Monday, February 4, 2019

FREE SAMPLE EXAMPLE AND BIRTHDAY CARD

 Chalk Couture's new Spring/Summer Catalog has many wonderful NEW transfers in it.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRY OUR PRODUCTS, I WILL BE HAPPY TO SEND YOU A SAMPLE OF A TRANSFER, 
A DISC  AND A SMALL SQUEEGEE to try.



You can see all the products to place an order  

If you would like to thumb through the catalog just click below.


I needed a quick birthday card for tomorrow, so I used the Happy Birthday cupcake transfer to make this card.  I'm telling you card makers, this works great.












Saturday, February 2, 2019

CANADA TAKE NOTE!!

CANADA..TAKE NOTE
Chalk Couture is coming to Canada! Designers (Reps) wanted for this young Direct Sales Company that promotes an experience for creating unique, easy, DIY projects that anyone can do! The company is growing at a phenomenal rate in the USA! Now, we're ready to decorate the halls and walls of CANADA! Fantastic compensation plan! Get in NOW! Email me at jfricker@fourway.net  for details, or click here for more information or to hold you spot to be one of the first to enroll: https://essentials.chalkcouture.com/canada-pre-registration/.
My ID number is 38974

*Currently only opening in British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan
This dish is one of my families favorite meals.  And, a meal it is.  When my Mom's Mother died some 70+ years ago, one of their Hungarian neighbors prepared this dish for them.  We absolutely love it and everything in it is fresh from the garden.



Veggies all chopped up


After flour and cornmeal has been added

Goulash is ready to eat...ymmmmmm

Hungarian Goulash
5 cups green tomato, chopped
8+ cups red tomato , chopped (needs to be very juicy)
5 cups green pepper, chopped
5 cups onions, chopped
5 cups potato, chopped
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
1/2 cup flour
1 cup corn meal

1. Mix all of the above ingredients together. Have a iron skillet or teflon skillet (won't brown as nice) very

hot. Melt about 1/2 cup lard or part butter.  
2. Fry on medium heat turning consistently so it doesn't burn. Best if it browns some.
3. Cool about 1/2 hour before eating. 

This is time consuming, but so worth it.  Over the years, I  have worked and worked to get mine as good as Moms.   Last week I accomplished it as it turned out just perfect.  This is soooo good!!!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Grandma's Chicken

 
This baked chicken recipe is one of my favorite chicken dishes. Delicious chicken coated in bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Sooo easy, but your guests will never know how hard you didn't work!

Ingredients:

4 large or 8 medium size skinless, boneless chicken breast halves -
1 egg
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoons garlic powder, divided -
1 cup bread crumbs (I love Panko Bread Crumbs)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

Directions:
I marinate my chicken and pork chops in butter milk all day. This makes for very moist chicken.
Then rinse it dry, and put between wax paper and pound dry so all pieces of chicken are the same size.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

In a shallow bowl, beat the egg with salt, pepper and 1 teaspoon garlic powder. In a separate dish, mix bread crumbs with 1 teaspoon of garlic powder and Parmesan cheese. Set aside.

Mix together the melted butter and lemon juice. Pour about 2/3 of the butter mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Tilt pan to coat the bottom. Spread mushrooms in an even layer in the bottom of the dish.

Dip each chicken breast into the egg mixture, then into the bread crumb mixture. Place on top of the mushrooms. Drizzle remaining butter over the chicken, and sprinkle with parsley.

Bake uncovered for 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until chicken is golden brown and juices run clear.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Yeast Roll Recipe



This is our yeast roll recipe that my Mom has made for years. I make them now for all of our holiday dinners. They are so easy and you make them up the day before and put in the refrigerator over night.

1 package dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup milk, scalded
1/2 cup shortening ( butter)
1/2 cup sugar
4 1/2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, slightly beaten and room temperture

Prepare yeast by adding to water until it starts to work.
Heat milk and add sugar, butter, salt
cool to about baby bottle temperature
Add eggs, yeast, flour (1 cup at a time)
Mix completely and cover. Let rise until double, punch down and put in refrigerator overnight.
Three or four hours before you are ready to bake, take the dough out, add just enough flour so you can handle it.
Pinch out and place in greased pan, put 1/2 pat of butter on each one and let raise until doubled. (Usually 3 to 4 hours)
Sometimes I turn the oven on for 1 minute, turn it off and set the rolls in the oven. I especially do this when it is cold outside or I am in a hurry for them to rise.
Bake at 400 for about 15 minutes

I am sorry, but I won't have my sale up until Monday morning.
We have had out of state company who arrived Thursday night and left this evening.
Please check back in the morning for my weekly sales. I appreciate you stopping 
by this evening so very much!
Joan




Sunday, November 8, 2009

Taco Soup - & a reminder

 
If you haven't already placed your order for the new JustRite stamps
and the Flower soft products, please do so soon. I will be ordering them
tomorrow.

