Pop Up and Cut Out cards: My new craft

OH boy, oh boy.  My big New Year’s resolution, deciding to send a card to all the people I know for Birthday’s and Anniversaries, caused me to go exploring for cards. Over Christmas I found all kinds of really neat cards and I started developing a plan.  I ordered a book on making cards.  I bought a few creative cards to use while I learn my new craft to support those who inspired me.

At a vendor show recently I met a lady who sells her cards, and will do custom, for only $5.  You realize you pay around that for a card in the store and yet these are homemade.

SO if you want a card made I will give you her name and number.  🙂

Meanwhile I am having some fun.  Below is the first card I actually gave to someone.  Simple cutouts, but it looks so cool and I made it.  My next public project is a card for a wonderful little girl’s FIRST Birthday Party.


Maybe when I get good at this I could have a MAKE A CARD party. hmmm

Apple Cider Sangria


Homemade Apple Cider Sangria.

1 1/2 cups homemade apple cider  (or purchased)
4 drops Vitality cinnamon essential oil, or two cinnamon sticks
2 drops Vitality ginger essential oil, or 2 slices of ginger
1/2 cup chopped apples
1 cup sweet white wine, or apple pie schnapps
1 orange sliced
2 ounces simple syrup

1. Make homemade cider/juice: Using juicer process (14 ) apples place in pan and cook down to half.  If you use a tart apple you may want to add sugar.

2. While still warm add oils to mixture and stir.  Add wine and simple syrup.

3. Place fruit in container.  Place in refrigerate to chill.

I used sweet apples from the local farm.  14 apples made almost 3 cups.  First attempt recipe called for sugar, but I feel it is too sweet.  So removed it from the recipe.  We can always add more simple syrup if needed.

The Cinnamon Essential oil gives it a spicy taste that is unique to using oil instead of cinnamon powder or sticks.

Makes about 5 1/2 cup servings.

Lemon Sugar Cookie…Yumm!


Found this wonderful sugar cookie recipe.  I did a little twist on these cookies.  As I always say I don’t remember where I found this recipe. and I am not trying to steal it.  Just putting it on my blog so I can find it again.

1 cup butter
6 egg yolks
1 t vanilla
4 drops YL lemon oil or 1/2 t lemon flavoring and zest of one lemon
2 1/2 cups flour
1 t baking soda
1 t cream of tartar
1 1/2 cups sugar

Cream together butter and sugar.  Add in yolks and blend completely. Add flavorings. Sift dry ingredients and slowly add to mixture.

Scoop using small pampered chef scooper and roll in sugar. Place two inches apart on parchment paper covered cooking sheet.

Bake 350 for 8 to 10 minutes allow to cool a bit on sheet before removing.

Cookies are soft and light.  You can use any citrus flavor and I have thought of trying to make them chocolate.

Country Mouse Cookie


I went in search of mouse cookie idea’s for our grand opening of the Country Mouse Yard sale and found something like this, I made some personal changes and they are on their way to being made for July 1 and 2nd.

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
3 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
3 1/2 cups flour
peanuts, chocolate chips, licorice laces for decorating

1. Cream together butter, shortening and sugar. Beat in egg and paste. Add flour and salt mix well.

2. Cover and chill for 1 hour. Shape into 1 inch balls.

–Place balls in fridge for an hour or more.

Pinch front of each ball to form a nose. Add two peanut halves for ears, two chocolate chips (point side in) for eyes and a chocolate chip or other candy for a nose. Roll in cinnamon and sugar (optional but I liked it better). Place on baking sheets.

3. Bake 325 for 12 min – 15 minutes until bottoms are light brown. Cool on racks. Insert licorice piece for tails. (2 inch pieces) while warm.

Found the main recipe on Taste of Home.

Alternative version:  Reduce Butter to 1/4 cup and add 1/4 cup Almond Butter.  Reduce flour to 2 1/2 cups.

Dessert with the BOSS


Chocolate Cookies

Made some without chips to use for ice cream sandwiches. These are nice and soft and not too sweet.

1 cup crisco
2 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Melt 1/2 crisco with 1/2 cup chips. Beat Crisco with sugars then add in egg, beat until smooth and fluffy. Add in Melted chocolate next with vanilla. Add flour cocoa, baking soda and beat until ingredients are combined. Drop with medium scoop onto parchment paper.

Bake at 375 for 8 minutes. Note: They will flatten after they cool.

Pot Stickers for Dinner with the BOSS

Pot Stickers for Dinner with the BOSS

Made these as an appetizer to go with an Italian dinner. I know mixing cultures.

Found a salmon version at:
and a ground beef version at:

I kind of mixed and matched. I did not precook the salmon per the recipe and I skipped the egg whites. Tried steaming them both in this picture. They where good but I will bake them for dinner.

Hope the links work, I do not intend to steal recipes I just use what I like. If I change it a lot or don’t remember where I found it I just post it. The purpose of this blog is to help me track what I make so I can find the recipes again. Enjoy.

Oatmeal Creme Cookies


And this is dessert.

Oatmeal Creme Cookies
1 egg
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup mild molasses
3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 cup cooking oil
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups oatmeal

Beat sugar, oil, molasses and egg together. Slowly add combined dry ingredients. Using Medium scoop. Make cookies. bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes.

Note: they are soft and a little sticky.

Icing for filling

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup shortening
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp creamer

Cream butter and shortening. Add one cup sugar at a time.
Add vanilla, then add cream until it reaches a somewhat stiff consistency.

After cookies cool. Pipe at least 2 Tablespoons icing on one cookie and cover with the other.

Banana Apple Bread


Going to a friends cabin to get coal for my mother. They recently purchased the property and found coal storage in a shed. Since it is an overnight trip I have to cook. This is intended to add to whatever we have for breakfast.

Banana Apple Bread

1 egg
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup apple butter
1 tsp fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup banana, crushed
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
dash salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup apples chopped

Beat eggs and sugar until foamy in mixing bowl. Add in banana, apple butter then oil. Mix well and add in dry. Fold in apples. pour into 1 loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 55 to 60 minutes. cool slightly turn out.

Optional toppings.
Just raw sugar before baking.
1 cup chopped apples
1/4 cup flour
1/3 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup caramel

Mix well. During last 10 minutes of cooking take out bread and spread topping on top. Continue baking until baked through.

August 2020