Well, yesterday was absolutely divine. We had ‘First Thanksgiving’. A sort of precursor, if you will, for the big turkey day itself. You know, we just don’t get to eat enough turkey dinners and that’s what makes it so danged good. I’ve been craving it for some time now. Just couldn’t wait any longer. And in case you are wondering, we are doing some things early this year because Jordan leaves for Florida on December 18. So yes, they decorated their Christmas tree last night after ‘First Thanksgiving.’
We only did turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes + gravy, rolls and green beans. Everything from scratch. There’s no ‘instant’ when it comes to a real turkey dinner.
The only thing that wasn’t completely from scratch, was dessert.
An apple-spice cake.
It’s such a simple thing, but oh boy does it taste so good! It’s kind of a mix between already made and scratch. So we kind of got the ‘scratch’ part.
I love it because it makes an awesome dessert to slice up in about 2×2″ squares and put on a lovely cake plate.
And you’re saying to yourself (or to me?), recipe please.
I would be happy to oblige. :)
OLD FASHIONED APPLE CAKE
1 box spice cake mix with pudding in the mix
1 21 oz. can of apple pie filling (w/cinnamon)
*cut apples into small chunks
5 T. water
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. flour
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 c. softened butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare streusel topping. In a medium bowl combine all topping ingredients with a fork. Mixture will be crumbly. Set aside.
Cake. In a large bowl, combine all cake ingredients. Blend at a slow speed until completely moistened, about 1 minute. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Do not over mix. Spread batter in a greased and floured 9×13″ pan. Sprinkle with streusel topping evenly over batter.
Bake for 30-35 minutes until center springs back when lightly touched.
Serve with slightly frozen cool whip. Cake is best served on 2nd or 3rd day. I’ll usually make it the day before an event and it’s great. The streusel topping gets moist and soft and it’s really good that way.
Test it out for yourself this holiday season. It’s a been a big hit for my family. A big thanks to a friend for sharing her recipe with me. We love it! :)
Christmas will be here before we know it. We even have one tree up with some lights on it–only because we bought it last week and Jordan is leaving before Christmas. And yesterday we decided to get up some lights on the house before the weather goes nasty–starting today.
Lots of crafting and creating and all sorts of fun stuff going on right now before the true mayhem begins.
And that’s what’s so awesome about the kit that is now available today. A continuation, if you will, on a fabulous theme to go along with Jingle All The Way. I’ve been holding onto it until my commercial license options are up and going, but things never seem to go as planned, and I’m done waiting. :) So, if you want to use this at a commercial level, hold tight, hopefully it’ll be in place soon. Don’t want you to have to buy it twice. (P.S. watch my blog and FB for the news when ‘commercial’ has come to town…should be soon.)
The kit comes with five phrases for your cutting pleasure. But wait, there’s more! (You know I love saying that). Each title also comes on six different stylized 3×4 cards so you can add them to a tag, to your page, to a Project Life….what ever tickles your fancy!
The cards do come in one PNG, otherwise you just have a bazillion files to deal with. And if you don’t have a graphics program like PS or PSE, but you do have Studio? Ohhhh, there’s a way to separate them there too! Take a look:
And my sweet creative team have had this in their hands for a bit too, so here’s what it looks like in action–coming from the ever-talented Miss Layle!
[ Designs | Ho Ho Ho ]
Totally love this idea! Right down to the definition paper (hello??) and the stars added to the outside of the frame. Oh, and sparkle me happy to, will ya? Fabulous, Miss Layle!
Here’s a bit from Layle:
Oh how I love decorating our house for Christmas! Each year I pick up a few new decorations to add to my collection – whether it’s pillows, ornaments, trees – you name it, and if it’s Christmas, I love it!
This year I decided to make a few pieces to add to my collection. This frame was SUPER quick and easy to make. I picked up the 8×10 frame from Walmart and cut down the red glitter paper from American Crafts to fit inside. On top of that I added a page cut from a dictionary. If you look closely, the page has the Christmas definition on it :) I cut the ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ from black card stock, adhered to the center of the dictionary page, then inserted inside the frame. To add a little more sparkle, I colored Studio Calico wood veneer stars with Krylon gold leafing pen and then adhered them on top of the glass with small glue dots. I’ll set the frame on an end table or on a shelf, but you could even hang if you wanted.
