October 15, 2011

Dueling Darlings - October

I am so excited to be hosting the month of October for the Divas!   We are all so lucky to have such a creative group to duel with.   Darlene, was my partner for the Dazzlers.  We had so much fun planning our kits for this month.   Darlene, is the perfect partner!

Surprise!!!!  Both groups have the same image this month {isn't he just the perfect pumpkin pulling boy?!}.   Darlene and I thought it would be really fun to see how the same image would be used, via two different kits.

So you know, that Darlene and I thought we were being so very crafty planning early and all.   Well, it is a good thing we did as all did not go as planned!  Darlene, is the lucky girl to have the cuter than cute image.   I was the girl with the Copic friendly paper.   Together we thought we were supah - actually not so much!   I cut the paper and sent it to Darlene.   She stamped the images and sent the Diva's images back to me.   Well.....the good 'ole USPS....yeppers, show the package delivered and it never arrived!   We wait a little bit, no package.  Good thing the owner of the postal store is our friend.  I have him on speed dial....is my package there yet.....is my package there yet???  I did not have the heart to tell him they were pieces of paper that were rubber stamped!  He would think I had gone around the bend!   LOL    Solution:  Darlene stamps the images all over again and re-sends via overnight mail.  I get the second package and you know as you know, that the original package showed up the very next day!   Thus, the Diva's received a bunch of images in their kits!   Darlene, gets an 'E' for stamping and mailing efforts!!!!

I am still struggling with the fact that it is fall already and Halloween is in two weeks.  Where has the time gone this year?!   It is time to dig out some favorite recipes.   Darlene and I thought it would be fun to have everyone post a favorite fall recipe.  This way we get great ideas for our images and a little sumpin' sumpin' to think about eating!  

You know that I have to post a recipe that I will not eat!   LOL   Stop laughing, Jeanette!   It is a side dish that is really easy to make and if you like the contents, I am told is awesome.   It hails from a cookbook that is titled A Taste of Oregon.   Sssshhhh don't tell anyone, but when I prepare this I really do hold my nose with one hand and can mix it in the KitchenAid with the other!

Sweet Potato Delight


3 C cooked {may use canned} mashed sweet potatoes
1 C white sugar
2 eggs well beaten
1 Tsp vanilla
1/4 C whole milk
1/2 C butter


1 C packed light brown sugar
1/3 C flour
1 C chopped pecans
1/3 C butter

Mix all base ingredients together and pour into a buttered 2 quart casserole dish.   Mix topping ingredients together and sprinkle over casserole in dish.    Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.   Serves 6 to 8.

While I am not fond of sweet potatoes, I am of our image this round.  I do hope that you enjoyed the challenge and duel.  I look forward to seeing your creations in and out of the kitchen!

Please view the dueling results at the Diva and Dazzler blogs.  Their links are on the right sidebar.  You will be amazed!


Judy McMullen said...

Wow! Awesome kit, gorgeous card, Tami!! Love the layout, the beautiful d.p and embossed panels and your perfectly colored image...Great job!!!

LOL at the description of you making this recipe! I'm not a fan of sweet potatoes either but my DH is and he'll love this! My BFF has the "Taste of Oregon" cookbook and I know she's gotten a lot of good recipes from that one. I have the "Best of the Best from Oregon Cookbook".

Thanks for being such a super DD Hostess this month!

Darlene said...

WOW!!! Tami, this is just wonderful! The rich browns (my favorite color) and the embossed panel really accent the colored image perfectly. It's a fun, yet elegant card!
Laughing at the mental image of you holding your nose and mixing up the sweet potatoes! Someone should draw a stamp for that!!
Thanks for telling our little behind-the-scene story. If something can go wrong, it usually will. But we prevailed!! Hugs.

April said...

LOL...your stories gave me the giggles this morning! Good thing no one was home to hear me!
As much as I don't like squash, I adore sweet taters...yum!
Your card is FANTASTIC. I love how you have colored this up, and the white embossed background piece makes your whole card pop! Loving this!

Terry Ladwig said...

Love your card Tami! I have that DP with the flowers and love it, but haven't used it yet! I'll have to use it with a different image though since my coloring skills did not go well this round ☺

Love the layout, your coloring and the baubles (do you think I can crush those??)!!!

Great job as hostess....and putting up with the PO!!

I too do not like sweet potatoes....and this sounds like a recipe my mom makes for Thanksgiving dinner.

Melina said...

Poor sweet potatoes getting disrespected in this post! Boooooo! *giggle* I love your recipe!
Your card is precious! The top piece of patterned paper looks like a sunflower sun looking down on the image :) Beautiful

MiamiKel said...

Ohhhhhh my goodness, what a story! I'm so sorry you had all that hoopla over the images - bless your hearts! This was a fun kit this month - I dont happen to ownt his particular SU set so it was a joy to color it up with it's happy wheels! Hee hee! LOVE your fold, the embossed bakcground - supah coloring and the wheels with the brads is ingenious!! Just gorgeous! I had a FALL-tastic time playing with your yummy kit this month - thanks bunches! Love ya! x0x0

Carol W said...

Oh Tami...I love your card and your story as well giggle......I always look forward to both when we are dueling or doing the calendar posts...they are always fun and make my week...:)...Your card is amazing. I loved this dsp and I totally love the embossed piece of white paper....it really accents the brown dsp...You sent an awesome kit and so many fun things...tsk, tsk, I am SURPRISED you don't like sweet potatoes...they are so yummy and good for you...lol...You rocked this challenge my friend....AWESOME!!!!! ♥

~Paola~ said...

WOWWWWW!!! this card is fantabulous and AWESOMEE!! soo elegant with the white embossed panel and the layers of such wonderful d/p...You sure did this kit proud indeed...
A definite 10+++++ !!
I LOVE sweet 'tatoes and will keep this recipe in mind soon! *tfs*

dweatter said...

Such a beautiful card. The layout (layers...I have said I love layers?...LOL) with the designer paper and the embossed white paper is just outstanding! Great coloring of the image. Outstanding theme and kits from you and Darlene!

Barb said...

Tami--First thanks for such a great kit to work with this month. AND, the surprise of seeing the same image in both groups is so cool!

I really love the layout of your card and the colors are just perfect.

What a funny story about the images and I am sure to try your recipe.

Laura Jean (LJ) said...

Love the card tami, thanks for putting together such a great kit this month, everything coordinated so well!

Jamie Sanchez said...

Beautiful card! Love the embossed panel! Thank you for sending us such a fabulous kit work with this month! You rock!

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Oh, Tami... your card is gorgeous! I love the way the embossed white paper makes the image pop. Outstanding!!! And that designer paper is beautiful!

Your recipe sounds marvelous, too!

You and Darlene did a great job hosting this month. Thank you!