Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Autumn Embellishments for Sale

Pie $2.50
Apples $4.50
Acorns $5.75

I Believe -- Wednesday @ 1 pm -- $15.00

I wish the photo was better. The layout background is a really pretty pattern and the mats are a lovely shade of green . . .

I Believe is you chance to scrapbook about yourself . . . This layout was designed to pay tribute to those women who have influenced our lives; lead us to be the women we are today.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Thirty Minute Layouts

Tonight's 30 minute layouts. I put together a couple of extra kits so it's not too late to sign up. The class has been moved to my studio.

See ya

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Crafting Made Simple Newsletter - September 19 2009

Crafting Made Simple
September 19 2009

Thirty Minute LayoutsYou will be amazed by the terrific layouts you can create in mere minutes. By the end of the class, you will have created four layouts that only need photos and your own personal touches to complete. Bring your basic kit. $24.00
Monday, September 21
@ 7 pm
@ Joyce’s home studio

I BelieveA chance to scrapbook about yourself . . . and you don't have to get too serious (if you don't want to). Bring your basic kit. $15.00
Wednesday, September 23
@ 7 pm
@ Pam’s home studio

Beginner ClassI teach beginners everything they need to know to begin scrapbooking. Classes can be booked at your convenience and are taught in my studio.
If you put a group together of 3 or more students, I am quite happy to travel to your home or venue to teach.

Our Test Kitchen Blog
Inspired by the movie Julia & Julie, we have embarked on a journey to try new and interesting recipes and share the recipes and our experiences through this blog. Each month contributors will select a new cookbook and set a goal of how many recipes to try each week.

Book ClubAre you interested in expanding your literary horizons? I am hosting the September book club meeting and we will be discussing The Birth House by Ami McKay. Our long-term project is Anna Karenina by Tolstoy. It will be an enjoyable evening and, of course, refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, September 30
@ 7 pm
@ Pam’s home

Craft Guild
Many of us have many hobbies and interests, including scrapbooking. And how many of the hobbies and interests result in piles of unfinished projects? I have more counted cross stitches, afghans, table cloths and quilts waiting to be finished then I even want to count. The Craft Guild is here to inspire you. Join us once a month in the host’s home for a make n take (which will be non-scrapbooking . . . lol) and a chance to sit down with an unfinished project, some friends, a treat and a cup of tea (coffee) and get it done. There is no cost for this guild . . . just the enjoyment of your company. I am hosting this month.
Monday, September 28
@ 7 pm
@ Pam’s place

Cardmakers Club
Host for October is Sandra McKay. We are doing something a little bit different this month . . . a shoe box swap. Each person will create a Christmas card and pack everything needed to create 6 more of the same cards. We will spend the evening building 6 different cards from the swap. Please let us know if you will be attending.
Tuesday, October 20
@ 7 pm
@ Sandra’s (Grand Central)

Crafting Made Simple Yahoo group
This group has been created as a forum for people who live in the St. Thomas, ON area to share our favourite hobbies and crafts, such as scrapbooking and cardmaking, needlecrafts, reading and writing, and painting. Off-topic conversation is very welcome. While this group is geared to a certain geographical area, out-of-towners are very welcome to join. You are welcome to use this group to set up swaps and meet-ups. Advertising is allowed on Sundays. AD must be shown in the subject line.

Learn How to KnitKnitting is fulfilling, creative hobby to enjoy for your lifetime. You will receive a set of knitting needles, a darning needle, and cotton yarn to create this week's project . . . a simple dish cloth. During this class you will learn everything you need to know to begin knitting. $25.00 You are welcome to book a private class to suit your schedule.

Learn How to CrochetCrochet is also a fulfilling, creative hobby to enjoy for your lifetime. You will receive two crochet hooks, a darning needle, and acrylic yarn to create this week's project . . . a simple head hugger. During this class you will learn everything you need to know to begin crochet. $25.00 You are welcome to book a private class to suit your schedule.

Learn Counted Cross StitchWhen you register and pay for your class you will receive: Needles and needle threader, Embroidery hoop, Fabric, an Instruction booklet and the floss required to complete your first project. During this class you will learn everything you need to know to begin counted cross stitch. $25.00 Please book a private class to suit your schedule.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Roasted Veggie Lasagna ~r

As requested, here is the lasagna recipe I developed by blending two recipes I found online and my own intuition:

Roasted Veggie Lasagna
2-3 onions, sliced
1/2 lb mushrooms, sliced (I used crimini)
3 zucchini sliced
2 red or green sweet peppers, cut into 6 pcs
and slice up any other veggies you think might be interesting in your lasagna.

In a separate bowl, mix 3 tbsp olive oil, 1 minced garlic, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper.

Place veggies in large baking dish. Brush both sides of veggies with the oil mixture. Put veggies in 400F oven for 15 minutes. Turn over and cook for an additional 15 minutes.

