Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our house to yours! I hope Santa stuffs your stockings full to the rim
with everything you wanted!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Blizzard 2010!

Have you been dreaming of a white Christmas? If you have those of us who live in southern Minnesota we have what you want, so come and get it!

Wow I think this is the blizzard of the century!! It has finally stopped snowing but now comes the wind and the cold!

I LOVE it when this happens and I don't have to go any where! Yesterday my job told me not to come in as they were not expecting a whole lot of customers so I said "No problem, see ya all on Monday!" Thank goodness they told me that as this next photo is Davids attempt to go to work, NOT. Ha ha ha he backed out of the garage and there he sat, couldn't go forward, couldn't go backwards. He was very thankful that I was home because I got him unstuck and back into the garage.

Here's a look at our neighbor's house and just how big the snow drifts were getting. This was around 12:00 noon and the drifts were already half way up their garage.

Here's Dave showing how much snow there was in our driveway

This is looking out my patio window, kinda cool looking but now the snow
is about half way up the window!
Well now it's 10 pm and our home owners association was finally able to
get out here and start plowing us out. This is kinda hard to see but that is
Dave standing next to the pile of snow that they moved from our front door area!
They almost buried our tree in the front yard! Oh yeah, I just watched the news on
channel 11 and they said the total snowfall for Shakopee was 21.5 inches
of snow! HOLY COW that's a lot of snow!
I hope you are all snuggled warm in your beds and if you are in the path of this great storm LOOK OUT and think about what it would be like to move to Florida! LOL Guess what Dave and I are doing tomorrow, pulling out the good old atlas and looking for a southern exposure for next year!!


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

3 Cards, One design

Isn't it funny how one design can make so many different images? Check out my cards, the first one was a make and take that I did at an open house 2 years ago. Everyone who came to my open house thought it was the cutest card ever. Sorry I can not for the life of me get this photo to rotate.
A couple of months ago I had "Rubber Rot", if you don't know what that is it's a term for coming up blank when you are trying to design a card. We called it Rubber Rot since back then all stamps were made out of rubber! Anyways, I was trying to come up with cards for my club to make and I came across a whole pile of the cut papers to make that card. Well I couldn't make the same card as some of my clubbers came to my open house, so I started playing with the pieces and then I came up with this card.

So now my club is done and over and I still had some of those pre-cut papers and still didn't know what to do with them. I saw a post on Splitcoast Stampers where they made a snowman using 3 circles but they had them on a gift tag. Well after seeing that I got out my big shot and my circle die and thought that snowman would be the cutest thing to add to a recipe swap that I am in but then after seeing how small my circles were I just knew that it would work great on a card and here is the final card!

Here are all the cards together. At least in this shot I have all the cards the right way so that you can see them!
So the lesson to this story is that when you have "Rubber Rot" grab a card that you already have and turn it once or twice and you will have a whole new design, and it's just that easy!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

2nd Annual Holiday Boutique Reminder

Don't forget bring your list and come to our 2nd Annual Holiday Boutique in Burnsville tomorrow! You won't want to miss this sale and if you do, you will have to wait a whole year for the next sale!

Stop in at 3204 West Park Drive, Burnsville from 4:30 until 7:30 See you there!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Ho Ho Holy Snow Santa!

Wow did we get dumped on! This storm came in fast and and dumped a TON of snow on us. It started around 2 pm Friday and by the time I left work at 4 we must have already had about 2 inches of snow. You know for as much as I HATE snow it sure is beautiful after it's all over and done with!

This is a tree in our back yard

We don't have to shovel our drive way we have an association that takes care of it but you know men, they just have to get out there and pretend that they are doing something useful! Not us women, I am tucked away in the house with my pj's on and snuggled under a blanket on the couch. Now, who is the smarter one? Hands down, ME! :-)

Here's Dave cleaning up the Drive way

Here's more photo's showing how much snow we really got

Check out my table, it must have at least 6 inches of snow on it!

So guess what I did to day? I had a jammy day! That is the BEST thing about snow storms that come right before your day off and I got lucky this time! It was cold in the house so I thought I'd turn on the oven and try a new recipe and it's a keeper! I tried a Pillsbury recipe called "Crescent Bacon-Cheese Tartlets" and this is what they look like:

Here's the recipe:

1 can Pillsbury crescent dinner rolls or 1 can Pillsbury Crescent seamless dough sheet
1/3 c shredded Swiss cheese
1/4 c chopped cooked bacon
1 Tbsp chopped green onion
1 egg
3 Tbsp whipping cream

Heat oven to 375 degrees.
If using crescent rolls unroll dough into 1 large rectangle on work surface. Press into a 12x9 in rectangle firmly pressing seams together.
Cut dough into 12 squares. Gently press squares into 12 ungreased mini muffin cups, shaping edges to form rims 1/4 inch high. Spoon cheese evenly into cups. Top each with bacon and onion. In a small bowl, beat egg and whipping cream with wire whisk or fork until blended. Spoon slightly less than 1 Tbsp mixture into each cup.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown and filling is set. Cool 5 minutes. Remove from muffin pan.

OK now here's the recipe that I used since I didn't have any bacon, Swiss cheese or whipping cream:

I used some turkey sausage links that I cooked and crumbled, I used cheddar cheese and in place of the whipping cream I used skim milk. When I rolled out my dough I used a small biscuit cutter and cut my crescent rolls into rounds. I followed the recipe the rest of the way and they turned out GREAT! I would, and will, make these again! I almost ate them all myself so make sure you make a double batch, one for you and one for your friend! ha ha ha


Saturday, December 4, 2010

2nd Annual Holiday Boutique

Do you have your list? Have you checked it twice? Do you know who has been naughty and who's been nice enough for you to buy them a gift? If you said yes to any of those questions I have just the place you need to bring your list to, it's our

2nd Annual Holiday Boutique!

