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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Vegan Lasagna

Hi All!
Today I have something a little different for you.
Vegan Lasagna!
One of the guys in my son's wedding party and his girlfriend
are vegan and since I will be doing the rehearsal party, 
I wanted to see what I could make that they would be able 
to eat.  I talked to Sara, Jaryd's fiance, and she said they
like lasagna and they make their "ricotta" with cashews.
I researched it on the internet and found a recipe for the
ricotta and decided to give it a try.
It was really quite simple.
I took raw cashews, soaked them for a couple hours.
after draining off the excess water, they went into the 
food processor.  I added some garlic cloves and other 
seasoning including nutritional yeast,
then gave it a good whirl.
I was surprised at how tasty it was.
The texture was not quite as creamy as ricotta, but 
worked nicely in the lasagna.
I didn't want to use pasta and love to use zucchini instead,
so that's what I did, no gluten in this baby.
I forgot to take a picture before I added more layers,
but you can see that ricotta, it's a beige color.
I did get some vegan mozzarella, so that went in too.
More zucchini and sauce and it was ready for the oven.
I filled this with lots of veggies, broccoli, cauliflower, 
mushrooms and the zucchini.
I should have kept some of the mozzarella for the top,
but there wasn't a lot of it.
Okay, I know, this doesn't look all that pretty.
Would have looked better if I had let it sit for a little
longer before serving it. Once it was cooled, it sure 
did cut and serve better.
How did it taste?
FABULOUS!
We both absolutely loved it.
What would I do differently?
I probably wouldn't use the vegan mozzarella at all.
I didn't think it added much flavor to the dish, the
various veggies, the cashew ricotta and the sauce were
plenty of flavor.
The other evening, I made some more of the cashew
ricotta from the left over cashews and made
some zucchini roll ups with it.
This time they weren't vegan, I use real mozzarella
along with the ricotta and rolled it up in
slices of zucchini added some sauce and it was delicious.

Here's the funny part. 
After all that research and trying out this 
vegan dish, I was talking to the kids and they
want to have a taco bar for the rehearsal dinner.
I don't need the vegan lasagna now,
but I'm glad I learned how to make it and 
we really did love it.
If I need a dairy free dish, I'll be able to make it.
Now to find a vegan taco filling and dessert.

I hope you have enjoyed hearing about my adventures
in vegan cooking.  I'll let you know how the tacos and 
dessert go.
Thanks for stopping in, come again soon,
you never know what you'll find on 
Kristie Kreates!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Dream

Hi all!
Is it spring like in your area yet?
Here in Western NY, as of the time I'm writing 
this post, we are just coming through an ice storm.
Luckily it wasn't as bad as they predicted, but still,
it's mid April, it should be more spring than winter.
This is what it looks like outside my kitchen window right now.
That isn't even really snow, it's frozen over ice pellets. 
At least it isn't solid ice, right?!?!
So, today I'm going to bring something bright, cheerful 
and springy to my blog.
I wanted to try out the water color markers that
I picked up a while ago.
I bought an inexpensive set at 
Michael's that were on sale.
I believe they are Artist Loft.
I've seen several videos recently
using markers, so thought I'd give it a try.
I stamped the image onto watercolor paper with
Using the MISTI is a great help, because the 
watercolor paper has texture and is more difficult
to get a clear crisp image.  With the MISTI I could 
stamp it as many times as needed, with no problem.
I found the I really enjoyed coloring with these 
markers, they blended nicely using an aqua pen.
This is the sentiment I stamped on the inside of the card.

I love how this card turned out and I'll
definitely be using those watercolor marker 
again soon.

Things have been a little hectic around here lately,
I'm working on designing and making the 
invitations for my son's wedding,
so forgive me if I don't get things posted 
as often as I like to.
I'll try to give y'all a sneak peak of what I'm
working with for the invitations soon.

Thanks for spending some time with me,
I hope to 'see' you again soon.
Until then,
try something new!




