Saturday, December 17, 2016

Tomato soup!

You all have seen my recipe for my homemade garden vegetable tomato soup, right!  Well if you haven't then go through my blog and take a look.  It is so delicious.

Today's post is about my second batch of this soup using the tomato juice that I canned with my mom last summer.  I thought I would mix it up a bit and I sure was glad I did because it only got better.

I had some refrigerated ravioli's stuffed with spinach and ricotta.  I boiled them in some of my wonderful frozen chicken broth and threw in a handful of fresh parsley.

I used a slotted spoon to put the ravioli's in a big boil and then put the tomato soup over the top.  Wow, it was so good. 

I reserved that broth for another kind of soup.

I served it with some hot crunchy sour dough bread and a glass of red wine.  Enjoy!

Now I am off to bake some Christmas cookies!  Have a great day!


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Oh Deer!

It's  a snowy morning here in Michigan and I would like to share some of the cards I have made with the Oh Deer paper pack.  I just love this paper so much.  It will only be available until December 31.  Take a look at the entire pack on my website at

I hope you like them!  Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Close to my Heart Christmas wish list!

Happy Friday everyone.  Do you have your shopping done yet?  Maybe you don't know what to tell people to get you!  Well problem solved.  I can help with that.


Tired of returning things December 26th? Hoping that your friends
and family will read your mind when they shop?  Wish there was a
 way to tell your family and friends what to get you?

Worry no more….let me help them shop for fabulous scrapbook
supplies, stamps and tools.

Give me the email addresses of those who will be shopping for you and then
go through the catalog, imagining how happy you’ll be on Christmas morning when your wishes come true.

Tell me which item numbers you want to unwrap on Christmas morning and I will handle the rest.

I will email your shoppers, tell them that I know exactly what you want and help them make sure it is waiting for you under the tree.  No duplicates because I’ll manage your wishlist.

Santa will be really good to you this year!

So you don't have a catalog?  Just go to, click on products and then idea books.  You can view them there.  Have fun!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Close to my Heart December special!

Happy Friday everyone!

I wanted to share the December special with you today.  The little things is a great Christmas present for that special someone on your list.  You have your choice of the insta album or this fabulous black and white striped 6X8 album.  You get colorful pages to go inside and your choice of photo pages!

Make sure you check this deal out on my website.  These are 30% off this month only!

While you are there, make sure you take a look at the Holiday expression idea book.  Most things in this book will not be available after December 31, 2016. 

Also, take a look at the December Stamp of the month.  It has a beautiful display of flowers and sentiments on it.

Here is a little peak at the artwork from the papers in the Holiday expressions idea book.

Don't miss out!  Go to my website now!

Have a great day!


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Don't waste those Thanksgiving leftovers!

Well I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Todays post is about using up every drop of that Turkey without getting sick of it.

You have probably heard how good that bone broth is for you!  So last year I started boiling all my meat bones and making bone broth.  It really started last Thanksgiving.

This year I was thinking way ahead for the healthiest way to preserve my Turkey left overs.  Starting with ordering a turkey from the Health food store.  Ya, it cost a bit more, but I know it wasn't raised in a turkey factory and pumped full of antibiotics and steroids.  And I have to tell you, it was delicious.

So yesterday morning I put that whole carcass in a big pot.  I left all the celery, onions and herbs right in it.   I filled the pot with water after adding a ton of my fresh herbs, more onions, celery, carrots and garlic.  After it came to a boil, I gave it a good stir, put the lid on tight and let it simmer for 4 hours.  (they say your supposed to simmer it for 12 hours to get the benefit of all the bones), but I didn't have that much time.  Then I strained it in a colander and then through a sieve to make sure I was just getting broth.  I ended up with about 5 quarts of beautiful broth.  And in the freezer it went.

Now for all that good turkey meat.  Another big pot filled with the neck legs and wings.  I boiled it for about an hour.  I then took out the bones and added celery, onion carrots garlic and thyme.  Once the veggies were cooked I added back in a bunch of meat.  I only left enough out for my Husband to get a few turkey sandwiches.  Now I have the start of some turkey and noodle or rice soup.  And in to the freezer it goes in 2 containers.  All I have to do is thaw it out and add the noodles or rice.

Now, what to do with those mashed potatoes?  Make soup, of course.  Yes, mashed potato soup.  That's what's for dinner tonight.  I already have the onion and celery cut up so it should be pretty easy.

Well that is it for now! 



Monday, November 21, 2016

Black Friday sale!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!  I hope everyone will be enjoying time with the family's and friends this year. 

Close to my Heart has a great Black Friday sale going on.  Don't miss out.  It is the best time to stock up on item's you missed.

Black Friday: Surprise Stash

Limited-time Constant Campaign

Love getting a great deal on crafting supplies to add to your stash? For Black Friday this year, you’ll have the opportunity to get amazing crafting supplies at an amazing price with Close To My Heart! For 24 hours only, we’ll feature themed mystery boxes filled with retired Close To My Heart products, all at a major discount! These mystery boxes will have five different price points ranging from $35 to $150, with some mystery boxes being offered at 50% off the retail value! All mystery boxes will be available beginning November 25, 2016 at 12:00 am (MST) while supplies last—so grab a box for your stash before they’re gone!
Review the campaign materials below for complete campaign details!
Campaign Dates: November 25, 2016 (12:01 am MST) – November 25, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT)

Don't miss out!!!!  The sale is while supplies last!!!!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Gobble Gobble!!!!


