Friday, May 31, 2013

TAWS BE Inspired: Have a Blast

It's a busy week with The Alley Way Stamps - full of sneak peeks and a big new release blog hop.  Then today it's time for BE Inspired.

Such a festive picture!!  I was paging through all of my TAWS stamps and stumbled on a circus set.  I thought it was a great fit!

Have a Blast 2
I am also submitting this to the current Simon Says Stamps challenge - Anything Goes.  Did you know that the Simon Says Stamps Store now carries The Alley Way Stamps!!?

BIG NEWS: The downloadable Copic charts for color matches to Stampin' Up and
Papertrey Ink have been updated for the brand new Stampin' Up colors and the
most recent Papertrey Ink colors.  The link to these charts is on my side bar to the right!!

  • Stamps: The Alley Way Stamps Admit One
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Poppy Parade, Night of Navy
  • Ink: Memento black and Copics
  • Accessories: Freckled Fawn Geometric Triangle washi, misc gems and stickles

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Yotam Ottolenghi's Extremely Delicious Fava Bean Burgers

Okay, so I have a thing for veggie burgers.  We're talking a major kinda thing.  As in I like veggie burgers better than a big juicy cheeseburger kinda thing.  Especially if the veggie burger is made from beans.  So, right off the bat, there may be a bit of bias involved when I say these fava bean burgers are extremely delicious.  Even so, I think carnivores and vegetarians alike would agree that Yotam Ottoleghi's Fava Bean Burgers are incredible.  These are hands down the very best veggie burgers I've ever had.

Let's talk fava beans.  I don't think I've ever seen fresh fava beans available locally.  Not anywhere. Not at the farmer's market.  Not in the huge supermarkets.  Not in the gourmet grocery stores.  Not even in the freezer section.  I really wanted to make these burgers using fresh or frozen fava beans, but since that wasn't very likely I opted for canned fava beans.  I found the canned fava beans in the international section of my supermarket.  They were kinda pricey for beans, coming in at around $3.00 per can.  There were two different cans available, spicy and regular.  Since I needed 3 cups of beans for my recipe I bought two cans of fava beans, one of each.  It was the perfect amount. 

Now I mention fava beans because I don't think most people in the U.S. have tried them before.  I wanna take the time to tell you that this is a major injustice.  Fava beans are absolutely delicious!   So, before you think about subbing any other kind of bean in this recipe, PLEASE DO NOT!  The fava beans are so smooth and creamy and they really meld well with the flavors in this recipe.

Okay, so these burgers are definitely worth making.  A lovely mixture of fragrant spices, fava beans, chopped spinach, mashed potato, minced garlic, green chile, cilantro, egg and breadcrumbs come together to make one tasty burger.  Eat them on a bun or "naked" alongside a salad.  You simply can't go wrong!

Fava Bean Burgers
Adapted from Plenty
by Yotam Ottolenghi
Makes 6 burgers

3/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
3/4 teaspoon coriander seeds
3/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 pound (about 6 cups) spinach*
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound (about 3 cups) shelled fava beans, fresh or frozen*
3/4 pound potatoes, peeled and roughly diced
1/2 fresh green chile, seeded and finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
salt and black pepper
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
6 tablespoons dried breadcrumbs
1 egg
1/2 cup sunflower or canola oil
6 Buns, for serving

Optional/Topping/Garnish: Spinach, *preserved lemons (see recipe below), slivered red onion, mayo, cheese, etc.

Note:  If you make these burgers with fresh or frozen fava beans you may wish to add more cumin.  I think my version came out well because I used one can of spicy fava beans.  Had my fava beans not been spicy than I would have added another teaspoon of cumin. 

Put the whole seeds in a pan and dry-roast over high heat for 3 to 4 minutes, or until they start releasing their aromas.  Grind to a powder in a mortar and pestle and leave aside.

Wilt the spinach in a hot pan with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.  When cool enough to handle, squeeze out any liquid, then chop roughly and set aside. (*Note: To save on money and time, you could buy one package of frozen chopped spinach.  Once defrosted, you will need about 1/2 cup to replace the fresh wilted spinach in the recipe.)

Blanch the fava beans in boiling water for about one minute; drain and refresh under cold running water.  Once cool enough to handle, remove and discard the skins. (*Note: Alternatively, buy two cans of fava beans, drain, and set aside).

Cook the potatoes in boiling water for about 15 minutes, or until tender.  Drain and tip into a large mixing bowl.  Immediately add the skinned fava beans, crushed seeds, chile, garlic, remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil (I accidentally omitted the oil in my burgers and they were fine) and some salt and pepper.  Use a potato masher to mash it all up roughly; don't worry if some beans are not totally crushed.  Next, add the wilted spinach, chopped cilantro and breadcrumbs.  Taste to check the seasoning.  Lastly, mix in the egg.

