*Bake Sale* And New Guest Designer…. Mel Hains!!

Good morning my lovely friends!

Did you have fun hitting all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales? I sure did! There were so many amazing deals- I just could not pass them up.

Now to finish your weekend of shopping- lets go out with a BANG! It is Bake Sale time!!

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But wait- Before I show you the amazing Yummy Bake Sale goodies… I have some VERY exciting news!!

You all know her and love her- The one and only Mel Hains is our December Guest GingerBread Lady! This is Mels first ever guest spot. I am so honored she choose GingerScraps to venture out into the guesting role! Head over to the forum and give her some love :)

Lets get to know her a bit-

*Mel Hains Designes*

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I am Mel from Mel Hains designs and I am TOTALLY addicted to anything scrappy! I started digiscrapping and designing rougly 3 years ago and am now selling my designs at Scrap that Idea. I am very happy to be the Guest designer for Gingerscraps for the month of December! My scrappy style changes as much as my mood does from minute to minute. At this stage I am very fond of the ‘papery’ look, but just about anything goes. I love doodles. My kits will usually have some kind of doodle somewhere, I just love them! I feel very fortunate that big name designers like Kim B, Ellie Lash and Lindsay Jane took the time to replied to my emails to them when I initially started designing, I am still crazy about their stuff! I have a 7 year old daughter named Savannah and live with my partner Damien and my two crazy cats, George and Orwell, in sunny Durban, South Africa. We also have our own photography business which is my other passion. I hope you enjoy my designs here at Gingerscraps! :) My store will be 30% off for the first week, so enjoy the exclusive goodies here at Gingerscraps!

Mel has some Delicious goodies out today! Take a look-

Exclusive to Gingerscraps:

Mother, Wife. A kit for all the hard working women out there! A full kit in retro shades consisting of 14 papers, 42 elements, a full embellished alpha and a FREE add on word art pack!
link: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Mother-Wife.html

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Layout by Jenn
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Exclusive to Gingerscraps:

Happy Snaps. A kit celebrating all our happy snaps! Perfect for snapping all the ‘behind the scenes’ photos! This kit consists of 10 papers, 38 elements and a full alpha.
Link: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Happy-Snaps.html
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Layout by Sharon

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And …. An Oldie but a goodie! This kit is called ‘Silly Old Bear‘, A beary cute kit in red, brown, blue and yellow! This kit includes 10 papers, 35 elements and stitched styled alpha!

link: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Silly-Old-Bear.html
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Layout by Gina:
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Go to Mels blog here: www.melslightbulbmoments.blogspot.com
Find Mel on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/melhains
Find Mel on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mel-Hains-Designs/344432969551
You can sign up for Mels personal newsletter on her blog

Make sure you give her a BIG GingerScraps Welcome!! :)

And now…. are you ready to see what we have for you in the Bake Sale today!!??

Some AMAZING goodies all $1.00 for only 24 hours! Snag ‘em up while you can- some will not be this price ever again!

**December 1st Bake Sale**

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The Dish: With GingerScraps- Serving up… Misty O’ Brien

Hello my fellow lovers of digi scrap!  Can you believe all the amazing things we have going on at GingerScraps?  It has been a thrilling ride this last few months. And we have so many more fun things planned for Oct! One little hint…. a costume contest…. and a HUGE prize!

And one other secret…. we are having THE COOLEST item that will be available Sunday only- You will not want to miss it! A 24 hour deal that will blow your socks off!

And now I would like to tell you what I am doing here today- Some of you might remember a long long time ago on my first GingerScraps blog I used to do a Friday Feature. It was something I very much enjoyed! So when we recently had an opening on this site blog, a light bulb went off…. I am going to do a weekly post *every Saturday* with “The Dish”. My posts will be interviews, recipes, tips, maybe a tutorial here and there. I hope you enjoy it!

This weeks “The Dish” I decided I wanted to do an interview with our Oct. guest designer Misty O’Brien!!

You can check out Misty’s Facebook Fan PageTwitter, blog, and sign up for my newsletter for contests, coupons, and the latest info.

She has a few fun new goodies in the shop- and more will be coming throughout the month as well!

Ginger: Hi Misty, I am so happy to have you as our first ever guest designer! I have missed you my friend! Why don’t we start by you telling everyone a little bit about yourself.

Misty: Hi Ginger, and all you out there in digi land :) Ok, a little about me-  I’m from the Pacific Northwest, and I am a stay at home mom to two boys, Ian age 4 and Aidan age 2. I have been married to my husband Dan for 5 years but we’ve been going to school together since the first grade. I love digital scrapping and designing. I was just offered a position to write the digital scrapbooking column for the Examiner for my local area, so look for that soon! In our family’s free time, we love to geocache, head to the park, and play games. In MY spare time, I enjoy reading, cooking, baking, and being as crafty as possible.

