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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Filled Croissant

Hello Everyone!
If you're on facebook, you've probably seen some
of the videos with different recipes pop up.
I saw this idea and had to give it a try.
We have a group of friends from my husbands 
high school days that we get together with fairly often.
One of them lives a few hours away and came to visit
for the weekend, so I had the group over for brunch on 
Sunday.  I wanted to make something a little different,
so I decided to make these filled croissants.
This picture doesn't nearly do them justice,
I totally forgot to take pictures during the process or 
before we ate.  These are all that was left.
Here's how you make them.
Cut out the middle of the croissants and hollow it out
so there is room in the center, like a little boat.
Put them into a 350* oven on a cookie sheet lined with 
parchment paper for about 5 minutes
In a bowl mix together, eggs and whatever else you'd like
to fill them with.  I used Italian Sausage (cooked), green onion,
 chopped sauteed mushrooms, cheddar cheese and a little bit of chives.
When the croissants are done baking for the 5 minutes, they will
be golden and a little crispy.
Fill them with the egg mixture and bake for about 25 minutes until
the egg is set and cooked through.
These are delicious!
I served them with bacon, fresh fruit and sticky buns.
I'll tell you about those sticky buns in another post.
Everyone loved the breakfast and there weren't many 
leftovers.

I'm glad you stopped by today,
I hope you'll give these a try.
If you do, let me know what you put into them and
how you liked them.
Until next time,
Be creative in the kitchen!



Saturday, February 10, 2018

HB2U

Hey crafty people!
Today's card is another birthday card.
For this card I used the Whole Shebang
stamp set from CAS-UAL Friday Stamps
for the outside and inside sentiments.
I also used a piece of pink vellum and ran it
through the Cuttlebug in an embossing folder.
The embossing folder is a very old one and I can't find 
a link for it. Sorry!
Here is the sentiment on the inside of the card,
I love the sentiments in this stamp set.

Thanks for popping in today to see what I've been
 up to.  I hope you'll be back again soon.

Until then,
Happy crafting!



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see what the products are.
I didn't necessarily purchase from these sites,
except where specified,
and you may find better prices elsewhere,
I am in no way promoting any particular site.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Poppy

Hi blog friends!
It's been a while, I know. 
Things got so busy around the holidays and then
I kind of lost my mojo.
I also was doing a lot of purging and reorganizing around my
house and just didn't get to the crafting.
Haven't worked on my crafting room yet,
that will take me ages to get done.
Now I've gotten back into the groove a bit and I have
a birthday card that I created to show you.
We have a lot of birthdays and anniversaries in February,
so I started on some cards.
I made this card with one of my favorite stamps
I stamped it onto white card stock and colored it with 
colored pencils.
I trimmed it down and mounted it on a piece of 
metallic bronze card stock then onto a card base that
I had in my stash.  Those little dots are metallic gold
and the combination looks great together.
Inside I simply stamped this
I'm not sure who will receive this card,
but hopefully they will love it as much as I do.

Thanks for stopping by today,
stop again soon.
Until then,
enjoy being creative.



Note the links are only to give a reference so you can
see what the products are.
I didn't necessarily purchase from these sites,
except where specified,
and you may find better prices elsewhere,
I am in no way promoting any particular site.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Resolutions/Setting Goals.

Happy New Year!
I hope y'all had a wonderful holiday season,
I know I did.  And now here we are in 2018 and I'm planning
on it being a great year.
2017 wasn't a bad year for me, but I think 2018 is going to
be a better one.
I've not been happy with the way the world is lately,
but there isn't a lot I can do on a big scale about that.
I can, however, make a difference in the world around me and that
is what I intend to do.
In 2017 I set myself a goal to send out more cards for various
holidays and I did just that.  I made little gifts for my family
for Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween and of course
Christmas.  This year I plan to continue sending cards as often as
I can.
I also set some new goals for myself for 2018
1)  So far I've lost 77.1 pounds and I plan to lose the rest of what
I need to lose.  I'm thinking about 25 more pounds.
If you want to read about my weight loss, click on the link 
at the top of my home page.
2)  I will be kinder to myself.  We often, especially women, are not very 
nice to ourselves.  We put ourselves down, complain about how we do or 
don't do things, criticize ourselves and talk negative to and about ourselves.
We say things to and about ourselves that we would never say to another
person.  I'm going to change that, I'm going to be kinder to myself in 2018
3)  I'm going to be more creative, especially in my art journal.
I will learn new techniques and give them a try.
I will create in my art journal more, even if it's just to try
something new and different.
4) Declutter!  My friend, Mary, challenged a group of us to 
work on decluttering and reorganizing.  I have started already by 
cleaning out the last spaces in my kitchen that needed it.  A while ago
I went through my cupboards and reorganized everything, except the 
"junk cupboard" well, now it's done along with clearing the top of the fridge
and reorganizing the pantry, yet again.
I have been working on our bathroom storage, which includes under the sink,
the vanity drawers, the medicine chest, a small storage cabinet and 2 linen
closets.  It's a huge job and it's taking me a while, but it's getting done.
I'm about 75% done with that project now.  Just have to finish organizing the
linen closets and get everything back into them.
My motto this year will be
"Declutter it, trash it, donate it, share it, sell it!"
Did you make any resolutions or set any goals for 2018?

Sorry I haven't put up any creative posts recently,
I promise I'll post something in the not too distant future.
Thanks for checking in today.
Until next time,
Say something nice to yourself!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Sour Cream Packets

Hello blog friends.
Today I'm going to show you the 'sour cream packets'
I made for the stockings at my family Christmas party.
I made 28 of these.
I started out with a piece of card stock measuring
5"x5.5"
I made a packet and figured out where I wanted the window,
cut it out and then took the packet apart to use as a template.
I traced the window onto the back of each piece of
card stock.
I then used a straight edge and blade to cut the window out.
I wanted it in the lower part of the center.
I then added tape.  Along the bottom and the right side
I have ATG tape.  Along the top I used "score tape"
You can use any kind of strong adhesive for this, but the top
should be something that has a backing, like score tape,
as you won't want that to be stuck together too soon.
I then put strong adhesive around the window cut out
and adhered a piece of acetate to cover the window.
Next I rolled the card stock from the left to the right
and adhered it together into a tube shape.
Once that is done, the bottom could be pressed together
so the window is in the front.
I used a bone folder to press the end together
and be sure it's stuck together securely.
Now i had the sour cream packet with the top open.
Now was the time to fill the packets.
I filled mine with candied peanuts.
After the treats are inside, I removed  the
release paper from score tape on 
 the other end and press it together in the
opposite way of the the bottom.
I was careful to press it securely.
To be honest, I wish I had used a stapler and stapled 
each end, just to be safe.
Even with the strong adhesive, I was a little worried that 
they wouldn't hold, especially since they would be in 
the stockings. With food inside, I didn't want it to fall out
or have the ends opened.
They did okay in the end, but some of them were
starting to open.
This is how they looked when they were finished.
I like that I put the window in, so the treat inside could be seen.
They hold just enough for a nice little snack.
These could be used for any number of treats.
In most incidents I wouldn't put unwrapped food into 
these packet.  Especially anything for a kids birthday
party or for class mates.  I'd put wrapped candies
or some kind of little gift into them.
But for what I was using them for, they worked great.

Thanks for stopping by today,
come again soon.
If you'd like to see a video on making 
sour cream packets
check out this post
Pootles
is one of my favorites.
Her packets are a little different in size
and don't have the window, 
and are also much more elegant.
It's a great video, so go check it out.
Until next time,
try something new and different!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas Table Gifts

Hi all!
I hope you had a lovely Christmas.
I had a wonderful Christmas with my family.
I had dinner at my home with just my kids and
their significant others, so there were
6 of us here.
I know I've posted before that when I have a holiday
meal of some sort, I like to have some kind of little
gift or favor for my guests, and today was no different.
But today was actually more special, because it was Christmas
and I really wanted something special for each person.
I decided to make little ornaments for them all, including 
my hubby and myself.
I made these glittered ornaments and put a different
'symbol' on each one.
I wrote up a little note telling them why I chose that particular
symbol, rolled it up and put it in the loop at the top of the ornament 
Dave set the table for me and I added the little ornaments
 to each persons place setting.
On the fronts of the ornaments I put the vinyl cut out
of the symbol I chose for them.
This is the one for Dave.
Some of the meanings may be obvious, some may not
be so obvious. Dave's has a Celtic symbol with a heart
for our love, it has no beginning and no end.
On the back sides I put the year.
This is the one I made for myself, it's hard to see
but it has the infinity sign, one side has 2 hearts in it
the other says 'family'
The mother and child is what I chose for my daughter,
Kelsie, for obvious reasons, 
but not only is she my daughter,
she is also one of my best friends.
This symbol that means loyal was what I chose for 
Jason, Kelsie's boyfriend.  I see him as a very loyal
person.
My son, Jaryd, received one with the intertwined hearts,
showing his love for his fiance and his family.
Sara, Jaryd's fiance, has a Celtic anchor on hers,
this symbolizes her love for the water and her Irish 
heritage.
I think they all liked their ornaments and the notes
explaining what they meant to me.
It was a little simple gift that conveyed my love for
each of them.
Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope you'll stop in again soon.
You never know what you'll find on
Kristie Kreates.





Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

I'd just like to wish everyone
the Merriest of Christmas'
and a wonderful 
2018.
Today I'll be attending the
 Backstrom Family Christmas Party.
I always love this get together,
as I see some of my family that I don't 
see often.  This year, I have some games planned,
not only for the kids, but one for the adults too.
I think it will be a fabulous time for everyone.
Tomorrow will be a little different for us.
This is the first year that Dave and I will wake up 
alone at home. No children in the house this year.
But they will be over for dinner and presents.
This year we will have  
Kelsie and Jason, Jaryd and Sara
and Dave and Me here.
A nice quiet happy Christmas.
I hope you are having a wonderful and joyous
Christmas season.