Mix 15 oz ricotta or cottage cheese, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan and 1 beaten egg.

You will also need a 26 oz jar of spaghetti sauce (I used diced tomatoes and 1/4 cup of homemade basil pesto), 12 no-boil lasagna noodles, and 2 cups grated mozzarella.

In a 9 x 13" pan pour 1/4 of the sauce.

Place 4 noodles. Spoon 1/2 of the cheese mixture over noodles. Place 1/2 of the roasted veggies over cheese. Pour 1/3 of the sauce over veggies. The next layer is 2/3 cup of mozzarella. Repeat these layers one more time. Top with 4 noodles and the remainder of the sauce.

Cover and bake in a 450F oven for 40 minutes. Uncover. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese over the top and return to over for 5-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.

Pam Hedden

Le dîner est servi . . .

The Ladies Come for Lunch ~r

I invited a few of my favourite lady friends for lunch today to taste test some more recipes from No-More-Than-4 Ingredient Recipes: A Cookbook for Kitchen Klutzes by Joy Gallagher Douglas.

Orange Blossom Specials
Chicken and Peppers
Chutney Peaches
Tomatoes and Brie
Lovely Limas
Strawberries Lola
Orange Blossom Specials3 cups orange juice
1 cup white wine
2 thin orange slices
4 mint sprigs (optional)
Put ice cubes in 4 tall glasses. In pitcher, mix orange juice and white wine. Fill glasses. Garnish with half a slice of orange and a mint sprig if desired.
Serves 4

This beverage is very enjoyable!
Chicken and Peppers1 green or red sweet pepper
2 tbsp butter
4 whole chicken breasts, halved
ground cumin
Cut pepper in half. Core and remove seeds and slice into thin strips. Heat butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle each brest half with a pinch of cumin. Saute breasts for about 3 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned. Turn breasts, add pepper strips and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring often, until breasts are tender, about 5 minutes on each side. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Serves 4

I couldn't understand buying boneless, skinless chicken breasts and then frying them, so, I seasoned them and baked them in the oven. I added them to the sauteed peppers shortly before serving. I think it must have been the cumin, but the chicken had a lovely aroma and taste.
Chutney Peaches4 canned peach halves
4 tbsp melted butter
4 tbsp chutney
Place peach halves cut side up in buttered baking dish. Brush each with 1 tbsp melted butter and fill cavity with 1 tbsp chutney. Bake in preheated 350F oven for 10-15 minutes, or until hot.
Serves 4

I used peach chutney for the filling. These little gems were soooooo delicious.
Tomatoes and Brie2 ripe tomatoes
4 thin slices Brie cheese
1 tbsp chopped fresh basil or 1 tsp dried basil
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
On small serving plate, overlap sliced tomatoes and slices of Brie. Sprinkle with basil and vinegar, and salt and pepper if desired.
Serves 4

Delicious. Refreshing. A wonderful way to start the meal.
Lovely Limas1 package frozen lima beans
2 tbst chopped piniento
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup dairy sour cream
In saucepan, cook lima beans according to package directions and drain well. Combine with remaining ingredients and mix lightly but well.
Serves 4

I think even lima bean haters might like this recipe. I found that frozen lima beans were very expensive so I used canned lima beans, rinsing the beans and cooking them in fresh water. Because I used canned beans, the cooking time was much shorter.
Biscuits1/2 cup butter or margarine, at room temperature
1 package cream cheese
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
Cream together butter or margarine and cream cheese. Add flour and a pinch of salt and mix well. Form into small balls and put on ungreased baking sheet. Press down with fingers. Bake in preheated 350F oven for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with butter.
Serves 4

I couldn't figure out how these biscuits were going to rise, and they did not rise much. But they were quite delicious and disappeared quickly.
Strawberries Lola4 cups fresh strawberries
4 tbsp dairy sour cream
4 tsp brown sugar
Wash, hull and drain strawberries and place in 4 dessert dishes. Top each with 1 tbsp of sour cream and sprinkle with 1 tsp brown sugar.
Serves 4

A wonderful end to the meal. You might not think these ingredients should go together, but this dessert is surprisingly refreshing and delicious.
To get this meal on the table for 1 pm (using the recipes exactly as posted):
12:15 set table
12:20 make dessert
12:30 make biscuits
12:35 make chicken
12:40 make lima beans
12:45 make peaches
12:50 make tomatoes and brie
12:55 make beverages
Times will need to be adjusted if you use my suggestions.

Le dîner est servi . . .
Pam Hedden

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Curry-ing Chicken Favour ~r

Curried Orange Chicken
Parmesan Onions
Potatoes Hannah
French Bread
Pineapple Perfect

Curried Orange Chicken

1 cup orange marmalade
1 tbsp curry powder
1 chicken, cut up

In medium bowl, combine marmalade, curry powder, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 cup water. Place chicken pieces, skin side up, in buttered baking dish. Spoon marmalade mixture over chicken. Bake, uncovered in 350F oven for 45-60 minutes, spooning sauce over chicken several times during baking. If sauce begins to stick to bottom or pan, add an additional 1/4 cup water. When tender, remove chicken from sauce. Skim fat from sauce and serve sauce over chicken.
Serves 4

Notes: I just swirled a little olive oil in the bottom of the pan before baking instead of butter. I used 6 chicken quarters I found on sale.