I am sharing one of our favorite soups. We like it even better than chilli !

JOAN'S TACO SOUP 

1 pound ground beef, browned & drained (1 to 1)
½ C. chopped onion
2 cans tomatoes, canned (I use my home canned tomatoes, so 2-28 oz cans)
1 can tomato paste (8 oz.)
2 cans kidney beans with juice
1 package corn frozen
1 pkg. taco seasoning
2 cups water
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt (maybe more...salt to taste)


Place all ingredients in a soup pot or large kettle, bring to boil, then simmer on low about 15-20 minutes. Serve with crushed taco chips and shredded cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream if desired. Also works great in a crock pot.

It is a beautiful day in Indiana. I think we are having our October weather in November.


What a blessing it is, because the farmers can now harvest their crops.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Hummingbird Cake



This is one of the best cakes I have ever eaten. If you don't want to go to the trouble of making the pineapple flowers, just make a cream cheese frosting and enjoy! A great Easter cake too!
Although no one knows for certain, some believe this confection is so named because it’s as sweet as the sugar that water-bird enthusiasts use to attract hummingbirds. Of course, others contend that the name simply came about because it’s easy to envision the hummingbird being unable to resist one of the cake’s most distinctive features: flowers made from dried pineapple. In either case, when cutting the pineapple, remember that the thinner you slice the rings, the faster and more colorful they’ll dry. I finally figued out that they must be paper thin to be pretty.


Hummingbird Cake
Makes 2 nine-inch layer cake

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 large)
1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut

1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
Butter two 9-by-2-inch round cake pans. Line the bottom of pans with parchment paper. Butter the paper and dust pans with flour, tapping out any excess; set pans aside.
Whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into a medium bowl; set aside.

2. Place butter, vanilla, and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating to combine after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is fluffy and pale yellow.

3. In a medium bowl, stir together, banana, pineapple, walnuts, and coconut. Add flour mixture and combine.

4. Divide mixture between prepared pans. Bake until golden brown, and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking.

5. Transfer pans to a baking rack to cool. Let pans cool 15 minutes before unmolding. Loosen sides with a small metal spatula or a paring knife, and invert onto greased wire racks. To prevent layers form splitting, invert again, so tops are up. Cool completely before assembling cake or wrapping airtight to freeze cake for later.

6. Using a serrated knife, trim the top of one layer (It is ok if the second layer is a bit rounded, for it becomes the top of the cake).

7. To assemble, place trimmed layer on serving platter. Spread the top with 1/4-inch layer of frosting. Top with the untrimmed top layer. Lightly coat the assembled cake with a thin layer of frosting to protect against crumbs in the frosting. Finish with remaining frosting. Decorate with dried pineapple flowers, if desired. Serve immediately, or keep refrigerated until ready to serve.


Dried Pineapple Flowers
Makes about 2 dozen 2 large pineapples or 4 small pineapples

1. Preheat oven to 225°. Line baking sheets with Silpats (French nonstick baking mats) or parchment paper. 2. Peel pineapples and remove “eyes” using a very tiny melonballer. Cut crosswise into very thin slices (paper thin) and place in a single layer on prepared baking sheets.

Bake until tops look dry, about 4 hours. Using tongs, flip slices over and continue to cook until completely dried out, 25 to 30 minutes more. Cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Cream Cheese Frosting
Beat 8 oz. cold cream cheese (not rock solid, but it means you can use it straight out of the refrigerator) with 5 Tbsp. softened butter and 2 tsp. vanilla until combined. Gradually add 2 c. powdered sugar that has been sifted after measuring. Continue to add more sifted powdered sugar until you reach a consistency and sweetness that fits your taste.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Banana Nut Bread


With our weather turning cooler and the leaves almost gone, it is banana nut bread time of year. My Mom who will be 94 next month, created this recipe several years ago. I have yet to find one that I like as good as this one. Let me know if you try it and how you like it!

2 Ripe Bananas, mashed
2 Eggs Beaten
1 T Vanilla

1/2 C Oil
1/4 C Buttermilk
1 3/4 C Sifted Flour
1 1/4 C Brown Sugar
1/2 t Salt
1 t Soda
1 Cup Chopped Nuts (or more)


Preheat oven at 350 and bake 1 hour.

