Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Day of the Dead Card

Day of the Dead ! 

Today starts the Mexican celebration for the Day of the Dead - celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.

Free clip art from Pixel scrapper - you can find it here
 To make this fun card ! Enjoy

Halloween Allergy Free Treats

  • 1 cup Biscoff creamy cookie spread
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 3 cups Rice Krispies
  • 32 milk chocolate kisses ( nut Free facilities) 
In a large saucepan, combine cookie spread and corn syrup. Cook and stir over low heat until blended. Remove from heat; stir in Rice Krispies until coated. Shape level tablespoons of mixture into balls; place onto waxed paper. Immediately press a kiss into center of each cookie. Let stand until set.

  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • Black or red shoestring licorice
  • 24 small round candy-coated milk chocolate balls (such as Hersheys or Sixlets)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Halloween School Party

 Halloween Time : School Costume Parades 

Fun Costumes, Food and Party games .   Lisa 

     Craft Time at School : 

        Foam & clothes pins. Cut out shapes and glue together . 

      Fun Halloween shapes made with paper tubes and basic craft supplies. 

Making Treat bags in class - using paper bags and art supplies with a few donated scrapbook supplies. 

Easy Candy Corn Bark

 Its National Candy Corn Day !! 

     Oct 30 th is the perfect time to make this for Halloween tomorrow : 

vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark), chopped  ( 24 oz) 
cups broken thin pretzel sticks   ( 2 Cups) 
 cups candy corn    ( 21/2 Cups) 

  • Spray 15x10x1-inch pan with cooking spray. Line pan with waxed paper.
  • In large microwavable bowl, microwave candy coating on High 1 minute 15 seconds; stir. Continue microwaving and stirring in 15-second intervals until melted and smooth. Stir in pretzels and 2 cups of the candy corn. Spread mixture evenly in pan. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup candy corn evenly over top; press in lightly.
  • Let stand 1 hour or until completely cooled and set. Break into irregular 2- to 3-inch pieces. Store covered at room temperature.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Celebrating National Cat Day!!

Happy National Cat Day !! 

My bullet journal entry is Cats ! How to celebrate today, homemade Cat treat recipe & word art. 

This is just a few in our family : (we have 5) 

Homemade Cat Treats

 National Cat Day !!!!   Homemade Cat Treats 

  • Use canned Salmon (pulse fine in food processor)
  • Place in a mixing bowl with  1 Egg and enough ( 1 Cup)  Flour to make a dough that holds together and roll out.
  • Cut into bite size pieces (use pizza cutter)  or roll them in small balls . 
  • Bake 350 for about 20 minutes 
  • You can add catnip or other flavors your cat likes 

I make a bunch of these and put in containers for Christmas gifts  for pet lovers with cats. Lisa 

Need more idea's

Sunday, October 28, 2018

It's Chocolate Day ! Homemade Brownie Master Mix

Happy Chocolate Day !!! 

Homemade Brownie Mix & Recipe :  Makes a great holiday gift also. Lisa 

  • 4 C Flour
  • 1 T plus 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 T salt
  • 81/2 C Sugar
  • 21/2 C Cocoa
  • 2 C shortening 
Combine first 5 ingredients and cut in shortening. Sore in air tight container for up to 6 weeks. 

  • 3  C Brownie Mix
  • 3 Eggs beaten
  • 11/2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 C chopped pecans 
Mix together and placed in greased 8 by 8 pan. Bake at 350 for 35 to 4o minutes, 

Saturday, October 27, 2018

National Black Cat Day

National Black Cat Day ! 

October 27th
National Black Cat Day. Celebrated on October 27th, just four days before Halloween, National Black Cat Day is a holiday which celebrates an animal which has sort of an image problem.
My card made to celebrate my black kitty ! Made with

Slow Cooked Apple and Steel Cut Oats

  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2-1/2 to 3 cups chopped)
  • 1-1/2 cups  milk (or substitute non-diary alternative like almond milk)
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (or substitute maple syrup or other desired sweetener)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons butter, cut into 5-6 pieces (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Coat inside of 3-1/2 quart (or larger) slow cooker with cooking spray. Add all ingredients (except optional toppings) to slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on low for approx. 7 hours (slow cooker times can vary).
Optimal toppings : : chopped nuts, raisins, maple syrup, additional milk or butter

Friday, October 26, 2018

Halloween Scrap Challenge

Have you Entered our scrap challenge? 

Ends on Wednesday  Oct 31st -  Treat will be award to winner  and a blog spotlight . 

