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Nov 24, 2014


I woke up this morning to our first 'real' snowfall of the year! I guess I won't be raking those leaves after all. 

Such a shame! Haha! 

Anyhow -- I'm popping in quickly to let you know that everything that is currently active in my Etsy Digi Shop is on sale for 50% off starting tomorrow for the next 2 weeks only!!  

That includes my Christmas images and lots of others.

So, if you're happy about that,  help me out and SPREAD the word! :)


Nov 17, 2014

Awesome Antipasto Recipe

It's just a month and a half until Christmas. I'm still in denial, but am slowly making a list of things to do before it's here! Yes, apparently I'm a bit of a Grinch about it this year.

Around here, Christmas isn't Christmas without Antipasto, and mine is one of the best I have ever tasted. Unfortunately I can't take credit for the recipe, which is why I think I can unashamedly brag about it.

It was one handed to me one Christmas by a good friend of mine. It came attached to a jar of Antipasto with a bright red ribbon, and accompanied by a box of Ritz crackers. I immediately fell in love with how wonderful this stuff tasted (first time I had ever had it) and have made it almost every year at Christmas time since then. 

In fact, I could eat it out of the jar with a spoon. 

In fact, I have. 

Others have too. It just has that effect on people. I'm telling you, this stuff is yummy!! 

Along with some crackers, it has saved my butt numerous times as a last minute appetizer and is always well received. When I'm asked to come to a party and bring something, they almost always request either my Antipasto or my Spinach Dip -- or both! 

In fact, the reason I decided to do this post is because one of my followers emailed and asked me about my Antipasto recipe (say, "thank you, Cate"). I did mention my Antipasto in another post, but didn't add the recipe. In fact, I posted my Eggnog Bread recipe there (which is amazing, btw), but I digress. You'd think this was a cooking blog! 

Let's get on with it then -- okay, just one more thing. You will probably be a bit surprised by the ingredients list. Don't question it, just go for it. You'll be glad you did! 

Awesome Antipasto

1 lb. cauliflower
2 - 14 oz. cans black olives 
2 - 8 oz. jars green olives
6 green peppers
60 oz. ketchup
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 cans sliced mushrooms
4 - 7 oz cans drained solid chunk tuna (albacore is best)

Prepare jars and lids and keep hot.

Dice all vegetables, including olives into small pieces and place into a large pot (reserve mushrooms).

Add ketchup, vinegar and oil. 

Bring to a boil slowly and simmer at least 10 minutes. (Stirring continuously)

Add broken up tuna and cut up mushrooms and simmer another 30 minutes. 

Bottle into hot jars.

Makes 9 pints.

This recipe takes a lot of cutting, but it's worth it. Remember that the antipasto must fit on a cracker! 


Here's some of my other Christmas Recipes:

Also --

Check my right side bar for "Sleigh Ride" under "Archives" to find Christmas links to other blogs. There are some great gift, decor, drink ideas, etc. links listed. Anything to make life easier at Christmas time! 


Nov 14, 2014

Chilly Kitty!

Baby It's Cold Outside!!

As it turns out, we have a lot of Birthdays close to Christmas time. I surprised myself when we did our first bit of Christmas shopping yesterday. That's got to be a record! Yes, Christmas is just around the corner and closing in on us, but first I still have a few other projects to finish --

So hold on Christmas!! 

Does anyone relate to that sentiment? 

I've been working on some Hello Kitty Headbands for my granddaughter's birthday, which is next week. These are quite adorable and I think they'll be cute on her and her friends. I have seen several on the internet, but none with instructions. 

I bought the felt from our local Fabricland, which was cheaper than buying the individual felt sheets, and it's nicer thicker felt.

The Hello Kitty ears were a 5 x 2 inch rectangle which I rounded into a pointy oval. 

The Bows were a 4 x 2 inch rectangle on which I rounded the corners to make a boxed circle.

The Bow bands were 1/2 x 2 1/4 inch.

I bought the hair bands at the dollar store. 

Here's a photo of the ear placement. I just glued the ears with kids glue onto the headbands and held them in place for a bit. 

