Food Friday: Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I bake a lot of cookies, but usually only one or two varieties each month. Peter knows where the cookies are kept, and I’ve seen him perched on the counter getting to them. They’re not forbidden, but sometimes I’m not prepared with his after-school snack
as he bursts through the back door, ravenous (they eat lunch at 11:15!). “What’s in the hot seat?” he’ll shout, and start rummaging through the cabinets. I don’t know where he heard that expression, but it makes me laugh when he refers to the cookie jar that way.

The hot seat, with a more healthful snack behind it.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are my husband’s favorite, and as with other favorites, I’ve tried several different recipes in search of the perfect one. You’d think a name like “best ever” would be a winner, right? Not really. So although I pin lots of cookie (and other) recipes, only the ones that earn a thumbs-up mark of approval get saved to My Recipe Box, a private Pinterest board.

But I think this is indeed the perfect cookie. I’d expect it to be, as it’s right off the Quaker Oats container! I double the recipe in my stand mixer until I’m ready to the add the six cups of oats; even the mighty KitchenAid struggles with that and the bowl is really not big enough, so I use a giant stainless steel bowl (one of the best things I ever bought for the kitchen, decades ago) and muscle my way through it.

These cookies live up to their name. I baked 110 of these to last the entire month — hah!

I always bake on parchment paper, but I never enjoyed measuring and trimming and uncurling the paper from the roll to prep the pans. A few years ago I decided that the amount of baking I do justified the expense of buying pre-cut sheets, which are useful for more than just baking, as it turns out, like keeping kitchen science experiments under control. This is what I bought, which should last me until I hang up my kitchen apron for good!

And just who will be stocking the hot seat then, I wonder?

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Just Because I’m Thinking of You

Easily overlooked in the Stampin’ Up! catalogs, I think, are the “Just for Hosts” stamp sets at the back. You can only get these when you qualify as a host, that is, when your order is at least $150 in product (before S/H and tax). A host set is “purchased” with Stampin’ Rewards, the product credit you earn based on your product total.

Read more about the benefits of being a host here, and note the extra benefits during Sale-A-Bration!

I’ve really enjoyed playing with Just Because, a host set from the Stampin’ Up! 2019 Occasions Catalog.

The images in this host set are much bigger than they appear on page 54. I know it actually says there that the images shown are at 50%, but until I saw the stamps in person I didn’t really understand!

Just Because | The images in this host-only set are much bigger than they appear in the 2019 Occasions Catalog!  They are beautiful for coloring with your choice of medium.  Please click to read more! | Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

I sent this card — flat, #SimpleStamping (but not necessarily quick) — to someone whose daughter is very ill. I also sent this prayer, which I found in the final days when my older sister was dying of cancer:

Watch, O Lord,
with those who wake,
or watch,
or weep tonight,
and give Your angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend Your sick ones, O Lord Christ.
Rest Your weary ones.
Bless Your dying ones.
Soothe Your suffering ones.
Pity Your afflicted ones.
Shield Your joyous ones.
And all for Your love’s sake.
Amen

You may also be interested in this prayer set to music by Marty Haugen,

Peace.

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A Country Floral birthday for Bayley

Twenty-five years ago today a new granddaughter entered my world and changed me forever!  Bayley was the light of my life during a sad time after my father died.  I don’t believe in love at first sight, but I was certainly immediately infatuated!

When her brother was born, Bayley spent a few days at our house.  Grandpa was washing windows, and Bayley always needed to be where the action was.  I love this picture of the two of them.

She was always talking and was so fun to be with – and still is!  While I worked in the office, she worked at her drop-down desk, drawing pictures of her favorite stuffed animal, Puffy.  Now that “creation station” is used by Peter.

I made this birthday card for her, using the wonderful Country Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (on the envelope flap, too).  It’s free during Sale-A-Bration, but the good news is that it will appear in the Stampin’ Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog beginning June 4.  That’s great news for me!

Country Floral | This folder creates deep and stunning embossing.  Gorgeous on its own, when the embossed areas are tinted, it's amazing!  Please click to read more! | Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

I colored the embossed areas of the white panel using a Sponge Dauber and ink pad.  The sponge tip is bigger than some of the embossing, so the colors may be “outside of the lines,” but who said art is perfect?

