Tasty Thursday - Peas and Pancetta

Is there any way to make peas taste better? Just like bacon, pancetta makes everything taste better. 

Pancetta is like an Italian bacon made from the pork belly meat, and is salt cured.  Sometimes it is sliced very thin, or more likely, found diced in small cubes.  You can find it in the deli of your grocery store, usually around the area where the gourmet cheese is.  

I found this recipe in a Penzey's Spice magazine several years ago.  If you are near a Penzey's Spices store, GO!  The spices are amazing.  They have jars of every single spice so you get to smell each one.  I also try to avoid cooking with salt as much as I can.  Penzey's has a whole sheet of their own spice blends  that are salt free!  They are amazing!  If you get a chance, I encourage you to stop in and check out the store.

Ok, back on track.

This is a recipe I don't make too often, more when we are having a special dinner.  Take a look.

Peas and Pancetta

1 pound frozen peas

1/2 lb finely diced pancetta

3 shellots, peeled and thinly sliced

2 Tablespoon olive oil

1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon thyme (optional)

Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.  Add the pancetta and cook, stirring frequently until golden brown and the fat has rendered off, 15-20 minutes.  Remove pancetta to drain on a paper-towel lined plate.  If there is a more than about 1/4 cup of oil left in the pan, drain some off and discard.

Add the shallots, crushed red peppers and thyme to the pan and cook until softened, stirring regularly, about 10 minutes.  Add the peas and cook until just warmed through, 5-10 minutes.  Stir gently every few minutes.  Transfer to a serving bowl.  Add the pancetta and stir to combine.


This is definately not a hard recipe to make, but it's worth it.  The best thing is that the pancetta comes already diced and ready to use.  No prepping necessary.  I can see substituting bacon if you can't find pancetta.  But, then you have to go through the process of slicing and cooking the bacon.  Pancetta is sooo much easier.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper



Moments in Lovely Lipstick

I should know better than to do a blog post on a Wednesday night.  It's Chicago night on NBC.  Do you watch them?  Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD.  Chicago Fire is by far the absolute best.  And tonight they are doing a cross over between Fire and PD.  So, in otherwords, it's taking me twice as long to do this post.  If I would have thought this through, I should have done this earlier in the day.  Oh well.  Next time.

I love these calla lilies.  One year I even planted some in this exact shade, but they never grew back the next year.  I was so disappointed.  Now, I can get them year round with this stamp set!

For some reason, when I think of these calla lillies, I always think in a deep shade of pink.  Lovely Lipstick comes to mind.  Love how they pop against the black.  They definately make a statement.

I had to fussy cut the large lily and also the leaf.  Good news is that starting in March, the framelits will be available for purchasing!  No more fussy cutting.  A little too late for this card, but it wasn't hard to cut out.  

It's hard to see, but I had another layer of Basic Black on the card base.  This layer I used with the Layered leaves Dynamic Embossing Folder.  It added a little bit of texture because I thought the base was just a little too plain.  

Look at the inside of the card.  Love how this turned out.  Stamp the lillies for the front of the card and then immediately on the inside piece.  If you don't stamp off, the image will be too dark to actually write over.

This card was a little putzy to put together, but in the end, it was worth it.  It's almost to pretty for a sympathy card.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Incredible Like You Card Kit

I had a chance to make any card from the Incredible Like You card kit.  This is the one I chose, even though it was a tough decision.  Here is a picture of the kit.

These kits are great. All you need is the stamp set and adhesive.  They even incude  the glue dots and dimensionals.  Sweet!  Look and see for yourself what is all incuded.

Kit includes:
* 16 printed card bases
* Laser-cut card front overlays
* 16 printed envelopes
* Glimmer, printed, and silver foil die-cut accents
* Grapefruit Grove Baker’s Twine
* Stampin’ Dimensionals
* Adhesive dots
* Adhesive-backed rhinestones
* 6-5/16" x 5" x 2-5/16" (16 x 12.7 x 5.9 cm) printed polypropylene storage envelope

Look at all the other cards you get to make with this kit.

Now do you see why I had a tough decision a to which card to make?  They are all beautiful and people would never know that these cards come from a kit.  Stampin' Up! made a video explaining this kit.  It is just over 4 short minutes long.   You can view it here:  Incredible Like You Project Kit by Stampin’ Up!

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper



Friendship Card

It's another snowy Sunday in Wisconsin.  It has barely stopped all day.  We are all done with Winter and waiting for Spring to come.  Hopefully soon.

I made this card for a make 'n take for my demo meeting.  Can you tell I am thinking Spring with the colors I used?

Went with my trusty set, Incredible Like You.  Lately, it has been my go-to set.  Have you noticed?  I used both stamps of the stems for the first time.  On some, I did stamp off for the lighter shande of Lemon Lime Twist.  With the others, I used the blossoms and stamped those on the ends.  

The flower was just Daffodil Delight.  By stamping over some parts, it gives the look of being two different colors.  Of course, I had to fussy cut this one out. 

I used the Lemon Lime Twist Organcy ribbon.  It is currently on backorder.  Hopefully on March 4, more will be coming in to the warehouse.   On another card, I used Daffodil Delight Organdy ribbon and that looked good too.  My preference was the Lemon Lime Twist though.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' Pad
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More SAB Items Added

Happy Friday! 

Are you ready for the weekend?  I sure am.  Chris finally made it home and Alyssa decided to come home for the weekend.  Needless to say, I'm a happy camper.  Now all that we are miss is Megan.  I'll take what I can get.

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Starting today, there are three more additional items that have been added to the SAB event.  Don't forget since they are part of SAB, they are FREE with any $50 order.  And....if your order is $150 or higher, you receive the hostess rewards with the SAB items.  That's such a great deal! 

Here are the three new items.


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We made this card at our demo meeting using the Painted Seasons Bundle.  I fell in love with this particular sheet of DSP in the pack.  And the succulents, wow.  They are everywhere you look, and now even on our cards.  They are very realistic looking.   This card was designed by my friend, Jena.

You don't want to miss out on these goodies.  They are only available during Sale-a-Bration and will not be carried over to the next catalog.  If you have any questons, please let me know so I can help.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper







Valentine's Card

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I hope you are all celebrating your day with your loved ones.  My husband is traveling for work, so he's not home.  Oh well.  He made me a nice dinner Saturday night before he left.  I'll be glad when he comes back tomorrow.  Just in time for dinner.

This is the card I made for my hubby.  

The stripe paper I made from Incredible Like You stamp set.  Just stamp the stripes several times until it overs the Shimmer White paper.  The other strip is from the Floral Romance DSP.  Pink is for Valentine's Day, right?  

Well, my hubby is so  not a pink man.  Here comes the Early Espresso.  I wanted to un-feminine the pink and it worked pretty well.  The dark of the Early Espresso really helps take away from the pink.  

Since I didn't purchase any of the traditional Valentine' Day stamp sets, I had to come up with another route to go.  So, I dusted off the Sunshine Sayings framelits instead.  It's a perfect way to show that you can make a Valentine's Day by using what you have on hand.

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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So Hoppy Together

It was another snow day here in Wisconsin.  Not many schools were open.  In my area, we received about 6 inches of snow overnight and 2 more during the day.  I'm done shovelling.  Who's ready for Spring?


Look at this adorable card.  Isn't this frog just too cute?  He is in the SAB catalog, so you can earn him FREE with any $50 purchase.  

I feel like I'm the only demonstrator that hasn't ordered this stamp set.  Everyone is using it.  If you go on Pinterest, you can find dozens of ideas of how to use this set.

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So Hoppy Together Cling Stamp Set

So Hoppy Together Cling Stamp Set


And to make it better, there are Framelits coming out to match these guys.  They will be available for customer's starting March 1st.   There's even one for the frog on the unicycle.  And a lily pad.   No more fussy cutting these guys out!!  Don't forget, these will be FREE with a $50 purchase as well.


 Keep these in mind when you are thinking about placing an order.  Go check out some ideas with these guys.  You will probably fall in love with them even more.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Cupcake Gala

Here comes another snow storm in Wisconsin.  It's already started snowing.  The drive home tonight wasn't the best.  It was blowing and drifting so trying to stay in my lane was tricky.  Fortunately, not many cars were around, so I wasn't too worried about that.  As long as I stayed out of the ditch.

With the Gingham Gala DSP, doesn't this cupcake look like it should be going to a picnic?  

After looking at this picture, I just noticed the ribbon is not straight. I'll have to fix that later.  Grapefruit Grove is not a color that I have used much of, but now I'm really liking it.  I'd a perfect color for Spring, which isn't coming soon enough.

Look at the layers on this card.  The Gingham Gala plaid just didn't look good against the plain Grapefruit Grove cardstock.  The Whisper White helped to define the plaid and stand out.

For the frosting, I had to cut it out by hand with the paper snips.  But...Stampin' Up! is coming out with framelits for this set!! Yahoo!  Look at all the beautiful framelits that come with this set.  My favorite is a toss up between the candles and the cupcake stand.  Customers can order these during the month of March. The cost is $27.00.  And this purchase will go towards another SAB item!  


Now, we can't forget the inside of the card.  Here it is:

I stamped the sentiment and also with the jimmies.  What do you call the decorations on cupcakes?  Jimmies or Sprinkles?  I'm from Milwaukee, so for me, they are jimmies.  Not sure if it is a Milwaukee thing, because not many people around here call them that.  At least my family know what I'm talking about when I say jimmies.  

This is it for me tonight.  Gotta get some sleep since I know that the driveway will be needing snowblowing in the morning.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 tams# 30319

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