Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Oatmeal Cake

Years ago, when I first married, I made this cake on a regular basis and then for some reason I stopped and forgot all about the recipe.
 Last night I remembered the cake and dug through my cookbooks.
 It's just as good as I remember.
Not sure how I ever forgot about this cake; maybe I just made it too much and we got tired of eating it? So glad I remembered to make it once again!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

A Fun Birthday Gift

One of Elizabeth's friends had a Sweet 16 party, so Elizabeth asked me to make a stuffed puppy as the gift.
The puppy turned out super cute, but it needed something extra for a "wow" effect.
 I thought it might be fun to make bone shape sugar cookies to go with the dog.
 We didn't have a cookie cutter in the shape of a bone, so I printed off an outline  from the internet. Each cookie was then cut by hand using the tip of a sharp knife.
Elizabeth and I had so much fun making the cookies.
The cookies were then put in a jar and wrapped with the dog. The birthday girl was happy with her gift.

Friday, January 11, 2019

A Bernina Minimatic 707 Sewing Machine

Last year I found a Bernina Minimatic 707 sewing machine for $20 at one of the Goodwill stores in town. It didn't have a power cord or a foot pedal, but I thought finding one would be easy. Boy was I ever wrong!
The only place I was able to find a cord with pedal was on ebay and it's not even an original. The regular price was just under $50, but thankfully the seller had a "make an offer" option and I was able to buy one for $35 with free shipping.
My combined total for this machine was $55. I've tested the machine and it works very well and will be just fine as a backup.

Monday, January 7, 2019

My New Clothesline

For several years I used a clothesline that was strung between three trees; two that were dead, but still stood strong. This setup worked well until one of the dead tree trunks began to lean and I was afraid it might fall and hurt someone. I made the decision to push the dead trunks over and not use my clothesline anymore.
 Going without a clothesline was hard, so when I saw an umbrella clothesline at the thrift store, I bought it right away.
 Not wanting to sink the umbrella clothesline in the ground, I attached it to our tether pole pipe.
This set up worked fine, but I really missed having my laundry stretched out so the air could flow more freely.
 So in September, for my birthday, I requested a new clothesline; a traditional style.
Pat built one for me with four lines to hold lots of laundry.
I absolutely love  my new clothesline and especially love the fresh smell of my laundry. Standing outside hanging clothes is great fun!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

My New Fabric Cabinet

Recently I decided to start looking for an armoire to hold my fabric stash. My search netting this beauty.
 I paid a whopping $36 and it was worth every penny.
The back has a large opening that was used for a T.V. and cables, but the old back will be replaced with a new back.
 At the bottom of the armoire there are four shelves for storage.
 I used Mrs. Meyer's Honeysuckle to dust and clean the armoire and it sure smells wonderful.
I love how much fabric the armoire is holding and I'm so pleased with my newest bargain!

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.

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