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

Tooth Fairy Pillow

tooth fairy pillow

Tooth Fairy Pillow

What is that saying?  Waste not want not…make do, do without, use it up…Oh, something like that!  My friends all know I am a great scrap saver and saver (hoarder) of all things that might be used later.  It is a good thing I have a hubby who keeps me in check.  I have been known to save the littlest scraps of paper and fabric.  Well my “hoarding” saved the day when it came to making a tooth fairy pillow for my BBF friend, Francie.  It was not for her exactly, it was for her grandson Dereck.  She had been telling me for about a month that he had a loose tooth and was going to need a tooth fairy pillow.  I got on Pinterest and couldn’t find one that looked “manly”. So I got to thinking and came up with the idea to make one out of a pair of jeans.  The original idea was to make one with an old pair of HIS jeans, but his tooth kept getting looser and the jeans never appeared.  I started looking in my “hoard” and found the legs of a pair of Cassidy’s jeans that we had cut off to make her shorts earlier in the summer.  (didn’t work though, got them way too short) Have I mentioned that she is a lot taller than me?  I had a long length of jeans to work with.  I decided to make it easy on myself and use the existing seams, so I just cut off the ragged bottom of the jeans and cut about a 8 1/2 inch length of jean.

tooth fairy pillow

Jeans for tooth fairy pillow

Next I was going to need a tooth.  I am not that talented when it comes to drawing, so I went to my trusty Cricut and found a tooth on “A Child’s Year” cartridge.  It was a little “pointy” for my taste, so I cut it out of freezer paper and rounded the “roots”.  I then ironed it onto felted wool to use for my tooth pocket.

tooth image

paper tooth on left/ wool tooth on right

Now I needed a pocket for the all important money.  I drafted a jeans pocket on freezer paper and cut it out and ironed it onto a scrap of jean fabric from the upper part of the leg of the same pair of jeans.  Make sure your “tooth” will fit on the pocket.

jean pocket

Jean Pocket

I then cut out the pocket leaving @ a 1/2″ around each side.

jean pocket

Cut out jean pocket

If you look closely at the picture, you can see I ironed the freezer paper pocket to the right side of the jean material.  I then took the pocket to the ironing board and pressed the sides to the back using the freezer paper for my guidelines.

jeans pocket

Pressed jeans pocket

I  guess my shadow got in the way on this picture, but I hope you can get the idea.   Two sides are pressed to the back in this picture.

jeans pocket

Pressed Jeans pocket

Once all sides are pressed, sew around the  pocket to keep the sides in place.

jeans pocket

Jeans pocket stitched

Now blanket stitch the wool tooth to the pocket, leaving the top open.

tooth pillow

Tooth sewn own pocket

Now the tricky part, I pinned the pocket on the jean and carefully sewed the pocket to the pillow part of the jean leg.  I admit this was pure laziness on my part.   Then turn the leg inside out and sew one open end completely across.  Sew the other end and leave an opening for the stuffing.

tooth pillow

Seams sewn on Tooth Fairy Pillow

Turn the pillow right side out and press.

tooth pillow

Tooth Fairy Pillow

Forgot to save the rotated image, but you get the idea!  Now stuff your pillow and slip stitch it closed.

tooth pillow

Tooth Fairy Pillow made from recycled jeans

Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

chicken tortilla soup

Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Good Morning Glories!  Who used to say that?  I can not remember where I first heard it, but it is 7:30 am and I have been up since 5:30 and I have already fixed lunch w/desert and am dressed and showered and ready to go.  I have to say I am a happy camper today. I have been invited back to Fall Sewing days at Irvalee’s, which I mentioned in the Fall Pumpkin Decoration Post.   I was holding my breath this morning since I have decided I might need to get a job, so I signed up to be a sub aid in the local school system.  I got my first call last Thursday and had to decline since I was taking my brother-in-law to his Dr.’s appointment.  I knew if they called this morning, I would have to accept.  Well, it’s 7:30 and the phone hasn’t rang, so I am home free and will be sewing ALL day with some very fun ladies.  Watch for some posts with my project in the near future.  This soup, however, was made for my scrapbook group and it was a big hit as was the desert which I will post later in the week.

morning glory

Morning Glory

I could not resist posting this picture I snapped last weekend on our trip to Notre Dame for a football game.

