Ink, Stamp and Share Blog Anything Goes

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Welcome to our Ink and Share Blog Hop featuring projects designed by fabulous Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrators. Our theme this month is Anything Goes. If you are hopping around, you have arrived from Libby Fen’s blog and her fabulous project.

My vision was to set the focal point against a kitchen back splash created using smoky slate squares. The mason jar is sitting on a paper, wool applique mat. Quick and simple.

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Please add a comment to let me know what you like about my design.

Thanks for stopping at my blog! Now click the next image to hop to Sue Allen’s blog to see what fabulous project she designed.

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Here is a list of the participating demonstrators in case you hop off the trail.

Jo Blackman

Sue McDonald

Laura Mackie

Gez Carpenter

Kristie Meeker Wilson

Rebecca-Jo Unwin

Tricia Butts

Melissa Tennison

Libby Fens

Shirley Merker YOU ARE HERE!

Sue Allen

Cindy Mitchell-Clark

Jacqui Lawrence

If you do not already have a demonstrator, all the supplies used in my design can be ordered through my online store here . Please use the host code in the right column of my blog if your order is under $150. If it is over $150, do not use the host code so you can redeem all the host rewards. Thank You!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Sniblets CASE

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My demonstrator friend from the United Kingdom saw a video where I showed my sniblets pile. You know the one: the basket, bucket or shelf that holds all the scraps from previous projects. She said she had a good project to share that would use my sniblet strips. My project in this post is a CASE of her sniblet project. I had to make it purple, of course!

Just layer some strips on a base. Then custom cut around the base to create a focal point background.

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Supplies used in making this project…

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I also shared a how to video in a Create Along with Me on Facebook. Here is a link to the video in case you are on Facebook. While you are there, turn on Notifications to my page so you get notified when I go live next. FB Live videos are available for replay too.

Have  a great day that includes purple, a gorgeous grape shade will do!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

 

The Adventures of Shirley’s Spuds it’s hashbrowns today

I do love a good potato. Baked, fried, hash browned, pancaked, twice baked, curried, boiled, YUM! They all have a place on my plate because they can be crispy and soft, mild flavored or boldly spiced. Would you like to join me as I share my spud secrets? See my first recipe, potato pancakes, here.

It’s hashbrowns for breakfast today or any meal will do.

Recipe:

Peel and grate 1 russet potato per person.

Heat about 2 tablespoons per potato of frying liquid in an appropriately sized pan. One potato fits in an 8 inch skillet or 2 potatoes fit in a 10 inch skillet. I used Ghee today and olive oil works too.

The oil needs to sizzle before adding the grated potato. Add all the potatoes at once. Flatten to a patty shape to fill the pan to about 1/2 inch depth.

Fry 3-4 minutes per side. Flip when the edges are brown. Do a peek under to ensure the entire patty is brown before flipping. We want a nice, crispy patty!

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I top with Penzey’s Seasoned Salt. And that’s the recipe! There are no leftovers because I make just what we can eat in one meal. Because, you know, the crispy patty turns to mushy patty in the frig.

Hope you enjoyed today’s installment of  The Adventures of Shirley’s Spuds!

Super Awesome Spud Maker Shirley

 

The Adventures of Shirley’s Spuds aka what’s for dinner

I do love a good potato. Baked, fried, hash browned, pancaked, twice baked, curried, boiled, YUM! They all have a place on my plate because they can be crispy and soft, mild flavored or boldly spiced. Would you like to join me as I share my spud secrets?

A good recipe takes some planning and cooking time. As a collective community, many of us are home bound and have the time now to explore in the kitchen. As a bonus, spuds are cheap. I just snagged a 10 pound bag of russets for $3.50.

I love crispy potatoes so decided on potato pancakes for my first recipe. Actually, I got the idea to share my spud secrets while I was making french fries a few nights ago. Yes, you can make french fries at home. They are so good piping hot out of the oven! I’ll feature those in an upcoming post. Now back to the potato pancakes recipe.

