great glitter. 

Also added a sparkly sheer ribbon. Instead of a bow I just tied a knot so that it wouldn't cover up to much of the flowers.

So that's my card share this time. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a blessed day and to all you Mom's, Happy Mother's Day!

 Challenges entered-

Shopping our Stash #496 She's a Lady

Cardz 4 Galz #198 Mother's Day US or Flowers for a friend

Aud Sentiments - #301 Water Coloring and/ or Spring + a Sentiment

Word Art Wednesday Weeks #595- 596 Anything Goes

Lets Create Challenges - #195 AG Ribbon, Lace, Twine

Unicorn Challenge - #87 Flowers

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Sweet 16 Card

 Hello glad you stopped by. I have been missing in action for awhile. I don't think I made even one post during this month. 

Even though I haven't been crafting very often I had to create a card for my Grand daughter Scarlett for her sweet 16th birthday. 

So here is the card that I made for her.

I wasn't for sure what kind of card to make her, but I knew that I wanted to use a tiny floral print paper. One of her gifts is a summer dress with tiny flowers. 

I cut the 16 out with my Cricut. and popped the whole piece up with foam tape. You can't tell but I added Wink of Stella to the flowers and to the tiny dots that are going down the side of the card for some sparkle.

I'm happy with how the card turned out and I think she will like it. It felt really good to do some crafting. Hopefully I can get back in there soon and make something else.

I recently made some Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and wanted to share the recipe. 

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


2 1/2 cups quick oats 

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 tsp cinnamon

2 sticks room temperature butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 raisins

preheat oven 350

.In large bowl combine oats,flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside
In another bowl mix butter, vanilla, eggs until smooth. Mix into oat mixture. Add raisins and mix.drop on cookie sheet at least 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool & enjoy

I usually make these cookies a few times a year and the family always loves them. If you decide to make them, let me know how they turned out.

That's it for me today

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!


Happy Sweet 16th Birthday Scarlett River!

Scarlett with her brother Walker

  Challenges Entered

My Time to Craft #500 Numbers

Lil Red Wagon #689 Happy Happy Birthday

Sir Stamp Alot Challenge January Add some Sparkle

Creative Knockouts # 486 Celebrations

Dream Valley #285 Hip to be Square

AAA Birthday Challenge #45 Anything Birthday Goes