Monthly Archives: December 2010

envelope liners

Envelope Liners – they are easier to make than you think!  I learned how to make these tasteful liners about a year ago.  They are simple and add a nice touch, enabling you to coordinate the accent design in your card with the envelopes. Given that I love to make handmade cards, I’m hooked on this accessory!

Start by purchasing an envelope template kit. Paper Source sells them pretty inexpensive – $11 and includes templates for several size envelopes.

Select your envelope & liners – I use wrapping paper. I like Paper Source because they have card & envelope stock which match many of the wrapping paper colors.

Lay the template over the wrapping paper & cut. The liner does not need to reach the bottom of the envelope as it will not be seen, adds weight & uses extra paper. You can either cut with an x-acto knife or scissors. When making in bulk, I’ll fold the paper into stacks of 4 or so, and mass produce. I find that the x-acto knife sometimes leaves a bit of a jagged edge (maybe only noticable by me), so I’ve switched recently to scissors. Easier and goes faster also.

Once cut, slide into the envelope and line up just under the seal. fold the top down to make a crease.  Open & apply adhesive. I usually use a glue stick. Quick, easy and inexpensive. I’ve also used double sided tape in a pinch tho be sure to use the permanent kind so that it sticks well. Elmers glue is my last choice since it’s a bit messy, but it illustrates the placement.

Seal & ta-da! You’ve got a beautifully lined envelope to go with your potentially matching  handmade card.


green smoothies

Green smoothies are one of my very most favorite morning drinks. yum yum yum!  I make mine in my VitaMix – a super high powered blender which pulvarizes the produce to it’s cellular level so that my body can easily absorb.

Here are some of the Health Benefits you might find interesting (see full blog post by green smoothie expert Victoria Boutenko)
  • Green smoothies are very nutritious. The ratio in them is optimal for human consumption; about 60% ripe organic fruit mixed with about 40% organic greens.
  • Green smoothies are easy to digest. When blended well, most of the cells in the greens and fruits are ruptured, making the valuable nutrients easy for the body to assimilate. Green smoothies literally start to get absorbed in your mouth.
  • Green smoothies, as opposed to juices, are a complete food because they still have fiber. Consuming fiber is important for our elimination system.
  • A molecule of chlorophyll closely resembles a molecule of human blood. According to teachings of Dr. Ann Wigmore, “consuming chlorophyll is like receiving a healthy blood transfusion”.
  • When consuming your greens in the form of green smoothies, you are greatly reducing the consumption of oils and salt in your diet.
You’ll want about 60% fruit to 40% greens/veggies. I also add a wedge of lemon or lime. Be creative and use what you like. Here are some of my favorites:
Fruits: Green apple, green grapes, kiwi, melon. I use mostly green fruits in my green smoothies, but many recipes call for non-green.
Veggies: Spinach (very mild taste, you won’t even know it’s there!), Kale, Cucumber, Broccoli, Fresh herbs such as dill, basil, mint.
My favorite Good Morning Green Smoothie recipe
handful of green grapes
1 kiwi (peeled)
cucumber – leave skin on, about 1-1.5″ wedge
1/4 to 1/2 Granny Smith green apple (depending on size) – remove core/seeds
handful of spinach
small handful of broccoli
lemon wedge
little water (1/4-1/8 cup?)
couple ice cubes
blend on high for a couple minutes until pureed, garnish with cucumber & enjoy immediately!