A Few Christmas Cards

IMG_2447Hi there everyone. Hope you are having a good week. Well this week I am celebrating 68 years of life….wow, was it just yesterday I was 30 years old??? Time sure does fly when we are having a good time. Not sure there were a lot of good times, but they were not terrible times. When I was 30, we were moving up to Wisconsin to our 20 acres, building a house and raising cows and chickens. That was a great life and I miss it very much. Well, life goes on and things change. We sold that piece of land and moved back into the city limits. Sigh….oh for the quiet life again, but at 68, don’t think I could do the things I did at 30. I guess, everything works out for the good.

Now I  just clean house, garden, cook, make cards and play on the computer among various other things. So as you can see today this blog is about making cards. Once a month I go to a friend’s house and we make cards. Been doing that 6-7 maybe 8 years. That’s how much time flies….can’t even remember how long I’ve been going to her house.

So the card above was made with all die cuts. The lettering, pine needles and pine cones were glued on snowflake folder background that was run through a cuttlebug.  The ribbon was glued on and the bow stuck on with a glue dot. Fun to make.

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In the above picture is a 3D pine cone. Again all die cuts. The pine cone is a scalloped circle that was cut in 4 sections, 5 sections, 4, 3, 2 and 1 sections. The sections were inked then glued pop-ups were placed on the bottom of each section and the sides curled under. The greenery, gold bells and banner were die cuts. The bow already pre-made. The red background was a dotted folder run through the cuttlebug.

I have two more cards to show you….but that will be in the next post. Tis time to close this blog for today. You all have a great day and keep looking up.

Cheers ~ Louise

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Made Some Really Good…….

Hi there everyone….how is  your day going??? I just love Saturday’s…it’s sort of a break from the hum-drum busy-ness of the previous week and the beginning of a new week. Too bad Saturday’s do not last 48 hours, but then that’s why we have Sunday’s I guess. The days just fly by way too fast. STOP….I am rambling on about nothing….on to something else. “Made some really good…..”

IMG_2428Sour Cream and 7-up Biscuits…oh my these were really good and I used 4 ingredients…….

4 cups biscuit mix

1 cup sour cream

6 ounces Sprite or 7-up

1/2 cup melted butter

Mix the sour cream into the biscuit mix, using a pastry blender until the mixture is crumbly. Add the Sprite or 7-up all at once, stir quickly with a large fork.

Turn out onto a lightly floured board and quickly knead 6-8 times. Will be sticky so don’t over mix or biscuits will be tough. Pat into a square and cut into about 18 equal pieces using a knife dipped in flour. Can use a 2 to 3 inch biscuit cutter.

Melt butter and pour into a pan or 9×13 dish, place biscuits on top of butter and bake at 400 – 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes until browned…..Yummy

IMG_2430I made this Turkey Card for Thanksgiving. Found this turkey in a pile of old cards and ran it off on my printer. Colored the turkey in with copic markers, cut it down to size to fit the card. Ran the front part (orange) of the card through my cuttlebug and dabbed with ink. The turkey picture was dabbed with ink around edges then I sprayed the whole card with a gold mist that gave it an iridescent look.

I have about 8 more cards to make like this and then will send them to a few friends and family. I made a few for Hospice, so a few people will be receiving this card to cheer them  up hopefully.

Well, time to close and get some work done today…only a few hours of day light left before it gets dark again. Daylight Savings can sure be a drag at times…I like the sun and SON!!!!

Have a good day and keep looking up…..Cheers ~ Louise

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Finally the Roof is Fixed

Hi there everyone, hope your day is going well or ending well. As you can see I am still up, it is going on 2:00am, I am a night owl and have been on this schedule for 7 years now. My husband works the second shift and does not get home till 1am. So I stay up and cook dinner for him and putze on the computer till he falls asleep, then I go to bed. Lovely evening, right?

Well we finally had our roof fixed last week on the 21st and 22nd. I feel so much more secure in knowing our roof will not leak anymore. I really feel these men did a great job and I would not hesitate to call them for more work on the house…..if we had the money to do it. These men said there were a lot of mistakes made up there and it was no wonder there were leaks in our kitchen. GREAT!!!! Now that the damage is done.

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In the two previous pictures, you can see where the men put the scaffolding up….that was professional to me. The last two roofers (that supposedly fixed our roof and made the many mistakes) did not use scaffolding. You can see that these roofers fixed the roof right up to the peaks and redid the valleys and put rubber on the flat part of the roof where all the leaks were. They also took down the chimney cause it was falling apart. Yeah, they did a lot of work and it was taken care of by “Rebuilding Together” I don’t have any idea how much all that work cost…but like I said, I feel secure that the roof will not leak again.

