Total Randomness…

Lots of random things for this Tuesday. :)

A little update on Eric, the little boy who we are now collecting cards for.  He has hit a very rough spot and could use some serious prayers.  Please please please think of him and his family.  I pulled together all the cards we have for him so far (it was a lot!) and am shipping them tomorrow.  You can read more about what is happening with Eric HERE.

As far as names for cards we have received for the card drive, Jana has updated her list.  I think we are over 1300… and I just opened a TON more today, which Jana will add in the next few days.  You are all so wonderful for sending so many cards in!  I am shipping another box to Kate tomorrow, too.

Oh, and be sure to click HERE to see a great photo of Kate and her family.  Love it!

Next up: There are some great things over at 2peas in the Garden.  Here are some faves:

  • Laura Kurz is the coolest.  And THIS page is, too.
  • Jen Gallacher is amazing.  Lovin' THIS layout.
  • AWESOME Kandis Smith cards HERE.
  • Fabulous eye candy by Stephanie HERE.
  • Mary Macaskill has been a favorite scrapper of mine for a long time.  HERE is a good reason why.

Moving on: Found this card on my computer so I thought I would post it here.  It uses one of Tim Holtz's awesome stamps – a splotchy butterfly.  Love it.  Distress Inks, water and Perfect Pearls.  Yum.

100909 Splatter Butterfly

How about another recipe share?  This is a favorite of mine.  Got it from the stamping retreat I go to often.  I changed it a bit to fit what we like here, thus the strange amounts of things.  It is a double batch – lots of great leftovers.  This could easily be changed to work with other ingredients.  This is a healthy one.

Crockpot Taco Soup

1 1/2 cans corn (do not drain)
2 cans red beans (do not drain)
2 cans diced tomatoes (do not drain)
1 1/2 lb. ground round (I use Laura's Lean)
3 1/2 packages taco season
1 1/2 packages Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Dry
2 small cans tomato sauce

Brown meat and drain well.  Throw everything in the crock pot and cook for 4-6 hours.  Or more.  Really doesn't matter.  It will make your house smell delicious.

See you tomorrow.  :)

16 CommentsCards, Giving Back, Other Projects

  1. Hey!
    I totally forgot to finish my post that went up today! LOL!! and i didn’t spell check. I wasn’t going to post it until I got an email back from you, but too late for that! Thanks for stopping by today. Check back now to see that card that was supposed to be there the first time. Have a great trip this weekend too!!

  2. I really love this card. What a great idea to use a devotional page. Tim’s image is beautiful and perfect for this. I must use this idea sometime. Thank you for the recipe. I have one that’s similar but I’ll have to try your version.

  3. I love your cards and thank you for the recipe.
    Now I must to “transformer” in grammi.

  4. lois skiathitis

    Great card and a recipe. TFS!!! It sounds delicious.

  5. Suzzi

    Sorry to hear about Eric, will keep him in my prayers (family, docs too.)

    I want to try the soup (going to add tortilla shells too.

  6. {vicki}

    Prayers to Eric and Kate.

    Taco soup is my fave.

  7. Laurie G

    Thank you for sharing that Taco Soup recipe. It sounds wonderful and I am going to be trying it this weekend. Our prayers are with Eric and his family.

  8. Paola Norman

    Thanks for sharing all your wonderful liks. I love it when you do that. It brings me in touch with so much great talent and inspiration. That card is marvelous. I love that you post recipes to share that is so cool and wonderful of you. Your have such a generous spirit. Prayers to Eric and Kate, their stories make me so grateful for the health of my child and my family.

    I was just wondering if you were working on another book. Your work and ideas are so amazing they would fit right in a new book!
    Have a great day Jen!

  9. Jessica B.

    Just had to tell you I made pumpkin bread with your receipe—DELICIOUS!!!

    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Deb

    I love that card! Amazing!

  11. gina o.

    Hi Jennifer

    Nice card. My prayers are with Eric and his family…hugs too!

    Thanks for the recipe…sounds great! Can you tell me about the first 3 ingredients, what size cans?

  12. Cheryl

    I also made your pumpkin bread, but I made it using a muffin pan and added my Mom’s vanilla glaze over the top. ( 1 cup sugar, 2 TBSP cornstarch, 2 cups boiling water, 4 TBSP butter, and 2 TSP vanilla. Mix cornstarch and sugar, add water and cook for one minute. Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla. Serve warm and spooned over pumpkin bread.) I have never had anything pumkin before and it was soooo good! Yum-yum! Thank you so much for the recipes!!

  13. Jennifer

    Thanks for the update on Eric. I will have to try your pumpkin bread recipe.
    I have made Taco soup every month ever since going. Our family loves it. I use black beans, TBSP of Cumin and TBSP Chili Powder. one package of taco mix,
    ground turkey the rest is the same.

    Lovely card it fit right in with Nancy’s week on HA blog. Great design and color.

    Enjoy your trip!

    Sandi N.

  14. I am very jealous- hope your trip is fabulous for both of you. Enjoy! Love this “Holtz-ish” card. You did a fabulous job. TFS

  15. Heidi

    Enjoy your holliday. I love the cards you make.

  16. Jill

    great soup! i made this saturday and we really enjoyed–and we’ll be enjoying it all week with leftovers :) thanks for sharing

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