Saturday, January 3, 2009

Whiff of Joy New Releases & Yummy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am so excited to share that my store Wish On A Scrap will be carrying the new releases from Whiff of Joy Stamps. Be sure to stop on over to the store to see these adorable new stamps. If you are up for a challenge, visit the store blog as we will have some yummy blog candy posted very soon.

Winter has gotten me in the baking mood. I made my regular chocolate chip cookie recipe and then dipped the cookies into melted semi-sweetened chocolate chips. This simple treat was absolutely delicious.

Here is the recipe for chocolate chip cookies from Crisco:

3/4 cup butter flavored shortening
1 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
1 Tablespoon real vanilla
1 egg
3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups of flour
1 cup chocolate chips

Heat oven to 375. Combine shortening, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Beat in egg. Combine flour, salt and baking soda. Mix into creamed mixture just until blended. Stir in choc. chips. Drop by teaspoon full of dough 3-inches apart onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375for 8-10 minutes for chewy cookies or 11 -13 mins for crisp cookies. DO NOT OVERBAKE! Remove cookies to foil to cool. Makes about 3 dozen.

Here is the part that I added to the recipe for my treats:
In separate small saucepan, melt bags of semi-sweet chocolate morsels. Dip each cookie halfway in dark chocolate and return to wax paper to cool. Place in refrigerator to set the chocolate. Enjoy =)

Thank you again for visiting my blog and for all of the positive comments. Have a great day.


Friday, January 2, 2009

Black and White Winter Card

Happy New Year! I still have not decided what this year's resolution will be. I would love to hear what you have decided to resolve for 2009.

The card for today was something that I had envisioned in my mind and then just had to put onto paper. I bought the stamp over the summer because I knew it would make a beautiful winter card. Black and white are my favorite shades; I wear them almost every day so I figured I would make a card that reflects my clothing style. I also decorated the inside of the card just as my muse Kim does on her beautiful cards.

    Here are the details of the card:

  • Stamp by Inkadinkado 96847

  • Cardstock Stampin Up in Whisper White & Basic Black

  • Black Memento Ink

  • EK Success Medium Snowflake Punch

  • EK Success Snowflake Long Punch

  • Silver baubles & Silver Sliders

  • Black ribbon

I hope you enjoyed my card. Here are some pictures of snow that we had in New York on New Years Eve. I thought I would share these because when I sent the pics over to Deb, she told me that my snow looks tropical compared to hers. I thought that was hilarious. How is the snow by you?

Wishing you all a wonderful year ahead. Thank you so much for your comments =)


Wednesday, December 31, 2008

My 1st Tilda Card

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon and evening at Ann's house crafting our hearts out. I finally got a chance to color my first Tilda. Having now had this intense copic coloring experience, I have a new found respect for all the stampers who turn out these beautiful images on a regular basis! Although I totally enjoyed making this card, the coloring was so detailed!!

For this card, I used the following supplies: The paper used on the card came from a DCWV pack, the sentiment is from Stampin Up on the outside and inside of the card, rectangle scallop nestabilties, pop-up glue dots from SU, Copic Ciao 72 set A, bazzill cardstock, SU circle punch, SU scallop circle punch, paper punch butterfly & firefly, and an EK Success corner punch for the design on the inside of the card.

I wish everyone a blessed new year. Thank you so much for your support over the past year. I have enjoyed getting to know my readers and I appreciate all of the feedback provided. Here's to a prosperous and healthy 2009 =)


Monday, December 29, 2008

Birthday Dinner

This is probably going to be my last food and recipe post until next year when I decide to cook again ;) I cannot believe how good the food turned out for my husband's birthday dinner! I got the recipe from a member of a yahoo group that I belong called CopycatsClones-n-BrandNames There are so many wonderful recipes posted in the group and such nice members there.

Here is the recipe:

Cheesecake Factory Louisiana Chicken Pasta
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
3/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons flour

Cajun Sauce
1 tablespoon butter
1 small yellow pepper (chopped)
1 small red bell pepper (chopped)
3/4 small red onion (chopped)
3 whole garlic cloves (minced)
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1-1/4 pints whipping cream
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
4 tablespoons fresh basil (thinly sliced)
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 (12 ounce) package bow tie pasta
1 cup mushroom (sliced)

Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat.

Add yellow and red bell peppers, mushrooms, and onion to same
skillet,until crisp-tender, about 4 minute.

Add garlic and crushed red pepper to skillet and saute 3 minutes.

Add whipping cream and chicken stock.

Simmer until sauce re-heats and thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.

Add basil and 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese to sauce, stirring to

Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low,
simmer; sauce will reduce and thicken.

Wash and drain chicken breasts.

Pound until very thin (the thinner the chicken breasts the better).

Mix breadcrumbs, flour, and Parmesan cheese together.

Place milk in dish for dipping.

Dip chicken in breadcrumb mixture and then in milk and then back in

Place in fry pan that the oil has been heated and fry at medium high
temperature until golden crisp and cooked through.

Add more oil as needed.

Remove and drain chicken; keep warm.

Meanwhile, cook bow-tie pasta in large pot of boiling salted water
until tender but still firm to bite.

Drain and return to pot.

Add sauce and toss to coat.

Place pasta with sauce on plate, and top with chicken breast.

Serve, passing additional Parmesan separately.

Serves 5 to 7

Thank you for all the lovely comments. It is so nice to be back posting and reading your blogs =)


Sunday, December 28, 2008

Hubby's Birthday

It seems that the week before and the week after Christmas are filled with tons of parties in our home. Today, is my husband's birthday and we are having another party at our house. I just finished cleaning up from my daughter's party and now we are onto another =)

It has been months since I have picked up my copic markers and I was not happy at all with my coloring on this card. Finding a male card was difficult too and so I settled on the golfer image - even though my husband has never golfed in his entire life ;) I will be baking his favorite chocolate chip cookies as part of his gift and I am trying my hand at a new recipe for dinner.

Here is the recipe for Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies:
6 dozen cookies

4 1/2 c all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups butter, softened
1 1/2 c packed brown sugar
1/2 c white sugar
2 (3.4 ounce) packages of instant vanilla pudding (you
can use chocolate to make chocolate choco chip cookies
or any other flavor to get creative and change it up)
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)

preheat oven to 350
sift together flour and baking soda, set aside

in large bowl cream together butter, brown sugar white
sugar. Beat in the instant pudding mix until blended.
Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Blend in the flour
mixture. Finally stir in the choco chips and nuts.

drop cookies by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased
cookie sheets

bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden. Edges should
be golden brown.

keep in Tupperware and they'll stay super soft and
chewy for as much as a week and a half.

I hope everyone has a great end to the weekend. Happy Hanukah if you are celebrating =)