Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Sweet Tooth

I have had such a sweet tooth and when I found this on pinterest I knew I had to share it. Yummy and so sweet!

Chocolate Caramel and Pecan Turtle Clusters

Photo Credit: jamiecooksitup

Yield: about 40 clusters

  • 2 1/2 C pecans
  • 1/2 C butter (I use salted)
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 C light corn syrup
  • 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk (1/2 of a 14 ounce can)
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • 1 (12 ounce) package milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 t shortening (I use butter flavored Crisco)

  1. Toss 2 1/2 cups of pecans into a large skillet. Toast them over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until they have darkened just a bit and smell fragrant and wonderful. Should only take a few minutes.
  2. Find yourself 2 large cookie sheets. Line them with parchment paper and spray it with cooking spray. Arrange your pecans into clusters, three to a group works well. You want to leave some space (about an inch) between each cluster.
  3. Make your caramel (full tutorial with pictures found here). Place 1/2 C butter into a medium-sized sauce pan. Melt it over medium high heat. Add  1 C brown sugar, 1/2 C light corn syrup and 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk to the pan. Increase the heat just a bit and stir it continually. Cook and stir until it reaches 235-240 degrees. I generally remove it from the heat when it reaches about 234 degrees. It will continue to rise in temperature just a bit even without the direct heat, making the caramel just the right texture.
  4. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.
  5. Carefully drizzle about 1 1/2 teaspoons of caramel over each nut cluster. You’ll want to work quickly, as the caramel will begin to set up. Be sure there is caramel touching all of the nuts in your cluster. The caramel works like glue, sticking the nuts together.
  6. In a microwave safe bowl pour 12 ounces of milk chocolate chips. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each cooking interval.
  7. Add 1/2 teaspoon of shortening to the melted chocolate. Allow it to sit for a minute or two (so it can melt and make the chocolate chips more spreadable). Stir it all together.
  8. Spoon about 1 1/2 teaspoons of melted chocolate over the top of the caramel and nuts. Swirl it around along the top making a pretty swoop with your spoon.
  9. Allow the chocolate to set up. Once it has hardened and cooled you can serve them immediately, or transfer them to an air tight container.
Original Recipe: jamiecooksitup

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


I am currently cleaning out my cardmaking, scrapbooking, and rubber stamping supplies. These are all for sale NOW! 

Group 1: Traditional/Formal Ho, Ho, Ho Christmas
This package features: 11 rubber stamps (some new and a few gently used). 5 plain gift tags. Over 50 paper & vellum embellishments. 4 large vintage image style postcards. 32 - 4.5 by 6.5 inch old world winter card stock. 30-12 by 12 inch scrapbooking sheets.  
Get all of this for only $30.00 plus shipping! Over $100 value!

Group 2: Beautiful Blue & Silver Christmas

This package features: 14 vellum glittery snowflake embellishments. 2 packages of glitter chipboard flourishes 26 in each pack.  Yuletide letters chipbox by K&Company 68 pieces. 5 plain white paper tags. Die-cut vellum pad swell noel by K&Company.  Package of blue chipboard thickers alphabet and numbers by American crafts. Glitter chipboard alphas with 32 glitter letters by ColorBok. 13 white glitter flourishes.  A variety of embellishments with vintage images. 10 - 12 by 12 inch scrapbooking paper various colors. 1 Martha Stewart snowflake punch. 
Get all of this for only $48.00 plus shipping! Over $100 value!

Group 3: Valentines Lovey Dovey Collection
This package features: 19-12 by 12 inch scrapbooking paper sheets. 3 rubber stamps. 1 Valentines sticker page (by Tim Holtz).  Over 40 glitter paper embellishments with victorian or retro valentines images.  17 Beautiful nostalgic valentines paper images. 9 mini Daisy D retro style valentines.  Get all of this for only $15.00 plus shipping!  Over $70 value!

How to buy:  Email me at . I accept PayPal.
Shipping charges will be calculated and invoiced separately once package 
is taken to the post office. 
Enjoy - Angelina!

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Christmas Theme...

It is final! I have decided to have my blog focus on my passion for Christmas!  I love Christmas so much and if I had it my way, It would be Christmas at my home year around.  I am currently creating new winter season designs. Here are a few photos of my handmade Christmas products from 2012. If you would like any of these products, email me at . - Angelina

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Christmas Is Coming.

I have had a blast creating  for Christmas 2011.This years designs have been more fun then any other year! I opened in August and it has been awsome.Country/colonial and primitive designs are still loved the world over and the shops that are selling my designs are some of the nicest I have ever worked with. Please enjoy soem of my latest designs.God Bless and Much Love,Angelina

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Cottage Style Christmas Ornaments.

