Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
A little while ago I purchased three cotton tea towels from my local fabric store. It's a very small store that carries quilting fabric, embroidery supplies and yarn. I'm really thrilled on how my designs turned out but I'm not sure how well the embroidered designs will hold up wash after wash so I'm going to iron self adhesive interfacing to the back. My hope is that the little threads on the back of the design will stick to the interfacing and not fray or come undone. If anyone out there has any pointers on this I would love to hear from you.
I have lots of design ideas but I'll have to find a good online supplier because $5.00CAD per tea towel is much to expensive if I plan to sell them. Again if anyone out there has any suggested online stores I can buy from please let me know. They must be located in Canada or the USA.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Give Chrismas baking a try, it will soon become a family tradition.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
These little calenders are really cute and not just for kids, you can fill them with special notes, adult liquor filled chocolates, promise notes, little gifts like tea candles, recipes, perfume sachets, dainty or not so dainty hankies, sky is the limit.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
But seriously, lots of work to do. Art and I rearranged our bedroom furniture. Rearrange. The word makes our room seem big enough to rearrange, it's not, I just like to torture Art with my crazy ideas.
Laundry is done, bathroom is clean and now to the fun part, baking. I have bread and cookies to make today with some crafts thrown in for good measure.
Oh and what about dinner today..hmm, frozen pizza I made last week, love the freezer.
Have a great weekend everybody.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Love you both.
Monday, November 24, 2008
I found this recipe in http://allrecipes.com/.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2. In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, flour, baking soda, vanilla, butter or margarine, honey and brown sugar. Stir in the 2 cups assorted chocolate chips, raisins, nuts etc.
3. Lightly press mixture into the prepared pan. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes then cut into bars. Let bars cool completely in pan before removing or serving.
Monday, November 17, 2008
These are so cute.. Re-usable make up pads or face cleansers. I crocheted these sweet little flowers from organic cotton. It only takes about 10 minutes to make one, great while watching TV. I also made a little laundry bag, just place the used cotton pads in the bag and throw the whole thing in the washer.
Inspiration from: http://whipup.net/2008/11/04/guide-to-crochet-flowers/
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I'm in a funk today and I know that baking some bread will turn me from sad to glad in no time. Life begings to feel less complicated as I start to knead the dough, my mind clears and thoughts and ideas make their way forward.
Here is the recipe:
2 envelopes active dry yeast (4 1/2 tsps)
1/2 cup warm water
1 tbsp sugar
2 cups milk
4 tbsp butter
3 tsp salt
2 cup warm water
5 cups unbleached flour
5 cups whole wheat flour
Dissolve sugar and 1/2 cup warm water in large bowl, sprinkle yeast over sugar water, let stand for approx 10 min.
Heat milk to lukewarm, stir in butter, water and surgar. Add milk mixture to yeast mixture and 4 cups of whole wheat flour, beat mixture until smooth with a wooden spoon.
Stir in remaining flour one cup at a time until mixture leaves side of bowl. Turn dough out onto floured surface and start kneading dough adding more flour as required. Dough should be elastic and no longer sticky. This should take 10 to 15 minutes.
Place dough in slightly greased bowl, cover with a tea towel and let rise in a warm draft free area until dough doubles in volume, approx 1 1/2 hours.
Punch down dough onto floured surface and cut dough into 4 equal amounts. Shape into 4 loaves. Place loaves into greased loaf pans and let rise until doubled, approx 1 hour.
Bake at 400 F on lower oven rack for 25 to 30 minutes, remove from pans. Brush crust with butter if desired.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Art and I love our new city by the sea but we miss our dear friends and we look forward to their visits.
We spent a magical night on our float cabin with Eric, Iona and beautiful Hannah. Eric was the first visitor to catch (and release) 4 rainbow trout from our deck. We had a lovely BBQ and 9 year old Hannah made the Caesar salad and sauteed the mushrooms we ate with our steaks. A young chef in the making. And I beat everyone to smithereens playing several hands of "go fish".
Can't wait to see everyone again.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
My mom taught me to embroider when I was six, hard to believe, but with no TV there was lots of time to learn. Over the years I embroidered many projects. I also sew, knit and crochet. I started to paint a little while ago but I'm not very good at it. I still work at it but it takes a long time to finish a project.
If you have never tried embroidery I urge you to give a try. It's really wonderful to create something that is exactly what you want. I found a great blog which outlines all the embroidery stitches you will ever need. //http://primrosedesign.blogspot.com/.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Here is how to make liquid laundry detergent.
1bar soap shaved and melted in 4 cups hot not boiling water. I put 3 gallons hot water in a 5 gal. bucket, add soap mixture after soap has melted, stir. Then I add 1 cup washing soda, stir. Add 1/2 cup borax, stir again. Re-use a commercial detergent bottle and stir before each use.
This detergent does not have bubbles which are unneccesary and sometimes the liquid does not gel, don't worry about it, shake it and use it, it will still work.
1 part vinegar
1 part baking soda
2 parts HOT water.
Mix water and soda, then add vinegar. Use a big bucket to mix it in, because when you add the vinegar, it will foam up. You just need 1/4 cup per load, make sure to shake well before using.
Add a ball of tin foil to your dryer to help avoid static in your clothes, or better yet, hang your clothes. I'm lucky to have a heated basement where I can hang my laundry.
This makes 12 250 ml (8 oz) jars or 6 500 ml(pint) jars.
10 cups chopped cored peeled tomatoes, I used roma tomatoes
5 cups chopped seeded green bell peppers
5 cups chopped onions
2 1/2 cups chooped seeded chili peppers. I used jalapeno
1 1/4 cups cider vinigar. I used regular vinigar
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 cup finely chopped cilantro
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp hot peeper sauce, optional
Prepare canner, jars and lids. For more information please see:
1. large stainless steel pot, combine all the ingredients. Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Reduce hear and boil gently, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.
2.Ladle hot salsa into hot jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove bubbles and adjust head space, if necessary add more hot salsa. Wipe rim, center lid on jar and screw band down to fingertip-tight.
3.Place jars in canner, ensuring they are compeltely covered with water. Bring to a boil and process both 8 ounce and pint jars for 15 minutes. Remove canner lid. Wait 5 minutes, then remove jars, cool and sotre.
I only used three jalopeno peppers, I was worried it would be too hot but next I'll use the whole amount as specified in the recipe. The colour of this salsa is not the same deep red as purchased salsa but I suspect the store salsa has food colour which the homemade salsa does not have.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I also have three plum, two pear, two apple, one cherry and two hazelnut trees. The plums and cherries were wonderful and I made jams, chutney, relish and froze much of the fruit and veggies in large ziplock bags.