I guess we have to wait for a big storm to see though. My husband seems to think it might leak. But me….I am putting the buckets away. I think if there is a leak I will be VERY upset!!!!!

Well now the scaffolding is gone and the leaves are raked. The scaffolding did come in handy for us cause JP was able to cut some limbs down from the tree. There were lots of limbs over the roof…so it was a good thing for us.

I guess I will close this blog for now. If you would like to check out my other blog, I talk about making tea, cranberry juice, fried cabbage, spaghetti squash and tomato sauce. My address is: http://www.cards4ubylouise.blogspot.com  Have a great day and keep looking up.

Cheers ~ Louise

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Diets and Such…….

10641053_814473235272197_1464664143164217533_nHi there everyone….hope you are having a good day. Did I say D.I.E.T.S???? Ish…I hate dieting, don’t you? I wish there was an easier way to lose some weight.

I am still doing my smoothies, although I missed today. I have managed to drop 7 pounds so that is a plus. Looking at me, you probably would not be able to tell it, but at least I am trying.

As for salads, I like salads and really need to do more. Problem is I like to cook too, and I do so enjoy my cooking. When I cook for the husband, he is one of those that can eat anything, and not gain weight….me I just look at it or take a little bite and on goes the pounds. So unfair!!!

PS….I can pass up a donut very easily…..it’s those potato chips that call my name so very loudly!!!!! Cheese, garlic, BBQ……well just about any chip would have my name on it.

So today after church we went out to eat. I had a “freightliner omelet” 3 eggs, cheese, potatoes, and bacon with rye toast. Oh gosh was that delish. Took half of it home for breakfast or lunch. So I will be looking forward to the rest of my lunch tomarrow.

What is my menu for this next week….not sure, but I will try to keep the calorie content down a bit plus watch my blood sugar numbers. This mornings numbers  were 110…..that was a very good number for me. Would be great if I could keep my numbers there all the time. I like to go to Biz’s blog at: http://www.mybizzykitchen.com she always has some great ideas and recipes to follow. She is also diabetic and watches her numbers and calories like a hawk.

Well, time to close this blog and go makes some cards…..seems this wordpress is slowing down quite a bit and I can only get one letter at a time. So have a great week and keep looking up!!!  Cheers ~ Louise

 

 

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Makin’ Saurkraut

Hi there everyone…..gosh where is the time going. Cannot believe it’s 11 days since I last posted here…sorry for the delay.

I have been busy this past week. We are still waiting for the roofer to come and do our roof, but the weather has not been cooperating and the roofer does not want to open the roof up till the weather is nicer…I would most certainly agree!!! We have had enough ceiling leaks in the kitchen to last a life time.IMG_2390JP came home from work Tuesday with two of these giant cabbages, about 10×10 for each of them. First thing on my menu was sliced cabbage cooked in butter and fried, a small can of diced tomatoes and some left over spaghetti, mixed together and topped with mozzarella. I cooked some chicken for myself and venison steak for JP.

Next on the menu, sliced some more cabbage and froze a couple of bags for soups in the future. Then I found this recipe for sauerkraut in a mason jar. Now that is a good idea, I don’t remember ever making sauerkraut, so why not try. Here is the address to go to, to make your own. http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-easy-homemade-saurkraut-in-a-mason-jar-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-193124 This is the recipe I used. I also found this same recipe on Pinterest along with many other recipes for cabbage. MMMMM my mouth watered looking at all that goodness. Just type in “Cabbage recipes” and wah-la…recipes galore!!!

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Here you see the sauerkraut on day two of fermentation. Tonight I will stir the cabbage around and make sure all the kraut is under water, as long as that is happening, we are in business and headed for a good batch of sauerkraut. I need to find some cheese cloth so I can cover the jar properly. This will take 7-10 days to ferment. After that I can start to cook with the kraut. Pork Roast, potatoes and kraut and applesauce……oh yes…come to mama!!!

Some other things on my menu that I plan on making, are stuffed cabbage or (ho-lip-she) which is what I call them. One of my favorite side dishes is cooked cabbage in bacon grease, onion and tomatoes and the cooked bacon mixed together. So good.

If you would like to see what other things I am going to make, please see my other blog at: http://www.cards4ubylouise.blogspot.com    Cheers ~ Louise

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Coffee and Smoothies

10153655_10152425488328716_5215029920159904588_nHi there everyone. To whom ever I am speaking to.

Yes……I need some coffee. Have not had a cup for a couple of days….sure could use a cup. I am wondering if coffee is detrimental to my health so I am laying off it for the time being. Or at least for a couple of days.