My friend Liz and I are having our Annual Holiday Boutique on Wednesday, December 12th from 4:30 until 7:30 so if you are in the Burnsville area stop by and see us!

We have a TON of great gift ideas for you from Secret Santa gifts to teacher gifts and even some items for that hard to buy for person we all have on our lists.

Here's the address:

3204 West Park Drive
Burnsville, MN

So grab a friend, relative or even your significant other and stop in and start or finish your Christmas shopping with us!

See you there!

Friday, December 3, 2010

December Stamp Of The Month!

Are you a procrastinator? Do you wait for the very last minute to get things done? Well let me help you break that bad habit and start the New Year out with a resolution to plan ahead and you can with December's stamp of the month. This is a great set to tell that special someone just how much you care, not only by the great stamps that are offered in this set but the fact that you are making them a handmade card! Who wouldn't LOVE that?

This stamp set is not only for Valentine's day but how about a wedding card or an anniversary card? If you are like me, I NEVER have those cards on hand and have to scramble to get one made when such an occasion arises. Here again I can help you get a head of the game with this set.

You can see this set on the last page of the catalog and they are many ways in which you can get this set at a discount or even FREE! With every $25 you purchase in product the price goes down and you can't beat that deal! PLUS until December 31st when you purchase $20 dollars in product you will get a retired D-size stamp set for FREE too! What a great deal!

Don't delay and shop today! Click here to go to my website and check out all the great papers, stamp sets, inks and accessories we have to offer and don't forget to check out this great stamp of the month set for December!

Happy Holidays,


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Plenty for Twenty!

Close to My Heart is offering "Plenty for Twenty" in December!
From now until December 31st when you place a $20 order from my website you will be rewarded with a popular retired, D-size stamp set for free! That's a $22.95 value, plus there is no shipping and handling or tax on your free stamp set!
Click HERE to shop in your jammies and get some of your Christmas shopping done the easy way!

Thanksgiving Day Dinner Recipes

OK here are the recipes as promised! I hope you try them and enjoy them as much as we did!

Berry Sangria

750 ml bottle Sutter Home Merlot wine
2 cups cranberry-raspberry juice cocktail
1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp sugar
1 pint strawberries, hulled
1 pint raspberries
2 small oranges, sliced

Combine wine, juice and 1/2 c sugar in a serving bowl.
In a food processor puree half of strawberries, half of raspberries and 1/2 c sugar. Mix with wine. If preparing the day ahead stop here. I strained the berries first as it makes a TON of puree.
Slice the rest of strawberries and mix with 2 Tbsp of sugar
When ready to serve add sliced strawberries and raspberries and orange slices to wine.
Pour into glasses and serve or serve in a punch bowl.

Salami Roll Ups and Pickles

Deli sliced salami
Cream Cheese
Your favorite pickles

All I did for these is cut a chunk of cream cheese and put it in the middle of the salami and rolled it up! It is super easy and if you like the Pickle roll ups with the ham, cream cheese and pickle in the middle you will LOVE the taste and ease of making these!

Marinated Olives This recipe comes from Sandra Lee

1/c cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
3 cloves garlic
1 6 oz jar large pitted ripe olives, drained
1 7 oz jar kalamata olives, drained
1 7 oz jar pimento stuffed green olives, drained

In a small sauce pan heat olive oil and red pepper over low heat for 3 minutes. Sir in Italian seasoning and rosemary, remove from heat.
In the food processor process garlic until finely minced. With processor running slowly add olive oil mixture and process 30 seconds.
In a large bowl place olives and drizzle with olive oil mixture tossing to coat.

Lynn's Traditional Lasagna

1 lb hamburger
1 Onion chopped
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp basil
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 c cottage cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp oregano
3 1/2 c water
3/4 lb uncooked lasagna noodles
3/4 lb Mozzarella cheese shredded

Brown meat and onions. Cook until onion is soft. Add spices and sugar. Add tomato paste, sauce and water. bring to a boil and simmer 10 minutes. Put 1/2 cup sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Cover with a layer of uncooked noodles, layer of sauce and 1/3 of the cheeses. Repeat until all is used up. Cover with foil and bake at 325 for 1 hour and 20 minutes. I remove the foil about 1o minutes before it's done to get it a little brown. Let this sit for 10 minutes before you cut it.

Dipping Oil for Baguettes - got this from Taste Of Home

1Tbsp dried minced garlic
1 Tbsp dried rosemary, crushed
1 Tbsp dried oregano
2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper coarsely ground

Additional Ingredients for each batch:
1 Tbsp water
1/2 c olive oil

In a small bowl combine the first 7 ingredients and store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.

To prepare dipping oil: In a small microwavable dish combine 4 tsp herb mix with water. Microwave uncovered for 15 seconds. Drain excess water. Transfer to a shallow serving plate add oil and stir. Serve with bread.

Tunnel of Fudge Cake III - I got this from Pillsbury


  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (16 ounce) package chocolate fudge frosting
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9 or 10 inch bundt pan.
  2. Cream butter or margarine in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed. Add eggs one at a time. Gradually beat in sugar and continue creaming until light and fluffy.
  3. By hand, stir in the flour, fudge frosting, and walnuts until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 60 to 65 minutes. Cool in pan for 2 hours then remove and continue to cool if needed. Drizzle with icing or confectioner's sugar.