Thursday, November 10, 2016

Studio 5: Dinner Dice Challenge

I just didn't want the green beans.  I love food.  Pretty much all food, but NOT green beans.  I can eat them, and I do like how my Sister-in-law prepares her Haricot Verts, but I don't buy them  and I would never order them.  So...relief! I didn't get green beans, in fact, I kind of lucked out!

In case you are wondering 'what the heck' I'm talking about... Studio 5 did a Dinner Dice Challenge all this week.  Cooks (that's me!) came into the Studio, rolled the dice to find out which ingredients we would have to cook with and then we had 45 minutes during the show to 'whip' something up!

I loved this idea.  I'm not much of a recipe gal, I'm an open the fridge, connect the dots, create kind of gal.  This is more fun, more creative and takes less time too!

I'll post the video here in a few hours so you can watch what I rolled and how it turned out!





In the meantime, let me share a couple of my "lifelines".  They allowed us to bring in 3 items from our own kitchen.  Things we rely on when cooking like this.  I brought two confits.  A confit is basically a method of preserving food. 

Typically you cook and then cover the food in oil.  You may have heard of Duck confit (Oh My...so good).  In this case, I made a Roasted Tomato Balsamic confit and a Garlic confit.  SO easy and SO delicious.  It adds a punch of flavor to pretty much anything you cook.

Garlic Confit

Garlic confit is as simple as super slow (as in poaching...lowest temperature possible) cooking garlic in oil for a few hours.  Place in a jar.  Keep in the fridge.  Now you have super flavorful garlic oil AND mellow garlic all ready to add to just about anything.


Here's an easy way to get a lot of garlic peeled quickly! I used 3 bulbs for this recipe.

Crush you bulb with the palm of your hand until it breaks apart.  Remove the cloves and place in a jar. Place lid on jar and shake vigorously until it looks like the peel are coming off.  

Poor garlic out of jar and remove peels.

Now...there are some other great ways to remove peels easily.  Here's one I enjoyed from Youtube, same concept, but using 2 bowls instead.  I also heard that putting them in the microwave for 30 seconds make them come off easier as well.  The trick here is to keep the clove as intact as possible.

If I'm using fresh garlic, just a few for a recipe, I will go ahead and smash the whole clove with the flat side of my large knife.  In this case, I'm going to chop up the entire clove anyway, so smashing it gives it a head start releasing all it's garlic loveliness.  

Roasted Tomato Balsamic Confit


I found a recipe for this on our recent, ubiquitous source of food info...the Facebook!  Seriously, one of best things I do in my kitchen.

If you grew tomatoes in your garden, this is the way to go!  If not, I've still done this in winter with Costco tomatoes and they were still good. 

Amazingly, it's November and I still have tomatoes in my garden, we just haven't had a hard frost, but I think one is coming next week, so I better finish picking them!

Because it's late this batch used smaller tomatoes than during the summer. 
No biggie, doesn't matter the size.

Place parchment down on a baking sheet (makes clean up a lot easier).  Cut ends off of tomato.  Just a thin slice off the smooth side so it lays flat.  Arrange on sheet.

Drizzle (or brush) generously with olive oil.  Sprinkle lightly with balsamic vinegar (this is optional...I've also made them without the vinegar, but wow, what a punch of flavor with the Balsamic!).  Sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.  Also, optional, but very good is to add chopped garlic to the tops and a sprinkle of dried oregano, thyme or your favorite herb.

Two ways to cook them.  High & Fast OR Low & Slow.  You'll get a slightly different product depending on which way you cook.  The low & slow will have a more dehydrated (almost sun roasted look) to the tomato.  I like them to be a bit juicy still, so I opt for 425 F for 45 minutes or so.  For Low & Slow, go 250 for 2 hours.

Here's what you DO NOT want to do.  THINK you can go do an errand while they are roasting, be later than you thought and end up overcooking them (hence my picture above).  LOL

The black is simply the sugar in the Balsamic burning, you won't end up using that anyway.  It should, however, not be black and you should see juices run if you're cooking it properly.  Don't leave the kitchen, hang out and keep an eye on them.  I just didn't have time to do another batch before the show.

Place tomato halves into a large mouth jar.  If some tomatoes are peeking through the liquid at the top, add enough olive oil so it is covered.

Keep in the fridge for a week or two or you can also freeze the bottles, or using a pressure cooker, can them so they are shelf stable.

