Sunday, January 31, 2010

Hearts For Haiti

All our hearts go out to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti, and like so many of you, CTMH is eager to help. I'm excited to announce Close To My Heart’s February Constant Campaign, Hearts for Haiti—where you can get a great deal while doing great good for those affected by the devastation in Haiti.

From February 1-28, 2010, our 12” x 12” textured cardstock combo packs are buy one, get one FREE—and with every offer purchased, Close To My Heart will donate $2 US to Operation Smile’s Haiti relief efforts.

Choose from Basic, Spring Harmony, Summer Celebration, Autumn Harvest, or Winter Cozy. You can view and purchase these packs HERE or on pages 100-101 in the current idea book.

Workshop On The Go Group for February




This month we will be creating with the kit featuring the Caboodle paper packet. These fun colors and patterns would be perfect for Spring, Birthday, or even Easter! We will be getting together on Febururay 26th @ 7pm at my home to make all the projects suggested in the workshop guide, 2 layouts and 12 cards. Choose from the basic kit $29.95 (plus shipping and tax) or the Best Option to add more bling to your projects for only $11.90 more (plus shipping and tax). Everyone is welcome to join us! Bring a friend and receive a gift! Please order and prepay by Monday February 15th.
There is still room in the Workshop On The Go Group if you are interested in receiving free products just for crafting monthly! Here are the details:

Workshop On The Go Group Perks:
• Each member will receive $25 or more in free product. One person will be “hostess” in a month.
• New kit and techniques featured every month.
• Two NEW patterns every month. A scrapbook pattern & card pattern
• Full colored step by step instruction guide- Awesome if you are not able to attend, or need to finish at home.
• With a few extra pieces of cardstock that I will provide for FREE, you will complete 2 layouts & 12 cards. You’ll have a ton of extras to make even more at home!
• Discounted price of $29.95 for each kit with options to add more to step up and bling out your projects.
• Guests are always welcome! Bring a friend and receive a gift!

Ready to join? It’s simple! Email or call me.

Art and Soul ~ Valentine's Show - Giveaway Extended!

Have you ever seen an episode of Art & Soul? They are project videos on CTMH TV filled with ideas. The latest episode is called Lot's To Love. Go HERE to view it (you may have to click on the title to the left). Then come back and leave a comment telling me a project or product you want to try. On February 28th I'll choose one commenter who will win this special handmade lip balm card!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Healthified Spinach Dip

Need a more healthy choice for your Super Bowl party? This one is great! I've taken it to family events and there has been no leftovers. I have some avid Spinach Dip lovers in my family and even they said it tasted just as good as those in a resturant. This recipe was origanlly from www.eatbetteramerica.com. Great site if you are looking for more healthy recipes. I've served this with tortilla chips and reduced fat ritz crackers.

Healthified Spinach Dip
Prep Time:15 min
Start to Finish:45 min
makes:10 servings (1/4 cup each)
4 cups lightly packed fresh baby spinach leaves (4 oz)
1 package (8 oz) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufch√Ętel), softened
1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
4 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese (1 oz)
1/4cup fat-free (skim) milk
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 can (14 oz) artichoke hearts, drained, chopped
Baguette slices, if desired
Assorted raw vegetables, if desired
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 1-quart shallow glass baking dish or 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray.
2. Place spinach in 2-quart microwavable casserole; add 1/4 cup water. Cover; microwave on High 2 minutes. Drain well, pressing spinach with paper towels to remove excess liquid. Chop spinach.
3. In large bowl, beat cream cheese with spoon until smooth. Beat in mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese, the milk, garlic and basil until well blended. Stir in spinach and artichokes. Spread evenly in baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining tablespoon cheese.
4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve with baguette slices or raw vegetables.
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Nutritional Information
1 Serving: Calories 120 (Calories from Fat 70); Total Fat 8g (Saturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 20mg; Sodium 280mg; Total Carbohydrate 6g (Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 1g); Protein 5g % Daily Value*: Vitamin A 30%; Vitamin C 6%; Calcium 8%; Iron 4% Exchanges: 0 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Vegetable; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 1/2 MyPyramid Servings: 1/2 c Dairy, 1/2 c Vegetables *% Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sunny Apple Bars

I get the Eat Better America newsletter and in it was this recipe. I was excited because I had the muffin mix in my pantry. It had been there for awhile, so I was more then happy to use it up. I thought these were good, but my 5 year old didn't. It might have been the raisins.

Sunny Apple Bars :
1box (15.3 oz) Fiber One™ apple cinnamon muffin mix
1/2cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) or unsweetened applesauce
1/2cup water
1tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
1/4cup fat-free egg product or 1 egg
1/3cup raisins
1/3cup sunflower nuts
Icing:
1/2cup powdered sugar
2to 3 teaspoons milk
1.Heat oven to 400°F. Spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. In medium bowl, stir muffin mix, pumpkin, water, oil and egg just until blended (batter may be lumpy). Stir in raisins; spread in pan. Sprinkle with sunflower nuts.
2.Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
3.In small bowl, mix powdered sugar and enough milk for desired consistency until smooth. Drizzle over bars. Cut into bars."


