Friday, December 31, 2010

Princess bed skirt

What do you do with yards and I mean YARDS of tulle your mom saved from your wedding that happened NINE years ago?
You make a princess bed skirt for that little princess in your life of course.

      We gathered the Tulle by hand, mostly because we were in a blizzard and didn't have any other commitments.


We stitched our tightly gathered tulle to an existing dust ruffle (what a time saver). 

  
The older girls weren't too sure about our project.   They are "cool" and right now for them cool means camo !  But when we had the dust ruffle on they thought it was COOL!    So we tulled along the ceiling, all around the room.    And when everyone left Grandma alone, I added bows, (: !!!!!!    We still have tulle!   Anymore suggestions.    By the way our little princess is too proud of her room.      






~Emily and Karla

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Scalloped Carrots

Scalloped Carrots/Cheese
12 medium carrots (3 lbs. about)
1 medium onions minced
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp dry mustard
2 cups milk
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp celery salt
1/2 lb Velveeta cheese
3 cups soft bread crumbs
1/3 cup melted butter

Peel and cut carrots(coin shape but thicker) cook carrots in water until barely tender-drain.  Put carrots in 9x13 glass dish.  Saute onions in 1/4 cup butter till lightly brown, stir in flour, salt, and dry mustard.  Stir in milk until smooth.  Add pepper, celery salt, and cheese, stir until cheese is melted.  Pour cheese sauce over carrots.  (At this point can cover and refrigerate if making ahead of time.)  Top with bread cubes which have been mixed with 1/3 cup melted butter.

Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.

from Patty

Eye Pillow

I made a few of these for my soap gift baskets I gave at Christmas.  It was very simple and seems like such a nice little luxury. 

For the filling I mixed split peas and lentils in a bowl(I used what I had on hand.  Using flax seed or buckwheat are popular too).  I added some dried lavender and chamomile.  Last I sprinkled about 10 drops of lavender essential oil(more or less to your taste or to what scent you use).  Stir it up and place about a cup into a pillow.




For the pillow size I looked online for some directions.  My search came up with different rectangle sizes.  Some 8x4 or 12x3...so do whatever you want.  If you make it long enough it would fit nicely on your neck too.  I also made a slip cover for the pillow.  Then it can be washed when needed.



Place your pillow in the freezer until you want to use it for a headache or to relax.  Should be fine to microwave too.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Knit Dishcloth

Rating: Easy

Material: Yarn that is 100% cotton and size 6 or 7 needles(US)

Instructions:
Cast on 4 stitches
Row 1:  Knit 4
Row 2:  Knit 2, yarn over, knit across the row
Repeat Row 2 until you have 44 stitches(for a dishcloth) on the needle.
Row 3:  Knit 1, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit to end of the row.
Repeat Row 3 until you have 4 stitches on the needle.
Bind off

More patterns at Dishcloth Patterns


*I did 54 stitches for a washcloth.
*I had a problem where I kept ending with 5 stitches left.  Not sure what I am doing wrong.  To solve the problem I did the last row with knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together.  Then I had 4 stitches and I casted off. You end up with a nice corner to hang the washcloth on a hook.




Sunday, December 26, 2010

Fruit Stuffing

Fruit Stuffing from the Barefoot Contessa(recipe on food network), revised a bit by Bob


Ingredients

16 cups 1-inch bread cubes, white or sourdough (1 1/2 pound loaf)

( I used one 16 oz non-seasoned stuffing bread from the bakery)

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter

2 cups medium-diced yellow onion (2 onions)

1 cup medium-diced celery (2 stalks)

2 Granny Smith apples, unpeeled, cored and large-diced

2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3/4 pound sweet or spicy Italian sausage, casings removed

(I used about a 1 1/4 lb hot spicy Italian Sausage)

1 cup chicken stock

(I used a little over 2 cups of broth, it was to dry with 1)

1 cup dried cranberries

(I used a 12 oz bag)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

Place the bread cubes in a single layer on a sheet pan and bake for 7 minutes. Raise the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Remove the bread cubes to a very large bowl.

Meanwhile, in a large saute pan, melt the butter and add the onions, celery, apples, parsley, salt and pepper. Saute over medium heat for 10 minutes, until the vegetables are softened. Add to the bread cubes.

In the same saute pan, cook the sausage over medium heat for about 10 minutes, until browned and cooked through, breaking up the sausage with a fork while cooking. Add to the bread cubes and vegetables.

