Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sugar, Grating, and Bobby Flay

I promised an update on my usual lack of prowess in the kitchen. Since I made the goof in front of the whole family why not share the story with my blog-land-friends too? I've posted before that cooking is not my thing. Here's the recent 'proof in the pudding' so to speak.

Daughter Amy drove up from Omaha, with sister Gail, Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving. And it's a good thing she asked to sample the freshly baked pumpkin pie. She took a bite, gave me a quizzical look and 'sweetly' asked me, "did you put any sugar in this?" I hesitantly said, "well, of course I did." She promptly turned on her heels and headed out of the kitchen - slice and fork in hand. "I'll have dad taste it." She returned to the kitchen tossed the pumpkin slice minus two bites into the trash can stating, "If dad won't eat it - we KNOW it's bad."

This isn't the first time I've made pumpkin could I FORGET to include the sugar? I couldn't believe it. Even though I had literally spent 12+ hours in the kitchen I made two MORE pies - this time adding the required sugar.

And an update on the painful Bobbie Flay Mac and Cheese Carbonara recipe...what a BUST! (If you're interested in my whining wretched details click here.) Sixteen ingredients, more different cheese types than ANY Midwest grocery store carries, thirty-two mixing bowls and pans later the taste was marginal at best  (okay I may be SLIGHTLY exaggerating on the number of dishes - but not by much).

When I work that long and hard on a recipe (which included chopping, grating, more chopping, more grating, melting, boiling, sauteing, and MORE grating) I expect the taste to be "OMgoodness - THAT was SO worth ALL that TIME AND EFFORT, hand me the grater I want to make another batch, curl your toes, implode your palate DELICIOUS!"

How disappointing! What was I thinking? A Bobby Flay Food Network recipe? I need to stick to Kraft Macaroni and Cheese or a good ol' Aunt Ethel recipe. Now if I only HAD an Aunt Ethel....

I told you I was kitchen-jinxed!

Wheeeee It's Snowing!
~Base card - Gina K Designs Pure Luxury White
~Layer of  blue cardstock
~Layer of pink cardstock
~Layer of snowflake design paper (don't know what the name of it is)
~Layer of pink ribbon topped with metallic silver edged white ribbon
~Three small punched snowflakes topped with Stickles Diamond
~Digital image - I can't locate the file - so I can't let you know where I got it from...How distressing! If anyone knows who's handwork this adorable trio of snow people is please give me a 'shout-out'. Image colored with Copics, noses topped with Stampin' Up Crystal Effects, areas highlighted with Stickles.
~Larger snowflake punch with pink rhinestone center and Stickle's Diamond highlighted tips
~Digital image update - whoooooot!!!! I misfiled the little darlings!!!! The image is by Sassy Cheryl's. Merry merry me - so happy I found and correctly refiled these cutie-pa-tooties!

Digis with Attitude - Colors Pink, Black, Silver (the black is the black ink outline of the image)
I {heart} to Stamp - Sketch
2 Sisters - Non-traditional Christmas colors (inside sentiment is "Have a Merry and Bright Christmas")

I was going to make this a one-card-post but just found this adorable free digital image a Wendymade and couldn't resist a go at it.

Here's to Cheers
~Base card white linen pre-made card
~Layer of American Craft The Goods/Tinsel - edged smudged with Stampabilities True Red
~Narrow layer of green glitter cardstock by DCWV
~Layer of ribbon
~Center square of red cardstock - outlined with black faux stitches
~Cocktail digital image by Wendymade and All Things Crafty - printed on Paper Temptress Cryogen White cardstock, distressed with Stampabilities True Red; scallop circle die cut using Cuttlebug and dotted edges using American Crafts Black Galaxy Marker
~Digital sentiment also by Wendymade
The Sweet Stop - Sketch
Daring Cardmakers - Spots and Stripes (ribbon is striped/dots around scallop)
Digi Doodles - Red and Green
Stamp Insanity - Try something new (brand new digital image!)

Thanks for clicking by.

P.S. In case you are wondering, as evidenced by the still whole pie lying in the yard, even squirrels and birds don't like pumpkin pie sans sugar! As for the do-overs of the pie - they were a hit with all the humans.


  1. Hahaha! I thought you were going to say you'd added salt to the pie! At least you didn't do that!
    Gorgeous cards , love the little snowmen! Thanks for playing at DWAC! Viv :)

  2. Really lovely, thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shops Best.

  3. Fab. Thank you for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best.


  4. I do love your cocktail card - thanks for sharing it with Daring Cardmakers.

    lynda xxx

  5. Just gorgeous Nancy,I love those cute little guys,check out those glazed carrots lol! You can enter it in Scrapbook Sister's card challenge too if you fancy it,you've got a little time!.
    I've never tried Pumpkin Pie,Should I give it a go do you think:)
    Have a fantabulous week,Julie.x

  6. oh man...those little snowmen are adorable! I LOVE them...went to look to see where you got 'em! LOL! Love the colors you chose to color them....sweet!

    Thanks for joining us on the digital tuesday challenge.

  7. OMIGOSH! I am belly laughing over your kitchen... hiccups. It could (and very often IS) totally me. LOL Oh, and your cards are freaking amazing too! Great colors - bright and cheery! :) Bottoms up! You've earned it! :) Thoroughly *thankful* that you chose to Challenge Yourself and share your work with us at StampInsanity!! (:

  8. We just can't live without our sugar can we. LOL Great story and a great card! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Digi Doodle Shop's Best!

  9. Hahahaha Nancy, great story Hmmmm yummy pumpkin pie! Lol
    Your cards are amazing! I've posted 'em on my blog... I had to share ;o)

  10. Well,cooking may not be your forte but card making certainly is!Just love the glossy finish on the glass.Great card all round.Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best :D
    Lisa x

  11. Love the cocktail card. Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best

  12. Love it! thanks for playing along with DDSB!

  13. Fantastic cards.:)) Thanks for playing with SISC.


  14. Fabulous cards and great coloring! Thanks for playing at The Sweet Stop!

  15. Great card, love the images !

    Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shops Best :D Hope to see you again.

    Just to mention, if I haven't done so before, that I have started a group at PCP “Fan’s of Digi Doodle Shop” and you are so very welcome to join us there :D

    All the best to you,
    Jóna, DT member at DDSB

  16. Your card is so cute~! I just love the Digi's With Attitude! images~! I have the privilege of being on the GDT for November and December!

    Also, just wanted to let know I have some great blog candy right now here


  17. Both cards are uber cute!! I'm so glad you found the time to play along with the Sweet Stop sketch this week :) Thank you for playing! xxx

  18. lol thanks for sharing your merry little cocktail card with us at Stamp Insanity!

  19. Your coloring and level of detail are fantastic! Both cards are beautiful. Love that sweet digi image on the first one! Thanks for playing along with the SFYTT challenge!

  20. Awesome card! Perfect coloring. Love that image too!!

    Thanks for playing along at DWAC's =)

    Cindy-Lynn aka My Inkie Fingers



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