Fabulous. Juicy. Delicious.

Parmesan Onions

2 large sweet Spanish onions
3 tbsp butter
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Peel and chop onions. In saucepan, cook in butter over low heat until onions are tender but not brown. Turn onions into small shallow casserole and sprinkle with cheese. Put under broiler only long enough to melt cheese or put casserole in 350F oven just until cheese melts, about 5 minutes.

Notes: I followed this recipe exactly.

I thought it was quite tasty. Hal wasn't so keen. That's okay, because I can freeze it to use on hot dogs, hamburgs, etc.

Potatoes Hannah

6 medium potatoes
1/2 cup melted butter

Peel and slice potatoes very thinly. Immediately toss slices in melted butter, coating all over so they won't turn brown. Arrange buttered slices in layers of overlapping circles in generously greased shallow casserole, salting and peppering each layer. Bake in 350F oven for 45 minutes.

Notes: Sprinkled top layer with some paprika.

Delicious. Simple.

Pineapple Perfect1 cup dairy sour cream
1/4 cup honey
2 tbsp. finely copped candied ginger
2 cups pineapple chunks, drained

In bowl, combine sour cream, honey and candied ginger. Spoon chilled pineapple chunks into 4 individual dessert dishes and top with sauce.

Notes: I used crystallized ginger. Is that the same as candied ginger?

I loved it. Hal says he doesn't like pineapple except on Hawaiian pizza so he didn't even try it. It was smooth and sweet and tangy. Cameron doesn't like pineapple but he posed so I could get a cute photo of the dessert.

All in all, a delicious meal in just an hour. Instead of French bread, I served baguette, goat cheese and bruschetta (all store bought).
To serve supper at 5 pm:
4:00 pm Prepare chicken and put in oven; prepare dessert and put in fridge
4:15 pm Prepare potatoes and put in oven
4:40 pm Cook onions
4:55 pm Put onions in casserole, add cheese and melt in oven.
Le dîner est servi . . .

Happy Birthday, Mom

Last week I posted a message to some of the ladies attending the Salvation Army crop on Saturday:

Mom's birthday is today (10th) and I'd like to help her celebrate. On Saturday many of us, including Mom, will be cropping at the Salvation Army church on Elm Street. What I would like each of you to do is bring cake -- I don't care if it is a pancake, cupcake, loaf cake, or even an apple pie . . . lol . . . as long as it either says Happy Birthday or has candles or some such thing that will show that it is a birthday cake. She will love the humour and I think it will give her a great deal of happiness. I hope you will participate in my little surprise for mom.Ps . . . even if you aren't attending the crop, I hope you will find a moment in your day to pop in and wish Mom a happy birthday, with or without a cake . . . how about a twinkie from the corner store . . . lol???Thanks so much,Pam

I think Mom enjoyed her surprise . . . she received everything from a Flaky decorated with a tea light candle to a filled cookie with a candle on top, pancakes and cheesecake, and everything in between. This photo just shows some of Mom's cakes. I wish I had taken a better picture of her . . . sigh . . .

Happy birthday, Mom. I hope you enjoyed it.

See ya

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Learn to Knit

Why not Learn How to Knit??
Knitting is fulfilling, creative hobby to enjoy for your lifetime. You will receive a set of knitting needles, a darning needle, and cotton yarn to create this week's project . . . a simple dish cloth. During this class you will learn everything you need to know to begin knitting. $25.00
Class held Thursday, September 10 at 7 pm. You are also welcome to book a private class to suit your schedule. Call for details or to book a private class.

Back to School Layout Class

Sign up now for a delightful two-page layout class to be held Wednesday, September 9 at 1 pm and 7 pm. The theme is back to school and the main colours are red, yellow and blue. Here's a sneak peek at one of the elements in the project. $15.00

Have more than one kid starting school this week? No problem. There will be additional kits available.

Happy Mothers Day . . .

. . . or in my case, Grandmother's Day.

I spent a wonderful summer with my grandchildren but now its time to get back to "work" . . . and I bet you are looking forward to some "me time" . . .

So why not Learn How to Crochet

Crochet is fulfilling, creative hobby to enjoy for your lifetime. You will receive two crochet hooks, a darning needle, and acrylic yarn to create this week's project . . . a simple head hugger. During this class you will learn everything you need to know to begin crochet. $25.00

Classes held Tuesday, September 8 at 1 pm and 7 pm. You are also welcome to book a private class to suit your schedule. Call for details or to book a private class.