I took a bit of thread, made a few bends in the center of the bows and then sewed them into place. It was quick and easy. Then I sewed the little band around it with a few stitches. 

I stitched the bows onto the front of the right ear once the glue was good and dry.

And here is the finished project:

I made six in total and I think they'll look adorable on those sweet little 4 year old girlies!

Have a good day! 


Oct 14, 2014

Christmas Advent Calendar Twinchies

Christmas is coming and with a new-ish grandson born in February, I set about to make an Advent Calendar like I did for his brother and sisters. Technically, these are twinchies, since they're about 2" square.  These are always a lot of fun to make, in my opinion.

My daughter in law, Julie, has also made a few of these and is now making a couple for her god-son and daughter. I'm sure they'll love them. Julie is very imaginative and when I can't come up with anything, I just steal her ideas. Lol...I mean, why not, she steals mine! It's all in the family! 

So here are some of the squares I made: 

A while back I showed you a couple of hats I made.  

I had one more to make and it's finished now. 

The pattern is by Simply Made, by Erin and is available on Ravelry for $5. Totally worth it. It's nice and warm. I used the Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Yarn by Lion Brand. 

This one is for my daughter in law up north. 

 I hope it fits her well. It's always hard to size properly when they're not here. 

Well, that's all I have for you today. Have a wonderful rest of the week! 


Sep 30, 2014

A Squirrely post with a Digital Stamp Freebie!

Good Day! 

Is there any better indication that Autumn is in full swing when the trees sway back and forth and an array of colorful leaves saunter through the air? It is such a beautiful time of year! It's been fun walking in the park with my bestie while taking in some of the changes that are happening...much too quickly, I might add. I love the Fall, but I know winter is just on my doorstep.

First I'm going to share my freebie with you and then a few photos of what's been happening. :) 

This image was inspired by Gingermelon's Peek a Boo Pals. I've been making these for my granddaughters and I think they're so much fun to make!! There's a link to her Etsy Shop on her blog.

Here's a peek at the two I've made recently. They still need bows in their hair and around the neck. 

Aren't they just adorable? The hats are removable. I thought I could make one plain and then make some clothes for her that the kids could put on her. In fact, I want to make a few more ALL of these!!

I've also been crocheting some hats...

This is the Payton Cloche Hat. The pattern was created by The Velvet Acorn. The original has velvety ribbons in place of the buttons. However, I was asked to make it with buttons, which is also super cute!

This is a My Little Pony Hat I made for my granddaughter. The pattern is from BriAbby if you'd like to make your own. This one was a request, but it kind of freaks me out because of those big eyes. I still think it's adorable though. :)

Remember the walk in the park I told you about earlier? Well, I had a little visitor...I think he was looking for food! 

I love the last picture especially. The caption should read, "Got any food?" That's what he was looking for. These guys are so tame. A lot of people must feed them. Adorable little guy! 

They sure can be noisy though...sometimes I hear them squeaking loudly in the trees when we walk by. Mischievous little things.

Well, that's all for today! Have a wonderful Autumn-y week.


Sep 17, 2014

Wonky House Digital Stamp Freebie

Good Morning Ladies,

This will be a quick post.

I've been making up some new digi's for Squigglefly, but put one aside for a freebie...a little wonky house. 

I thought this image would be great as a treehouse, or it might even work as a gingerbread house. 

I've been asked to do up a few crocheted hats and cowls for my family, so that's keeping me busy right now. More to follow on that! 

I am also going to make some little stuffies to sell along with some hats, or just to make up for my granddaughters...haven't decided yet, but when I get some made, I'll put them up here on the blog. 

I have a terrible headache today, so I"m going to keep this short. Enjoy the freebie! 


Sep 8, 2014

Barnemix is Mixing Up Some Fun! Check it Out!

Hi there!

Sometime ago I was asked to sponsor a few images for a Norwegian website called Barnemix. To my utter delight, the projects were posted this week, and they are Fa-Bu-Lous!!

The first image was Garden Girl which was made up into an I Love You Card by Anita Saeterdal. I just love what she has done with this image. The flowers, the ribbon and the colors she's used. It's beautiful!! 

