A-Z Cookies & Candy

So how many of you are in shock that it is now November and we’ll be quickly approaching Thanksgiving and Christmas? I know I am and I still cannot believe how quickly 2009 has flown by.

I signed up for two A-Z recipe swaps on SCS late in the summer. Both were for Christmas recipes — one candy, the other cookies. November seemed so far off, but the due date quickly approached and I was very happy to complete both of these last week. Although they came together really nicely, I don’t think I’ll be quite so gung ho to sign up for any future A-Z swaps. A LOT of work!

For my candy recipe, I chose a Hazelnut-Coffee Caramel recipe from Betty Crocker. I had picked out my dp and colors, setting out to print my recipes. Well, our printer decided to act up. It printed the recipe okay, but down the back of the paper was a full paper length streak of black ink. It continued to get worse, so my husband ran the cleaning diagnostic on it. Nada. He then took it apart and cleaned it with rubbing alcohol. Guess what? It became worse! At this point, I freaked a bit, knowing the candy recipes were due within a week. Fortunately, we were able to find a new printer and get it within two days. I was able to knock out these swaps in no time with it and it prints really nicely.

On to the card — it is a very simple layout. I used Always Artichoke, Ruby Red and some really cute holly print DP. I stamped out one of the mugs from Gina K’s My Cuppa’ Joe and colored it with Copics. I punched the mugs out and matted them on scalloped circles of Always Artichoke. In order to incorporate my letter, I stamped H on the mug from PTI’s Fresh Alphabet. As a final touch, I added holly using Martha Stewart’s branch punch and a button.

For my cookie recipe, I naively picked a very long recipe. There was no way I was getting it on the page without a special layout. After playing around with it a bit, I decided to make it a book. I printed the recipe side by side on cardstock and was able to print two to a page. The book measures 4.25 x 4.75 (closed). I added 3 small Nestie pine trees, which I embossed with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder. As my husband commented, it was a small forest I produced with my Cuttlebug. LOL!

Hazelnut-Coffee Caramels
Stamps: Rupa Shevde’s My Cuppa Joe (Gina K); PTI Fresh Alphabet
Paper: Always Artichoke, Ruby Red, Staples White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: E40, R24, G85
Other Stuff: Martha Stewart branch punch, buttons

Milk Chocolate Mini Cookies
Stamps: PTI Fresh Alphabet
Paper: Always Artichoke, Staples Cream, dp
Ink:Memento Tuxedo Black
Other Stuff: Nestie Pine Trees, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, Grapes & Leaves Dew Drops

Thanks for so much for stopping by!



Recipe Saturday

Happy Saturday! We are in for a pretty rotten weather weekend here. Unfortunately, our weekend started off on a bad note. Instead of going out for our anniversary, we spent the night in, nursing our daughter’s double ear infection. Given that she has Type 1 diabetes, our “normal” days are always quickly complicated by things like this. Hopefully, she will be on the mend tomorrow. I definitely missed her smiles & giggles today. With any luck, she’ll be back to herself & I’ll get some crafting in as well.

On to business…

I have three 6×6 recipe cards to share with you today. I recently participated in two 6×6 recipe swaps on SCS. The first was a fritter swap. Now, I must confess, I’ve never made a fritter before, but I trying to help out a friend and fill a spot for her. I found this recipe on Food Network and it had decent reviews & an easier rating. Another confession — I am terrible with measurements. I knew the recipe card was 6×6, but this recipe was far too long for that card. In order to use the recipe and fit all of the necessary information on the card, I needed to do a pocket card.

Using Groovy Guava, Very Vanilla, and Chocolate Chip, I came up with a really simple and sophisticated layout. Coupling some Berry Bliss dp with this was a great touch. In order to accommodate the longer and in depth recipe, I made two recipe cards – one for the ingredients and one for the directions.

The next recipe was much simpler and didn’t require extra pockets. This was another of my friend’s swaps, but all for apple recipes. I can’t wait to see what I get back. I love apple crisp and this is a yummy variation using Nilla wafers.

I love this October Afternoon paper and paired it with Kraft and . I made an apple out of a big red button & a loop of striped green May Arts ribbon. This was much simpler & quicker than the pocket cards.

Finally, my last recipe was for a football themed swap. I took one spot in the appetizer group and this recipe for mushroom roll-ups is super easy & super yummy.

This was a super quick & simple layout, using some great football paper, ribbon & a brad.

Peach Fritters with Orange Glaze
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Groovy Guava, Very Vanilla, Berry Bliss dp
Other Stuff: ribbon, Melon Berry buttons (PTI), punch

Nilla Apple Crisp
Paper: Kraft,Real Red, Naturals Ivory, October Afternoon dp
Other Stuff: Recollections brads, buttons, May Arts ribbon

Mushroom Roll-ups
Paper: Creamy Caramel, White,Karen Foster dp
Other Stuff: ribbon, football brads

Hope you have a fantastic Saturday! Thanks so much for stopping by!