How to use these little beauties?  So many ways!  I had one friend make these and she said they were eating them with every meal.  

Breakfast: On a fried egg, or Egg sandwich.  

Lunch:  add a few to a pot with some vegetable or chicken broth and something to make it creamy (milk, cream, coconut milk), puree for a wonderful tomato soup.  Don't add seasoning to this until you taste it at the end, as the tomatoes are already seasoned heavily.

Dinner: Same concept as above, but this time keep it thicker to make a lovely Rose sauce for pasta.  On a crostini, bruschetta, mexican sauce for enchiladas etc...

Enjoy!





Saturday, November 5, 2016

Q's Creative Cards: Christmas Delivery!

Oh, this class makes my heart happy!  

The best part of Christmas giving! This class is all about delivering Christmas Joy... whether by adorable pick-up truck, wheel barrow, snowman, at your doorstep or that old-fashioned mailbox!


Shaped cards, Plaids, wood grain, all the little details and sweet sentiments.   You'll love putting these pre-cut cards together, of course, with help from the step-by-step slideshow, making it SO easy!

Order & Email me to sign up for class, or Order & add shipping to have the kit delivered to your home.  Kits will begin shipping Oct. 28th.  Order 2 or more Kits (any Christmas, but some are very limited quantity) and get FREE shipping.
(Example: Use drop-down menu to see all options.)

Christmas Delivery


Class Schedule 
Tues., Nov. 1st        South Jordan Hobby Lobby        5:30 - 7:30 pm
Wed., 
Nov. 2nd        South Jordan Hobby Lobby        10am - noon
Wed., 
Nov. 2nd        West Valley Hires Big H              6 - 8 pm
Thurs.,  
Nov. 3rd     American Fork Senior Center      6 - 8 pm
Friday, 
Nov. 4th      Layton Hobby Lobby                  10am - noon
Friday, 
Nov. 4th      Layton Hobby Lobby                  2 - 4pm
Friday, 
Nov. 4th      Layton Hobby Lobby                  5:30 - 7:30 pm
Mon., 
Nov. 7th        Sandy Hobby Lobby                   2 - 4 pm

What you'll need: 


Adhesives:  Roller-type adhesive for putting cards together.  

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

Exacto Knife & Cutting Mat
Gathered Twigs Distress Ink & Sponge
Silicon Craft Mat for distressing
Large lid or small container to place small items from kit

Gold Stickles (glitter Glue)

Fine Tipped Black Marker (for eyes)
6" ruler & Pencil

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



















































Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Studio 5: Haunted Halloween Hunt!

* Video segment will be posted later this afternoon.

Halloween is chill.  Low-stress.  Why let kids have all the fun?  It's a perfect time for an adult party. 

Everyone loves getting out in those crisp, cool evenings, and it doesn't seem quite so strange to be lurking about (possibly in costume) around Halloween.  The unexpected IS expected! 

Having something to 'do' at a party is an ice-breaking, get-to-know-you, boredom-busting way of having people over.  The best parties I ever hosted was Scavenger Hunts, especially when combined with Halloween.

There is also something inherently fun about hunting; think Easter Eggs, ends of rainbows, buried treasure and  'Where's Waldo' books.  Team up, make it a competition with prizes and you have the ingredients for a seriously memorable party! 

By far, my most memorable moment was my first scavenger Hunt.  As I was making the list, I decided to add a few items I knew would be impossible to find, (just for fun) and for 500 points!  I added a dead black cat and a rabid dog.  As the evening progressed, one of the teams come busting through the front door, all giddy smiles, holding a bag in the air.  They told me they found a black cat!
I yelled for them to 'well, let it out'!
They looked at me like I was crazy and said, "but it's dead"!
"Then get it out of here!!" I yelled (yes, there was lots of yelling!)
A little later another group returned with a rabid dog.  Fortunately, this was just a stuffed dog with shaving cream all over its snout.  This was highly contested by the cat team!

I sent my teams all over the place, using photographs, audio tapes (this was back before smart phones and even CDs!) and hand written clues.  I'm not sure who had more fun, me, the creator, or them, the players!

Decorations

Another bonus of doing a scavenger hunt at Halloween is your decorations.   You probably already have your house decorated for Halloween and even if you don't have 'enough', you can always ask a few friends to bring what they have.





