Many Thanks

A sweet friend, and fellow cardmaker, recently gave me a box filled with towels, dishcloths, and aprons for our newly remodeled kitchen. There’s something so nice about using brand new kitchen linens! 

This set from Stampin’ Up called Apron of Love, with matching Apron Builder Framelits Dies, was the perfect set to use for a thank you card!

The apron and apron strings are die cut from black card stock and the front pocket from striped card stock. The utensils are stamped with red ink on white card stock and trimmed close. To assemble the apron, attach the strings to the back of the apron and the pocket to the front with foam tape. Then slip the utensils into the pocket and attach them to the apron.

To make the card, adhere a panel of black card stock to a white card. Dry emboss a panel of white card stock with a Swiss Dots folder – this one is from Cuttlebug. Attach to the card over the black card stock. Attach the apron to the card with foam tape.

Stamp “many thanks” from Itty Bitty Greetings from Stampin’ Up with red ink on white card stock. Punch with a label punch. (Here’s a similar one.)Punch another label from black card stock. Cut in half and layer to sentiment label, leaving a little of the black showing on each side. Attach to the card with foam tape.

This is such a cute stamp set – it would be great to use for tags on gifts from your kitchen for the holidays!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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5 Minute Snack Mix

No, really! It will take you longer to run to the store to get your goodies than to mix this up. It’s super simple – and most of you probably already do this, but I was feeling “Fallish” and thought it would be fun to mix up a Fall snack. 🍁🍂

All you need are some m&m’s (I used milk chocolate), candy corn, peanuts, and raisins to mix up this Fall treat.

Then dump everything in a bowl, toss it together, and you have a tasty after school snack!

Of course you can change the flavor of the m&m’s or use the Autumn mix candy corn. Leave out the raisins or peanuts – or use roasted almonds. It’s really just whatever your family will enjoy.

You can also put some of the mix in a jar as a hostess gift or to wish someone a Happy Fall.🍁🍂

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Crochet Candy Corn Dishcloth

My Crochet Candy Corn Coasters were such a hit that I decided to stitch up a dishcloth to match! 🙂

If you missed the coasters, click on the picture below to get the free pattern.

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Here’s the pattern for the Candy Corn Dishcloth. The finished dishcloth measures about 9 1/4-inches across the bottom by about 8-inches from the bottom to the tip of the white.

Crochet Candy Corn Dishcloth

I used I Love This Cotton yarn in White, Curry, and Glowing

H/5mm hook

Stitches used (US terms)

Chain – ch

Single crochet – sc

Single crochet decrease – sc dec

Ch 37 with Curry

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each stitch across. Turn. (36 stitches)

Row 2: Ch 1. Work sc dec over 1st 2 stitches. Sc in next 32 stitches. Work sc dec over last 2 stitches. Turn. (34 stitches)

Row 3: Ch 1. Sc in each stitch across. Turn. (34 stitches)

Row 4: Ch 1. Work sc dec over 1st 2 stitches. Sc in next 30 stitches. Work sc dec over last 2 stitches. Turn. (32 stitches)

Row 5: Ch 1. Sc in each stitch across. Turn. (32 stitches)

Row 6: Ch 1. Work sc dec over 1st 2 stitches. Sc in next 28 stitches. Work sc dec over last 2 stitches. Turn. (30 stitches)

Row 7: Ch 1. Sc in each stitch across. Turn. (30 stitches)

Row 8: Ch 1. Work sc dec over 1st 2 stitches. Sc in next 26 stitches. Work sc dec over last 2 stitches. Turn. (28 stitches)

Row 9: Ch 1. Sc in each stitch across. Turn. (28 stitches)

Row 10: Ch 1. Work sc dec over 1st 2 stitches. Sc in next 24 stitches. Work sc dec over last 2 stitches. Turn. (26 stitches)

Row 11: Ch 1. Sc in each stitch across. Turn. (26 stitches)

Row 12: Ch 1. Work sc dec over 1st 2 stitches. Sc in next 22 stitches. Work sc dec over last 2 stitches. Turn. (24 stitches)

Change to Glowing at the end of the row.

Row 13: Ch 1. Sc in each stitch across. Turn. (24 stitches)

Row 14: Ch 1. Work sc dec over 1st 2 stitches. Sc in next 20 stitches. Work sc dec over last 2 stitches. Turn. (22 stitches)

Row 15: Ch 1. Sc in each stitch across. Turn. (22 stitches)

Row 16: Ch 1. Work sc dec over 1st 2 stitches. Sc in next 18 stitches. Work sc dec over last 2 stitches. Turn. (20 stitches)

Row 17: Ch 1. Sc in each stitch across. Turn. (20 stitches)

Row 18: Ch 1. Work sc dec over 1st 2 stitches. Sc in next 16 stitches. Work sc dec over last 2 stitches. Turn. (18 stitches)

Row 19: Ch 1. Sc in each stitch across. Turn. (18 stitches)

Row 20: Ch 1. Work sc dec over 1st 2 stitches. Sc in next 14 stitches. Work sc dec over last 2 stitches. Turn. (16 stitches)

Row 21: Ch 1. Sc in each stitch across. Turn. (16 stitches)

Row 22: Ch 1. Work sc dec over 1st 2 stitches. Sc in next 12 stitches. Work sc dec over last 2 stitches. Turn. (14 stitches)

Row 23: Ch 1. Sc in each stitch across. Turn. (14 stitches)

Row 24: Ch 1. Work sc dec over 1st 2 stitches. Sc in next 10 stitches. Work sc dec over last 2 stitches. Turn. (12 stitches)

Change to White at the end of the row.

