Saturday, September 10, 2011


I want to send a huge thank you to those that wished me a Happy Birthday/Blogaversary! I truly appreciated all the comments! I was thrilled at how many of you entered my candy draw and also answered some of my questions! Plus I gained a few new followers...hope you are all here to stay too! THANK YOU AGAIN! :)

It took me awhile but I finally got through all the comments and verified all the entries for a total of 56! Hubby isn't here to draw from the lucky camo hat so I wrote them in order on a piece of paper and now I am getting ready to hit the button on! Are you ready? Drumroll................................... and the winner is....................

True Random Number Generator

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#50 on my list is Mallika from India!!! She just happens to be a new follower too! Congrats Mallika! You have until Wed. Sept. 14th to contact me.

If the winner doesn't contact me by that date I will pick a new winner on Sept. 15th.

Thank you all for playing and don't worry if you didn't win this time because there will be more mini drawings in the you know I do love my guessing games!! HEHE!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tomato Freezer Jam!

Do you have a bunch of tomatoes in your garden? Try making some tomato jam and you do not have to "can" these you can simply put them in the freezer! :) I made two with yellow pear tomatoes and the other with candy cherry isis. Delish! This stuff tastes great on biscuits, rolls, etc. but I also found out it is wonderful on pork!!

Tomato Jam in A Flash

This recipe makes 4 or 5 pints of yellow tomato jam which can be processed in glass jars or frozen and kept for several months in the freezer. Red tomato jam is also good, but yellow tomatoes are less acidic and offer a different flavor.


•2 - 3 Pounds of yellow tomatoes
•1 Whole lemon, washed and sliced thin
•1 Tbsp white vinegar
•2 tsp ginger
•1 stick of stick cinnamon
•4 Cups granulated sugar
•1 Cup spring water


•Wash the yellow tomatoes, but do not peel.
•In a large saucepan, place all ingredients together over medium high heat.
•Bring the pan to the boil and reduce heat to medium low.
•Simmer the jam for 2 hours, or until thickened.
•Remove pan from heat and take out the cinnamon stick and discard.
•Pour into canning or jelly jars and seal with lids and rings.
•Process the jars in a hot water bath for 20 minutes OR put them in the freezer!

You can also click HERE for the recipe!


Monday, September 5, 2011

My Blogaversary/Birthday Candy!!!

*Candy now closed...winner will be announced soon*

Last month I celebrated my 2 year blogaversary and today I'm celebrating my 30th birthday! By the time your reading this I will be on my way to Lexington, Kentucky with my hubby for a little getaway!

As promised not long ago I have some super yummy and calorie free blog candy for my followers! I truly appreciate all the love you leave for me on my little ole warms my heart when I read your wonderful comments! So a big THANK YOU goes out to all of you! :)

Updated picture 8-30-11

How can you get your paws on the goodies??
The only mandatory thing you have to do is be one of my followers and leave me a comment! That is it...easy peasy right?

OPTIONAL but it will give you an extra entry for each one that you do (just make sure you leave a separate comment for each one!)
1. Spread the word either in a post or on your sidebar OR BOTH :) (you may use the candy picture).
2. Tell me what you like most about my blog.
3. Tell me if there is something you would like for me to change or if there is something you would like to see me post in the future.
4. When was your most favorite birthday and what made it so special?

You have until the end of the day on September 5th (Indiana Eastern Time) to leave your comments!
Good luck!!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Unstampabelles Challenge #3

Time for our third challenge over at Unstampabelles and for this month we want to see ANIMALS! We are also going to offer you an extra entry for the prize if you do the technique and for this month we want you to try out "dry embossing"! You have until September 30th to get your entries in and the new challenge will start on October 3rd. Remember you must have an ANIMAL on your project and "dry embossing" is optional but it will get you an extra entry!
Just remember......NO STAMPS at all! No rubber, digi, sentiments, etc.!

Our sponsor for this month is Cathy from Cathy's Creative Corner! She has kindly donated the following prize package!

Now for my DT card to get you started!

I used a polar bear chipboard piece out of a Basic Grey set called "obscure" and painted it with a Ranger acrylic paint dabber in "snow cap". Used some paper I got from my pal Annmaree along with some ribbon from my stash that I stuck on with my Tim Holtz tiny attacher. Drew on a little face with my Copic multiliner and added some Viva Decor pearls to the corners. Isn't that polar bear so adorable?

Your turn! I sure hope to see more of you over at Unstampabelles this month!

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
Delicious Doodles - Fresh New Start (new chipboard)
Penny's Challenge - Inspiration Photo
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes