Beautiful Autumn Tiny Treat Box & More Team fun!

Yesterday I shared the Home Decor project that we made at the Peak Princess event this past weekend, today I thought I’d share the little treat item that I made.

They are filled with these fun fall Hershey’s Kisses that I found locally.

I just love the colors of the candy – yes, I do shop for candy that way. (My daughter thinks this is a pretty crazy way to shop for chocolate, but she is always on the hunt for me too!)

These treats were quick and easy to make for everyone. I have whipped up a quick video so you can make some to if you’d like.

Beautiful Autumn Tiny Treat Box Video Tutorial


And of course it’s always fun to have a PDF that contains a complete supply list for projects. So here it is.

Beautiful Autumn Tiny Treat Box Tutorial PDF

I also mentioned I’d share some more photos so here are a couple from the classroom.

This last picture is of the Sweet Potato Crostini I made for the event. The marshmallows spent a bit too much time under the broiler I’m afraid. Don’t you hate that? But they were still quite tasty.

They were a big hit with my guys so I thought you might enjoy the recipe – they are light, tasty and easy to do.


Sweet Potato Crostini

2 T. sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

24 slices 1/4″ thick French bread baguette

2 to 3 T butter, melted

Topping:

2 c. mashed sweet potatoes

1/4 c. chopped pecans

3 T. packed brown sugar

2 T. butter, melted

1 1/4 c. miniature marshmallows, halved

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix sugar and cinnamon. Arrange bread sliced ona baking sheet. Brush with butter; sprinkle with sugar mixture. Bake until lightly browned, 5-7 minutes. Remove from oven; preheat broiler.

Mix sweet potatoes, pecans, brown sugar, and butter; spread over toasts. Top with marshmallows, pressing lightly. Broil 3-4 inches from heat until marshmallows are lightly toasted, 1-2 minutes.


So easy and tasty too!

Enjoy!

Supplies:

Stamp Set: Beautiful Autumn (*153450)

Inks: Early Espresso (147114) and Cajun Craze Classic Ink (147114)

Paper: Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper (153520) and Very Vanilla Card stock (101650)

Accessories: Autumn Punch Pack (*153609), Clear Tiny Treat Boxes (141699), and Lovely Labels Pick a Punch (152883)

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Peachy Keen

Peachy Keen is one of our new all occasions sets from the Occasions Catalog and is great for all kinds of projects. Today I’ve teamed it up with the Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper (132993) to create this quick and easy card.

Peachy Keen

I simply stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso, but think it would look great using the Early Espresso Embossing Powder too and add a bit of texture to the card. I love the quick and easy banners that you can make using the Hexagon punch (130919). Yes, you heard me right the Hexagon Punch. Give it a try, you’ll find it so easy to do.

Hexagon Punch Banners

Supplies:

Stamp Set: Peachy Keen (133110/133113)

Inks: Early Espresso (126974)

Paper: Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper (132993), Baked Brown Sugar (131296), Coastal Cabana (131297), and So Saffron Card Stock (105118)

Accessories: Early Espresso Baker’s Twine (123124)

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Snow Storm – Day 3

Snow Storm Feb 13 2014 Day 3

Well the storm has now moved up the east coast and has pretty much finished for us in the North Georgia mountains. The sun has come out and the temperature has started to climb a bit – which is a good thing since things are clearly starting to melt.

We woke to more snow this morning. After sleeting most of the day yesterday, snow is a good thing. We’ve got a snow sandwich on the ground (snow, ice, snow) LOL. But we have fared pretty well so far, our power only flickered off once last night.

Now the cabin fever has set in for my guys and they are itching to get out of the house. I don’t tend to get as antsy since there is always something to do. Of course, it is a great reason to go play in my kitchen and stamp room too!

Quick and Easy Vegetable Beef Soup

This mornings project was a big pot of soup for lunch for my guys. It’s great since I can use the frozen tomatoes from our garden last summer and the ground venison in the freezer. It smells heavenly while it is cooking, and even though I can’t eat it, I enjoy making it for them. They say it tastes great – so I thought I’d share the recipe with you in case you’re looking for a quick and easy vegetable soup.

Quick & Easy Vegetable Beef Soup 

1 1/2 – 2 lbs. lean ground beef

1 onion, chopped

1 ½ c. water

2 (28 oz.) cans diced tomatoes

1 ½ tsp. garlic powder

1 ½ tsp. sea salt, to taste

½ tsp. dried basil

½ tsp. finely ground black pepper, or to taste

3 ½ tsp. beef bouillon

2 (12 oz.) pkg. frozen mixed vegetables

Cook and stir ground beef in the pot until completely browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Stir onion into the meat and continue to cook and stir until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Drain fat from the pot and return to medium heat.

