Monthly Archives: September 2012

Happy Halloween … Stampin Up / Cricut Card

Happy Halloween Stampin Up  Cricut Card

Happy Halloween Card made with Cricut and Stampin Up

With the temperature falling, it is time to being dusting off the Halloween decorations and get ready for the big day.  I put out the decorations today and then thought I should post the card I did for our card group on Friday.  We like to keep it simple, since we always have a lot of talking and eating to get in while we are making our cards.  We only made two cards, but Francie made some wonderful potato soup and I brought the Pumpkin Delight.  I used the Cricut to cut out the images.

You will need:

orange glitter paper (Hobby Lobby)

Candy Corn ribbon (Hobby Lobby)

green patterned paper (DCWV Halloween and Fall stack)

Stampin Up Paper :  Elegant Eggplant, Black and Summer Starfish

1″ Stampin Up round punch

Cricut Cartridge (A Child’s Year)

I cut the Witch out of black at 3 1/2″.  The pumpkin was cut at 1 3/4″ from the glitter paper.  Use the round punch to cut out 2 circles for the moon and the behind the pumpkin face.  Have fun with this and have a Happy Halloween.

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Butterfinger Cake

ingredients for Butterfinger cake

Ingredients for Butterfinger cake

A couple of weeks ago I posted Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup.  I had made this soup for my scrapbook group and I promised to post the dessert I made for them, so here it is:

You will need:

Yellow cake mix and the listed ingredients to prepared it

Cool Whip

One can of sweetened condensed milk

1 cup of caramel syrup

6 fun size Butterfingers (crushed)

prepare yellow cake

Prepare the yellow cake mix as directed on the package.  Poke holes in the cake with a straw or fork.

mix condensed milk and carmel

Mix sweetened condensed milk and caramel

I should have used a bigger bowl to mix.

pour on cake

Pour the mixture on the cake while it is still hot

At this point I was beginning to wonder, “what the world”!  The cake was swimming in the mixture.  The mixture flowed to the sides of the cake and pooled.  I used a tablespoon and put some of it back in the middle of the cake.

mixture soaked in

The milk and caramel mixture soaked into the yellow cake.

The cake needed to cool and I had finished the bottle of caramel syrup.  My grandma taught me never to waste anything, so I poured some milk in the bottle and had some caramel  milk while the cake cooled.

carmal milk

caramel milk

Butterfinger cake

Butterfinger cake

I have to admit this cake is packed with calories.  I cut the pieces small and several of us went back for seconds.  The cake does get very moist, so “darn” we had to eat it up quickly.  I had to take some to my sister-in-law, Kelley, since she was the one was  who originally “pinned” the recipe.  Visit the “Plain Chicken  for the original version of this cake.  She also has other versions of the cake that I really want to try.  I am sure the scrapbook club will enjoy the chocolate version.  Enjoy!!  Let me know what you think if you try it.

Old Photos…priceless

family picture

Grandma Stotts…old boyfriend…Aunt Glenna

On Thursday Sept. 27, 2012 my Aunt Ruthie will be 85.  My sister Diana called me yesterday to see if I would go with her to take Aunt Ruthie out to dinner.  Of course, I couldn’t say no.  Aunt Ruthie lives in a trailer court near her sister , my Aunt Wanda, so we were including Aunt Wanda in the dinner.  They told my sister that they didn’t want to go out to eat, but would just love a visit.

Now comes the big secret….I was out this afternoon and when I returned home there was a message from Aunt Ruthie and she said they had decided we could bring them a “kid’s meal” from KFC.  She didn’t leave any details, so I went to the phone book to look up her number. I didn’t find Ruth, but I found  a Russell (which had been her husband’s name), I didn’t think the street was right, but called and left a message to have her call me back.  As the afternoon progressed there was no return call from my Aunt, so I called my sister at work to ask her if she had Aunt Ruthie’s phone number.  I told her I left a message and she said, “WHAT, Aunt Ruthie and Russell are divorced, why do you think she is living in a trailer…”  Really…I guess I thought he had died and she was just still using his name in the phone book. I made my sister promise not to mention anything about the call to Aunt Ruthie.  I am sure Aunt Glenna will not be happy with the picture, but she will surely get a laugh out of the phone call.

Needless to say, we made it to her house and they really enjoyed the dinner.  I took some picture albums and the above picture was in one of  the albums.  On the back of the picture my mom had written “Mom was half asleep and Glenna did not want her picture taken”  1952.

My Aunt Wanda laughed and laughed at the picture of her mom and pointed to the ceiling and said, “I wish Mom could see this!” You have to understand that my Grandma would have never let anyone take a picture like that of her….Aunt Wanda said..”look at her legs showing”

Now you may ask, what is the point of this post.  My mother’s sisters took great care of her when she was sick and would never hear of taking any thing for all they did.  So a take-out meal  and Dairy Queen Cake made two ladies very happy.  This evening looking at old photos was priceless…

I was sorry that we didn’t think to invite Aunt Glenna to the “party.”  She called while we were there and Aunt Ruthie told her we were having a party.  Busted!!

