Hello from England!

Welcome to my blog!
We are a christian family living in the Sunshine state (before that we spent four years in England and two years in Turkey).

My posts are of everyday life and my love of crafting. I hope to inspire you in some way to share your talents too.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to leave a comment.
Cheers and God's blessings to you and yours!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Good memories

My grandmother used to make a wonderful Strawberry Rhubarb pie.  I never really knew exactly what rhubarb was, but was thrilled when we moved to England to see it on some local menus in the dessert section.  Rhubarb is (to my knowledge) the only "vegetable" that grows back on its own every year.  You can buy it here when in season on the economy in local groceries as well as at stands in front of homes in town.

I purchased some before heading stateside and had prepped it so it would be ready when I returned.

I decided it was too good not to share, and made it for a dessert at last week's Stampin Up party here at my home.  It was SO good!

This is my version of "strawberry rhubarb crumble."  The bottom is a homemade pie crust (recipe from my grandmother).  The top is a yummy brown sugar/oat/butter topping.   Here's a photo before I added the crumble topping.  It's in an 8x8 dish:

Here is a photo of a piece I just gobbled down!  It was (yes, WAS) SO yummy!  I always have fond memories of my childhood with my grandparents in Winfield, KS.  Here's to you, Violet!

I also made some give-aways at the party last week.  Here are a couple of post it note holders as well as a journal book.  The post it note holders are on top of an acrylic photo frame.  The receiver can change the background as they so choose to pertain to seasons too.  The second one also reminds me of my grandmother, as she loved birds!

Monday, August 26, 2013

A change of scenery? Oui! Tres bien!

Stampin Up has a fairly new product called Paper Pumpkin.  Each month you can receive a "kit" where 90% of what you need is provided.  Below is the first kit I received.  It's a no-brainer.  Cardstock provided, stickers, stamps, ink pad, printed paper, and buttons.  There's even a sample page.    The only thing I used from my stock was glue.  Below is the card I made on the left with the demonstration page on the right.  

But you know me, I can't always stick with the same thing over and over...change is good!  Yes, if you look closely, you'll see I didn't use the blue button.  It was a personal preference - I didn't like it with the other colors.  So they're saved for another day! 

Below are alternate versions using all the same supplies.  My family can attest to how I like to change things up.  I can't tell you how many times I rearranged my bedroom growing up.  I liked trying to figure out different layouts, moving my Garfield posters around...even in that little 15x8 room of mine.  It's much harder here in England and the furniture is heavier.  

Therefore, I'll have to stick with "moving things around" with my crafts.  Thank goodness Autumn is just around the corner, as I'll be pulling out fall decor and putting away the rest until January.  That will have to suffice for me!

I had a Stampin' Up mystery hostess party at my home.  We made 6x6 folded up candy holders (Tags 4 U stamp + new bracket punch) as well as a card using my new doily stamp, cherry cobbler ink pad, and painter's tape.  It was such a great time with friends!

To continue with the "breaking up of monotony," my daughter and I (and two friends) went to France this past Saturday.  Check that off the bucket list!  We had a good time despite the light drizzle all 9 hours we were there.  I practiced my french, ate pastries, escargot, purchased some vin (aka wine), saw ruins, and so much more.  

Olivia and I are also headed to Belgium in a couple of weeks...Belgium chocolate anyone??

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Oxburgh Hall and blueberries

Yesterday my daughter and I went on a road trip with friends.  We visited Oxburgh Hall, Greenstone Gardens, and went blueberry picking!  It was a great and relaxing day.  The weather was absolutely wonderful!

Oxburgh Hall was built in 1482.  That's 10 years BEFORE America was discovered.  I don't know about you, but that just boggles my mind!

After visiting the Hall (to include the chapel on site and the local church just beside the Hall), we headed out for blueberry picking.  This was so much fun and the blueberries were in abundance!

Tonight I am having a Stampin Up party at my home.  I've been working on some projects for that.  Below are two of those projects:  a covered little notebook, and a post it note holder.  Fall will be upon us before we know it, and I'm already starting to think about our Christmas cards.  Go ahead, call me crazy!  
Thanks for stopping by, the kids start back at school on Monday!

Thursday, August 15, 2013


I wanted to share the other cards that we had used for our swaps from card club.  What wonderful talent these ladies have!