Add the chicken stock and cranberries to the mixture, mix well, and pour into a 9 by 12-inch baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes, until browned on top and hot in the middle. Serve warm.

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After
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Beef Rub by Bob

3 T Mustard
1 T Oregano
1 T Minced Onion
1 tsp. Crushed red pepper
1 T Kosher Salt
1 tsp Black crushed pepper
2 T Brown Sugar
1 tsp Crushed garlic(you could add more)

Pat the meat dry and rub on seasoning mixture.


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Friday, December 10, 2010

Soap Bottle

After I made the liquid soap the other day I went browsing on the Internet for soap bottles.  I came across a website that used an old bottle with your regular soap top.  I tried it out this morning and it seems to work.  The top fits on nice and snug on the bottle I used. 

My old soap bottle and my new bottle.




Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Liquid Soap

All Natural Liquid Soap using the homemade bar soap I made.
I have been meaning to make this for quite some time now.  Since I needed to do anything other than knit a washcloth I decided I would finally try to it today(though I need to take a break from soaps and lotions and make cookies I am told by my 4 year old.)


Recipe:
2 c. grated soap(about 2 bars)
1 T. of Palm Oil
1/2 tsp. glycerin
2 1/2-3 c. Water
1 tsp. vodka
1-1 1/2 tsp of an essential oil



Heat the grated soap, palm oil, glycerin and water in double boiler until soap is melted.
Add the vodka. 
When slightly cooled add the essential oils.


Pour into soap dispenser.

Note about palm oil.  This is a really popular oil in soap making.  Lots of recipes call for it.  It is however hard to find in stores.  Something about being  bad for you or something.  However, take a trip down your natural section of the your grocery store.  Check out their oils.  The oil that is called all vegetable shortening is in fact palm oil(it should say so on the ingredient list).



This soap is nice and creamy and really soft on your skin.  I am liking it.  Seems a little too nice for my kitchen sink.  I need to find some cool soap dispensers.  Right now I just reuse old plastic containers.  This could possibly be an addition to my soap baskets I am putting together for Christmas.
This website http://www.pvsoap.com/homepage.htm is where I got this recipe.  There are also other recipes on here for various beauty products.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Lotion Bar

Today I made a lotion bar.  The plan is to give this along side my homemade soap.....and a homemade washcloth(I will get it done, I will get it done).  This recipe was very simple and easy.  I can see that is will be very good on dry skin.  The recipe is as follows: 
3 oz. of sunflower oil
3 oz. cocoa, butter
3 oz. of beeswax
About 1 Tbls. of an essential oil if you would like



I melted all the ingredients together on the stove top using a double boiler.  When it was melted I poured the liquid into a mold(the same handy tupperware I picked up at a rummage and use for my soap).  I stuck it in the fridge to harden faster.  It didn't take long.  Now I have the bars laying out to dry some more.
I was going to add lavender oil to this.  However between the cocoa butter and the beeswax it smells really good!

Homemade soap, lotion bar, and dried roses

Monday, December 6, 2010

Heifer International

      The girls had a 4-H meeting yesterday afternoon.  During their meeting it was discussed that the club should donate some of their funds to a charity.  The charity that was chosen was Heifer International.  I just wanted to share this charity with you all.  I find it interesting.  What is does is takes your money you donated and gives animal, seeds, trees, and training to third world countries.   The hope of them becoming self sustaining.  The girls' club choose a dollar amount and then were able to pick what they wanted the money to buy.  The club will be giving someone in need a flock of chicks, ducks, and geese.  They also went in on a share of a llama, a sheep, and a goat.




Friday, November 26, 2010

Pumpkin Cream Pie

I tried out this pie for Thanksgiving.   Mmmm, was it good!  We aren't the biggest pumpkin pie fans here so this still gave us a pumpkin fix.  It was really easy to make too.  Mine did not completely set, thinking maybe I didn't let the filling cool long enough or maybe didn't whip the cream enough???  The exact reason I am not sure, but it was still really yummy! 

