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31  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Quick envelops & lots of 'em, avec mini tute on: December 22, 2016 11:46:56 AM
I'm running out of time for all the last minute things that still need doing, ack! The kids need some way to wrap a bunch of flattish ornament gifts they've made. I picked up a 180 page xmas scrap booking paper pad at Michael's for 70% off the other day so tore out a bunch of pages and whipped up these little envelops. They are certainly not fancy but they'll do the trick!

This one is my fave Wink.


First I folded up the paper, overlapping the sides for a centre back seam. Trim a bit for a bottom and top flap. You could certainly do a more perfect job of this if you wanted to, use a ruler to measure and mark, a cutter for straight lines, corner rounder. For this though I really needed FAST! I folded and cut 3-4 sheets at a time even  Shocked. There's some useful paper left over, I'll get to that in a bit...


Tape 'er up.


That's pretty much it except for the left over bits which actually make sweet mini-envelops so double extra plus bonus good! I refolded & trimmed those to make the flaps align a bit better.


These 2 stacks took me under an hour to make. I don't think I'll ever buy an envelop again!




I could have saved all the cut off strips to make collage cards ala kbrison but frankly the work space was so incredibly messy by the time I was done that I brushed all that into the recycle bin and got on with dinner. next time though, I nearly cried to toss out all that colourful beautiful scrap, wah!
32  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Stamped salt dough ornaments on: December 22, 2016 11:31:53 AM
The kids & I had a great time making these based on this tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402743.0. The funny animal cookie cutters are from Ikea, irresistible, lol. They're going to sign & date the backs & give them as gifts. We may add some glitter first, fun fun!

33  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Bacon wrapped meatloaf on: December 20, 2016 04:48:59 PM
Ground meat and bacon being universally acceptable foods by my large family, I thought I'd try this bacon wrapped meatloaf recipe. My own adjustments to the ingredients of course, and cooked in the oven not on a grill, it being December.

found the recipe here Smiley
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=414090.0



Cooked on a sheet of baking parchment atop a small upside down cookie sheet on top of a larger right side up cookie sheet so the fat would drain away but there wasn't much fat at all in the end.


It was really delicious. We used bison, oats instead of bread crumbs for a gluten-free version, and I didn't include the cheese in the original recipe this time but I might next time. This dish is a keeper.


34  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Fennel, pear & dill slaw on: December 20, 2016 04:40:46 PM
This salad has few ingredients and doesn't look super interesting but I've just made it again tonight for the thousandth time and I'm telling you, it is IMPRESSIVE in deliciousness. I take this to potlucks and parties and serve it at home, it is really tasty.



ingredients:
Raw fennel, sliced very thin
pear, sliced very thin (less pear for less sweet, more pear for more sweet)
dressing:
lime juice
dill (fresh is best but dried is fine)
ground black pepper (again, fresh cracked is best)
salt to taste
Mix dressing ingredients and toss with the fennel and pear.
Keeps well in the fridge for 2-4 days.

35  COOKING / Dessert / Shortbread cookies on: December 19, 2016 11:42:42 AM
Oops, I've been posting sweets on the regular board instead of here. Oh well, I have more cookies to share!

I know shortbread is easy and not all that exciting but I've never actually made it before, a variation with nut flours but not the classic butter-flour-sugar version. I used this recipe minus the embellishments http://allrecipes.com/recipe/10269/shortbread-cookies-ii/


I made a double batch trying out our new mixer and thought I'd divide it into thirds and flavour some with cinnamon and some with cocoa powder. I rolled the dough into cylinders and chilled them overnight so they were sort of lumpy looking and not gorgeous, I topped a few with red-hot candies, cinnamon baking chips, and semi-sweet chocolate chips.


I could have spaced them out a bit :/. Clearly I am no pro at this but my children and their friends are not going to care when they get in from the cold walk home from school so whatever, lol.

36  COOKING / Dessert / Easy no-chill sugar cookies. on: December 19, 2016 10:11:39 AM
We scored an almost new stand mixer from kijiji a while ago which I have sadly been a wee bit terrified to use  Undecided. The mister had some time yesterday to download the instruction booklet for me and print it out (and then read it and tell me what to do, ha ha ha!).
I'm impressed and will be using this machine regularly for sure.

The first thing we tried out were sugar cookies. I doubled the recipe so there were dozens of them but I boxed them all up before taking pics, oops.


I got the recipe from this site.
http://www.inkatrinaskitchen.com/best-sugar-cookie-recipe-ever/
I omitted the almond extract and didn't frost them, they are very good as is.

We delivered boxes to our neighbours last night, along with tins of mixed candy and chocolates. It was super icy out so we told the kids we were going skating, and we sort of did!
37  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Cinnamon ornaments on: December 18, 2016 11:27:47 AM
More than half of them were cracked & crumbly. Maybe I rolled them out too thin. I wonder if they can be pulverized back into powder & remixed. I'll try & report back Wink.
38  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Advent calendar from when we were kids... on: December 16, 2016 02:06:24 PM
Lovingly made by our great aunt Anne (who I never even met in person! She also gave us a set of those awesome Wizard of OZ ornaments which I still have but they need some repair).

This must have been a Bucilla kit though I've not seen it's like.  It's all super detailed w beads & sequins and has held up very well over the years. It does need a bit of sprucing up which I'll get to after the holidays.

Our kids are really enjoying putting the ornaments on each day.
39  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Gnome and toadstool ornaments on: December 14, 2016 03:40:44 PM
I started making these for an ornament swap, now that they've been received I can post them in their own thread.

This one is on our tree.

The bodies are roundish shapes I sewed on the machine sort of free hand. The faces are polymer clay formed in a push mold, the hair hand spun yarn or roving roughly needle felted to look like hair and beard, the hats scrap fabric (in fact, these are entirely from stash). The 'shrooms are felt with grass embroidered along the bottom.
They were so fun to make that I cut out dozens more in different fabrics with a rainbow profusion of mushrooms, lol. Addictive!
40  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Heart ornaments and a tree on: December 05, 2016 12:50:22 PM
Perhaps I'm feeling a little more in the mood for February than I am for December? I don't know, I started cutting some nice wool felt into heart shapes for ornaments not really paying attention to colour and they ended up all pink and lovey. I threw some sequins and beads onto them to try to make them a bit more festive.
These didn't go out for the ornament swap I'm in though I did send a couple to friends here. The rest are for relatives, the big purple one on the left we're keeping for our own tree.




I made trees with the kids, this one is mine which I sent off already.
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