Now on to the serious stuff….

Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 can each of …   (drain and rinse each)


kidney beans

black beans

2 cans each of…

chicken broth

Ro-Tel tomatoes (I used mild)

1 package of taco mix

1 onion diced (I used some frozen left from another recipe)

1 1/2 to 2 cups of water

2 boneless skin-less chicken breast

items added later…

tortilla chips

shreeded cheedar cheese

sour cream



Now comes the fun part!  Put a slow cooker crock pot liner in your crock pot.  This is the hardest part…open all the cans!  Yes that is just how easy this recipe is, opening the cans is the hardest thing you will do.  Dump every thing except the chicken breasts into the crock pot.  Give it a big stir.  Place the uncooked chicken breasts on top of the mixture and make sure they are covered with liquid.

chicken tortilla soup

Chicken Tortilla soup

This picture was taken before I added the chicken breasts.   Cook on low 8 to 9 hours or on high 6 to 7 hours.  When ready to serve, you may have to take out the chicken breasts and shred them or they may just fall apart by theirselves.  Put your tortilla chips in the bottom of the bowl and top with soup, cheese and some sour cream if you desire.  You will not believe how something so simple tastes so good.  The chicken is so moist.  My hubby even liked it and he is very picky!

If you would like to see the original Pintrest post…click here.

Wedding Anniversary Sign

wedding anniversary sign

Wedding Anniversary Sign

I went to work in the village of Gratiot in 2004.  While I worked there I met a delightful family, the Russell’s.  Harold Russell would come to the Post Office several times per week to pick-up his mail and we always had an interesting conversation.  Today I had the privilege of being invited to Harold and Helen’s 66th wedding anniversary party.  I saw this sign on Pinterest and decided to give it a try.

painting frame

Painting Frame

My first task was updating the picture frame.  I took it outside to paint and used Krylon black satin spray paint. The trick is to spray several light coats on the front and back of the frame.

cutting the vinyl

Cutting the vinyl

I designed the sign in the Cricut Craft room which is free on the website.  The instructions for planning the sign is on this post.  You will design the black on Layer 1 and then add Layer 2 to cut the white.  Line the layers and make sure the size fits inside the frame you have chosen.  In the picture the layers are shown in different colors.

put the right side down

Put the right side down

You will want the vinyl on the back of the glass, so you will have to put the vinyl right side down on the mat to cut. This will cut the letters in reverse.

reversed image

Reversed image

put white image on first

Put white image on first

I put the glass down on my cutting mat so that I would have a straight line to line up the image and get it centered.

peel off backing

Peel off backing

Peel off the backing a little at a time.  Smooth the letters down as you go.  (if you peel all the backing off at the start, it will stick to itself)  Place the black last name over the white first names.  Then add the wedding date at the bottom.

finished image

Wedding anniversary sign

This is the finished image.  Then I started of thinking how I was going to get the glass to stay in the frame without any backing.  Keep in mind that I am the ultimate procastanator.  It was 5 a.m. and I first tried to nail it, but that wasn’t working.  The back had a groove which the old backing fit into, so I cut the corners off the backing and super glued them into the frame…

Sometimes a girl just works better under pressure.  Yes it was 5 a.m. and the party was that day….

nail didn't work

Nail didn’t work

corners cut off backing

Corners cut off backing

corners glued in

Corners glued in groove of frame

add hanger

Add hanger

Happy 66th Anniversary Harold and Helen!!

Note:  next time I will make the first names smaller so that the last name will show up a little clearer.