March 2012 Handmade Card Class

Here’s a pic of the cards we made in the March 2012 Kathy’s Handmade Card Class. Kits are still available.

My next classes will be:

Hemstitched Heirlooms – April 17th 6-8 pm

Sandy Hobby Lobby – April 21st 6-8 pm

We will be making a vintage Mother’s Day card, a subway art Mother’s Day, and two other cards.  You can pay for a class or kit by going to “Pages” at the right and clicking on “Pay for Classes and Kits”

Hope to see you soon!

Kathy’s Jalapeno Jelly

I get asked for this recipe everytime I take it anywhere.  Hope you like it…..and it’s GREEN for St. Patty’s Day

Makes 6½ pints

10        jalapeno chilies, stems removed

2          large green bell peppers

1½       cups distilled vinegar

6          cups sugar

1/3       cup lemon juice

4          ounces liquid pectin

10        drops green food coloring

Place chilies and peppers in a blender and puree until finely chopped.  Combine the puree and vinegar, bring to a boil over high heat, and boil rapidly for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat and stir in sugar and lemon juice.  Return pan to heat, bring to a boil again, stir in the pectin and food coloring and boil again, stirring constantly for 1 minute.  Skim off foam and bottle in sterilized jars. Additional notes: Use gloves when handling the chilies. Don’t overcook.  It will harden as it cools.  About the hotness: it was nicely hot when made, and mellows over time.  You could add 1 or 2 green habaneros to the ingredients if you want it hotter.

Suggested uses: serve the jelly over cream cheese, with crackers or use as a marinade for meat, and chicken, or grilled vegetables.

St. Patty’s Day Door Hanger

This is a fun St. Patty’s Day door hanger idea.  Maybe for next year though since St. Patty’s Day is on Saturday.

Things you will need:

* Three different sizes of clovers with holes for hanging together with wire.

* Stain or Paint

* St. Patty’s Day Paper

* Raffia or Ribbon

* Wire

* Mod Podge

* Distressing Ink

Paint or stain wood.  Trace wood on pattern paper.  Cut out paper and Mod Podge to wood.  Distress wood and paper with distressing ink.  String clovers together with wire.  Make a wire hanger at the top.  Tie raffia or ribbon in a bow and add to the top of the wire.

St. Patty’s Day Brownies

  • 1 box Betty Crocker® fudge brownie mix plus eggs, water and oil listed on the package, prepared according to box directions
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • green food coloring (about 12 drops)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Pour prepared brownie batter into the prepared 9 x 13 inch dish.
  4. In a bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar together until well blended.
  5. Beat in the egg, flour, vanilla, and food coloring until well blended and smooth.
  6. Drop cream cheese mixture by tablespoonfuls evenly on top of batter.
  7. With knife, cut through mixture a few times to marble.
  8. Bake as directed on brownie mix box or until toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean.
  9. Cool completely, about 1 hour and cut into squares. Store in refrigerator.