Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hooray for CHA! (And a cute Wreath!)

Hooray for CHA...and a cute Valentine wreath!

     Wahoo!  I love CHA and today is the day!  Madge and I are on our way, but first, I wanted to share this fun little wreath I made.  (I can't believe Christmas is over and I'm decorating for Valentine's Day!)  When I was putting away the Christmas decor, I noticed that I had wreaths for every holiday and season except Valentines.  Of course, I had to take immediate action LOL!

     I bought a few books of sheet music at a pawn shop while on one of adventures.  I tore a bunch of pages out of the books, then cut them in half and wadded them into balls.  Next I glued the wadded sheets to a wooden wreath.  I added some canvas hearts, flowers, doilies and some glittery chipboard alphabet letters.
     I used the outer alphabet portions to make a little banner.  I punched some holes and tied the letters together with jute.  You could probably glue the banner on, but I tied it to the wreath.  Last, I cut quite a few strands of jute, tied them together to make a bow, and glued the bow to the wreath.  I used fabric glue to adhere the doily to the canvas but for everything else I used my trusty glue gun!
 I was really happy with the result and hope you like it too!

Now I'm off the CHA!!!  I will be posting about it when I get home next week :)  If any of you are going and see me there, come up and say "Hi", I would love it.

Until next time...

Monday, December 28, 2015

Cherry Almond Banana Bread Recipe...WHAT?!?

Cherry Almond Banana Bread  (And a Giveaway!)

     Oh my stars!  I have to say this bread turned out soooooo yummy!  First of all, it's Bread! Everyone knows I love bread in every flavor, shape, and form.  But then, I used my delicious Cherry Man Cherries and they just sent the recipe I was working on right over the top!
I am addicted to Cherry Man Cherries.  I was so glad they sent me a little box after tasting them at the Create Make Celebrate Retreat (Hosted by the fabulous Laura Kelly).  But-My supply is running low so I will be off to grab some more soon.  If you are not lucky enough to have a local grocer that carries Cherry Man, you can grab some here!

Squirrel!! Ok now back to the bread.  Here is the recipe which can be Fat Free with 2 small changes!:
Cherry Almond Banana Bread
Makes 1 loaf (I usually quadruple)
1 3/4 cup Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp Almond Powder or Extract
1/3 cup Applesauce
2/3 cup Sugar
2 Eggs (use Egg Beaters for *Fat Free version)
1 cup Mashed Bananas
1/2 cup chopped Cherry Man Cherries (+ or - to taste-I used the Cherry Man jumbo topping Cherries)
4 tsp Cherry Juice from jar
Sliced Almonds  sprinkled on top (omit for *Fat Free version)
Bake at 325* for 50-60 minutes for large loaf 35-40 minutes for small loaves
(Toothpick should come out clean when inserted in middle of loaf)

And BAM!  You have tasty bread that is perfect for breakfast or snacking!

I hope you get yourself some Cherry Man Cherries and try this recipe out.  You WON'T regret it!

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Until next time
Midge :)

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

     I just wanted to take a minute and say "Happy Holidays!"  I hope you and your families have wonderful, joy filled celebrations. The card above is one I made for a 12 days of Christmas blog hop a couple of years ago.  For some reason it is my very favorite Holiday card I've ever made, so I just pull it out and sit it on my shelf every year instead of sending it off .  (Maybe one day)

     Anyhoo-Stay safe and really enjoy the time spent with loved ones this season.


Come back to the blog Monday...I'm going to be sharing a super yummy recipe!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Barnes & Noble--Something for everyone

