Paper Pumpkin is for Family

Looking for fun projects the kids can do on their own or with minimal help from you? Paper Pumpkin is your answer! Kits are appropriate for all ages from early elementary school kids to working adults needing a little fun break to retired folks that are young at heart.

Paper Pumpkin is a paper crafting kit that is delivered directly to your mailbox. Give the kids the task of picking up the mail. They will be pleasantly surprised to find a box waiting for them towards the end of the third week of the month.

The April kit is focused around the idea of making connections with family. Watch the short video and keep your eyes peeled for a sneak peek of the design.

Here is the video for the March kit showing assembly in fast motion.

The project design is always a secret to help with the fun surprise. But, they have been giving clues as to what is in the box lately. So we know the April kit will be greeting card designs.

FAQ’s: Your first box comes with a clear acrylic block to mount the stamps on. Reuse the block with future kits so don’t throw it out! Boxes start shipping on the 11th of each month. So you have until the 10th of each month to order subscriptions or skip a month in your subscription. The deadline to sign up to receive the April kit is April 10th.

Here are the subscription prices. Purchase the 12 month option for the lowest price of about $22 per box, depending on the tax in your area.

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Sign Me Out! Purchase subscriptions through my online store by clicking here or click the Shop Now button in the upper right corner. Make sure my name is located in the upper right corner of the online store to make sure I get the credit for your purchase. You will get an email with further sign up instructions including a promo code which is linked to your purchase.

Please use host code 94ZSGFHQ if your purchase is under $150. If it’s over $150, do not use a host code so you can spend all the host rewards. A 12 month subscription earns $22 in host rewards. Redeem the host rewards for a 1 month subscription to make a lucky 13 month subscription.

Please share this post with others that might like an affordable perk-me-up in their snail mailbox too! Thank you for sharing!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Monday Meals Curry Soup

It’s getting to be the end of soup season for me. As the temperatures warm, more cold salads make their way on my plate. Both are quick options with basic ingredients and spice blends on hand. Today’s Monday Meal is Sweet Curry Soup with wild rice, dried mushrooms and friend egg. It is oh so good!


The Recipe:

1 tablespoon ghee, heat in saucepan

1 teaspoons Penzey’s Sweet Curry and 1/2 tsp Penzey’s Turmeric, add to hot ghee

let ghee and spices heat for up to 1 minute, letting the spices turn a deeper color

add 2 cups of veggie stock (I have 1 jar left in the freezer made with summer 2019 garden vegetables, another queue that switching to salads is coming up quick)

add leftover cooked wild rice, about 1/2 cup

add about 2 tablespoons of Penzey’s Minced Onion, a great pantry staple

add about 1/2 cup of dried mushrooms, from the Asian grocery, another great pantry staple

add 1/8 teaspoon coarse Pink Himalayan salt

mince fresh cilantro and place in serving bowl

in a separate saute pan, heat about 1 tablespoon of ghee and fry a scrambled egg

The soup should be heated by the time the egg is fried. So ladle hot soup into bowl while egg is frying. Slice fried egg in pan and add to soup bowl. Serve with bread to sop every last bit of spice goodness from the bowl.

This makes enough for a generous bowl of soup depending on how much rice, mushroom and onion are added. I’ll be having the leftovers for lunch with a radish salad and kombucha today.

What are you having for lunch?

Super Awesome Soup Maker 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.


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!


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


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

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.


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