TastyThursday - Apple Pie Oatmeal

Ok, this is now going to be super short.  I was almost done with my blog post, doing the last things and somehow I hit a button and poof!  it was gone!  I'm sooo ticked off right now.  It's 10:00 and let's see how fast I can re-do this post.

I make this oatmeal several times week and what I love is that it fills me up.  I'm not starving an hour after I eat it. Actually,  fills me up until lunchtime.

Apple Pie Oatmeal

1 apple, cored and diced, skins left on

1 cup water

1/2 cup quick cooking oats

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Bring the water to a boil.  Add the apple, oats, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring occassionally.  Serve with a splash of milk or a sprinkle of brown sugar if you choose to.

Now,  here's my version - Cheryl's Apple Pie Oatmeal

1 apple, cored and diced, skins on

1/2 cup quick cooking oats

1 water

4-5 shakes Penzey's Pie Spice

dash of vanilla

sprinkle of Zing Baking Blend

Add together the apple and water, bring both to a boil.  Add the oats, vanilla, Zing and Pie Spice.  Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring occassionally.

In the original recipe, I felt like the apples weren't cooked and were pretty crunchy.  Bringing them to a boil with the water really helps to soften them up nicely.  I also prefer to start withna softer apple, like a Macintosh.

I'm a Penzey's Spice fan.  The Pie Spice has multiple spices mixed together in one jar.  I just sprinkle some over and done.  The Apple Pie Spice is also really good.  For me it's just easier to add from one jar than multiples. If you don't have Penzey's spices just go with whatever you like.   Vanilla...well it makes just about everything taste better.

The Zing Baking Blend helps add a little bit of sweetness, but is better than plain sugar.  Just sprinkle some over the oatmeal for however sweet you want the oatmeal to be.  I actually add more Pie Spice than I do Zing.

Now, there's two versions of pretty much the same recipe.  Give them both a try, then come up with your own.  Makes thing more fun this way!

Have a great night!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper  

Share What You Love Suite

Do you know what May 1st means?  It's only one month away from the new catalog!!  I'm excited for it to start. 

But, until then, Stampin' Up! doesn't disappoint.  They have come out with the Share What You Love Suite and is available starting today!  And anyone can order it!  That means you!  

You can get the items in bundles. 

Bundle 1 -  Just Getting Started

Bundle 2 - A Little More, plus two free items!

Bundle 3 - Gotta Have It All, Plus 3 free items!

And if that wasn't enough, you can purchase the new 2018-2020 In-Colors in the new ink pad style!

I know, there's a lot going on.  Take your time to study eveyrthing.  We used some of these new products at OnStage and everyone loved them.  A favorite amongst was the Rich Razzleberry Velvet Ribbon.  The pictures don't do it justice as it's more beautiful in person.

Click here and it will take you to my online shop and you can check things out yourself.  Share What You Love

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper










Good-bye Tempting Turquoise

Spring has finally come to Wisconsin.  Today has been the nicest day so far.  A bonus was that I only had to work until 12:00.  Okay, it was actually almost 1:00 by the time I finished my project with the help of my co-worker.  I spent part of the afternoon in my stamp room playing with a new stamp set and punch.  I'll show it when I can.  Promise.  

I designed this card for my stamp club.  They wanted to use the Stamparatus, and I wasn't about to say no to a great tool!  Since we were now doing 4 projects, I decided to keep this one easy.  I chose the Ombre Effect.  Place the Whisper White on the Stamparatus and use the magnets to hold it down.  Position the stamp image on the Stamparatus plate so it's towards the top of the Whisper White.  Ink the flower and close the plate to stamp  the image.  DO NOT REINK! Move the plate down to the next image and stamp again.  Repeat this until you get four flowers, one lighter than the other.  

Notice they are perfectly aligned.  You couldn't do that if you tried on your own.  And it was super easy.  Great if you need to make multiple cards.

Note:  if you are doing the Ombre Effect the key is have a really juicy ink pad.  You need to have a good inked image to start off with and that won't happen with a dry ink pad.  