And here is the project that we made.  I love making 3-D projects!  Our fearless leader, Vicky, is going to be moving.  I have enjoyed her ideas, inspiration, and creativity.  Best wishes to her and her family as they retire from the USAF.  A huge thanks to them from one military family to another for their dedication and sacrifices they've made!  Best wishes on this next chapter in your lives.  

May they have many "Happy days."

Annette and I will become the new fearless leaders of the card club, alternating months.  Wish us luck and check back often!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Seeing Red!

My favorite color is red.  I like to paint my toes red, my placemats are red, my favorite shirt is red, I love red Twizzlers, my bedspread has red in it...you get the idea.  If I wasn't in temporary housing (in the military, nothing is forever) I'd have a red wall or even a red door.

The only time I don't like red is when I get a migraine.  I'm battling one right now while I wait for my ibuprofen to kick in.  I get "sparkly" vision which sometimes is spotty colors of red.

We had craft club this past Tuesday (yipee!!) and the card I made had red in it:

I got the idea from HERE on a Pinterest link but added my own twist to it.  I used my new stamp set Happy Thoughts with the cherry cobbler ribbon and ink.

My son is doing The Amazing Race through club beyond.  Last year he was on the green team.  We didn't sign up before the states, and when we we returned the green team was full.  So he's on the red team (yeah, red!)  We try to go all out:  red clothing, jackets, face paint (when it's not raining), and I bought these huge red clown-like glasses with a red frame.  The Amazing Race is held on 4 Mondays where you use teamwork to gain points.  The kids really get into it, and it's a great time to bond with friends before school starts.  It's also centered around God and how there might not always be power in numbers, but power in believing in yourself and friends.

A friend that I knew when we were stationed at Whiteman AFB moved here 2 months ago.  We went out to lunch yesterday in Lakenheath Village at a restaurant called Little India.  How delicious!  Here's the appetizer I received.  By the time the food arrived, I forgot to take that photo because it looked so good and I saw starving!  This is "Sheesh Kebab."  The best part about it was (of course) the red sauce on the side!  The second best part is the silver object - it is a lemon squeezer.  I need one of these!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Bake sale

I know it's been a while since I posted actual crafts...I have enjoyed being lazy!  Although, I have been somewhat productive.  My scout troop had a bake sale fundraiser and I got to work in the kitchen.

I found a shortbread recipe online and decided to try out my new cookie cutter I purchased in the states at World Market.  They tasted yummy!

I also decided to do something a bit different - and I made dog biscuits for those who didn't want the calories.  

I was amazed by the generosity from the base.  There were single airmen donating $20 who didn't take any treats at all!  May they be blessed for their contribution!

Recipes for the above-mentioned goodies are listed below.  I'm crafting tomorrow, so check back soon!

Easy shortbread cookies:
Ingredients:1 cup Butter or Margarine
1/2 cup Sugar
2 cups Flour
1/8 tsp Salt

Directions:1.  Preheat the oven to 350˚.
2.  Cream the butter and sugar together.
3.  Add the flour and mix well, adding a tiny bit of water to the dough if it’s too dry.
4.  Roll the dough out to about ¼ inch thickness and cut into whatever shape your little heart desires.  I usually use stars about 2 ½ – 3 inches wide.
5.  Bake for about 8 or 9 minutes, until slightly golden.
6.  Enjoy!

Lemon Glaze Option:  (It will only add about $0.01 per cookie – still much cheaper than store-bought)
1 cup + 1 Tbsp Powdered Sugar
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
Dash of Salt
2 ½ – 3 tsp of Hot Water
Mix it all together and spread over each cookie to form a thin lemon glaze.  Allow the glaze to harden fully before eating.  It’s a subtle glaze, so if you want some extra punch, simply add a little extra lemon juice.

Doggie Treats

1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup oats
1/2 cup broth (I used veggie broth but chicken, beef, etc would work, too!)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 egg

Miss above together and then knead by hand until you have a ball.  Chill for 30 minutes while you preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Once the dough is chilled, roll it out on a floured surface and use a cookie cutter to make your treats:
Put the treats onto a greased or nonstick cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes.
place on a rack to cool.
Store them in an airtight container for up to a week.  This recipe makes 48 treats, so you'll have plenty for your favorite dogs.