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Handmade cards, nutritional testing ahead on show


November 10, 2019

Information on making handmade cards, nutritional testing and decorating monthly calendar pages will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday (all times Mountain).

Susan Legits, independent demonstrator with Stampin’ Up, will demonstrate how to make ten cards in ten minutes using some basic stamping techniques and various craft supplies to transform the cards so that they are all different. She’s from Albuquerque.

After discovering how the lack of credible and easy-to-understand health information could negatively affect lives, Joy Stephenson-Laws decided to do something about it. She discovered the importance of nutritional testing. Her book is titled “Minerals: The Forgotten Nutrient.” She lives in Burbank, California.

Marjolaine Walker is the owner and designer for Twelve Stones Scrapbooking in Ottawa, Can. She’s going to show how to decorate a monthly calendar page with stickers and scrapbooking supplies. She’ll also show how to make a dashboard with an inspirational message.

Information on ways to look thinner, preparing toffee and fitting and designing knit garments will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Most women are looking for ways to look ten pounds thinner. Nancy Nix-Rice is a wardrobe consultant and author, and she’s going to demonstrate how to make changes that will result in a slimmer and more flattering look. Her book is titled Looking Good and she’s from St. Louis, Missouri.

Cookbook authors, Kimberly Reiner and Jenna Sanz-Agero will demonstrate making a delicious seaside toffee and tell the story about how this annual tradition first originated for the holidays. Their cookbook is “Sugar Sugar: Every Recipe Has a Story.” They live in Tarzana, California.

Connie Crawford, President, CEO and Designer for Fashion Patterns by Coni, will show to fit and design knit garments and will show sketches of various knit designs. She’s from Hansville, Washington.

Seaside Toffee

2 cups finely chopped toasted almonds (divided)

24 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (about 4 cups, divided)

2 cups (4 sticks) butter, at room temperature

2 cups granulated sugar

3 tablespoons water

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Spread 1/2 cup of the toasted almonds in a single layer across an ungreased 15 1/2 by 12-inch rimmed baking sheet. Next, spread 2 cups of the chocolate chips evenly across the sheet and set aside until the toffee is prepared. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the sugar and water. Continue to stir occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Bring the mixture to a soft boil and continue cooking, stirring only occasionally, until the mixture has a peanut butter color and a candy thermometer reads 300°F (about 25 minutes). This is the hard-crack stage, when syrup dropped into ice water will separate into threads that will break immediately when bent. Remove the mixture from the heat and add the vanilla and 1/2 cup of the remaining almonds. Stir well to combine. Carefully pour the toffee on the baking sheet over the nuts and chocolate. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes, until the candy begins to set. Sprinkle the remaining 2 cups chocolate chips over the toffee. Use a knife or an angled spatula to spread the chocolate evenly over the toffee as it begins to melt. Spread the remaining 1 cup almonds over the chocolate. Place the baking sheet in a cool, dry place to set overnight. Use a knife to break it into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

“Creative Living” is produced and hosted by Sheryl Borden. The show is carried by more than 118 PBS stations. Contact her at:

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