Pour water and tomatoes into the pot. Season soup with garlic powder, sea salt, basil, and black pepper. Stir beef bouillon through the soup. Add frozen mixed vegetables to the pot, stir.

Bring the soup to a boil; reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are cooked through, 20 – 30 minutes.

That’s it – Enjoy!

This recipe is pretty forgiving and so I’ve experimented a bit with the original recipe I found on allrecipes.com. This one is my version of the original with the changes I’ve made. So far my substitution or changes have made it even better. I find you can really change things out easily to suit your preferences. I think I’ll be freezing okra next year to add to the other vegetables. The guys seem to like that and I never know what to do with all the extra okra from the garden.

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Festive Flurry Sugar Scrub & Gift Bag

This weekend my daughter wanted to make a couple of gifts for her college girlfriends, of course she informed me of this last minute so I needed something quick and easy.

Kaitlin decided to make them Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub and since I had one of our Festive Flurry Ornament Kits (item 135813) that seemed like a great place to start. So while Kaitlin mixed up the sugar scrub I got to work on the gift bags and jars.

Sugar Scrub & Gift Bag together

Here is what we came up with – In less than an hour the two of us had these great handmade gifts for her girlfriends that I think they will really enjoy.

Here is a close up of the gift bag – What did I do to create this lovely gift bag?

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I used the Festive Flurry Ornament Kit to create the focal point on my bag – It was quick and simple to do with just my glue gun needed, since everything else was in my kit. So all I had to do was punch the pieces out, score and then assemble.

I used the single stamp, A Gift for You (item 134765) that I stamped in Soft Suede onto Whisper White card stock and then punched out the sentiment with the matching Label Bracket Punch. I added a Pool Party snowflake that I cut out using the Festive Flurry Framelits Dies (item 132193) to create the little tag that I hung with Whisper White Baker’s Twine on the handle.

I didn’t have any tissue paper in the color I wanted and the white was kind of blah with the white gift bag – it needed a pop of color. So to create the coordinating tissue paper, I simply took some that I already had laying around and stamped it using one of the snowflakes from the Festive Flurry Stamp Set in Crumb Cake, Isn’t it cool how you can make your tissue paper match your gift bags?

Ok so now the bag was finished and I wanted to decorate the little jars that hold the Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub, right?

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So I simply used the Festive Flurry Ornament Kit again – but this time I only used the two smaller snowflakes and punched a 2 1/2″ Circle from Crumb Cake as the base. Once I built my snowflake with the hot glue gun I added it to the lid using Glue Dots, of course you could also use Sticky Strip.

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Sugar Scrubs are a lot of fun to make and are very popular right now. I love the fact that you can find everything in your kitchen to mix up a batch and it doesn’t have any preservatives in it – so they are great for those of us with sensitive skin. And this Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub is particularly yummy – when you use it you’re surrounded with the wonderful smell of pumpkin pie!

I love to use mine in the shower, since this recipe is gentle enough you can use it for both a hand scrub or body scrub. It is a wonderful way to moisturize during the winter. Even my hubby likes to use it on his dry hands in the winter.

Want the recipe? I figured you’d would so here it is:

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

2 c. Brown Sugar

1 c. Sugar

2 T. Pumpkin Pie Spice (reduce, if desired for less intense scent)

1 c. Sunflower Oil (you can also use Safflower or Vegetable oil)

Place ingredients into bowl. Mix until well blended. Store in a air tight container.

This recipe makes enough for a pint jar and can be used anywhere on your body. Just moisten your hands, scoop out a spoon full and rub in a circular motion on your moistened skin. Rinse and enjoy.

Be careful if you’re using this in the shower since the sunflower oil will make the floor slick. You’re going to love how soft this makes your skin feel! I use mine 2-3 times a week and the scrub should last for weeks and weeks if you are careful not to get water into it. You can add a cute little spoon to your gift for scooping if desired.

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If you like this my Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub you may want to try my Peppermint Stick Sugar Scrub too. Click HERE for more on my Peppermint Stick Sugar Scrub.

Supplies:

Stamp Set: A Gift for You (item 134765), and Festive Flurry (131778/131781)

Inks: Soft Suede (126978) and Crumb Cake (126975)

Paper: Pool Party (122924), Crumb Cake (120953), and Whisper White (100730)

Accessories: Festive Flurry Ornament Kit (135813),  Label Bracket Punch (132153), Big Shot (113439),  Festive Flurry Framelits Dies (item 132193), Whisper White Baker’s Twine (124262), Glue Dots (103683), 2 1/2″ Circle Punch (120906), plain white gift bag and small mason jar

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