Monday, June 15, 2015

Meatless Monday: CBLT

The first tomatoes are ripening from our garden.

I wanted a vegetarian BLT, and I made a batch of coconut bacon. The recipe is from Joyful Vegan, and I really like it. I do have to carefully watch these in the oven so they do not burn.

Here is my yummy "CBLT" made mostly with ingredients from the farmers' market and our garden.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Masculine Card with New Colors

I love the new 2015-2017 Stampin' Up! in colors. The Delightful Dijon and Tip Top Taupe are great for masculine cards. Plus, Tip Top Taupe makes a nice, neutral card base. I created this card for the Fun 'n Crafty Stampers monthly card swap. Jennifer Blomquist leads this group of stampers from all over the U.S. Our card swaps are optional, and they are one of my favorite ways to stay involved with the group.

Tip: I used a Stampin' Write Marker to ink of part of the "birthday wishes" stamp in the Build a Birthday stamp set. Markers are a great tool for customizing and stretching your stamps.

Supplies Used:
Big Shot
Hello You Thinly Dies
In Color Card Stock
Whisper White Card Stock
In Color Markers
Build a Birthday Stamp Set
Extra-Large Oval Punch
Decorative Dots Embossing Folder

If you are interested in building a stash of quality, coordinating craft supplies and being part of a fun craft group, then you should consider joining Stampin' Up! in June. You can build a business or do this as a hobby. The starter kit (for $99) offers your choice of $125 in product, free shipping, and 2 free stamp sets in June. You can learn more here or contact me for more information.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

June Blog Hop

Welcome to the June Fun n' Crafty Stampers Blog Hop! We are sharing some NEW Stampin' Up! products with some of our returning favorites. I have two cards to share today.

First up, I have a picture of the newest Stampin' Up! catalog, which is my favorite in my 6+ years as a customer and now demonstrator with this company. From stamps to inks to kits to Project Life, there is a variety of wonderful crafting products and ideas in these pages.

Stampin' Up! is known for color coordination, and it is fun to see the new set of "in colors" each year. I adore these new colors and played with my Stampin' Write Markers recently to make this sign.

This first card I made features a new stamp set (Build a Birthday) and new washi tape (Cherry on Top).
The Build a Birthday stamp set is a lot of fun to use, especially with washi tape. This card came together quickly and I like mixing the Watermelon Wonder and Pool Party card stock.

For the second card, I used some of my favorite returning stamps.
I was really excited to see the Watercolor Thank You continue into the next annual catalog, and I recently added Flowering Flourishes to my collection. I also used some of the new Watermelon Wonder card stock and Cherry on Top washi tape.

Don't miss the other stops on the hop & thank you for visiting my blog!

Fun & Crafty Blog Hop

Jennifer B. of Northwest Stamper

Tobe B. of The Craft Sea

Susan S. of Stampin' By The SF Bay

Pam W. of Stinky Tofu

Sara G. of 1200 Some Miles

Monday, May 18, 2015

Meatless in Monterey

We just returned from a weekend in Monterey, California. I had no problem traveling with my omnivore family and staying meatless. We rented a cottage with a kitchen, so we ate about half of our meals there. We brought a little food with us and made a trip to Trader Joe's. As a treat, I think that the Trader Joe's Coconut Milk Chocolate Ice Cream cannot be be beat! It is really rich and delicious. Is not not low calorie or low fat, but it does have less calories and fat than a serving of regular ice cream.

Before the trip I bought the Happy Cow App to help research veg-friendly restaurants. We played our meals by ear, but it was still nice to have this tool. Our first meal in town was at the Sand Bar and Grill. John wanted seafood, but I was still able to find a meatless and delicious pasta dish. It had olives and capers for a nice flavor. Our view of the bay and boats was fantastic.

One of our favorite Bay Area chains is Ike's Place. They make a huge variety of sandwiches, including vegetarian and vegan options. Alex and I split a "Meatless Mike" since the sandwiches are large.

I was impressed with the cafe at the Monterey Bay Aquarium even though it is a bit pricey. I was able to find a veggie burger and plenty of other meatless options. They had menus out that shared their vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options.

The food was just one part of this fun trip! I will share more pictures from our trip in a future post.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Easy Vegan Waffles

My husband made whole wheat vegan waffles for Mother's Day, and they were a hit.

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 pinches of salt
4 TBSP sugar (I can find vegan sugar at Trader Joe's.)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup plant milk
4 TBSP vegetable oil (I may sub apple sauce for some of the oil next time.)
Makes approximately 12 small waffles

We enjoyed our waffles with some veggie bacon and raspberries from the farmers' market.

(Recipe adapted from Spark People.)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

TGIF Challenge

I enjoyed making a card to enter into the first TGIF Challenge. I love the color combination of Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral and Pool Party!

I was so happy to see that the Kind Koala stamp is not on the Stampin' Up! Retiring List. I wanted to use this cute stamp again and decided to fussy cut the cute koala from some Crumb Cake card stock. I used a blender pen to add some Crumb Cake ink to the ears. The blender pen also allowed me to add Crushed Curry ink to the flower petals.

I originally intended to die cut a Crushed Curry oval to layer on my card until I realized that I am out of Crushed Curry card stock. Another easy way to add a pop of color is to ink the edges of your card stock with the Stamping Sponges.

Here is my finished card:

Supplies Used:
Stamp: Kind Koala
Card stock: Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, and Crumb Cake
Ink: Black Staz On, Crumb Cake, and Crushed Curry
Tools: Blender Pends, Big Shot, Oval Framelits, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Stamping Sponges, Scissors, Trimmer
Accessories: Pool Party Baker's Twine (retired) & button (from the Everyday Occasions kit)

The new Stampin' Up! catalog goes live on June 2, 2015. Based on the demonstrator preview, this is my favorite catalog in my 6 years of stamping. If you do not have a demonstrator and want a free copy of this catalog (US only), feel free to email me at

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Around Here - April 2015

Here are some of our pictures from April 2015:

Alex enjoyed an Easter Egg Hunt and then we headed to the East Bay for a yummy vegan brunch with family at Sanctuary Bistro. I managed to avoid eating milk chocolate Easter candy this year!

We continue to have mainly vegetarian & vegans dinner, and recently I made vegetarian chili with "Happy Herbivore" cornbread. I found a vegan cheese that I like on grilled cheese sandwiches. It takes a little longer to melt than dairy cheese, but it fulfills my grilled cheese craving.

Alex and I planted a little garden during his spring break. We need to add a little more dirt, but I am happy with the fabric container. It will be easier to move in the future and holds a tomato plant, a blueberry bush, and some strawberry plants. We planted spinach, summer squash, and carrot seeds. We also have a couple of herb plants.

On April 25th, we headed to the first ever Oakland Veg Fest and had a great time. We enjoyed yummy food, free samples, and inspirational speakers.

Happy May!