Fabric organizations

fabric organization

Under the bed fabric organization

Have I mentioned that I have an addictive personality?  Well at some point in your life you have to admit you have issues. Maybe I should start a support group, FSA, fabric stashers anonymous.

“Hi, my name is Kim and I am addicted to quilting”.

That wouldn’t be so bad, but it is not my only addiction there is also  scrapbooking and card making just to name a few .  Now that I am retired, I felt like I should start organizing the stash.
This is my solution for my “less than a yard” fabric pieces.  As you can see, I have them all sorted by color. My secret is they are hidden under my bed!!  I bought the plastic containers on wheels and they roll nicely under the bed.  You will have to have a dust ruffle or bed skirt on the bed so that it you can keep your fabric well  hidden.

I am now busy working on the organization for fabric over 1 yard and I will keep you posted on my progress.  If you happen to see me on a milk carton, call the FBI and tell them to look under the fabric stash……

Pumpkin Delight

pumpkin delight

Pumpkin delight

Fall is in the air and it seems like a good time to have something “pumpkin”.  I saw a recipe similar to this on Pinterest and it reminded me of one of my favorite recipes my mom used to make.  She called it chocolate delight.  If you want to make this version, you need to hurry out to your local store and pick up some pumpkin spice Jello instant pudding.  I say hurry out, because it is only in the stores for a short time in the fall.  I found mine at Walmart.  I took this to Fall Sewing Days last week and it was a big hit.  You can make it with any flavor of instant pudding.  My mom always “cut” the main flavor with   vanilla, but I had some “white chocolate” in the pantry and it was delish!

mom's recipe

Mom’s orignal recipe

Here is my original recipe that my mom gave me many years ago.  You can tell from the picture it has been well used.

My version of Chocolate Delight just in time for fall.

You will need:

First layer

2 cups flour

1 cup of chopped nuts (I used walnuts this time or you can use pecans)

1 cup oleo softened ( I used butter)

mix and press in 9 x 13 cake pan and  bake 15 mins at 375 degrees and then COOL

press in pan

The ingredients will be very dry so you will have to press it in the pan

Second Layer

1 cup of powered sugar

1 8oz cream cheese softened

Cream these together and add 1/2 of a large tub of Cool Whip

2nd layer

Second layer

Third layer

1 small box of white chocolate instant pudding

2 small boxes of pumpkin spice instant pudding

4 1/2 cups of milk

Mix as directed on package and spread over the 2nd layer

3rd layer

Third layer

Now top with remaining Cool Whip.  I sprinkled a little pumpkin pie spice just to dress it up!pumpkin delight

In the Chocolate version my mom used 2 boxes of vanilla and one box of chocolate instant pudding.  I hope your family enjoys this as much as ours. Don’t forget to pick up that Pumpkin Spice pudding as soon as possible.

Another wedding…congratulations Greg and Katie

wedding card

Wedding card made with Cricut and Stampin UP

We are off to another wedding, this will be the sixth wedding is less than a year.  I think this will be the last wedding, but you know the rhyme.  “…first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes  _____ with a baby carriage.”  So I am going to start looking for baby crafts next.  LOL  We are going to Greg and Katie’s marriage this afternoon, so I need to make them a card and present.  I found this fancy paper at Hobby Lobby and fell in love with it.

You will need:

Paper from Hobby Lobby Gray and White


Stampin Up supplies: (you can order these supplies by clicking here.

Whisper white and Basic Gray , scraps for hair, flesh and boquet

small pearls


Melon Mambo stamp pad

Melon Mambo marker

I used Curvy Verses (retired) stamp set

Wrap It Up Cricut Cartridge

I cut the bride 4″ on the Cricut.  I cut her from white and vellum.  I had to trim the vellum around the flesh.  I also used a little trick to save on paper.  Since the Gray and white paper from Hobby Lobby was $1.99 a sheet, I punched a small tag from the center of the background for the verse before I taped it on.  I now have a small tag to use on another project.

punched tag

Punched tag

punched image

Tag punched from background

framed wedding date

Framed Family Name and Wedding Date

I decided to do a framed wedding date for Greg and Katie.  I think it worked better then the Russell’s since I cut the first names smaller.  If you would like instructions visit this eariler post.  Notice that Greg and Katie wedding date is exactly 66 years after Harold’s and Helen’s.  🙂  Wishing the Bell’s at least 66 years together.

Dry Erase Frame

dry erase frame

Dry Erase Frame To Do List

I just returned from Fall Sewing Days at Irvalee’s and we had a ball.  I got some sewing done and a lot of laughing and eating.  Above is the gift Irvalee made for each of the “girls”.  It is a simple picture frame with an acrylic “glass”.  The package was filled will goodies, including a dry erase marker.  As you can see, the first thing on my to do list is:

1. Send Irvallee a thank you card

This would be a great inexpensive gift to make for Christmas…just saying it will be here before you know it!


goodie bag