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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Around the World blog hop


** This post will remain at the top for the month of February.
Please scroll down for other posts throughout the month**


Hello and welcome to your next stop in the Let’s Scrap “Leap Around the World” blog hop.

If you came here from Betty Anne Orr at http://letsgetscraphappy.blogspot.com/ then you are in the right place! If you did not, Mindi Brown at http://scrapchat-n-coffeetalk.blogspot.com/ has the hop order to help you find your way.

I am so excited to be the 5th blog host out of 50 for such a fun and huge blog hop!

Here is the sketch I am showcasing for the hop:


Here is my card:

I want to apologize for the quality of the picture. My camera decided to stop working at the most inopportune time and I had to scan both my card and blog candy. Unfortunately, the scan does not show any dimensions and is of poor quality. I hope to have my camera working soon and an updated picture of the card posted here and in the gallery.





Now for the fun part! Here is the blog candy I am offering!


Here is how easy it is to enter for my random draw:
  • Be or become a member of Let’s Scrap which you can do by clicking here http://letsscrap.ning.com/ . It is free, easy and fast! Once you get there, I am sure you will love it!
  • Become a follower of my blog
  • Leave me a comment on this post telling me what your favorite thing is about Valentine’s Day

And if you would like a second chance in the draw:
  • Make a card from the sketch I have posted and upload it to the gallery at Let’s Scrap. Please tag it as 5-2-11, LEAP5
  • Leave a comment on this post with a link to your card on Let’s Scrap.

The hop ends at 11:59 pm Central Standard time February 29th, which you would be able to track using the clock on the main page of Let’s Scrap.

Thanks for visiting the Creativity Bug blog and have fun with the blog hop. Your next stop will be the talented Debby De Wilde @ http://drdewilde.blogspot.com/

If you get lost along the way or have joined the hop in the middle, Mindi Brown @ http://scrapchat-n-coffeetalk.blogspot.com/ is the beginning of the hop. You don’t want to miss any of the fun!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

T.G.I. Friday’s nine layer dip copycat

Nine Layer Dip


Looking for a great dip recipe to bring to your next potluck, book club, or family get together? Why not try T.G.I. Friday's Nine Layer Dip recipe.
This bean dip is easy to put together and has all of the best ingredients that Mexican food has to offer; refried beans, bacon, cheese, taco seasoning, tomatoes, green onions, and so much more.
No need to wait for Cinco de Mio to throw on a sombrero and take out your maracas. Get ready to host a Mexican Night this weekend!
Click here for the recipe!

Central library: Ethnic food fest

Ethnic Food Fest


Celebrate the community’s diversity by coming to an Ethnic Food Fest sponsored by the Central Library in Schaumburg.
Experience a variety of ethnic dishes generously donated by area restaurants and delis, and served by students from local high school clubs.
While attendance is limited, no registration is required.
Click here for more information!

Ela area library: 1972 historic cooking

1972 Historic Cooking


Go back to the 1970s with the Ela Area Public Library as they celebrate their 40th Anniversary with special events throughout the month of February.
Join museum curator and dramatist Ellie Carlson as she takes you on a lively trip down memory lane. The 1972 Historic Cooking program will introduce 1970 recipes, a tasting of fondue, hot Dr. Pepper served in a crockpot, no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies, and more.
Click here for more information!

25th annual spring arts and crafts show

Arts and Crafts Show


The Victor J. Andrew Music Parents Association invites you to its 25th annual spring arts and crafts show this weekend.
With more than 150 crafters and vendors with items ranging from jewelry to home decorations to food items, you can find something for everyone.
Click here for more information!

Knights of Columbus: Lenten fish fry and bake

Lenten Fish Fry and Bake


Looking for a tasty fish fry and bake that the entire family can enjoy? Then stop by the Knights of Columbus Centre and  Banquet Hall.
Enjoy an all-you-can eat wonderful fish meal with family, friends, and neighbors every Friday during Lent. Don’t worry, for those who prefer other meatless dishes the menu also includes cheese pizza, fries, mashed potatoes, salad, macaroni and cheese, coffee, and dessert.
Click here for more information!

