Monday, September 20, 2010

Is this a cute card or what?

Well it FINALLY happened! My son is potty trained! I have been changing diapers for almost 5 years! No, my son isn't almost 5, but he came along before Ella was potty trained. I am very proud of my little boy, and so is his Nana. She made the adorable card above and sent it to him. I just think it is sooo cute!! She always makes the cutest & most clever cards & books for my kids. You can tell they are made with a lot of love too! Thank you Nana!! (And thank you Ryan for ending my diaper changing days!)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Clear Card Workshop Tomorrow!

Above are the cards we'll making tomorrow night starting at 7:00 pm. The clear card bases are really unique & fun to work with! The supply fee is $12 and that includes a new Fall/Winter catalog for you to take home! Hope to see you there!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Crock Pot Beef Short Ribs

So I tried my first recipe from my new Slow Cooker cookbook, and it turned out pretty good! Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture for you!! It was very easy and even the kids liked it. I love braised short ribs, so I was eager to try making them in the crock pot to see how they came out. The meat was tender & the sauce had deep, dark color (from my favorite beer - Guinness!) and a hint of sweetness from the molasses. It needed salt, so if you try it for yourself, up the salt measurement! Also, try to find short ribs on sale. The recipe calls for 5 pounds of short ribs and they were $4.99 per pound the day I was shopping! You could get a few pounds of short ribs and add some big hunks of whatever kind of beef is on sale & it would still be good. Here's the recipe:

Beer-braised Beef Short Ribs

5 lbs beef short ribs
14 oz can beef broth
12 oz can dark beer
1 medium onion, cut into thin wedges
1/4 cup molasses
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp tabasco
1/2 tsp salt

Add everything except short ribs to crock pot & stir together. Then add in short ribs. Cover & cook on low-heat setting for 11 - 12 hours or on high-heat setting fr 5 1/2 to 6 hours. Skim fat off sauce & serve meat & sauce with mashed potatoes. (I didn't skim - too lazy) Enjoy! :)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

September Already?!

I can't believe it's September - time is sure flying fast! So fast I can barely keep up! My crafty projects have certainly been on the back burner, so I have got to get busy so that I can post some new projects for you to see!

In the meantime, here's the latest from my Perky Paper corner of the world :)

-The new Fall/Winter catalog went live on September 1st. If you haven't seen it yet, go to the CTMH website HERE to see it online or contact me for a paper copy to hold in your hands!

-Mark your calendar for Friday, September 17th at 7 pm when I'll be teaching a Clear Card workshop. We'll use some new products and stamps to layer clear card bases for some really unique cards!

-My October workshop will be on Friday, October 22nd. I think we will probably be making the 3 mini albums from the September Triple Play promotional kit. This kit must be purchased by September 30th. I'll have samples to look at the September workshop, but you can see a picture on my website HERE.

-I bought a new Crock Pot cookbook and I'm going to try to make a new recipe each week from it. I'll do my best to post the results of the recipe here on my blog so that you can try them for yourself. I love cooking with my Crock Pot because it's not only easy, but the house smells yummy and you can get a lot done during the day while dinner is cooking away at the same time. Perfect for paper crafting don't you think?