Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving 2013

                                                    Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Pies

Dazzling Thanksgiving Pies 

from Southern Living

The bird may take center stage for the first half of the meal, but these beautiful Thanksgiving pies will give a showstopping sweet ending.

Easy Skillet Apple Pie Recipe


  • 2 pounds Granny Smith apples 
  • 2 pounds Braeburn apples
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar 
  • 1/2 cup butter 
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • (14.1-oz.) package refrigerated pie crusts 
  • egg white 
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 
  • Butter-pecan ice cream 


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350º. Peel apples, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges. Toss apples with cinnamon and 3/4 cup granulated sugar.
  2. 2. Melt butter in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat; add brown sugar, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and place 1 piecrust in skillet over brown sugar mixture. Spoon apple mixture over piecrust, and top with remaining piecrust. Whisk egg white until foamy. Brush top of piecrust with egg white; sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar. Cut 4 or 5 slits in top for steam to escape.
  3. 3. Bake at 350º for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly, shielding with aluminum foil during last 10 minutes to prevent excessive browning, if necessary. Cool on a wire rack 30 minutes before serving. Serve with butter-pecan ice cream.
*** since I prefer dutch apple, I think I'd substitute a crumble for the top crust. 


Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie Recipe


  • 1/2 (15-oz.) package refrigerated pie crusts 
  • large eggs 
  • 1/2 cup sugar 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted 
  • 1 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 2 cups pecan halves 
  •  Vanilla Ice Cream (optional)
  • Garnish: fresh mint sprigs


  1. 1. Fit piecrust into a 9-inch pieplate according to package directions. Fold edges under, and crimp.
  2. 2. Whisk together eggs and next 5 ingredients until thoroughly blended. Stir in pecans. Pour mixture into piecrust.
  3. 3. Bake at 350° on lower rack 40 minutes or until pie is set, shielding edges with aluminum foil after 15 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. 4.  Serve with your favorite vanilla ice cream.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cups

          Pumpkin Cheesecake cups (NO BAKING)

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnaps!
Thanks go to shugarysweets for sharing this awesome recipe. These little cheesecake cups are just perfect for the busy cook the day before Thanksgiving.  No baking allowed :-). You are going to get a pie out of this recipe too.  And, to make it even easier... take a side trip to the Dollar store and pick up some dessert cups... that way there's no clean up to worry about Thanksgiving Day... you're welcome. 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cups
Prep Time: 2 hours
Yield: 1 pies 8+dessert cups
  • 2- 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup 100% pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 12 oz Cool Whip
  • 14 oz box Gingersnap cookies
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted 

  1. Set aside several whole cookies for garnishing. Eat a few now because you've been working hard :-). Pulse remaining cookies in food processor until chunky. Mix ground cookies with melted butter. Press into bottom of the pie plate plus 8 individual dishes.
  2. Beat cream cheese with sweetened condensed milk for 5 minutes. Mix in pumpkin, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Fold in Cool Whip.
  3. Pour mixture evenly into pie plate and dessert cups and refrigerate for one to two hours until set and cold.  Garnish with the extra cookies.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Weekly Deals Nov 26

                                       Weekly Deals

Here's this weeks sale items.  These sales amaze me because these are very popular items.  Usually in the retail world, you expect to find sale prices on items that are overstocked or difficult to move.  I don't think these are non-movers, in my humble opinion.

Don't miss out and check back each Tuesday for more weekly deals.

1 Square Punch
Price$15.95 $11.96
Beautifully Baroque Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Price$7.95 $5.96
Cherry Cobbler 3/4 Chevron Ribbon
Price$8.95 $6.71
Compilation Of Recipes Designer Template - Digital Download
Price$14.95 $8.97
Floral Frames Framelits Dies
Price$26.95 $20.21
Peekaboo Frames Bigz L Die
Price$32.95 $24.71
Regals Stampin' Write Markers
Price$28.95 $21.71
Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Pad
Price$5.95 $4.46


Meanwhile, the huge HOLIDAY SALE is still going on - these deals last until December 2nd. 

Holiday Sale. Up to 50% off a huge selection of products! Start Saving.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving Treats

                                           Time to get ready

Oh my gosh, Thanksgiving is a mere week away.  Today's blog will feature some of the fun things we can eat... er, I mean create... see the word 'eat' in there?  Must be a subliminal message :-). Well, we can create these simple little treats and then eat them - treat = eat - hmm, there's that word 'eat' again - I must be getting hungry LOL.

