Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Brown Sugar & Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin

Oh Yum! Tried this slow cooker recipe yesterday (thank you to Adina for posting it!), loved it, and made it into a recipe card this a.m. You can view the full recipe HERE on the C&C marriage factory blog.

I had this Mo Manning image colored up for over a week now and figured he'd be cute to go on a recipe card...since he's wearing a strainer on his head and all. Heehee! With the cork matting, the recipe card has a little dimension to it...kinda like foam tape. Stickles were added to different parts of the image. Here's a close-up...

Thanks so much for stopping by and have yourself an awesome day. I gotta get to work now...boo!

Digi Image: Mo Manning Kitchen Knight
Paper: Kraft, Cork, Vintage Cream, October Afternoon Farm Fresh DP
Accessories: Stardust Stickles, Sharpie White Paint Pen, Adhesive Bling, PTI Enchanted Evening Ribbon, Spellbinders Circles
Card Size: 5" x 7"

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Seasoned Croutons

My friend Debbie shared this recipe with me.....and oh my, thanks to her, I won't be buying store-bought croutons anymore. I'll be making THESE from now on. They're easy to make and sooooo yummy!!!

A little about the recipe card....it's 5" x 7", the matted rectangle panels are popped up on foam tape, and Stickles were added to different parts of the Tilda image.

In case the recipe is too hard to read from my photo and you're interested in trying it, here it is...

2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried basil
one pinch salt
6 slices day-old bread, cubed

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake for 5 minutes. Stir and bake for another 5-10 minutes until crisp and brown. Store in airtight container in fridge forup to 3 days or freeze.

Have a great night!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Tuna Salad Recipe Card

I wanted to find a healthier way to make tuna salad with less mayonnaise. I looked on the internet and found this one, tried it out, and liked it (DH even likes it and he does NOT typically like "healthy" recipes, lol!). The secret ingredient is plain, low-fat yogurt!! I would have never thought to use that before seeing this recipe.

The card measures 5" x 7". The stamped image is from Penny Black and it was colored with Copics...and of course, I added Stickles on different parts of the image. :)

In case the recipe is too small on your screen and you're interested, here it is:

2 cans chunk light tuna, drained of water
2 tbsp relish
1/2 tbsp mayonnaise
1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt

Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. Measure out five 1/4 cup servings. Calories per serving = 104 (1.4 g fat, 4 g carb, 3 g sugar, 18.1 protein, 0 fiber).

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Birthday Puppy

Hey all! Hope you're having a great weekend so far. We went out to dinner the past two nights in a row....and I'm lovin' that!!...no cooking for me...whooo-hooo! ;) Last night we went out with some friends and today we took my in-laws out for their little combined birthday celebration. I made cards for both of my in-laws, but I can only show you the card I made for my FIL....the photos I took of MIL's card were ALL blurry. Ugh! That'll teach me to check my pics before giving the cards away. Oh well....here's the one I made for my FIL....

The image is colored with Copics, the sentiment is popped up on foam tape, and the card measures 5" square. Stamps are by Penny Black (Nose-to-Nose slapstick stamp and Critter Party clear set).

I'm hoping to get out tomorrow morning and go on a run with my girlfriend.....need to work off all this food I've eaten in the past two days. Oink! ;)

See ya!

Monday, September 12, 2011

School Notes

Good morning, stampers. I colored up these Mo Manning images on Saturday while watching TV...mainly to get some more practice on coloring hair with Copics....and later turned them into little card fronts. I'm going to put one in Kara's lunchbox as a little surprise with a note on the back, and I'll probably mail the other one to my niece.

The matted main images are both up on foam tape and Stickles were added for sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day!

Digi Image: To School C (Mo Manning)
Paper: SU Wild Wasabi, PTI Pure Poppy, October Afternoon Thrift Shop and Report Card DP's

Friday, September 9, 2011

Our Favorite Drip Beef

Mmmmmmmm...hot drip beef on toasted rolls with cheese...it's what's for dinner tonight in the Marzec house. I also thought I'd (finally) make a recipe card for it to put in my binder. The digi image is from Mo Manning (called "What's Cookin'?") and patterned paper is October Afternoon's Farm Fresh.

This recipe started off as one from my cooking hero, Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman. She has two drip beef recipes that you can see HERE. They're both really great recipes, but we like the "basic" one a little more because it makes a lot of extra juice. We like to put the juice in a little bowl next to our plates and dunk the toasted sandwiches right in there. Yum-O! My recipe is just a little different from hers (I've tweaked it a little...not that I think I'm a better cook than she is....because I DON'T...I just made some changes for what works for us). I add Montreal steak seasoning to mine, use less garlic and grate the garlic on a cheese grater, and I bake the whole thing in the oven at 275 degrees for 5-6 hours.

Have a great night!

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Whooo-hooooo! Two days in a row, I've had something crafty to share. The forecast says rain, rain, rain for this week and pretty much all of next week. Soooooo, how about a cute little rainy get well card....

I used one of my sweet Bildmalarna stamps. Love them! The sentiment, main image, and clouds are up on foam tape. Stickles were added all around the image as sparkly raindrops. The main image is stamped on cryogen white so the whole thing is shimmery. :)

Okay, that's it for me today. Have a good one!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wallet-style gift card holder

Hi all and happy rainy Wednesday....geez, it's 3:00 in the afternoon but it's so dark outside, it looks more like 8 p.m. It's seriously POURING out there. I wish I could sent it to Texas where it's really needed right now.

A few weeks ago, a very special blogging friend of mine, Christine Dol, sent me this beautiful gift card holder with a little Michael's money (that I already spent....seriously Christine, thank you so much!......I would sooooo love to meet you in person some day and spend the afternoon crafting together, too). I wanted to try my hand at making one of these wallet-style GC holders, traced up her template, and here's what I came up with...

I used a stamp from my Penny Black Hello Friend clear set, colored it with Copics, added some Stardust Stickles, and paired it up with Thrift Shop DP. Here's a shot of what it looks like opened up...

(I just added a small square of blue DP so you can see where the GC or note will be inserted.)

Okie dokie, it's time for me to find a BIG OLE' umbrella and head to the bus stop. The kiddo will be home shortly. Later!