Ummmm…..After doing this short blog, I am heading to the kitchen to make myself a smoothie, yes, a healthy one with pineapple, blueberries, yogurt, almond butter and kale.

Do I still want a cup of coffee?? You bet’cha, but I will try to resist just for today….tomorrow may be a different story.

Have a great day and keep looking up!! Cheers ~ Louise

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God Will Make a Way

4590c11a3a8e09d9262765d58dc73455It is so good to know that God has our Back…..when things look dark and cloudy, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. That God is there leading and guiding our every step of the way. He will not forsake us nor leave us alone. Holding our hand and holding us in the palm of HIS hand. Our Friend, Councelor, Lover, Savior and King. So yeah, HE will make a way when there seems to be no way.

If you have any doubts as to whether God is there for you….just ask Him into your heart and acknowledge you are a sinner and need a savior, that Jesus died on that cross for you…..just call on the name of Jesus and you will be saved. Read John 3:7 “Ye must be born again.” It is so simple, that even a young child can understand that salvation in Jesus is a free gift. Open that gift and receive that free gift of salvation ~ you will be glad you did.

Have a great day and keep looking up. Cheers ~ Louise

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Chinese Dumplings or Potstickers

Hi there everyone. Hope you are having a great day and beautiful Fall. Enjoy the days….they go way too fast. Before you know it Winter will be here….uge, snow and cold is on the way.

I made some Chinese Dumplings or Potstickers. I have bought these at the store…but never thought to make them myself. One of the blogs that I follow, Tina at: http://www.kittykatkards.blogspot.com made some dumplings and I asked her for her recipe, it is: http://chinesefood.about.com/od/potstickers/r/potstickers/htm  Go to the second section, that would be the recipe I followed.

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In this picture (which is sideways….sorry about that, but you get the idea.) The filling is ground pork, bok choy, salt and pepper, onions, wine, cornstarch and sesame oil. Mix altogether. The dough is 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of hot water. Mix together and knead, then roll out into 3″ circles. Spoon on the filling and fold over and pinch the sides together.

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Fry these babies in some oil till browned then pour 1 cup of hot water over the dumplings, cover and cook for 6-7 minutes or until the water is absorbed. Tina said she just boils the  dumplings, if you want to skip the frying part. I liked the crunch of the dumplings!! Mmmm they were delish!!!

IMG_2359The sauce is low sodium soy sauce and sesame oil mixed and poured over the dumplings or you can dip the dumplings in the sauce. JP really enjoyed them, I think he had about 12 dumplings. I am not sure how many I had. I am hoping the calorie count was not too high on these. Cause I really enjoyed them and plan on making them again….soon!!

Well, I hope you try and make these, you will be glad you did. Have a great day and keep looking up. Enjoy the rest of this beautiful Fall. Cheers ~ Louise

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Hi Everyone…hope you are having a good day. It was beautiful today wasn’t it??? I love this time of the year. Although I am not thrilled that snow is right around the corner. But living in Wisconsin, a person has to expect that kind of weather.

Been making a few new cards. Finally got a little inspiration lately. It seemed, I lost it somewhere along the line….but it is returning.  IMG_2304 Bought some Stampin’up stamps and here is a sample of what I made. I did case this card from someone else’s blog….so I can’t say this is my own idea…I did use different colors though. It’s always fun to see what happens when I play around a bit.

IMG_2309Now this is my own inspiration….was just playing around with the new stamps I got and just stamped away….kinda fun…huh??? Very simple.

IMG_2297This is a new folder I picked up at JoAnn’s. I rather like the effect I got, just dabbed the inks on the leaves. I had this cardstock tucked away in a container and thought…I better start using it. I have enough for Christmas cards too…wait till you see them…white on white. I like that effect.

IMG_2290This card was another idea I found on the internet….forgot where I found it. I had been hunting for the flower stamp and finally found it at JoAnn’s…..yay, now I can make this card. The flowers are embossed in white then dabbed with turquoise ink, then I wiped off the ink off the flowers and stamped Birthday blessings, added the ribbon, which really should be turquoise…but alas, no turquoise….must go shopping at Walmart for that. Yay, another day of shopping.

Well time to close, need to get to bed soon, so I am not so tired getting up in the morning for church at 9:30am. You all have a great rest of the week end and enjoy the weather.

Cheers ~ Louise

PS if you would like to visit my other blog, go to: http://www.cards4ubylouise.blogspot.com

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Wordless Wednesday……..

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 Hahahahahahaha……Have a great day!!! Cheers ~ Louise

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