Favorite Wilde Quotes

~I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.~

~Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.~

~I love talking about nothing. It is the only thing I know
anything about.~

~Oscar Wilde



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Give-Away! Shabby Apple... WHAT?

This Give-Away is now closed.

Who are Shabby Apple?  So glad you asked... they are an online boutique that sells vintage-inspired women's apparel & accessories. They even offer maternity and children's dresses. :) From their "About Us" page:
"We started Shabby Apple because we saw a need in women’s fashion that was not being met. A need to make women feel feminine and beautiful for what they wear, not what they bare. We offer flirty, stylish dresses a woman can wear just as comfortably in the office, at a family dinner, or on a date."

Shabby Apple is giving me, ahem.. you the chance to win a dress! Here are a few I had to choose from:
 Pineapple Prince

Nothin' Like a Dame


And my choice for the Give-Away....

Be sure to check out their many other items -including necklaces;


And, oh, the swimsuits!

Ready to give it a go?

To enter this giveaway, you must: 

1. Like Shabby Apple on Facebook, leave me a comment telling me you did so -by liking them you can  get in on special promotions and exclusive discounts.
2. Visit ShabbyApple.com and comment on this post telling me your favorite item by Tuesday, December 6th at 11:59pm PST.  You may enter up to 3 additional times by doing any of the following:

3. Follow or Subscribe to A Creative Space (blog)
4. Post a link to this giveaway on your Facebook page
5. Post a link to this giveaway on your blog

Leave separate comments letting me know which of the above you have done for each additional entry. Your comment(s) must include an email address to be eligible to win (either through your blogging ID or typed into your comment entry).

Due to Shabby Apple shipping requirements, this giveaway is open to readers with a US mailing address only. There will be no exchanges for the winning dress.

The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced on Wednesday, December 7th.

In a hurry to shop?  Shabby Apple offers 10% just by signing up for email! You can enter their shop by using the link in my side bar.

Good luck everyone!

Linking up to:  Debbiedoos

Thursday, November 17, 2011

What's In A Name?

Here is our little Peanut.  
He came to live with us when he was 2, and his name was, "Patches."  People kept asking if he was a boy, or a girl, so we thought a gender-specific name would be a good idea.  One day shortly after, we were on a family walk, and a man admiring our little ball of fur shouted out -"Hey, look at that little peanut!"  We knew right away what his new name would be.  Gender-specific be darned!  That day our boys gave him his full name:  Peanut Patches Jet-Fighter.  Since he is part of our family, he has our same last name too -not, Jet-Fighter.  In the interest of his privacy, we are keeping his last name out of this post. I just noticed..... look at the thin line of his mouth -doesn't he look like he is smiling?  Besides his handsome self, he has a funny side too.  You can check that out here!

Thanks for stopping by!

Linking to:  Fabulously Flawed, Photo Challenge

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Are you looking for Euphoria?

I am posting this recipe in honor of Monica.  She is a friend of mine, who among other things, would rather be making cards, than hanging out in the kitchen.  Or so she says.... My recipe books are always calling my name, so I sometimes find it hard to believe that everyone does not hear them.  I guess Monica's cards shout louder!  You can visit her here, and see the beautiful cards she creates. :)

If you would like to join up to the Sweet Swap -head over to my introduction post and sign up. The swapping is still going on! {Ends: Dec. 31, 2011}

All of the ingredients and kitchen tools are pictured here.  You can see that I set out the Almond butter, because I actually used almond butter.  However, do not do this -it will be too sweet!  Make sure to use peanut butter, as called for in the recipe. Well, maybe you could use the more sour granny smith apples to counteract the almond butter.  I am pretty sure I used a Fuji apple and a Braeburn apple.  (Might have used a Jonagold instead of the Braeburn...)  Let's play a little reverse "I Spy" -can you see what is missing from the tools?

It has 1 or 2 sharp edges..., definitely a handle.....