Italian lentil soup

Italian Lentil Soup


Looking for a hearty yet healthy soup to have for lunch or dinner on a cold winters day? Need some meatless ideas for no meat Fridays during lent? Then consider making this low fat, high fiber Italian Lentil Soup.
This soup combines the flavors of lentils, tomato puree, shredded cabbage, hearty vegetables, and seasoning to make a tasty and filling meal.
Click here for the recipe!

Wauconda business and community expo 2012

Wauconda Business and Community Expo 2012


The 9th annual Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Expo is this weekend.
At the Village of Wauconda’s booth, meet members of the Village Board as they help showcase information about Lake Michigan water, Electrical Supply Savings Programs, and much more! Also joining the event will be representatives of What's Up Wauconda, a new web-based community calendar sponsored by the United Partnership for a Better Community. 
The event features the 6th annual American Legion Post 911 craft fair  along with over 70 area businesses, municipal booths, clubs, and organizations. 
On Saturday, don’t miss the demonstration by MAXX the Police Dog, passport registration assistance through the US Postal Service, musician Terry Spizzirri, and the Illinois Treasurer’s Cash and Dash program.
On Sunday, visit with Dave’s Traveling World of Reptiles, music by Jeff Trudell, caricatures, and the Wauconda Scholarship Bowling Team.

Click here for more information!

Ravioli bake

Ravioli Bake


Whether you are looking for a meatless meal perfect for Lent or want an easy lasagna style meal to make, this Ravioli Bake is just the meal you are looking for.
Made with large cheese ravioli, dice tomatoes, Italian cheeses, and your favorite spaghetti sauce this meal will be loved by every member of your family.
Round out the meal by serving it will a mixed green tossed salad and crusty garlic bread to soak up the sauce.
Click here for the recipe!

Jennifer Chiaverini book signing: The Wedding Quilt

The Wedding Quilt 


Come to the Warren Newport Public Library this Sunday to meet with author Jennifer Chiaverini. Jennifer will discuss and sign copies of her latest novel “The Wedding Quilt”.
The Wedding Quilt celebrates one of America's most romantic and enduring traditions.
Sarah McClure arrived at Elm Creek Manor as a newlywed, never suspecting that her quilting lessons with Master Quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson would inspire the successful and enduring business Elm Creek Quilts, whose members have nurtured a circle of friendship spanning generations. As the wedding day of Sarah's daughter, Caroline, approaches, Sarah's thoughts are filled with brides of Elm Creek Manor past and present—the traditions they honored, the legacies they bequeathed, the wedding quilts that contain their stories in every stitch.
Click here for more information!

Cookie dough dip

Cookie Dough Dip


Warning! If you love the taste of cookie dough, M&Ms, peanut butter, and chocolate than you need to get out a pen and paper now to start your shopping list for these delicious dessert dip.
Aptly titled “Monster Cookie Dough Dip” this dessert dip is reminiscent of cookie dough eaten straight from the bowl. This recipe makes a ton, so you have enough for one dip ball to take to a party and another to nibble on at home.
It is best served with graham crackers, but I am sure it is just as tasty with Salerno butter cookies, flat pretzels, or cinnamon flavored pita chips.
Click here for the recipe!

Hush puppies with remoulade

Hush Puppies


A hush puppy or cornbread ball is a savory, starch-based food made from cornmeal batter that is deep fried or baked in small ball or sphere shapes, or occasionally oblong or ring shapes.
The name "hush puppies" is often attributed to hunters, fishermen or other cooks who would fry some basic cornmeal mixture (possibly that they had been bread-coating or battering their own food with) and feed it to their dogs to "hush the puppies" during cook-outs or fish-fries.
Typical hush puppy ingredients include cornmeal, wheat flour, eggs, salt, baking soda, milk or buttermilk, and water, and may include onion, garlic, whole kernel corn, and peppers. The batter is mixed well, adjusting ingredients until thick, and dropped a spoonful at a time into hot oil. The small breads are fried until crispy golden brown, and cooled. Hush puppies are traditionally served with seafood including fried shrimp and catfish or Southern barbecued foods.
Click here for the recipe!

Ela area library: Arts of the 1970s

Arts of the 1970s


As part of Ela Area Public Library’s 40th Anniversary celebration, the month of February is full of 1970 related special programs.
Don’t miss out on the Art of the 1970s. Jeff Mishur will present a slide lecture exploring Pop Art, Op Art, Earthworks, and Feminism as well as a variety of responses to the abstract art of the 1950s and 1960s.
Click here for more information!

