Thursday, October 30, 2014

Shannon's Enchilada's


Shannon came to visit a couple of weeks ago with her sweet family.  They are quite the trio.  John is so funny and has more quips than you can count.  I stole one of them and use it regularly.  When Shannon gets all worked up over something (we do this, Shannon and I, we get worked up).  He calmly looks at her and says, "You're at a 10 and we need you at a 2"  I thought this was one of the funniest things I've ever heard.  Not to mention it's the most polite way of saying "You are being a lunatic and chill the heck out".  

Shannon is a kindred spirit of mine, we share a lot of commonalities.  Getting easily worked into a frenzy and being irritated with situations is one of those.  I can look at her and know immediately that she is about 2 minutes from freaking out.  We've coined a phrase with each other "Could you be more irritated?"  That's our way of letting the other know, we know, we are about to explode.  

You are thinking good grief these are some volatile people.  Yes, we can be.  However we bark more than we bite.  Generally speaking we get like this in chaotic situations.  We don't just walk around annoyed LOL.  I feel the need to clarify that.

Shannon moved out of state to the middle of nowhere a few years ago.  Where I knew she would fall in love with someone, thus John.  Then you know what happens..... uh huh... that cute little girl in between them.  That happened.  Their little one is so funny and such a joy.  

While Shannon was here she made dinner for us.  By us I mean the 20 that gather for family meals.  She has this amazing recipe for enchiladas.  So she came to my house, put a pork shoulder in the crock pot with enchilada sauce poured over it.  Then she left to go to Apple Hill.  Upon her return the meat should have been done cooking and wasn't.  So we had to resort to going to our little general store to purchase rotisserie chickens for the enchilada meat.  She just left the crock pot and stuff cooking at my house.  We took all the food out to my grandparents.  It was a comedy of errors.  John went with Dan (childhood best friend of Shannon's) too look at some sites near where we live and they were supposed to be back in time to take the food to the grandparents house to finish cooking.  Here comes the irritation moment.... of course they don't come back in time and we are all rushing around.  My husband waits till the last minute to shower.  Everyone was ravenous by the time the food got served.  We had a houseful as it was Shannon's last night here.

Mom and aunts and nieces and such were gathered with Grandma looking at old photos when we showed up.  I love this photo.

All in all it was a typical family get together with blunders and fun.  We love to eat.  A lot.  Really.  We love food.  

The meat that got left in the crock pot, um yeah it was, AMAZING.  I ended up making my own enchiladas the next day with the meat Shannon had to abandon.  Here is the recipe.  It's so easy.
easy crock pot recipe for enchiladas

You need:
1 large pork butt or sirloin, 2 - 3 lbs
2 large cans of red enchilada sauce
3 small cans of olives
2 bags of mexican cheese (or shred some cheese or your liking)
1 container of sour cream for topping
12-15 flour tortillas

1.  Place pork butt or sirloin in crock pot.  Pour one large can of enchilada sauce over the meat, cover and cook on high between 6-8 hours.

2.  Take pork out and pull it apart, shred it.

3.  Open your other can of sauce and pour a little in the bottom of your baking dish.  I used two 9 x 13 baking dishes.  Preheat oven to 375.

4.  Ok make your enchiladas,  a little cheese, some olives, and meat.  Roll up your tortilla and place it in the pan.  Just line them up in a row one after another.

5.  After you fill your dish with enchiladas cover the tops of the enchiladas with the red sauce and more cheese.  Make sure you reserve enough sauce to cover your other pan also.

6.  Pop these babies in the oven for about 30 mins so everything is nice and melty.  Serve with sour cream on top.

THANK YOU SHANNON!  This is such an easy recipe and makes enough so that I can have a pan at home and take a pan out to my Grandparents.  We've already had it twice since she's left. 

Have a blessed day everyone!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

4 Places To Show Gratitude, Wowza Wednesday 11

1.  The Bank - We go to the bank on a regular basis.  Of course because I live in a small town I know all the bank tellers by name and we love to give them treats.  When is the last time you thanked a Bank Teller for what they do?  It's a dirty job, handling money, I am thankful for them. :)

2.  The Post Office - I have seen some ugly stuff go down in our little local post office.  Really, I have! People yelling at the Post Master, ACK!  Life's short people, don't yell at our civil servants.  LOL.  Thank them.  Our particular Post Office has some really hard working ladies, they work 6 days a week and there's only two of them.  So WE THANK THEM.  

