Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Robert Redford Casserole sent by Sue Ellen Harrell

Jone’s Chocolate Delight
(Or Robert Redford or Better than Sex )
1 stick of melted butter
1 ¼ c. flour
1 c. chopped pecans or walnuts
1 8oz. pkg. cream cheese
1 c. powdered sugar
1 9 oz. container of Cool Whip
2 pkgs. of chocolate instant pudding
3 c. milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees; blend together butter and flour with a fork, mix in nuts and spread evenly in 9 X 13 pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool.
Blend cream cheese and powdered sugar and ½ of Cool Whip. Spread on cooled crust. Chill in refrigerator.

Prepare two packages of instant pudding; reducing milk to 3 cups. Spread on top of cream cheese layer.

Refrigerate ½ hour. Top with remaining Cool Whip and sprinkle with nuts, if desired.

Applesauce Casserole by Karne Skocik

Applesauce Casserole

25 oz. jar applesauce
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup biscuit baking mix
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup margarine, softened
In a medium bowl, combine applesauce, brown sugar and cinnamon. Spoon into a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish sprayed with non-stick vegetable spray. In a small bowl, blend together baking mix, sugar and margarine until crumbly; sprinkle over applesauce mixture. Bake, uncovered, for one hour at 350 degrees. Stir before serving. Serves 8-10.
Mmmmm. Tastes great hot or cold.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

How to Do a Design Transfer

This is a cheap, fun way to transfer almost any simple image. I use it to start many of my customized drawings, and I mentioned it in my latest book, Cut, Crop & Die.

Basically, you are creating “carbon paper” on the back of your image. Here are the steps:

1. Print out your image on a piece of paper. The thinner, the better. The simpler your image (that is, the fewer the lines and the less complexity it has), the better.

2. Turn over your image onto the WRONG side. Using a graphite pencil (#2 lead or softer is best), color the paper on the WRONG side of the image. I like to make strokes one way (say from upper left to lower right) and then the other way (upper right to lower left).

3. Flip your original over to the right side. Tape it down to a new piece of paper. Copy over the lines of the original with your pencil. This will transfer the graphite on the back to the new paper.

4. Tada! You will have the original and a much, much lighter pencil version of the same. Now you can correct your new version—you’ll always have a few lines that are too thin or wobbly. But you have transferred your design. Good on you!

Okay, now that you know how to do this...here's a tip: You can also transfer any image onto DARK paper by using the same process with one change. Instead of a regular lead pencil, use a white lead pencil like you find in a box of colored pencils. Heck, you could even use a yellow pencil or any pastel. It might be a little harder to lay down the coating of lead, but it does work!
Enjoy! And remember to respect copyrights and just use art that's copyright free.