Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Happy First Day of Fall and a Yummy Recipe

I think everybody over on the Crafty Secrets member forum at Splitcoast Stampers is thinking warm and cozy thoughts on this first day of fall. I hosted this week's challenge with a "Falling for Fall" theme. I created this Fall Fairy card for my sample:

Stamp sets - Crafty Secrets - Fairyland & Sweet Kids
Cardstock - Neenah (natural); DCWV (yellow); Bazzill (orange)
Ink - Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Markers - Copic

Last week the fabulous Julie Campbell (I want to be like Julie when I grow up!) hosted the challenge and chose a baking theme. She also asked us to post a recipe. Here's my card:

Stamps - Papertrey Ink - Punny Valentine
Cardstock - DCWV
Patterned Paper - Paper Pizazz - Flea Market Fabrics
Main Image - Crafty Secrets - Domestic Goddess - Creative Scraps
Corner Punch - Fiskars
Border Punch - Martha Stewart

Here's the recipe I shared, which is so good for holiday parties, open houses, showers, and such:

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball
1 8-oz. pkg cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 t. vanilla
3/4 c. confectioners' sugar
2 T brown sugar
3/4 c. miniature chocolate chips
3/4 c. chopped pecans

Graham crackers

Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually add sugars; beat just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Place cream cheese mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap; shape into a ball. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Just before serving, roll cheese ball in pecans. Serve with graham crackers.

ENJOY and Happy First Day of Fall!