Next up is my snooty little gal "Walking the Dog" image. I love the fact that there's a notepad included with this image, and I love the stripes and the purple. It's wonderful! This one was made by Nikki for Barnemix, but she also has a blog called Nikki's Handmade Emporium. Check her out! 

Nikki also did up one of my Vintage Car digitals. Love it!! 

Next is another "Garden Girl.Yes, I'm going to have to work on the names of my digitals...I'm just not good at that. 

Now I absolutely love what Linda Heskestad has done with this image because she's used it for a mixed media project. 

Look at all that wonderful texture in the background! I love that she added the sprinkles of water for the flowers. 

That's not the best part though. The best part is that she's done up a Video Tutorial for you all! How great is that? 

Also, I have kept my Christmas Digi Stamps in limbo for a while. I went into the shop, shook them off and renewed them. There's lots of them there....check out my Etsy Shop

Well, that's all for today ladies! I hope you're all having a wonderful week!

Special thanks to Anne Lise Johannessen for allowing me to be a Sponsor this month on her wonderful site. Please check out Barnemix and see what they're up to! Maybe you'll even pick up some Norwegian! :) 


Sep 3, 2014

Six Little Owlets Jumping on the Bed!

I'm back for some freebies, as promised!

 Tell your stamping friends, and tell them to tell their friends, and so on, and so on....

It's a fun little image. Don't like the bed? Here's one with just the owlets....this one is free for a short time, so get it while you can!



Aug 29, 2014

Idle Hands? No!

Welcome to the end of August!

As I type that, I'm finding it hard to believe. It's been a hot summer filled with a beautiful garden (which means lots of canning), visits to and from family, sewing, crocheting, and lots of studying for a course I'll be teaching this Fall. 

I hope you haven't felt too neglected and that your summers have also been awesome! 

I'll be honest...I feel a little guilty, but at the same time, life happens. I've even thought of ending this little blog, since I don't make any money with it and haven't had time to do tutorials, which I would've loved to do and which I know gets traffic. I'm actually quite good at that sort of thing, if it weren't for the time it takes.....

I'll see how this Fall goes and if it happens...if not, I'll reconsider what I'll do with the blog at the end of this year.

So I'm just going to show you what I have been doing. Within the next 2 weeks I have to do up some digitals for a couple of sites that are sponsoring my work. I'll be sure and do up a freebie for you then. Promise.

My computer isn't working well right now...my screen is black. I am typing this with an additional screen off to the side so that I can see what I'm doing. Annoying, to say the least, but it is what it is for now.  I'm sure there are bigger problems in the world. 

First my garden. It started out like this........

And ended up like this....see my granddaughter's head? Most of the tomatoes (in the back half) just exploded and are leaning over. We can't figure out a way to stake them high enough. They're really producing though.

I picked a bunch of the basil a while back...

and made Pesto. YUM!  I have enough basil out there to make more now. 
See below for the recipe.

Here are some of the tomatoes. I had opted to have lots of Roma's, a few eating tomatoes and maybe one cherry tomato....but my husband helped. I ended up with about 4 cherry tomatoes, 3 Roma's and 6 eating. In the end I decided, hey...they're all tomatoes. In the pot they go! 

I turned them into stewed tomatoes. These are great in my spaghetti...I'm known for my spaghetti. 
Those green things on the bottom of the picture. Well, they were supposed to be long english cucumbers. We kept waiting for them to turn dark green...until they began turning into monsters. 

Then we realized what we had were Armenian cucumbers. 
They're not bad...much like the long english but a lighter flavor.

Remember all that fabric I was given? Kai wanted some shorts with pockets. 
What Grandma would say no to those big brown eyes of his? 

I also made this little dress. It's the La Jolla Bow Dress. Google it, it's a free pattern. Easy and cute! I added the band at the bottom as it wasn't in the original instructions. 

It was my first time shirring with elastic....turned out pretty good considering. 

And it's just about time to start making soap again. However, my DIL and I decided to start with these lotion bars for her little ones. One in particular has very dry problematic skin and this bar is all natural. Easy to make too. I kept a couple, then gave one to my mom, so I have one left. I keep it in the fridge because it is very soft. They hardened to a lighter color than in the photo below. 
See below for the recipe.

