Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day

Sounds a bit weird doesn’t it? I mean, this is supposed to be a solemn occasion, but most of us end up spending the day doing things we like and cooking on the grill rather than going to the cemetary.

In my case, all the relatives are buried on the other side of the state, so I can’t very well go visit any graves today. But we are certainly thankful for those who gave their lives to keep our country free and grateful for those who are serving in our military today.

I certainly have done things I like today. Yesterday I felt like goofing off from stamping and so I did. We went to church, celebrated Pentecost, and then I spent the rest of the day making macaroni salad and reading "Died in the Wool" by Mary Kruger, which is pretty good!

The macaroni salad is one that my mom has made forever and so do I. She doesn’t remember where she got the recipe; but summer isn’t summer without it. Basically, it’s just macaroni, diced fresh tomatoes, sliced celery, sliced green onions (Mom uses regular onions, but they’re too strong for my taste), sliced radishes, and chopped sweet pickles. For the dressing, we dump in the Miracle Whip (we in the midwest like our stuff sweet, but MW is about as sweet as I would ever want to get in my macaroni salad) plus the secret ingredient: French dressing…it has to be the day-glo orange variety and you can use Catalina as well. My mom goes further and adds some of the sweet pickle juice, but I don’t like that myself so I leave it out. The French dressing turns the macaroni salad a nice peach-pink color…it’s quite distinctive and  utterly addicting. I cover it with salt and pepper and have been known to eat it for breakfast.

Anyway, I made enough for a couple of days, figuring I wouldn’t have to cook today. I thought wrong. Naturally, after a nice relaxing morning (and that’s unusual for me, because on Saturday I get up and start doing the bulletin for church and Sunday is church, so having a relaxing weekend morning rarely happens), Dan  happened to mention how much he would like baked beans, and being the sucker I am for a certain whistful tone in his voice, I ended up making a trip to the store for the stuff and picking up some cherry pie filling for a dump cake as well. Right now Dan is out cooking the chicken and I’ve just taken the beans out of the oven. The dump cake goes in next.

I pretty much cook like my mom does and used to when I was growing up. It’s not that I don’t like ethnic cuisine and exciting new food, because I do. But I live with the world’s pickiest people. Dan likes some ethnic dishes, like Mexican and some Chinese and [gasp!} I actually got him to try Pud Thai and he liked it!!!, but when it comes to anything eaten at home, he likes plain ole’ meat ‘n taters style cooking…comfort food. And my mom has always been the mistress of that genre, so I finally gave up trying to get my husband to like lentils, stir fry and other fun stuff and went back to my roots. We may be fatter, but we are happier. And even cooking just like my mom doesn’t get my kids to eat much of what I make…they are all changelings, I’m convinced of it.

By this time of year, I really look forward to grilled food, because [whispering} I’m sick and tired of cooking and want someone else to do it. Like a true 50’s throwback, Dan believes cooking on the grill is a man’s job and I’m happy to let him believe that. I don’t tell him that MY dad never has cooked on the grill…my mom does it all. Summer is a time to be free of cooking all the time…I mostly make side dishes and he does the rest. THat means…more time to stamp! Hooray!

I did get to stamp today, which I imagine is more to your interest than what I am cooking. And since the chicken just came off the grill and I’m hungry, I’ll cut right to the cards and get outta  your hair:


Here’s the other stamp…it’s the greeting, which I got from Inky Antics. I knew just what I would put it with: this Penny Black Songbird stamp. It’s a difficult stamp to use because it’s so dang big. I colored on it with markers, misted it lightly with water, then stamped. I kind of like how it turned out.

Ingredients: Stamps: Penny Black and Inky Antics, Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Cameo Coral, Confettie White; Ink: Basic Black; Other: Stampin’ Write Markers, very narrow gold organdy ribbon, notch corner punch.

And here’s the other card:


This is the Stylized Flower embossing folder for the Cuttlebug, painted with Twinkling H2O’s. I’ve been very very unfaitful to SU! this week…sigh…but dang, it was FUN!!! I’ve had the H2O’s just forever and only have used them once before…you wouldn’t grudge a girl a little fun on the side, would you? Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more!

Here’s a detail, so you can see the shimmer:


Isn’t it gorgeomacious? Isn’t it enough to make anyone stray from the straight and narrow? Are you lovin’ it? And more important, are you loving ME? I hope so (yes, I love myself!)

Ingredients: Stamp: Inkadinkadoo (got it at Michael’s); Ink: Basic Black; Cardstock: Cool Caribbean, Basic Black, Summer Sun, Whisper White; Other: Cuttlebug Stylized Flowers embossing folder, Twinkling H2O’s, dimensionals, Dots, Dashes & Checks ribbon (Michael’s).

I’ll probably go down and work on pages for Scrappy Chic later; it’s almost the end of May already and I haven’t even touched my design team packet yet! Oh, I’m a baaaddd girl…..

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11 thoughts on “Happy Memorial Day”

  • I absolutely LOVE both of these cards….I have been saving money for when the new SU catalog comes out, but dang if I don’t HAVE to have those 2 saying stamps & the songbird too!! Thank goodness I have the Cuttlebug & embossing folder you used!!
    Anyway, thanks for sharing & enabling! LOL

  • Love that comfort food – I made a cherry dump cake yesterday (it’s in the fridge, so I can take out some, heat it & eat – so good!) Love the card sentiments – perfect!

  • i would NEVER have thought to use french or catalina dressing in conjuction w/the mayo (sorry no mw here) but it sounds fab! the rest of the salad is my norm but use mustard….must go buy some catalina! thanks for the idea ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • My best FL friend and I played with our Twinklers on Saturday! I also managed to cobble together an alphabetical list of all 144 colors and then make another list of the colors I have, almost 50! Jeannie had some dupes and she gave them to me!
    Love your cards! Gotta get me a Cuttlebug!

  • i bought the twinkeling h2o but was not happy the way they looked.
    not sparkely at all.
    did i had them too wet? is there a special paper to use with?
    my absolute favorite card is the bird one. wow… i was looking at this stamp but now i defenetly will buy it. gooooorgeous

  • I just sent you an email with a cute little ‘essay’ on BBQ…your story made me think of it.
    Thanks for sharing your awesome cards!

  • Oh Janine,
    I “googled” the twinkilng H2O’s, I gotta have them. I was not sure what they were or where to buy them. I love the card with the cuttlebug embossing and I LOVE the bird stamp. Have any houses come up for sale next to you?? haha Thanks for the inspiration!!

  • Janine, I just love EVERYTHING you do! It’s all so beautiful and inspiring! And if anyone can relate to cooking, stamping and chocolate, it’s me! Thanks so much for the constant inspiration, giggles and perspective!

  • Janine, I just love EVERYTHING you do! It’s all so beautiful and inspiring! And if anyone can relate to cooking, stamping and chocolate, it’s me! Thanks so much for the constant inspiration, giggles and perspective!

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