Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Today I decided to make a series of tags which I'll link together with various ribbon.
stamps used: Tim Holtz, artful illusions, posh impressions
inks: Archival Black; Ranger Distress Inks

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Success and Good!

In the new Taste of Home Magazine (Oct/Nov 2010) I found this recipe for bread. It's called " everything bread".
1 pkg active dry yeast, 3/4 cup warm water, 1 cup warm 2% milk, 1/4 cup softened butter,
2 Tbsp. sugar, 1 egg yolk, 1-1/2 tsp. salt, 4 to 4-1/2 cups all purpose flour, 1 egg white, 2 tsp water
2 tsp. coarse sea salt or kosher salt, 1 tsp. each sesame, caraway and poppy seeds.

In a large bowl dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, butter, sugar, egg yolk, salt and 2 cups flour. Beat on medium speed for 4 minutes. Sit in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough.
Turn onto floured surface knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 -8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl. turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise until doubled about 1 hour.

Punch dough down. Turn into a lightly floured surfaced divide dough into thirds. Shape each into a 20-in. rope. Place ropes on a large greased baking sheet and braid; pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Cover and let rise until doubled. about 45 minutes.

Combine egg white and water; brush over dough. Combine the salt, onion, and seeds; sprinkle over bread. Bake at 375 for 22-28 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack and cool

I only used the salt and poppy seeds on mine. Its fast and easy to make a sure success for anyone.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Gift Idea

The pillow was purchased at my son's store in Kankakee, Illinois called Frame World and Click Media. He sells several different themed pillows that come with a small stuffed animal when opened. To add to this gift I drew out and painted one of the characters on the pillow and made a painting of it. I think this will complete the gift for the child I'll be giving this too.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Halloween Birthday Card

Stamps: Posh; Glossy Card stock

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Been busy rearranging.....

I've been busy going through all my art supplies for days now. The worst job has been sorting out collections of papers, by theme or manufacturer. All I can say I can finish out my life without ever having to buy another sheet of patterned paper, but will I? Next on my list is to sort out embellishments.....
So with that being said I did find time to make a card the other day and post it above. Hope you like it.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Happy Birthday Cree

Happy Birthday to You Cree who now is 5 years old.
Love Grandma :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Apple Slices On the Menu Tonight

Roll out the dough


Finish product / Frosted

Recipe for Apple Slices
Peel & Core apples into eights 4lbs (1#=3 whole or 3 1/2 cups sliced)
Cook to boil 1 cup water, 1 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. salt
Mix together 2 T cornstarch with 1/3 cup water
Add to sugar mixture, cook 5 minutes longer
Add apples & cook 10 min. (until apples are soft)
Sift 2 cups flour, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt
Cut in 3/4 cup of lard till coarse crumbs
Mix 1 tsp lemon juice, 2 egg yolks, 1/2 cup water
Then sprinkle that over flour mixture and mix
Chill dough several hours
Divide dough in 1/2 roll out into a 8 x 11 pan
Put cooled apples in pan, then roll out the second half of dough
Seal edges all around
Bake at 450 for 20 min. reduce heat to 350 for 30 min. more
Take power sugar and mix it with water (thin consistency) and drizzle
over the slices.


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Cooler Weather

Today was a lot cooler then the weather we have been experiencing in Illinois. So I decided to try my hand on a couple of fall cards, both cards I used the technique of coloring the stamp with markers then stamping them on paper and the other one on glossy paper. The stamps are Posh, markers used are Marvy Brush.