Tuesday, 23 December 2008
Saturday, 20 December 2008
I made a couple of these necklaces for Christmas gifts. They turn out so cute and they're pretty easy to make. They're just scrabble tiles. You cut out scrapbook paper or a photo or whatever you want, glue it to the tile, let it dry and cut around the edges. Then you file the edges so they are smooth (just a metal nail file works), then mod podge it, let it dry for a few minutes and cover it with diamond glaze. You have to let them dry for quite a while but when they're done, glue on a bail and slide it on a chain and there you have it.
Thursday, 18 December 2008
Monday, 8 December 2008
20 to 24 Squares of white Bounty-brand paper towels
1 cup Witch Hazel
1 teaspoon Glycerin
Separate & Fold each square like a washcloth. Combine Witch Hazel and Glycerin, mix well and pour over towelettes. Let stand for a few minutes to absorb all of the liquid. Stack in a sealable plastic container (glad ware is perfect) or zip-lock bag. Store under the seat of your car, use to clean your windshields or your hands whenever you need, won't dry out your hands"
2 c. Karo Syrup
2 oz. Liquid Chlorine Bleach
2 pinches Epsom Salt
1/2 tsp. Borax
1 tsp. Chelated Iron
Make a fresh cut on the bottom of your Xmas tree with a saw. Try to cut level taking off at least one inch. Immediately after you cut the tree mix your fireproofing ingredients. Fill a two gallon bucket with hot water to within one inch of the top then add ingredients and mix well. Immediately stand the tree in this solution and let it sit for 24 hours.
Place your tree in a stand with a well where liquids can be poured (SAVE REMAINING SOLUTION).
After your tree is in the stand fill solution from the bucket into tree well using a cup or other smaller container.
Every day without exception , the well of the tree stand must be “TOPPED-UP” with the solution from the two gallon bucket.
Follow these simple directions & your tree will be fireproofed. (as Fireproof as possible!) It may save your home and family from those fire tragedies we always hear about around the holidays!
This is how it works: The Karo Syrup provides the sugar necessary to allow the base of the tree to take up water. Up to 1.5 gallons of water can be taken up by the tree over a two week period. Boron in the “Borax” allows the tree to move the water and sugar out to"
Sunday, 7 December 2008
These are way fun with the children!
- Preheat over to 250 degrees F
- Mix together, salt, flour, and water until dough is formed
- Knead dough on floured surface until the mixture is elastic and smooth. If dough is too sticky sprinkle with flour, continue to do so until stickiness is gone, DO NOT ass too much flour, this will dry out the dough and will cause it to crack before you get a chance to bake it.
- Roll out the dough to about 1/4" thick with a rolling pin which has been dusted with flour.
- Use cookie cutters to cut out the shapes you want.
- Use a toothpick to make a hole towards the top of the shape for the string to hang the decoration.
- Place all shapes onto an ungreased cookie sheet and place into the preheated oven.
- Bake for 2 hours.
- Remove from over and cool completely.
- Paint the decorations, sprinkle with glitter ow whatever you would like.
- When paint is dry thread ribbon through the hole and hang on your tree.
Friday, 5 December 2008
I know this is a bit late but I thought it was a way cute idea for Thanksgiving and maybe someone can use it for next year. I know I will. Anyway its just m&m's wrapped in tuling and tied with raffia. Then orange pipe cleaner for the head just stuck into the tuling to make him look like a turkey. Isnt he cute? And so easy.
Thursday, 4 December 2008
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
I made this for some christmas gifts and Birthday presents. I think they are lovely and to be honest it was quiet inexpensive to make. The Living Christ is Free at the Distribution Centre The cards to go along the outside were 15 for £3.45. I think in the states they are about $5.00. The frame was the most expensive part. It did take a lot of time to get it just perfect but the outcome is really nice.
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Monday, 24 November 2008
Ok so I know it isnt even December yet. I also know that we haven't even got past Thanksgiving. But today I made our Christmas Cards. I tend to make them every year. It just makes them a bit more personal. Well to be honest I only give the homemade ones to Family and close friends. Everyone else get a cheap store bought one. I have had the stuff to make my cards for months. I only just got around to making them. Anyway so here is what I did:
Sunday, 23 November 2008
Bookworms of all stripes will love these bright place markers. They make sweet stocking stuffers -- and they're fun and easy for kids to create. Simply cut lengths of ribbon (ours are 12 to 14 inches long, to fit a standard-size hardcover book), then attach buttons to the ends using tacky glue or a glue gun. Shown here are just a few of the decorating options: sandwiching the ribbon's ends between two buttons; stacking smaller atop larger buttons; and grouping several small buttons in a pattern.
Saturday, 22 November 2008
This morning I made pancakes for breakfast but since we didnt have any mix I made it from scratch. I decided to try a new recipe then the one I have and this one is so delicious I thought I would share it with everyone. Plus by putting it on here I can always find it again. The measurements are British but I will try to transfer it into American for all the Americans too. These are so fluffy and honestly are so good!! A fantastic find!
