Bravo Burgundy Valentine…out of my comfort zone!

8 Feb

How many of you have a freezer, a fridge and cupboards full of food but nothing to eat? In reality, you have plenty to eat but none of your favorites. Instead of getting creative with what’s there, you head to the grocery store to re-stock your comfort foods.

My husband and I, working with a very tight budget, have been trying to get creative. And we’ve been surprised with the results. Just about every night, we say “There’s nothing left in the house to eat!” We’re tempted to head to the store BUT then the creative juices start flowing and we make dinner from what’s here…and a good dinner, if I do say so myself.

A couple of nights ago, Oakley was putting on his coat and heading to Kroger “for dinner.” He said there was nothing left to make dinner with. I yelled after him, as he headed out the door, “WAIT! We’ve got potatoes!” I know. Funny! I laughed, too! But the result was a delicious potato soup! Mind you, I didn’t have a lot of ingredients on-hand so I googled “Potato Soup.” I discovered a recipe that I thought I could make work. With a few substitutions, it did. In fact, it did more than just work, it ended up being a delicious dinner! Accompanied by a loaf of Oakley’s Sour Cream & Chive Bread (thank goodness for the breadmaker), we enjoyed a fabulous dinner, despite there being “nothing to eat”!

"Nothing-left-in-the-house-to-eat" Dinner

Here’s the recipe I found at www.epicurious.com:

CHUNKY POTATO SOUP WITH DILL

2 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (Lucky…I had four carrots left in the fridge. We used them all.)

2 celery ribs, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (I didn’t have any celery so it wasn’t in our version.)

1 large onion, coarsely chopped (No onions in the pantry. We used a few tablespoons of Onion Flakes from the spice cupboard.  They worked fine!)

1-1/2 pound russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (I told you: I had potatoes..russets, at that.)

1/2 stick unsalted butter

4 cups water

1 cup whole milk (We don’t use whole milk. Skim worked/tasted great!)

2 tablespoons chopped dill (We had dried dill flakes in the spice cupboard so that’s what we used.)

Preparation:

Cook vegetables in butter in a 5- to 6-quart heavy pot, covered, over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown and stick to bottom of pot, about 15 minutes. Add water, 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and simmer, covered, until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. {Took longer than that for us.} Transfer 3 cups soup to a blender with milk and blend until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids). Return to pot, then stir in dill and salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy!!

Now, I don’t know about you, but just as I gravitate toward those comfort foods, I find I gravitate toward certain comfort colors, too. I decorate my home with them, wear them, bejewel myself with them, and make cards with them! Well, I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve run out of all of my favorite colors of card stock so I’m pulling from the others in my stash. I’m getting creative. Just as the soup, created out of the thing I had — potatoes, turned out to be a delightful dish, so, too did the card I created out of the color of card stock I had — Bravo Burgundy.

"Out-of-my-comfort-zone-colors" card

The card base is a half sheet of Bravo Burgundy...one of those colors I NEVER use, as evidenced by the full unopened package I had on hand — which I ran through the Big Shot with the brand new to-die-for Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Embossing Folder ( Check it out on p. 28 of the Occasions Mini Catalog!).

Next, I cut another piece of Bravo Burgundy to 3″ x 4-1/4″ so that it would sit inside the border. I popped it up with four Stampin’ Dimensionals, one at each corner.

The focal point is the beautiful Be My Valentine stamp, a single stamp, also available in the Occasions Mini Catalog. I inked the stamp with Bravo Burgundy Classic Ink and then stamped it on another back-of-the-cupboard color choice — Naturals Ivory (which I also added to the inside of the card). Turns out I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the look…very vintage! After snipping around the edges of the stamped image, I added a few Stampin’ Dimensionals to make it POP! One tiny little Pearl finished off this simple, vintage-look card beautifully, don’t you think?

This card is the result of my being out of Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla and Whisper White card stocks. I know! I know! But, just as we got creative for dinner when we used what we had — and ended up with a new favorite — I got creative when I challenged myself to use what card stock I had — and ended up with a card my husband says is his all-time favorite!

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