Saturday, September 26, 2009


Since Smore weather is almost over here in Utah I thought I'd better post this. My Aunt Joan shared this idea with our family many, many years ago. We've been making smore's like this ever since.
2 fudge striped cookies
1 large marshmellow

Roast marshmellow over a fire. Take the two cookies and smoosh the warm gooey marshmellow between them. Enjoy.

You can also make these in the microwave. Place marshmellow in microwave. Heat for a few seconds. Remove from microwave and smoosh between two striped cookies.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sneak Peek!

I've been working on Christmas cards for a workshop here in the near future. I'm so excited about how they turned out I wanted to give you all a sneak peek.
These are the photo cards we'll be making. The blank space is for your Christmas photo. I'm still working on pricing and dates so stay tuned!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Lemon Squares

These are my favorite thing to make if I'm asked to bring a dessert to an event. They are super, super easy! Can you see a trend in my cooking? Everything has to be easy! When I take them places they get rave reviews and is one of my most asked for recipes. I originally got this recipe from a neighbor. I belive it came from the 101 things to do with a cake mix recipe book.

Lemon Squares
1 Lemon cake mix (Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme cake mix seems to turn out best)
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
Preheat oven to 350

In a bowl, mix together, cake mix, eggs, and oil. Mixture will be stiff. Spread the mixture evenly into a greased 9x13 pan (it will look really thin, but it will puff up). Bake 13-15 minutes until slightly golden on top. Cool, then sprinkle powdered sugar over the squares.

Special Note: Thanks to my little brother who's a great photographer for teaching me how to photograph food better and taking this picture for me.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Soft Sugar Cookies

I really enjoy a good sugar cookie. To me they have to be soft. An old co-worker used to bring in these fabulous sugar cookies for us to enjoy. I asked her for the recipe and she gave me two different ones. I like them both, so I'll share them both.

Sugar Cookies

1 Cup Sugar
1 cup margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 cup milk
Mix sugar, margarine, vanilla & eggs in bowl. In separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, & baking soda. Then alternate milk & flour mixture w/cream mixture. Bake @ 375 for 9 minutes.

Soft Sugar Cookies

3/4 cup shortening or butter (I use butter)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Cream together butter & sugar. Add eggs & vanilla to creamed mixture. Add dry ingredients. Bake at 400 degrees for 9 minutes.

I don't usually roll them out and cut shapes because I'm too lazy. I roll into small balls and place on cookie sheets. They make cute little cookies. I buy frosting at the store and let Jonathan decorate with M&M's. This time I was making them for adults, so I thought I'd try to dip them in chocolate. I simply melted chocolate chips in microwave and dipped half the cookie and let dry on wax paper. It worked and was very yummy!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Navajo Tacos

I have loved Navajo Tacos since Frontier Pies (a resturant that used to be in Riverdale). I used to buy my scone dough from Kent's market in Roy, but since I don't have the luxury o being close anymore, I found this recipe on the web.

2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. powdered milk
Warm water

Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and powdered milk. Add warm water, one tablespoon at a time until dough is formed. Knead dough until soft but not sticky. Let stand for two hours covered with a damp cloth. Shape or pat into two inch balls. Flatten into circles about eight inches in diameter. Fry dough in one inch of hot grease in a skillet or in a deep fryer. For very crisp bread make dough very thin.

We don't fry our dough, we just put it on a flat pan on the stove and brown it. You can top your scone with chili, sour cream, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce. Pretty much anything you'd put on a taco.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Broccoli Out Of This World Salad

And that it is! I LOVE this salad! I got this recipe from my Sister-in-law, June. She sent me a recipe binder when Josh and I got married. This recipe was in there and I've loved it from first bite. It's a crowd pleaser too. I usually make it, eat a little bowl, then take it to the event just in case I don't get any before it's gobbled up. This recipe makes a medium sized bowl, so for a larger group I would for sure double it.

Broccoli Out Of This World Salad
1 Head of Broccoli, chopped ( I usually do extra)
10 Bacon cooked and crumbled
2 green onions
4 mushrooms, sliced (I don't add these)
1 cup water chestnuts, sliced
1/2 cup raisins (or craisins work too)
1/2 cup walnuts or Almonds
1/2 cup red onion

1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tblsp Rice Vinegar

Combine broccoli, bacon, onions, chestnuts and raisins in a bowl. Add mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar in a separate bowl and mix. Pour dressing over the broccoli mixture. Let sit in refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours before serving OR put dressing on just before you serve.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

And The Winner Is......(PRIZE CLAIMED!)

Poster #3 Tiffany Zaugg!

Tiffany you have until Midnight tonight (9/8/09) to email me to claim your prize. If not, another winner will be chosen.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Only two more days!

Only two more days to enter the give away! Enter below!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


A few weeks ago some of the ladies in my neighborhood came over to make cards. I have a pattern/cutting guide that makes 10 cards from 2 pieces of patterned paper and some extra cardstock. We all sat down to make some cards from this pattern. Everyone's turned out different, and it was so much fun to get together. Here are the two sets I made:

Animal/Kid Friendly Cards

Note Cards
Same papers, different themes. So now for the giveaway! You can win a set of these cards & the pattern to make more! I'll even let you choose which set! You can enter to win 5 times! Here's how:

1. Enter by leaving a comment with your name and which card set you'd like to win. Example: Sue Stamper- Note Cards

2. Tell everyone you know about this giveaway and have them leave a comment with their name & also say you reffered them. Example: Jane Doe - Kid Friendly Card - Refered by Sue Stamper

3. Become a follower to this blog then leave a comment. Example: Sue Stamper - Follower

4. Go to and look at all of Close To My Heart's fabulous paper packets. Come back and leave a comment with your name and the name of the packet you think would make great cards. Example: Sue Stamper- Animal Cookie

5. Order any Close To My Heart Paper Packet by either calling me, emailing me, or online through my website by September 7th. Come back and leave a comment. You will also automatically recieve the cutting guide and instructions for these cards free! (All contact info is on my website Example: Sue Stamper- Ordered trough website

Come back on September 8th to see if you are the lucky winner!

The winner will be chosen by The winner has until midnight September 8th. If the prize goes unclaimed a new winner will be chosen the next day.