Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Lemon Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

It seemed like a lot of frosting when I was slathering it on the cake but it turned out to be just the right amount. This cake was a hit at a recent dinner party that I was invited to, at least with one of the guests who also ate it for breakfast the following morning. It's nice and light and lemony and you could put this frosting on a piece of cardboard and it would be tasty.

Lemon Bundt Cake
1 package of lemon cake mix
1 cup sour cream
1 3.4 ounce package instant lemon pudding mix (just the dry)
1 cup oil
4 eggs
1/2 cup warm water
1 tsp lemon extract
1 Tbsp lemon rind

1 package cream cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tsp lemon extract
3 1/2 to 4 cups icing sugar
1-2 Tbsp of milk
1-3 Tbsp of lemon juice
1 Tbsp lemon rind

Prepare bundt pan by greasing and dusting with flour. Pre-heat oven to 350F.
Beat cake ingredients together and pour into bundt pan. Bake 50 - 55 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Prepare frosting and spread on cooled cake. Enjoy. 

Monday, 14 August 2017

Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit

I finally broke down and subscribed to the monthly card kits at Simon Says Stamp. They are a little pricey with the US exchange but I thought it would push me to try a few different products and techniques. Well, the last kit was certainly NOT in my wheelhouse and did I really like it. NO, not one little bit. But I'm frugal and the deal that I made with myself was that I had to make at least 6 cards with each kit or cancel.

So my friend Corrina and I got together and we each made 3 cards using the kit. I will copy hers and she will copy mine and this kit is history!

I also used a sketch from this week's Freshly Made Sketches so its a win! win!

This is one of the cards that I made and I know exactly who I'm sending it to...
Here's the other 2 cards that I made with the kit...

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Zucchini Fritters

I just harvested my NINTH zucchini from my community garden plot. I think its absolutely incredible that you can look one day and they are too small to pick and the next day they have grown exponentially. So I've been trying some different recipes and uses even though zucchini is best in baked goods. (at least that's what I believe)

This recipe uses 4 zucchini and best of all the fritters can be frozen on wax paper on a cookie sheet and then transferred to a ziploc to be reheated in the oven at a later date. They were very tasty but personally I might add a bit of garlic or a little more onion.

Zucchini Fritters
4 medium zucchini
1/2 medium onion
2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup flour
2 eggs
Pepper- freshly ground
Oil for frying ( I used olive oil )

Grate zucchini and onion and place in a bowl. Toss with salt and let sit for 10 minutes.
Wring the mixture out by wrapping it in a clean tea towel and twisting over the sink. Try to get out as much water as possible.
Mix together other ingredients and drop small scoops of zucchini into a heated fry pan. Fry until golden brown. Cool and eat immediately or flash freeze for later enjoyment.
I'm off to check the garden again. Maybe it will be time to find a NEW zucchini recipe today.
PS. Just spotted the first change of colour to orange in the cherry tomatoes. Once they hit, its going to be an avalanche.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Canada Day 150

I always like to do a little entertaining to celebrate Canada Day and the beginning of the summer. It's nice to put up some flags and show some appreciation and gratitude to live in such a beautiful and respected Country. It was a small gathering but I enjoyed making some good summery food and I was gifted this lovely bouquet...
I've been wanting to try to make a giant cookie for some time so I just grabbed a recipe off the Internet and gave it a try.
I loved the Canada Day M and M's. So festive. I put the dough on a pizza pan and held my breath as it crept closer and closer to the edges while it was baking.
I narrowly avoided a baking disaster and overall the cookie turned out pretty well but I found it a touch dry. I wanted to make sure it was thoroughly baked in the middle so maybe I left it in a little long. Once it was decorated up and accompanied with ice cream, it turned out pretty well...
Here's the recipe if you want to give it a try.

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie
1 cup butter
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups chocolate chips (I substituted some M and M's)

Mix as per usual for cookies then spread on a 14 inch pizza pan. Bake at 375F for 20 to 25 minutes.
(I might try turning the oven temperature down a bit to avoid the overbaking)

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Lindor Gets her CKC Title

We recently participated in a Dog Show down in Vanessa. This was a new venue to both myself and Lindor. We had two trials and after a stressful start (had to change collars just before we started our test), Lindor did amazing. Working the best I've ever seen her work. Excellent heel position and attentiveness.

 The Judge was super picky but we were still able to get great scores and earn our SECOND CKC title in Rally Obedience Intermediate. Super happy with how Lindor did. Not sure if we will continue to the next level or not. After all my girl is turning 9 and she doesn't have the spunk she once did but as long as she enjoys getting out, I think we will keep going.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

June Monthly Challenge

We both had really busy months so we simplified our cards using ideas that we got off the Internet.
I used an image from a 6x6 paper pad and just coordinated it with the other papers...
and Keri made a cute wedding card with a computer generated image...
I really need to find a better spot in my house to take photos. They always look so washed out. A photographer I am NOT!