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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Easter Favors

Hi blog friends!
I know I'm late with an Easter post, but I wanted to share 
with you the favors I made for my Easter guests.
As usual, I decided pretty last minute that I would 
make something for each place setting.
I don't know why I do this, I know I like to have something
for my guests, but always decide to make it at the last minute.
A couple days before Easter I picked up some things for 
the favors and the day before I decided that I would make
little tags to go on the bags.
I did a few different designs, all stamps from my stash
from when I was on a few design teams.
I've been playing with ink lately and making
background sheets to use when I need them.
This was what was left after I made the tags.
I used alcohol inks on some glossy paper
and I love the results.
Each goodie bag had a little package of 
chocolate chip cookies, some orange chocolate
sponge candy, and a few Reese's cups and Cadbury mini eggs.
Here they are all ready to go on the table.
This one is made with 
This one is 
This one is
There were 3 of the guys that love hot sauce
and since we had ham and they love it on ham,
I thought it would be the perfect little favor for them.
All the images were stamped with VersaFine, Onyx Black ink
colored with colored pencils, fussy cut, then adhered to the back
ground piece.
The sentiment is from a set that I got on clearance, 
because it had no outer wrapping, so I have no idea what
company it is from.
This is what each place setting looked like.
We had a wonderful Easter and I hope you did too.
Like I said, I know it's late for an Easter post,
but this kind of favor can be done for any 
dinner or event, it can be pulled together 
very quickly.
You don't have to stamp, color and fussy cut
everything.  You can just as easily, stamp a sentiment,
trim it down and put it on a little goodie bag, candy bar
or whatever you like.
I love doing this for my guests.

Thanks for stopping in today,
I hope you'll pop in again soon.
Until then,
create something beautiful.



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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Unicorn Envelope

Hi everyone! 
Have you ever been out shopping and see something
that you know you just have to pick up and send to a friend
or family member?
That's what happened one day when I was browsing around
in Michael's.
I found the cutest stickers that had unicorns,
I had to get them for my little God Daughter, Andrea.
She absolutely is all about unicorns, I guess at 6 yrs old
that is pretty normal.
My problem was that I didn't have an envelope that they would
fit into.  I wanted to send them to her rather than wait until
I saw her again.  Doesn't everyone love to get mail?
So I made an envelope to fit them.
I have a pad of paper that I picked up at Hallo's, 
which is a paper store in Brunswick, Ohio.
They have all kinds and sizes of paper and this pad 
is large, sturdy paper.
I made the envelope and stamped and heat embossed 
images all over it, leaving space for the address, return
address and stamps.
I think it turned out pretty cute and I'm sure she'll 
love getting this in the mail.
I had a lot of fun making this for Andrea.
Have you ever decorated any envelopes?
I love doing it, but don't do it all that often,
need to take the time to decorate them more.
How fun to get something pretty in the mail?!?!
Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope you'll give mail art a try,
if you need some ideas, a great place to get 
inspiration is from
Kristina Werner,
she does a mail art video every month.
Kristina is one of my favorite artists,
check her out, you won't be disappointed, 
she does beautiful cards too.
Until next time,
give mail art a try!



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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Somebunny Loves You

Hi All!
I'm here with a couple more Easter cards for you.
These cards could actually be used in other ways, 
by just putting a different sentiment inside.
I think they'd make great encouragement cards.
I stamped "Daydreaming Bunny" onto white card stock 
and colored him with colored pencils, then fussy cut him.
I adhered him to the card front with an Action Wobble.
The background papers are from my scrap stash.
Here is my other one, done with different colors and 
papers. The sentiment is "Some bunny"
Inside I stamped a simple Happy Easter.
Both cards are a kraft card stock base.

I hope these cards bring a smile to those who receive them.
Hope you like them too,
thanks for stopping in today.
See you again soon,
until then,
don't eat too much chocolate!




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Friday, March 30, 2018

Cross with Flowers

Hello Everyone!
Here are a couple more Easter cards I made.
These are both one layer cards.
I stamped 
onto white card stock and colored them
with colored pencils.
I did color the background very lightly with 
blue as the white was a little to stark.
This toned it down just the right amount.
They were simply adhered to a blue card base
and Happy Easter was stamped inside.

Thanks for stopping in today,
I hope you've been enjoying this
Easter card series.
Until next time,
color something beautiful.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Dorky Bird

Hi crafty friends!
Back again with a couple Easter cards.
These cards are a little different than the
average Easter card.
I guess the only thing that makes them 
Easter is the inside.
I love this Dorky Bird and thought it would
be cute to use for Easter cards.
I stamped, colored and fussy cut it, then
adhered it to the card with an Action Wobble
I think the Action Wobble makes it look like she is
waving. 
The background papers are from my scrap stash.
Inside I added a panel that I stamped and colored.
I used Happy Easter and simply colored them 
different for each card.


Now just to get them addressed and sent out.
Thanks for popping in,
I hope you're getting ready for Easter,
I know I am.
Until next time,
keep calm and carry on.




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I am in no way promoting any particular site.