Card Monday-Unbelievable Birthday

17 Jan

I mentioned two weeks ago that I have a LOT of birthday cards to make (SEVEN!) over the next few months. My goal is to finish them all in January, so you will be seeing a lot of birthday cards around here for a while. 🙂

Today’s card is one I made for my brother.

I found a stash of stamped images I had colored a long time ago, and thought I would add them to this card.

I heat embossed the background, applied Distress Inks over the top, and then die cut the Happy Birthday sentiment out of the panel. Then, I adhered the panel to black card stock.

I added the stamped images and an embossed sentiment to finish it off.

It’s a bit busy, but I like how it turned out.

Supplies: Stamps: Hero Arts (background), Lawn Fawn; Dies: Lawn Fawn (stitched background), My Favorite Things (sentiment); Inks: Tim Holtz Distress; Other: Embossing Powder, Card Stock

Book Review-Twilight at Moorington Cross

16 Jan

Twilight at Moorington Cross is a historical fiction novel written by Abigail Wilson.

Summary: Amelia Pembroke has been placed in a most awkward position by her guardian. She will inherit a vast estate-but only if she marries one of two men.

If she marries, she will have wealth and can provide for those she cares about. If she doesn’t, the entire fortune will go to a hospital in France leaving those around her practically destitute.

Neither man is worth marrying, but if she wants to protect those she loves, she is willing to make the sacrifice.

But when her guardian is found dead, Amelia doesn’t know what to think. Was he murdered? Who can she trust?

She only has thirty days to discover the truth and make a decision that will alter her life forever.

My Thoughts: I really enjoy Abigail Wilson’s writing style, and this was another fun one. There was such a wonderful mystery to it, and I was completely engaged until the very end.

There were quirky characters, plenty of twists and turns designed to keep you guessing, and several subplots that kept the story entertaining and interesting.

The only thing I didn’t like was that the ending was a bit confusing. So many different things were resolved in the last bit of the book it was hard to keep straight what was happening to all the different characters.

Overall though, I really liked it.

If you love mysteries, with a little romance thrown in, this is definitely an enjoyable read and I recommend it!

I would like to thank Thomas Nelson for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my review. Thank you!

Book Review-Life Flight

15 Jan

Life Flight was written by Lynette Eason and is book one in the Extreme Measures series.

Summary: EMS helicopter pilot Penny Carlton thrives in difficult situations, but even this one might be too much for her to handle. She’s crash-landed her helicopter on the side of a mountain during a blizzard.

Desperate to find help for her injured passenger and stranded crew, she braves the elements to find help. But has she managed to put herself in the cross-hairs of a serial killer in the process?

My Thoughts: I liked the premise of this book. There are lots of unique twists and turns, and plenty of action all of the way through the book, which I really enjoyed.

It did seem like the characters were a little slow to realize bad things were happening to them or that they were missing something important at times though, and they just pushed ahead anyway. It kind of made me want to shout at them. 🙂

For me, it was a one-time read, but if you are looking for an action-packed adventure with a little romance thrown in, I think you will like it.

I would like to thank Revell for providing me a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my review. Thank you.

Pinterest Thursday-GF/DF Homemade Tortillas

13 Jan

A recipe that’s been on my list for a bit is homemade corn tortillas. I had heard they tasted really good, and, they would be gluten-free and dairy-free, so I wanted to give them a try.

I purchased both white corn masa and yellow corn masa. I started with the yellow, but will be trying white hopefully soon.

We used a rolling pin to flatten the tortillas, and cooked them up on a large griddle so we could do a bunch at a time.

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The consensus? They tasted pretty good, but were too thick. The best part-they were ridiculously easy to make! Only two ingredients and DF/GF, so I will definitely make these again and again-especially since the DF/GF soft tortillas I have purchased in the past have either tasted terrible, or been ridiculously expensive.

I did decide to invest in a tortilla press now that I know I will make these on a regular basis. That will also help with the thickness issue.

I am looking forward to trying the white corn masa though-I think I will probably like those even better. We’ll see!

Wednesday Words

12 Jan

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