Monday, August 16, 2010

Fruits of Summer

There's nothing better than fresh tomatoes from the garden and I look forward to making this simple dish every year.
It's pretty simple, 2-3 vine ripe tomatoes, one ball fresh mozzarella cheese, about ¼ pound very thinly sliced prosciutto ham, chopped fresh basil, and I used Paul Newman's Balsamic Vinaigrette salad dressing. Core and slice the tomatoes, slice the cheese and cut the ham to about the same size, layer everything in a long thin serving dish, sprinkle with basil and drizzle with dressing. YUM!

Sneak Peak Stamp Workshop Projects

Here's a peak at what we'll create at this week's Stampin' Up workshops to be held on Wednesday, August 28 at 5:30 pm and Sunday, August 22 at 2 pm. Please email me to RSVP. No experience is necessary, feel free to bring a friend, just let me know so I can cut enough kits. Workshops are $10 or FREE if you place a Stampin' Up order with me at the workshop. I do also have the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog available for sale, as well as the current Summer Mini Catalog which expires August 31, 2010. Don't FORGET, if you host a workshop this month before August 31, you get an EXTRA $25 in hostess benefit dollars on top of the regular benefits, if your workshop totals $350 or more. It's a SUPER deal!

Elizabeth Thank You Card
Supplies used: Concord Crush card stock and ink, Elizabeth single stamp image, "thank you" sentiment from Because I Care Level 1 Hostess Set, Concord Crush In Color DSP paper stack Level 1 Hostess, scalloped edge border punch, Whisper White 5/8" organza ribbon, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.

Tropical Thank You Card
Supplies used: Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Tropical Party stamp set, Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, Island Oasis Designer Series Paper, Old Olive card stock, Soft Suede card stock, Whisper White card stock, Old Olive Stampin' Write Maker, Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker, sponge, Bashful Blue ink pad, Old Olive ink pad, Soft Suede ink pad, Hemp Twine.

Inspired by Nature Wine Bottle Tag
Supplies used: Whisper White card stock, Certainly Celery ink pad, Stampin' Write markers in Garden Green, More Mustard and Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip ink pad, Chocolate Chip card stock, More Mustard card stock, Woodland Walk Designer Series Paper, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Photo Corners Punch.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Mexican Fiesta Rice

I had this idea for a side dish, I was serving Mojo marinated pork tenderloin. It turned out great so I'm sharing it here!

  • 3 cups cooked rice (I started with 1 cup of Riceland white rice, 2 cups water, a tsp of butter or olive oil, and a tsp of Minor's Chicken Base, bring to rolling boil, cook for 15 minutes with tight fitting lid)
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 small can sweet corn, drained (may substitute frozen corn, LOVE Trader Joe's Roasted Corn)
  • 1 cup diced fresh red pepper
  • 1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeds and ribs removed, finely diced
  • 1 can Ro-tel Tomatoes with Lime and Cilantro

Place all ingredients except rice, in a large bowl. Cook the rice, and dump it over the other ingredients when still warm and stir. Taste test for seasoning. Mine did not need any additional salt, but add to your liking. I did sprinkle a little red wine vinegar over the top to brighten up the flavors. This may be served warm or cold. It was also great the next day! This is one of those recipes that you can use pretty much anything in your pantry. ENJOY!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Extra, Extra Stampin’ Up Hostess Promotion

Dates: July 27-August 31, 2010
Details: Host a Stampin' Up workshop with me, and receive an additional $25 in hostess free merchandise dollars when the workshop totals $350 or more!

Click HERE for a downloadable flyer.

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