Wet your hands and shape the mix into fat patties that are roughly 2 inches in diameter and 3/4 inches thick. Chill them for at least half an hour. (*Note: The burgers mentioned in the directions were simply too huge.  I was able to get 6 patties from my mixture.)

To cook, heat up the sunflower or canola oil and fry the burgers on high heat for 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown.  

Note: Keep these burgers in the fridge and fry as needed.  They will keep in the fridge for several days, making them perfect to have on hand for lunch or dinner as needed.  Alternatively, keep them in the freezer in a tupperware container with layers of wax paper or parchment paper between the burgers to prevent sticking.  You may wish to partially thaw if frozen or just cook them a bit longer (more like 8 minutes per side) if cooking from the frozen state.

Quick Pickled Lemons
Adapted from Jerusalem
by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi
Makes 1.5 quarts

1/2 red chile, chopped
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 small-medium unwaxed lemons, halved lengthwise and sliced widthwise as thinly as possible
3 tablespoons sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

Use a mortar and pestle to smash together the chile with 1 teaspoon of the lemon juice; you want to get a rough-looking paste.  Transfer this to a large bowl along with all the other ingredients.  Use your hands to mix everything together well so that all the flavors get massaged into the lemons.  Leave in a covered bowl overnight, then transfer to a sterilized sealed jar the next day.  The lemon will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Theme: Pattycake, Pattycake!

Every Sunday @ Kahakai Kitchen

CAS(E) this Sketch! Hello and Have Faith

This is my second post today.  The Alley Way
Stamps blog hop is just a short scroll away!

It's time for a new sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch!  I predict lots and lots of people will play along because everybody love pennants and flags!

I went for a bright and cheerful "hello" simply because it was a good chance to use a variety of papers from a fun pad of paper!  This is a lot of patterns for me, but backed with all of that white - it still feels CAS.


I have two cards for you today.  I actually started in an entirely different direction and was quite happy with the result, then I realized that I had used the same soft patterns last week.  (Not that anybody but me would notice!)  I did want you to see this though, mainly because of this wonderful sentiment.

Know that He will

Be sure to play along this week - it's a great sketch and, obviously, you can go in lots of directions!

BIG NEWS: The downloadable Copic charts for color matches to Stampin' Up and
Papertrey Ink have been updated for the brand new Stampin' Up colors and the
most recent Papertrey Ink colors.  The link to these charts is on my side bar to the right!!

  • Stamps: none
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Island Indigo, Pebbles Seen & Noted
  • Ink: none
  • Accessories: My Favorite Things Happy Hellos and Fishtail Dies, Papertrey Ink Aida Cloth Impression plate, corner rounder, May Arts twine
Know that He will
  • Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Be Encouraged
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Blushing Bride and Sahara Sand, My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Lavender
  • Ink: Memento Black
  • Accessories: My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing lavender Cutie Pie buttons, misc gems, pearls and enamel dots

It's TAWS Time: Toucan Do It!!

What a fun set of stamps that is being released this month by The Alley Way Stamps!!  On Monday, I showed you a "robotastic robot".  If you have been hopping along with today's hope - you have seen other robots, and arrows and chevrons, a little lemonade, and some tropical fun!  (If you haven't been hopping, be sure to head back to the beginning at the link above.)

This guy comes from Tropical Hideaway.  I may live in Colorado - about as far away as possible from anything tropical - but I can't help but be inspired by this guy's expression.

Toucan Do It

Next on the hop is Melissa.

Here's all the special info on today's blog hop straight from TAWS:

One person will win ALL 3 NEW SETS!

Here are the ways you can win.
You can pick and choose which ones you want to do, but the more
you comment, the more changes you have to win!
1. Comment on The Alley Way Stamps blog
2. Comment on the design team girls' blogs (below)
3. Post about it on facebook or your blog
4. Like us on Facebook
(Leave a separate comment for each that you do)

You have until May 31st at 9:00 p.m. TAWS time to leave them.

This is a fun mini set that is yours FREE when you spent $40 or more during the month.
Nothing to do but shop, this cute set will be added to your package.

Here is your hop order, if you get lost come back to the blog to find your way again!