Ginger: Wow that is so awesome!! You will have to link us up when your column hits the newsstands! And thank you for introducing me to geocaching! My kiddos and I totally love it. :) Since it is October.. and I have costumes on the brain… Tell us- What’s your favorite Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?

Misty: When I was 16, my mom made me Dorothy’s dress from the Wizard of Oz. She even glued red glitter to a pair of pumps for “Ruby” slippers. I worked at a pizza shop and we all dressed up Halloween night.

Ginger: Oh my goodness that is so cute! There’s no place like home.. or the Pizza Shop :) haha. What are you going to dress up like this Halloween?

Misty: I’m lame and only bought a funky black and pink wig. Since having kids, I haven’t dressed up in years.

Ginger: Well a tip of the hat to you my lady……. or should I say A tip of the wig to you. I actually wore a funky blue 80′s -ish wig last year as my “costume”. This year.. I have a t-shirt, it says “Bite Me” and it glows in the dark… wow I went all out huh. lol. What is you favorite candy? And do you steal your childrens Halloween – trick or treating candy?

Misty: I love Reese’s Peanut Butter anything and my most favorite is Dark Chocolate. I always steal my kids’ candy, although this year, I think I’ll actually let them eat some of it!

Ginger: Ohhhhh You HAVE to try the new dark chocolate Reeses! When I saw that commercial I was like… Reeses, Have you been reading my diary!? It was spooky!! haha So speaking of spooky…… Do you believe in ghosts?

Misty: Maybe,  I’m sort of a fence sitter. Once, I went into a vacant house on the market, and the energy just felt thick, suffocating, and I broke out in goosebumps. I felt sick and had to get out of there ASAP.

Ginger: Freaky! Have you ever been hypnotized?

Misty: No, and I would LOVE to try hypnosis.

Ginger: Now a few random questions- What is the one thing that makes you happy despite any mood?

Misty: Chocolate Milkshakes

Ginger: Nice! haha. Name a television character that you simply adore?

Misty: Phil Dunphy from Modern Family.

Ginger: What is the best vacation you’ve ever had in your life?

Misty: Ireland

Ginger: oh how wonderful! I would love to go to Ireland someday! I want to thank you for being our Guest Designer for Oct! And thank you for the fun interview :) In closing I would love for you to share with us all a few things- I think it is fun to see a few of your favorite Layouts- and I would also LOVE you to share with us one of your favorite recipes!

Misty- Sure! Ok here are two of my favorite Layouts-

This one is my son Aidan- you can click on the LO to go see a full list of credits.

And one of my Hubby Dan- It will be linked to the full list of credits as well.

Ginger: Can you please share with us one of your favorite recipes?

Misty: mmmmmm your gonna love these!

Chocolate Caramel Crack(ers)
adapted from the Smitten Kitchen
  • About 40 saltine crackers, or enough to line a cookie sheet/baking sheet
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into a few large pieces
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • A big pinch of sea salt (NOT table salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup toasted chopped almonds (don’t overtoast!)

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet (or your standard cookie sheet) completely with foil, and then line the base of the foil with parchment paper, cut to fit.

Line the bottom of the baking sheet with saltine crackers, covering all parts.

In a medium heavy-duty saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar together, and stir it over medium heat until it begins to boil. Once it has begun boiling, let it bubble for three more minutes, stirring it well. It will thicken a bit as it cooks. Remove from the heat and add the salt and vanilla, and quickly pour over your crackers. Spread quickly, it will begin to set as soon as it’s poured.

Bake the caramel-covered crackers for 12 – 15 minutes, watching carefully as it will bubble and the corners might darken too quickly and/or burn. You can reduce the heat if you see this happening.

Remove from oven and immediately pour the chocolate chips over the crackers. You can do this in sections, don’t worry about getting every cracker. Let stand five minutes, and then spread them evenly across the caramel.  Sprinkle the chocolate with toasted almonds.

Put the baking sheet in the fridge to speed up the cooling process. Once completely cool, break up the crackers in large pieces. No need for it to be uniform. Store in a container (I keep mine in the fridge) for up to a week.

Ginger: Thank you so very much Misty! I am going to make these this weekend!! yummy!! :)

That wraps it up folks :) I hope you fond this entertaining- If you have a suggestion or If you want to ask Misty and other questions- please comment here on the blog. She and I will be checking the comments and would love to shat with you! Have a Wonderful Weekend!

*And DON’T forget to pick out the Daily Download today! And come back tomorrow for news about our awesome 24 hour special!!*