Monday, May 30, 2011

Kimono Fan Book


Here's a simple project that does take some time, but the results are worth it! No time today to write and post the instructions (on our way to a Memorial Day barbeque)so I'll just tease you with the pictures now and post the how 2s on Wednesday.
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Here's Lilly ready to go! Seven weeks old today.
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Another Iris Folding pattern

This is for my friend Mary who asked for the pattern about 2 weeks ago. Sorry for the delay Mary, here it is. Enjoy!
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Monday, May 23, 2011

Iris Folded Christmas Tree

Get a BIG jump start on Christmas with the Iris Folding pattern below and my Christmas Tree Die Cutter. Follow the pattern in order with different kinds of paper to create a crazy quilt effect. I

used 5 Japanese Washi papers to make the sample card. Enjoy!

Iris Folding Christmas Tree Pattern

Sunday, May 8, 2011

A Tasty Veggie Treat!

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Vegetarian Scrapple

Scrapple is a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch concoction of pork scraps and trimmings combined with spices and cornmeal to make a mush. The mush is then formed into a loaf, sliced into slabs and fried. This was a way to avoid wasting any part of the butchered pig. The saying goes “it has everything but the oink!”

This version is a hearty and tasty alternative that in no way tries to mimic the original with the exception of the cooking method.

12 oz. sliced mushrooms
4 oz. diced celery
4 oz. peeled and diced carrots
5 oz. diced onion
5 oz. diced asparagus (diced red pepper may be substituted)
3 cloves of garlic chopped
1 cup of chopped fresh spinach

1 tablespoon black pepper
1 ½ tablespoon slat
1 tablespoon ground dried sage

2 cups water
1 ½ cups cornmeal
3 tablespoons olive oil

Put the olive oil in a large skillet and heat. Sauté The mushroom and spinach together until all the liquid has evaporated. Add in the carrots, celery, onions, asparagus and garlic and sauté until the carrots are tender. Add the water, salt, pepper and sage and bring to a boil. Add the cornmeal and turn heat down to simmer. Simmer and stir occasionally for 10 minutes until the cornmeal is cooked and the mixture is thickened (extra water may be added to make the mixture the consistency of thick mush).

Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray and transfer the mixture to the pan. Pat the mixture firmly into the loaf pan cover with waxed paper and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until firm.

To finish, tap the loaf out of the pan onto a cutting board and slice to the desired thickness (approx 1” thick works well).
Melt some butter or margarine (or use olive oil) on a griddle set at medium heat. Place the slices onto the hot griddle and fry each side until golden brown. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Double Duty


I have a new stamp set called Hetty's Coffee Cup in honor of my dear friend (and legendary coffee hound!) Hetty Sanders. The set has a large cup, a mini cup and a background panel I call the Steam Panel. I designed it so that it could be used for other things. Please observe the fishy cards.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Iris Folded Tulip

Here's a fun way to recycle your old magazine and catalogs. Use the colorful pages for iris folding. To make the sample, print out the pattern page below. Cut the tulip shape using my large tulip die cutter. Place the opening over the pattern. Begin by covering each section in order from 1-16 following the color guide. Enjoy!
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tulip patterns

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