Sunday, November 4, 2012

Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Saw this online somewhere and had to try it. These pictures show just how easy it is and how well it works. Wish I had known about this years ago!
I found that if you use 1 and 1/2 roll in each square of the waffle iron it works really well. The ones in the photo are just single rolls in each square, better maybe for small children. Hope you enjoy these yummy breakfast treats!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Step 3: hold the bag by the seal on either side of the straw while asucking out the air. When the bag becomes tight just pull the straw out as you complete the seal so air will not rush back into the bag. Since you are removing air and not blowing into the bag, you won't have to worry about contamination. Hope this trick helps you have fresher tasting veggies from the freezer this winter.

When freezing fruits or vegetables. removing air from the bag can help keep the produce fresher longer. But you don't need an expensive vaccuum sealer to do so. Step 1: Insert the end of a straw in the bag. Step 2: Seal the bag on either side of the straw as closely as possible without flattening the straw.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Chow Chow

Home made chow chow. The best way to use the "tail end" of the garden as my grandma used to say. It has cabbage, onion, zucchini that got just a little too big, peppers, green tomatoes and anything else you might want to throw in. Chop everything finely and combine. Make a basic pickling liquid with sugar, vinegar and water. Bring to a boil. Season with salt, turmeric, celery seed, garlic and anything other herb you particularly like. Add chopped vegetables to the hot liquid. Fill sterilized canning jars. Wipe off rims and add sterilized lids. Process in water bath for 10 minutes. Don't start timing until water is bubbling. (Do not pressure can.) Listen for the lids to pop! Let cool before removing from pot unless you are crazy and impatient like me, but being impatient can lead to burns. Please be careful. This chow chow is great with soup beans and corn bread! Hope you enjoy.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Easy Egg Rolls

I believe that sometimes we make things more complicated than they are, but I promise anyone can do this. Don't stress over how much of this and that to add. If you like garlic, add a lot! When you make these fresh and hot, they will be so much better than anything you buy already made, you will wonder why you never tried making them before. It is ok to substitute ingredients in most recipes. Since I live with hunters, sometimes I use ground venison instead of the turkey in the egg rolls. Just use what you like and enjoy!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Bread and Butter Pickles

Don't let all those extra cucumbers go to waste! Anyone can make bread and butter pickles; since they don't need to be pressure canned, no specialized equipment is required. Just find a basic recipe online and go to it! You only need cucumbers, a little onion, sugar, vinegar, pickling salt and pickling spice. Once you have homemade pickles, you will be amazed at how much better they are than what you get at the supermarket. If you don't have any extra cucumbers, maybe your gardening neighbor does - hint, hint. You and your family will be glad you took the time to try these.

Monday, June 18, 2012

I had 2 matching mirrors that got cracked. I took out the glass and added nylon screen from the back. I found that for me hot glue worked the best because it was hard to manipulate little glaciers points or staples with my stubby fingers. Anyway I have a place for all my earrings with hooks. I like these much better than the mirrors.

Friday, March 16, 2012

We need coffee to go with our cupcake!
A little leftover paint brightens up a tiny dark kitchen at work. We need things to make us smile, especially on the job!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Helping Neighbors

Anytime you are making a pot of delicious home made soup for your family, make a little extra. Fill up a jar and take it to an elderly neighbor. Be sure to label the jar so they know what kind of soup they are getting. If there are any special instructions, be sure to add that also. You might be surprised how much a small act like this can mean to someone.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Painting the sides and drawers black... will need more coats.

The next thing I did was to dry brush leaves with some stencils that I cut out. This project is meant to have a kind of rough rustic quality. Can't wait to see how it turms out.
Painting on old mismatched nightstand for my nephews' room. Here is the first step in the camo pattern. Will post more as it progresses. Using acrylics on the top.