 I Have Been Cleaning Out My Ornaments And Have Come Up With This Beautiful Selections To Sell. I Have So Many Ornaments That I Have To Sell Off Some Of Them.Included Are- Adorable Cottage Chic Christmas Decorations.You Will Receive 3 Strings Of Martha Stewart Jingle Bell Garland,2 Silvery Glitter Church Ornaments,2 Blue Cottage Ornaments A Skate And A Deer,3 Sparkle Rose Glitter Ball Ornaments,2 Martha Stewert House Ornaments,1 Tin Stocking Ornament,And 2 Ornaments With A little Church And A Bottle Brush Tree..

This Is Available In My Etsy Shop.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

My Hubby Can Cook!

I am so proud of my hubby Don,he made the most wonderful apple butter pumpkin pies.He was inspired by Paula Deans Thanksgiving Show that was on the food network lastnight.So off he went this morning to buy what he needed and several hours later my kitchen table looked like the pic below.He is truly the most wonderful hubby!
Love you babe.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Two Handsome Boys! I Love Antique Santas! Ho! Ho! Ho!

I found these during a shopping trip today! My two new handsome boys!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I'm In Love With Old Britain Castles Pink Christmas...

I have fallen in love with these fine pieces of holiday china. We will be using these all season long!  I just love the color and Victorian images.  The historical and traditional Old Britain Castles pattern is one the best known from Johnson Brothers and has been in production since 1930. The charming Victorian-style design extends to Old Britain Castles Pink Christmas, which features stunning pink and green Christmas Tree and Santa motifs to make your Christmas truly Merry! Indulge in the joy of the season with Old Britain Castles Pink Christmas!

You can find them and buy them here: Britain Castles Pink Christmas

New Swoon Fun! White Paper Deer Tree

So Beautiful Paper Tree That I Made With No Shed Glitter Paper,A Chipboard Deer And Beautiful Floral Spray.This Would Be Beautiful In Any Cottage Christmas Setting. Comes Bubble Wrapped And Boxed. Buy it here:

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Holiday Creating With Bells And Roses.

I have been away from my blog for so long that I decided a visit and some creations were in order.I made this reto cottage paper Christmas tree with bells and a cute flourish with a little chipboard reindeer on the top.This would be darling as a centerpiece or sitting on a holiday manlt or even as a tree topper.
I also made a few other pretties.I love my candy cane and cottage tree and my santa elf and bells feathery tree that I am sharing in pictures below.

These will be available tommorow on my web site

Friday, December 18, 2009

All Done And Loving it.

After almost three months of waiting our downstairs is finally done. New pergo floors and paint make such a difference. New chair arrives today.Yeah! Enjoy.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Our Family Christmas 2009.

Our Family Christmas Tree Is Now Up! We love Christmas!
Merry Christmas To You and Your Family!
Have A Safe & Happy Season.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Creating Christmas

I Have really been in the Christmas spirit lately. I think it is showing in some of my new designs. It has been snowy and cold here in Pa so I am putting forth some holiday spirit and creating.I seem to be really returning to where I first started with my card and doing a lot of hand painted. Some of my very first customers bought my hand painted designs. I am proud of them and hope you all enjoy them as much as I enjoy making them.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Joli Paquet Time

Hello, Please join in the fun with the fall kickoff to Joli Paquet.
Here is the link to see all the great happenings.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Does It Get Any Better?

I have taken some time off to enjoy my family and help take care of my Mom. I wanted to share some pics from our recent beach vacation. We had the best time ever and can't wait to go back next month. Don and Elliot LOVE the ocean and we spent hours on the beach just enjoying the sun and each other.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Sooner Or Later

Well I guess this was bound to happen. Elliot broke the growth plate in his thumb. He is fine thank God! It could have been worse. He is such a good athelete and so strong that I think he forgets to bring it down a bit when he is playing. He can be very extreme and this time he was a bit over the top. He hung himself by his thumb in his basketball hoop. He then decided to go to his friends (they are right behind us ) and seek help from his buddie. He was afraid I would "make him stop playing and come in the house"!! Of course I would have!!
He is doing fine but out of baseball for 3 weeks!! We warned him something "bad" would happen if he kept up with the kind of "tricks " he was trying to do.This is quite a blow for the star pitcher /player. Needless to say his coaches were not happy! This is a lesson in We told you not to do that!!!!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Happy Easter

Wishing All Of My Blog Friends A Happy Easter And Spring.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


I Am So Excited! I Received My Custom Made Handbag In The Mail Today. Sarah From Fallen Sparrow Handbags Made This Beautiful Purse To My Specifications And I Am So Loving it

Please Take A Look At Her Etsy Store. She Is A Dream To Work with. You Will Not Be Disapointed.