One of my Stamp Clubs met on Wednesday morning this week. The Gourmet Stamp Club has been meeting for years and their meetings always include more than stamping ~ the hostess always brings lunch!  Susan Tran was our hostess this week and I asked her if I could share her recipe for the delicious pretzels that were part of her lunch for everyone.  They are so good ~ hope you enjoy this recipe!

1 bag pretzels (no salt best) spread onto roasting pan

3/4 cup canola oil (I use 1/2 cup)

3 T Hidden Valley Ranch dry mix

1 tsp. dill

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

Wisk oil with the other 4 ingredients,  Pour over the pretzels and use a spatula to mix well.  Sprinkle with oregano.  Bake at 250 for 15 minutes, stir, bake 15 minutes longer.  Cool by pouring onto tray lined with paper towels or parchment paper.  Serve to your stamping friends!

Another FREE Shipping Day


Stampin' Up! has announced another FREE SHIPPING day for TODAY, Monday, December 11th.  All orders placed on December 11th will ship for free.  It is another great opportunity to get a few things from your list (cardstock, adhesive or even one of the cute ~ and fast ~ kits) or some holiday surprises for your crafty friends.  Let me know if I can help you with your gift list!

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I would love to share with you............

Persimmon November 2017

I took this picture in our backyard this morning ~ we have loads of PERSIMMONS this year and I would love to share them with you!  They are not ripe yet but will be soon so, next time you stop by, be sure and ask me about taking home some Persimmons for you and your family.  Martha Stewart has loads of information and recipes ~ just GOOGLE Martha and Persimmons!


A reminder about the benefit of what we do..........connections..

Sara's Message

Stampin' Up! sends a quarterly magazine to all demonstrators and this is the first page of the current magazine.  I thought you might be interested in  the second paragraph of Sara's message ~

'Creating cards is only a piece of what we do - and while it's a big piece and we love it! - the other piece is sharing those cards with others.  When you take the time to send one of those gorgeous cards you've created, you're having a full circle moment:  you designed the card, you created the card, you choose a person to send it to, you wrote a message in it just for them, and then you put a stamp on it and sent it!  And think about the person who receives it:  they'll get an envelope in the mail with their name on it - that's not a bill or junk mail - and they'll open it up and find a little piece of you inside.  What a wonderful gift!'


Meow 1

My sister, Judy, in Richmond sent me a link yesterday to a true story about the cat, above, 'meow' who traveled from China to the USA.  I thought I would share this sweet story with you.  Enjoy!  Happy Saturday!


A card in the mail..........

Card from Shelli & Sara

I admit to making and sending lots of cards ~ sometimes to people that I have never met (through a group of demonstrators who share stories about those in need) and that I love to receive cards.  The card above arrived this week and caught me by surprise.  Not only is it a lovely card but the fact that Shelli and Sara took the time to write me a note and send me a card touched me.  It says so much about why, after all these years, I am still in love with being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  Stampin' Up! is worldwide now and Shelli is the  Cofounder and Board Chair, Sara the CEO.  Love these ladies and I am so proud of what they have accomplished.

Card from Shelli inside 1         Card from Shelli inside 2

Susan's Sesame Street

Sesame Street puppets Susan Tran

Susan Tran brought these darling stick puppets that she made to stamp club this week.  Evidently her young grandson's will be riding in the car for hours on a summer trip and she thought these cute guys might help entertain them.  She did want me to be sure and tell you that the inspiration came from Pinterest.  Thanks, Susan!

Kyndall + Luke = good news

Many of you have been following Kyndall's situation for several years (and sending lovely cards to her), & known that she was scheduled to have a kidney transplant as soon as her health would allow.  Kyndall's Mom, Meghan, sent me some pictures over the weekend and is allowing me to share them with you.  You will be so happy!  The transplant was on Tuesday, March 28.  The kidney she received was from her hero, Luke, a relative through her Father. David.  This picture is of Luke & Kyndall before the transplant.

Kyndall & Luke before

And, after the transplant....

Kyndall & Luke after

And Luke ~ a true SUPER HERO.

Luke Super Hero

And, Kyndall, yesterday ~ busy making thank you cards with the Pretty Pocket Card Kit from Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-Bration gifts.  

Kyndall making thank you cards on Sunday

Wonderful!  Meghan told me yesterday that things are going so well that Meghan may get to go home this week (rather than a 3 week hospital stay that was predicted).  Kyndall would love to continue receiving cards from you ~ she loves mail ~ please send your cards to her at ~ Kyndall Hodgins, 2317 Halyard Lane, Chesapeake  VA  23323.  Thank you.