Friday, March 20, 2009

My First Recipe Swap



I had never done a recipe swap, or a 6x6 swap, either! So I was pretty nervous. Really nervous. Sooooo not a scrapper, here, you know? And to top it off, the swap was due while I was really sick with pneumonia earlier this month, so my head was not exactly functioning as well as I had hoped. "Think of it as a big square card," they told me. So, I did. LOL "They" are my Swappers Anonymous Sisters--we all hang out at the great new stamping forum Stampin Addicts! Come on over and set awhile! {grin} It's free to join, and then you can participate in all our great forums.

Oh, I'm supposed to be telling about the recipe swap, aren't I???? Ok, so the first real problem is deciding what recipe to use. I really don't cook much anymore. When my kids were all little, of course I did almost all the cooking. But the last few years, with 3 teenagers in the house, I've been making them do it. I've been SO successful, that my younger kids think I can't cook. I'm so proud.

Anyway, after much weeping and wailing and tearing out of hair, I settled on our famous chocolate chip cookie recipe. Now, here's where it gets a little funny. You remember how I was so sick, right? And we usually make a double batch of these cookies. 'Cause let me tell ya, 3 dozen little cookies just doesn't go very far for 8 people, especially if we {gasp} give some away! So when I prepared the recipe for my swap page, I had to "halve" all the measurements. {Again, a reminder of how sick I was. Just sayin.} I even asked one of my kids (who apparently was about as sick as I was) to double check, and I was assured I got everything right.

So in my fog of asthma, evil respiratory virus, and eventually pneumonia and strep, I proceeded to put all my 20 pages together. See all the cute scalloped edging? The paper piercing? The die-cutting with CORK? {yes, JanTink, I love *myself* too!}--it's my favorite part of the page. Well, after all of that was together, bagged up, and sitting ready to go to the post office, my antibiotic-fogged brain suggested in a very tiny voice "It would be a shame to mail all those with the wrong recipe on there." WHAT???? So I run, well, ok, shuffle to the kitchen to double check, and sure enough--I didn't "halve" the baking soda and salt measurements. Ohhhh, now THAT's gonna taste yummy! Cuss and swear words ensued. None of which are suited to your sweet little ears, or eyes, really, I guess.

It needed to be mailed. I couldn't mail it with a crappy recipe! Aaack! So I printed a bazillion (ok, 40 or so) little "1"s in Chocolate Chip colored printer ink, and *punched them out with my Cropadile!* Yes, yes I did. And then I *glued them over the 2s!* I KNOW!

And then I mailed them, and tried not to think about it anymore. LOL Because I have 3--yes 3--more swaps due soon. And I have to get busy screwing those up. So if you get one of these swaps, and it doesn't say 1 tsp each of baking soda and salt, please look for some teeny tiny "1" circles floating around. Or just draw over the "2s."

Thanks for looking!

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Paper: Kiwi Kiss Textured, Chocolate Chip Textured, So Saffron, Good Morning Sunshine DSP
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, 3/4” Circle Punch, 5/16” Jumbo Brads, 1” Stitched Grosgrain Chocolate Chip, Cropadile, Apricot 1/4” Grosgrain, Old Olive 1/4” Grosgrain, Chocolate Chip 1/4” Grosgrain, Big Shot, Flower Layers Die, Dimensionals