I got it from the The Pioneer Woman

The recipe from the website is:

Ingredients


■FOR THE CRUST:

■1-½ package Graham Crackers (about 15 Cookie Sheets)

■½ cups Powdered Sugar

■1 stick Butter, Melted

■FOR THE FILLING:

■1 box (3 Oz. Box) Vanilla Pudding (Cook And Serve Variety)

■1 cup Half-and-half

■½ cups Heavy Cream

■Pinch Of Cinnamon

■Pinch Of Nutmeg

■Pinch Of Ground Cloves

■2 Tablespoons Whiskey (optional)

■½ cups (plus 3 Tablespoons) Pumpkin Puree

■½ cups (additional) Heavy Cream

■2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

■Extra Graham Cracker Crumbs, For Garnish

Preparation Instructions


Preheat oven to 300 degrees.



Grind graham crackers in a food processor (or, if you don’t have a food processor, place them in a large ziploc and pound ‘em with a rolling pin.) Add powdered sugar and melted butter and process until totally combined. Press into the bottom and sides of a pie pan until nice and firm. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until warm and “set.” Remove from oven and allow crust to cool completely.



In a medium saucepan, mix dry pudding mix with half-and-half and cream. Add spices. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly and thick. Remove from heat and stir in whiskey, if using. Add pumpkin and stir to combine. Place lid on pot and set aside to cool. When cool enough, place pot in the fridge to cool completely.



When mixture is cool, remove from the fridge. In a mixing bowl, add 1/2 cup heavy cream and brown sugar. Beat until very light and fluffy. Fold in pumpkin cream mixture until combined. Pour into cooled crust.



Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight. Serve with graham crackers crumbled on top.

Again the link to the recipe is http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/11/pumpkin-cream-pie/
I copied and paste the recipe to make sure I didn't make any mistakes.  She has wonderful pictures and witty humor to go along with her post. 
                                                      
(picture is from her website of a pie that set right!)




Friday, November 19, 2010

Lefse-a traditional soft Norwegian flatbread(wikipedia)

    
      With the holidays fast approaching, tomorrow is lefse making day at my house.  I almost forgot I needed to get this done before Thanksgiving.  Not sure where my head was.  As long as I can remember lefse with butter and sugar has always been at the holiday tables.  I was crazy enough when I was young to not even like the stuff.  Not sure what I was thinking, pretty sure I wasn't.
      A few years back I purchased the equipment for lefse making.  It was a good investment in a family tradition.  My kids love the stuff!  They are very excited about tomorrow.  Justin has been waiting for this day since about July when I had pulled out one last Ziploc bag of lefse from the freezer.  What a treat that had been.  Tomorrow though will be so much better when it is warm off the griddle(instead of thawed from the freezer).
      The recipe is as follows(from my Grandma Boe)
   10 lbs of white potatoes
Boil
Mash with 2 cups of heavy whipping cream and 1/2 lb. of butter
Let stand overnight.  Do not refrigerate, put a towel over the kettle, make a well in the center so it will cool better.
Go to bed.
The next day rice the potatoes into cake pans.
To each cake pan add 2 Tbsp sugar and 1 Tbsp salt and 3 cups of sifted flour(more or less)
Sift the flour 1 cup at a time into the pan and mix gently with your hands(you don't want the mixture to be stiff).  The amount of flour you need will depend on how moist your potatoes are.
Roll into a log.
Cut enough off to be about 1/4 cup
Form into pillows
Roll pillow as thin as possible
(flour board often)
Cook on griddle
Layout a large dish towel over a large cooling rack, then 2 layers of wax paper to cover towel, then another towel.  Stack lefse in between the waxed paper, about 12-14 rounds per stack.  Be sure they are well covered.
Cool completely before folding and freezing.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Kettle Corn

      Yesterday I posted about pie in a jar from Our Best Bites.  Not sure if any of you checked that site out but they have lots of yummy looking recipes.  The kettle corn caught my eye.  I was in need of a good snack yesterday afternoon so I tried it out.  The recipe is simple.
3T oil
1/3 cup popcorn
3T sugar
Salt
      They made this over the stove top.  I tried, I failed.  Kept burning the sugar.  I eventually tried my stir crazy popcorn maker.  It came out perfect! 
Here is the link to the full recipe.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Homemade gift ideas

I came across this post for a rice heat therapy bag.  I thought it might make a good addition to a little basket I am putting together for a Christmas present.  Homemade soap, homemade knit washcloth, and maybe one of these??  The link below will take you to the site with all the directions.  I have been all about what's going to be on sale the day after Thanksgiving.  Making a list out and checking it twice, but I have also been trying to brainstorm for homemade gifts ideas.  There seem to be so many fun ideas out there!  Now if I can just pull some of them off...


