Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sugar Cookies

My favorite sugar cookie recipe comes from a vintage Crisco cookbook I bought years ago for maybe 25-cents?
 I prefer to substitute margarine for the Crisco as it adds a better flavor.
The icing is just margarine, powdered sugar, vanilla and milk.
I love homemade cookies!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Peach Jelly

I love making jelly, so when a friend gave me some peaches, jelly was on my mind.
After letting the peaches sit on the counter for several day, they weren't ripe enough in the beginning, I started peeling and cutting the fruit into small pieces.
Sadly, the jelly didn't set up properly; even after I put it into the fridge.
 After reading on-line about how to save my jelly, I decided to give it a try. The directions I read about called for pectin powder that wasn't Sure-Jell.

For each quart (4 cups) of jam or jelly, mix  1/4 cup granulated sugar,  1/2 cup water, 2 tablespoons bottled lemon juice and 4 teaspoons powdered pectin in a large kettle. Bring to a boil while stirring. Add jam or jelly and bring to a rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Boil hard for 30 seconds. Remove from heat, quickly skim foam and fill clean jars, leaving a  1/4-inch head space. Wipe jar rim with a clean, damp cloth. Attach lid; process in a boiling-water canner for 10 minutes.
After following the directions, I could tell right away that my jelly was going to set up and I'm very pleased with the results.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Spring Duo Trio Recital

Elizabeth and another girl played together during the Duo Trio Spring recital. They played the theme song to the popular show Downton Abbey and sounded so amazing.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Pi Day


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

A Sweet Gift

It's been years since we've had access to a honeycomb.

These are located just inside the crawlspace under the house. Before we harvest any of it, we are waiting on a beekeeper. It would be nice if the bees can be relocated.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Doll Repair

 This little doll was in terrible shape from years of being loved.
I offered to try and repair her even though I've never repaired a store doll.
 I began by removing the stuffing; which was cotton and had packed together over the years creating a large lump.
 The limbs were held in place with string. This surprised me as I figured the limbs were held on with wire.
 Once the doll was apart, I then took the fabric body apart completely.
 After ironing the pieces, I used them as a pattern for the new body.
 Reattaching the limbs were a bit scary, but after a couple of attempts, it all went pretty smoothly.
 The only change I made to the body, was to add a seam down the back so I could have more space to work with when attaching the limbs and adding the stuffing. This seam was then closed up with hand sewing.
  Once the doll was back together, 
I made a dress with matching bloomers and hat.
Even though I wasn't sure what to expect when repairing a doll, the job wasn't too difficult. Taking pictures along the way was helpful; it's amazing how easily a person can forget little details, such as the directions each limb needed to face.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Bed Sheet Corner Alteration

Years ago, when I had trouble with a sheet slipping off the corner of a mattress, I learned about a special clip with elastic that is used to keep the sheet corner in place. This idea was simple and easily copied by sewing a piece of wide elastic in place and my problem was fixed.

Recently I had another sheet slipping at the corners, but kept forgetting to stop by the fabric store for some wide elastic, so this time I decided to be creative and came up with another solution. I began with a piece of stretch fabric, which I had in my stash, and roughly cut it to 16-inches square.
 This was then folded in half, corner to corner, and pinned to the wright side of the sheet corner.
 I stitched it down avoiding the elastic already on the sheet.
 After turning the corner inside out, I had created a nice pocket; which was repeated for the other three corners.
These pockets fits snug on my mattress and I haven't had one corner slip since making this alteration.
The pockets work so well that I am planning on replacing the elastic currently being  used on my other sheets.

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