Category Archives: recipes

I ♥ pesto!

Here’s what I made for dinner tonight…yum!  It was delish! 

This recipe will definitely need to be scrapped (let me clarify…scrapbooked…not thrown away).    :^)

It is called Creamy Pesto Chicken and Bow Ties…but I altered it a bit and added some tomatoes and spinach.  It was sooo good!

Creamy Pesto Chicken and Bow Ties

  • 3 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cubed (4 breast halves)
  • 1 (10.75 oz.) can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1/3 cup pesto
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 5 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 14.5 oz. can Italian Style diced tomatoes

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.

Meanwhile, heat butter in skillet. Add chicken and cook until no longer pink, stirring often.

Add soup, pesto, milk, spinach and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Cook over low heat 5 minutes or until done. Stir in drained pasta and heat through.

I’m thinking it would be good with mushrooms too…maybe next time!

6×6 Boston Creme Cupcakes

Mmm!  I posted a pic of these yummy cupcakes here a few months ago.  I finally got around to scrapping the recipe for a little swap with some local friends.  I had to change a few ideas, though, because I soon realized I couldn’t fit everything that I wanted on a 6×6 size page.  LOL.  

Here’s a little close up.  It’s hard to see, but I added some Crystal Effects to the cupcake top.  After cutting out all those boats, I was wondering why I went on to torture myself and cut out teeny tiny little fish too.   

Have a great Sunday!

stamps- Jumbo Rollagraph wheel- Skyline, SU! Boatloads of Love, SU! Incentive stamp- cupcake, Our Craft Lounge- Bear-ly Fishin’ (fish); paper- Persian Blue, Sea Blue, Fossill, white, Frances Meyer d.p.; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Bermuda Bay; accessories- Fiskars boundary waters punch, Copics, Crystal Effects, Stickles.

mummy treats

I was asked to share a photo of the mummy treats I made so I’m just popping in with a quick post.  My friend, Mary Ann, made some and I thought they were so cute!  So I had to try them for a little party tomorrow.  Too bad mine don’t look so good.  lol.

I don’t know where my friend saw the idea but I found directions here.  She used Little Debbie Devil Cremes instead and they were yummy so that’s what I chose.  She also laid them each into 2 cupcake liners overlapped which makes a cute “coffin”.  Instead of the mini M&M’s, I found some candy eyes at Walmart.  Oh, and I used homemade frosting too.

Isn’t it a cute idea?

Boston Creme cupcakes

Boston Creme cupcakes = seriously yummy!!!

Just had to share.  :0)

You can bet I’ll be scrapping this in a 6×6 page!  But in the meantime, here’s the recipe.  Enjoy!

Boston Creme Cupcakes

1 1/4 cups whole milk

1 (3.4-ounce) box vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix

1 teaspoon vanilla

18 pre-made cupcakes baked from a yellow cake mix

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 package (6 oz.) semisweet chocolate morsels

Combine milk, instant pudding mix, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat mixture for 2 minutes, or until it thickens. Place mixture in refrigerator for 15 minutes. Spoon filling into a pastry bag fitted with a medium-size plain tip. Fill cupcakes with vanilla pudding filling by inserting tip into top of cupcake and squeezing filling into each cupcake.

Heat cream in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat until bubbles appear around the edges. Remove from heat, add chocolate morsels to pan, and whisk until smooth. Cool slightly.  Spoon or drizzle glaze over cupcakes, or dunk the tops into the glaze. Refrigerate until set, at least 1 hour, before serving.

*note- The original recipe called for 1 Tbsp. of vanilla but I cut it down to 1 tsp.  It also called for 12 cupcakes but I was able to fill 18 with the filling.  And the original recipe called for double the ingredients for the chocolate glaze but it was way too much so I cut it in half…the amount above should be about right.

Edit:  To answer your questions…I used a medium to large size tip. It could have been a bit smaller but I went with what I had and it worked fine. You will be able to tell when the cupcake has enough filling…it starts to swell. 

I have filled cupcakes in the past with regular frosting (learned this from my mother-in-law years ago) but I was afraid these would get mushy from the pudding filling.  Not the case!  The pudding kept the cupcakes nice and moist.  Nothing worse than dry cake, huh? 

stuffed strawberries…yum!

I have a really sweet recipe page today!  I made these for a “girl’s night out” (stamping with my friends) a few weeks ago and they were gone in a flash!  Yummo!  It all started when Jenn Balcer posted a photo online of some stuffed strawberries and I knew right away I wanted needed to try making them.  I compared a few recipes I found and scribbled down the amount of ingredients I chose to use.  Then I decided that I needed to dip them in chocolate…um hum!

The paper-pieced strawberry is from Paper Smooches Fruitastic.  Since I like to scrap my recipes, I knew this was a must have set!  The sentiment at the top is from Sugar Rush.  It really says You make Life sweet but I omitted the “you”.  The dashed lines under the title are from Santa Paws.

This recipe page was created for the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge.  The bright pink flower in the photo inspired me to use the strawberry image.  I added red accents but I had to switch out the blue accents for green to match my papers.  And I added a clear gemstone accent.

Now here’s what they look like…go ahead…you know you wanna make ’em too!  :0)

stamps- Paper Smooches Sugar Rush, Fruitastic, and Santa Paws; paper- white, pink, red, K& Company Berry Sweet, Real Red d.p.; ink- Regal Rose, Pear Pizzazz; accessories- Martha Stewart Scallop Dot punch, circle punches, Copics, dimensionals, gemstone.

pasta salad…yum!