Maryland crab cakes

Maryland Crab Cakes


The Lenten season has begun and that means no meat (only fish) on Ash Wednesday and the next few Fridays from now until Easter Sunday. Instead of the usual frozen fish sticks or fish sandwiches from the drive thru window of a fast food joint, consider making these tasty Maryland Crab Cakes.
Crab cakes are a regional favorite in coastal areas across the U.S., especially in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, where blue crabs are plentiful. Recipes for how to make crab cakes vary a bit by region, with some versions using significantly more bread crumbs or "fillers" than others. But they all have one thing in common: fresh and delicious crab meat.
If you happen to live near the coast, you obviously will have greater access to fresh crab meat. But living in the Midwest, you will find lump crabmeat is available in the seafood sections of most supermarkets across the country.
This recipe for classic Maryland crab cakes is true to the region, with ingredients such as Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, fresh parsley and, of course, Old Bay seasoning--a signature spice blend of the Chesapeake area that brings out the natural flavor of seafood. Crab cakes can be served as an appetizer or main dish; or put them on buns for crab-cake sandwiches.
Click here for the recipe!

Shrimp po’boys

Shrimp Po'Boys


Creole cooking and recipes originated in Louisiana and blend French, Spanish, Caribbean, and other cuisines. A Creole dinner is the perfect way to celebrate Mardi Gras.
These Shrimp Po’Boys are the perfect combination of Creole seasoning, shrimp, Remoulade sauce, and spices all wrapped up in a hoagie roll.
Click here for the recipe!

CraftFancy: Card creations Feb 25

Card Creations


Is your handmade card stash running low? Are you looking for new card making ideas? Then CraftFancy’s Card Creations class is just what you are looking for.
Join creative designer Melissa as she teaches different card making techniques, from stamping, embossing, creative punching, sewing cardstock, and more! This class is perfect for you if you want to learn how to create fun and whimsical cards out of your leftover scrapbooking material.
This month’s theme is "Hello Friend" and you'll be creating five different cards using a few different patterns of paper and stamps.
Click here for more information!

Dirty rice

Dirty Rice


It’s Fat Tuesday, so get out your Creole seasonings and whip up a batch of dirty rice for dinner.
Traditionally dirty rice is made with chicken liver, which gives it a "dirty" color. This recipe for dirty rice trades out the chicken liver and uses healthy lean chicken sausage instead.
Click here for the recipe!

The best darned grilled chicken ever

Grilled Chicken


Paul Prudhomme and his restaurant K-Paul's have been the driving force behind the national popularity of Cajun food for almost 30 years. This recipe for “The Best Darned Grilled Chicken Ever” blends different spices to give the chicken a surprising and unique flavor.
If you don't have a grill, you can broil the marinated chicken pieces until a nice brown crust forms, then bake at 300º until cooked through.
Click here for the recipe!

Creole shrimp and sausage stew

Creole Shrimp and Sausage Stew


Warm up cool evenings with a delicious stew that's just as good on its own or ladled over rice.
This tasty Creole Shrimp and Sausage Stew is perfect for Fat Tuesday, is simple to make, and uses easy to find ingredients from the grocery store. Tastes great with rice, inside a bread bowl, or served with crusty bread and hot sauce.
Click here for the recipe!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Paper crafting advertising opportunity

This is a special message to our faithful followers and those that stop by to check out our blog.

I have been a paper crafter for more than 20 years and love to scrapbook, make cards, stamp, create altered projects, and craft in general. Over the past 2 years I have noticed more than 8 paper crafting/scrapbooking local stores that have gone out of business and it just breaks my heart.

To help the local stores get business into their stores and people signing up for classes, since July I started to make posts both on this blog and on my Examiner.com website. I wasn't sure it was making a difference, but I really believe in the small business owner and want these stores to stay in business. 

Well, two things have occurred in the last few days that brings a smile to my face. The first is that I noticed that the monthly hits on this blog have gone up by the thousands and many of them are doing searches related to digital stamping, scrapbooking, scrapbooking supplies, paper crafting classes, and card making. 