Thanks for letting me share!!
No, thank you Layle!
I’ve been deciding if I should say something. I always want this to be a place of happiness and inspiration, but it has come to my attention from a few honest people out there, that not everyone is being honest with art purchased from my site.
The art from KBS has always been for personal use only. Just because you purchase an image from the Silhouette store or sites like mine does not give people the right to turn around and make a profit off of it. Unless there is a commercial license purchasing option available giving you the rights to make a profit from it, it cannot be used commercially in any capacity. It is copyrighted material. Everything from KBS is copyrighted material. Just because you buy something, does not mean you automatically get to reproduce it and make a profit on it. It’s like buying a CD. You get to use it in your home and listen to it, but you can’t turn around and reproduce it and sell it.
I work hard and spend a lot of time and money to create fabulous things for you all out there. I love it. It makes me happy. And I love seeing it come to life with the things you share with me. But it disheartens me greatly that there are people out there that take advantage of that by stealing or claiming ignorance that it’s ‘okay’ to make things and sell them without a commercial license or even asking for permission (not just me, I’m sure it happens to a lot of small businesses). Let’s put it this way, if you had an idea and sold it at a boutique, would you be mad if someone took something you sold and turned around to make something else and profited from it? All your hard work and money that you put into making it is now making someone else money when it wasn’t intended for that nor did you even give them permission?
I recognize that it’s important to be able to make a buck. I’m all for that. But let’s be honest in our dealings and do things the right way. Not just with KBS, but all around. Small businesses need support, whether it’s me, you, whoever. Be mindful and honest. If there isn’t a commercial option, you can’t use it commercially. (This goes for many free fonts too.)
The good news is, I am currently getting a Limited-Use Commercial License in place. It’s just taken me a bit longer than I’d hoped. The licensing is geared towards the crafters wanting to make fun crafts for boutiques or sell on Etsy. It is not intended for high volume production or digital reproduction. I’m out to help the little guys. Us small business owners need to stick together. :) When they are available, I’ll be thrilled for you to make things and sell them! But in the interim, it’s not okay.
So please, be aware of what you are doing.
Okay. I’m done now. Thanks for your understanding. :)
Today I have a really simple tutorial that makes the cutest little tag. It’s all about utilizing your resources in my world…never reinventing the wheel. So I used a bracket from a font and a box (rectangle) and made this:
(please ignore my very obvious dry hands. winter is on its way.)
Wanna know how?
Here’s a video for you:
For the Freestyle Sophisticates Collection Kit it is:
MIRIAM PRANTNER – NOVEMBER 8, 2013 – 7:57 AM
What a great page! I really love all the speech bubbles and the title/idea behind it.
And the Designer Tape collection is:
CINDY – NOVEMBER 8, 2013 – 9:45 AM
I must say Nichol did an awesome job documenting Payton at age 9. Her layout is great!! Inspires me to try this with my grandsons now (thank you!!). Love the variety of washi; the paper is great too, but I’m a collector……..okay, “hoarder” and MUST use what I have (could be decades from now) before I buy more paper!!
Cindy – from Florida!!
Congratulations ladies! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get you all set up! :)
Goodness, me-oh my! Is it really Saturday already? I think this week has gone by too darn fast, if you ask me. We are down to our very last design team share and I am so sad that it’s come to an end!
I’m feeling in the Christmas spirit, I think. The music keeps sneaking into my iTunes (okay, so I unchecked them so they would play), I’ve been on Christmas decor duty for a church project, we bought our second Christmas tree this week and we will be decorating next weekend since Jordan is leaving the week before Christmas. Yes, we re starting early this year.
Even here at KBS we have some Christmas to share–and over at Bella Blvd! Darling Christmas stuff all around!
