Birthday Card with Sweet Magnolias

Sometimes I am Sooo Stupid! Forgot to take pictures before I wrote on the card!

This isn’t a really masculine card, but then again, I don’t think it’s real girly either. In any case, he liked it!

Throwback Thursday

This is a Beach themed wedding cake I made for an associate at work about 4 years ago. Unfortunately, it shifted during transport, so is less than perfect.

I had a lot of fun with the shells and plumeria…..everything is made from white chocolate! I ordered some molds off Etsy, and just had a blast! I even got to eat my mistakes, which were many, as I experimented with the corrects colors I was looking for.

Thinking of you Rosa!

More Dahlias!

I just realized that I forgot to post this card! I had quite a bit of fun, as I “cut down” the size of the flower (purple & black card) and since the flower is just so darn easy, it’s easy to have a card made, and then just rummage through your leftover flowers to embellish it.

This was pretty much finishing up the paper pack from Heartfelt Creations “Delightful Dahlias”, and for me, really branching out into the color orange.

Of course I didn’t really intend on orange, I kinda was hoping for that flame type flower, where it starts out as a pink and then near the tips has the orange/pink flame colored, but oh well!

Both of these are little folios, the square one measures about 6” x 6”, and the rectangle is about 5” x 7”.

I have a secret tag tucked in behind these bright pink dahlias – it has the light purple, organza ribbon bow on the top of it, and a little message on it.

The inside folio has a pocket with a gusset that will allow a thin candy bar, or package of hot chocolate, or some other fancy gift or gift card.

Thanks for looking!

Dazzling Dahlia Folios

I thought I had lost my crafting mojo for a bit there, but fortunately there was a little competition, and I found it again.

The first little folio was a little tricky, as the dahlia die cuts are quite large. I had to stamp them, scan them into my computer and reduce them, then print them out again – on thin card stock – and then fussy cut them out! I also created a little pocket inside the top flap so that the small tag (with the ribbon bow) could slide in, and be visible from the front. I’m actually sorta proud of myself! The bottom pocket only holds a postcard, but could easily fit a thin candy bar or special tea bags and/or a honey stick – or a gift card!

The second card is a tri-fold, and has a lot of components, including not just the candy bar, but also a little booklet and three smaller tags, which can be decorative, or used for photos or a message to the recipient. I really love this card, as I was really in a slump, but putting all the components together, helped me get motivated again. And dahlias are just plain gorgeous!

Thanks for stopping by! And I appreciate your comments!

More Easter Blessings!

These are the cards I sent to my Mom, and my Sister. They tolerate me, as I don’t really have a lot of people to give my cards to, I think they might even hold on to them for a day or two!

This is the one I sent my sister

Both of these were made using the retired Heartfelt Creations (HFC) Dogwood papers. I’m lucky I bought the die cuts for the doves before they ran out….they are perfect for Easter!

And this is the one I sent my Mom
The inside of Mom’s card.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Celeste~

Purple Roses and Lilacs

This was one of the first Gatefold cards I made. This uses Heartfelt Creations Lush Lilac paper collection, one of their gateway dies (which I layered three deep to get the dimension) and a purple “rose” that I fashioned from an old generic punch.

The inside features the bird cage, which I believe came from the same collection, and a tiny bluebird, which I believe I stole from their Cherry Blossom collection. Heartfelt Creations has so many beautiful papers and dies, I’m sorry if I get them mixed up, but they all coordinate very nicely together.

Pie crust

I decided that I might need to share my grandmother’s recipe for pie crust, as many people will choose this for their Quiche and other recipes that I may share in the future.

This is not a Keto recipe, but you can substitute Almond flour for regular flour, and suddenly, you’re keto again.

Recipe for one crust pie:

1/2 cup Butter Flavored Crisco
1-1/3 cup All purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder

Cut the Crisco into the flour, salt, and baking powder until crumbly.

Add about 4 Tbsp cold water and mix until it all comes together in a ball.

Roll out on a smooth surface a bit larger than your pie plate – so a 9” pie plate needs about 15” circle.

Place the crust in your pie plate, and cut off excess around the edges.

Crimp the edges with your fingers.

Now put whatever you want into the pie shell and bake, usually at 350°F.

Keto Banana Nut Bread

This is true keto, IMO. Zero sugar and very little of anything with a lot of carbohydrates. Your main carb culprit here is the banana. This time, instead of Xantehn gum, I just upped he amount of Baking Powder, worked fine (this time).

Recipe:
3 large bananas
2 XL EB eggs
1 cup Lakanto Golden Monk fruit
2-1/2 cups Almond Flour.
1 Tbsp Baking Powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1/3 cup heavy cream
3 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup chopped pecans (or whatever nut you prefer)

Smash the bananas with a fork inside your mixing bowl.
Add the eggs, Monk fruit, oil, and cream and blend well.
Add the dry ingredients, saving the nuts for last.

Pour into a 9×5 loaf pan that has been well greased or sprayed with non-stick coating, and bake 60 minutes at 325°F. Turn the oven off, and allow the bread to cool IN THE OVEN for a couple of hours – this allows it to set, and keeps you from cutting into it too soon, lol!

This should have 12-13 slices, and the carb count per slice would be about 12-13 grams per slice, 164 grams in the entire loaf.

Enjoy!