Recipe swap album covers...

Our Recipe Swap was Sunday afternoon in the Cat/Art Studio ~ lots of fun and good food!  I thought you might like to see some of the album covers from the swap.  The album that we used is new in Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Catalog, details below ~


Album ~ Becky
Album cover by Becky Carpenter

Album ~ Marti
Album cover by Marti Jones




Album ~ Adrienne
MDS Album cover by Adrienne Allen

Thanks for stopping by ~ tomorrow I will show you some of our recipe pages!  If you have any questions ~ give me a call ~ 757-641-9354.



Under construction.....

I am looking forward to seeing everyone today for our first meeting of the RECIPE SWAP as they stop by to pick up their albums and create the cover design.  There are ten participants so no one will have to worry about finishing their recipe swap pages!  Our second meeting is Sunday afternoon, November 10 ~ we all bring our swap pages and our yummy food to taste!  I am working on some possible designs and here are the two that I have started.............

Recipe swap 2..........
Beginning of my Fall cover decoration

Recipe swap begins...
Beginning of my holiday album cover...

The album is from Stampin' Up!'s Holiday catty, you can find it on page 22.  It is an 8 x 8 ring album (#132259, $14.95 includes 10 page divided page protectors).  And, we are using Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to create the cover.  These sheets create a great sticky surface that works will with the album cover and the embellishments.  Because we will all be using the recipe album in the kitchen we need to be assured of the durability of the albums.


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A card for Kathie Lee and Hoda

Cards for Kathie Lee & Hoda

When Shelli visited the Today Show last week she made the above cards to give to Kathie Lee and Hoda.  Aren't they pretty?  She has such a distinct style.  She also gave them our Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps ~ if you want more information click on Recipe Swap on the right side of the blog under CATEGORIES ~ my recipe is there!

Kathie Lee & Hoda

Shelli's appearance was to donate Stampin' Up! products to the Today Show Toy Drive.

More Recipe Swap pictures for you...

Katie's cupcakes
Katie's Yummy Cupcakes

     Stamped cookies & Kim's cake
Stamped Christmas Cookies and Kim's delicious Pumpkin-Cranberry Spice Cake

This is an easy recipe that works great with Stampin' Up!'s new COOKIE STAMPS (#125152 ~ includes a solid wood hangle with 3 interchangeable stamp images, 2 recipes, and tips for use, $16.95)

Oven temperature 350 degrees.

1 1/2 cups soft butter ~ no substitutes

3/4 cup sugar

3 cups of flour

Cream butter and sugar thoroughly.  Add flour one cup at a time, mix well.  Roll into one inch balls.  Roll balls in sugar, place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Stamp with SU Cookie Stamp (I used the snowflake).  Bake 15 to 20 minutes.  Makes 4 dozen cookies ~ great with a cup of tea!  Susan Elise

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Recipe for those of you who asked...

I still haven't tried this recipe ~ it is Eleise's recipe ~ from our RECIPE SWAP on Sunday afternoon but I wanted to post it because several people have asked (I guess they want to use it for Thanksgiving dinner!).  I haven't had time to try it but I will when Alan and I get back from our little trip to Maryland!  Here it is ~

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Serves 8.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Two net bags of fresh Brussels Sprouts ( 1 1/2#)

Three tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

One tablespoon of Balsamic Vinegar, or to taste

One tablespoon of Butter, softened

Salt & pepper to taste

Wash, trim and halve the Brussels Sprouts, dry them in a salad spinner or with a kitchen towel.  Toss the sprouts with the olive oil, salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet in one layer.  Place them in the oven at 400 for 15 minutes, then turn the oven down to 325; cover the sprouts with tin foil and continue cooking for another 30 minutes.  Check them once in a while and stir.  Right before serving add the softened butter and the vinegar and mix well. 

Eleise adds, 'This recipe is great for people who insist they don't like Brussels Sprouts!'

Marion, Sarah and Katie
I wanted to add this picture ~ it was such a pleasure to have these three ladies at the RECIPE SWAP on Sunday afternoon ~ Marion, Sarah and Katie (Mother and daughters).  Katie came all the way from Chicago and Sarah was looking fabulous after a very difficult year.  Love the picture! 

Don't forget to spend some time checking out the fabulous STAMPIN' UP! SPECIAL HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA SALE on my Stampin' Up! website!

Holiday Recipe Swap is today!

I have always HATED BRUSSELS SPROUTS!  But, tomorrow, I am going to run to the Fresh Market and buy 2 bags of fresh Brussels Sprouts!  Do you believe it?  It is hard to believe.  So, here's the story ~

This afternoon is the Holiday Recipe Swap ~ much anticipated for the delicious recipes that will be swapped and the delicious food that will be eaten!  One of my friends who is participating, Eleise, is on her way to Germany.  Obviously, she will not be able to make it to the swap this afternoon.  But, she sent me her recipe so that I can swap it out for her.  You guessed it ~ Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts!!!!  And, it sounds really good ~ I can't wait to try it.  But, since she won't be able to bring her dish this afternoon, I don't feel like I can share her recipe with you UNTIL I try it ~ Monday at the earliest!  I have got to run ~ lots to do to get ready for this afternoon!  Thanks for stopping by and come back to hear more about this recipe ~ it may be a fantastic game changer for me ~ Brussels Sprouts on my plate!!!

Love to cook? Love to stamp?

Recipe Swap Album


A fabulous opportunity to get great new recipes for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day ~ from some great cooks!  Who knew stampers were such good cooks.  This SWAP is fun for everyone and, no matter what your stamping ability, YOU will fit right in ~ no worries!


Sunday afternoon, November 6 (flexible)

1:00 to 5:00 PM


Sunday afternoon, November 20 (you’ll want to be there!)

3:00 PM

  Class fee:  $30 includes your recipe album & 30 page protectors


Sign up for the upcoming Holiday Recipe Swap

Recipe Swap Album


This is a fabulous opportunity for you to get some great new recipes for the upcoming holidays!  This SWAP is fun for everyone, each person makes as many simple recipe pages as there are participants in the swap.  The first meeting we make the cover of our 6 x 6 Stampin' Up! album ~ above ~ designed by my talented team member, Jennifer Driebelbis in Franklin ~ thank you Jennifer!

Our first meeting (come if you can) will be Sunday afternoon, November 6, anytime between 1 PM and 5 PM to pick up your album and create your cover.

Our second meeting (you will want to make this one for sure!) is Sunday afternoon, November 20, at 3 PM.  You will bring your recipes and your food.  Come hungry ~ you will get to TASTE all of the food for the recipes in your book!

Class Fee is $30 and includes the recipe album, 30 page protectors and two meetings ~ it's a bargain.  Make 2 for $50!

Join us for all the fun!