BIG NEWS: The downloadable Copic charts for color matches to Stampin' Up and
Papertrey Ink have been updated for the brand new Stampin' Up colors and the
most recent Papertrey Ink colors.  The link to these charts is on my side bar to the right!!
  • Stamps: The Alley Way Stamps Tropical Hideaway
  • Paper: Papertrey Ink Simply Chartreuse
  • Ink: Memento black, Copics
  • Accessories: My Mind's Eye Enamel Dots, Memory Box Tropical Leaf, Ranger Glossy Accents (on his eyes), Divine Twine Black Licorice

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The adventure....

Have you been playing along with the 8 week Heidi Swapp Memory Album Adventure? Today I wanted to share a few more of my favourite pages  of three different weeks. I have one week left before Heidi completes the 8 week adventure this Monday.
I better get a wriggle on and finish it!
Starting with Jamie Pate's inspiration using Quotes, she really is the master of beautiful layers.

Then came my week which you can find here.
Next Jennifer Evans asked us to think about ourselves...eek I'm not one to be in front of the camera very often so I had to dig deep and find some photos of me!

The beautiful Lindsay Bateman  asked us to celebrate the here and now!
 What is important to YOU right now!

Soon I will share my last 3 sets of pages...I am loving the layers  these  memories are creating.

I would love to see your pages be sure to link me up!

A CASual Red, White and Blue Dahlia

This is my second post today.

I have been wanting to play along with the Technique Tuesday Dahlia Fold challenge all month so since we are getting down to the last few days - I had to try something.  Technique Tuesday has a nice video tutorial on this technique.  They also later posted a slight variation that makes gorgeous flower buds - find it here.

I also had a pad of paper out full of reds and blues so also decided to play along with the CASual Friday red, white and blue challenge.

A Very Happy Birthday

BIG NEWS: The downloadable Copic charts for color matches to Stampin' Up and
Papertrey Ink have been updated for the brand new Stampin' Up colors and the
most recent Papertrey Ink colors.  The link to these charts is on my side bar to the right!!
  • Stamps: Papertrey Ink Framed Out 1
  • Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle Just Because 6x6 pad, Stampin' Up Night of Navy
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Night of Navy
  • Accessories: 1 1/2" circle punch, Quickutz embossing folder, October Afternoon buttons

Happy Birthday Ardyth!!

I'm sure all of you know Ardyth from MASKerade.  If you don't, you need to stop reading now and head over there.  Ardyth has an incredible card style.  She can take one stripe and one sentiment and do amazing things - if you don't believe - check it out.   Actually, she doesn't even need a stripe - just hand her a sentiment - see the bottom card here.

It is Ardyth's birthday today and the equally wonderful Darnell has organized a little card party.

My card is definitely inspired by Ardyth.  First, I had to use the "incredible".  She made this card on Saturday and I was so impressed that I had the stamp set by Monday.  Then I backed the letters with a solid color as she often does with letters and she also did with this amazing snowflake.

Thanks for all of your inspiration Ardyth and have a very happy birthday!

incredible happy birthday

  • Stamps: Technique Tuesday Incredible, Papertrey Ink Sketched Shapes (I just used one of the shapes to add the sketchiness to the letters), Little Bitty Bird ("birthday")
  • Paper: Papertrey Ink Smokey Shadow, Raspberry Fizz, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Hawaiian Shores, New Leaf
  • Ink: same
  • Accessories: Papertrey Ink Block Alphabet Lower dies, L'il Inkers Stitched Squares

BIG NEWS: The downloadable Copic charts for color matches to Stampin' Up and
Papertrey Ink have been updated for the brand new Stampin' Up colors and the
most recent Papertrey Ink colors.  The link to these charts is on my side bar to the right!!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

South of Surrender Release day!!!!

It is here!!! Release day for South of Surrender! It seems that we have been waiting sooo long and now it is here:)

South of Surrender Release Day Blitz Giveaway

I am thrilled to welcome Chrysander Notos to the world today! Chrys is the hero of South of Surrender, the third book in my Greek-mythology inspired Hearts of the Anemoi series. The Anemoi were wind gods the Greeks associated with controlling the wind, the weather, and the seasons, and as the summer god, Chrys is the hottest of them all! Need more proof? Check out this hot excerpt and the giveaway that follows!

Unable to resist the draw to her any longer, Chrys claimed her mouth, devouring, searching, taking.

Laney froze, then was right there with him.

Their tongues met, dueled, twirled. He fisted his hand in her hair and guided her, deepening when he wanted, restraining her when he needed.

Her hands slid up his chest toward his neck.

Chrys gasped into the kiss, but fought the reflexive desire to pull away. Instead, he pushed her back one step, then another, until her back encountered the door. He grabbed her arms and pressed them to the surface over her head. The control flooded relief through him and fueled his arousal another notch.