Now that warmer weather is finally here I am hungry for summer pasta salads again!  I guess I was just wishing for warm weather back in February when I made this dish for a get together with friends.  They all loved it and asked how I made it but I was almost embarressed to say how simple it was.  LOL.  Sometimes the simple dishes are the best though so I decided to scrap it for the 6×6 recipe swap at the Spring Fest I attended.  This is the last project I have to share from that event.

Enjoy!  I am off to take some meds and hopefully hit the pillow early tonight.  I am battling yet another sinus infection…I’ve actually had this off & on since January…yuck.

I’ll be back on Thursday with a card from the new Stampavie Vintage collection….♥ these images!

stamps- SU! Best Blossoms, Cute & Curly, and Rough Texture wheel; paper- white, green, red, yellow, black, SU! Real Red d.p.; ink- Artichoke, Garden Green, YoYo Yellow; accessories- Prima, SU! Top Note die and Curly Label punch, Cuttlebug Checkerboard folder, EK Success Victorian Photo Corner and flower punch (for leaves), gemstone, Stickles, QuicKutz Tomato die.

in a pink! mood lately…

I’ve been in a “pink” mood…don’t know why.  Maybe it’s all this yucky weather and wishing for sunny days and springtime flowers.  We got one or two teases of spring…and we’re back to cool, rainy days.  pffft.  My DD and friends tell me that it snowed in the Buffalo area and other parts of NY yesterday.  Say it ain’t so!  ugh!

At least I can create my own spring on paper!  This card was made for a dear friend who’s birthday is this week.  And of course I made it before I headed out the door on Saturday when I was going to see her.  No time for coloring here…so I relied on a pretty 2-step image from SU!

I also made a few extra and changed out the words so I could use them for  thank you cards.  It’s a pretty versatile image and design, I think.

The photo corner was punched and then scored in the center with my Scor-Pal.  I folded it and sponged the center for a slightly different look.

Here’s another pink obsession I have lately…Triple Berry Smoothies!  Yum!  Imagine my disappointment this weekend when Sam’s Club was out of strawberries.  LOL.  The horrer!  😉

I recently ordered and received the Ninja… ♥ !

Here’s what I put in them…

1 1/2 cups of mixed strawberries, blackberries, and  raspberries

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt

1/2 cup milk

2 tsp. sugar, adjust to taste

1 cup crushed ice

I also substituted blueberries or peaches for the raspberries.  Use any fruit you like!  And when I ran out of yogurt, I used peach ice cream instead which made it even better….gee, I wonder why…LOL.

Tonight I’m going to try making ice cream in the Ninja…supposedly it only takes 30 seconds!  :0)

stamps- SU! Soft Summer, Whimsical Words; paper- Pretty in Pink, black, white; ink- Pretty in Pink, Rose Romance, Mellow Moss, Garden Green, Memento Black; accessories- Cuttlebug Script, SU! Photo Corner punch, paper piercer, foam dimensionals, black pearls.

mini cream cheese danishes

I hope you had a great weekend!  We had a nice visit with family but I’m so glad we’re home.  It was raining when we left yesterday but the roads turned horrible along the way and it snowed like crazy here.  Enough of the white stuff…I’m sooo ready for Spring!

I’m just popping in with another project from last weekend’s shoebox swap.  This was my recipe card for the 6×6 recipe swap.  I borrowed the recipe from my friend, Tracy.  You can see her recipe here.  These are so easy to make and SO yummy!

I didn’t have any stamps to go with danishes so I just tried to go with “cute”.  lol.  I hope you have a great Monday.  Crossing fingers for some sunny, snow-free days soon!

stamps- Stampendous From The Kitchen; paper- pink, cream, Olive, textured Boysenberry, dp- Kaisercraft English Rose collection; ink- Rose Romance, Memento Black; accessories- Circle and Double Ended Tags Nestabilities, Sizzix Leaf, Copics, EK Success Fancy Photo Corner punch, Primas, eyelets, pearls, Tulip paper paint (very old-not sure if you can even buy this anymore).

6 x 6 mac & cheese

I’m taking a break from the Christmas cards today to share a recipe page I recently made.  I’ve been making Paula Deen’s mac & cheese for a while now and since it’s one of our favorites, I wanted to scrap it for my girls.

Just a simple color-blocked layout paired with a House Mouse image.  The cheese is by Hambo.

Have a stress-free, enjoying the holidays kind of day!

stamps- House Mouse Chef Amanda, Hambo Stamps cheese; paper- red, Apricot, white, Apricot d.p.; ink- Memento Black, SU! Apricot; accessories- Labels 10 Nestabilities, Copics, button, thread; fonts- CK Ali’s Hand and LD Jumpy.

6 x 6 frosting recipes

This is my last pic to share from the stamping event last Saturday.  I usually join the recipe swap for a couple of reasons. 

1. I like to try new recipes and the best ones are usually shared by friends, kwim?

2. It keeps me on my toes to get my family’s favorite recipes scrapped.

3. I love to see how creative the cards can be…some are just amazing!

The recipe card I chose to make this time was simply of my favorite frostings. 

I kept it fairly simple and stuck with pink and red.  The card base is Confetti White to hopefully resemble a confetti cake. 

I made the chocolate peanut butter frosting this weekend…yum!  I think I’ll go have a piece.  😉

stamps- SU! The More The Merrier, Cookie Crumbs Time For Cake; paper- Confetti White, pink, red; ink- Memento Black; accessories- Martha Stewart Drippy Goo punch, SU! Oval punch, circle punch, Copics, pop dots, Stickles, Crystal Effects.