Friday, December 26, 2008

Hope you had a great Christmas. Prissy and I had a day filled with talking to family and looking at old family photographs. Boy time sure flies. One minute you are young and skinny the next you have those gray hairs and poundage. Well here comes those new years resolutions.

We received the new Stampington & Co. publications. 'Somerset Studio', 'Somerset Life' Winter, the new 'Art Journals', and 'In Love'. There are some wonderful projects in each of these books.

Today through the end of the year all our Christmas is 20% off.

We skipped December with our card swap so we will begin fresh in January. The theme is Valentine's Day. Sign up the first week in January and the cards will be due the third week.

Next week we have our card class on Tuesday so sign up early. We will skip the One hour Page Layout until the following week. Then the class will be offered both Thursday night & Friday morning.

Have a great Day.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

My family has another reason to celebrate Christmas Day. We were blessed to have our brother born on Christmas Day. He is our CJ. His full name is Carroll John. He has twinkling mischievous eyes which often reflects when he is up to something and that is most of the time. He has a big heart and tries to take care of everyone. His grandaughter calls him Big Daddy(that was our grandfather's name). So I would like to wish him a very special

Happy Birthday CJ!

CJ and Backie.

Merry Christmas to all!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Sausage, & Cheese 'N' Egg Casserole

My goodness here we are Christmas Eve. I have a few things to share with you. One is a recipe for a breakfast casserole you make the night before and bake the next day. This is from a Southern Living Cooking School booklet.

Sausage, Cheese 'N' Egg Casserole

1 pound pork sausage
1 ( 2.64-Ounce) package McCormick Original Country Gravy Mix
3 cups milk
4 large eggs
12 white sandwich bread slices
2 cups ( 8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
1/4 cup chopped green onions

Cook sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat stirring until it crumbles and is no longer pink; drain well. Set aside.

Whisk together gravy mix, milk, and eggs.
Cut crusts from bread slices, if desired.
Place 6 slices in bottom of a lightly greased 13x9 inch baking dish.
Sprinkle evenly wit 1 cup cheese, sausage, and green onions.
Top with remaining 6 bread slices.
Pour gravy mixture evenly over casserole.

Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.

Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until set; sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese, and bake 5 more minutes.
Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Makes 8 servings.

This makes a great Christmas morning breakfast.

I baked this week for our open house on Monday. Well the start of my baking did not start so well. I whizzed through the grocery store Saturday night buying stuff for baking. I hate to grocery shop. Well my first item was a pound cake. You know the kind with 2 sticks of butter, 5 eggs lots of mixing. I' m dumping my sugar and blending with the butter, then I add all those eggs. Next I mix my flour and baking powder before mixing with my butter mixture. This pound cake is looking good. I pour it into my pan and place it in the oven. Well I started smelling something. I peeked into the oven and here I have Mount Vesuvius instead of a lovely pound cake. The first thing I look at is to see what kind of flour I used. Guess what? I shopped too fast and bought self-rising flour. So the self-rising did not need my added baking powder. Well I cleaned my mess and decided I would start again after I closed the store. My brother said it was because I was not doing any baking anymore. You know if you don't use it you lose it. Well the next cake turned out. I t was good enough that he was gonna let me bake him a cake to take to my other brothers for Christmas. I did not get to bake that cake because he had to leave early because his mother-in-law was air lifted to the hospital yesterday. She had a heart attack. There was 100 percent blockage, so they put in a stint. She is in ICU right now but hopefully will be moved to a room today or tomorrow.

The next thing to share with you is a poem by Sandie Cuppett.

Christmas comes but once a year,
Filling us with joyous cheer.
We celebrate our Savior's birth
Giving gifts while filled with mirth.

Now let us not forget the reason
We give and get gifts this season
The greatest gift, so meek and mild,
God's only Son, the humble Christ Child.

He came and lived to show us how
To live forever, not just now.
God's gift to us He still remains.
From Child to King, He forever reigns.

Geneva, Prissy, and I wish you all a Blessed Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 19, 2008

I just received an address update for sending cards to our servicemen in the hospital. Do not send to the Walter Reed Hospital address. Someone did research and found this address: Holiday Mail for Heroes; P.O. Box 5456; Capitol Heights, MD. 20791-5456. Janet sent her cards to the hospital and they were returned so a friend found this address. It goes here and then they take the cards to the hospital.

Remember Monday is our open house here at Scrappys'. Drop by for some cookies and punch.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Garlicky Cheese Bites

Well here we are just a week away from Christmas. Can you imagine another year has gone by. WOW!!!! As you prepare for Christmas take some time to enjoy all you are blessed with. Peggy had good news from her reports, so that is a blessing. Today Frank & I went to see Emily sing at her school's Christmas program. Seeing all those joyous small faces singing Happy Birthday to Jesus. Now that is a big blessing.

Monday is our Christmas Open House. Come by and enjoy some holiday cookies and some punch. Bring this e-mail and receive 20% off your purchases that day( excluding all sale items).

Starting in the new year the first Monday of each month is sale day. So stop worrying about all those big store coupons and just come to us a save 20% on your purchases(excludes sale items).

We will be offering our page layouts each week. The previous schedule was confusing everyone. So each week we will have a layout class on Thursday night and Friday morning. Everyone enjoyed our National Card Making Day so much we have decided to have a mini make a take blitz the 3rd Saturday of each month. Space will be limited so you will need to sign up early. Stay tuned for more info.

Our recipe comes from 'Holiday Appetizers' by Pillsbury

Garlicky Cheese Bites

1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury refrigerated garlic-flavored breadsticks

4 sticks (0.75 oz each) mozzarella string cheese

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1 1/2 cups marinara sauce, heated

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray 24 mini muffin cups with cooking spray.

Unroll breadstick dough.

Cut dough crosswise into thirds; separate into 24 strips.

Cut each cheese stick into 6 equal pieces (24 pieces total).

Place 1 cheese piece on short end of each dough strip; roll up cheese piece in dough.

Pinch and seal dough to completely cover cheese or the cheese will bubble up and out during baking.

Place rolls,seam sides down, in muffin cups.

Turn rolls in cups to coat all sides with cooking spray.

Lightly sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until puffed and golden brown.

Remove from pans to serving platter. Serve warm with marinara sauce for dipping.

Can be made ahead, covered and refrigerated up t 1 hour before baking.

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