Blessings Vinyl Wall Decal

Blessings Vinyl Wall Decal

 

 

Blessings Vinyl Wall Decal

Blessing Vinyl Wall Decal

 

Yesterday I took on a new challenge with my Cricut, I made my first wall decal, “Blessings Vinyl Wall Decal.”  

I am sorry I don’t have any picture instructions, it slipped my mind to take pictures of the process.  I did have some issues while doing this project, good thing it was just a trial run.  I actually was doing this as a practice before doing the main project I wanted the saying for.  My daughter-in-law had asked me to do her a wall hanging on wood for her dining room and the Blessings For the Food saying is what she wants on the 22″ X 28″ board.

So in experimenting with the vinyl I had for a wall decal I had to print it out on a 12″ X 24″ mat, so I had to first order some mats that size.  I used the standard grip mat, it might have been too sticky for the vinyl I used, but I have had problems with this vinyl before, so I am not really sure it if was the mat or the vinyl.  I have to be honest, I bought this vinyl at Hobby Lobby, I love Hobby Lobby but I won’t buy their Paper Studio vinyl again, I have had problems with cutting it and in this case I had problems getting the backing to peel off of the mat and like I said it could have been because the mat was too sticky.

Once I got the whole saying removed from the mat I proceeded to cut the words apart from the 12 X 24″ printed piece.  I am still learning so I am sure there is a process where the words might all print in the exact order of the saying, but I have of yet figured that out and at this point it really worked okay doing it the way I did.

One thing you have to make sure when working with placing the wall decal on the wall is rubbing it on there really well with a scraper so that the letters/words adhere to the wall and release from the transfer paper.  I did use just plain contact paper for my transfer paper, there is transfer paper made specifically for working with vinyl but contact paper is cheaper and does work really well, I have used it in a few different projects.  

As I get more experienced at the whole Cricut/Vinyl process I will post some tips on how to use the vinyl.  Don’t be afraid to step out and take the challenge of a wall decal, they really aren’t that difficult and there are just so many, “How to do,” tutorials out there, just such a sweet way to decorate or put a message out to others.

I hope my “Blessings Vinyl Wall Decal” encouraged you to make a wall decal for yourself.

 

 

 




Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Cards

Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Cards

 

Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Cards

Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Cards

 

 

I made a couple of these cards for my son & grandson’s birthdays, I just thought they were so unique, I just had to make more of these “Amazing Fun Pop-Up Cards.”  

You can make these cards in any colors and designs that you want, that is what is so unique about them.  Here are the other 2 cards I made to just give you an example of what you can do with them.

 

 

Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Cards

Pop-Up-Box Cards”

 

 

So let’s get started on a little how to for these “Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Cards.”  I made the pop-up pieces using the Design Space on my Cricut and then I followed a youtube tutorial for the construction of the pop-up box card.  Cutting my pieces in accordance to the measurements for using with a standard size envelope.  The picture below shows the measurements for each of the pieces you will need:

  • 1 piece at 9 1/4″ X 5 1/2″
  • 1 piece at 3 3/4″ X 2″
  • 2 pieces at 5 1/4″ X 2″ (1 of these should be white for writing a message on)
  • 3 pieces at 2 3/4″ X 2″
  • 6 pieces at 2 3/8″ X 2 (may make these of 2 different color or designs)

 

 

Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Cards

Paper Measurements

 

 

Once you have those cut it is time to go on and score the pieces for forming the box part of the card.  I purchase myself a scoring board which sure is a nifty item, works great for scoring my pieces right at the needed markings.   You will need to score the 9 1/4″ X 5 1/2″ piece on the long side at 2 1/8″, 4 1/4″, 6 3/8″ & 8 1/2,” then turn to the short end and score at 2 1/2″.  Then take the 3 3/4″ X 2″ and score on long side at 3/4″ and 3″, turn and score at the middle, fold each end that was score into a zig zap shape. Once your pieces are scored it is time to cut your large piece so that it will form your box, cut it up on the 2 1/2″ score line on the larger piece. Cut off the extra tab and trim off corner of tab for a nice clean edge, and then you will see your box start to take form.  

Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Card

Martha Stewart Score     Board                                                                                                                                                      

Scored Cardstock

Cut piece for box card

Box taking form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that we have those pieces scored and cut it is time to place the other pieces into their perspective spots.  I am going to post the pictures of my pieces but the best way to see how to do this is to follow this great youtube of how to make the “Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Cards”.  I would try to explain all these steps but I am really a visual person and it is just easier to watch a demonstration then have to explain it.  To secure my pieces into place I used Craft Easy-Tear Tape that I purchased at Micheals Craft Store.  

 

 

Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Card

Easy Tear Tape 

5 1/2″ & 2″ panel pieces

Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Card

2 3/4″ X 2″ panel

2 3/8″ X 2″ panel

Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Card

Folded Card with Write on Panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know this isn’t a complete tutorial on how to make this card but it is an introductory to perk your interest, if you go to the youtube that I have put the link to you will see the full instructions and also see how “Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Cards” are to make.

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Pop-Up Box Card

Happy Birthday Pop-Up Box Card

 

 

I hope you enjoyed learning how to make the “Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Cards”.  Make sure to pick up a scoring board to make this diy a smooth easy project.  

 

 




My Delicious Deviled Eggs

My Delicious Deviled Eggs

 

 

My Delicious Boiled Eggs

My Delicious Boiled Eggs

 

 

Whenever there is a potluck at our church I have a request to bring my “My Delicious Deviled Eggs.”  

I have had request for how I make my “My Deviled Eggs,” because people say they are so very good.  The thing is they are just so easy and low cost to make for a good side dish for any gathering.  The other thing about the “My Delicious Deviled Eggs,” is that they are a very low-carbohydrate food, they make for a quick easy grab snack when on the low-carbohydrate eating plan. 

So let’s get started here on my how-to-make the “My Delicious Deviled Eggs.”

Ingedients:

  • Eggs, boiled, cooled & peeled.
  • Mayonaise/Salad Dressing
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Sugar
  • Paprika

Normally when I am making my deviled eggs, I start by boiling my eggs for 10 minutes, then drain the water off, bounce them up and down in the kettle to crack the shell and then run cold water over them and let them set in the pan until cooled.  I found a new trick, after all these years of making deviled eggs I finally found out how to get the shell to just slide off.  Some times your eggs aren’t really fresh and it can be so frustrating getting the shell to come of neatly.  Just recently I decided to search for a way that might help with peeling the eggs and here is the trick:  Baking soda in the water.  This really worked well, so much easier and the outer white of the shell looked so nice.

 

My Delicious Deviled Eggs

Peeled Eggs

My Delicious Deviled Eggs

Halved Eggs

My Delicious Deviled Eggs

Processed Eggs Yolks

 

 

 

 

 

After cooling the eggs, I peel all of them, slice them in half lengthwise put the yolks in a processor and chop them finely.

Before I go on here I will share a little Deviled Egg story.  Back in the late 80s to 1994 I worked at a bible college in Southern Wisconsin, where I was a Salad Cook for a few of my years working there, I would boil up 250 eggs at a time, I remember one time where we were on our lunch break and I forgot about my eggs boiling on the stove, do you know what burnt eggs smell like, burnt sulfur, NASTY!!!  And I just have to say peeling 250 eggs at a time wasn’t always a fun job, wish I would have known about the “baking soda” trick.

My Delicious Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs

 

 

 

 

 

Say you boiled 10 eggs, processed the yolks, now you are ready to add the mayonaise/salad dressing, I always use Miracle Whip, mix in 1/4 cup, you may need a little more, depends on what consistency you would like, then a dash of salt, pepper to taste and 1/2 tablespoon of sugar, mix it all up really well and you are ready to fill your half eggs.  

 

My Delicious Deviled Eggs

Filling Egg Yolks

 

 

 

 

 

If you don’t care how fancy the eggs look you can use a teaspoon to fill the half whites, in this case I used a pastry bag and tip, a large tip.  I place a rubber band around the pastry bag that is over the tip just to keep the mixture from going down the sides of the tip inside the bag.   I also sprinkled just a touch of paprika on the top.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

 

So the next time you need a quick easy side dish for any occasion I know “My Delicious Deviled Eggs” will be a hit.

My Delicious Boiled Eggs

My Delicious Boiled Eggs




Homemade Dumplings On Beef Stew

Homemade Dumplings On Beef Stew

 

Homemade Dumplings On Beef Stew

Dumplings & Beef Stew

 

On days when the weather is blustery and cold a good hot meal is just the food to hit the spot.  Homemade Dumplings On Beef Stew was so good on this cold day. 