Food

All parties must include food, but it does not have to mean days in the kitchen cooking.  This party is all about the hunt, so keep it simple.  People love contributing to parties, help them to feel involved...by doing a potluck!  Otherwise, you could cook a large pot of soup or chili to warm them before heading outside, then, a little something sweet to eat while you're visiting after everyone gets back.


Invitations

I left some room to add additional information (like dress-code - costumes?)

The least expensive way of doing this bringing the files to your local printer and print on colored cardstock.  You could use my colored versions as well.

You can also print on white paper and mat on colored cardstock.


This is a big party idea.  You'll need at least 4-6 people per team (per vehicle).  Too many people on a team and some might not participate.  Two few and it's not fun enough.
You'll need between 4 and 6 teams. 
That's 16 to 36 people invited.
 If you're doing couples that's 8 to 18 couples. 
This is a great party for getting to know your neighbors!


Scavenger Hunt

Download, print & cut.  Done!

A scavenger hunt is a written list of things teams of people gather.  There are SO many ways to do this, but the basic, simplest way is to have teams 'gather' items (give them a bag(s) or a box).  However, there are lots of creative versions.

This a comprehensive list perfect for any scavenger hunt.  Each item has a point value, so teams can decide if they want to leave the smaller items for last and focus on the harder to find larger point items.

This list includes team name and a start & end time, as well as rules.  You can add those to any of these other version on the back.

You can also print a map with boundaries on the back as well, so people don't stray too far.

You may want to ask guests to bring a head lamp or flashlights as well.

Halloween Photo Hunt

In this version, nothing is collected except what you can capture on your phone with your camera & video recorder. 

Similar list, except some really fun, interactive items that really get everyone involves, like taking a video of everyone standing in a bathtub, or Re-enacting a scene from a movie, or building a human pyramid.

The only tricky part of this version, is doing a quick upload of the photos/videos once they return home.  Looking and watching teams' can be hilarious!

A great after-party favor would be to compile some of the highlights of each team on a CD.







Halloween Costume Hunt

This is a version of a photo hunt, but this time, scavengers are finding things to create the costumes on this list, taking a picture and moving on to the next.

You'll really get some creative costumes and this would be a blast to watch afterwards!



 'Something'  Hunt

Another creative version, where you don't give them specific items to get, but allow teams to create they own!


















Treasure Hunt - Advanced Scavenger Play!

A final option is the only one I can't really help you with.  But it really ups the ante and makes the whole hunt more challenging.  At the same time as scavenging, teams are also treasure hunting, following clues from one to the other.

Because the clues would be specific to your area, you'll have to create your own clues.  These can be in the form of a written rhyme, a photo, video, QR reader, Internet, and/or audio. 

Some examples would be taking a picture of a just part of a place (ei: part of landmark), they would then go there once they figure out where it is.
Once I did an audio tape of my dryer at home.  That was hard, and actually was the final clue, which led them back to my home.

So many creative ways of leading your teams on a chase, all the way, trying to gather up items from the scavenger list.  Typically, you'll assign some of your team members to focus on just he scavenger part while you travel from clue to clue.

The only thing to remember is that you, as the host, won't be able to participate as you already know the clues.  You may want to create these with another person, so you don't have to sit at home alone.

Rules

A few rules can help avoid some problems...like:
No speeding!
No buying!
Asking to borrow or go on someone's property

I also recommend giving teams a certain amount of time.  I would recommend 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours at the most. 
You'll need 30-45 minutes for the pre-hunt, for food, instructions etc...
You'll need 30 - 60  minutes post-hunt, for food, calculating points, looking a pictures and socializing.
You can take points away if they are late.




Prizes & Post-hunt

This is when you realize just how successful your party has been.  It will loud.  People will debate  on whether your rabid dog really is a rabid dog, they will tell stories from their adventures, they will be happily tired, ready to eat and find out who won!

The more organized you are about this, the better.  Have someone calculate the points as soon as cards are submitted, then go through their box/bag to make sure it's all there.

You don't have to spend a lot of money on prizes.  Boxes of Count Chocula would be funny and inexpensive.

Take pictures of the winners!

If you use my printables or just decide to do you own scavenger hunt, I would truly LOVE to see pictures of your party...Please join me on my Facebook page, Q's Creative Cards to share!




Friday, October 14, 2016

Q's Creative Cards: Christmas Delivery!

Oh, this class makes my heart happy!  

The best part of Christmas giving! This class is all about delivering Christmas Joy... whether by adorable pick-up truck, wheel barrow, snowman, at your doorstep or that old-fashioned mailbox!