* Makes 24 bars. I froze them in freezer bags then pulled them out and warm them up in the microwave. They still taste great!*

Nutritional Information

1 Bar: Calories 110 (Calories from Fat 25); Total Fat 2 1/2g (Saturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 110mg; Total Carbohydrate 19g (Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 11g); Protein 1g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 15%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 0%; Iron 2% Exchanges: 1/2 Starch; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 1

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Terrific Teriyaki Burgers

My mom gave all us kids a cook book for Christmas . I love recipe books! I like to try out new recipes. This one is called Good Food from our Neighborhood. It was compiled by a group in Roy. This particular recipe is from Susan Voorhees. We tried it and loved it, I then suggested it to my sister and they really liked it. My brother and his wife tried it too, and well, these burgers are Terrific! (sorry no picture, but try it anyway)

Terrific Teriyaki Burgers

1 1/2 C soft bread crumbs
1/2 C chopped Onion
1/4 C Water
2 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1 Clove garlic, minced (I used a few shakes of garlic powder)
Dash ground ginger
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef (I used a pound for our family of 4)
6 hamburger buns
Sliced cucumbers (optional)
Lettuce leaves (optional)

Stir together the soft bread crumbs, onion, water, sugar, soy sauce, garlic, and ground ginger in a large mixing bowl. Add the ground beef and mix well. Shape the meat mixture into six 3/4 inch thick patties.


Grill uncovered, turning once, for 15-18 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the side of patty registers 160 degrees. (I eye balled it and cooked until no longer pink)


For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place patties on the grill rack; cover and grill as above. Makes: 6 servings.

Monday, January 11, 2010

What's In A Kit

A challenge was given to me by a neighbor, the Utah Deal Diva. Some of you may know her. She loves a good deal, but don't we all? I was talking to her about the new workshop on the go group starting this month. She, like a lot of you I'm sure, thinks $29.95 for a kit is a little steep. She wanted to know how many things you can make from one kit. Challenge accepted. I created everything the instruction sheets suggested, then using our awesome idea books, Imagine & Originals I started creating more. Here is what I ended up with:
That is a total of 38 items made from one kit!
  • 20 Cards
  • 3 Heart Shaped Boxes (for valentine's gifts)
  • 2 Buckets
  • 5 Bag Toppers
  • 3 - Two Page Layouts
  • 1 Gift Box
  • 4 Notebooks
I'll do the math for you. If you purchase the $29.95 kit the cost per item is only $.90! If you purchase the kit with the Best option, which is what I used it costs only $1.18 per item!
You've seen some of the items in the earlier post with the details on the Workshop for this month. Here is a closer view of the items you haven't seen yet:


I'm so glad I accepted this challenge! I now have a ton of gifts done and cards on hand for the future. You can see all the details of the kit and even order it HERE (click on Top Stitch on the left). Better yet, join us this month for the workshop. Call or email me to reserve your spot and to start crafting with this awesome kit!

The Winner Is.....!



Comment #2 The Cottrells said... !
Email me to claim your prize!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy CTMH Anniversary! (Contest Closed)

I’ve been with CTMH for 5 years now! I can hardly believe it! I’d love to give away one of my favorite accents, Sparkles!

I will give a free package to everyone who joins the Workshop On The Go Group this month. You can also enter to win a package by posting a comment. The original draw date was Friday the 8th, but for those of you that didn't get the info until Friday, I'll extend it over the weekend and pick a winner on Monday January 11th.

Check back to see if you are the winner and to claim your prize!

Workshop On The Go Group - January

WORKSHOP ON THE GO GROUP: Do you need a girl’s night out and time to craft with friends? This group is for you! The group consists of 6 members and meets for 6 months. Each month, starting this month on Friday January 29th (7pm-10pm) we will meet to complete the Workshop On The Go projects.

Workshop On The Go Group Perks:
• Each member will receive $25 or more in free product. One person will be “hostess” in a month.
• New kit and techniques featured every month.
• Two NEW patterns every month. A scrapbook pattern & card pattern
• Full colored step by step instruction guide- Awesome if you are not able to attend, or need to finish at home.
• With a few extra pieces of cardstock that I will provide for FREE, you will complete 2 layouts & 12 cards. You’ll have a ton of extras to make even more at home!
• Discounted price of $29.95 for each kit with options to add more to step up and bling out your projects.
• Guests are always welcome! Bring a friend and receive a gift!

Ready to join? It’s simple! Email or call me to reserve your spot by Monday January 18th. *You can do the workshop with us without joining the group, let me know at time of sign up you would like to be a guest.*

Tell your friends! Start your own group of 6 people for 6 months and receive an additional $10 of free product! You will be able to choose a time and date that works for you and your friends to hold your group!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Spring Idea Book!

The new catalog is here and ready for viewing. You can get your own copy by emailing or calling me (while supplies last). Click HERE to view it online! You can order any of the new products by clicking on the Close To My Heart icon on the right side of the blog.