I’m running by my shirt tails once again, life is FULL! I do have an entire ‘nuther post coming up with pictures of a recent hike but for today I’ll stick to three topics:
1. FAMILY CARD CHALLENGE
My sister Nina challenged my sister in law Judy and I to try out a new technique. It’s an interesting one and proved to be one I know I will attempt again in the future. Here is the video which Nina shared with us:
Right - how cool is THAT - DRYER SHEETS! So I created two versions of card:
This card is very ARTISTIC. I used some Boho Chic designer paper by Kristin Cronin Barrow for the base. I stamped a pattern of Inkadinkado flowers all over in coordinating colors - then used bold black VersaFine for the central blooms. Next came the adhesive and sparkle layer. I chose a heavier glitter for this project. All I had to do to bring this card to life was add the black lace and tulle border. This card and the next are reserved for two of my dearest friends.
I got more experimental on this second one. I broke out my watercolour paper and paints. I painted the bloom and dried using my heat embossing gun (so handy!) Next I trimmed dryer sheet bits to fit over the flower parts. I spray adhesive-d (Krylon adhesive spray)
Then I laid it on the blossom, glittered with a Glitter Ritz super fine glitter while it was still tacky. Once set I trimmed around the flower with sharp scissors. I went in a second time with my watercolors to add bold edges and touches. I think this is a very effective technique I’ll employ again and again. The designer paper used here is Happy Trails by American Crafts. The backgrounds to the Stampin Up Sentiment are actually paint chips I picked up from WalMart.
CONFESSION: I dry 99.9% of my laundry on a rack outdoors so I actually had to MAKE some used dryer sheets for this project. I now have friends saving them for me.
2. DINING OUT
I dined out for lunch yesterday with two dear friends who I’ve not seen since before Christmas. What a tremendous amount our lives can change in a short span. THIS meeting was one which has altered our friendships together. I thank the Lord for HIS hand of graciousness upon our friendship.
We chose to eat at one of the classiest restaurants in Osoyoos - and a personal favorite - Dolci Deli. The food and service are a cut above. The food is always unique, fresh and imaginative. I know the staff buy ingredients locally (saw it with my very own eyes!) and the presentation is always a pleasant surprise. I’m so proud to invite friends here and I always recommend it to visitors.
We all chose yesterday’s special - Spaetzle! Oh so soft and pillowy and nestled beneath just the right amount of caramelized onion and crisp bacon and sided with a bright colourful and tasty green salad - all I can say is its a good thing I live rural or I’d probably be there TOO much! But just because I can’t … won’t you go FOR me?
3. HOME BAKING
Since I am rural and work from home a lot (working of the artistic sort) I like to bake and experiment. These are two dishes I made this past week:
This is a Finnish Pulla - a sweet bread and I based my own loosely on a recipe from Cake Crumbs and Beach Sand I added in some fresh orange zest and pepper and my own dehydrated apple bits. Num!
Apple Pizza-Pastry Pie
I am using up apples - living in the Okanagan they are plentiful. This recipe was a hit with my husband, other than he prefers not to have the peels left on. Me, I like them.
Super simple, I used the last ball of my Mother in Law’s incredibly flaky pastry. (she loves me in pastry balls) I spread it on a silpat matt. I simply cut the apples into little strips, tossed them with lemon zest, ginger, cinnamon, a touch of brown sugar and a bit of flour. I spread this over the dough and then used my cheese grater (sprayed with cooking spray) and shredded butter over the top. Baked in a moderate oven until it was perfectly golden.
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