“I want to touch you,” she whispered around a kiss.

His brain scrambled for a moment, and then he wedged his body in tighter, the ridge of his cock coming in snug against her belly. She unleashed a strangled moan as Chrys plundered her mouth, relished her sweet taste, bathed in her life-giving heat.

Good gods, her body was absolutely alive with her arousal. She clenched and unclenched her hands, her arm muscles flexing where he restrained her. Her abdomen writhed against his, creating a maddening friction against his erection. Her thighs shifted and squeezed.

It was only with the barest of restraint that he resisted willing her clothing away, turning her to face the wall, and tugging her hips out so he could bury himself deep.

Lost in the imagery, Chrys didn’t notice the change in her movements until she slowly dragged her injured leg up the outside of his. Her wrists pressed against his hold and a yearning moan worked up her throat. “Chrys,” she whimpered, her thigh moving higher and wrapping around.

His pulse lunged into a sprint. Damnit. He pulled back and stepped away, the phantom feeling of her flesh trapping his spiking fear through him. “I’m sorry,” he said, rubbing his lips, regret a rock in his stomach. He could still feel her, taste her. Making sure she was steady on her feet, he dropped his hands from holding hers.

And now for the Giveaway!
Win 1 of 5 $50 gift cards to winners’ choice of Amazon/B&N/iTunes!
Did you have a favorite line from the excerpt? Comment with your email address to enter to win! Open to international! Giveaway runs for one day and ends at midnight PST on May 28!

Visit more participating Blitz Day sites for more excerpts and more ways to win! And look out for the South of Surrender Blog Tour to start next week with more excerpts and giveaways! Check out the awesome early reviews coming in for the book, too!

Thanks for reading!

About South of Surrender:

She's the only one who can see through his golden boy fa├žade to the broken god within... Chrysander Notos, Supreme God of the South Wind and Summer, is on a mission: save Eurus from his death sentence and prove his troubled brother can be redeemed. But Eurus fights back, triggering vicious storms that threaten the mortal realm and dangerously drain Chrys. Laney Summerlyn refuses to give up her grandfather's horse farm, despite her deteriorating vision. More than ever, she needs the organized routine of her life at Summerlyn Stables, until a ferocious storm brings an impossible—and beautiful—creature crashing down from the heavens. Injured while fighting Eurus, Chrys finds himself at the mercy of a mortal woman whose compassion and acceptance he can't resist. As they surrender to the passion flaring between them, immortal enemies close in, forcing Chrys to choose between his brother and the only woman who's ever loved the real him. 

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About Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Papertrey Ink: A Floral Card that Isn't

Last weekend was the Papertrey Ink blog hop that included beautiful color schemes with inspiration photos of bouquets.  I thought I would buck the trend and ignore the flowers in the inspiration bouquets and go for a graphic card.  I recently got the Sketched Shapes and, with that order, I finally finished my entire collection of Papertrey buttons - I have them all!!  So I decided to use both on this card.

Unfortunately...I re-read the blog hop instructions and flowers were required!!  So I made and posted a different card last weekend - but I really like the first one that I made so here it is!  The card celebrating my complete button collection!

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  • Stamps: Papertrey Ink Sketched Shapes, Signature Greetings
  • Paper: Papertrey Ink Melon Berry
  • Ink: Papertrey Ink Terracotta Tile, Orange Zest, Melong Berry, Harvest Gold, Simply Chartreuse
  • Accessories: Papertrey Ink buttons in the same colors!

Monday, May 27, 2013

TAWS Time: A Sneak Peek of Bot Time

It's that wonderful time of the month when I get to show you sneak peeks of the new June sets at The Alley Way Stamps (TAWS).  Be sure to check out the link for what other designers did with this same set and for a chance to win this set!  Then head back to the TAWS blog on Tuesday and Wednesday for two other sets.  Finally, on Thursday, it's a blog hop to show you all the new sets!!

Today's set is just plain fun.  As cute as this guy is, I don't even think he's the cutest of the batch and I look forward to using the set often to show off all his friends!


Isn't he just "robotastic"???

This card uses the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

And it is perfect for CAS on Sunday's Make it Masculine.

BIG NEWS: The downloadable Copic charts for color matches to Stampin' Up and

Papertrey Ink have been updated for the brand new Stampin' Up colors and the

most recent Papertrey Ink colors.  The link to these charts is on my side bar to the right!!

  • Stamps: The Alley Way Stamps Bot Time
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Pacific Point, scrap dsp
  • Ink: Memento black and Copics
  • Accessories: Ranger Glossy Accents, black brads