Friday, February 12

Friday Finds: Graphic Gemstone Cards & Gifts

Looking for a special birthstone birthday greeting? Or perhaps a gemstone themed anniversary gift?
If so, you'll love these Zazzle creations by Blain Wainman at Digitalbcon Images Design!
Keep in mind all this gemstone art is a flat graphic image that has a 3D appearance, but is NOT actual gemstones. I mention this so no one will be misled. These cards & gifts I'm showcasing to day are all flat printed art. 
I've provided links to the various Collections shown below to make it easy to view the entire selection of cards, gifts & keepsakes in each!

Twelve beautiful cards, one for each month of the year, each with that months birthstone image

A design with a touch of damask plus the a velvet-looking ribbon adorned with a heart-shaped gem image!
This collection includes a lovely mix of cards, invitations, boxed chocolates, clocks, decorate plates, mugs and more!

An elegant gold-looking brocade, a velvet-looking ribbon plus twin gold hearts adorned with a gem image!
This collection also includes a lovely assortment keepsakes & gifts such as clocks, decorative photo plates, mugs, boxed chocolates and more!
Golden Anniversary Photo Invitation Card

If you're interested in any of Mr. Wainman's gemstone image designs for a different year Anniversary or perhaps a wedding, he'll be glad to custom design something special! To contact him, just click on the design you're interested in, then click the "Ask This Designer," link in the upper right of the page.
So, if you're looking for something unique to commemorate that special occasion, do give Digitalbcon Images Design a look!

To see what's generally on Sale at Zazzle, visit their Promo Sale Page!

That's it for today! Have a great weekend! Monday is a U.S. holiday, so see you for Polyvore Tuesday!

Wednesday, February 10

Garden Pic Wednesday: Hardy Cyclamen

One of the fun things about gardening is the little surprises--like finding things that just plant themselves. Like this Hardy Cyclamen. 
I didn't even know what it was. I just noticed a pair of these pretty variegated heart-shaped leaves growing in this location a couple years ago. It was just a pair of leaves at first. Just there, green all year along. Then this year, year it seemed to take off and suddenly is now blooming!
Upon looking it up, I learned this is a Hardy Cyclamen.  It's a kind of a woodsy, shade-loving plant hardy to frost that can winter through fairly cold temps.
It's an attractive fushia-pink. The petals fold back, kind of like a woman's hair in the wind, and the stamens are actually facing the fence.

There are many kinds of Cyclamen. The kind commonly sold by in flower shops is called, "Florist Cyclamen," which is an indoor flowering plant.  If you have one of those, you should look up best care practices for Florist Cyclamen.

Also here's a picture of a perky yellow & orange bouquet of Walmart flowers I bought last weekend brightening up my kitchen for Valentines Day!
Cremones, button mums, alstromeria, daisy mums and a yellow lily that is still working on opening!

Stop back for Friday Finds!

Tuesday, February 9

Polyvore Tuesday: The Best Things In Life Aren't Things

Sometimes, when there weren't any sponsored contests going on, I'd make random sets inspired by certain colors or by a fashion piece I'd find in Polyvore's clip-art.
Today's set is one of those themed on teal & pink. I think the pants were the inspiration. The set also includes a scripture from Ephesians 5: 15-17 written out about "being careful how you live."
In the mundane busy of life it's easy to lose track of those things truly important.

Monday, February 8

Good Eating Monday: Cinnamon Blondies

Today's Good Eating recipe is another new Pinterest recipe I decided to try out. It was on my Mama Kat Thursday list of "5 New Pins," a couple weeks ago. 
The result: it was much more "cakey" like a coffee cake then blondie-like.
 In fact, it'd be perhaps better in a 8x8 square baking dish with raisins added and served as a coffee cake.
It doesn't come out chewy. The recipe calls for a 9x9 baking pan and used a 8x10 and it still came out like cake. It was dry tasting, too.
Plus the bars are dark colored, so anyone assuming they're about to bite into something chocolate flavored get a little surprise.

If I made it again, I'd replace the 1/2 cup butter with applesauce for better moisture and I'd make coffee cake.
My M&M Blondie recipe uses only 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and NO baking powder, so if you really want blondies, skipping the baking powder might do the trick.
And the recipe has a lot of steps that seem frivolous to me.
But here's the whole recipe as I found it on Pinterest for you to experiment with:

Cinnamon Blondies

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon butter (melted)

  • Directions:
  • Preheat over to 350. Line 9x9 baking pan with foil. Spray foil with baking spray or oil spray.

  • In a medium bowl mix flour, cinnamon, baking powder & baking soda. Set aside. 

  • In medium saucepan, combine brown sugar & butter and melt over med low to low heat until smooth. Remove from heat & cool in pan for 10 min or so. Then stir in eggs & vanilla, then stir in flour mixture. Spread batter into the prepared baking pan.

 Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Remove from oven & cool for 5 minutes. Mix together the topping, then brush tops of bars with the Tablespoon of melted butter, then sprinkle with topping. Lift the bars out by lifting foil and set on wire rack to continue cooling.
Eat up, me hearties, yo-ho!

Friday, February 5

Friday Finds: Fun Home-made Valentines Ideas!

There was a flurry of crafty or editable Valentine ideas on my Pinterest board last week I thought I would share in case some of you might feel like you want to do something creative for your kids or your Valentine!

So today's "Finds" are some home-made Valentine ideas:

Sweet Valentine Messages on Fruit:
A cute idea for a Valentine's centerpiece on the family table or for packing in kids or Hubby's lunches.
This idea comes from a blog called, The Cake Whiz, where you can see ideas for all her messages!
You'll want edible markers for this project!

How About Colorful Rice
Krispie Hearts!
This idea comes from a blog
called Pint Sized Treasures, where you
can get the recipe & details for
making this sweet Valentines treat as either cookies or heart-pops!

 Here's a Fun Idea:
White Chocolate Popcorn With Heart Sprinkles & Candy Hearts!
This comes from a blog called, Gimme Some Oven, where
you'll find the complete recipe and directions for this sweet treat!

Or Adorable Easy Pom-Pom Cupcake Bookmarks!
This idea comes from craft blogger, Bren @Brendid.Com, where you'll find instructions for these cute little booksmarks made with 2" paper clips, mini cupcake wrappers, yarn, mini-poms & a hot glue gun!
A cute Valentine gift idea for a reader!
If you visit her blog, you'll see a couple other Valentine crafts on the right plus free printables!

That's it for today! Have a fun & delicious Valentines!