Tasty Thursday

And a Happy Thursday as well.  I'm excited that I'm done working for the week.  It was a very busy day at work and I couldn't wait for 4:00 to come.  I'm off for the weekend!  Yippee!  It'll be a busy weekend for me.  One daugher is coming home for the weekend to work.  My husband and I are going up to La Crosse to see our other daughter.  Sunday will be our "relax" day and I'll be spending quite a bit in my stamp room getting ready for club on Tuesday night.  As we all know, it never ends.  

Here is an oldie but goodie recipe.  Apple Crisp.  You know it's old when it calls for oleo.  Know what that is? Butter.   My grandmother used to say oleo when she was referring to butter or margarine.  I actually doubled this recipe and it fit nicely in a 9x13 pan.  My husband absolutely loved it and wouldn't argue if I made it again.  The top was nice and crispy, just the way he likes it. I really have to start taking pictures when I made some of these recipes.  My problem is that I remember too late and there is not enough photograph.  Another thing I change, is that I usually mix some cinnamon and nutmeg directly in with the apples, not just in the crumb top.  If you want to "cheat", you can always use Apple Pie Spice.  I know some stores carry it.  Besides, a little extra cinnamon will definately not hurt this recipe.

Apple Crisp

3 cups cooking apples, peeled and sliced

2/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup oats (I used Quick Oats)

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon nutmeg

5T butter or margarine (or Oleo as grandma used to say)

Heat oven to 375.  Grease small pan.  Places apple slices in pan.  Mix remaining ingredients thoroughly.  Sprinkle over apples.  Baket 25-30 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is golden brown.  

It's such an easy receipe.  That's just one reason to love it.  Besides, it tastes absolutely yummy.  

This is all I have for tonight.  I'll have more tomorrow.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Sucker Treat

Isn't this totally cute?  I saw these on  Pinterest and had to make them.  Just imagine them with a Halloween or even a Christmas design on.  I think they would be perfect for those people who sell items at craft fairs and those moms who need treats for their child's class.  They would make excellent stocking stuffers or just a fun little treat.  It's something that is super easy to recreate if you need to make multiple of them.  Do you see what's inside?  It's a Caramel Apple Sucker.  Yum.  I even gave them to my girls and their roommates.  Even in college, they still like a little treat.  

I used these as a demonstration for my monthly demo meeting and I had enough for everyone to make their own.  They really liked them.  My upline couldn't figure out how I stamped the leaf since it's just a plain stamp.   It's the baby wipe technique.  Take your ink refillers and add ink drops in multiple colors. Viola.  Your new ink pad.  Once in a while, you may have to do another wipe because it does get dry and fade out.  The longer it sits, the more the colors blend together.  Here I used Sahara Sand, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie.  But any color would work.  Here is my baby wipe after I stamped off it several times.

     Here is the color combination I used with this project.  


Click on the picture of the treat for the dimension and instructions.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper





October Specials

Happy Day!

Stampin' Up has another great special for us right now!  World Card Making Day is actually on October 7.  That is just one day, but we get the specials for ten days!  Isn't making cards one of the things us stampers do best?  Doesn't it make you smile when amongst the junk mail and bills, you get a homemade card?  It's like a ray of sunshine on a rainy day.  Stampin' Up has taken some of the best selling stamp sets and discounted them for us.  

Each stamp set that is on sale has a coordinating designer series paper on sale too!  For certain dsp packs, it's a BOGO!  Buy 3 get one free!  It's a great deal for the stamp set and the coordinating paper.  

Ever try the Fast Fuse?  That is on sale too.  Buy one get 2 refills free! Wowzers.  I'll confess.  I've never tried the Fast Fuse myself.  But with this deal, I may have to buy one or two.  

Oh,I almost forgot.  Also included in the sale are the Note Cards and Envelopes.  We can't make and send cards without them.  

Now, could Stampin' Up make it any easier for us?  Besides making the actual cards, I don't think so.  Like any order over $150, you also earn Stampin Rewards.  That another 10% of your order on any items of your choice.  

If you have any questions about any one of the sales, just contact me and I'll help you out.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Tasty Thursday

I've been working all week so I haven't had time to get in my craftroom to work on cards or anything for that matter.  Boy, do I miss it.  Club is coming up fast again and I need to get everything planned.  I think it will be Halloween / Fall theme, but that can change too once I start playing around with the stamp sets.  

Have you looked at my post yesterday about the dsp sale?  Don't forget to check it out.  The sale starts on October 1st.  If you are looking for Christmas paper, you might want to order early.  With Christmas coming soon, I wouldn't be surprised if quantities would run low.  

For my Tasty Thursday, I thought I'd share a dessert my family loves.  I've been making this since my girls were in grade school.  They are currently in college.  My husband isn't a lover of birthday cakes so often his request for a birthday dessert.  It's easy so I'm not going to argue.  It's something that you can just pick at and eat.  And actually it's easier to eat in a bowl rather than a plate.  