Sift together flour, salt, soda . Mix well. Beat eggs until foamy, adding sugar slowly.
Mix but be careful not to over mix. Add oil, bananas, vanilla, buttermilk and nuts. Add dry ingredients slowly add to above mixture. Mix, but be careful not to over mix.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Don't Miss Out

Chalk Couture has a big special going on and all you have to do is visit my web site at www.chalkcouture.com/joanstouch
to order this great special.  You place the order and it is shipped directly to you via Chalk Couture.  You will receive everything you need to make this beautiful design.

This is a wonderful gift to give a special person too.  Don't miss out.





Thursday, December 13, 2018

Our home at Christmas

Merry Christmas from our home to yours.  We had a Christmas Walk last Sunday evening with about 80 attending.  It was so fun and I love it doing it.  I have had so much fun decorating this year since our remodled.










Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Craft Show picture

This is our booth downtown Fort Myers last Saturday at small business Saturday.  Marcia and I had such a good time and got lots of good exposure.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Craft Show Saturday

Tomorrow is the Craft Show in our Community, so I have been working hard to get everything ready.
I still  have a few more items I want to get done this morning.  But, other than those items, everything is packed, priced and ready to take to the club house.  Below are a few items that I will be selling.

All of the items have been done using Chalk Couture products.  Chalk Couture is so easy, that even young kids can do it.

As we prepare to give thanks this Thanksgiving, I loved the 3 different Chalk Couture transfers I used to create this picture.

I made 18 of these little so blessed signs and the Joy to the World Transfer can look so different using different surfaces and colors.



 Buffalo Plaid is so hot right now, and Chalk Couture has a wonderful transfer to make it,  

 One of my favorite Chalk Couture Transfers.  

 I created this card using Chalk Couture paste.  I have 8 books that I have decorated as accent pieces.
 I made this card using only "Chalk Couture" Paste,

Thursday, November 8, 2018

What is Chalk Couture All About???


You might need to click twice to start the video.  

I have had several ask this question:  "What is Chalk Couture All About:"  I am including this video that gives you a lot of information for either becoming a Customer or a Designer.  I  truly was just interested in becoming a customer when I question the gal in the Chalk Couture booth. When ask her what it costs to become a Designer she said it was only $99.00 and I would receive $252.00 worth of products and accessories.
So, for me it was an easy decision.  We have many in our organization that are just hobbist and only use the products for their Crafting. Many make signs, pillows, cards, etc., and they use
 Chalk Couture Products to do so.

Please watch the video and let me know your thoughts. I LOVE what I am doing. Don't hesitate to call me if you have any questions 574 514 1423 or email me at jfricker@fourway.net

REMEMBER.....YOU CAN BE A CUSTOMER OR A DESIGNER, WHICHEVER FITS YOU NEEDS THE BEST.


You can visit my Chalk Couture website by clicking https://www.chalkcouture.com/joanstouch


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Vintage Truck

Vintage Truck
I have been busy this week being creative getting ready for our Communitie's Craft Show on Nove 17.
I designed the adorable Vintage Truck for my black and white kitchen.
I have absolutely no artistic ability, so being able to design something like this gives me alot of pleasure. What makes it possible is Chalk Coutures Transfers and Chalk Paste.  I am having so much fun.
If you would like to see everything available,  please visit my web site at
https://www.chalkcouture.com/joanstouch.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave a comment.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

CARD AND BOOK


We are having a craft show in our community in November and I have been decorating books for it.
This is just one sample of what I will have.  Also, I needed a very quick card this AM to send something to a friend who I wanted to show a sample using our Chalk Paste.  This card took a matter of 2 minutes from start to finish.  I could have done lots more, but I am just showing the paste.  I am so excited that it works on card stock as well as boards, painted picture frames, windows, etc.  The wonderful thing about the paste is I can take water and wash it off. (not on card stock of course).  With limited storage here in Florida that is a great benefit.

If you would like to know more about Chalk Couture, please visit my web site at 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Chalking a card


I have been busy organizing my craft room to make room for my new Chalk Couture items.
Today I wanted to try our Chalk Paste on a card and oh my I must say it is fantastic.  Everything on this card is Chalk Couture paste and so easy.

Our reusable Chalk Transfers are an adhesive silkscreen that can be used on chalkboards, card stock, windows, mirrors, tile, whiteboards, appliances, painted furniture, apparel, pillows, and so much more! They are your imagination’s best friend and can be reused an average of 8-12 times (depending on care and surface applied to). There are hundreds of designs to choose from, allowing you to create a design or decor item for any type of style, space, or celebration! 

I wanted to experiment with this card using only paste, but you could add any embellishments, layers etc.  How fun it can be.

If you would like to know more about Chalk Couture, please email me at jfricker@fourway.net call me at 574 514 1423 or click https://www.chalkcouture.com/joanstouch which will take you right to my website.

This new product is so exciting and opens so many doors.