Yep!  An apple peeler/sharp knife!  You need to discard the peels before you plop them into the crock pot.

Mix everything together, and if it wasn't for the sweet smell -you would be convinced that you were making an Indian panner dish.  Doesn't the caramels look like they could be cheese?

The directions call for you to slice each apple into18 wedges.  My apple corer/slicer cuts fruit into 8 slices -so I cheat and cut those slices in half, only coming up with 16 slices each.  Sorry if I am leading you down a dark path....

Ta da! Now go and do something fun for 5 hours. If you lose track of time while you are goofing around, the post-it note will help bring you back to reality.
When you remove the lid, you will feast your eyes on the mouth watering concoction that is, Caramel-Apple Euphoria

You can serve it with ice cream (my favorite) or...
with angel food cake.  OR, with whatever you like! 

Your recipe awaits.....

Caramel-Apple Euphoria
                            Makes 7 Servings

2 medium (5 to 6 oz. each)
1/2 cup apple juice
24 (about 7 oz.) caramel candy squares, unwrapped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup cream-style *peanut butter  (*I  prefer almond butter)
7 slices angel-food cake or 1 quart vanilla ice cream

1. Peel, core and cut each apple into 18 wedges; set aside.
2. In 3-1/2 quart or smaller slow cooker, combine apple juice, unwrapped caramel candies,
    vanilla, cardamom and cinnamon.
3. Drop peanut butter, 1 teaspoon at a time, over ingredients in slow cooker; stir.
4. Add apple wedges; cover and cook on LOW 5 hours.
5. Stir contents of slow cooker thoroughly; cover and cook on LOW 1 additional hour.
6. Serve approximately 1/3 cup of warm caramel-apple mixture over a slice of angel-food
    cake or vanilla ice cream.

The Crockery Cook by Mabel Hoffman

Recommendation from Mabel:
"Treat yourself to this people-pleasing dessert.  Try substituting ripe peach for apples and 1/8 teaspoon almond extract for cardamom."

Because I care about your health, I chose this apple recipe to help you incorporate fruit into your diet.
Each healthy serving contains:
216 calories; 4g protein; 32g carbohydrates; 9g fat; 1mg cholesterol; 67mg sodium

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Get Ready -I'm Co-Hosting The SWEET SWAP!!

Hey there! Thinking about coming to the party?  Excellent!  I'm hosting this month's Sweet Swap along with Becca, Emily, Kate & Megan, of Crumbs and Chaos.  They even have a recipe for Breakfast Cake -how can you go wrong starting off your day with cake? The Sweet Swap originated at Pressed Down & Shaken Together on October 1st and will be going strong until December 31st. Please try to visit at least 2 other guest posts -thank you!  Also -linking up an old post is perfectly acceptable. Go HERE to find my post, linking up to the party!  I am so excited to see your recipes and choose some for features!

Today, I am adding this recipe which is specifically for NOV 1ST -really!  I found it in {The New Calendar of Desserts; 365 Answers to the Daily Question: What Shall We Have For Dessert?"} -Revised and Prepared by Elizabeth O. Hiller; circa 1920.   Not a lot of explanation in this collection of recipes, but they are really fun. :)  Today's suggestion:

Parisian Bread Pudding
Butter thin slices of bread and spread with raspberry jam, quince or apple jelly.  Arrange them in qt. buttered pudding dish, lined with macaroons.  Fill dish half full.  Pour 1 qt. boiled custard and stream 1 hour.  Remove from steamer, spread with meringue of whites - 2 eggs beaten stiff with 2 tbsps. sugar.  Brown in oven.  Serve hot with Hard or Foamy Sauce.
[If you figure out what "Hard or Foamy Sauce" is -please let me know!]

I also love a good cup of Mexican Hot Chocolate.  Tastes so wonderful on a cold night!  You have to click on the picture (recipe card) to read the recipe.  If you have trouble, just let me know. :)


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