Keep Calm and Wag On Driveway Card and Catalog Stand

Our annual catalog cycle ends on May 31st. I realized I may have catalogs left after the catalog cycle ends since we are Staying Safer at Home. As I was making new piles from old piles in my stamp room, I figured out a way to share with my neighbors even if we can’t gather or don’t know each other personally. I created packages of 3 cards with a plush concord crush bow. Some of the bags had an annual catalog. Here is my stand.

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Close up to show the doggie design I created especially to include in each package.

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I have a few packages left. Click the Contact button to let me know if you want a package and what time you can pick it up from my front step.

Hope you enjoy mailing a few cards on me!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Today is last day of Sale-a-bration promotion

Good Morning! As I enter my third week of Staying Safer at Home, I can tell you the dust bunnies are definitely not safer at home. Two rooms are spring cleaned and awaiting a sunny day to clean the carpets. I am slowly working on organizing my stamp room: straightening piles, creating greeting cards to send and peering into shelf corners with an eye to share supplies with those that may need a little pick me up.

As you have worked on your to do list as I have, you may not have noticed that the end of Sale-a-bration quickly approached. And today it is here. The last day to take advantage of earning free products through either placing an order at my online store or signing up to be a demonstrator on my team. Doing either action will infuse some creativity to your life. Products are shipped directly to your front door from Utah where most of our products are made. When you place an order or sign up to be demonstrator, please make sure my name is in the upper corner of the screen so I get credit for your order or so that you are signing up with me. Please select me as your demonstrator if you don’t see my name.

Now here are some pretty photo of projects made using some of the Sale-a-bration free products with purchase.

The embossed vellum paper is particularly nice and comes in an assorted, three color pack.

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See all the free Sale-a-bration items at my online store by clicking here.  All are while supplies last and today is the last day to earn them.

Happy Shoppin’ and Stampin’!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Paper Crafting Porch Pick Up Kits

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I am slowing going through my stamp room and organizing. This means I am placing similar items next to each other and not just tucked in where there might be an empty space:) It’s become evident that I am paper hoarder crafter. However, I have been a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator for over 16 years so am allowed to keep a few items on hand (wink wink on “a few”). I use my supplies through in person events which have been delayed.

As I was organizing, I have been pondering the dilemma of what to do with my paper stash now that my in person events have been delayed. I have come up with Porch Pick Up Kits! Read below for details.

Select either the greeting card making kit or the mixed media kit. Both will share similar supplies as shown in the photo: ink pads, ribbons, self adhesive embellishments and cardstock sniblets, full sheets of cardstock, full sheets of designer series paper and lots of assorted image wood mounted stamps.

The greeting card kit will include scored and cut cardstock ready to make 16 greeting cards with envelopes. The mixed media kit substitutes the scored cardstock and envelopes with 12×12 cardstock and designer series papers.

Either kit option is $25 per kit. Add $5 for inclusion of a tombo liquid glue. I am happy to add-on more consumable supplies to your kit in $10 increments so you are set for a bit:) Just let me know what you want more of: solid colored papers, patterned papers, embellishments or ribbons. I also have glue dots in stock for $6 per box.

Porch Pick Up and payment left under the pallet tree on my front step at my house in Sun Prairie. Click the Contact button to message me to set up a pick up time. Let me know which kit you are ordering and if there are any add-ons. Thank you for allowing me to share my stash with you and helping to keep your family entertained while we stay safer at home.

Stampin’ Up! is a direct selling company which is based in Utah where most of their products are made. I have been enjoying product deliveries directly to my front door via UPS for over 16 years . The company is in their 32nd year in business. I order my supplies online and you can too. Click the Shop Now button on the right side to zoom to my online store. Please make sure my name is in the upper right corner of the screen when placing your order or select me as your demonstrator.