Shaped cards, Plaids, wood grain, all the little details and sweet sentiments.   You'll love putting these pre-cut cards together, of course, with help from the step-by-step slideshow, making it SO easy!

Order & Email me to sign up for class, or Order & add shipping to have the kit delivered to your home.  Kits will begin shipping Oct. 28th.  Order 2 or more Kits (any Christmas, but some are very limited quantity) and get FREE shipping.
(Example: Use drop-down menu to see all options.)

Christmas Delivery


Class Schedule 
Tues., Nov. 1st        South Jordan Hobby Lobby        5:30 - 7:30 pm
Wed., 
Nov. 2nd        South Jordan Hobby Lobby        10am - noon
Wed., 
Nov. 2nd        West Valley Hires Big H              6 - 8 pm
Thurs.,  
Nov. 3rd     American Fork Senior Center      6 - 8 pm
Friday, 
Nov. 4th      Layton Hobby Lobby                  10am - noon
Friday, 
Nov. 4th      Layton Hobby Lobby                  2 - 4pm
Friday, 
Nov. 4th      Layton Hobby Lobby                  5:30 - 7:30 pm
Mon., 
Nov. 7th        Sandy Hobby Lobby                   2 - 4 pm

What you'll need: 


Adhesives:  Roller-type adhesive for putting cards together.  

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

Exacto Knife & Cutting Mat
Gathered Twigs Distress Ink & Sponge
Silicon Craft Mat for distressing
Large lid or small container to place small items from kit

Gold Stickles (glitter Glue)

Fine Tipped Black Marker (for eyes)
6" ruler & Pencil

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



















































Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Q's Creative Heaven & Nature Cards, Tags and notebook

I found this beautiful vintage Christmas paper from Bella Carta awhile back and while I was designing with it, I started singing 'Joy to the World' and I knew exactly what I should call this class, Heaven & Nature!

Sweet little Angels, Victorian carolers, winter scenes...with happy non-traditional colors. 

Snowflakes & winter nights all tied up with vintage ribbon and then finished off with dimensional snow and glitter! 


Six easy cards to get you in the spirit of Christmas!
But wait...there's more!
Heaven & Nature had some tags up her sleeve!  Seven big creative tags, perfect for a box top, tie to a gift bag or send as a card!

This kit also includes a cute little hard-cover notebook, a perfect place to write down all the details for fun Christmas planning and will easily fit into a purse!

Both of these kits will begin shipping Oct. 3rd.  Save $5 and get free shipping when you order both. 

You can also add a Snow Marker from the drop-down menu if you need one, it is so fun to watch the ink 'puff' up!

This, like all my kits, come with a photo step-by-step slideshow and you also get all the printables which you can use over & over.

To see all your buying options, be sure to click on the black
arrow above "add to card".


Heaven & Nature

The Tag & Notebook will be sold as a kit to create at home.  If you're coming to class, you can pick up the kit there.  I also have 'extras' available (Paper, ribbon, crystal brads etc...) available, I will be emailing this order form to you.

I will be teaching the Card class as follows.  

Class Schedule 

Mon., Oct. 3rd          Sandy Hobby Lobby                  2 - 4 pm
Tues., Oct. 4th         South Jordan Hobby Lobby        5:30 - 7:30 pm
Wed., Oct. 5th   
      South Jordan Hobby Lobby        10am - noon
Wed., 
Oct. 5th         West Valley Hires Big H              6 - 8 pm
Thurs.,  
Oct. 6th        American Fork Senior Center      6 - 8 pm
Friday, 
Oct. 7th       Layton Hobby Lobby                  10am - noon
Friday, 
Oct. 7th       Layton Hobby Lobby                  2 - 4pm
Friday, Oct. 7th       Layton Hobby Lobby                  5:30 - 7:30 pm


What you'll need: 


Adhesives

Roller-type adhesive for putting cards together.  
Foam squares,  1/2" foam roll.

Glue dots (Micro, Mini and 3/8")

Scotch tape

Tools & Supplies
Scissors (long & fine-tipped)

Paper Piercer
Pumice Stone Distress Ink & Sponge
Craft Mat

Paper Piercer
1/8" and 1/4" hole punch
small Foam mat
Large lid or small container to place small items from kit

Marvy Uchida Snowmarker (or similar product)
Loose Clear Fine Glitter
Diamond stickles (glitter Glue)
Heat gun


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
































































































































































































































































































































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