The second is that one of the local scrapbook stores contacted me to say that they did a poll to see where people heard about their crafting classes and 1 out of 5 mentioned my blog or Examiner.com website. I can't tell you how much that warms my heart.

With all this being said, I am giving each of you the opportunity for a free advertising opportunity on this blog and/or my Examiner.com site as long as you fit one or more of the following:

  • The item you are selling is paper crafting, stamping, scrapbooking, card making, arts and crafts, or crafting related (this includes organizing, how-to’s, e-books, patterns, etc)
  • The item you are selling or want advertised pertains to the crafting industry.
  • You own a local store in Illinois or the Illinois/Wisconsin border that pertains to the crafting industry.
  • You own an online store with website that pertains to the crafting industry.
  • You offer classes (in store) or online that pertains to crafting (does not have to be paper crafting).
  • You company offers crafting retreats, all night crops, or crafting events.

If you fall into any of the above criteria, please send an email to creativebugs2-blog@yahoo.com with the following information:
  • Name
  • Company name
  • Company website address (if applicable)
  • Information about your business and services
What Creativity Bug will do for you in return:
  • Make a blog post and/or Examiner.com article post to introduce readers to your business
  • Make a blog post and/or Examiner.com article(s) pertaining to services you offer including classes, retreats, events, sales, etc.

I hope that this opportunity will be beneficial to all the small business owners and self-employed workers out there.

Creativity Bug ~ Sue

Monday, February 20, 2012

Antioch fine arts foundation: Stained glass class

Stained Glass Class

Have you seen the beautiful artistry of stained glass and every wondered “I would like to try that?”.  Now is your chance at the Antioch Fine Arts Foundation.
The Antioch Fine Arts Foundation is offering the class “Stained Glass” with instructor Marjie Krutsch.  This hands-on class introduces students to the basics of stained glass which includes choosing glass, cutting, foiling, soldering and finishing. Each student can expect to finish one or two projects. All materials are included (except beginners kit) and experienced students are welcome to come and work with fellow students in a group atmosphere
Missed classes can be made up and students can continue with studio time at $8.00 per hour after the session is completed. New beginning and advanced classes repeat every 6 weeks. Days and evenings can be adjusted to accommodate students. If you have tools, bring them along.
Click here for more information!

Small discoveries: Mardi Gras masquerade

Mardi Gras Masquerade


Small discoveries add up to big fun for your little ones! Join the Lake County Discovery Museum on  select Wednesdays each month as they explore a variety of topics through stories, hands-on activities, pretend play and simple crafts. A great opportunity to learn, make new friends, and get to know other families.
This month, learn about the celebration of Mardi Gras. Instructor Seleena Kuester will teach kids to make a mask, listen to music, and enjoy traditional treats.
Click here for more information!

District 300: Hampshire health and wellness fair

Health and Wellness Fair


School lunches have changed over the past decade, and an upcoming event in Community Unit School District 300 is designed to showcase just how.
District 300 parents, students, staff, and community members are invited to attend the district's first-ever series of Health & Wellness Fairs, in partnership with ARAMARK food service.  The fairs will take place in Hampshire on Feb. 21, Carpentersville on March 5, and Algonquin on March 19.
Admission is free, and each family-friendly fair will start with a screening of the highly entertaining movie about fast food in America, called "Super Size Me" (rated PG).  The free film screening will be at 5 p.m., and the rest of the fair activities will run from 6 to 8 p.m. 
The events will offer parents and students a screening of the documentary Super Size Me, highlighting the poor nutrition of fast-food choices, at 5 p.m. Other activities, including a tasting of actual foods served in the district's lunch program, and opportunities for pertussis vaccination and talks with area organizations, will be available from 6 to 8 p.m.
Click here for more information!

Central library: Drawing teens

Drawing Teens


Are you a teenager (grades 6 -12) that is interested in learning how to draw? Then sign up at Central Library for its Drawing Teens workshop.
In this special workshop, Artist Tim Broderick will teach teens the latest techniques in drawing.
Click here for more information!

Carol Stream park district: Glass fusing workshop

Glass Fusing Workshop


Become a jewelry designer! Learn how to create one of a kind pieces of wearable art in the Carol Stream Park District’s Glass Fusing Workshop.
In the workshop, you will assemble different colors of dichroic glass to make three unique pendants. All tools and supplies will be provided. Projects will be available for pick up at Simkus Recreation Center one week after class due to firing time.
Click here for more information!

