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July 29, 2012

Color Throwdown 202; LIM Week 78 ~ Sketch; and Summer Tomato Recipe

How You Doing Sunday?

We went over to have dinner with the kids yesterday and to see DDIL's sister and her husband who are visiting from Minnesota for a few days.  We haven't had the pleasure of their company for many years, so it was great!  They have eight children and Papa and I are their adopted grandparents!  Sadly for us, but happily for the parents, the kiddies didn't come along this trip. 

Halfway home, I nearly lost the hearing in my left ear as I smacked myself for not taking a single picture!  Everyone there should smack themselves, too, because they didn't think of it either.  At least Papa and I can blame it on age! 

I thought about finding a picture somehere here on the Intertube and saying it was us, but I think I'm allergic to something in my garden.  I've just been out gardening for a couple of hours this morning and my left eye is now watering and burning.  (Could it be a delayed reaction to whacking my own self in the head hours ago?)  So anyway, let's hop back on the focus train, shall we?  Because of my eye, my vision is blurry, so I'm not inclined to go off searching for a picture of fake relatives.

I can, however, present you with a card I made, which just might be the reason you stopped by.  Today I made another UBERCAS card for two challenges:  a sketch challenge and a color challenge.  The perfect combo.

The yummy colors come from this week's Color Throwdown (CTD202) challenge:

 ~ and the sketch comes from this week's Less Is More (Week 78) challenge, hosted by the talented Mandi and Chrissie.

 ~ and my card:

UBERCAS.  The sentiment sticker background color is more Razzley Berry IRL. 

With tomatoes  and basil coming in (here at least), I want to share this incredibly delicious stew.  It is SO, SO easy!  The source is Sunset magazine.  It sounds funny to eat stew or soup in the hot summer, but this heats only long enough for the cheese to start to melt, so it's petid.  Also, ours is always more juicey and soup-like than they show in the picture.  Which is what you want because the juice is amazing and perfect for warm, crusty bread!

Warm Tomato and White Bean Stew

Warm Tomato and White Bean Stew


3* pounds ripe tomatoes, rinsed
About 1/2 cup slivered fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced or pressed
About 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
Fresh-ground pepper
1 can (15 oz.) white (Cannellini) beans, drained and rinsed
8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, drained and cut into cubes (1/2 in.)
About 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Crusty bread.
* Personal note:  We find that we prefer the recipe when we use closer to 2 pounds of tomatoes for a better ratio of tomato, to bean, to cheese.

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  1. Core and dice tomatoes. In a 4- to 5-quart pan, combine tomatoes, basil, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper to taste. Let stand until tomatoes are very juicy, at least 15 minutes.
  2. Set the pan over medium-low heat and gently stir in beans. Stir occasionally until mixture is warm to touch, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Gently stir just until the mozzarella has softened and starts to melt into strings, 2 to 3 minutes. Taste and stir in more salt if desired. Spoon stew into shallow bowls and top each serving with a sprinkling of more basil and parmesan cheese.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!   As always, thank you for stopping by to visit.   Special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower or leave a comment!

Paper:  SU very vanilla and pool party
Stamp:  SU, unknown (old) set
Ink:  SU rich razzleberry; PTI Hawaiian shores
Sticker sentiment:  K & Company
Bling: Crystal Affects


scrappymo! said...

That soup sounds good!

The card is simple yet stunning.

Chrissie said...

Your card is gorgeous and your recipe sounds fab!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Sue said...

Wow you card is stunning. Your stew sounds delicious.

Amanda said...

Simply stunning card, love the ubercas look. Between you and Di there are some stunning recipes that someone who can cook will be able to make, for the culinary challenged among us I wish there was taste-a-vision. Hugs, Amanda x

Kathyk said...

Food looks great and your uberCAS card even more so!


Vicky Hayes said...

What a gorgeous card Darnell - beautifully CAS and I love the use of gems. Thank you for sharing that yummy looking stew too - will certainly give that a go! Vicky x

Bonnie said...

Love all these scallops and the soup looks delicious!

Carol L said...

I really like your CAS card! Nice job on the challenges! I hope your hearing returns soon - silly girl slapping yourself like that! LOL

stampwithsandy said...

Mmm, recipe sounds awesome. I'll have to give it a try. TFS.

Sandy said...

Love your card, soup looks yummy. Sandy :)

Rosemary said...

GORGEOUS card, darnell!! love all the bling!! (and your comment on gave me a really good laugh... you are too funny!)

Kara Lynne said...

Wonderful use of the sketch! I love the dainty scallops. The gems are like the moments - the gifts! I want to try the soup, it looks delicious!

shirley-bee said...

I love this delicate scalloped effect, Darnell, it's so pretty!

Irene said...

A beautiful CAS card Darnell, the pastel colours are gorgeous.
Thanks for your recipe it looks mouthwatering gorgeous.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful LIM creation with the wonderful colours from the throw down challenge, love them.

After seeing the gorgeous colour photo I had to take a look at the challenge site and wanted to enter a card, but don't have enough time before it closes. Maybe next one. I'm heading out to sweat in the gardens. Have a great day, Shirleyx

Broni said...

I love the CAS style of your card. Great use of the colors! Thanks for playing along in the Color Throwdown this week! And thanks for that recipe. I'm definitely going to try it!!

Inkyfingers said...

What a truly chic CAS card and I love the gems that twinkle across it. Your stew sounds yummy and it a recipe I will try once our tomatoes start to ripen!

Fiona said...

Lovely CAS design Darnell and the stew don't half sound good!

Anne said...

Hi Darnell! What a terrific clean-and-simple card! Who knew you could fit a whole color challenge into such an elegant beauty! Love it! ♥

Unknown said...

Super gorgeous card - just love it. Thanks for the recipe for the Warm Tomato and White Bean Stew...... looks amazing and can't wait to try it.


Karen x

Wanda Cullen said...

Beautiful CAS card design! Also loved the yummy-sounding recipe...may have to try this! Thanks for playing along with us at Color Throwdown!

Deanna said...

Beautiful Card I am loving the design and those colors. I am going to try this recipe. Lots of tomatoes too~hugs Deanna

Jean said...

Great CAS take on the colors ( I really love these colors, but missed the deadline for this challenge). Thank you for the recipe, I will definitely be making this ~ sounds yummy!

Beverley said...

FAB card & great interpretation of the sketch!

Susan said...

Love the UBERSIMPLICITY of your card...so perfect for the LIM challenge. The addition of the bling really makes it pop...and dresses it up..kinda like a present (gift)...KWIM?

Mandi said...

WOWSEr your card is a stunner Darnell
That recipe sounds delicious I love that kinda food. Not really a meat eater
Hope your ear is better!!
Thanks as always
"Less is More"

G Peplow said...

Brilliant card Darnelle, love the scallops and bling :0) I hope your ear and eye have recovered and thank you for the recipe, that sounds really tasty, Gay xxx

Lynne said...

Simply stunning card Darnell. I love those scallops and the gems are fabulously opulent.
Lynne xxx

Linda said...

Hi Darnell, stunning card. I love the little scallops and the colours are so pretty.
Your recipe sounds sooo good and perfect for the summer. xx