- 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
Friday, May 31, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013
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!
|Theme: Pattycake, Pattycake!|
|Every Sunday @ Kahakai Kitchen|
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.
- 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
- 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
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.
- 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
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.
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!
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.
- 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
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!
- 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
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
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.
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About South of Surrender:
She's the only one who can see through his golden boy façade 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.
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.
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!
- 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
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!
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