Stars and Snowflakes

 I needed to whip up a quick card design for some gift cards and cash that I'll be giving this year.
I love the soft look of the pale color and white against the kraft paper.

 I used A2 size cards. The stars are from the Spellbinders Stars Five Die. I used a Darice embossing folder (swirl pattern) to emboss the white stars.
  The large snowflake is from the Darice Snowflake Die. The small snowflakes were stamped in metallic gold ink using a 99 cent stamp set I picked up years ago.
 Some metallic gold paper punches were added to the centers of the snowflakes to make them pop!

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Homemade Vegetable soup



There's nothing better than a piping hot bowl of homemade vegetable soup when it's snowing outside!
This recipe is one that I make often in the winter and I use just about every vegetable under the sun...the more the better, right? I don't even measure most of the ingredients...just add as much as you like.
Here's the recipe:

2-pound ground beef, browned and drained
1/2 head cabbage, chopped
 onion, chopped
diced potatoes

Add canned or frozen of the following ingredients:
carrots
green beans
 corn
chopped broccoli
chopped cauliflower

add:
2-14.5oz. cans of stewed tomatoes, chopped
2 - 8oz. cans tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
parsley
celery seed
salt
pepper
and my favorite ingredient for flavor...1/2 envelope of beef stew seasoning.
Serve with some crusty bread and butter, Yummy!!
Give it a try, your taste buds will thank you.

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 Amaze Me Monday Mix it up Monday * Make it Pretty Monday * Cooking and Crafting with J and J * Show and Share *  Busy Monday * Keep it simple Monday *Show and Tell *  Warm Heart Totally Terrific Tuesday Tasty Tuesday * Dagmar's Home * Delicious Dishes * Inspire my Creativity * Talk of the Town  * Waste Not Wednesday *  Thrifty and Vintage Finds  *What's Cookin' Wednesday  *Share Your Style Create it Thursday *  Creatively crafty *  Full plate Thursday *  * The Handmade Hangout The Pin Junkie * Friday Frenzy * Anything blue Friday * Foodie Friday * Foodie Friday and everything Else * Friday Features * Best Friday Features *  What To Do Weekends * Home Matters Ultimate Pin Party * Dare to share Sat. * Saturday Shuffle * Saturday Sparks *  Best of the Weekend *

"Give Thanks" Card

 I love the Fall colors against the rich blue shade of this card. I painted several sheets of watercolor paper and cut out the leaves, using leaf dies and my Big shot machine.
 I used two sizes of the "Lattice Rectangle" Spellbinder die. On the smaller one, I stamped and embossed the "Give Thanks" sentiment.


 Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

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 Amaze Me Monday Mix it up Monday * Make it Pretty Monday * Cooking and Crafting with J and J * Show and Share *  Busy Monday * Keep it simple Monday *Show and Tell *  Warm Heart Totally Terrific Tuesday Tasty Tuesday * Dagmar's Home * Delicious Dishes * Inspire my Creativity * Talk of the Town  * Waste Not Wednesday *  Thrifty and Vintage Finds  *What's Cookin' Wednesday  *Share Your Style Create it Thursday *  Creatively crafty *  Full plate Thursday *  * The Handmade Hangout The Pin Junkie * Friday Frenzy * Anything blue Friday * Foodie Friday * Foodie Friday and everything Else * Friday Features * Best Friday Features *  What To Do Weekends * Home Matters Ultimate Pin Party * Dare to share Sat. * Saturday Shuffle * Saturday Sparks *  Best of the Weekend *

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Cheesy Sausage and Cabbage

Especially in the Fall, I like comfort food casseroles. Sweet sausage or kielbasa is a great main ingredient to start with. I found this recipe on Pinterest... gave it a try and it turned out delicious!


Cheesy Sausage and Cabbage Casserole

ingredients:
1 package of smoked sausage or kielbasa, whatever you prefer
1 head of cabbage, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 large onion
1- 14.5 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes, diced and seeds removed
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
2 Tab. olive oil
2 Tab. butter
1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Parsley, salt, and pepper to taste

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400*
Slice the sausage and set aside.
Heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the skillet is heated and the butter is melted, add the cabbage, yellow pepper, onion, salt and pepper and garlic. Saute until the vegetables are tender and the cabbage is wilted ( about ten minutes.) Mix in diced fresh tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, and smoked sausage. Saute for 10 minutes.Transfer to a 13x9 or larger casserole dish. Top with cheese and bake for 25 minutes until cheese is melted and lightly browned. Sprinkle with parsley before serving.

Enjoy!
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 Amaze Me Monday Mix it up Monday * Make it Pretty Monday * Cooking and Crafting with J and J * Show and Share *  Busy Monday * Keep it simple Monday *Show and Tell *  Warm Heart Totally Terrific Tuesday Tasty Tuesday * Dagmar's Home * Delicious Dishes * Inspire my Creativity * Talk of the Town  * Waste Not Wednesday *  Thrifty and Vintage Finds  *What's Cookin' Wednesday  *Share Your Style Create it Thursday *  Creatively crafty *  Full plate Thursday *  * The Handmade Hangout The Pin Junkie * Friday Frenzy * Anything blue Friday * Foodie Friday * Foodie Friday and everything Else * Friday Features * Best Friday Features *  What To Do Weekends * Home Matters Ultimate Pin Party * Dare to share Sat. * Saturday Shuffle * Saturday Sparks *  Best of the Weekend *



Visiting Mayberry

 Mount Airy is the childhood home of the late Andy Griffith. I don't think there's a baby boomer in the country that hasn't seen every episode of the "Andy Griffth Show" airing from 1960 to 1968.
Some time ago, on our way to the beach, we stopped at Mount Airy, North Carolina. A cute little town that makes you think that you've been transported to Mayberry.
Floyd's Barber Shop - You can get your haircut while you listen to Floyd's stories about Mayberry.
The Snappy Lunch - Where Andy and Barnie would grab lunch. But you can too! They are famous for the pork chop sandwich with chili, cole slaw, mustard, onion and tomato on top!
Wally's service station where Goober worked.

Sherriff Taylor's desk...
and the jail cell where Ottis spent many a night!
Take a tour of the town in a police car...


You can even stay overnight in Andy's childhood home!
"Mayberry days" take place every September in Mt. Airy. This year's special guest was actress Betty Lynn, age 91, better known as Thelma Lou...Barney's  girlfriend on the show!

Check out the website!    

Have any of you been to Mt. Airy, North Carolina?


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