Friday, July 26, 2013

Hero Hostess Summer Picnic Blog Hop

Welcome to the Hero Hostess Summer Picnic Hop!

If you've been following along, you have just arrived from the ever so talented, Heather Doran's blog! Isn't she awesome?

When I think of summer picnics, I think of lots of sunshine and flowers and sometimes flower table clothes too. I love summer. It's my favorite time of year, so I think of summer picnics as perfect days. :)  I based my card on all those things: flowers, sunshine and the greeting, "Wishing You a Perfect Day".  I used several stamps sets including a new stamp from the Stamp Your Story My Words set for the middle of the sun. It says, "today." Hoping today is perfect for you!

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Your next stop on the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop is my sweet and creative friend, Barb Engler.

My Words
Bold Pop Designs
Happy Birthday
Mid-Tone Inks
Perfect Day 
Hero Arts Layering Paper

And here's my summer picnic recipe. It's called GREAT Fresh Salsa and it's delicious! Perfect for picnics! 

GREAT Fresh Salsa
The quantities in this recipe are meant to be base guidelines – use your own taste to guide you.  If it is too soupy add some extra Roma tomatoes at the end to make it meatier.

10 Roma tomatoes
1 medium to lg onion
4 medium tomatoes
1 green pepper, seeded
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded (optional)
8 cloves garlic
3 T wine vinegar
3 T olive oil
1 T chopped cilantro
salt, pepper

Wash and dry the veggies. I don’t peel any of them except the onion and garlic. I don’’t seed the tomatoes either. Quarter the Roma tomatoes and regular tomatoes.

Using a food processor, put in chunks of green pepper, onion, and garlic. Buzz them together till they are finely chopped. Then add the quartered Roma tomatoes. Add the regular tomatoes last because they are softer and don’t need much processing. Just buzz them till the salsa is the consistency you like. I sometimes add 4 large diced Roma tomatoes at the end for texture (do not put in food processor, just hand dice.)  If you want, you can leave out the jalapeno pepper.

Transfer to a large bowl. Add the chopped cilantro, jalapeno pepper (optional), salt and pepper to taste, and then add the wine vinegar and olive oil.

Taste before adding the whole tablespoon of cilantro – sometimes it’s rather strong so you may need to adjust this measurement. There’s no right or wrong w/salsa. :)

Thanks for hopping with us today! 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Birds on a Wire

I bought this Hero Arts Bird stamp and cut set at Archiver's a while ago. I wanted to make a very quick card and this is what I came up with. Nothing too exciting, but I still love the stamp.  :)

Hope your week is going well! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Good Friends - ABNH Challenge 27

Wow, I didn't realize it had been so long since I lasted posted. I guess life has been busier than I thought! :)  I made this card for a crafty friend of mine. This balloon is one of my favorite Hero Arts stamps so I'm going to enter this into the current "fav stamp" challenge over at A Blog Named Hero.

I paper pieced the balloon. I also used the Basic Grey What's Up paper for the background. I LOVE this paper pad!

Have you made a card for the "fav stamp" challenge yet? If not, go now and create!  :)