Monday, August 31, 2009
It's just a galvanized bucket attached to the house or shed , or any outside building.
You can store sprinklers, hand sprinklers or any small hand tools you might need.
Then you can keep your hose rolled up instead of laying on the grass, making brown spots.
1/2 cup yellow mustard
8 toasted hot dog buns
1 large ripe tomato cut into half moons
1 small cucumber peeled and sliced into thin half moons
8 hot dogs grilled to taste
celery salt to taste
1/3 cup pickle relish
4 dill pickle spears,halved lengthwise
For each serving, spread 2 teaspoons mustard over a toasted bun. Arrange tomatoes down one side of the bun and cucumbers down the other side. Add hot dog and sprinkle with celery salt. Top each with 1 teaspoon mustard, 2 teaspoons relish and a pickle spear.
1 tsp ketchup
1 tsp Dijon mustard
4 large hot dogs
1/2 ounce cheddar cheese cut into long sticks
2 tablespoon chopped onions
1 cup refrigerated sauerkraut drained and chopped
4 slices bacon
4 long hot dogs
1. Prepare your grill for direct high heat
2. Mix together the ketchup and mustard in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the sauerkraut with the chopped onion and set aside. Slice open the hot dogs, sown the center, lengthwise, forming a deep pocket in each,but not cutting all the way through. Coat the inside of each hot dog with the mustard and ketchup mixture.
3. Place a strip of cheese deep within the pocket of each hot dog. Top with sauerkraut and onions. Encapsulate the cheese at the ends with the sauerkraut mixture as well, so that no cheese is exposed.
4.Wrap a strip of bacon around each stuffed hot dog,securing with a toothpick. Make sure you wrap each hot dog tight enough so that the stuffing stays in, but not so tight that when the hot dog expands while cooking, the bacon would tear.
5.Coat your grill with oil so the hot dogs do not stick.Place the stuffed hot dogs on the grill stuffing side down. Grill for 2 minutes until the bacon on that side is cooked.Turn to other side, until cooked.
6. During the last minute of cooking, open up the hot dog buns and place them open side down on the grill to toast.
7. Remove toothpicks, slide into their buns and enjoy!!
Ingredients for Ham Cups:
8 slices sugar cured ham
4 tablespoons cheddar cheese
1 scallion sliced
8 large eggs
1 pound potatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1. Ham and Egg Cups: Preheat oven to 400, and coat 8 muffin cups with cooking spray
2.Put one slice of ham in each of the muffin cups, doubling each slice over to insure that there are no holes in the bottom. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon cheese and 1/2 tablespoon scallions in the bottom of each cup.
3. Place one raw egg in each ham cup. Sprinkle egg with salt and pepper. Bake about 15 minutes or to desired degree of doneness Remove egg cups using the ham to lift onto serving plates.
1.Peel potatoes. Grate then using the coarse side of the grater and squeeze out excess water. Place grated potatoes in a small bowl and toss with scallions and salt and pepper.
2. Heat 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil . Place potato mixture in pan and flatten to cover bottom with a spatula . Cook 7 minutes or until deep brown.
These irresistible chicken fingers get their crunch not from deep frying but from potato chips.
1 pound whole skinless chicken breast
5-6 ounces of potato chips or tortilla chips
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tablespoon milk
Grape or cherry tomatoes
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Cut chicken into finger sized pieces. Thread the pieces onto soaked wooden skewers.
2. Fill a large zip lock bag with the chips and salt and pepper. Seal the bag then crush the chips with the back of a wooden spoon or rolling pin. In a medium bowl, beat the egg and milk. Dip the chicken pieces into the egg mixture, then put them in the bag and shake gently to coat.
3. Place the chicken pieces on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes, flipping once. Serve with BBQ or honey mustard dipping sauce.
Yum Oh !!
This is so simple but yet so pretty!!
A spray of raffia is topped with a few dried flowers and leaf stems.
You could add anything else you want to personalize it to your taste.
This would be darling on a table in your entrance way.
Art paper or colored paper
Pressed leaves, or use preserved leaves from a florist
Double sided tape
Computer or calligraphy pen to create the message
Select a frame for your project. The one in the picture is 16 inches square. Then choose some pretty art paper or colored paper and cut it to fit inside the frame.
On a computer,select a beautiful font and print " Welcome".
Using double sided tape, gently attach pressed leaves to the paper. Insert into frame
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Pair clipboards with leftover-die-cut shapes for easy to do low cost art.
Give the clipboards a makeover with a coat of paint(choose paint designed for metal ) Mount die cuts, available in crafts and scrap booking stores onto plain card stock and stitch embellishments with embroidery floss.
Left with lots of scraps of your favorite patterned paper?
Top clothespins with the pieces, seal the paper with decoupage medium, and adhere a magnet to the backs.
Make a coordinated set to give as gifts.
Treat your creations just like a really big scrapbook page and embellish it with large flowers, brads and bits of fabric and paper.
Finish it with wood letters painted to match your scheme.
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 5 oz can evaporated milk
2 medium ripe nectarines
1/2 of a fresh or frozen pound cake
2 ripe bananas
6 whole strawberries stemmed
For Sauce... Melt chocolate and butter in a small pan on low heat. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to boil, reduce heat cook and stir for 8 minutes. Set aside.
Remove pits from nectarines or peaches cut fruit into wedges. Cut pound cake into 1 inch pieces and bananas. Alternately thread the peaches or nectarines, cake and bananas on 12 inch long skewers. Add one strawberry to each skewer.
Grill kabobs about 5 minutes or until cake is toasted, turning once.
To serve, push fruit and cake off skewers and drizzle with the warm chocolate sauce.
That will complete your Labor Day Barbecue.
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon paprika
Salt and Pepper to taste
3 pounds baby back ribs
1 cup BBQ sauce
1 Preheat grill
2. In a small jar combine cumin, chili powder, paprika and salt and pepper. Close and shake well
3. Trim ribs , Sprinkle ribs with rub .
4. Place aluminum foil on lower tack to capture drippings and prevent flare ups. Place ribs on grate . Cook undisturbed for 1 hour.
5.Brush ribs with BBQ sauce last 5 minutes of cooking .
We have covered a lot of territory this summer, with crafts, vacations, Back to School ideas, lunch and snacks for the kids, and now it's time for Labor Day and fall.
I have a great Labor Day menu for you from start to finish. I hope you enjoy it.
I am going to take this opportunity to clear my computer and start researching fall and holiday crafts and home decor items for you to try.
Hope you have enjoyed your time with me and hope that you continue to check out this site for more ideas and inspirations.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Looks good enough for some of us adults,also. It's a nice change from peanut butter and jelly sandwich's.
Try this one !!!
String cheese and assorted crackers
Broccoli and Cauliflower and a dipping sauce
1/2 Blueberries( or any fruit they might like)
Slice of Banana bread
Light and satisfying.
Cardboard mailing tube with two end caps
Duct tape (comes in Colors)
1. Make the strap by unrolling about 40inches of duct tape and laying it sticky side up on a table. Place a second strip of equal length on top of the first, with the sticky side down. Carefully press the two together.
2. Attach the strap to one end of the mailing tube with duct tape. Measure the strap so that it'll fir confortably across your child's chest then cut off the excess and attach this end to the tube with tape.
3. Wrap tape around both of the tube's ends a few times. Then have fun decorating the tube with markers, etc.
This is Otter Creek. We were camped right on the water. It was very nice too.!! We did not have reservations, so we did not get the choice camp site, but next time .....
The fishing there was not very good, but some people were catching fish.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Roast your marshmallow over a open campfire, be careful not to burn it !!
Dip into the chocolate syrup
Roll in the coconut.
OMG !! Can you just imagine.
Craft foam leaves
For each blossom, wrap1 or 2 colorful hair scrunchies around the top of a pencil. Next, cut a pair
of green craft foam leaves,using a craft scissors to create a scalloped edge. Lightly etch leaf vein lines in the foam with the tip of a toothpick. Using a hole punch, make a hole in the base of each leaf.
Then slide the leaves onto the pencil so they rest right beneath the flower You can even attach a silk butterfly to the blossom.
Finally, plant the finished flowers in a clay pot filled with dried black beans.
I have not had a chance to download any of my pictures yet, but I am planning to this weekend. It seems like I have been on the go forever. It's going to be hard to settle down.
My son-in-law and myself celebrated our birthdays on Saturday. We went on a camping trip to our favorite place Pine Valley. We had a great time, got a little wet on Saturday evening , but it did not seem to dampen our time.
Hope to have some great things to share with you , so check back soon.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Something else I need to tell you about. Jennifer is now doing polymer clay beads. She is making her own beads and them constructing beautiful jewelry from them.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
We went to Bryce Canyon for a day, then we went to Tropic Reservoir, for a couple of days, then we headed to Otter Creek. We had a campsite right on the water. Whew !! that was fun.
We are headed to Pine Valley next. This coming Saturday is my birthday and it is also my son-in-laws birthday. So our birthday wish , was to camp together. So we will !!
When I get back I will download all my pictures and will have alot to show you. Keep checking back.
Write when I can
Sunday, August 9, 2009
She has some neat things. I am going to make a few of these. My daughter and her husband are on computers all day, and I am sure they will enjoy these.
When I first starting blogging, my right wrist and hand was very sore, it took a few days for it to feel comfortable.