Recipe:

4 large russet potatoes, peeled and grated

1/2 cup grated onion

1 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

1-2 tablespoons all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Peel and grate the potatoes. I use a Kitchenaid stand mixer with the grater attachment. A box grater using the largest grate opening works too. Grate the onion using the same method.

Toss the grated mixture with 1 teaspoon salt.

Let the potatoes, onion and salt sit in a colander while you are preparing the rest of the dinner, about 15 minutes. The potatoes need to drain liquid so they fry with minimum grease spatter and turn crispy. Use a paper or clean linen towel to ring out the last remaining liquid and/or to speed up the draining process. Discard the drained liquid.

The drained mixture is next mixed with 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of flour and 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper. Add more or less flour depending on how wet the potato mixture is prior to adding the egg.

This photo shows the ingredients just prior to mixing the egg. Those 4 potatoes in the background will turn into baked potatoes today with homemade french onion dip, YUM. Now back to the current recipe…

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Now heat a large skillet with at least 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil or the fry oil of your choice. There will be 2 fry batches using my 11 inch skillet. So I want all the oil in the pan from the start to fry both batches.

Be patient and wait for the oil to sizzle. Test the oil by flinging a few droplets of water from your fingertips into the oil. If the droplets jump, then the pan is hot. The oil should be shimmering too.

Now drop about 1/3 cup portions into the hot oil and flatten. If a sizzle sound is not heard, the oil is not hot enough. So wait a few seconds before continuing adding to the pan. Leave space between the mounds, enough to reach under with a flipper. Flip when the edges start to brown. Do a peek under to ensure the entire patty is brown before flipping. We want a nice, crispy patty! It should be only a few minutes of cooking on each side if your oil is hot enough.

Work quick after addition to the pan starts. So have the rest of the meal ready or enlist your house mates to time the rest of the meal so you can enjoy the hot, crispy potato pancakes with your other dishes.

We enjoyed cilantro topped crispy tuna quinoa bites on lettuce wraps with the potato pancakes. I’ll share those in another post as some point. I did not take prep photos of that dish. But it might be something you would like to try. They are crispy and delicious too:)

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The second best part about this recipe is that there are leftovers. The recipe makes enough for 4 people. I pair the leftover pattys with fruit and tea for a quick breakfast. My tea blend lately is mint and fennel with a sparse portion of Thai basil since my basil stock is almost out.

Hope you enjoyed my first Adventures of Shirley’s Spuds!

Super Awesome Spud Maker Shirley

 

Ink, Stamp and Share Blog Hop Honey Bee

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Welcome to our Ink and Share Blog Hop featuring projects designed by fabulous Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrators. This month, we are featuring products from the Spring mini-catalog. If you are hopping around, you have arrived from Cindy’s blog and her fabulous project.

I have enrolled in a Beekeeper Program for 2020 and look forward to learning how to keep a hive happy. So I knew I was going to be adding the Honey Bee Bundle to my stash as quick as I could! I also have a stash of the coordinating Sale-A-Bration designer series paper too;)

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The little honeycombs that were cut using the die were attached to the upper left corner using a tiny dot of tombo green glue. Sponged crushed curry ink in a diagonal over the front to add depth.

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Please add a comment to let me know what you like about my honey bees design.

Thanks for stopping at my blog! Now click the next image to hop to Kate Bolt’s blog to see what fabulous project she designed.

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Here is a list of the participating demonstrators in case you hop off the trail.

Sandra Roberts

Laura Mackie

Sue McDonald

Cindy Mitchell-Clark

Shirley Merker YOU ARE HERE!

Kate Bolt

Rochelle Laird-Smith

Jo Blackman

Tricia Butts

Stacey Marsh

Gez Carpenter

Sue Allen

Kristie Meeker Wilson

If you do not already have a demonstrator, all the supplies used in my design can be ordered through my online store here . Please use the host code in the right column of my blog if your order is under $150. If it is over $150, do not use the host code so you can redeem all the host rewards.

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley