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Archive for the month “March, 2013”

Cricut Friday: Butterfly Card

Butterflies make me smile!

Butterflies make me smile!

A dear friend and her family are going through a difficult time right now so my best option was to send this card.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the yellow cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x5.5″ and cut the pale yellow cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the butterfly at 2.5″.  Adhere all of the layers of the butterfly together.  Run the pale yellow cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the butterfly to the embossed cardstock.

I hope this card brightens her day and she knows that my thoughts are with her and her family.

*Tina

Recipe File: Lemon Curd

It is delectable and divine!

A tangy, buttery, sweet condiment!

My father gave me another large batch of lemons so I decided it was time to finally make lemon curd.  The recipe came from the cookbook Celebrating with Julienne by Susan Campoy.  Julienne is a local neighborhood bistro known for its delectable food and charming atmosphere.

Lemon Curd

  • 1 c fresh lemon juice (about 5 lemons)
  • 1 c sugar
  • 6 extra large eggs
  • 2 tbsp. finely grated lemon zest (about 3 lemons)
  • 1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Whisk the lemon juice, sugar, eggs and lemon zest in a large stainless steel bowl to blend.  Add the butter and set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.  Stir constantly until the curd thickens just enough to coat the back of a spoon lightly, about 5 minutes.  Remove the bowl from atop the saucepan and set it in a large bowl of ice water, whisking the curd until cooled and thickened.  Strain the curd into a container.  Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Lemon curd is definitely a treat for you lemon lovers.  Just the right combination of tartness and sweetness all in one bite.  Divine!

*Tina

Wondrous Wisteria

A wisteria in all its glory

A wisteria in all its glory

Since spring is in full swing in Southern California, I had to share this glorious wisteria with you.  Located on a corner lot completely draped over a chain link fence, this gorgeous specimen was enjoying its moment.  Warmed by the sun, the scent was intoxicating.  Enjoy!

*Tina

Photography Monday: FDR Memorial

One of the largest memorials on the National Mall, the FDR Memorial honors Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his story.  In commemoration of FDR’s four terms, the monument is divided into four outdoor “rooms”.

Twenty one FDR quotes are featured throughout the monument.

Twenty one FDR quotes are featured throughout the monument.

The FDR Memorial was purposely designed to be completely wheelchair accessible.

The FDR Memorial was purposely designed to be completely wheelchair accessible.

As the nearly constant companion of the President, Fala met many visitors and entertained them with his tricks.

As the nearly constant companion of FDR, Fala met many visitors and entertained them with his tricks.

The Breadline represents the despair of the Great Depression.

The Breadline represents the despair of the Great Depression.

The Fireside Chat depicts the hope that Roosevelt's inspiring words gave to ordinary people.

The Fireside Chat depicts the hope that Roosevelt’s inspiring words gave to ordinary people.

The memorial honors the memory of one of America’s greatest leaders and the optimism and courage that he shared with his fellow citizens through the ordeals of the Great Depression and World War II.  For more information, please visit this site.

Next week, I will share images of the Washington Monument.

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Easter Card #2

Hoppy Easter!

Hoppy Easter!

With so many nieces and nephews, I need to make at least two versions for each holiday.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the pink cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the light pink cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the bunny at 3.5″.  Adhere all of the layers of the bunny together.  Run the light pink cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the bunny to the embossed cardstock.

Isn’t this bunny adorable?  I almost want to eat it because it is so darn cute!  Hoppy Easter!

*Tina

Crafty Today: Birthday Card #3

Blow out the candles!

Blow out the candles!

I have a few birthdays on my calendar this month, which gave me the excuse to use this new Cuttlebug birthday embossing folder.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the red cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the pink cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the cake at 3.5″.  Adhere all of the layers of the cake together.  Run the pink cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the cake to the embossed cardstock.

This card is so colorful and cheerful and I hope the recipient loves it!  Have a lovely and creative day!

*Tina

Sprightly Spring

Heralding the start of spring

Heralding the start of spring

I thought these lovely orange freesias from my neighbor’s garden would be the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of spring.

Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring? – Neltje Blanchan

*Tina

Luscious Lilacs

The lilacs are blooming!

Lilacs have a delicate, intoxicating scent.

When we purchased our home and I realized that we had a lilac tree, I was ecstatic.  Lilac trees aren’t very common in Southern California and I would visit Descanso Gardens for my annual fix.  Now, all I have to do is walk into my backyard and view them in all of their glory.  How divine!

*Tina

Photography Monday: Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery is a place to honor, remember and explore.  Encompassing 624 acres, the impressive landscape serves as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of every individual laid to rest in these hallowed grounds.

The rolling green hills are dotted with trees that are hundreds of years in age.

The rolling green hills are dotted with trees that are hundreds of years in age.

Various emblems can be found on the gates at Arlington Cemetery.

Various emblems can be found on the gates at Arlington National Cemetery.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier stands atop a hill overlooking Washington, D.C.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier stands atop a hill overlooking Washington, D.C.

Arlington National Cemetery is both a national treasure and an active cemetery.

Arlington National Cemetery is both a national treasure and an active cemetery.

The Memorial Amphitheater was dedicated on May 15, 1920.

The Memorial Amphitheater was dedicated on May 15, 1920.

Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families.  It encapsulates America’s history through monuments, memorials and dedicated trees commemorating individuals and significant events.  For more information, please visit this site.

Next week, we will explore the FDR Memorial.

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Easter Card #1

The cutest Easter chick ever!

The cutest Easter chick ever!

Easter is quickly approaching so it was time to create some cards in celebration.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the purple cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the lavender cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the chick at 3.5″.  Adhere all of the layers of the chick together.  Run the lavender cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the chick to the embossed cardstock.

This Easter chick was too cute for words and I was able to use a new embossing folder.  Fun, fun!!

Happy card making!

*Tina

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