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True Love

How was your weekend? Mine was fun! Our cousin visited us for the weekend and my friend from law school came by for a photo session. We all hung out and had a great time. My cousin wanted a card for his wife, so I made this one. He liked it without a sentiment and I agreed that the card said enough by itself. I intended to join in on the PTI blog hop on Saturday, but we got a bit carried away with time and well...I forgot!

So, I'm gearing up for Orlando this weekend. Can Thursday get here fast enough? NOPE!

I made some Clam Chowder Soup last night and I enjoyed it, so I thought I'd share just in case you don't have a recipe. Please share any variations if you have any!

  • bacon/bacon bits (2 slices or a handful of cooked bacon bits from salad aisle)
  • onion (diced - medium size)
  • large potato (diced - about a cup or so depending on how many potatoes you like)
  • chopped clams (4-6.5 oz. cans - located near canned tuna at your local grocer)
  • clam juice (1 bottle - optional - located near canned clams)
  • heavy whipping cream (1 cup)
  • cream of celery soup (2 cans)
  • pepper (to taste)
  1. Cook bacon and chop (if using fresh bacon), then add onion and saute.
  2. Add clam juice from canned clams (or use bottled clam juice).
  3. Add potatoes and cook until tender.
  4. Add clams, heavy whipping cream, cream of celery soup, (and bacon bits if already cooked).
  5. Cook until thickened. If too soupy, add a thickner, such as corn starch or flour.
  6. Add pepper to taste.
Yields about 4-5 bowls.


Enjoy your day and thanks for visiting!

Card Instructions
  1. Trim hibiscus burst cardstock to an A2 card.
  2. Trim vintage cream cardstock and stamp text.
  3. Adhere to card front and stitch.
  4. Stamp flowers (three times for the dimensional layers) + leaves, cut out and adhere to card front using foam adhesive.
  5. Add ribbon.
:: My Goodies {true love} ::
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - in bloom; 7 Gypsies - Nottinghill
Ink: Papertrey Ink - hibiscus burst
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - vintage cream + hibiscus burst + spring moss
Accessories: Craft Supply - Janome Sew Mini; thread; Papertery Ink - spring moss ribbon
Card Size: 4.25" x 5.5"


Anonymous said...

Wow this is a beautiful card. Love the colors you picked.

naomi chokr said...

thank you so much for the recipe!!! i absolutely love clam chowder soup but ive never made it. never thought to. Look at you with your sewing machine. awesome card!!!!!

see yah in 6 days!!!!! whoooohooo!!

Chrissy said...

This card is so pretty - love the colors you picked!
Enjoy CHA - take lots of pictures :-)

Heather in FL said...

So, so pretty! I think I'm gonna have to cave on that flower set. Very nice. I can see why your cousin liked it without a sentiment!

Maile Belles said...

What a BEAUTIFUL card!!! I missed out on the In Bloom set, I'm patiently waiting for it to come back in stock. This was actually my first Blog Hop, I started a brand new blog and just had to join in! I hope you have a wonderful time in Orlando! Thanks for the recipe.

Anonymous said...

I love it!!! I can't wait to use my In Bloom set...well, I've used the sentiment a few times, but not the stars of the show! (the blooms!). This is GORGEOUS! Love the colors.

Missed ya at the hop!

Ann said...

Just beautiful! Love the ribbon and that gorgeous flower!

Heather P. said...

So beautiful!!

Angie Tieman said...

Very pretty!

claudia shadler said...

wow, very pretty, the more I see people use the In Bloom stamps the more I want! You did a mighty fine job at that ribbon! Not forgetting to mention, a very romantic feel to the card!

Clouds :D

Unknown said...

I just love all your PTI creations - they're so classy! You should be on their design team. :)

Takisha said...

Very nice!Is this set on the CHA list? I might just have to get this one too!
See ya!

Kim J. said...

Thanks for the recipe to try and the gorgeous card to look at!

Anonymous said...

Oh Ashley, this one is so beautiful! One of my fave's I think so far of yours! I can't wait to ink up my new sets...if they ever get here!

Geny said...

What a pretty pretty card! Glad you had a nice weekend!

Savitri said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! I am ordering this set. So so pretty!! Your clam chowder seems yummo too!!!

Stamping Cafe said...

Stunning card, Ashley!! Love it!

Rose said...

This card is gorgeous! I love that flower stamp and the color scheme is awesome!

Brooke Maroth said...

HI Ashley, This is my first time writing on your blog! I found you through SCS and see that you are a big fan of my dear friend Dawn McVey! What a sweetie right! So, I HAD to post about a clam "chowda"! My hubby loves clam chowder and I snagged this recipe from our fav seafood restaurant, Mitchell's Fish Market. So here it is! Enjoy! (Just don't count calories while making it! LOL!) Btw, Love love love ur cards, gor-ge-ous!
:) brooke

½ cup unsalted butter
½ cup flour
¼ cup celery, diced small
½ cup white onion, diced small
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
3 cups clam juice
12 oz. chopped canned clams (with juice)
½ lb. Idaho potatoes, skinned & diced ½”
2 cups Heavy cream
¾ White pepper, ground
1 Tbsp. Kosher salt

In a medium sized saucepan melt ½ cup butter. Once it is melted add flour to form a roux. Cook roux for 10 to 15 minutes on low heat. Do not brown. Remove from heat and reserve. Sauté 1 Tbsp. of butter in a pot over medium heat. Add celery and onions and sweat until translucent (about 5 minutes). Add clam juice and chopped clams and bring to a boil. Slowly whisk in prepared roux. Be careful not to add to fast to prevent lumps. Bring soup back to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. While chowder is cooking blanch potatoes in a separate pan until tender, then drain. Add cooked potatoes and heavy cream and season with white pepper and kosher salt. Simmer for another 5 to 10 minutes to incorporate flavors. Yield: 8 cups

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