Sunday, July 29, 2012

Capturing the Season's Best

I've been busy tending to my garden and putting up some lovely produce.  Home preserving means that you get exactly what you want; nothing more, nothing less.  This is from my own garden and local orchards and farms.

This is my favorite local Farmers Market.  (Morgan's Grove Market)  Not only do we get produce, but handmade goods as well!




 My own garden. Swiss Chard, butternut squash, cucumbers, carrots, beets, zucchini, cantaloupe, tomatoes, and LOTS of dill!  Coriander has gone to seed and has been dried and stored.  Another small garden near my deck has more herbs, celery and more cucumbers.




 First canning of the season: japanese cucumber refrigerator pickles.  (from the Shepherdstown Farmers Market)




 My first successful beets! Last years were skinny and mostly greens.  I added phosphorus to the soil before planting, after researching and realizing my soil lacks it.  It's all been a lot of living-and-learning! ;)




One of my favorite breakfasts!  Scrambled eggs with beet greens and basil.




 Vanilla peaches and vanilla Peach Butter




 Zucchini fries!  Flour, egg wash, then dusted in cornmeal and rice cereal (not the baby food kind!)




 Roasted Corn Salsa and Peach Nectar.  The salsa is the best I've made and I'm looking forward to making some daiquiris with this nectar!

What are your favorite home canning recipes?

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Protect Yo Kindle Befo it Wrecks Itself

So my dad turned a big 8-0 last month.  A few of us pitched in and got him a Kindle Fire.  My dad loves to read and he was so excited to get this!


I wanted to make a case for him, that was like no other.

 
A pocket for notes, a stylus pocket, leather and elastic holders on the edges.  It closes with a braided elastic cord, that can be replaced as it gets stretched out with use.  The cord also connects to the tab on the left side, acting as a brace.

This is a design that I made up, with inspiration from a few different cases I saw on the internet.


Leather scraps were used for the outer, and a beautiful bird print lines it.  The stiff-ness comes from a book cover, trashed by my son over the past few months.



It ain't easy, working with leather.  Kind of a one-shot-deal.  Once you punch holes in that sucker with your needle, it's there forever.
 



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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Rolling out the Greens

Over the weekend, I made some Canneloni.  I used up the rest of a bag of fresh baby spinach for the fresh pasta, and filled it with a roasted butternut squash, carrot & cheese filling.



I guess the green color just made it too weird, because I was the only one enjoying this dish.


I had a great little sous chef, though!


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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

DIY Pattern Weights

Pattern weights are awesome.  I never knew how they were made until recently.  I had originally thought people painstakingly wrapped fabric around the edges of the washer, thru the inside, like wrapping a hula hoop w/ tape.  What the hell are they?  Well, they're small weighted pieces you can place on top of your pattern paper when cutting.  They are really useful for rotary cut items and are so much faster than pins.

Here's how I made mine.

I went to Home Depot and looked for the largest washers I could find.  It might take a while to find these, so ask someone if you can't find the big ones.

Cut out circles of fabric.  I'm not really quite sure how big these circles are.  I used flannel to give light padding and to make it a little more non-skid.  Just trace around your washers, giving enough seam for the width of the radius.  This gives enough room for the fabric to wrap around the edges and meet in the middle.  Doesn't make much sense, me trying to explain it, so hopefully the pics will help.


Hand-sew a running stitch all the way around the edges.  Place the washer in the center and pull the thread tightly.  


 I ended up stitching thru close to the original stitching line, reinforcing it before I knotted.



You can use more than one washer, or mix 2 washers of different sizes.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Clutch Bums

Reduce

 Reuse


 Recycle




I have some old t-shirts tucked away in one of my sewing drawers, just waiting to become something else one day in life.  These have an inner and snap-in liner made of fluffy Bamboo Fleece.  A snap plier set easily makes these adjustable, but you could use a snappi or sew on Velcro, which the babes LOOOOOVE to rip off.

There are lots of free patterns for cloth diapers  on the internet.  If you have a sewing machine, VERY basic sewing skills, and some absorbent fabric, you can make your own stash of diapers for so much less than buying them.  You can customize your child's fit, use your own fabrics and feel so warm and hippy-like.  Then your kid shits in them, and the thrill is kinda gone.  At least they look cute from behind! Pin It
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