14th annual race for hunger

Race for Hunger


The Lake County Farm Bureau will be sponsoring the 14th Annual Race For Hunger event. The Race for Hunger event is held every year in order to raise public awareness of Food Check Out Week, which celebrates the abundance and safety of food that we in the U.S. are able to enjoy due to the hard work of our farmers and ranchers.
This year's Race for Hunger features a five-minute race between two individuals to see who can fill shopping carts with the highest monetary value of non-perishable food products that contain corn, soybeans, wheat, and oats. The contestant whose carts have the highest value will be named as this year's winner. The real winners of the event will be the local food pantries that will receive the groceries. 
The Lake County Farm Bureau purchases all of the groceries that are collected during the five minute scramble around the store. As a new addition to this year's race, the Lake County Farm Bureau will also be providing a check in the amount of $500 to each pantry to be used toward the purchase of more food items that they are in need of.
Click here for additional information!

Paczki day

Paczki Day

Paczki (Polish [ˈpɔnt​͡ʂki]  are pastries traditional to Polish cuisine (the word pączek is sometimes translated as doughnut).  A pączek is a deep-fried piece of dough shaped into a flattened sphere and filled with confiture or other sweet filling. Paczki are usually covered with powdered sugar, icing or bits of dried orange zest. A small amount of grain alcohol (traditionally, Spiritus) is added to the dough before cooking; as it evaporates, it prevents the absorption of oil deep into the dough.
In Poland, paczki are eaten especially on Fat Thursday (the last Thursday before Ash Wednesday). Many Polish Americans celebrate Paczki Day on Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday). Traditionally, the reason for making paczki was to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house, because they were forbidden to be consumed due to Catholic fasting practices during Lent.
In the large Polish community of Chicago, and other large cities across the Midwest, Paczki Day is celebrated annually by immigrants and locals alike. Chicago celebrates the festival on both Fat Thursday and Fat Tuesday, due to its sizable Polish population.
You can celebrate Fat Thursday and Fat Tuesday by purchasing paczki from a European bakery or try your hand at making paczki in your own kitchen.
Click here for the recipe!

Featured Freebies for the Week of February 20, 2012

Hello and Happy Monday!

Here are this week’s featured freebies of digital stamps and images found on blogs and websites or sent to us from faithful followers:

Create with TLC is sharing a number of freebies including doggone cute,  chocolate, dreams, and fairy tale.

Create with TLC is also having a blog hop and at each stop you can receive a free fairy tale themed digital image. Click here to start the hop.

Beyond the Fringe is in the Irish mood and giving a freebie package of St. Patrick’s related images.

Crafty Moments shares a number of digital freebies in color or black/white PNG including sick dragon, Henry Higgins and his owl,  and Molly’s dragon.

ScrapHappy Paper Crafter shares a number of nursery rhyme digital images including Hansel and Gretel and Red Riding Hood. She also has a complete series of Alice in Wonderland digital images that can be found here, here, and here.

Well, that is all for this week! Happy Crafting!
Creativity Bug ~ Sue

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Triple whammy brownies

Triple Whammy Brownies


Sometimes I get recipes in the funniest of situations. I happen to be at my local Jewel shopping the baking supplies aisle looking to see if there was anything new on the market to try. When all of a sudden I am knocked into by a woman carrying more items than she should. Of course, all of her items fall out of her hands and mostly directly into my cart.
I helped her collect the items (brownie mix, cookie mix, Oreo cookies, etc) and we begin to chat. She tells me that she is in a hurry to get home and fix a dessert for her book club that is starting in a few hours. The recipe is for what is originally known as “better than sex brownies”, but she quickly renamed as “triple whammy brownies” because they include brownie mix, cookie mix, Oreo cookies, and a few other ingredients.
Can I say that brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and Oreo cookies are my absolute favorite desserts!!
As I help her bring her items to the register counter, we quickly exchange email addresses, and that is how I received the recipe for Triple Whammy Brownies that are best served warm from the oven with vanilla ice cream.
Click here for the recipe!

Quick shrimp and sausage gumbo

Quick Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo


A friend that is a busy mom wanted to introduce her kids to Cajun food, but didn’t want to spice up their tastes pallets too much. She created this wonderful gumbo that she calls Midwest meets Louisiana and serves it to her family as part of their Mardi Gras celebration.
While this is not your traditional Louisiana style gumbo which takes hours in the kitchen, this version is quick and easy but gives you a close taste to traditional Cajun gumbo.
Click here for the recipe!

Cajun shrimp soup

Cajun Shrimp Soup


I recently did some window shopping at the Deer Park Town Center in Deer Park and was pulled into the Williams-Sonoma by the tantalizing aroma.   At the front cooking station was a chef making Cajun Shrimp Soup using gumbo filé.
After commenting about the wonderful smell, the chef told me that as a mainstay of Cajun and Creole cooking, gumbo filé lends a woodsy, herbal sassafras flavor, with delicate tangy and peppery notes, to the soup she was making.
I had to agree that the soup had a wonderful taste and was told that those wanting a heartier soup that resembles a quick version of gumbo, you can ladle each serving of soup over a scoop of cooked long-grain rice.
Click here for the recipe!

Gumbo filled pastry shells

Gumbo Filled Pastry Shells


Looking for a new twist on an old favorite? Then try this Gumbo Filled Pastry Shell recipe to kick off your Mardi Gras celebration!
Golden puff pastry shells are filled with a Louisiana-style gumbo made with chicken, shrimp, kielbasa, green and red peppers and cream of celery soup.  This recipe has great taste and comfort written all over it!
Click here for the recipe!

Mardi Gras sweet yeast bread

Sweet Yeast Bread


Delight your guests during your Mardi Gras celebration by serving this Mardi Gras Sweet Yeast Bread for breakfast or as an afternoon snack with tea or coffee.
The King Cake is a New Orleans tradition that involves a pastry, a small plastic baby, and a party. The King Cake is baked with a small plastic baby hidden inside;  the person who gets the slice with baby in it has to host the next party.  It is traditionally decorated with sprinkles of purple, green and gold sugar, or decorate with whole pecans and candied cherries.
This is not your traditional Mardi Gras Kings cake, but instead a sweet bread with a rich almond pastry filling. 
Click here for the recipe!

Gumbo casserole

Gumbo Casserole


Short on time, but still want to make a Cajun favorite, then this Gumbo Casserole using Campbell’s soup is just the ticket.
Two comfort foods, gumbo and casserole, come together to make a tasty family favorite.  Plus, it takes just 15 minutes to put together before you pop it in the oven...you don't even have to cook the rice beforehand.
Click here for the recipe!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Greek pasta salad

Greek Pasta Salad


If you can't make it to the Greek isles this year, make the much shorter trip to the aisles of your supermarket to create this smart pasta salad studded with feta and vegetables.
The fresh herbs, vegetables, and olives that characterize Greek cuisine are tossed with pasta in this sprightly salad recipe. It is topped off with Feta cheese which gives it a tangy finish.
Click here for the recipe!

Berry topped cupcakes

Berry Topped Cupcakes


Has it been a while since you have had your girlfriends over for conversation and dessert? Pull out your phone and start calling now!
Your guests will be delighted when they are served several different varieties of coffee or tea and delicious Berry Topped Cupcakes.
The party conversation will get hopping as they enjoy the fruity taste of these pretty-in-pink cupcakes loaded with strawberries.
Are you planning a bridal or baby shower? These cupcakes would be the perfect treat for a bridal/baby shower luncheon or part of your dessert table at your reception.
Click here for the recipe!

Ela area library: Retro craft

Retro Craft


The Ela Area Public Library is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with special programs throughout the month of February.
Register to attend “Retro Craft”. Knot’s away in this interactive workshop celebrating handcrafts from the 1970s. Enjoy trying or relearning to make these beloved projects with teen librarian and author Amy Alessio.
Click here for more information!

Firehouse chili fest

Firehouse Chili Fest


In February the area Fire Departments, Police Departments, and Park District Foundations start heating up the town with the annual Chili Fest.
The Friends of West Chicago Parks Foundation is proudly hosting this special event. Come taste test and vote on your favorite chili from mild to 5 alarm with all the fixings (cheese, onions, crackers are provided). Hot dogs will also be served for non-chili enthusiasts. 
Area fire departments will compete for the honor of Best Chili in West Chicago. Taste and vote for your favorite.  All proceeds benefit the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance “Camp I am Me.”
Click here for more information!

Adagio Teas: Tea and the five senses

Tea and the Five Senses


Adagio Teas invites you to its “Tea and the Five Senses” class.

Steeping good tea does not take a PhD, but it is also not as simple as chucking it into boiling water and letting it stew. There are easy ways, however, to steep the perfect cup. The trick to steeping tea correctly comes in five parts: water, weight, temperature, time and equipment.

In this class, learn how to see, smell, taste, touch, and hear your way to the perfect cup of tea.

Click here for more information!

Whole Foods: School's out cooking class

School's Out Cooking Class


The kids are out of school for the day so why not drop them off for a winter-themed cooking class? Whole Foods Market in Deerfield is offering a “School’s Out” cooking class.
In this hands on class kids will get make delicious and fun dishes including dessert! Our menu of chili mac, warm garlic bread and “baked snowballs” will be sure to warm their hearts and bellies.
Click here for more information!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes


Yes, you read that right! These are really Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough cupcakes. Cupcakes and cookie dough - the combination of two favorite desserts is simply amazing!
When lovetohost (a cupcake aficionado) saw these cupcakes at her local bakery, she knew she had to replicate them and I am glad she shared the recipe.
These cupcakes are so easy to make, but I can't emphasize enough how important it is to follow the instructions especially when it comes to freezing the cookie dough.
Click here for the recipe!

The Shabby Tea Room design team call

The Shabby Tea Room Design Team Call


The Shabby Tea Room is looking for a few creative designers to join their team of Shabby Girls!
This call will be open until February 26th. The new Shabby Girls will be chosen and notified by February 29th.
Click here for additional information!

FotoBella design team call

FotoBella Design Team Call


FotoBella is having a design team call! FotoBella is seeking 4-6 inspirational design team members to participate from March 1, 2012 through September 1, 2012. They are seeking enthusiastic team members who love to scrapbook, make cards, and love the products that are carried at FotoBella.com.

Click here for additional information!

Scrap n’ Art magazine submission call April 2012

Scrap n' Art Magazine submission call


Scrap n' Art is currently looking for submissions for their April 2012 magazine issue.
Scrap n’ Art is a traditional and digital scrapbooking, card making and paper crafting magazine. Their publication is distributed quarterly via electronic PDF format. They are NOT a paper magazine, but a revolutionary newer form of media, providing eco-friendly access to inspiration for scrapbookers and paper crafters of all skill levels and interests.
Scrap n’ Art is looking for your layouts, cards, altered art, and out of the box creations that follow the theme "Ready For Spring." Show them how you get ready for spring! Do you surround yourself with flowers? Is it time for spring cleaning and upcycling? Share with them through your craft projects whether digital, traditional or hybrid, anything goes!
Click here for additional information!

The ScrapRack: 2012 get organized challenge

2012 Get Organized Challenge


Take control of the piles of pictures that are floating around your home, office, or craft room. 
Are you ready to tackle those piles (or files) of pictures, both printed and digital?  If so you'll want to join The ScrapRack for a FREE online Webinar.  They will help you set up an easy system for sorting, organizing , and storing your photos both printed and digital. 
Click here for more information!

Dark chocolate drizzled popcorn

Dark Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn


Instead of bringing chips and dip to the next game night, potluck, or book club considering surprising the guests with this Dark Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn snack.
They will enjoy the perfect combination of fresh popped popcorn, candied pecans, and rich deep dark chocolate. It looks rich, expensive, and hard to make, but it will be our little secret as to how cheap and easy it is to create.
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Tuscan chicken pasta

Tuscan Chicken Pasta


Looking for an easy but tasty dinner for two? Try this Tuscan Chicken Pasta recipe from Prevention Magazine.
Bring the savory aroma of Tuscany to your kitchen when you prepare this meal. The rich flavors of olive oil, rosemary, and garlic combined with fresh spinach, roasted red peppers, chicken, and cannellini beans, adding up to a delicious low-fat dinner rich in fiber, calcium, protein.
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