Monday, September 27, 2010

Small "Eternity" Mirror

Made this to use as part of the decorations for a wedding shower this past Saturday.

I do love the Etch creme.

I bought a small beveled mirror from Michaels.  I think it was around $5.50 before using the 40% off coupon.

Stopped by a friend's house and she cut the "Eternity" out with the vinyl since she has one of those kinds of machines and I don't since I didn't win a Silhouette after entering a million contests along with 55,423 other people trying to win one because I wanted one really bad but I'm not bitter or anything just glad I have a nice friend willing to help me out since I didn't win one and all but I'm not bitter or anything

Oh yeah, where was I.  Anyway, just brought that stencil home, used the Armour Etch and this is what we got.  Took practically no time.  It would have taken even less time if I had my own Silhouette machine but I don't because I didn't win one but I'm not bitter or anything

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Gadget of the Day

That would be my Bowdabra

I pulled out the larger, original Bowdabra last night to loan to a friend to make bows for her step-daughter's wedding this weekend.  It had been a while since I had used it and I had forgotten how great this thing is.

After she left, I grabbed my little Mini-Bowdabra to play with and noticed the web-site listed on the instruction sheet.  This thing is so great.

So go here and see what you can do with it.

Then grab your Michael's 40% off coupon for the week and go get yourself one.

Monday, September 13, 2010

"Patchwork" Double Fold Bias Tape

I have enough of my daddy in me that I hate to throw something away that "I might can use sometime".  Such as a chunk of fabric that's really too small to make something with, but too big to throw out. 

I made up some fast, simple aprons a few years ago for my Nursery babies to use over their pretty Sunday clothes, when they played with Play-Doh.  I used some type of heavy (but not as heavy as duck cloth/canvas) cotton material my neighbor had given me.  I don't know where she got it, but I'd love to get some more.  It's perfect for aprons & other children's stuff that needs a certain amount of stability.

Anyway,  I got to thinking a few days ago that I could use the leftover scraps of color material to make patchwork double fold bias tape.  That way it would give the aprons some color.  It would look a little better to put it around the edges and across the top of the apron as well, but too bad, so sad for tonight.  That's a next timer.

I won't tell you how to make your own doublefold bias tape.  There are a gazillion tutorials out there.  Just Google that baby.

You really need one of those little bias tape maker tools.  It can be done without it - but it's great making the tape with it.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Book Club Prizes

Since book club will be at my house tonight (and I use the term "book" very loosely), I decided to give it a little kick and have a "Name that book/movie quote" game.  So here are the cheap prizes:

Note cards (no, they're not very detailed, but that's the way it is around here) - used the Cricut "Life's a Beach" (used decorative scissors on the bottom of the top flap, then used a makeup sponge dabbed onto the inkpad to put a little color around the edges);

A homemade lap board that looks very dull and boring but is the greatest thing ever - I use these things ALL THE TIME when I need a sturdy, flat surface.  Some while back I went to Lowe's and got a big, big sheet of this whatchacall it board (it's some sort of particleboard I think - only about 1/4" thick) - the hubby cut it up into different sizes on the table saw and I rounded the corners with the band saw;

Facial scrub, just made with sugar and olive oil (the kiddo swears by it);

Rosemary, for a ton of reasons, and a ton more reasons, and because it grows like kudzu and we have a ton of it.

Monday, September 6, 2010

You Too Can Make Muscadine Pie

I did promise to post this recipe today - so what if today is almost over.

This is like my mama used to make.  That's what makes it so good.

I'll go on and tell you - you might like it and you might not.  I will say this, Spoiled Rotten Grandyoungun #1 and Spoiled Rotten Grandyoungun #2 like it.  They made their own personal little pies yesterday.

First for the Pie Crust.  Don't tell me you buy 'em ready made.  That's unacceptable.  Making pie crust is VERY easy and SO MUCH better than storebought.  I got this recipe out of the Southern Living magazine years ago.  Make enough dough for 2 crusts.

Pie Crust (for 1 crust)

1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup shortening
3 to 4 tablespoons ice water

(Hint:  this is the best measuring cup ever, ever, ever, for measuring shortening.  It's a Pampered Chef and it comes in 1 cup and 2 cup sizes)

Mix your flour and salt together.

Cut in your shortening with a pastry blender.

If you don't have a pastry blender, you can use a knife and a fork.  Cut the shortening into the flour mixture until it's in little bitty pieces.

Sprinkle your ice water in.  Mix it up, roll it in a ball and put it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.  (Sometimes I'm impatient and I go ahead and roll it out, but it's really too sticky.  It's better to let it refrigerate).

Take it out and let it sit out for 5 minutes before rolling it out.

When you get ready to put it in your pie plate, put your rolling pin at the edge of it and kind of loosely roll the pie crust onto the rolling pin.  Put it on your pie plate and gently unroll it.

Once I have it in the pie plate, I'll usually take a pair of scissors and cut the excess from around the edge.  To make the little fluted edge, put your left thumb and index finger on the outside and your right index finger on the inside with the top edge of the pie crust in between.  Then push them together.

Your second pie crust will just need to be rolled out and cut into strips to place across the top of your pie.

Now for the goodie.

Except I need to tell you this first.

When my first cousin was in school to get her doctorate in something smart, I can't remember what, she put together a family cookbook for some project she had to do.  I love that cookbook.

The recipe for the goodie came from that cookbook.

So now.

Scuppernong/Muscadine Pie

4 cups pulp
4 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter
4 pie crust shells (as this makes 2 pies)

After thoroughly washing grapes, pop them with your fingers, putting pulp in one bowl and skins in another.  Place skins in a saucepan and cover with water.  Boil until tender (doesn't take long).  Boil pulp about 5 minutes then pour into a colander.  Mash with a spoon; seeds come right out.  When skins are tender, add pulp, cornstarch, sugar, butter and cinnamon.  Cook until thick, then pour into two unbaked pie shells, cover with top crust.

Bake at 400 degrees until crust is a nice brown.

My little side note:  I usually pour some (not all) of the water off of the skins after they've cooked and before I add the other stuff to it.  Otherwise, the goodie is a little too runny.  Also, it actually seems to work better to make up your pie crust AND your goodie one day, refrigerate it, and cook it the next day.  It makes it all easier to work with that way.

And yes, I was too lazy to do the lattice with the strips.  It tastes just as good to put all of the bottom strips down and then come back and put all of the top strips across.

It must be eaten warm with vanilla ice cream on top.

It's a law.

Oh, and by the way, this takes alot of your time.  But I figure once a year, it's worth it.