Monday, October 26, 2015

Around the House

I have recently discovered PicMonkey! If you've never heard of PicMonkey before, its essentially an online tool that allows you to do basic photo editing without downloading any kind of software. I can't really offer any kind of review as the collage above is my first attempt using this free online photo editor. But in time I have a feeling I may become a huge fan!

The collage I created above are random photo's I snapped using my iphone during September and October. Hope you had a great October and looking forward to a busy, cold fun filled November!


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

I have so many things (and people) to be thankful for, I don’t know where to begin. I love Thanksgiving this weekend, the leaves are still on most of the trees and the colours all in their glory, the reds, oranges and yellows against the backdrop of those evergreen trees is amazing.

Here in Blind Bay its a bit windy today, so one big gust of wind and that will be the end of that real quick, so we enjoy it before it blows away. So in keeping with my personal philosophy, dessert should come first!! My friend Jonathan asked me what I am thankful for.... Pumpkin Pie!!

We are coming together at my sister's home for our Turkey feast! I'm bringing the pumpkin pie and my sister is making an apple pie! Oh my, must wear my yoga pants! LOL

More pictures and recipe included below!



The picture above is the unbaked pumpkin pie ready for baking. Look how lovely the little pumpkin cut outs are for the crust. I bought little halloween cutters at the dollars store.

 Hubby stole my iphone and snapped some random pictures!

My kitty Indy was looking for some treats!

Recipe: Pumpkin Pie

2 unbaked pie shells ( and extra dough for a fancy crust if you choose)
3 cans (398ml) of Pure Pumpkin
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tbsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Ginger
1 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Cloves
1 tsp Allspice
1 tsp salt
3 large eggs
4 tablespoons whiskey or brandy
5 ounces of evaporated milk
5 ounces of whipping cream

Heat oven to 425 F
Place rack in centre of oven.
In a bowl, whisk together the sugar, salt, and spices.
In another bowl whisk together the eggs and whiskey.
Add the spice mixture mixture and the pumpkin pure to the egg mixture.
Add the evaporated milk and the whipping cream and whisk or beat until throughly combined.
Pour into pie shells and bake for 15 minutes at 425 F.
Reduce heat to 350 F and bake for another 45 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool.

Notes and Tips
How to tell the pie is done: Take the pie out of the oven when the majority of the pie looks shiny and set on top. It should jiggle a little like jello, but not much more. The middle will still look wet on top. This is okay, it will continue to cook as the pie cools on the counter. And, as a final test, grab a toothpick or thin knife then plunge it into the pie, about 2 inches from the edge. If it comes out clean, the pie can be taken out of the oven. From there, it is very important the pie sits until cooled to room temperature. During this time, it will continue to cook and set. We usually end up waiting 2 hours or put it in the fridge overnight. Or, cut the slice anyway and cover the end with whipped cream. It will still taste great.

Again here’s to a lovely Thanksgiving weekend!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

StampinUp Retiring Products April 21-June 2, 2015

Stampin' Up! has released the list of retiring products and not only are there some of my favourites on there, but they're at AMAZING deals - up to 50% off!

SHOP NOW in my Canadian online Stampin' Up! shop and don't miss out!

Happy Stampin' and Creating!


Monday, January 12, 2015

Sale-A-Bration is HERE, stampers!

The Occasions Catalogue has a ton of crafting ideas! :
Check out the Sale-A-Bration brochure. It’s simple – one free product for every $60 you spend (before tax and shipping) All FREE products are shown in the brochure.
Happy 2015, stampers and crafters and scrapbookers!  I hope your new year is off to a great start.  And . . . it's about to get even better!  January 6th was the FIRST day of the new Occasions Catalog AND Sale-A-Bration!  Yes, the Sale-A-Bration celebration starts early this year.  I LOVE this promotion . . . stock up on the basics, buy some new toys, and get FREE stuff in the process!  It's the most wonderful time of the year!!!  :)  Read more below . . . and be sure to contact me if you have any questions!
Here are important dates for you to remember:**Sale-A-Bration runs January 6  - March 31, 2015
**the Occasions catalog runs January 6 - June 2, 2015
Online versions of the Occasions catalog and the Sale-A-Bration brochure are linked above.
I will be placing orders in January and March - if you are local and want to get in on those orders, email me!  OR you can order ANY time from my Online Store.

Thanks so much everybody! {{hugs}}
Email: ca.betts (at) hotmail (dot) com

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Seize the Present

adapted from UCB word for today

We spend too much of our lives in the junkyard of regret. We focus on what might have been, could have been and should have been. Maybe we think that by replaying it enough we can change the outcome. But we can't. The only thing you can control is what you do in the present. The more you replay yesterday, the further you get from today's opportunities. And the further you move from today's opportunities, the tougher the road back becomes. Opportunities never look as good coming as they do going. And they wait for no one, so you need to be attentive and grab them. They come in many forms, and they can come from any direction. But one thing's for certain: they can be seen and seized only in the present. Whatever has happened in your life, has happened. And since you can't undo it no matter how hard you try, wipe the slate clean and go on to what's next. We all make mistakes. Our Heavenly Father is a God of second chances--and third, fourth, and fifth ones too! 'They are new every morning' (Lamentations 3:23 NIV). Today is a gift--that's why it's called 'the present'. So repent of the past, seize the present and start living again!
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