Enter  your project  on my  page ! and Good Luck -  Lisa 

Jessica Lynn Original Stamp

Autumn Quick Page * digital scrapbooking

Autumn Quick Page 

Free at this time at My Memories

 Paylor Studios > Autumn Quick Page and Word Art

and I used My Memories software to make this page with a picture of my son and our beadle Charlie

Pumpkin Bread recipe

Pumpkin Day today ! 

  • 31/2  C Flour
  • 11  tsp salt
  • 2 tsp soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • 3 C sugar
  • 2/3  C  orange juice 
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp nutmeg 
  • 1 tsp all spice 
  • 2 C Pumpkin
  • 1 C oil
  • 1 C nuts (chopped)
  • 1 C raisins
Blend oil,sugar and eggs, Add pumpkin and dry ingredients , Pour into 2 well greased & floured loaf pans. Bake at 11/2 hours at 350 degrees .Remove from pan and let Cool .

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Homemade Corn Dogs

 Greasy Food Day !   Homemade Corn Dogs 

  • 1 (12-oz.) package hot dogs
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • Vegetable oil, for frying /stick for corn dogs 

In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together the egg and milk. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until combined. 
Add 4 inches of oil to a large, heavy-bottomed stock pot. Attach thermometer  and let heat until 360 degrees. Line a plate with paper towel to drain the corn dogs after frying. 
Dip each hot dog in batter and fry until golden brown ( 3 minutes) . Drain on paper towels. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Wear Orange Today - Stop Bullying

 Wear Orange today to Stop Bullying ! 

Our school is wearing orange and taking the pledge to put a Stop to Bullying! Join me by making this fun little activities book for the kids to learn , Lisa 

  • using orange scrapbook paper for base
  • free images from pint rest 
  • Colors or makers , basic art supplies 

  Trace your hand -  and Sign the pledge card. And glue to center. 

Easy Orange No Bake Pie

Today we are going Orange to Stop Bullying ! 

Easy orange cream icicle pie  is for dessert : 

  • 1 9 inch graham cracker pie crust
  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 1 6 oz. can orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 8 oz. container whipped topping
  • additional whipped topping for serving and Orange slices for decorations 

Mix orange juice and sweetened condensed milk together- Mix in whip topping, Place  in Pie  shell and refrigerate at least 3 hours until set . Garnish with whip cream and orange slices . 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Easy Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie 

History. Owners of the Parker House Hotel in Boston claim that the Boston cream pie was first created at the hotel by renowned French chef Augustine Francois Anezin, who led the hotel's culinary staff from 1865-81. ... The Boston cream pie is the official dessert of Massachusetts, declared as such on 12 December 1996.

  • 1 yellow cake ( purchase or make with cake mix)
  • 1 pkg vanilla  instant pudding mix
  • 1 C milk
  • 1  Cook Whip thawed
  • 1 T butter
  • 1 oz Unsweetened Chocolate 
  • 3/4 C powdered sugar 

Make cake . Let Cool . Cut with knife into 2 layers. Make pudding and add Cool Whip.Spread between two layers of Cake, Melt Chocolate with butter in microwave and pour over cake. Dust with powdered sugar . 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Nut Day ! Spiced Nuts

National Nuts Day! 

 make a batch and serve at your next party - Lisa 

  • 1 C sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 2 T butter
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 2 T water
  • 1 C pecans  (toasted)
Combine ingredients( except nuts)  and Cook until forms a soft ball -Add pecans - Pour into buttered baking sheet and Cool. Break  into pieces.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake

     1 Ready to use graham cracker crust

  • 2 pkg cream cheese soften
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/2 C pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice mixture 
Container Cool Whip thawed

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Mix all ingredients in large bowl  and pour into pie pan. Bake for 40 minutes (until toothpick comes out clean) Let Cool and top with Cool Whip. 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Digital Sweetest Day card *

 Happy Sweetest Day ! 

My digital  card to send out to the sweetest people I know. ! Have a great day-  Lisa 

Happy Sweetest Day! Waffles

Happy Sweetest Day ! And I am making my hubbies favorite waffles with blueberries : 


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2/3 cups milk
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk the milk, egg yolks and butter; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in blueberries.
  • In a small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into batter.
  • Cook by manufacturers direction
Blueberries (frozen)  cooked with 14 C OJ and 3 T honey to boil. Then add to mix a combination of (1/4 C OJ & 1 T cornstarch ) to thicken. Cook to desired consistency. 