Row 25: Ch 1. Sc in each stitch across. Turn. (12 stitches)

Row 26: Ch 1. Work sc dec over 1st 2 stitches. Sc in next 8 stitches. Work sc dec over last 2 stitches. Turn. (10 stitches)

Row 27: Ch 1. Sc in each stitch across. Turn. (10 stitches)

Row 28: Ch 1. Work sc dec over 1st 2 stitches. Sc in next 6 stitches. Work sc dec over last 2 stitches. Turn. (8 stitches)

Row 29: Ch 1. Sc in each stitch across. Turn. (8 stitches)

Row 30: Ch 1. Work sc dec over 1st 2 stitches. Sc in next 4 stitches. Work sc dec over last 2 stitches. Turn. (6 stitches)

Row 31: Ch 1. Sc in each stitch across. Turn. (6 stitches)

Row 32: Ch 1. Work sc dec over 1st 2 stitches. Sc in next 2 stitches. Work sc dec over last 2 stitches. Turn. (4 stitches)

Row 33: Ch 1. Sc in each stitch across. Turn. (4 stitches)

Row 34: Ch 1. Work 2 sc dec. (2 stitches)

Row 35: Ch 1. Work 1 sc dec (1 stitch)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

I found these cute printable labels to package my dishcloths for gifting or selling.

Happy stitching!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Almond Chicken

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for new ways to cook chicken breasts! I’ve got a great recipe to share with you today.

This Almond Chicken is great to fix on a busy weeknight – just add your favorite veggies or salad and some yummy bread and you’ll have dinner on the table in about 30 minutes. 🙂

Almond Chicken

  • 4 – 6 boneless chicken breast halves, pounded thin
  • 1 – 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • small bag sliced almonds, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • flour for dredging

Combine egg(s), tarragon, salt, and pepper in a shallow bowl.

Combine almonds and Parmesan on a plate.

Heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet.

Lightly dust the chicken with flour, dip into egg mixture, and dredge in almond mixture to coat. Sauté in hot skillet until golden brown on both sides and cooked through. (Time will depend on how thin your chicken breasts are pounded, but around 8 minutes per side.)

Sizzling in the pan…

Golden brown and ready to eat…

Hope you enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Wedding Wishes

Here’s a sweet card to wish the new Mr. & Mrs. congratulations on their new marriage. I love the way it turned out – simple, yet elegant with a little touch of vintage.

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The embossing folder is Hearts Entwined from Elizabeth Craft Designs. The stamp is an older one from Amuse Studios. (There is a great Mr. & Mrs. in this set.) The punch is discontinued from Stampin’ Up but this Every Day Label Punch is similar.

To make the card, emboss a piece of salmon colored card stock with the Hearts Entwined embossing folder and layer to green card stock. Attach a piece of ecru lace to the panel and attach to a cream-colored card. Stamp Mr. & Mrs. with green ink on salmon card stock and punch out. Punch out another label from green card stock and cut in half. Layer to stamped label, leaving the edges showing. Attach to the card with foam tape. Finish the card with 3 pearls.

Such a simple card and it can be made in any color scheme to match the couple’s wedding colors.

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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DIY Farmhouse Candlesticks

A few months ago some friends and I got together for a day of crafting. We made these fun candlesticks with simple items from our local home improvement store and they turned out so great!

Here’s a picture of our completed candlesticks – we all chose different colors of paint to match our own decor.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own candlesticks.

The first thing you need to do is remove the screws from the table legs using pliers – they will twist out. Then glue a terra cotta saucer to each end of the table leg. I just eyeballed them so they were centered on the legs. Let dry for a few hours or overnight.

I painted my candlesticks with 2 coats the Everlasting chalk paint, making sure to let it dry thoroughly between coats.

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Then I dry brushed them with the Maui Sand chalk paint.

Once the candlesticks were completely dry, I brushed on a thin coat of the clear wax and wiped the excess off with a soft cloth. The clear wax acts as a sealer and gives them a subtle sheen.

Here are all 3 sizes of my finished candlesticks. I’m still searching for the perfect turquoise candles to add to them. 🙂

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These would make great gifts! They are so fun and easy to make!

If you are interested in making this DIY Farmhouse Natural Wood Bead Garland, you can find the simple instructions in this post.

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

 

 

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Sour Cream Potato Salad

I can’t believe it’s Labor Day weekend! Where has this year gone?!?! Are you having one last Summer hurrah this weekend? Do you need a side dish for your picnic or BBQ? This Sour Cream Potato Salad may be just what you’re looking for.

My mother-in-law gave me this recipe when my husband and I were newly married. It is one of his favorites and we usually make it several times a year. Here’s the recipe…

Sour Cream Potato Salad

  • 1/3 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 7 medium potatoes, peeled, cut into bite-size pieces, and boiled until just tender; drain
  • 3/4 cup diced celery
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onion
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, diced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons prepared horse-radish mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste

Pour Italian dressing over warm potatoes in a bowl. Cover and chill at least 2 hours – longer if you have time. Add celery, green onions, and diced eggs to potatoes; toss. Mix mayonnaise, sour cream, and mustard together in a small bowl. Add to potato mixture and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste.

We also love to make this during the holidays – it is great with leftover ham sandwiches!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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