I just wanted to share today that I have gotten a new Cricut Explore Air 2.  This is my first project with it.  Haha, isn't he cute?  It was a pain to put together, I didn't quite understand there instructions.  I might have to take some lessons on how to use Cricut design space too!

As always, I would love to help you with all of your paper craft needs at!

Have a great day and Happy Thanksgiving!


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Happy November 10th!

It is such a beautiful day here in mid- Michigan! It is 62 degrees out right now at 3:12!  And so so sunny!  I had an appointment in my little town of Mason for a hair cut so I walked around and collected Poke' balls and caught a ton of Pok√©mon.  Just thought I would share a little of my fun day!
I also went in to our little store Kean's and bought some candy at the old fashion candy counter and some material to make curtains for a small window in the basement. 

Now on to some Christmas card stuff.  I wanted to post a picture for the challenge in Heart 2 Heart Challenge "no red or green".  This is also one of the cards we will be making at my card buffet coming up in December.

I hope you like it!  I used the shimmer brush on all the star pieces!

Have a wonderful day!


Friday, November 4, 2016

Fall color!

Wow, it is November 4, 2016 in mid Michigan!  What a beautiful day!  55 degrees and sunny!

As Tadd and I were going for our lunch time walk I decided to take some pictures of the trees that still have color.  I got a little extra workout in too.  He kept walking as I stopped to take the pictures!  So I had to run to catch up with him several times.

So for all of you people that don't get to see the beautiful color change like we do in Michigan, here is a little treat for you!  Keep in mind this is at the very end of the season and just a couple days ago they were even more beautiful.  I didn't have my phone with me then and now a lot of the leaves have fallen.  Enjoy!!!

Yesterday this tree was completely full with yellow leaves!  So beautiful!
Pretty burning bush!

Have a great weekend everyone, and if you like this post please follow me!


Friday, October 28, 2016

cards cards and more cards!!!

Today I want to share some cards I have been working on with Close to my Hearts Swan Lake, Oh Dear and Rustic Home Fundamentals paper packs!

If you like these cards, I can make as many as you would like.  Just contact me at for more information!

You can also shop for the products I have used at

Thank you for looking!  Ronda

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Close to my Heart Workspace wonder!

Hello fellow crafters!!!!! Our much anticipated desk storage is finally available!  This first shipment will sell out quickly so don't wait to get your order in!

Each piece is sold separately so you build your own custom unit!  Make sure you pick up some of our all new ink pads.  They are bigger and have a magnetic closer!

Look at the little tray on top for all of your re-inkers!  Our re-inkers are bigger than the competitors!

Have fun shopping!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Planners have to plan, so why not color too!

I have never been much of a person to keep a planner or calendar other than at my desk so I can write down when bills are due.

I have a Birthday book so I look at it at the first of the month and write them down on the calendar.

My appointments go on another calendar that sits on the side of the refrigerator. My husband and I both use that one so we can keep track of each other!  LOL !!!!!!

Now I am having workshops for scrapbooking and card making at my home and I have team meetings.

OH MY!!!!  I think I need a planner!  What would be better than a planner with adult coloring sheets inside for those boring meetings?

At Close to my Heart, we have two beautiful albums and new 2017 planner pages with coloring sheets and a handing zip lock bag to keep those colored pencils in.  Check out the two different bundles you can get at!

Don't forget to grab the water color pencil set while you are there.  You can use them for regular coloring too.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Happy Fall everyone!

Today I have some layouts I have been making with Close to my Hearts Swan Lake paper pack and the complements from Swan Lake and Rustic Home's All together complements!  I just love this paper pack and the beautiful colors that go with it.

Would you like to join me and make these layouts.  Just contact me or get your own materials at

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Ronda's Paper Creations: Ronda's Garden veggie tomato soup!

Ronda's Paper Creations: Ronda's Garden veggie tomato soup!:                                                      Ronda's garden veggie tomato soup Ingredient's 6 cups fresh tomato juic...

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Close to my Hearts Swan Lake and the October Stamp of the month!

Today I want to share with you, the paper pack of the month and the Stamp of the month.  There are so many beautiful cards and layouts you could do with the Swan Lake paper pack and the complements.  You can view these on my website at  Click on idea books and then Holiday expressions.  Go to page 15 or better yet look through the whole catalog and see all the beautiful products and art work.

Would you be interested in a workshop your way monthly club?  For 26.95 you can purchase the workshop.  You get everything you need to make several layouts, pocket pages and cards.  It really is a great deal and we could get together once a month and work on them.  Please contact me for more information at

While your shopping don't forget to pick up this beautiful stamp of the month set for only $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase.  Or you can buy it for $17.95 until the end of the month!