Thursday, January 28, 2016
First, the things you will need to acquire are black yarn, and a contrast color for the edging, bow, and strap. Pink or red are more traditional Minnie Mouse colors, but you can use whatever color the little girl you're making it for might like. I used a seafoam green for one, and mauve for the other. You will also need a size "G" and a size "H" crochet hook, a yarn needle, and scissors. The stitches you will need to know are: chain, slip stitch, half-double crochet, and double crochet. If you need any help with these basic stitches, you can visit my Basic Crochet Stitches blog post. You will also be using a magic circle, but there is a video for that on the pattern website.
You will make two large circles for the head, and four smaller partial circles for the ears. Once you stick them together you can use your contrast color for edging, and then to make a bow and strap.
Once you have all your pieces made, you just have to sew them all together, leaving the opening at the top to make the purse. Simple enough, right? I thought so! It only took a few hours for each purse, and I think the results are super cute! Now, if this is a project you would like to undertake, you can find the pattern here: Crochet Minnie Mouse Purse.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
|A delicious Southern-style meal.|
|A tasty mixed drink.|
|Willie's Super Secret Cheater Ribs|
|My collection of "back of the package" recipes.|
You can also check the back of boxes, bottles, cans and containers of food in your pantry! There are a lot of great recipe ideas to be found on the labels of food, and typically they are pretty inexpensive to make. Some of the best recipes come from the labels for baking ingredients (such as baking powder,) condensed soups, canned tomatoes, and pasta. Having free recipes to make baked goods, pasta, soups, casseroles, and side dishes using items you may already have on hand is great!
|Chicken Rice-a-Roni with chicken breast, broccoli & cheese.|
I really like these ideas. The "make it a meal" option allows you to add meat to your rice or pasta, and tells you how to adjust the ingredients and cook times to accommodate. It also suggests a stir-in or topping idea to round it all out.
|Crunchy Taco Hamburger Helper with corn & hot sauce.|
|Chicken Patty Parmesan with hotdog bun garlic toast.|
Thursday, January 14, 2016
A while back I had purchased some fruit to pack in my lunches throughout the week. Like I typically do, I bought way more fruit than my household of two is able to eat before it goes bad. Rather than letting it rot and throwing it away, I decided I would try my hand at drying fruit. So, here's how I did it!
First I undertook the strawberries, and rinsed them thoroughly. I gathered together a cutting board and a paring knife.
Using the paring knife I hulled the strawberries. You don't want to cut the whole top off of it, or you will lose a lot of fruit. Instead, use the tip of the paring knife to cut out just the white part around and below the stem (it's called a hull.) You can also buy a tool to hull strawberries and tomatoes with. It looks like a miniature melon baller with serrated edges.
Now that your strawberries are hulled, you can begin slicing them. Slice them fairly thin, 1/4" or so, and try to slice them evenly and uniformly as possible. This will allow them all to dry at the same rate.
Lay them out on your dehydrator racks evenly, taking care to separate them.
I put the lid on the strawberries and moved on to my next fruit to be dried.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
1 (6oz) can of tomato paste
6 oz warm water (just fill your empty tomato paste can)
3 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
3 or 4 cloves minced garlic
1 Tbsp honey
3/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp basil
1/4 tsp marjoram
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
salt to taste
Whisk the ingredients together, cover and let it sit for 30 minutes. Use it for traditional pizza, pita pizza, biscuit pizza, tortilla pizza, English muffin pizza, whatever kind of pizza you have the stuff to make! Just be sure to use up all your sauce within a few days of making it, as it doesn't hold up well in the fridge for too long.