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 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)

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


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)


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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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.)

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 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.


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