3.  The Grocery Store - We frequent the same grocery store.  I am sorry but retail is a thankless job.  Especially coming into the holiday season.  I've been there, and it's nothing short of miserable.  I hated working retail, especially during the holidays.  So I AM abundantly thankful for those that do work in the retail industry, and even more thankful for the ones that do it with a smile.  Like our friends at our local grocery store.

4.  The Fire House - We are thankful for our fireman.  ESPECIALLY in California.  Don't know if you are aware but we have A LOT of fires here in CA.  This year has been dreadful.  These men and women work tireless hours to secure homes and safety for the public.  I am so thankful for them.  My husbands best friend is a Cal Fire Chief and he's the sweetest.  We wanted to thank him and some of his friends. 

Here are some close ups of all the goodies we made.  Each package is filled with candy.

Here is a quick tutorial on how to add the color card stock to the top of the Tag A Bag Gift Boxes.

Another place I show gratitude is to my customers.  I have a quick video here on how I put together my Paper Pumpkin boxes and gave them to a few of my customers this week.  



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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Stamp Club & Weekly Deals October 28

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Have you heard about Stampin' Addicts Club?  It's a great way to build up your paper crafting collection.  I am so excited for you to see this video.  Check it out and let me know what you think?  :)

We are meeting today at my house for our first stamp club hang out!  I am mailing all my new members their membership welcome packet.  Get on the list today and I will send yours also.
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Here is the sign up, just click on the button below.


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Fall Fresh, Creative Challenge Monday CCC19


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I have to say that Creative Challenge Monday is quickly becoming one of my favorite days of the week.  I really am enjoying all the sketches and going over to Creative Challenge Club blog and seeing all the talented design team members cards.  If you haven't been over there yet today go check it out by clicking HERE.   I love how this card turned out.   The first card I made I really didn't care for.  So I started again from scratch and love the second one, (the fall leaves one).
Creative Challenge Club also has a Facebook group now JOIN US HERE: https://www.facebook.com/groups/creativechallengeclub/

stampin up fall fest framelits fall leaves

Here's the sketch and my first card.
creative challenge sketch ccc19

stampin up seasonally scattered stamp set christmas card

Tips & Tricks
  • Complimenting Colors - At first glance you would not think that basic gray would go well with the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper.  Specifically because I paired the leaves with it.  But there are little hints of basic gray mixed in those leaves.  By using Basic Gray it pulls the leaves that are basic gray out of the paper and really makes them pop.  At least, that's what I am going with! LOL
  • Ribbon all the way - I wrapped this piece of ribbon all the way around the card.  I really like doing this but only with certain ribbon.  The new in color ribbon is perfect for tying in double knots.  It lays really nice and doesn't get all whomper jawed.  

Here is a list of the designers and their blogs:
Patty Bennett:  http://www.pattystamps.typepad.com
Wendy Cranford:  http://www.luvinstampin.com
Jason Loucks:  http://studioonyx.net
Cindee Wilkinson:  http://www.justspongeit.com
Stacy Williams:  http://www.stampnshare.com

CHECK OUT THE CLEARANCE RACK, stock up for CHEAP on  great products for Christmas gift giving, Christmas card making and fancy up your baked goods.
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Here is the recipe for the card.  Order these products in my online store.


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Friday, October 24, 2014

Christmas Bauble, Freebie Friday #38


Freebie Friday!!!  It's always such a good day of the week isn't it?  Weekend is here, that means my hubs will be home, and we get to hang out.  I love weekends.  I especially love Friday nights because we stay up late and watch a movie or something. :)  

Anyway, on to stamping... LOL.... I really love this card.  I stamped the Christmas Bauble stamp in memento ink on whisper white card stock and then colored with the silver pen.  I have a video below to show you how I did everything.
This weeks Freebie Friday winner is:  Karen Louder, she will receive 4 handmade cards.  Karen please email me your address at wendy.cranford@live.com.  I do not contact winners you must contact me with your address and check my blog to see if you've won.

Up for grabs this week is a card kit from one of my June classes.  To enter to win please leave a comment on my blog and/or You Tube video.  


CHECK OUT THE CLEARANCE RACK, stock up for CHEAP on  great products for Christmas gift giving, Christmas card making and fancy up your baked goods.


I always welcome Hobby Stampers in our Stampin' Community.  When you purchase the starter kit you get your ticket in to our exclusive virtual meetings that include monthly make and takes and other fun challenges.  Not to mention our weekly prize patrol.  You can purchase the starter kit here. Get one free Designer Series Paper Pack each month for six months when you purchase the starter kit in October. 
Recipe for this card:

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Hippie & The Square

So my sister is marrying this guy.  Chris.  Yeah I know you are thinking the same thing I thought when I laid eyes on him the first time - "Yikes, lock the doors".  At first glance he can look a bit intimidating, ok a lot intimidating.  Then once you get past the intimidation you think, this guy can't possibly have a job.  LOL  Ok well maybe I am the only one who thought it.  Yes, I judged the book.

