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Scraps In Bloom – Page 39 – {just a girl with a blog}

hello sunshine

hello.  took this picture on june 1, while sitting in the sun…sipping my starbucks…reading my book….soaking up some warm rays. it was a beautiful day.  (unlike today…rainy & crappy). 

finally had a chance to scrap it today.  (the last day of school!!!! tomorrow begins our summer!!!!! yippee!!!!!)

i love this lined paper with the scalloped edges.   i don’t know about you, but it’s a little pricey, so i try to use only a portion of it per layout…..so, in this case, i used only half.
wanted to try the new pleating method, with ribbon & staples.       my bow was already tied when i remembered to try it….and the ribbon should have been longer.  not thrilled with the look of the big staples, but considering that it was the first time i tried it, i’m pleased with the final look.
loved the bright picture.  the ribbon, (which i’ve had forever), reminded me of a beach towel.    the green paper on the left is covered with summer words.

the polka-dotted cellophane actually came on a cookie bouquet that i received for mother’s day.  just seemed to work well together.

SCHOOL’S OUT FOR THE SUMMER!!!!!!     saw this cup, that someone designed, on the web.  love it!!!!    

hope your summer break is starting off superbly!  looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow.    

 

enjoy.

from a sweet friend

had lunch with my sweet friend, lisa, tuesday.   God has richly blessed my life by having her as a friend.     

she surprised me and bought me this beautiful tiled starbucks mug and delicious starbucks caramels.

 

she made this beautiful card for me, in my favorite coffee-theme.     
after lunch, we did some shopping and i found this little easel.    seems like i sometimes have a birthday card or anniversary card to display and nowhere to put it. 

looks like i found a great way to display cards…whatta great find!!  not to mention it was clearanced for only $2!  

i think i will use it to display her card where i can see it and it will remind me of the blessing of friendship. 

 

after lunch, we did some shopping and i found this little easel.    seems like i sometimes have a birthday card or anniversary card to display and nowhere to put it. 

looks like i found a great way to display cards…whatta great find!!  not to mention it was clearanced for only $2!  

i think i will use it to display her card where i can see it and it will remind me of the blessing of friendship. 

 

  • Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls for he has no one to help him up.
    Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 New King James Version

“A cup of coffee shared with a friend is happiness tasted and time well spent.”

Anonymous

no pudge {cure for pms cravings}

OH MY GOODNESS!     have you had these brownies?   

they are amazing!   and FAT FREE   (and peanut-free) 

here’s the site:  www.nopudge.com 

i bought them at our local meijer.  

you simply add yogurt or applesauce,  (i did half of each),  and mix them with the dry mix.  that’s it!  absolutely fabulous!!! 

(hate to say, but i made a sundae! yum! brownie, icecream, and chocolate-covered coffee beans!!  yum!!……now i have to go hit the treadmill……well worth the delicious treat!!!) 

warm cookies–yum!

i needed to bake something for my husband to take to a carry-in at work, so i tried these!

found the recipe on cookiemadness.net.  since i love caramel macchiatos from starbucks, i figured the cookies would be tasty too!

Caramel Macchiato Cookies

ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened (i used real, unsalted butter)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening, (i used butter flavored crisco sticks)
  • 1 tbsp. espresso powder (couldn’t find this at our local groceries, so i bought milk-chocolate covered coffee beans and ground them in my food processor.  approx. 1/2 cup prior to chopping.)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (i used mini milk chocolate chips)
  • 1/3 cup Kraft caramel bits (didn’t have these on hand, so i cut up approx. 8 individually wrapped caramels)

directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350′.  Line a couple of cookie sheets with parchment paper.  (i used my pampered chef stones, so parchment paper is not necessary.)
  2. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  3. Using high speed of an electric mixer, beat both sugars, butter and shortening until creamy.  beat in espresso powder (or chopped, chocolate-covered coffee beans).
  4. Reduce speed to low and mix in egg, egg yolk and vanilla–do not overbeat after adding egg.
  5. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and stir until flour is incorporated.
  6. Add chocolate chips and caramel bits.
  7. Drop cookies by teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets.  (i used the medium scoop from pampered chef.  it keeps all of the cookies the same size.)
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden around the edges and set. (when using a stone, it may take a few extra minutes.  i left them in for approx. 15 minutes.  then i allow them to set on the stone for approx. 10 minutes before transferring them onto a cooling rack.)

Makes approx. 26 cookies.

(the ingredients i used were all peanut-free.)

 

YUM!

Enjoy your long Memorial Day weekend!!!!!