Another option for discount shopping is signing up to be a demonstrator on my team.Click here for that information since the sign up process is completely online. Sign up today or tomorrow and enjoy more free items in your $99 welcome kit! That includes a mini trimmer, designer series paper sampler and 1 additional stamp set of your choice. The rest of the kit includes  $125 of product of your choice and there is free shipping on the entire box o’ supplies! Please make sure my name is in the upper left corner of the screen so you care signing up to be a member of my team! Thank You!

Super Awesome Shirley

Ginger is my Friend

A few years ago, I rediscovered ginger. We went with friends to Takumi Japanese Restaurant on Madison’s east side where I delighted in the lettuce salad. It was crisp iceberg with a bright carrot ginger dressing. It was so refreshing that I researched how the dressing is prepared. My version is a mix of grated carrot, grated ginger, seasoned rice vinegar, garlic and sea salt. I’ll share the recipe the next time I make it. I usually just throw ingredients in the food processor without regard to measuring quantities since I know what taste I am going for.

Each time I go to the grocery store, I get a knob of ginger whether I am running low or not. So I am well stocked for Safer at Home. I use it for various drinks and dishes, having some slivers here, some grated there and drinking the juice too.

Today’s recipe shares how I use it to flavor my home brew kombucha. I squeeze it through the Pampered Chef garlic press to collect the juice. Then about 1 teaspoon of juice is added to a 16 ounce bottle of kombucha.

A very important step of juicing this way is to freeze the roots and then thaw the roots in the refrigerator prior to juicing. The freezing helps to break down the fibrous root just enough so it can be pressed. If you have an electric press that works better, please add a comment as to what brand you use. The garlic press is hard on my hands and does not get all the juice out.

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Kombucha bottling process…After the ginger is squeezed it goes back in the freezer for other uses.

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One use of the squeezed ginger is shaving slivers for lettuce salad dressing. I make my own dressing fresh for each bowl using these ingredients. Make sure to use frozen ginger pieces pieces that have thawed for a few seconds. It makes the slivering process so easy when the pieces are frozen. Add as much slivered ginger as you like. I usually use about half a piece that was squeezed per bowl.

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My tuna quinoa bite recipe made enough leftovers for 3 salad bowls. Find the tuna quinoa bite recipe here.

Find the seasoned rice vinegar in your local Asian grocery store or larger food markets. #Penzey’s Spices might have a location near you. Click here to link to their online store and the garlic powder I use. Olive oil is from Aldi’s. Pink Himalayan salt is from Costco.

Ginger a great option to have in your farmacy. What ways do you like to enjoy ginger? Add a comment with your ginger uses!

Super Awesome Ginger Shirley

Quinoa Tuna Bites aka What’s for Dinner

I shared a potato pancake recipe a few days ago. Along side those pancakes were quinoa tuna bites. I originally created the bites at a paper crafting retreat about a year ago. Click here for the other yummies that were served with that meal.

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Here is the recipe in case you want to try it. This recipe is a little different from the original since it makes a smaller quantity. It makes enough patties for about 4 meals.

Tuna Quinoa Bites

1 – 12 oz can tuna in water, drained really well

1 tsp Penzey’s Adobo seasoning or your choice of seasoning (Penzey’s sweet curry was in the original recipe)

about 1/4 cup cooked onion

1 large egg

about 1/2 cup cooked quinoa

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, adding more or less quinoa so the mixture is slightly wet.

Fry on both sides in extra virgin olive oil and serve hot. I tried frying in coconut oil this time and that worked well. Those patties had a slight coconut flavor. I would use the coconut oil again:)

I cook 1 cup of quinoa and use it for other dishes. Yesterday I sauteed about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil with green beans. Added some cooked quinoa, cashews and curry powder to make a quick meal. Today, the quinoa went in a mug of chicken stock with leftover chicken and lots of garlic powder to make a warming mug of quick soup.

I’ll share more recipes to help you make something delicious too. So check back soon!

Super Awesome Chef Shirley