Here's the Sock Monkey Hat I promised to make for our littlest grandson, Cooper. His mommy picked out the colors....I love them! That's keep his noggin' warm up there in cold Ft. McMurray, Alberta! 

We also made some things this summer. Here's a little balloon bracelet we made. You're supposed to use the long animal balloons, but all I had was water balloons. It kinda worked. The kids didn't seem to mind too much. It was just something to do to keep them busy while babysitting.

Oh, and remember the studying I've been doing. Here's my notes and some hand outs for 9 chapters out of the 11 or 12 we'll be covering. There'll be more handouts as well. All neatly typed out and ready to copy for the students. Yes, I've been busy! 

Basil Pesto Recipe

2 cups fresh basil
1/2 cup parmesan
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 cup EV olive oil (I used just virgin)
2 cloves garlic
juice of 1 whole lemon
1/3 cup pine nuts (I used walnuts...all I had on hand)

In a food processor, finely chop the garlic.
Add basil, chop until fine. 
Add cheese, nuts, salt and pepper. Pulse until it looks coarse and pasty.
Slowly add olive oil while the processor is running. Keep running until well mixed. 
Add lemon juice slowly while running processor. 
Mixture should be a bit wet/oily.
Store in airtight container and keep in fridge for up to 1 week. 

Pesto can be frozen. I poured my leftovers into an ice cube tray and covered each one with a bit of olive oil. After frozen, I removed them from the tray and put them into a ziploc bag for later use. 

All Natural Lotion Bars

1 cup coconut oil
1 cup cocoa butter
1 1/3 cup grated beeswax
2 tsp. Vitamin E Oil 

I melted the first three ingredients together in a double boiler slowly and added the Vitamin E after. I then poured them into silicone molds. 
They were very soft, so I put them in the fridge after about 4 hours and left them overnight. They came out solid. They melt with the warmth of your skin and are perfect for the little ones. 

I wanted to keep these all natural and they smell like chocolate because of the cocoa butter. Kai says they smell like vanilla. He must be smelling the natural beeswax. 

You could add essential oils if you wanted to, but why?

I will be keeping mine in the fridge when not in use. 

September is just around the corner and life should settle back into our regular humm again. In the mean time, have a great long weekend and be safe on the roads!


Jul 28, 2014

Cute Dress Patterns...

Hi ladies!

Well the heat is on again in my part of the globe! So with all the free fabric I just received, it was a good opportunity to stay indoors and make some dresses. I'm sure there will be more sewing posts in my future. 

This one is a free pattern I found at TJ's Fabrics for a curtain dress. It's easy to make and an easy pattern to follow. I love hers in the bold colors, but we opted for a toned down version with a smaller bow.

Here is our take on it:

I managed to take a better photo of it which also shows that the bow is removable.

Then I bought a pattern from Etsy for The Ella Dress by Petite Kids Boutique. I absolutely love the fabric she used on hers as well...I wish I knew where she bought it because I'd love to make one just like it in the near future.

Here's the fabric I used with this pattern. I do like it. The pink fabric is actually a small polka dot: 

Although the skill level is a bit more than basic, it was an extremely easy pattern to follow, an enjoyable dress to make, and it turned out awesome. I absolutely love this one and will be making more.  It's hard to tell but there's a bow in the back of it which covers some ruching. I think the bodice is adorable. The pattern covers sizes 12 mo. to 8 years. I'll be getting lots of use out of this pattern.

I don't know if I've ever mentioned it, but I used to sew professionally. It was for a small company called Rainbowear here in Kamloops. They made adorable clothes with a bit of an english flair. I love making clothes for kids and it's fun having little girls to sew for. Finally! : )

My daughter in law has picked out several fabrics for some things she'd like me to make, so I will probably be showing you as I go along.

I am still doing a lot of studying as well, and life in general is busy (babysitting grandkids, cooking meals for family, canning, etc.), so the cards and digitals are on hold for a little while. Please be patient with me!

Hope you're all having a wonderful week so far!

Thanks for stopping by! Blessings,