One funny thing is that I designed this card before the retirement list came out!  I just haven't used Tempting Turquoise lately, so I dusted it off and used it.  It's not normally a go-to color for me, but I do like it and will miss it.  It's paired with Melon Mambo.  Talk about a pop of color!  Love these two colors together.  We were in need of a spring-like card.  

The bad thing is...I used a retired embossing folder.  I couldn't believe that!  Especially since I had marked the folder with an "R" for retired and totally missed that.  So, for club I had them use the Simple Stripe Embossing Folder.  It looked just as good as this one.  

Stampin' Up! has done a YouTube video about the Stamparatus. It's just over 11 minutes long but gives a tons of information. You can find the video here.  

I'm done for the night.  Everyone, have a good Tuesday!

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next tiime...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper




Fabulous Color Revamp

Are you ready for a Revamp? 

I'm ready!  Of course I'm going to miss some of the retiring colors, but they are all replaceable.  Right?  Once we get over our mourning phase, we'll move on and fall in love with some of the new colors. 

The new 2018-2020 In-Colors.  Aren't they yummy looking? I have the new In-Colors but am disappointed that I haven't had time to play with them yet.  Maybe tomorrow.  I only work 4 hours!  Yay Me!  

Anyway, the new In-Colors are definately more primary looking, but definately not childish. Just the name Lovely Lipstick gives me a feeling of a rich, grown-up color.  I wish Pineapple Punch was around when I did all those Fruit Basket swap cards.  They would have looked even better.

Don't forget all the retiring colors will be around while supplies last, or through May 31. This includes all the ink pads, ink refills, cardstock, markers, embellishments and the Color Caddy.  Don't worry if you already have the Color Caddy.  The new ink pad are a bit smaller, so they will fit in the Color Caddy.  Just a hint, don't spin it too quickly as they may fall out.     Since the ink pads have a new design, all the colors that are carrying forward in the current design are on the retirment list, but not necessarily the color is being replaced.  

Here are the retiring colors that are going away.

Once product in these colors are gone, it's gone for good.  I wouldn't wait if you need something in these colors.  Don't we all have a tendency to "collect" items that are retiring and afraid to use them?  Don't be that way!  Use these colors.  They won't be good if they are hiding in your stash.  

It's been a long weekend so I'm done for the night.  Megan came home this weekend and it was great to have her home.  Of course, the real reason she came home was to see Avenger's Infinity War with her dad.  It was an awesome movie. The ending...WOW. No spoilers here, but...WOW.  Alyssa saw it in Germany opening day and said the same thing.  She was careful not to give anything away.  Megan would have hated her for life.  Sisterly love . 

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Tasty Thursday - Roasted Mushrooms with Garlic and Tyme

Happy Thursday!  Today was the start to my weekend.  It started off with three appointments, but if you take a day off from work, might as well make the most of it.  Tomorrow I'm helping at a rummage sale in Johnson Creek.  If you are local and looking for some great craft items, go check it out at 203 Shepard St., Johnson Creek.   There is at least 5 demonstrators that are in on this sale and boy, the garage is full.  There are tons of Stampin' Up! items, plus some other items too.  Come by and say Hi!

I tried a new recipe for mushrooms this week.  They turned out pretty good, maybe a touch bit too lemony, but otherwise I would make them again. I try to eat low-carb so this was a pretty good side choice.  Besides the mushrooms, I typically have everything on hand all the time.  Nothing special needed.  Love those recipes!

Roasted Mushrooms with Garlic and Thyme

16 even-sized open cup mushrooms, stalks cut level

3 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

5 tablespoons fresh bread crumbs

1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400F.  Lightly fry mushrooms, cap side down, in hot oil for 2-3 minutes.

Arrange mushrooms in a 9 x 13 oven proof pan with stalk facing upwards.

In small bowl, mix together the softened butter, tyme, garlic, seasonings and lemon juice.

Spoon a little garlic butter on each mushroom.  Gently press bread crumbs on top.

Either refrigerate for later use, or bake immediately for 15 minutes or golden brown around the mushroom cap.

I got the recipe from http://cakescottage.com/2014/05/24/roasted-mushrooms-garlic-thyme/.  

