Sunday, December 27, 2009

Online Crop & Organization Challenge

Let’s start the year off right . . .

6th Annual New Year's Day Online Crop

Wow . . . I can't believe it . . . time for our SIXTH annual New Year's Day Crop. I hope you can join us.

Ways you can join in . . .

1. Join Crafting Made Simple and participate online. We will be posting challenges and ideas throughout the day.

2. If you have a bricks & mortar, home-based or online store, we would sure appreciate you sponsoring a challenge and offering a small prize.


3. Invite some friends over and crop together. I have spaces for 5-6 friends to join me for the day. I'm going to start the day with brunch and then get right into some serious scrapbooking. Let me know if you would like to crop with me.

I'm so looking forward to scrapbooking with you.

Annual Organization Challenge

I’ve lost track of how many years we’ve been doing this challenge, but I think this is our 4th Annual. I hadn’t planned on repeating this event but I’ve lost track of the number of people who have requested it. So beginning January 1st, 2010, I will post a challenge each week for 10 weeks. I’m sure we can arrange a location for a yard sale at the end of the 10 weeks. Check out Crafting Made Simple or my blog each week for your challenge and please post a message to cheer each other on and report completed challenges.

See ya

Pam

Friday, December 18, 2009

6th Annual New Year's Day Online Crop

Wow . . . I can't believe it . . . time for our SIXTH annual New Year's Day Crop. I hope you can join us.

Ways you can join in . . .

1. Join http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/crafting_made_simple/ and participate online. We will be posting challenges and ideas throughout the day.

2. Sponsor a challenge and offer a sma...ll prize. I know there are lots of bricks & mortar businesses and home-based businesses that could benefit from being a sponsor.

3. Invite some friends over and crop together. I have spaces for 5-6 friends to join me for the day. I'm going to start the day with brunch and then get right into some serious scrapbooking. Let me know if you would like to crop with me.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

I'm so looking forward to scrapbooking with you.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Cereal Jumbles

I was invited to a cookie swap at Annie's last week. Am I ever glad I went. I received some really delicious cookies.

But what to make? I had to get out one of my old cookbooks and come up with a sure-fire cookie recipe. What better way to remember which recipes are best than to look for the pages with the most spills on them . . . LOL . . .

And that's how I chose this recipe . . .

Cereal Jumbles
1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 well-beaten egg
1-1/2 tbsp milk
1 cup sifted enriched flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup finely cut dates
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1-1/2 cups whole wheat flakes**

** I went to 3 different stores and could not find any wheat flake cereal. I ended up using Presidents Choice On Track cereal. It was a good decision. And I've been really enjoying eating the leftover cereal. **

Cream shortening; add sugar gradually, and blend. Add egg and milk. Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Stir into the creamed mixture. Add vanilla, dates, and nuts. Crush cereal flakes slightly. Drop cookie dough from teaspoon into crushed cereal flakes and roll so that balls of dough are entirely coated. Top with nut meat halves, if desired. Place about 3" apart on greased heavy baking sheet. Bake in hot over (400F) about 12 minutes. Makes 2-3 dozen.

Yummy!!!!!

Note: The next time I made these cookies I was in a rush and just dumped the cereal into the cookie dough. Tasted just as good and a lot less work.

Lightened-Up Cream of Mushroom Soup

Lightened-Up Cream of Mushroom Soup - Recipes - Food - Canadian Living

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I made this soup the other night using white mushrooms I found on the "hardly used nearly new rack" at Superstore. I'm not a fan of mushroom soup but I really enjoyed this one. Hal is a fan.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Back to Kitchener . . . because there are so many amazing boxes there . . .

Today was a PA Day for the grandsons. What to do? Letterboxing, of course. First stop was in New Hamburg for a second attempt at Mennonites of Ontario #20. We pulled into a parking lot to get our bearings and there just happened to be a Cheese Factory there. So we had to go in and sample some cheese. We came out with Onion & Garlic Cheese and a bag of Cheese Curds.
Once again, we were unsuccessful in New Hamburg. Cam (4) thinks perhaps someone took the box home because they didn't know it was a letterbox. But at least we had fun and got some yummy cheese.
Okay, this is not a letterboxing photo. Just a photo of a cool cow. Anyone know what kind of cow it is??
Next stop was Sunrise In Kitchener. We found it!! This area is being built up so quickly that the new area map we just bought was missing new streets already. It was very windy in open areas. We actually saw a couple of birds trying to fly into the wind and being blown backwards!!!! Good thing we were wearing lots of layers.
Our third effort was to locate Mennonites of Ontario #11
Success!! The box was a simple find. The stamp had amazing detail. That makes 2 finds so far . . .
Next was a second attempt at Mennonites of Ontario #10. We had tried this one back in July but the tree was just so prickly that we couldn't access the box. This time Hal was covered from head to toe and ready to dive in for the find. Our third success for the day . . . Yahoo!!!!!
Our final box of the day was A Looong Way From Home. What a great hide and the stamp is adorable. And a nice little bonus -- a flea inside. The flea came home with us and will be released again soon.
It was a lovely day and we hope there are still some nice letterboxing days left in 2009.
See ya on the trails,
Pam of the Big Blue Team
St. Thomas ON

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