I am the square.  I always follow the rules, I am a total traditionalist and I am conservative.  I'm no Rush Limbaugh, thank God, but I definitely travel down the right, as in right wing, side of the road most of the time.  I am a self proclaimed moderate conservative.  If this troubles you, don't worry, it troubles some of my family members too.  The left side of my family  :)
Me and my sister, on our way to see Bill Cosby.

Katie and I are totally the opposite.  My sister is no where even close in the vicinity to conservative.  Peace, love and happiness all the way for her.  Katie and Chris are total hippies.

At first I worried that Chris and I wouldn't be able to bond.  Truthfully my sister and I have very little in common except our crazy Mom, who we love to torment, even now, and whom still loves to give us unsolicited advice pretty much on a daily basis.  She's that Mom.  But we love her, dearly.   Katie and I have a childhood that bond us, even though most of the time in childhood we were at odds.  As we've gotten older we can appreciate each other in our differences.  

This Chris fellow though, I got nothin'.  I have no common ground.  For heaven sakes he's a long haired hippie man, what am I going to do with this guy?  How will I ever bond with him?

Turns out that we have a common ground.  After getting past his initially off putting beard and long hair and tie-died, peace sign wearing, Bob Marley quoting self I was able to discover something.  

Love.
Chris with Suzie.  Their newest addition.
Chris is full of love.  He loves my sister.  And the first time I hugged Chris he hugged me like he meant it.  You know the kind of hugs that envelop you and you can feel the warmth of another human being and their kindness.  Not the cheesy one arm, I will hug you because I have to hug.  But the real hug.  Chris' hugs say I love you and I care about you even if you don't believe how I believe.

Over time Chris and I have become friends.  We tease each other most often, in a light hearted way.  We have nicknamed each other, can you guess???

He's the "Hippie" and I'm the "Square"

Oh and he does have  job...  One that focuses on spreading love to other people.  He delivers Meals on Wheels to the elderly.  

Now I focus my energy on embracing Katie and Chris for who they really are when I am around them.  I love them both.  I learn from them when I am around them.  I learn that Love conquers all boundaries and that it tears down all walls.  Love can always reach across any party line or difference.  At the end of the day, we all have to remember that Love is what makes us human, and separates us from evil.  They are both full of love.

Katie and Chris are getting married in May.  We've started coming up with bohemian wedding ideas and scouring Pinterest for ideas.  If you have a wedding idea you'd like to share with us please leave me a comment or email me :)

Here is a centerpiece we found on Pinterest that we are thinking will be perfect.  Katie loved it.  They are getting married outside under an old oak tree at my grandparents house.

Here is their Pinterest Board if you want to follow it: http://www.pinterest.com/luvinstampinup/katie-and-chris-wedding/


I will be using this hashtag #luvinwendysfamily, so if you search #luvinwendysfamily you will be able to follow me in different social medias with that hashtag.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Boo to You Wowza Wednesday #10


BOO to you!  This card is so fun.  I worked really hard on this one for you guys.  I was aiming to do some fun techniques that I don't use all the time.  I definitely succeeded.  I used the brayering technique to create a layered effect in the sky and then flicked water onto the paper to fade the top layer of ink out.  It worked out quite nicely.  I used bats from two different stamp sets to get my different size bats.  


Tips & Tricks
  • The Cracks - To create the cracks in the gravestone I used a basic black marker and drew the lines free hand.  Then I used a paint brush dipped in basic gray ink to smudge ink over the lines that I drew.  This gives the cracks a more realistic look.
  • The Boo - I cut the Boo letters from the Little Letters Die Cuts and inked them in Basic Gray ink.
  • The Ghost - I lightly inked the ghost in smoky slate ink.  He was too bright white without some ink on him.  I stamped his face using smoky slate also, from the Fall Fest stamp set. 


NEW BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS STAMP.  You can see the flyer here and order it online.  It's only available for six months.



I always welcome Hobby Stampers in our Stampin' Community.  When you purchase the starter kit you get your ticket in to our exclusive virtual meetings that include monthly make and takes and other fun challenges.  Not to mention our weekly prize patrol.  You can purchase the starter kit here. Get one free Designer Series Paper Pack each month for six months when you purchase the starter kit in October. 
Here is a recipe of supplies for this card:

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