Just thinking about it right now, top off with Parmesan cheese would also be great.  Think I will have to try that next time.  Even my husband like them.  

Megan's coming home this weekend!  We haven't seen her since Good Friday, waaay toooo long.  It'll be good to have her home.  One main reason to come home is she wants to see Avengers with her dad. I'm going, but it's more about those two.  Alyssa already saw the movie in Germany.  She found a theater that showed it in English, even though it was in 3-d.  A girl's gotta do what a girls's gotta do.  All she was saying was...OMG. We got reserved seats for the 3:15 show tomorrow.  I'm pretty anxious to see what happens!

Have a great weekend!

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper



Just Breathe at the Waterfront

I've tried to get into the habit of taking a picture immediately after I finish it.  This way I keep the background the same and I just don't forget.  Well, sometimes best laid plans don't work.  The other day, I went to post this card and couldn't find the picture of the card.  Never took the picture and I already brought it down to the coffee shop for sale. Nuts and crackers. But, I was lucky.  It was still there.  The picture didn't turn out half bad.

Thinking back on our vacation last year, I tried to replicate the sunset at Key West. The sunset there are so beautiful.  They are full of pinks, oranges and yellows.  Breathtaking.  So, I tried using Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie.  These colors I sponged all over the sky.  Inbetween the two sets of palm trees, I added Blushing Bride.  It draws your eye to the center of the card very subtly.  

The adirondack chair is just a nice touch for a beach.  Sitting out and enjoying the sunset.  I would love to visit there again. Just Breathe.  That's what you want to do when you are at the beach.  Just sit, relax and enjoy just being there.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Daisy and Peekaboo Peach Thank You


This is the other cardfront I made for OnStage swaps.  I thought we needed a nice Springtime card and this is what I came up with.

I tried something new by using the flower stems from the Daisy Delight stamp set and not the daisy itself.  They almost look like they are blowing in the wind.  After I stamped the stems on the Whisper White, it was looking a little blah.  Sponges to the rescue!  I took a piece of a sponge and the Old Olive stamp pad and sponged about a quarter of the way up the paper.  It added just what I was looking for.  It was a great to way to fill up the white space.

Peekaboo Peach is part of the In-Colors that will be retiring very soon.  Here they are.  Say Good-bye to them.

But don't forget, for every color that retires, they are replaced by another.  I'm looking forward to these new In-Colors and the returning ones too.  I was able to pre-order the new colors in the new stamp pads, but unfortunately, haven't had time to play with them yet.  I'm thinking maybe Sunday night.  Yikes!  That's a long time away.

What color are you most excited for?  I'm leaing towards Lovely Lipstick with Blueberry Bushel a close second.  

That's it for tonight.  It's been a long day and I'm ready for bed.  As always, click on the picture for dimensions and instructions.

Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper








Myth and Magic Scrap card

 Happy Weekend!

After all the snow we got the past week, it's almost gone and temps will be in the 50s.  It was really weird seeing the snow against green grass, not dead grass.  I'm so not complaining.  We are hoping the weather will last do we can grill out on Sunday.  Just no rain please.

I had small pieces of Myth and Magical Speciality dsp laying around.  One thing I hate is throwing away scraps.  This card was desiged around scraps.  Would you have guessed?

This was super easy.  The three pieces of dsp are 3 x 1 3/4.  The Sweet Sugarplum is 5 1/2 x 3 1/2.  Adhere those, wrap a ribbon around it, stamp a sentiment and you are done.  It's super easy and great if you need to make multiple cards. 

Sometimes you are using the DSP but run out because normally there are only two sheets of the same pattern in a pack of paper.  By using a design like this, you get three different designs, but not using a lot of paper.  You can really make quite a few of these cards with just one sheet of 12 x 12 piece of paper.  As the saying goes...A little goes a long way.  

By the sentiment, I used some Enamel dots.  If you don't happen have them on hand, you can always substitute pearls or rhinestones if you have those.  They did add a nice touch to the sentiment.  

Easy card goes with an easy blog post.  I like that.  Have a great weekend!

Click on the picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time..Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper