Thursday, October 25, 2012

What's Cooking?

Easy Turkey Soup(another pinterest recipe)...served this to the ladies at our Just Scrappin' Day Crop and it was a hit.  It's Gluten free and Dairy free to boot.  Love how easy it was to make and how tasty it was.  It's definitely going into my recipe box.

Easy GF DF Turkey Soup
Yield: 4 servings

1 1/2 lb. fresh turkey breast, skin on (used a 4lb breast and 3x the recipe)
3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
Half a red onion, finely dived
2 ribs of celery, trimmed and chopped
4 large carrots, sliced (I plan on one carrot per person)
Half a medium-large winter squash, peeled and cubed (butternut, banana, etc)
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
Italian style herbs, to taste (basil, rosemary, thyme, marjoram) (I used an italian blend)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
Fresh cold water, as needed
Fresh chopped parsley, for serving

Turn the slow cooker on High.

Rinse the turkey breast in cold water and place it in the bottom of the slow cooker. Top with chopped garlic, onion, celery, carrots, squash. Season the goodies with sea salt, pepper and Italian herbs. Add the vinegar. Pour fresh cold water over the turkey and veggies until submerged.

Cover and cook on high until the turkey falls apart using a fork. This could be anywhere from 4 to 5 hours, depending upon the size of your Crock Pot and the size of your turkey breast. 

Remove the piece of skin and discard. Pull apart the the cooked turkey into pieces, using two forks or a big spoon. 

Stir and taste test. Does it need a pinch of sugar to offset the saltiness? How about a little more vinegar to brighten the flavor? Tweak the broth gently with small amounts of sweet, sour and salty until the balance is the way you like it.

If you like your turkey soup spicy, add some hot red pepper flakes!

Serve with a sprinkling of fresh chopped parsley.

For more great Gluten-free, Dairy-free recipes, check out the Gluten-free Goddess Blog.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

This Just In!!!

October Afternoon's MIDWAY collection.  It's hard to find a collection for all those fall fairs we attend...the Big E, Spencer Fair, stART on the street, carnivals.  Finally found one with just the right touch, I'm in love.  It came in yesterday, kitting it today and I can't wait to share it with you!
I tried to go through their blog hop but had to weed through the blogs to find the midway save you some time, I'm posting the links here and you won't have to go scrolling through blogs ;)
Amy Heller - I have just the photo to scraplift this layout
Jill Sprott
Vivian Masket
Michelle Wooderson
Roree Rumph
Mou Saha
Lexi Bridges


Thursday, October 18, 2012

What's Cooking

Crockpot Honey Bourbon Chicken (found on pinterest)...made it for dinner yesterday and it was a hit with the boys, all three of them.  Even easier, Walmart sells a 3lb frozen bag of boneless, skinless thigh strips .  Cooked the entire bag but did not double the seasonings...and it still came out perfect.  I served it with jasmine rice, Trader Joe's Thai shrimp gyoza and stir fried green beans.

Crockpot Honey Sesame Chicken

Yield: 4 servings


1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, about 5
Salt and pepper
1 cup of honey
1/2 cup of low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup diced onion
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
Sesame seeds


  1. Place the chicken thighs in the crockpot insert and sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, ketchup, oil, garlic, onion, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine well. Pour over the chicken in the crockpot.
  3. Cook on low for 3-4 hours or high for 1 1/2-2 1/2 hours.
  4. When done, remove chicken from stock pot and cut into chunks. Prior to putting the chicken back in the stockpot, combine some cornstarch in water and whisk it into the crockpot to thicken up the sauce a bit. Throw the chicken back in and stir around to recoat the chicken in the sauce.
  5. Serve hot over a bed of white rice (optional) and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

October Scrappy News

Good Morning Ladies!!!

The leaves are turning, the temperature is dropping and the kids are begging for all manners of bizarre Halloween costumes.  I know this newsletter is late but the hours and days just seem to fly right by me.  “Time flies when you’re having fun” – right?  I have to say I am having a blast with this ride called life…hope you are too.

I kicked off the scrapbooking season with a Just Scrappin’ Weekend in Westboro crop and we would like to THANK all the ladies that joined us.  We had a wonderful time in an awesome location.  We love it so much, we have booked TWO events for 2013…June 21-23, 2013 AND September 20-22, 2013.  

With the season in full swing, I have a long list of crops lined up.  This season, you’ll find me at Cool Crops and Scrap-a-Way Retreats.  If you would like to see my event schedule, head over to the calendar of events page few coming up soon are…

Just Scrappin’ All Day Crops in Charlton
The first crop is scheduled for October 20 and December 8.  We are at the Prindle Pond Conference Center in Charlton, MA.  It’s a beautiful location and much bigger than our previous one.  Crop fee is $40 and the crop runs from 9am to 9pm. Included in the fee are goodies, prizes, make-n-take (sometimes a project, other times a 2 page layout), lunch and dinner. We still have seats for our October crop – email me if you’re interested.

Oct 26 to 28 - Cool Crops in Portland, ME
Nov 9 to 11 - Scrap-a-Way Retreats in Seekonk, MA.
Nov 16 to 18 - Cool Crops in Hyannis, MA.
If you would like to pre-order items, feel free to contact me and I’ll have it for you at the crop you’re attending.

With this long list of crops, I have been stocking up the store with the coolest and latest collections that are out.  There’s a lot out there and am hoping to share what I have in stock on my blog…check it out HERE.  I’ve also been spending way too much time on pinterest and have been trying out several of the recipes I pinned.  The results will be posted on my blog, starting this Thursday.  I am definitely bringing back What’s Cooking on Thursdays.  Have you seen the recipes section on my blog?

In short…see you at one of the weekend crops…come to a Just Scrappin’ Weekend in Westboro…let me know if you need anything…like Time2Scrap on Facebook…AND check out my blog, especially the recipes section.  I’m no chef but love to eat and especially love quick and easy meals.

Hope you’re enjoying this beautiful fall day!!!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Coming Up For Air

I am barely coming up for air these days...between work and is full.  Great but full.  Stocked up for the season and still so much more I am in love with and want to get.  Wait 'til you see what I have in store for you.  October newsletter is extremely late but it's coming, hopefully soon.