Wednesday, December 16, 2009

MMSC #32

Woo hoo! I had a fun time with this card. This is one of those that put itself together. Aren't those wonderful? This is my submission for Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #32. There was an added element of a theme of baking. As much as I LOVE to eat, I really don't have any baking/cooking stamps. This stamp was a gift to me from my dear friend, Peggysue. She, the stamp, has come in handy so many times. I colored her last night, but didn't like any of the background papers I had. On my way to my annual physical (oh yay, oh fun) I stopped at the local scrapbooking store and bought all of this gorgeous paper. I brought in my Tilda to help match the paper. Unfortunately, she didn't have any christmas baking paper or embellishments. I saw the "tis the season" cut out, shimmery thingy and knew I could work that into the card some how. I had a little difficulty with the 3 elements on each of the triangles. I have so much going on with this card I didn't know how to work it in. When I remembered my silver pearls I knew I had it. The silver compliments my sentiment quite nicely. I hope the photo isn't too washed out. I am noticing I am having a harder time taking good pictures since it has been dark so early in the evenings. In the summertime my photos were turning out great. I am crediting that to the ambient light of the room, which I don't have now.

Now for my recipe. I have so many favorites. I have already shared my cheesecake recipe here (scroll way, way, way back to some of my earliest posts). Maybe this time I will share Caramel Pecan Pie.

Caramel Pecan Pie
Caramel sauce (see below)
chopped pecans (1 bag)
1 unbaked pie shell
2 (8oz) bars of cream cheese (this is not the time to try and save on calories. Eat the real stuff)
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Place pecans in the bottom of unbaked pie crust. Top with all but 3/4 cup caramel mixture.
Mix cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Pour over caramel pecan layer.
Bake at 350 degress for 35-40 minutes. Cool. Top with remaining caramel mixture and garnish with pecans.

Here is my homemade caramel sauce. It has been a fail proof recipe for me, but you have to stir CONSTANTLY.

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup milk

Combine sweetened condensed milk, brown sugar, butter and milk. Cook (at med-low) and bring to a boil. Once at a boil, (turn down temp if needed, but maintain the boil) boil and stir for exactly 5 minutes. Poor into pie crust.


  1. Great job on the sketch,and now I am starting to miss my Tilda!! I like your garland hanging from the "Tis the Season." Yummy recipe too!!

  2. Wow Karen you went all out with this card and post...BRAVO and you get and A+ ...just look at those recipes yummy :) I will have to give them a go. I know it will get busy in the next week or so, so I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.
    MMSC Hostess

  3. Karen, a wonderful card, love the image and your color choices. Fantastic job with the sketch!! Can't wait to try that yummy recipe!! The MMDesign Team thanks you for playing along with us this week!!

    Phyllis MMDesign Team

  4. Cheesecake recipe, I remember that one! Seemed like at one time you were baking a cheesecake every week. Now you're talking with the caramel pecan pie though, because that would cook up marvelously well with a GF crust. :)
    Tilda is looking mighty fine there with her cookies too. Maybe next time she'll share her recipe? Lovely job on the card, so many details. I like the sparkle you get from the Tis the Season , . . balances things very well. And great coloring job as usual!

  5. Hi Karen Lynn - this is one gorgeous card - I love everything about it (which is often the way with your cards) Tilda is the perfect choice and that DP was worth stopping for - gorgeous!! I love your recipe too - I can see that I am going to have to be very strict with mysef due to this challenge....but AFTER I try your recipe - my family will LOVE it, especially my DH!! Thanks for playing along with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week, we would love to see you again next week! Merry Christmas Karen Lynn, to you and your family!
    Linda MMSC Design Team

  6. Beautiful card! Don't you just love when everything falls into place? The recipe looks delish, too. Wouldn't last 2 minutes in my house with dh & ds. Both have a major sweet tooth!

  7. Hi Karen! What a supercute Christmas baking card! I love it! The background papers are perfect for the great coloring that you did on Tilda! Very nice work!

  8. OMG..that pie looks so good...what time is dinner?? I'll be right over :)

  9. Lovely card and what a nice gift from PeggySue and a gift to yourself for getting your annual done (Bravo), you always need to treat yourself with new papers after your annual visit!!! Thank you for joining us at Midnight Madness, have a Happy Holiday.

    Jane MMDT

  10. Karen....Wow you outdid yourself this week. Girl your card is the BOMB!!!! I love how you fit the "Tis the Season" sentiment on it and the Tilda image is just as precious as can be....I love how you even gave us a recipe. It looks so yummy...I'm a Southern Girl so Pecan Pie is right up my alley!!! I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of Midnight Madness throughout the year and wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


  11. That recipe delish!! I will have to try it!! Your coloring of Tilda and your take on the MMSC sketch is awesome. Love the choice of dp, colors, and the addition of the glittery sentiment. Gorgeous!

  12. I just love your Tilda card. She is perfect for this card. That recipe for the caramel pecan pie looks yummy. I may just have to try it! Thanks so much for sharing. Thank you for playing along with us this week at MMSC!
    Midnight Madness Design Team

  13. Sorry for not posting a comment yet for you on this card Karen due to my busy weeks in December, but I do admire your card. That is a sweet Tilda card with great dimension for Christmas/winter theme :o)