Monday, January 30, 2017

Q's Creative Cards: Wing & A Prayer

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Six easy cards with beautiful brocades, double vintage ribbons, lace, unique metal embellishments and original word art all based on scripture.

Each pre-cut Kit includes every thing you need (except adhesives) to create a wedding/ anniversary card, a special thank you card, an Easter card, a friend/ encouragement card and two cards that could be a birthday or a baby card.

Each Kit also includes a step-by-step photo slideshow, all printable sentiments and any SVG die-cut files I created.

Kit ships March 6th.  Please add shipping from drop-down menu below if you are not attending a class in Utah.

Wing & A Prayer


Class Schedule 

Mon., March 6th        Sandy Hobby Lobby                   2 - 4 pm
Tues., 
March 7th       South Jordan Hobby Lobby        5:30 - 7:30 pm
Wed., 
March 8th        South Jordan Hobby Lobby        10am - noon
Wed., 
March 8th        West Valley Hires Big H              6 - 8 pm
Thurs.,  
March 9th     American Fork Senior Center      6 - 8 pm
Friday, 
March 10th      Layton Hobby Lobby                  10am - noon
Friday, 
March 10th      Layton Hobby Lobby                  2 - 4pm
Friday, 
March 10th      Layton Hobby Lobby                  5:30 - 7:30 pm

What you'll need: 


Adhesives:  Roller-type adhesive for putting cards together.  

regular Foam squares, THIN foam squares, 1/2" foam roll.

Mini Glue dots and Scotch tape.


Tools & Supplies:
Scissors (long & fine-tipped)

Paper Piercer
Frayed Burlap Distress Ink & Sponge

Scattered Straw Distress Ink
Silicon Mat for inking (I will have some to share)
Large lid or small container to place small items from kit

Gold Stickles (glitter Glue)


If you have any questions, please let me know.

Join me on my facebook page, Q's Creative Cards.

...and would love if you posted these pictures to Pinterest!
 



















































































































































































Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Studio 5: Rouladen & Other Rolled/Stuff Meats



I'm not a big red meat eater, but come Winter (It's January here in Utah) and its accompanying cold weather, I'm just craving hearty, meaty meals.

My very favorite childhood meat & potatoes meal, compliments of my Mom, was Rouladen and I'm excited to share it with you today.  Consider it the German version of the quintessential American Sunday Roast, except with a unique tangy gravy that makes my mouth water just thinking about it!

But wait...there's more!  Almost every European country has their own version of a stuffed beef roll, so I'm sharing 2 more with you; one from Italy, called Braciole (pronouced 'bra'zhul) and then my own version of a French Roulade.  But don't stop there, I've been thinking of all sorts of creative versions and so can you!

But first, let's make Rouladen!

The most important part of any rolled beef recipe is the cut of beef.  This is a slow braising dish, so the best cut is the Top Round.  It'll cook in 1 1/2 hours, but you could instapot (Pressure cooker) in 15-20 minutes.

Make sure, even if it's labeled Rouladen meat that it is from the Top round.  Once I got Bottom Round and  it was not good!

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German Rouladen
{this makes 6 large Rouladen or 12 mini Rouladen}

6 slices of Top Round, 1/8" thick and about 3-4" wide and 12-13" long
German Mustard (Sweet, sharp), or whatever mustard you have on hand
Kosher Salt & Freshly Ground Pepper
1 strip of bacon (or 2 if they are thin
Dill pickles, cut into spears
1 large Onion, chopped and sautéed (with butter)
Kitchen twine
Beef Broth
Tomato paste

Directions: 
Lay meat on  parchment paper or counter so narrow end is nearer to you.
Optional: pound with a mallet to further tenderize).
Spread top generously with mustard.
Sprinkle with salt & pepper
Lay bacon slice (s) along length of roll.
Place a few spears of Pickles at bottom narrow end.
Spoon some of the onions next to pickle.
Roll up beef, (see my photo tutorial below the recipe) starting at narrow end with filling.  Roll tightly, pushing ends in as you go.
Once completely rolled up, tie with kitchen twine (see photo tutorial or use toothpicks).
Sear well in a deep pan, until browned on all sides.
Place rest of onions in pan and cover with enough beef broth so it comes at least half-way up the Rouladen.  Add a Tbsp or two of Tomato paste.
Cook for 1 1/2 hours or until tender.
Remove Rouladen and thicken gravy with flour & water mixture.  Put through sieve for a smooth gravy.  Return to pan.  Keep warm until ready to serve.
Serve with Spaetzle and purple cabbage for a true German experience, or mashed potatoes and any vegetable works too!