Country Floral | This folder creates deep and stunning embossing.  Gorgeous on its own, when the embossed areas are tinted, it's amazing!  Please click to read more! | Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

A very cool effect of coloring this deep embossing is that different areas catch the ink differently.  I only used two colors on this panel, but it looks like more, doesn’t it?

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Setting creative boundaries

Sometimes when I’m working (or working out), I listen to podcasts.  Recently, I listened to an episode of “The Accidental Creative” that made such an impression on me, I wrote about it in yesterday’s Heartfelt Inkspiration newsletter.

The idea is that setting limits when you are creating something actually channels your energy.  Instead of being all over the map (or work table) with lots of different supplies, focus on one thing.  Or, eliminate a favorite item that you can’t seem to put down.

The other night, in cutting card kits for this month’s camps, I ended up with several dozen Basic Gray ovals.  There it was, my one thing!

Jar of Love | I created this note card by starting with just the Basic Gray oval.  Limiting the supplies you use enables you focus your energy.  Please click to read more! | Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

I needed to make a bunch of note cards for stampers who had earned a free stamp set through Burgin Bucks, and I chose Jar of Love as my stamp set.  Even though you probably wouldn’t classify this as a #SimpleStamping card, it did prove to me that starting with one idea and seeing it through (even if it ended up in the recycle bin) was an effective creative strategy!

Jar of Love | I created this note card by starting with just the Basic Gray oval.  Limiting the supplies you use enables you focus your energy.  Please click to read more! | Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

BTW, I send these note cards without a greeting inside and with an envelope so the recipient can “pass it on” and be a blessing to someone else.  I always have packages of note cards stocked in my studio!

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Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' Pad
Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin’ Pad
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Nine Lives happy birthday

Our neighbor loves her cat – well, all the cats she’s lived with through her life.  Currently Merrigold resides with her.  She doesn’t look like this cat, but our neighbor was thrilled anyway with this birthday card.

Nine Lives | How fun that this reasonably priced stamp set (17 photopolymer stamps!) can create three different varieties of cats!  It's simple to line up the two-step images, and even easier with the Stamparatus. | Please click to read more! | Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

Nine Lives, from the Stampin’ Up! 2019 Occasions Catalog, is a set with several two-step stamping images.  The photopolymer stamps make this easy, but the Stamparatus makes it super easy!  You might not think that would be true, but aligning the stamps before they’re inked up takes a lot of the pressure off!

Nine Lives | How fun that this reasonably priced stamp set (17 photopolymer stamps!) can create three different varieties of cats!  It's simple to line up the two-step images, and even easier with the Stamparatus. | Please click to read more! | Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

Do you see that little ruffled border at the bottom of the note card?  It’s a die from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits set, also from the Occasions Catalog.  Stampers in February used it to create a sweet detail on the envelope flap!

So here’s to creating tabbies or tigers by the dozen in all sorts of color variations!  And happy birthday, Melba!

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Tea Together for an anniversary

Last weekend was an anniversary in our family.  Planning ahead, I designed this February camp card for the event:

Tea Together | I'm so glad I watercolored this beautiful image -- I had forgotten how much I love the flowing colors!  Please click to read more! | Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

I didn’t realize my photo was so poor, but the card went in the mail days ago so of course it’s too late to try again.

Tea Together | I'm so glad I watercolored this beautiful image -- I had forgotten how much I love the flowing colors!  Please click to read more! | Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

For a change, we watercolored these images, with ink refills and Aqua Painters.  Heat embossing the image makes it less likely you’ll “color outside the lines,” if it matters.

I use a multi-welled palette (like this one) for the drops of ink refills so I can dilute them.  Here we used three colors, so I put a drop of each color in three wells spaced around the palette.  Next to each one of those wells, I dripped several drops of water.  Then I picked up the tiniest bit of refill and mixed it into the water, repeating until it was the desired intensity.

Another tip:  clean your Aqua Painter by squeezing water onto a cotton round (used to remove makeup) or square of paper towel instead of the Grid Paper, which makes it messy and wrinkly.

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Concerns and opportunities

Yikes.  Only about three more weeks left of Sale-A-Bration.  So much anticipation and preparation!  So much fun!  I have more ideas using SAB products than I have time to create and share.  Insert sad face.