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

My first project


Yesterday my good friend Marcia and I unpacked my new Chalk Couture products and chose the board, transfer and colors of chalk paste to use.  I love our transfers as they are sticky with mesh which keeps the paste from bleeding. The transfers can be used 8 to 10 times if not more. 

Would you like to make some beautiful Christmas gifts? Do you need birthday gifts?  Do you want some fresh decor for your home?
Chalk Couture makes this all possible.
Please click below to see the transfers, chalk paste, ink and surfaces.  Don't hesitate to call me at 5745141423 or email jfricker@fourway.net

https://www.chalkcouture.com/JoansTouch

Saturday, September 29, 2018

A quick catalog view




I thought you might enjoy seeing previews of our catalog today.  Just click twice on the above video.
I am receiving my products on Monday and I can't wait to start chalking and creating.  I am in a craft show in our community in November and I hope to have some things to sell.  I will certainly being doing my Tee Shirts as I have done the last 2 craft shows, but this year I want to have some more fun things too. 

 I am decorating books, making cute small signs, and will have  make and take things from Chalk Couture.  So, it should be fun. 

 I do not do cards at this craft show for a couple of reasons.  A good friend of mine does cards and I do not want to compete with her.  I spend way to much time on the cards I make and I couldn't sell them for the price I would need to charge.

If you would like to see all the things in our catalog, please click on this link which takes me to my web site at Chalk Couture.

https://www.chalkcouture.com/JoansTouch

Don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Cute Wreath

Layering with Chalk Couture Paste is easy when you make this beautiful wreath.  It is fast and easy. If you would like to see all the transfers, click on the link below.  If you want to give it a try, you can order right on that page or give me a call at 574 514 1423 or email me at jfricker@fourway.net






You might need to click twice on the arrow to start the video 

Joan Fricker
Chalk Contour
Independent Designer

Monday, September 24, 2018

Exciting News




I am now an Independent Designer for Chalk Coutour!!!

Many of you have followed me for years and so this might not be a surprise to you as you know I love creating businesses.  I
truly meant it when I said I was retiring in 2014.  And, I did.
But, I still have a passion for business and one of the reason is my wonderful customers and friends I have made over those years that I have missed.  

 I accidentally discovered Chalk Couture a few weeks ago looking for something on YouTube.  I was totally blown away with the easy, quick process of their wonderful Screen Print Transfers. (you might call them Stencils but the company calls them Transfers).

Then this past weekend, I attended a fabulous Vintage Art Show here in Fort Myers and there was a Chalk Couture Booth at the show.  I spent a lot of time talking to the gals (they were from New Jersey) and after coming home to discuss it with Jon, I decided to join them and I am excited to share it with you.

Have you wanted to be creative making some signs, pictures, pillows or other crafty items for your home or gifts?  Perhaps you do craft shows and if so these sell like crazy at the shows.

 Of course I now live in Fort Myers, Florida so I won't be able to do my workshops with the products, but I will be sharing lots of video ideas on my website and also on other social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram.

I am not going in to much detail tonight, but will in the coming days.  I want to give you a chance to check out the company and product line by going to https://www.chalkcouture.com/joanstouch

My products should be arriving in the next few days and I will be busy creating some beautiful things with them.  We have a craft show in our community in November and I am considering doing another one at a large church if I can get things together for it and they have room.

Please don't hesitate to mail me at jfricker@fourway.net if you have any questions or leave me a comment below.

I look forward to hearing from you all again.  I have truly missed that part of my life.




Sunday, September 23, 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018

DIES FOR SALE AT 50% OFF

I have way too much "stuff" in my craft room as I collected it all the years I owned Joan's Gardens.
I had more storage in Indiana than I do here.  So, I am going to start going through lots of dies etc and will be posting these items for sale at 50% off of retail.  Many of the items have not even been opened or used.  If used, usually 1 or 2 times.

I can only accept a check or PayPal as I do not have a credit card account any more.  If you want any item, please email me at jfricker@fourway.net.  Please pass the word on to your friends and tell them
to subscribe to my blog and then they will also get an email announcing the items for sale.
Below are the first dies:

LR0185
REG PRICE 19.99
SALE 10.00
plus shipping

LR0272
REG PRICE 18.49
SALE PRICE 9.00
plus shipping
LR0280
REG PRICE 33.99
SALE $17.00
plus shipping
LR0277
REG PRICE 35.99
SALE 18.00
plus shipping

LR0168
REG PRICE 23.99
SALE $12.00
plus shipping

LR0240
REG PRICE 35.95
SALE 18.00
plus shipping

LR0278
REG PRICE 31.89
SALE 16.00
plus shipping

CR1254
REG PRICE 28.99
SALE PRICE 14.00
plus shipping