Let’s see what festive mood Naomi is sharing with us today.
[ Designs | A Very Retro Christmas (decorative cards) / Jingle All The Way ]
Merry and bright indeed. Love the colors and how she mixed in the decorative cards!
Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win some Bella goodness in yesterday’s post. I’ll draw a winner tomorrow morning.
I am sooooo in the mood for a turkey dinner right now, by the way. Maybe next weekend when I have a little more time. We like doing the pre-Thanksgiving dinner, but we’re off to a late start this year. Don’t really like them to be so close, but it is what it is.
Another great day here in the land of KBS! Oodles and oodles of fun. Should we start with the page? Giveaway? Page? Giveaway? I thiiiiink….let’s start with the page.
Today we something beautuiful and colorful from our sweet friend Nichol Magouirk.
[ Designs| Weathered Door Alphabet / Did You Know (freebie) / XOXO (hearts) ]
Isn’t that just delightful and happy?
Love how she added her journaling to the Bella thought bubbles!
Here’s what Nichol has to say:
I have always loved the bright, fun colors in every Bella Blvd collection plus I adore being able to mix & match collections on a single layout and still have everything “match”. For this layout about my daughter, I wanted to record some of her answers to a Q&A I did with her a few years ago and the though bubble stickers and shapes were the perfect way to showcase that journaling! I simply printed out the questions and answers on the Bella Blvd thought bubble stickers and cut-outs and added a title to a large word bubble sticker using Kerri’s Weathered Door Alphabet and “Did You Know” Freebie. I love how you can make any title, shape, etc. perfectly sized to match using the Silhouette! I finished my page with additional stickers, chipboard, some KBS die cut hearts (because I needed more and wanted them to match my page!) and a few dimensional embellishments.
And now, we’ve got another amazing giveaway! Some fabulous cash and/or prizes from Bella Blvd. Okay, it’s just prizes, no cash. It’s just fun to say…makes me feel like I’m on a gameshow. :)
Check it out.
One of you lucky people will win one of these!
Gorgeous. On all counts!
To be entered, leave a comment with your name and where you are from and I’ll draw the two winners on Sunday! (U.S. residents only on this one please.)
Thank you Bella Blvd for some great
cash and/or prizes!
If you’re wondering about the gift card giveaway, the winners have been announced in that post and have been contacted.
Now go on and skeedaddle on over to the Bella Blvd blog and see all the goodness being shared there!
Wow! I was so loving all the inspiration shared on both blogs yesterday! I feel so motivated to make something…now if I just had a little time in my pocket. It seems to go so fast, does it not? As I look at this page from Layle, it just makes me think like it was only yesterday when we were doing the ‘Friday Night Lights’ routine with Zach playing football…and it’s been six years now. Six years.
Still baffled at where the time went and now my youngest has graduated too and leaving for eighteen months to Jacksonville. Kind of makes me hope that time goes fast too. ;) Except, I think I’m still only 28, right?
I love the simple and clean design of this page and how the title ‘plays’ such a major role. Throw in a few other elements, and voila! Lovely….just lovely.
[ Designs | Touchdown (word stack) ]
Here’s what Layle has to say:
We have two boys that have both played football for the last 4 years. Would you believe it when I say that although I’ve taken literally thousands of football photos, this is the first football layout I’ve scrapped?! Seriously! Bella Blvd’s Making the Team collection was just what I needed to get started scrapping those football photos, especially the paper that I used to cut the word football – it has little footballs all over it – love that. The chipboard stars just happened to be our school colors, so they were a perfect addition to my layout, along with the blue flag and that darling football flag. Kerri’s Touchdown cut file was the perfect complement to the Making the Team collection. Now I’m off to tackle scrapping the rest of the 5,278 football photos…. :)
Oh, and Layle, I think I have about that many photos with just one kid. ;)
Don’t forget to head on over to Bella Blvd’s blog
to see all the fantubulous stuff there! And if you haven’t entered to win a gift card in yesterday’s post? You’d best be doin’ that because it ends at midnight tonight!
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