Friday, October 19, 2018

Louisiana Crab Bisque for 20

  • 6 hard crabs cleaned/cut
  • onion / chopped
  •  1 lb lump crab meat
  • 3 ribs celery chopped
  • 2 quarts half/half
  • 1 lb butter
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 1/2 gal chicken stock

Serves 20 people

In a soup pot -melt butter-add crabs ,onions,celery and cook until dry. Add flour and make roux. Add chicken stock and simmer 30 minutes. Add half/half  and  Blend together. Strain and Add lump crab meat -and Serve.   Lisa 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Cupcake recipe Scrap Art

  Happy Chocolate Cupcake Day !!! A page and a recipe combo :

Using fotojet (free software) and clip art from

Easy Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

  • 1 devil food cake mix
  • 1 31/2 oz  instant chocolate pudding 
  • 1 C peanut butter chips
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 C oil
  • 1 C water 
  • 1 can chocolate fudge topping
  • 1 ready to spread chocolate frosting

Make the batter and Add pudding mix in. Bake in lined Cup cake tins. Punch holes in baked cu[cakes and Add topping. Let Cool completely and Frost. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Cards of Hope * BRA Day

Today we celebrate BRA Day ! 

Celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness  Month  with Jessica Lynn Original stamps 

The shop link for these great downloads and more at

 BRA stands for Breast Reconstruction Day ! 

Many women eligible for breast reconstruction following cancer surgery are not being informed of their options. All women should know their options. It's time to close the loop on breast cancer.
Studies have revealed:
  • Eighty-nine percent of women want to see breast reconstruction surgery results before undergoing cancer treatment.
  • Less than a quarter (23 percent) of women know the wide range of breast reconstruction options available.
  • Only 22 percent of women are familiar with the quality of outcomes that can be expected.
  • Only 19 percent of women understand that the timing of their treatment for breast cancer and the timing of their decision to undergo reconstruction greatly impacts their options and results.

Enjoy more 2 pink cards because everything is better in Pink  !! 

Pink iced cupcakes for a party or fundraiser: 

This beautiful butterfly representing Hope : 

Pasta Day ! Cooking Pasta the right way !

     Happy Pasta Day !! 

How to Cook Pasta the right way ! Are you doing it right? 

  1. Use a large pot. Pick a roomy pot that gives the pasta plenty of space to move. ...
  2. Load up the pot with lots of water. ...
  3. Salt the water. ...
  4. Bring the water to a full, rolling boil. ...
  5. Keep stirring. ...
  6. Test the pasta two minutes before it's “ready.” ...
  7. Save a scoop of pasta water. ...
  8. Drain, stir with sauce, and enjoy.

Do I need to rinse it ?

Many people rinse their pasta after cooking it. The only thing this does is remove the starch that helps hold and absorb the sauce. You not only wash away the clinginess, but also the flavor of the pasta. When the pasta is al dente, drain it in a colander.

Pasta Do's & Don'ts

  • Cooking times can vary according to pasta shape, amount, and type (whole-wheat, gluten-free, etc.).
  • Unlike dried pasta, fresh pasta takes only two or three minutes to cook, max.
  • Stuffed pasta, like ravioli, will rise to the surface and float when ready.
  • Don't add any oil to the pasta water

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Frozen Lemon ;Lime Daiquiris

     Its National Liqueur day !

   And in Louisiana that means it Daiquiris time - my lemon lime recipe below: 

  • 2 C water
  • 2 c sugar
  • 2 6 oz can frozen limeade
  • 2 6 oz  can frozen lemonade
  • 1 6 oz can frozen lemon juice
  • 1  5th Rum
  • 6 c water
  • mint for garnish
Combine water and sugar. Heat 10 minutes to make syrup. Mix all ingredients and Freeze overnight. Sppon into glasses when ready to Serve and garnish with Mint. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

I Love Lucy * Chocolate Fudge

Today we celebrate the TV Show : I Love Lucy and the Chocolate Factory Episode with Mom Chocolate Fudge Recipe :

  • 2 ounces unsweetened Chocolate Squares
  • 2 C Sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3/4 C Milk
  • 5 T white Corn Syrup
  • 4 T butter
  • 1 C chopped pecans
  • 2 tsp vanilla
Cook first 5 ingrediants to Soft Ball (235 degrees). Remove from heat and Add butter. Cool and Beat until Stiff. Add Nuts and vanilla. Drop by spoonful on waxed paper or pour into greased pan . Cool and Cut and store. 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Apple Digital Page

Sunday is National Dessert Day ! And today's recipe is for Apples my page ask the question - 

 Millions saw the apple fall but Newton was the only one to ask Why? 