I try to be very frugal with all the meat I have and so I had thawed out a good sized Chuck Roast, cut it in half and roasted up one half on Sunday morning and used the other half for stew meat.  I always start my stew by searing my meat with some meat tenderizer and pepper, once it is browned I add some browning sauce and beef bouillon, cover the dutch over and place it in the over for around 90 minutes on 250 degrees, it ends up pretty tender.  

Then about I add in all my vegetable ingredients:

  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Green Pepper

Homemade Dumplings On Beef Stew

Ingredients for Beef Stew

 

I don’t really follow any recipe I just add what I feel like, same with the seasonings, I always add bay leaf, salt & pepper.  Let it cook for at least 30 minutes.  Near the time the stew should be done I mix up my dumplings, I always use the Betty Crocker Dumpling Recipe, have used it for nearly 46 years, of course I get this recipe from my 46 year old Betty Crocker Recipe Book, old faithful!!

Making Homemade Dumplings is really easy and so good when on the beef stew.  Start by mixing all the dry ingredients, then add in the shortening & next step is to cut the shortening in with a pastry cutter.

Homemade Dumplings On Beef Stew

Adding in Dry Ingredients

Homemade Dumplings On Beef Stew

Cutting in the Shortening

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next step is to add the mil and mix it up, I always mix it up with a fork, seems to get the ingredients mixed in really well.

 

 

Homemade Dumplings On Beef Stew

Adding Milk to Dry Ingredients

Homemade Dumplings On Beef Stew

Mixing Dumplings Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that your stew is done cooking it is time to thicken it up.  I normally thicken it with cornstarch.  Once the stew is thicken it is time to add the dumplings.  Forgive me but I don’t have a picture of the dumplings being added to the stew or once it is all done, I was having one of those “everything was going wrong days,” and all my pictures disappeared off my camera, I had to do a recovery program on my SD card, that can be another post on another day.  Here is the photos of the beef stew once completed, thus giving us Homemade Dumplings On Beef Stew.

 

 

Homemade Dumplings On Beef Stew

Beef Stew ready for the dumplings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you try out this recipe for “Homemade Dumplings On Beef Stew,” I know you will find it to be delicious!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Issac Didn’t Have A Rebellious Spirit

Issac Didn’t Have A Rebellious Spirit

 

 

Issac Didn't Have a Rebellious Spirit

Obey the Word of God

 

 

 

Last week in Sunday School my husband made reference to how Abraham obeyed the Lord with no questions when he was commanded to take Issac up to the mount and use him as a sacrifice.  I read through the rest of the chapter and I realized how Issac didn’t have a rebellious spirit!  

Think about this when you read Genesis 22.  On the third day Abraham saw the mountain where he was to sacrifice Issac and then Issac said: Verse 7,  And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? Verse 8, And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

 

Issac Didn't Have A Rebellious Spirit

Abraham and Issac going up the mountain

 

 

 

Don’t you think that Issac might have wondered who that sacrifice was going to be, yet he was obedient to his father and just went on with him, trudging up the mountain.  I think about when you go shopping these days and you see kids throwing fits and having an attitude because they can’t have their way. 

And then Abraham and Issac arrive at the place of preparing the sacrifice, Verse 9, And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.  

I don’t think that Issac was throwing a tantrum and fighting his father, he surely had to be frightened or maybe he wasn’t because he had been raised in a home where he saw his father’s obedience to the Lord and just accepted this is how things are.  I know when our children were growing up, when it came to Sunday there were no questions asked if we were going to church, they knew that is just want we did and were expected to be ready to go.

My other observation is how many times in these days do we have adults not being able to deal with situations in their life because they had went through rough times as a child and so because of it they blame others for their useless life.  I have heard from different ones, “But you don’t know what I have went through, you don’t know how my life has been?”  People use pass experiences and happenings to dictate their life, to control them to direct how their life is.  

But here we have Issac who didn’t use what had went on in his life dictate how he obeyed the Lord, Issac didn’t have a rebellious spirit, he chose to do what the Lord asked of him and because of his obedience Issac has a very fine lineage.  What is our life going to bring, will our lineage be one of proof of how we lived our life for the Lord?