Friday, December 11, 2009

Raisin Cake & Spiced Nuts

Hey there! I made two recipe cards for today's Inkspirations Challenge....wow, what a great sketch and how PERFECT for recipe cards!

On both cards, I used used my Hero Arts What's Cooking clear set with some patterned paper that I picked up at Michael's and Prism Vibrant Cobalt CS. The purple crystals on both cards are glued down with a small dot of Diamond Glaze.


The "secret recipe" (that's not such a secret if I posted it on my blog, huh? hehe!) tag on the first one is up on foam tape.


On this second card, I added some lavender Stickles to the hearts in the "Made with Love" sentiment.

*Note about recipe cards*
I've gotten a few emails and comments from some of you saying you're afraid to make a recipe card thinking it will get messy while cooking. I'm a messy cook too, folks! What I do is store my recipe cards in clear protectors. If I slop up the plastic cover, I can just wipe it off and the recipe card is still good as new. {smile}

*Note about the raisin cake recipe*
I'm especially fond of the raisin cake recipe since it's one that's been in my family for a long time. My tip for this recipe, if you're going to try it out, is to make sure you cook the raisins in med to med-low heat so you keep as much of the liquid as possible because you'll need it for the batter....helps keep the batter "workable." Also, I take my cake out of the oven when it is JUST barely done. That also keeps it really moist. Oven times vary, so start checking it at 45 minutes.



*Note about our Christmas tree*

I had some questions about our Christmas tree and what's underneath (sorry that it has taken me so long to answer this....I kept forgetting to add it to my posts this week). My husband loves trains and likes to have one under our tree. He built a big wooden base for the train tracks and tree stand. The base is elevated a little so he can run all the wires for the village buildings between the base and the floor. The little village buildings you see in the photo are all Christmas-related buildings (a toy shop and toy clock tower, Santa's Sleigh Depot, a village mill with a waterwheel, and a wood workshop)...they all light up and a couple of them have moving parts. You may be wondering why there's only one train car. Our cat likes to knock the cars down (total brat that he is!...kidding, love him!) and we're tired of setting each one up over and over and over again....so this year, we decided to just have a "Christmas Trolley" instead of a "Christmas Train." {smile}





SUPPLY LIST ~
Stamps: Hero Arts What's Cooking Clear Set
Paper: Prism Vibrant Cobalt, Ivory, K&Company Addison Blue Gingham DP
Ink & Accessories on 1st Card: Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Lavender Lace Ink, Purple Swarovski Crystals, Diamond Glaze, Purple May Arts Ribbon, Spellbinders Tag, Foam Tape
Ink & Accessories on 2nd Card: Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Purple Swarovski Crystals, Diamond Glaze, Purple May Arts Ribbon, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Lavender Stickles
Size: 4" x 6"

27 comments:

Renée said...

wow, you're quick! Mind you, you're probably a few hours ahead of me ... fabulous recipe cards, Denise! Love the colours and love your use of the sketch!!

The raisin cake sounds yummy and so do the nuts :)

Rose Ann said...

Your recipe cards look wonderful, Denise...and they sound yummy too!! I love how you've set up you village under the tree! So festive!!

dolcreations said...

Your recipe card is just perfect! Love it! Love it!
Christine

Amy Johnson said...

Thank you for showing us all these recipe cards. I'm thinking of making my daughter a recipe book filled with all her favorite recipes of mine for when she gets married this spring. Your recipe page ideas will really come in handy!

Julia Aston said...

I love your beautiful recipe cards Denise - and you KNOW I LOVE your Sugar and Spice Nuts! I must have made over 10 batches of it since I first found your recipe last year!! they are just so yummy and easy to make!!! of course it's usually "a handful to eat, a handful to give away, a handful to eat........"!!!

how funny that we posted the nuts on our blogs on just about the same day!!!

I love how your tree looks with the wonderful train set under it!!

Becky said...

Your recipe card is absolutely gorgeous,

Yvonne said...

LOVE your recipe cards, Denise!
They are gorgeous!!

Our Little Inspirations said...

The recipe cards are such a great way to pass down those special recipes, and the spiced nuts are delicious! I love the train platform, it's so detailed for such a small space. It reminds me of the days when my son and his dad used to set all the trains up every Christmas together..... oh so long ago!

BLJ Graves Studio said...

Loving your recipe cards. The sugar & Spice Nuts sound delicious.

Riet said...

Ohh wowwww Denise,what beautiful.

Hugs Riet.xx

Silke Ledlow said...

YUMMY - these recipes sound delicious!!! The cards look beautiful!!!

Your little village underneath the x-mas tree is toooooo cute!!!
Hugs ~S~

Jac said...

Now these cards even I could make - I have a card recipe file but nothing in it as yet - so I can get started this coming year.

Danni said...

Wonderful recipe cards, how special these are!!

Denise said...

Grat recipe & recipe card!! Love the way you dressed it up. Your Christmas village is so pretty under your tree.

Dawn Easton said...

Awesome recipes and cards, Denise! Love both of them! You are so right, this layout is perfect for them!!
So glad you could play...I loved this sketch!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

I just love your recipe cards Denise!! Beautifully done. I love your layouts. The recipes look yummy! I may have to try these!! The Christmas village is so beautiful under the tree.
hugs,
Chris

Terri said...

Two more amazing recipe cards. Have to say that the "Spiced Nut" recipe is still one of my favs and I have yet to make them this year! I will also say that you totally ruined my day by putting the "calorie count" on the bottom...wow, no wonder I gain weight every holiday season, lol!

Pam said...

I loved reading your recipes and your family traditions. Thanks for sharing Denise.
Wishing you and your family Gods Blessings Denise.
~Pam
http://stamspinc.blogpot.com/

Marisa said...

Aren't you smart using recipe protectors for your wonderfully made recipe cards. I know which ones of mine are loved the most by how much splatter they have on them LOL! Love the story about the cat and the trains. Beware, he/she may get miffed and decide to pick on ornaments because you took his train away LOL! Have a great weekend.

the whimsical butterfly said...

I thought that's what it was under your tree! SO cute! This recipe card is mighty cute, too! Sounds yummy!!!

Keesh said...

How fabulous Denise, using the sketch for your recipe cards! Love the colours, and stamps you have used......and thanks for the recipe and tips as well! Thanks so much for playing! Love Keesh x

Annie said...

oh my, these look awesome and sounds soooooooooo yummy!!! :)

Annie said...

oh my, these look awesome and sounds soooooooooo yummy!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Denise, I thought I was the only one that called my Mom---Mom-Mom. I miss my Mom-Mom so much, especially this time of year & on our birthday coming up. I was born on her 38th bd & it was always so special. Hugs, Beth

Sue from Oregon said...

Wonderful post! Can I ask what size your recipe cards are?

Sue from Oregon said...

oops...I see now 4 x6!

Velta said...

Your little city under the tree is too cute...your recipe cards sound yummers...Merry Christmas!