     Hey everyone!  Those of you that know me, know I love to read.  I love crime novels, historical based thrillers and biographies.  But my 2 most guilty pleasures in the book department are paranormal romance and of course CRAFT related books of all shapes, sizes and mediums!  As luck would have it, I can find all of these (and any other book) at Barnes and Noble.   There is no better place to spend a leisurely couple of hours.  Food, drink, comfy chairs and most importantly BOOKS! And like I said, no topic goes uncovered at Barnes Noble!
     I can't get out the doors without a stack of Crafting Books and a couple novels.  The range of craft books and magazines that B&N carries is unmatched.  Lots of them even come with bonus product like the 2 below:
     I had the opportunity to attend the amazing "Create Make Celebrate Retreat" hosted by the gracious and talented  Laura Kelly Walters.  What a fantastic and inspiring group of talented women!  One night of the retreat we all paid a visit to Barnes and Noble. The big pile of books above is part of the stash I collected that night but even more exciting is that we took part in a reception held in Laura's honor!
Yep-That's my sweet friend Laura and the huge spread all about her crafty space in"Where Women Create" (of course I had to get it signed).  If you haven't checked out the magazine before, I highly recommend it!  Where Women Create is one of my very favorite crafty publications.  It motivates and encourages crafters of all areas.
     I have to mention two of the other women from the retreat had reason to celebrate that night too!  Sweet Adrianne Surian had a book published "DIY  T-shirt Crafts" (that darn Madge bought the last copy B&N had but mine is on the way!  We have the same taste in books too, shocker!)  The book is chuck full of fun and clever ideas!  And Donna Braaten-Budzynski,who I absolutely adore, had some of her masterful artwork published in books there as well!  All of the women at the retreat had so much to share, I just tried to soak it all up!
     Back to Barnes and Noble...On top of the endless hours or entertainment they offer through books, they host several fun activities great for families!  Check the online schedule of events for your local store.  It just so happens, the night we were there, it was the All American Art Unwind night.  The store had tons of coloring sheets, greeting cards and all the goods needed, ready and available for folks to color to their hearts content.
Barnes and Noble is a wonderful place for people of all ages to spend some time.  I think my kids could spend just as long in the store as I do.  E-books are handy and I do own a Nook which I love, but there is just nothing like the feeling of the paper pages in your fingers.  I hope everyone can carve out a little time to visit a store near them and rediscover the joy of reading. 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Everything is better with a Cherry...

     Everything is better with a Cherry on Top! (under, around or in!!!)  Thanks again to the super fabulous Laura Kelly (at the Create Make Celebrate Retreat which she hosted at her home) I have been introduced to the super delicious Cherry Man Cherries!  They are straight Farm to Market and oh so yummy!  (They also have cherries for topping that are equally delicious!)  And come on now, how cute is that packaging!?!
     When I found out Cherry Man Cherries was going to be sending me a box of their scrumptious goods, I was thrilled!  My mind starting running with all of the different things I could do and recipes I could make :)  I have one gift idea and a quick drink recipe. (Another recipe will be coming next week!)

We wish you a "Cherry" Christmas:
I couldn't help but take another photo with a Vintage filter. Cherry Man Cherries are adorable enough alone as a little neighbor gift.  Add ice cream and maybe some chocolate syrup and you have the sweetest gift ever!

Party Time! Amaretto Cherry Sours for everyone!!!
The Perfect Amaretto Cherry Sour
3oz  Amaretto (We like DISARONNO)
2oz  Sour Mix  
1TBS  Cherry Juice from Cherry Man Maraschino Cherries
3oz  Sprite (or add to taste)
2  Cherry Man Cherries (or as many as your little heart desires LOL)

We had an impromptu party a couple nights ago and really weren't prepared.  My husband asked if we had any Cherries.  At which, I laughed and handed him a Cherry Man jar.  We mixed up some drinks with supplies we had on hand which were Delicious.  My husband said "a couple cherries can make anything festive".

Go out and get yourself some today!  You won't regret it!  If you are lucky enough that your local grocer carries these SUPER DUPER!  If not grab some here!    
"Cherry Christmas!!!"

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

It's a Girl

It's a Girl!
     Hey Everybody!  I just wanted to pop in and show you all this sweet little card.  I had a baby shower to go to for my amazing friend Ali and decided to make a card since I hadn't in quite a while.  (I'm trying to establish a set "me time" to craft because it has just been so hard getting it in lately!)
I apologize that it's not a Christmas card but I loved the way it turned out and thought I would share.

     I dug deep in my stash for this one.  I found my cache of Sassafras goods and went to town.  I love mixing patterns and Sassafras has always made it easy.  I used paper, die cuts, chipboard and stickers but the ribbon and "It's a Girl" stamp are the only thing that didn't come from Sassafras.  I have 2 more baby cards to make and now I have a great template.

Thanks for stopping by.  Come back and visit again!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Mini "Merry" Banner

     Today I am sharing this festive little "Merry" banner.  I made this for Create and Craft using their Couture dies and cardstock.  This banner was so quick to put together but adds a ton of charm to any area you choose to display it :)

Here are the supplies you will need.  You can find all of these items at Create and Craft:
Couture "Festive Flourishes Collection" die set, cardstock, ribbon, adhesive, small brads and stickles or glitter glue.  That's it :)

First--Die cut the needed base pieces:

Second--Adhere base pieces together:

Third--Add stickles or glitter glue to ornament detail:

Fourth--Place alphabet stickers:

Fifth--Add brad and attach to ribbon:

That's it!  Five simple steps and you have a little holiday spirit to hang wherever you heart desires!  I hope you liked this project and that you will stop by again!