Friday, 30 June 2017


How is it possible that this handsome fella is heading for HIGH SCHOOL?!!!!
A special occasion deserves a special card so I went with my favourite Birdbrains. They seem to have a theme for everything. This is a standup card and I got some great brads at Michaels that matched up perfectly.
On another note, I've started working on the next Loonies for Lindor fundraiser. Actually I work on it all year long but it's getting close now so time to get focused and get production underway.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Garden Update

I'm sure everyone is glued to their computers waiting for my garden update. LOL. It's been a weird spring of weather and now that summer is officially here, it's a little cool today and doesn't seem summer like at all. I hope my tomatoes don't sulk. The yellow beans had very poor germination but I started some green to compensate.
SO the little garden that I put in at home in my only sunny location is doing quite well. I'm getting lots of lettuce...
and yesterday I spotted the first teeny tiny makings of a cherry tomato on my very vigorous tomato plants that I got from Costco..
I need to walk up to the school to see how that garden is doing. It doesn't get watered as often.
And on another note, I got my first Simon Says Stamp card kit in the mail. My goal is to make at least 6 cards from every monthly kit or I will have to cancel my subscription. We will see how THAT goes! Isn't the teeny, tiny bikini die just the cutest?

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Pet Sympathy

I'm constantly adding to my Pet Sympathy selection. I feel there is a real absence in the marketplace for this type of card and sadly this is one we need to send when someone loses a beloved pet.
I like to work in multiples when I get an idea. Designing is not my forte.
I think this card has a lovely sentiment.. "Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog". Senior are so special.

We're off to practise for our Dog Show on Saturday. Wish us luck! Lindor does not like to move too quickly when its hot out.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

May Stamp of the Month Challenge

We exchanged these cards right at the end of the month and I simply could not get around to posting them. So today is the DAY!
Keri outdid herself this time with a beautiful shaker card and she snuck in a new Bee Stamp purchase without telling me as this is the the mini theme for the next Loonies for Lindor fundraiser and she wanted to surprise me. She used this Bee themed set from Kraftin Kimmie....
called Bugs and Kisses.
But you won't be seeing this card in your goodie bag. Lots of work went into making it special but if I ask really nicely, I may be able to borrow the stamp set.

I used a couple things new to me. I wanted the Stitched Flowers from MFT for the longest time but they were really pricey so I put it off until finally I could resist no longer. I think I'll be using them a lot. I combined them with my newer favourite scalloped edge die and made a really nice card that could be used with a variety of sentiments.
And now I guess I best get busy with THIS month's challenge. And just so you know, I don't seem to be reading at all these days.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Polka Dot Pups

How fun are these cards? I saw a similar card with cats and I thought to myself... I have a "few" dog stamps. I should try this with dogs. I also liked the technique where you only colour a highlight on each dog. I used my black Nuvo drops to accent under the sentiment which can be changed for any occasion....
Lindor and I start training again today for our next dog show. It's been awhile since I broke my foot at Christmas and was out of commission. She's a smart dog. I'm sure she remembers a lot. I guess we'll find out.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Card Class for Newbies

I've been asked to teach a little card class to a group of ladies that have never participated in the hobby. Over the years, I've learned to keep it simple. Hence, I designed, cut and  stamped the 2 cards that we will be making and basically they just have to assemble.

I think really people just want to go home with a finished product and don't really want to know every step involved in the process. At least that's what I'm banking on. If we have time, I will take a few materials so they will get a chance to play and create their own work of art. I think it will be a fun night.
Time to go check out the garden. The beans and beets are up, even though they got a late start. Everything is doing well with all this rain, especially the weeds. 

Sunday, 28 May 2017

May, Where have you gone?

The month is flying by. What have I been doing, you ask?
Tis the season for greenhouse visits...
Starting a vegetable garden in a little corner of my yard secured from dog and hopefully, rabbit invasion...
Starting a vegetable plot at the Community gardens at a neighbouring Elementary school...
Making cards and treats to donate to the KW Humane Society Wiggle Waggle Walkathon...
Starting back at Golf with my peeps...
It's been a busy month.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Happy 10th Birthday Maya

It's either today or tomorrow. I can never be sure but we will be celebrating with a long walk through the forest and maybe a special treat or two.
Happy Birthday, MyMy! I forgive you for laying on my hostas yesterday. 😍

Monday, 8 May 2017

April Challenge

We're on a roll. Keeping up the monthy card exchange and using new products as we go. This month I borrowed the Your Next Stamp Monster set from Keri and she used her own previously untouched Tea cup dies from MFT.
And here is her card...
These are the monster stamps I borrowed....
And here's the card I made...
Very versatile. I think I should make a few more of these.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Skor Cookies

I wanted to make a basic cookie yesterday and use up a couple things in my pantry so I decided to make these Skor cookies. They are delish! might stick a bit to your cookie sheet so make sure it well greased or tempered. A nice plain buttery cookie with a hint of toffee.