Rice Heat Therapy Bag Tutorial, Eye pillow, and Wellness bag from Sew Mama Sew

Yummy ideas!

Cute single serving pie in a jar.  The website, Our Best Bites, has some good instructions on how to make the pies and spruce them up a bit to make cute gifts.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Favorite Thanksgiving dishes

What's everyone's favorite dish for Thanksgiving?
Post your recipes!
If anyone has the crock pot stuffing recipe, I'd sure love it.  I have misplaced my again.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Link to the Blog Hop...

Quilt Designer Blog Hop and Cookie Swap

Black Friday Shopping

Anyone else out there as nuts as I am?  I just love seeking out those deals on black Friday.  For the last couple weeks ads have already been leaking out.  Which is great.  I can get my list going of what I want to get and where I need to go.  With all that craziness you definitely need to have a plan of attack.

http://bfads.net/

Bfads.net is the website I use to get a peak at the ads as soon as they come out.  Look for ad scans in the upper left hand corner under navigation.  Then you can see actual scans of the ads instead of just lists.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Tile Stamping

Tile that Paige made in school.
(sorry for the not so great picture)

On Thursdays I go into school and help out.  Mainly we are trying to teach home EC to the older students.  Someone else is there to do art with the younger kids.  Yesterday we did a project with all the kids.  It was tile stamping.  I have never seen this before, and  thought it was a pretty cool.  You use regular tiles(with a matte finish), rubber stamps, stamp ink, permanent markers, and a glaze for the finished product.  You also glue some felt on the back so that it doesn't scratch your table or wall.  We kept it pretty simple with the kids.  After looking online you can get creative with the coloring by blending and layering colors.

Below is a picture I found online of some tile stamping(I love my 6 yr olds tile but I am sure the rest of you would like to see a "real" one :)


A few links to give you better instructions.  When searched on google I did get lots of hits. 
One piece of advice I can give is the tile needs to be smooth for the picture to stamp on well.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Felt/Wool Flowers

from
real.e.random

This is from a gal I went to high school with.  She posted these on facebook a few days ago and now posted a tutorial.  They look really cute and easy.   Cute stuff!  The link above will take you to the tutorial on her blog.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Great knitting projects. I liked the pumpkins as well. We really do need a Thanksgiving project!!
I haven't seen a new Santa project I like but am thinking pine cones. Any thoughts?

Some MEA weekend crafts!

This past weekend my mom and Patty came up to visit.  We enjoyed some relaxing crafts and Halloween movies on TV.  The kids got to paint!  I rarely let them do that, so they were very excited.  I had a few things in mind I wanted to do.  Some pumpkins made of scrap wood, jewelery making, knitting, and finally figure out my sewing machine that just sits and collects dust!  I am glad to say we accomplished it all:)  Oh, the knitting isn't completely finished but we got a start.

http://craftychicmommy.blogspot.com/2010/09/wooden-pumpkins.html

 The link above is where I saw the idea for pumpkins.  With my dad building his cabin we have lots of scrap wood around.  What I had in mind and how the pumpkins turned out weren't the same....thanks to the kids.  They just HAD to help and had a mind of their own on how the pumpkins should look!  They turned out cute none the less!
 The blocks of wood painted by the kids.  When the paint was dry they thought jack o lantern faces needed to be painted on.
 Travis and Ella took the blocks out to the garage to drill holes on top.  Ella found sticks outside for the holes.  Karla and Patty then went on to spruce them up a bit.


A few that didn't get faces.

Onto knitting.
It has been my personal goal to learn knitting.  This summer I sat down with a book and figured it out.  Anthony's school has also been teaching the upper grades to knit(part of a home ec course).  I have been going into school once a week to help out where I can and learn some more about knitting. 
While we watched some good classic Halloween movies and waited for paint to dry we worked on some scarves.

Patty's

Emily's


Anthony's


My jewelery Patty help me make.  One more Christmas present is done! 

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Nothing exciting to show with the sewing machine.  I figured out how to do some pretty basic stuff that I am sure you all know how to do.  We also got a space set up for me to work at.  I was ordered to practice everyday. Now to find a project that's EASY for a beginner to work on.  Until then I will organize my area better.

Overall we had a productive weekend.  It was fun!

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