January 28, 2010

Pumpkin Chili and Pumpkin Cornbread

I LOVE pumpkin. Like, really, really LOVE it! I've been hoarding the cans that I got late last year because all the stores around here are out! I got these recipes from my friend Kim (thanks Kim!!) and I'm so glad she shared them with me!! The pumpkin in the chili just made it rich and gave a depth of flavor - it didn't taste or look pumpkin-y. I left out the ground beef and added a can of drained and rinsed dark red kidney beans and black beans to give it some protein. I also used the full can of pumpkin (small can) and added more water. We always eat our chili over rice. Something I had never done until a chili cook-off at work. I added sour cream, shredded cheese, green onion and black olives on top.
The chili was good, but the Pumpkin Cornbread was AWESOME!!! It was more like pumpkin cake with cornmeal :) It was moist and sweet and slightly crunchy. I ate some of the pieces straight from the oven while still warm and some I spread on raw honey. Both were wonderful.

January 26, 2010

What's wrong with this picture?!?

We went out of town for the weekend and these table and chairs were outside of our hotel room. I thought it would make for a funny picture. It was only about 30* (if that!) and it was very windy. After the picture was taken, I went back inside and changed into warmer clothes so we could go shopping. Dorky stuff like this makes me happy :)
Stay warm!!

January 21, 2010

Quilting Forever, Housework, Whenever!

This saying made me laugh because I am not a quilter, but I LOVE to clean the house!! These sweet little cherries make me smile. They remind me of a slot machine :) I used my new Tartan Cuttlebug folder - it came in a pack with 5 other folders and I wasn't sure I'd like this one, but I do! I added the faux stitching around the message panel. That's about the extent of my sewing ability - LOL!! I covered the cherries with crystal effects so they're nice and juicy.

I'm off to mop the floors (one of my favorite chores!).

Stamps: Whipper Snapper - Quilting Forever
Accessories: Scallop scissors, Cuttlebug - Tartan, grosgrain ribbon, crystal effects, Copic markers
Paper: SU Real Red, Bella Rose, white

January 19, 2010

Sew the Seeds of Spring

Another card using my Whipper Snapper set "Springtime Quilt" by Anna Wight. I glued 4 squares of paper together and then cut them out with a Spellbinder die (label 1) in my Cuttlebug. Since it was 2 pieces of paper instead of one, it cut it out and embossed it in one step - cool!! I also embossed the background using my new Cuttlebug Folder "Tartan". The main images were colored and cut out. The bird and tree are raised with pop-dots. I 'threaded' the button with a strip of paper - a tip I learned from Anna! I do not sew so this is a perfect solution for me. I also don't like the look of nekkid buttons on my card. I didn't have a leaf that was the right green so I made my own. I cut out a piece of green paper and added veins with a Copic marker. I curled the leaf slightly so it didn't look so flat.

Stamps: Whipper Snapper - Springtime Quilt
Accessories: Prima flower, button, Spellbinder die, Cuttlebug, paper piercer, pop-dots, stickles
Paper: SU

January 15, 2010

Tea Bag holder

I made this tea bag holder with my new Whipper Snapper stamp sets. I knew I wanted to make something with a tea bag when I first saw this tea pot image. I LOVE tea and it just goes with a warm, cozy quilt. The tea pot is cut out and covered with crystal effects to make it shiny like ceramic. I added the zig-zag 'stitching' to the borders - I am not a sewer and do not own a sewing machine, but the card needed something to finish it off. I'm happy with how it turned out!

The ribbon and tea pot image are on a belly band keeping the card closed. It slips off easily so the card can be opened.
I added a 'quilt' to the inside left and the message on the right. This brand of Earl Grey is my favorite!
Stamps: Whipper Snapper - Springtime Quilt and Quilting Forever
Accessories: Brads, grosgrain ribbon, Copic markers, crystal effects, tea bag :)
Paper: SU Kraft, night of navy