Saturday, January 28, 2017

Let them eat Soup!

Today I hosted some friends at my house for a Creative Saturday!  

On the menu was this yummy Potato Broccoli Soup.

This recipe is great as it can be made entirely on the stove (quickly), or you can use your crock pot.


2 (10.5 oz) cans of cream of chicken soup
1 8oz package of light cream cheese
7 cups of milk (I used skim)
1 32 oz package of frozen southern style hash brown potatoes
1 10 oz package of frozen broccoli florets 
2 Tablespoons butter
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 Tablespoon dried minced onion
Crock pot & crock pot liner

Serve with bacon bits, shredded cheddar cheese and crackers or a french baguette.


1) In a medium sauce pan on stove, medium heat, whisk together chicken soup and cream cheese while adding milk one cup at a time up to 4 cups.  
- add salt, pepper, & garlic powder
- set aside

2) In lined crock pot, add potatoes & minced onion (I like to slightly thaw my potatoes by either leaving in fridge overnight, or popping in the microwave - or both)

3) Microwave broccoli florets for 3-4 minutes.   Place florets on cutting board and chop into smaller pieces.  Add to crock pot

4) Pour soup mixture from step one into crock pot and remaining milk and stir

5) Heat on low for 2-3 hours (until cooked through)

6) Serve with bacon bits, shredded cheese and crackers or bread.

If you want to speed up the process, cook the entire soup in a large pan on stove until heated through, then simmer for 15-20 minutes and serve.


Friday, January 27, 2017

More prizes!

More Hibernate and Create prizes!

I love generous people that give of their time and talents.

Prize #4 is a stunning wire wrapped pendant on silver chain by Sally Johnson.  The photo does not do the beautiful pink stone justice!

Prize #6 comes to us from Julie Geiger at Prairie Point Junction Home of Wool Felt Central.

It is this delightful wool felt bundle with coordinating DMC floss.  Perfect for your next stitching project.  If you haven't worked with wool felt you are MISSING OUT!  It is great stuff.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Hibernate & Create Prizes!

For this year's Hibernate & Create challenge I reached out into my network of creatives and asked for motivation donations.  My friends did not hesitate to say YES!

Here are a few of the wonderful prizes that have been incenting the group throughout the month.

A huge thanks to Julie Paul for this lovely scarf that is on it's way to Kathy G. in Buffalo, New York.  The colors will look so gorgeous on her.

This stunning pair of lampwork earrings made by Margie Shanahan are on their way across town to Judy V.  Yes, Margie made the floral detail out of glass on her torch.  they are simply breathtaking!!

And since yesterday was a "ice day" in Omaha and I was working from home, I added a Bonus Day prize of one of my "Lead" series necklaces.  It's a Swarvoski ensemble of sparkle to inspire you to chart your own course!   

And the winner is . . . Margie Shanahan! 

For those that are curious as to how the random winner is drawn, here is my process.
I type everyone's name in a spreadsheet in the order that they appear in the group at the time of typing.  I then assign each a number.  And for the very most important step, I then use an online random number generator to pick the winner.  Voila! 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Making Masks

Today was a great day - I got to make art with my nieces!  They are beautiful souls and we always have a a fab time "arting". 

For our creative endeavors we made colorful & crazy masks.  This is a great activity for all ages.  

- cardboard (old boxes)
- scissors
- paint & paint brushes
- scrap paper
- glue
- markers
- fun music & creativity 
- other misc "stuff" - we used some clothes pins for hair and beads"for eyes

We started by sketching an idea on scrap paper.  Here is my design and my finished mask side by side.

Next step - start cutting the shapes out of card board to build your mask.

Then you get to paint!  Some of the paints required multiple layers to cover the cardboard.  We used acrylic paints, but you could also use tempra paints.

Next step was to glue the shapes together.  We used a glue gun, but you could also use Elmer's glue or tacky glue.  Last step was to embellish with some marker lines.

And voila!  Finished masks.   I plan to hang mine in my studio when I get home. 

And you can't forget Fred