Thursday, 20 November 2008
To kick off this season of gratitude,
I hot glue-gunned this
with cuttings from our lilac tree
and a few vintage buttons.
(ain't it cute?)
As a family, we're writing down our blessings,rolling them up, and tying them to the tree. Come thanksgiving day, we'll gather together and read them one by one.
I'm grateful I get to look forward to that.
I think I'll go write it down right now.
Monday, 17 November 2008
Here's an article on it too: http://myfoodstoragedeals.blogspot.com/2008/09/walmart-price-matching-few-simple-tips.html
Does anyone know if they do this at Asda in England, or any of the other supermarkets?
Sunday, 16 November 2008
http://www.coloring-book.info/ is a website where you can print coloring pages from your kids favorite movies, i.e.. Wall-E, 101 Dalmations, Anastasia etc., so you don't need to spend money on coloring books and you can print off whatever they're in the mood for.
Another one that I have used before is: http://www.coloring.ws/coloring.html, they have a wide variety of coloring pages too on many subjects.
Check them out.
Saturday, 15 November 2008
Thursday, 13 November 2008
Monday, 10 November 2008
- 3 Eggs
- 1 cup Sugar
- 2/3 cup Pumpkin
- 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
- 3/4 cup All-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon Baking powder
- 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon Ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 8 ounces Cream cheese -- softened
- 4 tablespoons Butter -- or margarine
- 1 cup Powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
Preparation:in large bowl, combine eggs and sugar, beating well. Add pumpkin and lemon juice, mixing until blended.
In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, spices and salt. Add to egg mixture, mixing well. Spread batter into greased and waxed-paper lined 10-by-15-inch jelly-roll pan.
Bake at 350 ° for 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool for 15 minutes. Place cake on clean tea towel sprinkled liberally with powdered sugar. Cool 10 minutes longer. From 10- inch side, roll cake up in towel. Set aside.
While cake is cooling in towel, prepare filling. Beat together cream cheese and butter; stir in powdered sugar and vanilla and blend until smooth.
Unroll cake. Evenly spread filling over cake. Roll up cake (without the towel). Wrap in plastic wrap. Cover and chill at least 1 hour. Slice before serving. Keep leftover slices refrigerated. This pumpkin roll freezes well.
Sometimes when making this pumpkin roll I will sprinkle walmuts or pecans on top of it before baking the cake. It is really nice with the nuts.
Sunday, 9 November 2008
Saturday, 8 November 2008
This Delicious recipe turns leftover turkey into a delightful,
3 cups chicken broth
2 -19 oz cans white kidney beans
1 onion -- chopped
2 garlic cloves -- minced
4 ounces chopped green chiles (canned)
2 teaspoons oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
salt and pepper -- to taste
4 cups cooked turkey
Rinse and drain the beans. Combine all ingredients in a large pot
and simmer gently about 1 hour. Serve in bowls topped with
grated jack cheese"
Friday, 7 November 2008
So I have the most amazing, definitely the most moist chocolate cake recipe ever and as I am sitting here wishing I had a piece I thought I would share the recipe here. I am so making this tomorrow! It is so delicious and so easy to make!! I dont have a recipe for the icing. If anyone else has one I would love to try it. I used Betty Crocker. Delicious!
MOIST CHOCOLATE CAKE
2 c. sugar
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. soda
1/2 c. cocoa
1/2 c. salad oil
1 c. boiling water
1 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix together, putting eggs and milk in last. Cocoa can be dissolved in boiling water before adding. Batter is very runny. Put in one 9 x 13 or two 8 inch pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until done.
Thursday, 6 November 2008
Thanksgiving Decorations are difficult to find. Especially if you are an American Living in England. I try to do what I can to make my house as festive as possible and to teach my children all of our American Traditions. Which is why for the past few weeks I have been looking around trying to find simple and cute crafts for the children to do. I like to do something crafty with them most days after school. I find that it allows their creative side to come out rather than turn the brain to mush by putting them in front of the TV for hours until bed time. Anyway yesterday I found these little Turkeys you can make out of Pine Cones. How cute are they? So today I am off to the store to buy Pine Cones ( I have felt and Pipe cleaners) and once these little turkeys are done they will make a cute decoration for my mantle piece. They look really simple and pretty self explanitory as to how to make them.
I have seen it done for weddings, but it would also work for birthdays and holidays too. Anyway. This is how ours turned out:
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Every year I ask my children on Thanksgiving day what they are most Thankful for. This is my daughters 4th Thanksgiving and do you think I can remember what she said last year or the year before? Nope. So this year I have decided to do something new. I bought a White Bed Sheet and have laid it across the dining room table. I have also put some fabric markers where my daughter can reach them. Now that she is writing words herself I have told her that every time she thinks of something she is thankful for I want her to write it on the "Tablecloth". I am them going to keep this Tablecloth as a momento for Thanksgiving in 2008. I am going to do this for now on with the hopes that as they get older I can look back on the things they were thankful for at each age. Plus I will have something with their drawings and writing on for that year as well. I hope that someone else finds this idea useful and fun. My little girl loves it and my son (18 months) loves to just doodle!