No Bake Bars

4 cups Cheerios (I use Honey Nut Cheerios)

2 cups Rice Krispies

2 cups dry roasted peanuts

2 cups M&M's

1 cup corn syrup

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine cereals, peanuts & M&Ms in large mixing bowl.  In sauce pan, bring sugar and corn syrup to boil.  Cook until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat.  Add peanut butter and vanilla.  Pour over cereal  mixture and toss to coat evenly.  Spread in greased 9x13 pan.  Cool.  Cut.

Note:  I usually add an additional 1/4 c of the corn syrup, sugar and peanut butter. My preference is that the original recipe just needs a little more to hold everything together.  

I hope you try it and leave a comment.  I would love to hear your opinions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Paper Sale!

Take a look as to what is coming up in October!  Stampin' Up is having a sale on the Designer Series Paper!  You buy 3 packs of paper, and get another one free!  The sale includes paper from the Annual Catalog and also the Holiday Catalog.  And...it includes some paper stacks!  Who can resist a sale?  Especially with Christmas around the corner.

Just think what you can do with all that paper.  The possibilities are endless. Think past the Holidays.  We can't always think about Christmas.  There are tons of other reasons we need cards.  

                            Designer Series Paper Sale Items:

      Annual P. 189   144180  Just Add Color Specialty Designer Series Paper $13.00USD

Annual P. 189  144137   Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper           $11.00 UDS

Annual P. 189   144118   Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper     $11.00UDS

Annual P. 188   144111   Be Merry Designer Series Paper                        $11.00UDS

Annual P. 188   144163   Pick A Pattern Designer Series Paper              $11.00UDS

Annual P.188    144155   Coffee Break Designer Series Paper                 $11.00UDS

Annual P.188    144185   Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper        $11.00UDS
Annual P.188    144110   Whole Lot Of Lovely Designer Series Paper   $11.00 UDS

Annual P.187    144168   Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack     $10.00UDS

Annual P.187     144193   Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack    $10.00UDS

 Annual P.187     144177   Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack   $10.00UDS

Holiday P 29     144629  Christmas Around The World                            $11.00UDS

 Designer Series Paper

Holiday p. 49    144613   Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper          $11.00UDS

When  you order online, the fourth pack automatically comes up at no charge.  It's that easy.  You want to see the paper again?  Just click on the image in the beginning of this post and it will take you to my online store.  Start planning your order now!  

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Holiday Catalog Video

This is going to be a quick post, but I wanted to share this video with you.  It's from Stampin' Up.  The video is only one minute long but it shows different products from the holiday catalog and ideas on how to use them. Want to know some ideas for the acetate boxes?  It gives a super cute idea how to decorate one.  

Like I said, it was a quick post.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

No Stamping Required

Happy Sunday!  It's Sept. 24 and the temperature is in the 90's here in Wisconsin.  Where is the fall weather?  And to top it off, the Green Bay Packers aren't playing the way they should be. Seriously...get it together guys.  Regardless, I'm glad to be in my air-conditioned house watching them.

The card I'm posting is what I made for my club thank yous.  Every month, my club members received a hand-designed card from me.  I just stick it in with their club orders.  The dsp is from the Painted Autumn series.  If you have the paper, do you recognize the pumpkins?  It's actually from a sheet of paper.  I just cut out the trio and used that as my image.  No stamping required.  That is, unless you don't want a sentiment on the front.  I chose to let it blank so they can add their own if needed.  

Do you hate wasting paper?  I do.  On the sheet of paper, there are some pumpkins that were cut off at the bottom.  I cut those out and added them to the card inside.  There's not much else they are good for.  Make the inside look super nice.

Well, the Green Bay Packers have rallied in the second half, but they still have a long way to go.  

Click on the picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper



Tasty Thursday

When I started this blog, I was going to post a recipe or kitchen tip weekly.  This is my first one!  I know it's late, but still trying to figure things out.  Please be patient. 

My first recipe is perfect for fall.  Pumpkin Bars.  Since pumpkin is very popular right now, I thought it would be a great first recipe.  It's also such an easy recipe to make.  Pretty much just add all the ingredients together and mix.  Can't get any easier than that.  I made these for a demonstrator meeting and everyone loved them.  

Pumpkin Bars

2 cup sugar


1 - 15 oz can pumpkin puree

1 cup oil

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

dash of salt and nutmeg

Mix all ingredients together.  Grease jelly roll pan.  Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.  Cool completely.  Frost

Cream Cheese Frosting

6 tablespoon margarine or butter, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups powdered sugar

3 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

2 tablespoons milk

Beat with mixer until smooth.

Hope you will try this recipe.  It's also super cute when cut into squares and each square has a piece of candy corn on it.  Festive without too much  effort.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper