Tasty Thursday - Homemade Pizza!

Anybody ready for some pizza?  In this household, we are always ready. 

This recipe is actually for the crust to be made in a bread maker.  I got one from my Grandma for our wedding 23 years ago and it's still going strong.  But then again, for the past 10 years (at least) the only time it is used is for thie recipe.  

The crust is perfect Every. Single. Time.  

I usually make two batches of the dough.  Split one in half and it makes a decent cookie sheet size pizza.  We each get our own sheet and we always have plenty of leftovers for several lunches, or breakfasts.  My girls love it for breakfast.  If I need it for a leftover dinner, I usually have to warn them and I have to hear them groan.

There is one suggestion for this recipe.  When baking two pizzas at the same time, half way through the bake time, switch the pizzas on the racks.  This way they get even bake time.  We have found that if you don't, the bottom pizza crust gets very crunchy.  Trust me.  It does make a BIG difference.

See what I mean? This is just one of the four we made last weekend.  I had 3 meals out of just this pizza and it was delicious.  Now, here's the recipe.

Favorite Pizza

1 cup plus 2 Tablespoon warm water

2 Tablespoons olive or vegetable oil

3 cups bread flour (I just use all-purpose flour)

2 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, if desired

1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, if desired

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 teaspoon bread machine yeast (one packet)

Pizza Toppings

Carefully measure and place all the ingredients, except the toppings, in the bread machine.  Do this in the order recommended by the manufacturer.

Select the Dough/Manual cycle.

Heat oven to 400 F

Grease 2 cookie sheets.  Divide dough in half.  Pat each half into cookie sheet with floured fingers.  Add pizza toppings to taste.

Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until crust is brown.  (Don't forget to switch the pizzas half way through!)

If you don't have a bread machine, I'm sure you can make this recipe, but I'm not sure how to do that.  Google it.  Even though the recipe says that Parmesan cheese and Italian seasonings are optional, I highly recoommend them.  It adds another layer of flavor to the pizza.  

I found this recipe from a Betty Crocker cookbook for bread machines long time ago.  It's sad when the book opens right to the page.  In the summer, we do grilled pizzas on the outside grill.  When it's warmer, I'll share that recipe with you.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope every one is having a great Valentine's Day!  We normally don't do much for this holiday, which is our choice.  Also doesn't help that it always happens that my husband end up travelling this week for work.  Currently he is in Orlando, FL.  I know he doesn't get much free time to enjoy anything, but there's no snow and it's warm down there.  Two things we can't say here in Wisconsin.  

This was a challenge for me.  I had to make a Valentine's Day card, but don't have anything current from Stampin' Up for this holiday.  Improvise was the key.  The hearts were from Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and the stamp wasthe Timeless Treasures set.  Not to bad, right?  

The first heart I used the watercolor pencils on.  The colors were Melon Mambo, Real Red and Rich Razzleberry.  Color on a piece of Whisper White, making sure you colored enough for the heart size.  Then blend with the Blender pens.  Who needs DSP?   Create your own paper!

I should have taken a picture from the size.  To adhere the hearts, I tried something different.  A glue dot was used on the bottom point.  On the top two sides, a mini dimensional.  This was on each heart.  It just gave it a different dimension.  


This was a fun card to create.  This just goes to show that you can make a Valentine's card that is not specific for this day.  I hope this inspired you to think outside of the box and see what you can do!

Click on the picture for the dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper





Happy Sunday!

It's another Sunday in Wisconsin and we woke to more snow.  My husband has given up on the snowblower and hasn't even tried it the past two snowfalls.  He's leaving tomorrow for a work trip to Florida.  Sure hope it doesn't snow much while he's gone.

Tomorrow night I have my demonstrator meeting.  It's going to be a Bingo night!  It's always a fun time.  I have to do a demonstration so I found these cute little baskets to make which are perfect for Easter which is coming up soon enough.  I'll post them later in the week since we are also doing them for my stamp club on Tuesday.  If they follow my blog, I don't want to give away any surprises of what we are doing.  


Have you given more thought into becoming a demonstrator?  This is the Very Best Time to join.  

  • $125 worth of product, your choosing for only $99, plus free shipping
  • Choose any TWO stamp sets for FREE.  Can be from any current catalog

You run your business the way you want.  Many people join are Hobbiests.  That is, they joined just for the discount and perks, but don't do any clubs or blogging.  Mostly for themselves, but they can, of course, place orders for other people.  

Then there are the other people that are actively participating in clubs, holding stamping events, blogging and social media.  We like sharing our creations either in person or online.  There is a challenge in teaching new techniques and creating new projects.  It's very encouraging when people give you positive feedback and actually use the cards that are made in club.  If all you want to do is a club, that's your choice.  

You would also be part of a great Facebook group that was created by my upline.  They share all kind of projects, suggestions and business tips.  I don't think there is a problem they couldn't help you with.  When I was trying to think of a blog name, all their comments helped me choose this one.  

Are you interested in joining?  I'm here to help you in any way you would need.  It's been an very interesting journey.  Join me!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Sunflowers can be Blue

It's definately winter in Wisconsin.  Yesterday we got about 7 inches of snow.  All the schools around the area were cancelled.  Was not a good day for the snow blower not to work.  

I wanted to shake things up and do a blue sunflower.  I've seen some online and thought they were beautiful.  So here's my take.

The colors are Dapper Denim and Island Indigo.  Two that I normally would put together, but here they work. Now, I normally don't do any kind of fussy cutting, but this wasn't too bad.  I thought to use a circle framelit, but you lose the detail of the flower.  If you want some more dazzle, add the Wink of Stella.  

 Do you see the right side of the card?  I stamped the fern leaf in Dapper Denim ink onto Dapper Denim cardstock.  It was looking a little bland so the tone-on-tone was perfect.  It added detail without taking away from the rest of the card.  Do you like the color?  It will be retiring at the end of May so you might want to add it to your wish list.  The In-Colors do have a tendency to sell out before they actually retire.  

The doily was something I haven't used in the longest time.  They were calling me to come out to play!  They really softened up the tone of the card.  Shows that you can use dark colors with a delicate element like a doily.  You can cut them in half very carefully with your paper cutter.  I just adhere the middle part with snail and leave the outside free.  

Looks like we are getting more snow tonight.  Great.  We have been lucky, not having much snow until now.  

As always, click on the picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper







Tasty Thursday - Grinder Sandwiches

Grinder sandwiches is basically a hot ham and cheese sandwich that is elevated to the next level. I've been making these for years.  My family loves them.  They are also pretty easy to make which I love.  

They were dinner tonight for my daughter and husband and do you think I would have taken a picture?  No.  Thought about it when I started this post.  Sorry.  If you google it, I'm sure there will be a picture somewhere.  Pinterest has everything.

I can actually say that I have no idea where the actual written recipe went to.  I'll give the quantities that I know best, but it also varies depending upon your tastes and the size of the rolls. Hint:  I sometimes "wrap" the cheese up in the ham to prevent it from escaping the sandwich while baking.  

Ham and Cheese Grinders

4-6 deli club rolls

1 pound ham lunch meat (we love Ham off the Bone)

Provolone Cheese, sliced

pesto sauce

sauted onions and garlic (Optional)

Slice the rolls in half and hallow out the top half of the roll.  This leaves more room in the roll for the ham and cheese.  Spread some pesto on the bottom half (or add the sauted onion and garlic)

Add at least 2 slices of ham and some cheese.  Adjust the ratios to your preferences.  Wrap the sandwiches in aluminum foil.  Bake 425 for 20 minutes.

That's it.  Nothing else to them, but they are really good.  The pesto makes all the difference.  My husband prefers his with Pepper Jack cheese.  The leftovers are really tasty too.  Did you happen to notice the bake temperature and time?  I have made it the same as frozen french fries.  Now I like easy dinners, and you can't get much easier than that.  This was a go-to dinner when the girls were younger and I didn't have a lot of time to make dinner.  Easy to make ahead of time and just bake at dinnertime.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Not what I planned

I had plans tonight to finish the card I started last night and post it.  Well, obviously that didn't happen.  Instead I'm not feeling well at all.  Hopefully it won't be the flu.  Knock on wood please.  The time is only 9:15 pm and I've been ready for bed for hours now.  I'm trying to make it through Chicago Med.  After that, I just have to get through work tomorrow.  Then it no work until Monday!  WaHoo!!

Have you checked out the Sale-A-Bration catalog?  You can see the whole catalog by clicking on the catalog picture on the right of the screen.  Here are some of the stamp sets you can get for FREE with a $50 purchase.  These are the stamp sets that I have seen the most on social media.  I wish I could afford all of them.  In a different lifetime.  


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If you could choose just one, which would it be?  I'm between Beautiful Peacock or Lots Of Lavender.  

Have a good evening!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Feeling Squirrelly

It's Monday again.  How was your day?  Mine was okay.  I got my jobs done at work early today which was good since it was a short day for me.  Yay!  Tomorrow I work all day.  Bummer.  But I'm not at the registers so that's better.  I think we got about another 2 inches of snow this afternoon.  Not much, but enough that my husband did shovel the driveway when he got home.  

Did you watch the Superbowl?  I got bored with it in the 1st quarter.  The Packers weren't playing, so my attention span was pretty short.  I was kind of glad to see the Eagles win only since they never one a Superbowl.  Usuallly I cheer for the under-dogs.

Another card with the Hedgehugs stamp set.  This was a fun card to make.  As I was trying to design it, I realized the background was way to white.  So it's tonedown the white by sponging Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie.  Almost gave it a sunset feel. It actually turned out the way I had imagined.   Make sure you sponge a space large enough so you don't see the edges through your framelit cutout.

I couldn't resist the bluebird.  He just added a nice touch in the corner.  And it worked out well having the sentiment come down from there as a banner.  I actually fussy cut out the squirrel and bird.  That's something I tend to avoid.  But they deserved to stand out.  I didn't realize the ribbon I used was retired.  If you have the Emerald Envy Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, that would look good too.  

Look at the card inside.  Just having a little fun, but aren't they cute?  It's a nice surprise to open the card and see this.  I didn't add a sentiment because I felt it would be a great card to send a hand-written note.


Kind of a bland color combo, but by sponging with the Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie really adds life to the card.  

Click on the first picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


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Stampin' Club


Hard to believe that Stampin' Up has been around for 30 years!  I can't remember exactly what year it was when I became involved in Stampin' Up. 

Over ten years ago I joined my first stamp club.  I met some great women and shared many conversations and laughs.  That is my favorite part about going to my club.  We talk, laugh, and share our ideas.  It's a night that we are away from our husbands and families.  Don't get me wrong, we do love them, but we deserve it.  

This is the time of year the I enjoy as a demonstrator.  We are done with the major holidays...Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Besides Valentine's day, there isn't much going on.  Bring out the new stamp sets!  I've bought some sets, but still haven't used them in club.  I can't wait!  Don't forget there is the new Occasions catalog and SAB to think about.  There is no theme to work around unless I make club a theme (which I have done before).  

What we do in club varies month to month.  We typically do at least 2 cards.  The third is sometimes a 3-d project, or maybe a new technique.  I do like to challenge my people in doing different things.  I design all the projects and provide the materials.   As I said, sometimes I do a theme, but other times it's just random cards/projects that I have come up as.  Usually it's not the same from month to month.  

Club is about the members, not me.  If there is a stamp set, technique or project they wish to do, I will do my best to make it happen for them.  They can have a say in what we do.  I value their opinions.  My club people are the greatest.  I love it when they bring in their own creations for show and tell.  We all inspire each other.  

Details about my club

  • We always meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:45.
  • I design all the cards and projects.  This does vary each month.  Usually it is at least 2 cards.  Sometimes we will do a 3-d project.  Othertimes we will learn a new technique.  
  • Except for the basic adhesive, I provide all the materials.    
  • Club members rotate being the monthly hostess.  This means they will provide a small snack and will receive the hostess benefits.
  • Members agree to spend $25 before shipping and handling and are due at club time.
  • Outside orders are always accepted.
  • Visitors are always welcome.  They can come and meet us, see what club is about.  No obligation of purchase is necessary the first month.  

Are you around the Fort Atkinson area in Wisconsin?  Interested in seeing what we do?  Contact me.  I would love to chat with you. Bring a friend too!   Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 13.  Hope to see you then!

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper