Sunday, January 04, 2015

It's 2015!

Wow! I can't believe that it's January 4th! December flew by. So much has happened Since the last time I was here. I'll share a few events that happened...

  •  Our annual christmas cookie party. My Mom. sister and I have hosted this party for a few years now. There were 10 Bakers this year. We have Prizes for Best Cookie, Best packaging and Best Table Presentation. 


The Best Cookies
The striped cookie was the Winner
it was a cherry layered shortbread


Best Packaging was a tie.
The first one is this.
Look how cute the snow globes are. She used a gold fish bowl on top of a paper round box... how clever!


The Second one that tied was me! I made the bags from scratch. 
I also made the JOY sign. Below I'll have a tutorial for you.


Best Table Presentation 
This entry was by a First timer! 
I think our friends are a bit competitive!, LOL


Here are a few of the other entries.








Here is how I made the JOY sign. 
I used my explore to cut the chipboard. 
Let me tell you that the explore cut the chipboard like BUTTER!
I cut the moss to fir the letters


 I added the moss to the chipboard with hot glue gun




I love the way it came out. I added light to the letters last minute. 
I remembered that I had bought a 20 light string at the dollar store.
this is what it looked like


  • I made all kinds of cards and tags for my gifts




  • I unexpectedly got a new job! A friend out of the blew asked me if I would be interested in watching her children. I excepted the Nanny job. Three days a week. It's been such a joy. I'm loving it. It has thrown my world in a spin with the holidays, having my girls home and everything else. so needless to say I've just been a little crazy plus we leave to Hawaii on Saturday for a week!
I'm planning on sharing some of the crafty things I did last month. I hope you can stop by soon.
Thank you for taking a peek,
Liz


Sunday, November 30, 2014

An After Thanksgiving Recipe

Hello There, I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving. Enjoyed your family and friends. I sure did even though our oldest daughter couldn't join us this year (her first year away) and of course we missed my dad but I know he was with us. There is a lot to be grateful for. 
It's been a while since I shared a recipe with you all. With all the turkey left over I thought I would make Turkey pot pies. They came out really good so I thought I would share the recipe in case you has left over turkey too and wanted to they something new.


I had never made this before so I turned to my old trusted cookbook 
This book had every recipe you ever wanted to make. I love the waffle recipe and this booked
helped me cook my first Turkey (some 30 years ago) and I can say that I have alway had my turkeys come out moist.
Chicken or Turkey Pot Pie
6 servings (I only got 3 out of this recipe)
1/4 cup butter or margarine
6 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
2 cup chicken broth
3 cups bit-size cooked chicken or turkey meat
1/4 teaspoon rosemary
1/4 teaspoon savory
1 tablespoon minced parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon peper
2 cups cooked carrots; thinly sliced
2 cups cooked peas
1 box(2 inside box) Pie Crust (i used Pillsbury Pastry Pie Shell Crust)
1 egg yolk mixed with a tablespoon of water.


preheat oven 450 degrees. Melt butter in large pan over moderate heat, blend in flour, add milk, and broth, and heat, stirring until thickened. add chicken and all seasoning, cover and simmer 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool to room temperature. Mix in carrots and peas and spoon into 5" aluminum pot pie tins. I lined it with the pie crust. I used the plastic cover that come with the tins to make the circle and lined the inside of the tins. I used the extras pie crust to lay over the top and I pierce the top of the pie crust and brushed with the yolk mixture making sure not to cover the piercing. Place in oven for 30-40 mins.

note: I changed it a bit. I didn't have the rosemary or the savory so I added onion and garlic powder  and celery salt to taste. This recipe has you put the meat mixture in a casserole dish instead of the pot pie tins. My family really liked them. you can see I was being a bit artsy with one of the tops, lol I could help myself.

Thanks for taking a peek,
Creating and Sharing with Love
Liz
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Some Snowman Card

 Hello, I feel like I'm skipping Thanksgiving only two days away and I haven't made anything. Yikes and I do need to make a few things like the name place setting. Yikes, I need to do that today!
I made these cards for my college peeps in sending care packages next week. I used the new Anna Griffin's Christmas Kitsch Cricut cartridge. I do like this cartridge's vintage vibe. Hence this cute 4.5" snowman.

I used a 1/2 of kraft paper dolly from Michaels. I really fell in love with these. 
Im a sucker for dollies!


The enamel dots are from the DIY Christmas line by Simple Stories
the Holly & Berry pick is from Hobby Lobby.


I stitched around the whole card in black ink.
I attached the snowman with a Action Wobbles


 Take a look at it in action over on my Instagram 

Thanks for taking a Peek.
I have a new FB page. I invite you to like it.

Creating and Sharing,
Liz

Friday, November 21, 2014

JOY..


Hello, today I'm sharing a project that I'm loving to put together. 
These letter are 12" made of paper mache. I painted the back, sides and a 1/4 from the edge with antique white.




I used Teresa Collins Christmas line for 2013 Santa's List


Tim Holtz Rosette die and from Hobby Lobby the Holly and Berries.


I used some flair buttons that were given to me. Mini pinecones which I love, I cut the pennant from the a Sizzex die,  I mentions a few blog post ago.


I also used some Heidi Swapp stuff from the Believe line


I'm working on one project similar to this one that I'm making a kit to sell. My first attempt, cross your finger it goes well.
I would like to invite you to Like my Facebook Page, I thought it made sense to post all my projects there for easy access! Yikes I feel a bit stressed about it. I'm hoping it keeps me accountable. I guess this empty nester is filling up her time, LOL

Thanks for taking a peek,
Creating and Sharing with Love, Liz




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I'm so excited and happy to share....

Have you heard about the new CM? I'm thrilled to share that the quality, authentic 
Creative Memories and Ahni & Zoe products are back! 
They’re proudly made in the U.S. by the (original) team in St. Cloud, Minnesota. 
So whether you love scrapbooking or snapbooking, there’s something for you.
 
I invite you to visit my site to see all that’s available:



You may wish to bookmark this link if you'd like to shop with me in the future. And of course, you're always welcome to email if you have questions or would like to place an order directly.

Here are the Holiday products.

We do offer "Wish List and they can be sent to your loved one.

I'm happy to be part of this great new company and look forward to serving you!
Liz Mullen
CM Advisor

Saturday, November 15, 2014

How is it November 15th?

I can't believe that it's the 15th!  Half way through the month! It didn't help that I was away for 5 of those days. Crafting with a friend in Palm Springs, Ca. It's our yearly thing with do. it's usually with other friends but this year we were the only two that could get away. We stay up until 3:00 working on stuff and laughing, eating and just enjoying each other company. I am so grateful for my crafty friends. It really has helped me get out of my funk. We were having so much fun we didn't take any pictures of us. I did remember to take a picture of my work spot that I sat at for those days. I did get lots done and it really got me charged up for the holidays. This was my last get away for the year. I have one planned for February 2015 Which will be the first one for 2015. Do you go away to craft? 

Today I will like to share a couple of cards that I made. I used the Heidi Swap Christmas Line from last year called Believe by Pink Paisley 

Here are my Two Cards for today

I used the Sizzix Pennant die and the mini pinecones that I has in my stash.


I also used a pennant here with the mini rosette die from Tim Holtz. I just love the Holly and Berries which I got at Hobby Lobby 

Are you getting ready for Christmas? This is the first time that I have started so early. It must be due to my new status of Empty Nester, LOL
Thank for stopping by and taking a peek,
~Liz Mullen
PS I invited you to become a follower here, on Pinterest and FaceBook