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Sunday, August 31, 2014
Mini Pancake Pizza

This yummy, cheesy goodness is brought to you via Noble Pig and is a lovely variation of the mini pizza using pancake mix.

Mini Pepperoni Pizza Pancakes
Serves: Makes 12-15 (4-inch) pancakes


For the batter:

  • dry pancake mix (enough to make 12-15 pancakes) this is about 1 cup of dry mix and 1-1/3 cups of water
  • 1 pound shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese (make sure to shred yourself ~ large shred), divided
  • 1 Tabelspoon pizza seasoning*

For the toppings:

  • 5 ounces Hormel mini pepperoni
  • 4 ounces mild Italian sausage, cooked and finely chopped
  • 1 cup pizza sauce

*If you cannot find Pizza Seasoning, make your own:

  • 2 Tablespoons oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon basil
  • 1/2 Tablespoon thyme leaves
  • 1/2 Tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 Tablespoon fennel
  • 1/2 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/2 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder


  • Preheat flat top, griddle or pan to 350 degrees F or medium-high heat. Oil the griddle or pan before adding pancake batter. I always oil the pan or my flat top with a paper towel that I douse in oil first. This way there is just enough oil to keep things from not sticking and not being too greasy.
  • For the batter, mix together dry mix with the water. Add 1 cup of the shredded mozzarella cheese and pizza seasoning. If the batter is really thick add a 1/4 cup water and stir. Add more if needed. You don't want the batter to be overly thick once you add the cheese.
  • Using remaining cheese, start by placing one tablespoon of cheese on the griddle. It will start to melt right away. Pour 1/8 cup of batter on top of the cheese. Immediately add pepperoni and sausage to the top of the pancake. Turn once there are lots of bubbles, just like when you make regular pancakes. Flip over and cook until done. The bottom side with the cheese will be crispy, this is what you want.
  • Remove from griddle and sprinkle each pancake with a 1/2 Tablespoon of mozzarella cheese. Place pancakes on a tray.
  • Serve immediately with pizza sauce for dipping.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014
Storefront: TICTAIL

For many small business owners there comes a time when they want to make the jump to an ecommerce site.Though there are several options to choose from, one of those options is Tictail.

Tictail is described as "the tool that permits you to open your shop without the hassle" . On the Tictail home page you will find detailed information and also example of shops. In addition , it's FREE. They have an easy video that shows you your options and how easy it is to use.

They are a new Swedish company ( just about a year old)  and have already hit over 24k stores. Looking at the sites and functions, I can see why. If you are really looking for a free ecommerce site that is easy, fast and professional, I think that Tictail is a good option.

You can connect your own domain name, your PayPal account, change the favicon and set up Google Analytics . This is a new platform so you don’t have all the different customization of the others well-known ecommerce sites, but you can edit your store with HTM/CSS .  Did I mention it’s completely free?

Pros: Free, fantastic minimalist Scandinavian design, no adverts
Cons: Do have to pay for the extra apps like custom domains , custom store coupons/discounts.
           There is also no currency conversion

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Thursday, August 14, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014

For those of you that love the Trend Font, the following is a lovely free version of it called Airbag Slab.

Airbag is a trendy display typeface aimed at achieving a stylish, clean, slab look and feel. Airbag free version only has uppercase letters and numbers (with a few other characters thrown in for good measure). As I said in the intro the font works best at larger sizes so it’s best used for big headlines and posters.

DOWNLOAD AIRBAG SLAB HERE ( please note that you will be required to "pay with a tweet"...nothing is really free, lol)

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

We are back with a little bit of shine!
We will be introducing new products and retiring some as well ( better get them while you can, because they will be going back into the Disney Vault)

Visit us on our Facebook Page: and our Instagram: @gramkins

Thanks for all the support!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Gramkin Paper Studio is taking a break!

We will be taking a much needed vacay!
We are also in the process of finalizing some changes that have been in the works for awhile that we are very excited about.When we return on August 1st, you will see brand new focus and brand new posts!
In the interim, don't forget to take a look at our past posts.

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Friday, July 11, 2014
Kool-Aid Meringues

I came across this recipe for Kool-Aid Meringues via Smart School House when ironically, I was looking for Macroons. I love a meringue and this pretty pastel one is no exception.


  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp of Cream of Tartar
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • Kool-Aid packets in your flavors of choice


  • Using an electric mixer, whip the egg whites until they become frothy then add your sugar in small amounts. Finally, mix in the cream of tartar. Continue to whip the mixture until it gets stiff (meaning that it holds a shape when stopped).
    Depending on how many Kool-Aid flavors you wish to use, separate your mixture into even parts using small bowls . Add the Kool-Aid powder 1/2 tsp at a time until the desired color is reached.
    Because the Kool-Aid powder is potent, so a little goes a long way!
    Prepare your baking sheet with a layer of foil covered with non-stick spray
    Create an easy meringue cookie shape using either, Wilton’s Cake Decorating set, ziplock baggies, or using rounded spoonfuls.
    Place the Kool Aid Meringues into the oven pre-heated to 225 degrees. Bake them at this low temperature for about 45 minutes or until the tops become a little brown. Once they are completely cooled, they will harden and be ready to east.
    Some will be sour, some will be sweet.
    Full recipe and photos via Smart School House

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    Saturday, June 28, 2014

    The Deli Garage's Cheese Pencils are shaped like over-sized pencils but the “lead”is replaced with different flavors ( truffles, pesto and chili) . Designed by Korefe, these pencils also include a built-in grating function as well as a scale that lists how many calories the portion contains.

    These pencils are not the only item they offer. The Deli Garage specializes in hand-made delicatessen food labels in lovingly designed packaging.

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