Oh yum!!!  And fun!!!  Don't these little treats look fantastic? A kiss and a cookie and a dot of melted chocolate.  The hardest part is not eating them all before guests arrive.

vanilla wafer Hershey's Kiss acorn cookies |

And look at these little guys?  Take a chocolate covered oreo, 3 chocolate covered pretzels, some candy corn and some little white candies and you've got yourself some adorable cookies.  Plus, the pretzel makes it healthy!!!

What dinner would be complete without the Pilgrims?  Here we have a flat chocolate wafer covered with a peanut butter cup and decorated with some caramel.

Hoping you have fun making some of these cute treats - Festive Eats!!!

Enjoy your weekend :-)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving Box Favors

Happy Thursday Peeps

This caught my eye on Pinterest - I want to give credit to Sam Donald of Thanks for sharing, Sam!  I thought this was so cute and looks like a fun project to make.  Thanksgiving seems to get the squeeze between all the hoopla of Halloween and then we seem to jump to Christmas.  That being said, I think I'll make these for each place setting with a treat using my sweater weather dsp for our Thanksgiving dinner.  That's the plan, anyway :-). Be sure and watch her video too. 

Envelope punch board treat holders

Envelope Punch Board ... 
                                        item 133774  $19.95

Here are some of her other samples - all using the envelope punch board - can't wait to get started!!!

Have fun with your envelope punch board - I think it's my new favorite toy!!!

Thanks for visiting...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

SU Doorbuster Sale

         HUGE DOORBUSTER SALE at Stampin' Up!!!

Items range from 20% to 50% off and these are not 'dud' items.... you'll find dies, punches, stamp sets, paper supplies... some from the holiday catalog and some from the annual catalog.  

Holiday Sale

Well,  I think you should go check this out - ONE DAY ONLY sale - click here to see the complete list.  Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Weekly Deals Nov 19


              Stampin' Up Tuesday Specials - aka weekly deals
Here we go - these weekly deals have been great.  I hope SU continues to have them next year.  My understanding is that these weekly deals are special as a part of the 25 year celebration.  I think they have been very successful - can only hope they'll keep them coming.  Meanwhile, let's take advantage of these... I know my pocketbook is a lot lighter :-).  But, hey, they are tempting, right?  Enjoy..............


We hope you enjoy this week's weekly deals!

Backyard Basics Item # 129380
Regular Price: $24.95 US/$30.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $18.71 US/$23.21 CAN
Pumpkin Pie Chevron 3/4" Ribbon
Item # 130015

Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.38 CAN
Chocolate Chip Chevron 3/4" Ribbon
Item # 130014

Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.38 CAN
Color Coach Item # 130118
Regular Price: $14.95 US/$18.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $11.21 US/$14.21 CAN
Little Labels Punch Pack Item # 126881
Regular Price: $16.95 US//$22.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $12.71 US/17.21 CAN
Stampin' Write Markers Subtles
Item # 131263

Regular Price: $28.95 US/$37.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $21.71 US/$28.46 CAN 
Talking Tags Item # 129723
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discontinued Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN
Unknown Blessings Ensemble
Item # 131311

Regular Price: $17.95 US/$19.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $10.77 US/$11.97 CAN

Monday, November 18, 2013

Pam's SAS November 2013

                               Ideas galore at Pam's

Over the weekend I went to my upline/upline's (?) home for a Christmas Stamp-a-Stack party.  We had a blast and made some really neat Christmas cards.  I won four cards in a cute box and really had a wonderful time.  Here are the cards we made... I hope they give you some great ideas! 

Here are the cards I won for a door prize.  Thanks Pam, for a wonderful, fun day and a spectacular lunch.  Yummy!!! 

and here's our SAS cards ...

I think this one is my favorite!  What about you, did you pick a favorite?  I hope this has given you some ideas and inspiration!!!

Nah.............THIS ONE is my favorite............GUNNAR!!!
This is Pam's "puppy" - he is 10 months - 90+ lbs - 
He is a Bernese Mountain Dog (who stole my heart)

I'll be back soon - hope you are too :-)