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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Painting and Restoring

$25.00 dresser and the only paint other than gold.........

High Chair in Progress for a Princess

Saturday, September 13, 2014

One

My only tomato produced and I grew 3 plants.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

To Market, To Market


I love the look of market bags.  They are typically made in beige and green.  A few years ago I found some that were of vivid colors and had longer straps for fitting over shoulders.  Most are made from cotton.  When I was browsing the Internet where one link goes to another link, and so on, I came across the pattern for crocheting a market bag.  One can be knitted too.  This bag is crocheted with green linen.  I have lots of cotton yarn, so I am using up my cotton and giving the bags a little more color.  http://www.purlbee.com/2009/09/03/whits-knits-crocheted-linen-grocery-tote/ I used a larger crochet hook for the first one and it worked out fine.  The pattern calls for 50 chains to make the handle.  I am hoping that 75 chains would work to go over the shoulder.  I will soon find out.



 Joy is posing with her new hats.  The grandchild could not be the only one with bonnets.



Big Bruce



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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

340 Peaches

I picked all of the peaches off of our peach tree.  I knew it was loaded with very small peaches, but I didn't realize how many there were until I counted.  Since they are small peaches, I will make peach butter with them.  I can't believe how many people don't know what apple and peach butter are.  Ask around.  I bet you find that many people think it is flavored (cow) butter.  Do you like butters, jams, jellies and preserves?

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bread Maker Mix and Other Things

I added a little more yeast to this batch since my yeast was getting old.  I should have stayed with the recipe so it wouldn't have sunk in on the top.  Live and learn.
I added dried cherries in the mix.

I endeavor to save prep time for cooking.  One of the ways I am doing this is to make up mixes for my bread maker, for muffins, for seasoning mixes,etc.  Along with time saving methods, I need to make foods which cater to my food allergies.  My main food allergy is any food containing MSG.  It is in almost anything that contains salt.  I will be sharing in this blog anything I feel will be helpful for others who have similar allergies.



Yield:  6 loaves of bread from this mixture
A quart jar will hold the mixture for a loaf of bread.

Mix the following ingredients well:
*21 cups of flour
*1.5 cups of sugar

*Place on top of each jar 1 tablespoon of yeast

Notes:
*I like to sift my mixture together using a large strainer.
*I don’t add dry milk since I add milk when make the bread. 
*I don’t add salt when I bake, but it is just my preference.
*My preference is honey, but it is a liquid and it can't go into the dry ingredients ahead of time.

When you are ready to bake, pour the contents of the jar into the bread maker.  Then add:
1 1/2 cups warm milk
2-4 tablespoons softened butter

Notes: 
*Don’t make the milk mixture too hot or the yeast won’t activate. 
*Butter and milk help to soften the bread; the more butter, the softer the bread.
*I realize oil will work but butter makes the loaf more flavorful too.

On the bread maker push the button for the light loaf.  Adjust baking time if necessary.


Some optional ingredients to add are as follows:
*Spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and dill
*Dried fruits such as raisins, dried cherries, chopped dates
*Nuts and seeds such as sunflower seeds, chopped pecans, chopped walnuts
*Fresh fruit such as bananas, blueberries, raspberries
*For an Italian meal add: minced garlic, shredded or grated cheese, diced pepperoni, and a small amount of Italian seasoning

*Cooked chopped bacon 

Place the following instructions on each jar:
 
To make a 2 pound loaf of bread, set your bread maker to light loaf and add the following ingredients:
Contents in this container
1 1/2 cups warm milk with 2-4 tablespoons softened butter

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Have a joyous weekend!  Dawnie

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Use up those fabric scraps and other odds and ends


Do you have lots of scrap fabrics???  One of the ways to use them up is to make twine.  I know it sounds odd.  One of the uses for this twine would be to tie up packages.  Cool kids jewelry would also be a good use for the twine, or use it in basket weaving.  The possibilities are endless.  I have spun fabric strips in the past using a spinning wheel, but not everyone spins and this method would be great for the non-spinners.  You may want to give this method a look.

http://mypoppet.com.au/2014/04/scrapbusting-handmade-scrap-fabric-twine.html

I understand that early chicken molting may mean that we are going to have a very cold winter.  I have one chicken that is almost naked..................

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Time Saving Muffin Mix




I hope this recipe will help you and your family.

I got the recipe from: http://www.littlehouseliving.com/homemade-muffin-mix.html

Basic Mix:
4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/3 tablespoons of baking powder.




Directions to make 12 muffins:

Mix 2 cups of muffin mix, 3 beaten 
eggs, 4 tablespoons melted butter and ¾ cup of
milk.

Variations:  Add ½ cup of fruit such as blueberries,
diced strawberries, mashed bananas, crushed 
pineapple, or raspberries. 

Or add ½ cup chocolate chips or dried fruit

Or add ¼ cup of chopped nuts

Bake approximately 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

 
Little Joy is hording again.  The green fiber is the stuffing from one of her toys.

The minute Kaylee gets out of the pillow, Yang has to try it out.  LOL
 
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