Parmesan Polenta with LemonThyme Wild Mushrooms

I am 50% Italian and I hate to admit that I have never made polenta before.  There you have it.  My confession.  Since I've never made it, we haven't had it much.  Why?  I have no idea!

It's absolutely not hard to make at all.  You just have to keep an eye on it and make sure it's stirred frequently otherwise it will burn.  

Megan had gone to her farmer's market and got me an assortment of fresh mushrooms.  Some that I had never seen before too.  They were super good with the lemon and polenta.  

The recipe calls for 1 cup polenta to 3 cups vegetable broth.  When you mix the two together, you will think, really?  Are the proportions right?  They are.  My first instinct was to add more polenta, and boy, was I glad I stuck to the recipe.

Parmesan Polenta with LemonThyme Wild Mushrooms

Parmesan Polenta:

  • 3 cup of vegetable broth
  • 1 cup of polenta
  • 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan
  • salt & pepper

Lemon Thyme Wild Mushrooms:

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of shallots, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups of cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of shitaki, sliced
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh thyme, chopped
  1. Add vegetable broth to a medium size saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Slowly stir in polenta with a whisk.
  3. Reduce heat and allow polenta to cook for 30 minutes, stirring frequently so that the polenta does not stick to sides.
  4. In the meantime, heat a medium non-stick saute pan to medium high heat. Add olive oil and sliced shallots. Saute for 3-4 minutes until shallots are translucent.
  5. Next add minced garlic clove and saute for 30 seconds.
  6. Immediately add in sliced cremini mushrooms with sliced shitaki mushrooms.
  7. Saute for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Finish off the mushrooms with lemon juice and chopped fresh thyme.
  9. Next, to the polenta, add in 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan, salt, and pepper to taste and serve!

There are a few steps to this recipe, but trust me.  It was worth it.  Chris said I could definitely make it again.  He even liked the medley of mushrooms I used.  

If you want to view the original recipe, you can click here:  www.joyfulhealthyeats.com

Sometime, I will make this for the girls.  Alyssa will pick off the mushrooms, but that's ok.  She will like the polenta.  Megan would like this, as long as there aren't toooo many mushrooms.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

Soft Seedlings Stamp colored with Daubers

It's Wednesday, and that. means it Chicago on TV.  The best TV night of the week.  We have also started using YouTube TV.  So far it's not too bad, especially since I can watch tv shows Live.  I especially like to watch GMA in the mornings.  Tonight I'm trying the Library and trying to see if Amazing Race will be "recorded".  Guess I'll see tonight.

I know Soft Seedlings stamp set isn't the most popular in the Mini Catalog, but I really do like it for fall.

This card has a base of Soft Sea Foam and the maple leaf is colored with Pool Party and Crumb Cake.  You can add a touch of Soft Sea Foam in the leaf if you would want a 3rd color in it.  

The daubers took me a while to adjust to using them.  Once you get the hang of them, they can be fun.  For this card, I just inked them with the ink pads and dab, dab, dab on the stamp.  Keep going until you get the amount of coverage you like.  Overlap the colors, just make sure you start with the lightest color first.  

The Soft Sea Foam Seam Binding ribbon is so easy to tie in a bow!  Love it!  

The entire Basic White Stitched Rectangle is adhered with dimensionals.  Normally, I don't pop up such a large surface, but every card needs something popped up.   Ok, maybe almost every card.  That's my rule.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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A Trio of Christmas Trees

It was Cranberry Fest this weekend up in Warrens, WI.  My friend and I went on Friday.  It's always fun and interesting to go.  We couldn't pass up the cheesecake on a stick.  At least we didn't have it for breakfast this time.  I didn't buy much.  The one vendor we were looking for wasn't there.  The girls wanted the dryer balls  I found last year.  It surprised me that last year, Megan was excited that I had bought them.  I'll just have to go on line to buy them now.  

I adore the simplicity of this card.  The three trees and a simple DSP pattern is what this card is all about.

For the tree and the outlines, make sure you use the adhesive sheets on the back of the Basic White before they are cut out with the Cut & Emboss machine.  Can you imagine using another form of adhesive on the cut outs?  Not me.

The DSP had a slight accent of gold, so I chose the gold Simply Elegant Trim.  The other choice was silver.  It would have worked with the colors in this card.  I just wrapped the trim around my fingers and used some old washi tape to secure it behind the banner.  

I'll add this one to my stash of Christmas cards for 2022.  How many do you send out?  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Color Challenge #3

It's back to CHICAGO on Wednesdays!!  Megan and I are both happy they are back.  It's sad watching them without her.  But she Snapchatted me so I know what she's watching.  I didn't doubt she wouldn't be watching.  

Here was the Color Challenge.

Aren't they great Autumn colors?  It was easy to chose the Soft Seedling stamp set for this challenge.

In order to get the maple leaf the two colors, I used the sponge daubers.  Start with the lighter Crushed Curry and dab where you want that color.  Fill the rest in with the Cajun Craze.  You could easily chose a third color if you want more depth in the leaf.  Maybe a touch of green around the very edges?  

My intention in the beginning was not to off-set the Basic White and Crushed Curry.  Some things just happen.  And for the good.  If you don't care for that, just mat the two together.  They are sized to do exactly that.