And I have some serious concerns.  Yesterday Stampin’ Up! announced that the Hop Around Framelits Dies (#150073) from the Sale-A-Bration Coordination promotion have already sold out.  We’ve been told repeatedly that the SAB products are available only while they last, but it’s still disappointing to see something – a fabulous product! – sell out in only a few days. 

So my advice is to evaluate your Sale-A-Bration wish list and do not delay.  If it’s important to you, get it now.  Club members, you have the Host Code for your club order this month; use it in an online order so your hostess gets credit.

On the happier side, something that will absolutely not go away until the end of the month is the opportunity to sign up as a demonstrator during this extraordinary promotion. Until the end of March, you can get $175 worth of products – anything! – for just $99.  Or, for just $30 more you will get the Craft & Carry Tote that you may have seen me use.

Signing up doesn’t mean you need to build a business, or hold events, or teach classes.  You can just enjoy the discount, as long as you stay active with $300 in purchases/sales per quarter.  Perhaps you can make and sell cards or do custom work for local businesses.  Or maybe you’d like to sell, but strictly online.  There’s lots of flexibility for you, and many other benefits as a demonstrator; we can talk more if you want to hear them. (You can also find information here!)

I’m not quitting or abandoning you; I just want to make sure you know of this amazing opportunity and can make an informed and deliberate decision about it.

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A Well Written Birthday

The birthday card production continues!   Here I used the Well Said bundle from the Stampin’ Up! 2019 Occasions Catalog – something that was not on my first or second wish list for this seasonal catalog!  But, oh, the possibilities with all those words!

Well Said | Well Written Framelits | Don't overlook the "filler" dies in a set.  I wouldn't have expected these lovely stems in a set of mostly words!  Please click to read more! | Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

The non-word dies are so interesting in this Framelits set.  I love when Stampin’ Up! gives us duplicates dies (especially the tiny ones) so I don’t have to cut so many separately.  I colored some little pearls with a Stampin’ Blend marker to add to each flower.

Well Said | Well Written Framelits | Don't overlook the "filler" dies in a set.  I wouldn't have expected these lovely stems in a set of mostly words!  Please click to read more! | Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

You couldn’t possibly think I used tiny dots of glue to adhere these stems and word, did you? Although I love my Multipurpose Liquid Glue (it’s my adhesive of choice for most everything), using the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets makes quick work of these delicate die cuts. I was late to see the benefits of this product (see “Importance of Reading Directions”), but I am a convert!

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A Painted Seasons Birthday

As so often happens, a card I have pinned from another stamper becomes inspiration for something quite different.  That’s what happened with this birthday card from Sunday afternoon’s fun with Painted Seasons.

Painted Seasons | This Eclectic Layers Thinlits die provides the perfect lattice-like effect for these beautiful flowers.  Please click to read more! | Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

I haven’t used this die from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits set for some time, but it’s excellent!  It’s most impressive when its panel is raised on Dimensionals.  Now, before you panic at the thought of affixing tiny little pieces, know that much of the “lifting” of that pierced area is done under the flowers.  So be sure to flat adhere them before you apply the white panel to the card front.

Painted Seasons | This Eclectic Layers Thinlits die provides the perfect lattice-like effect for these beautiful flowers.  Please click to read more! | Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

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Painted Seasons for a friend

After a church supper with Peter and a neighbor, then a sleepover at our house and church in the morning, I was glad to have a quiet afternoon to myself in the studio to begin finalizing my March stamp camp projects.  (For a few hours, anyway, until my other stepson arrived from Colorado and the fun began.)

Also on my March to-do list (that I’ve been maintaining in Google Keep) was a bunch of birthday and anniversary cards, a special 100th birthday greeting, and several Burgin Bucks note cards.  When a customer has earned a free stamp set, I typically send the coupon with a blank card and envelope that she can use.

Painted Seasons | What a delight this stamp set is!  The Distinktive stamps provide amazing detail and shading.  Please click for more details. | Stampin' Up! | HeartfeltInkspiration.com | Debra Burgin

This card may not strictly follow #simplestamping guidelines – I chose a die cut sentiment rather than one that was stamped – but, it’s still easy.  I made several to send and some to have in reserve.

This Sale-A-Bration second release bundle makes me happy!  The Distinktive stamps have a special texture that gives added depth and dimension in a single step.  I love this flower, especially.

Don’t miss out on this freebie with $100 in product purchase — only while supplies last! You can see the details of the second release products in this pdf brochure.

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