A few tips

The most important thing is get the right cut of meat.  You'll need "rouladen meat", which is a long, thin strip cut from a Top Round.  Be careful that you don't get bottom round, as that will be tough and dry and unpleasant.

Ask your butcher (although I have seen it at Harmons") for Rouladen meat, as many strips as you want rolls.  Ask for 1/8" thin and about 3 - 4 inches wide and about 12 - 13 inches long.

Get Creative!

The following Italian & French versions and anything else you can think of follows the basic Rouladen recipe above with simple ingredient switches, as noted in the photos.

Braciole (pronounced 'Bra'zhul), which is rolled with Proscuitto, Pesto, Pine Nuts, Parmesan, Mozzerella, Parsley and garlic, then braised in your favorite tomato sauce and served with pasta.


I also did a French Roulade with Pork Sausage, Spicy grainy mustard, fresh herbs, Mushrooms, Garlic and Boursin Cheese.  Then braised in beef broth and some red wine.



For every stuffed beef roll you'll need 3 things.
  • Meat
  • Stuffing
  • Braising liquid


A few other ideas I'm dying to try...another day!  What are some of your creative combinations?
·         Sun Dried Tomatoes, Brie, parsley
·         Chorizo, goat cheese, apples, carrots
·         Mustard, Bacon, Blue Cheese, Pears

Monday, December 26, 2016

Q's Creative Cards: Perfect Chemistry Inside & Out!

I had so much fun designing this class!  Since I started designing my own die-cuts, the sky's the limit!  It all started with a chemistry vial and ended with a typewriter; and they all speak the language of Love!

As some of you know, I love a multi-purpose card!

'Perfect Chemistry' card class, of course, has two Valentine cards, but they could also make a nice anniversary or wedding card, or a platonic card for a loved one.

I've also included the always-needed birthday cards and a thank you/friendship card as well.  They are all unified by gold foil hearts & arrows, lace, charms and of course, thoughtful sentiments that make a card really special.  You'll be creating a fun Pop-up card with a super easy to follow (score & cut) template and crazy-cool aperture camera card with a secret insert.

As always, you'll get a step-by-step slideshow to walk you through each card. 
If you want me to ship the kit to you, please add shipping from the drop-down menu below.  Otherwise, I'll bring it to you in class!

Kit will begin shipping January 13th!



Perfect Chemistry


Class Schedule 

Mon., Jan. 16th        Sandy Hobby Lobby                   2 - 4 pm
Tues., 
Jan. 17th        South Jordan Hobby Lobby        5:30 - 7:30 pm
Wed., 
Jan. 18th        South Jordan Hobby Lobby        10am - noon
Wed., 
Jan. 18th        West Valley Hires Big H              6 - 8 pm
Thurs.,  
Jan. 19th     American Fork Senior Center      6 - 8 pm
Friday, 
Jan. 20th      Layton Hobby Lobby                  10am - noon
Friday, 
Jan. 20th      Layton Hobby Lobby                  2 - 4pm
Friday, 
Jan. 20th      Layton Hobby Lobby                  5:30 - 7:30 pm

What you'll need: 


Adhesives:  Roller-type adhesive for putting cards together.  

regular Foam squares, THIN foam squares, 1/2" foam roll and 1/8" foam strips.

Mini Glue dots and Scotch tape.


Tools & Supplies:
Scissors (long & fine-tipped)

Paper Piercer

Pumice Stone Distress Ink & Sponge
Silicon Craft Mat for distressing
Large lid or small container to place small items from kit

Gold Stickles (glitter Glue)


If you have any questions, please let me know.
...and would love if you posted these pictures to Pinterest!
 








































































































































































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