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Four simple 6x6 Cards

What a busy weekend!  I helped my friend with a rummage sale.  We did pretty good.  I was so very happy to sell Megan's bed from school and a diy dresser that I never did anything with.  Fortunately, the weather was fabulous this weekend!  Usually, for City-Wide Rummage Sale, it's either rainy or super hot.  This time it was just right.

This is one of the pattern paper in the Lights Aglow 6x6 DSP pack.  My first thought was that it would make great little 3x3 cards.  Perfect for sticking in a Christmas gift bag. 

I just cut them down so they would be 2 7/8 x 2 7/8.  Adhered them to the front of a pice of Basic White 3 x 6, scored at 3 inches.  Since there was 4 shapes, it was time to make 4 different cards!

And I said 4 different cards, I meant 4 different ones.  At a glance, here they are.

  

I thought these turned out super cute.  Every card has it's own stamped sentiment and embellishment.  The sentiments are from the new Brightest Glow stamp set.   

Also, two cards have the sentiment popped up with dimensionals.  The other two cards are the opposite by having the Cherry Cobbler outside popped up with dimensionals and the sentiment is adhered to the card base.  

          

          

I had to dig through my retired stash of embellishments to come up with some gold ribbon and pearls.  It was actually fun trying to make 4 different designs.  And these sentiments are the perfect size for these cards.  

Now, about the only thing that is the same on every card is the inside.  It's simple and perfect.  I couldn't use a large sentiment because there wouldn't be enough room to sign it.

Even the envelopes are different.  The retired stamp pad I kept was perfect to use.  Otherwise, embossing with the gold powder would work too.  Sorry the picture isn't very good, but it's hard to photograph just gold on white.  

In the pack of DSP, this pattern is also done in Soft Succulent.  I'm very tempted to do another set with that paper.  They would make a great little present fo someone. Maybe a St. Nick present?  Secret Santa?  

I didn't do a recipe like I normally create for these cards, just listed the basic supplies used. 

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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One Day Sale

That's right. Tomorrow only is ONE DAY SALE!

Stamp sets from the Annual Catalog are 15% off!  (excluding Hostess Sets). 

When was the last time you looked at the Annual Catalog?  It's been a while for me. I've been lookin at the new Mini Catalog so much, I kind of forgot about the Annual Catty.  

The list is long, so you can click here to view the entire list.  

Don't forget the September Weekly Deals will also change tomorrow.  And I wish I had a heads up as to what will be on sale.  But, just like you, I have absolutely no idea.  The products have been so random, it's hard to guess what will be next.  

The sale ends midnight mountain time.  I googled it, and believe that it is 1 a.m. central time.  If in doubt, make sure the order gets in before you go to bed.

I'll be placing my club order tomorrow, so I can always do it for you.  Just contact me.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

 

Gold and Evening Evergreen Christmas Card

Saturday we finally arrived back home from our Nashville/Louisville trip.  I was ready to either go to another city or come home.  Unfortunately, we had to come home.  The girls both came home yesterday.  As Megan put it, they were summoned.  And why?  We brought backs ome of her favorite candies.  Savannah Pecan Pralines.  There was a store in Nashville, so get bought some our last day.  Since they wouldn't be as good waiting another week, they had to come home to get them.  Megan was pretty excited once she had them in hand and Alyssa was laughing because she knew about the pralines.  They were worth the trip home.

There is a whole lot of gold in this card! It's all embossed with the gold embossing powder - the tree, sentiment and snowflakes.  I loved how all the embossing looks.  Very elegant.

Don't forget about adding some gold pearls too!

Here is a super great paper saver tip.  I had stamped/embossed/cut out all the shapes from the Evening Evergreen piece the DSP is matted on top of.  I made sure all the shapes were inside so no cut outs would be seen from the front.  With the DPS on top, you cannot tell the Evening Evergreen has holes in it.  

I love these little trees and had to make them work.  And they work perfectly inside the card.  They are stamped using Soft Succulent and the sentiment in Evening Evergreen.  No gold on the inside.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Easy card using Wonderful World DSP

We are now in Louisville, KY. Last night we went to the 4th Avenue area and was disappointed in what was open, or rather, what was not open.  Some restaurants were closed for good and some didn't open until Thursday.  We had, what I called our most Ok-ish dinner, there last night.  On our way back to the VRBO, we found NULO area.  It's the up and coming area - New Louisville.  There were some fantastic looking restaurants we are dying to try.  Chris figures he doesn't have to go back downtown to eat.  Instead, we will walk a block and get more unique foods.  One restaurant on his list is the Cuban restaurant and Rum Bar.  What doesn't sound good with that?  Nothing.

A lot people wonder what do to with DSP that have large patterns in them.  Well, here's one idea.  

This is from the Wonderful World bundle.  Sad to say it has retired from our SAB sales.  One side had large floral pictures on and they were all so gorgeous.  Instead of cutting them up, I cut out the flowers and used it as the main focal point in my card.  

Honestly, I love how this turned out.  

The sentiment is from the Nature's Print stamp set.  The banner and also the circle is from the Stylish Shapes die set.  If you don't have this set, I HIGHLY recommend it.  It has stitched circles, squares and also banners. The perfect combination of shapes.

Here are two other cards I used with this DSP.  All the same design, just the flowers have changed.

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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