I think to have something to rest your wrist on would be great.
Here's how you make them, very simple . The picture kind of gives you an idea of the shape .
You'll need :
Cut out shape desired, then pin both pieces together and cut out.
Then put 2 pieces right side together and sew 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving a 2 inch opening.
Turn right side out and press, then fill with flax seed. Pin opening closed and hand sew or machine.
Can heat them in microwave for 30 seconds. That sounds good !!!
Friday, August 7, 2009
12x 18 inch sheet of craft foam
Double sided tape
Pad of sticky notes
1. From the craft foam, cut out the pieces as shown in the diagram
2.Line up the tops of the front and back panels and stick them together with double sided tape. Stack the inner pocket on top so that it aligns with the bottom edge of the back panel as shown.
3. Align a strip of duct tape with the top edge of the pocket and wrap the tape around the stack.
4.Fold the bottom section of the front panel over the inner pocket and secure the sides with duct tape. Roll up the spacer piece and tape it closed,then tape it near the bottom of the back of the organizer.
5. Punch two holes in the outer pocket and link a short length of ball chain through them. Add a small carabiner to the chain. Use double sided tape to attach a pad of sticky notes above the doorknob hole.
Four ingredients never tasted so good. You'll find yourself using garlic sauce for just about anything.
1 1/2 pound flank steak
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 tablespoons butter
2 cloves of garlic minced
pinch of black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
1. Heat broiler, Season steak with salt and pepper
2. Broil steak about 6inches from heating element, turning once,about 8-10 minutes minutes, or until meat is medium rare.
3. Sauce: In small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter . Add garlic, pepper, Worchestershire sauce and any accumulated steak juices .
While meat is resting :
Toast french or Italian bread,slathered with butter and sprinkled with rosemary and you've got a great side.
1 tablespoons butter softened
1/2 9 ounce loaf of Italian or French bread
1/2 teaspoon dry rosemary crumbled
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cooking: Heat broiler, spread butter over bread, sprinkle with rosemary and salt
Thursday, August 6, 2009
1 .4- 3/8 inch disposable aluminum pie pan
2. 1/2 cup tortilla chips
3. 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese ( I might use cheddar ) Maybe both.
4 .Toppings such as tomatoes and bell peppers, slice jalapenos, black beans (maybe re fried) olives, green chile's.
!. Combine all the ingredients in the pans. Then seal it in foil . a double layer if you are cooking over an open fire .folding over the extra foil at the top to make a sturdy handle to poke a stick or tongs through.
2.Hold the packet over a campfire or set it directly on a grill to melt the cheese, about 10 minutes. Open carefully. Serve with salsa.
I think guacamole and sour cream would be good also.
I can't wait !!
The one with oil with cook chunks of top sirloin , and the one with cheese with dunk french bread, vegetables.
My son-in-law makes a outstanding cheese sauce . He uses 3 cheeses and wine and some herbs. I will have to get the recipe from him and post it.
We play cards (cribbage to be exact) and pig out on fondue. A good time for all,then we sit around and complain about how full we are.
Here's your Beer and Cheddar recipe
1 clove garlic halved
1 cup light beer
1/2 teaspoon instant chicken bouillon granules
2 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoon cold water
1 cup shredded American Cheese
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Assorted item for dipping, french bread, bread sticks,broccoli florets, soft pretzels.
1. Rub the bottom and sides of a heavy metal fondue pot with the garlic halves, then discard, In the fondue pot combine the beer and bouillon . Bring to a boiling
2. In a small bowl stir together cornstarch and the water, Add cornstarch mixture in a steady stream to beer mixture while stirring with a spatula or wooden spoon. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to medium. Gradually stir in cheeses, stirring after each addition until cheese melts.
3. Serve immediately and start dipping.!!!
Jennifer and I love to make jewelry. Jennifer has been doing it a lot longer than I have. When I retired she got me started making bookworms, earrings, key chains, lot of stuff !!!
So I would like to share just a couple of my earrings that I made.
Our jewelry is all featured on http://www.twocreativechicks.com/
Check us out !!
Craft Material List:
4 pinch-style wooden clothespins
1. To form the front end of the dog pinch open a clothespin and apply glue to the inner surface of the opened end. Then clamp the glued end onto a second clothespin, just behind the metal spring.
2. For the dogs tail end,glue and clamp together the last two clothespins so that one hols the other wide open. When the glue is dry,fit the opened end of the back half onto the lower end of the front half. Apply glue to bond the two sections.
3. From the felt,cut out floppy ears and circular paws. Then glue ears and paws, the googly eyes, and the pom-poms nose on the dog.
4. Add spots or other details with colored markers. Finally pinch open the dogs, mouth and insert a pencil, balancing its weight equally on both sides.