Skor Cookies

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/3 cups Chipits Skor Toffee bits

Cream butter and sugars, add eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients. Drop by cookie scoop onto well-greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350F 10 to 12 min.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Wedding season

Wedding season is coming right up and I'm looking forward to a very special wedding event this Fall so it's got me in the mood to make some cards.

I saw something similar on Pinterest and thought I'd give it a whirl. I couldn't find the appropriate colour or size of dots to go in the center of my flowers and then I remembered, I got a couple Nuvo drops in a card kit way back when. I gave it a shot applying directly to the card and gave it a lot of time to dry (overnight) and voila the perfect embellishment. Of course, I then had to run out to my favourite LSS and purchase a few more "favourite" colours.

I'm all about value and this did the trick. You can also make your own dots and adhere with an adhesive dot. I just dropped mine onto waxed paper.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Pinterest Fail

My blog has been pretty quiet lately so I thought I would put up a fail for a change. I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it would be interesting to try for Easter. I have the Jello mold that makes the 3D eggs. Not sure if its available anymore but its really fun to play with and I have the jello jellybean mold also. You're supposed to make the eggs and cut them in half and scoop them out to look like devilled eggs. I found that once I scooped a bit of the middle out the eggs were really fragile and kind of fell apart. So that's my Pinterest fail for this month.
Otherwise, they looked pretty cute and tasted fine.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Lucky Lindor

Recently Lindor was featured on Kingsdale Animal Hospital's Facebook page celebrating her recovery from a near fatal illness last March. I credit Lindor's diagnosis and recovery with the tremendous staff at Kingsdale including the wonderful Dr. Brad Hinsberger who came in on his day off to perform the emergency surgery.

Lindor Fall 2016
 Here's what they had to say...
This month marks the one-year anniversary of Lindor's emergency spleenectomy.
Lindor, who was 7 years old at the time, had been feeling unwell and had a decreased appetite, which is terribly unusual for a Labrador Retriever. X-rays revealed that she had an enlarged spleen that had ruptured and was bleeding into her abdomen.

In order to save her life, Lindor's spleen had to be removed. Within days of this procedure, Lindor was back to her normal self. Her spleen was sent to the laboratory to identify the cause of its enlargement. It was determined that Lindor had a type of cancer, B cell Lymphoma, that fortunately was caught early and had not spread beyond her spleen. Lindor continues to do well.

Congratulations Lindor! You are a wonderful patient. Your family (including your Kingsdale Family) loves you so much!

Footnote: Lindor is currently in training to obtain her final leg for her Intermediate title in CKC Rally Obedience.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Butterscotch Confetti

These squares are like eating little pillows of buttery perfection. So quick to throw together and they freeze well also (if they make it that far).

Butterscotch Confetti

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1 cup Butterscotch chips
2 cups (approx) of white or coloured mini marshmallows

Melt butter and peanut butter over low heat. Stir in chips until melted. Cool a bit and add marshmallows. Pack down in 8x8 pan lined with wax paper. Chill and cut.

Doesn't get any easier then that. Could add some peanuts for a twist.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

March Challenge

I'm back again with last month's challenge cards with Keri. We are still using our own products. Maybe we'll go back to borrowing after Scrapfest this weekend. LOL.

Keri used a unique combination of washi tape and tiny jewels that she glued on one at a time. Patience!
And I used the Lawn Fawn Gumball Machine. I think its called Something Sweet and made a simple card from it....
On the inside, the sentiment reads ... on your birthday! You can't really tell but the bottom gumball is glossy and there is some Wink of Stella on the metal parts of the gumball machine. Cute!

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Wedding Card

I've seen this card kicking around Pinterest for quite some time and I always wanted to make it up. Well that day has arrived! I put together several of these cards and although getting the dimensions for the first one was a little tricky, after I got it figured out they went together smoothly. I just used my computer to do the tiny Mr and Mrs. I also used a couple of embossing folders. This is a larger size card. I believe its 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Almond Crunch Cookies

I thought I had posted these cookies before but I couldn't find them on the blog and they're a winner so I had to add the recipe. My heritage predisposes me to being a lover of all things almond. The cereal adds a nice crunch to these cookies and you can never go wrong with oatmeal.

Almond Crunch Cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup shortening
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp almond extract
1 1/2 cups uncooked oatmeal ( I used large flake but any type is fine)
1 1/2 cups toasted corn cereal ( like Chex, I actually used Rice Chex)

Beat shortening until fluffy, add sugars, then 2 eggs and almond flavouring. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in another bowl then add to sugar mixture. Beating well. Stir in oatmeal then gently fold in partially crushed cereal. You want it chunky to keep the crunch. Using a scoop, drop dough on a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake at 325F for 12 -14 minutes. Cool and transfer to your container.