Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I wanted a new Christmas decoration...but money is tight!. Here is an idea that I found in an old Country Living magazine. Paint pine cones.
The magazine said to spray paint the cones, but I tried that. What a flop. The paint was SUCKED into the wood and never seen again!
So, I decided I needed to clean out some old paint anyway AND I had one that reminded me of toothpaste. Since I was Not going to use it in my house, the toothpaste paint became the new icy blue color choice for my winter decoration. It looks icy fresh and winter-y!
So ....here's the scoop.
Tie a string to the top of the pine cone. Wind the string around a clothes line, or something hung up OUTSIDE over a tarp or cardboard. Dip the pine cone in the paint and let it drip dry.
When dry, tie a skinny ribbon around the first row of cone-stick-y-outie-parts. Then gather all the ribbons together at the top (tie a bow, knot, something!) and hang it.
Ta-dah! I love the way this "wreath" turned out.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I have a pair of leather boots that were beginning to look.....used! I really wanted them to look a little nicer. The one in front has not been treated. See how dusty and abused it looks. But the one in back has a deep, rich look!
I looked on line and there is an easy --at home-- way to condition the leather (they said this works on a sofa too).
Vaseline! Just rub it on with a soft cloth until it feels dry. Work in small areas and that is it!
These boots are ready for walkin'.
Monday, October 18, 2010
1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/3 c. milk
1/2 tsp. finely shredded orange peel
1/3 c. orange juice
2 tsp. cooking oil
1/2 of a fresh pineapple peeled, cored and sliced
2 tbsp. butter
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 c. orange juice
2 medium oranges, peeled and sectioned
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla or rum extract
1/4 c. chopped pecans or toasted slivered almonds
1/4 c. toasted coconut
fresh strawberries (optional)
In a small mixing bowl combine flour, milk, egg, orange peel, 1/3 cup orange juice and oil. Beat with a rotary beater until well mixed. Heat a lightly greased small skillet over medium heat then spoon 2 tablespoons batter into skillet. Lift and tilt skillet to spread batter then return to heat and brown on one side only. Invert pan over paper towels and remove crepe. Repeat with remaining batter, greasing skillet occasionally. Fold each crepe in half browned side out then fold in half again forming triangle. Place a single layer on a baking sheet then keep warm in 300 degree oven while making sauce.
For sauce, cut pineapple slices into fourths then set aside. In a medium saucepan melt butter then stir in brown sugar and cornstarch. Add 1/2 cup orange juice then cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute more then add pineapple, orange sections and vanilla or rum extract. Cook over low heat stirring gently until heated through. Arrange folded crepes on dessert plates and spoon sauce over crepes. Sprinkle with nuts and coconut then garnish with fresh strawberries and serve.
This is an example of what I had to do with 20 pounds of fresh oranges. I needed ideas and came across this great recipe. It is very rich. If I could go back and add anything, it would be whipped topping to cut the sweet. My kids ask for these crepes often. Yum!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The best play dough recipe comes from Summer. My daughter had the idea to make a model of a tyrannosaurus for a school project, that just happened to be due the next day! (Next time I hope she'll tell me before the night before.) In a panic I called Summer since she often made play dough for her kids. Here is her recipe:
2 c. flour
1/2 c. salt
4 tbsp. cream of tartar
2 c. warm water
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
4-6 drops food coloring
Mix flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a 2 quart sauce pan. Stir in water, oil and food coloring. Stir over medium heat until dough pulls away from the sides. It will look dry and seem like it's burning. Remove onto wax paper or a cutting board to cool. Cool for about 5-10 minutes or until you can touch it. Knead until smooth.
I actually found it easier to add coloring while kneading. The orange color of the dinosaur in the picture was about 14 drops red, 10 drops yellow and 4 drops green. I had to be careful to make a well in the dough for the coloring, then fold the dough over the top so my hands wouldn't stain.
Another great thing about this dough is that it didn't dry out overnight. I thought that I would try to bake it to dry out the dino model, but after 2 hours in a 200 degree oven, it still wasn't dry. This was a good thing since just before school, someone sat on the t-rex and we were able to reform it quickly.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
How do you store a year supply of salt. Lets see.... that is 21 little containers (like you see here).
You get a 6 and a half gallon bucket with a screw on lid. (I think they are called gamma lids) Then you stack the salt three high. See how nicely they will fit in the bucket!
Viola! You have now successfully stored your salt. This is a really easy organization idea......
And easy to access the salt.
(You can still keep each small salt in it's own carton!)
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
I finally got to this project. Thanks to Wintertree Design for her instructions. We modified it just a little. We made the connection from the roof to the cross connectors longer for a taller roof. I can actually stand inside it.We took old (repurposed-love it!) curtains and hung them around the side, they worked out really well. Lady actually hung a flashlight from the cross bar on the roof for a night light and she slept in it a few nights ago.
We still need to add a front door and some details. Any ideas?
Then we got to my son's loft bed. This was completely constructed from our own plans, so we made it up.
Talk about a custom house. It will eventually be a fort.
My son actually cut the pipe himself. He loved it.
Great summer time project.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
The idea is simple really...
Stack your storage items (I used buckets of wheat here, but I've used boxes, bins, just about anything stackable). If you're using a heavy storage item, put some cardboard down to protect the space around it - in this case, the wall, the carpet, and the pretty scrap of wood that's going to sit on top later.
Then just cover it! I used a bed sheet because I didnt have a beautiful table cloth large enough, and I really wanted this scrap wood to show... it already looked like a beautiful table top!
After trimming the cardboard that was sticking out underneath (which should have been trimmed before I finished putting the buckets down), I propped a chair in front of it. A pot of peacock feathers, a few pictures on top, and tada!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Then hang it on the wall...
...add a little color to the basket (I used stuffed animals, but it would look great with whatever you wanted to put in there)...
And there you have it my friends! A beautiful new canopy for your bed... or your baby's bed! If you're concerned about little fingers getting ahold of that beautiful sheer fabric and pulling it down, just use a pair of hooks or curtain tie-backs on the wall to keep it away from the bed and out of harm's way.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Remember that monster of a grapefruit I found on my tree? It ended up being over six inches tall and almost as wide.
I thought it might be sweet, but I really had no idea how sweet it was! No honey needed. Who ever heard of that? I tried a little salt, but that wasn't necessary either. My kids ate most of it. Goes to show that you can have healthy snacks for your kids. It probably helped that it was a novelty. I try to have seasonal fruit in the house to keep the kids interested. It's fun!
Monday, June 28, 2010
I enjoy scrap-booking, but I sometimes find it hard to get motivated to do it because it takes such a long time--at least it does for me because I can never just leave it simple; I always have to embellish a bit.
I thought about just putting them all in a photo album, but photo albums aren't the easiest thing to do any journaling in, and I knew I had to do some journaling because I had already forgotten a lot of details about things that had happened, names of some of the people in the pictures, when pictures were taken, etc. I didn't want to forget anything else. I want to be able to really reminisce when I look at old photos.
So I came up with a compromise. I put some mini photo books in my scrapbook. I just attached them right to a scrapbook page. This way I could still make a cute scrapbook, but I didn't have to actually cut and paste each of the photographs I wanted to keep. Here is how I did it:
First I got some mini photo albums that I was okay with cutting apart (making sure they were archival safe). I had these just hanging around, but you can find these pretty inexpensively all over the place. Then I used a razor knife to cut out the pages, which I then assembled into small groups of 6 to 12 pages and stapled them along either the top or the side edge (making sure to leave an open side for the pictures to slide into).