Welcome Neighbor

This week we met a new neighbor who moved in next door to us.  He is such a friendly man and after only talking to him for a few minutes we knew that we were very fortunate to have such a kind person living next door.

I wanted to take over a card and welcome gift of some sort so I went to my stamp room looking for a stamp that said "welcome".  I came across a new stamp I had just purchased called the Hand Lettered Alphabet.  This awesome stamp set allows you to stamp any word you want.  So I used it to spell out the word I needed and that was the word "welcome".

Petal Garden Welcome Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Petal Garden Welcome Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The back ground of this card was made with a piece of card stock from the Petal Garden Paper Stack.  After adhering the paper to the note card I just punched some flowers out of Calypso Coral card stock and some leaves out of Old Olive card stock.  I added rhinestones because that always makes every card sparkle, which is something I love.

I decided to make our new neighbor a Kona Coffee Mud Pie.  Since we don't eat a lot of sugar it had been awhile since I had made one of these pies.  It's been really hot the past few days and I thought my neighbor might enjoy a piece of this delicious frozen ice cream pie.

Mud Pie - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Mud Pie - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This mud pie recipe is one of my favorites.  You can find it in the book Hawaii's Best Local Desserts by Jean Watanabe Hee.   I have several of Jean Watanabe Hee's Cookbooks, they all have really great local recipes.  I love making this pie because its SO simple and it comes out great!  Would you like to know how to make a pie of your own?  Here is the recipe.

Kona Coffee Mud Pie

1 package Oreo Cookies (about 40 cookies)

3/4 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup macadamia nuts, chopped fine

1/2 gallon Kona Coffee Ice Cream ( I use Rosalani Mud Pie Ice Cream)

1 container Cool Whip (8 oz)

Extra macadamia nuts and oreo crumbs for sprinkling.

Put cookies in plastic bag and roll to make crumbs.  Put crumbs in a bowl (save a tiny amount for top of pie).  Add butter and nuts and mix well.  (Save a few macadamia nuts for the top of the pie too) Press crumbs into a 9 x 13 pan and bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes.  Cool Well.

Cut the ice cream into fouths and press on cooled crumbs.  Spread cool whip over ice cream.  Sprinkle with macadamia nuts and cookie crumbs.  Freeze.

My neighbor smiled as we handed him the card and pie.  I hope they enjoyed it and know how blessed we are to have such kind people living next door.

Well, its Aloha Friday!  What plans do you have this weekend?  Perhaps you can try and make a pie?  Or I have an even better idea!  Why don't you head on down to the 15th Annual Hawaii Woman Expo.  We will be there all weekend.  Look for the Stamped With Aloha booth where there will be live demonstrations and a card sale to benefit the Hawaii Food bank.  

I will be there Saturday from 10am till 1pm and again on Sunday from 12pm till 5pm.  It would be really great to see you there!  We're promoting a couple of fun new classes that you can sign up for.  Here is the info for the expo.

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I wish you all a happy and blessed weekend and I hope to see you at the expo.  

Stamped Blessings,

Cindy