Free clip art from https://www.pixelscrapper.comm.  If you havent tried there page -go over a see what get designs they have. And sign up for 5 free designs a day .  Lisa 

Dessert Day * Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp

  • 2 sliced pared baking apple
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1/4 C raw oatmeal
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 T soft butter

Pre heat oven 350 degrees. Place apples in greased loaf pan. Blend remaining ingredients until crumbly. Spread over apples and Bake 30 minutes until tender and golden  Serve warm 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Easy 30 minute Chili

Football Season Here! How about some Easy Chili to feed the fans ! 

  • 2  lb ground meat 
  • 2 cans Diced tomatoes
  • 2 can tomato sauce
  • 1/3 C favorite Chili seasoning
  • Beans or not? 
  • 1 can black beans & 1 can red beans 
Brown beef in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring often, 4 to 5 minutes or until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain well. Return beef to Dutch oven; sprinkle evenly with seasoning mix, and sauté 1 minute over medium-high heat.Stir in diced tomatoes and remaining ingredients; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Peppermint Fairy Holiday Card

Today it's looking like Christmas this Friday. As I join the Christmas at Sweet Stampin Challenge :

    Want to find out more about the challenge -check out there blog. Lisa 

My Peppermint Fairy is a digital stamp from

Check out the great designs there and shop. 

My card is done with colored pencils and glitter on her wings. On red and mint scrapbook paper and ribbon to look like a package, Lisa 

Gumbo Day in Louisiana

 It's Gumbo time in Louisiana !

  • 1/2 C oil
  • 1 C flour   ( you have to make a roux)
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 1/2 bell pepper chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1 Chicken ( whole cut up or just pieces)
  •  1 lb  Sausage links (2 cut  bite sizes 
  • 1 Cup chicken stock
  • 1 C water 
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon each of thyme/basil 
  • Season to taste 
Make your Roux with flour and oil -cook in Pot until dark brown (about 45 minutes).Add onions,pepper,celery and garlic -Cook until soft add Water and stock .And Seasoning. 
In a skillet brown chicken and sausage . -add too the pot.Cook slow for 2-3 hours =the slower and longer the better it will taste. Check the taste and adjust as needed.   Lisa 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Happy Fall card

This week challenge is here

Made with a stamp from Unity Stamp Co

You have my Support

October Challenge with Bugaboo stamps

 Any thing goes for October :  My cards  is in support of Breast cancer awareness month. Lisa  

 You have my Support  from Bugaboo stamps

Sausage and Spinach Bread

 it's National Sausage Pizza Day ! But how about it made into a roll with spinach? 

  • 1 pkg-ed of frozen bread (thawed)
  • 1 lb loose sausage (jimmy dean)
  • 1 box frozen spinach ( thawed/ toweled dry)
  • 2 C of shredded Cheese (your choice)
  • 2 tsp of Italian dry seasoning 
  • Egg (beaten for egg wash)
Thaw bread out until doubled in size on a cookie sheet.
Cook sausage in a skillet  , Then  roll out bread  into a large rectangle. and fill with cook sausage ,then dried out spinach and sprinkle with seasoning. Layer cheese on top and roll up and close. Brush with egg wash  .  Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Slice to serve with pizza sauce. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

October * Fire Prevention Month

Did you know October is Fire Prevention Month ? 

My small town as many other has a volunteer fire department that is trained to help out in case of a fire. Please support them in all that they do!!! 

This page is made with  All Fired Up kit from Ginger Scrap Scrapbooking

All fired up Kit by JoCee Designs :

Smothered Pork Chops and Gravy

Pork Chops and Gravy 
  • 6 lean pork chops
  • 2 T cooking oil
  • 1 large slice Onion
  • 1/4 chopped bell pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic  chopped
  • 1 can of beef broth
  • 2 large T flour
Season chops -in a large hot skillet with oil brown pork shops on both sides remove. Add onion,garlic and bell pepper and saute till soft. Add flour and Mix. Add in beef broth -Stir until smooth. Add back pork chops and Cover. Simmer about 30 to 40 minutes .
We serve with rice but mash potatoes works too.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Louisiana Pastalaya *

Pastalaya for a crowd : a great dish for a tail gate party or for a large crowd the perfect combination of pasta and jambalaya .  Lisa 

  • 1 small can Rotel tomato
  • 5 lb chicken   browned
  • 1 lb sausage cut in bite size 
  • 5 large onions  chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 ounces of hot sauce
  • 4 C water to 1lb of pasta 
  • Salt,pepper and seasoning to taste
Saute vegetables until tender, Add rest of the ingredients and bring to Boil. Then lower until pasta is cooked. (25 minutes)