Sunday, 13 November 2016

Rosé Wine Pepper Jelly

I came across this delicious recipe last year and have made it now twice with my friend, Nadine. Last year I hounded it because it was so good, so this year we made sure to make an extra batch to have some on hand for gifts :).

1 bottle Rosé wine
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 pkg. pectin
4 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup pink peppercorns, lightly crushed

Combine wine, lemon juice, and pectin in a pot. Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar and peppercorns and return to a full rolling boil. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and quickly skim off foam with a metal spoon. Ladle hot jelly into half-pint or quarter-pint jars, leaving a 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims before attaching lids and bands. Process jars in a hot water bath for 5 minutes. Remove from canner and cool on wire racks. Be sure to turn and tilt jars every 30 minutes to distribute peppercorns evenly throughout the jelly. Makes 6 half-pints or 12 quarter-pints. Delicious served on crackers with cheese or on sandwiches!

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Feliz Navidad

What did you do with your extra hour today? I decided to get back into my craft room and whip up another card - 5 this time. I saw a similar simple design on Pinterest and thought this would be ideal for the cards I end up mailing out.
Paper - Kraft, White Daisy cardstock (CTMH); Stamp - Glad Tidings (Verve);
Die cut - Snowflakes Thin Cuts (CTMH); Embellishments - Sparkles (CTMH).

Saturday, 5 November 2016

My Own Inspiration Pic

I have my own inspiration pic today! I was outside in our yard enjoying the sunshine and couldn't help but be mesmerized by our poplar trees. Although I miss their leaves and the lovely rustling sound and privacy that they bring, I do really love the beautiful bark of these trees regardless of the season.
Here is the card I came up with today incorporating the Heart2Heart challenge of "change" and the colours over at Color My Heart Color Dare. You can't quite tell in the photo, but I added a little Wink of Stella sparkle to the bottom of the card for snow. I was able to make 6 of this card design to add to my Christmas stash!
Paper - Colonial White (CTMH); Ink - Ruby, New England Ivy, Whisper (CTMH);
Stamps - Winter Wonderland (Mama Elephant); Dies - Stitched Circles (SSS).