Friday, September 27, 2013

Little Black Dress Template Card

I'm still making cards, but they have to be easy, as I do not have much
patience for fussy card making anymore (did I ever?)

You can't get much easier than this.
Little black dress template from Chia's Rubber Stamp Art Templates
Have a lovely week-end.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

20 Fall Goodies and Printable Tags

I've rounded up all sorts of sweet treats that will make the
perfect gift for a teacher, hostess, neighbor, or friend for
the fall holidays.

 Get ready to be dazzled by amazing creativity!

Pecan Praline Sauce (and more) with fall gift tags @
Halloween treat (candy in insulated cup)
with tag (eat, drink, and be scary) @
Winnie the Pooh Dipped Hunnycomb Treats @
Halloween treat tags @ The Crafting Chicks
Muffin gift basket @ Darling Doodles
Halloween cupcake topper on store-bought cupcakes @
Thanksgiving place setting treats @
Halloween treat tags and bags @
m & m monster treat covers @
Pecan, chocolate, and oatmeal cookies @
Fall treat tags @
NOTE: for great Banana Bread recipe,
go HERE. 
It's made in a blender or food processor,
and it is the best ever!
It makes up in a jiffy.
Homemade caramels and printable chocolate box @
Halloween cookies in a jar @
Pumpkin bread gift with grateful printable @
Thanksgiving blessing mix and gift tag @
Frankenstein Rice Krispie treat @
 Baked with love tags @
Monster madness for breakfast @
Use orange chocolate sticks or orange candies with tag @
Take a can of sweetened condensed milk and remove the
label. Get the kind that has
 the pull off lid. (Kroger)
Put in a large pot and cover with water.
.Boil in hot water for 2-1/2 hours.
Do not let the water get below the can.
Let cool overnight.
Voila--there you have it! 
Yummy caramel dip for apples
that has been cooked in a can.
Print off one of the cute labels and
attach with double-stick tape.
Disclaimer--I have not tried this yet
but it sure sounds awesome!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

How to Prepare Sweet Corn for the Freezer

There is nothing like enjoying the taste of wonderful sweet corn long after
the harvest is over. It does not take much effort to freeze sweet corn, unless
of course you are doing bushels of it like we used to do on the farm. At least
the men would pick and shuck it for us before they brought it in the house!
That is half of the work right there.

Here are the steps:

 Boil the ears for a few minutes, then dunk in ice water to
stop the cooking process. This is called blanching.

Drain the ears on dish towels to remove all the moisture.

Place an ear over the center of an angel food
cake pan. Using a regular knife, or an
electric knife. remove the rows of kernels. 

No mess!
All the kernels end up in the cake pan--none on the
counter or floor!

Bag into individual portion freezer bags.
(I usually figure 12 ears will yield 6 bags.)

Put all of them into a larger freezer bag
for double protection and label.

So the next time you have a chance to buy great
sweet corn, think about purchasing extra,
and prepare some for your freezer.
Come this winter, you'll be glad you did! 

Monday, September 16, 2013

The Eiffel Tower--My First Glimpse

So I finally looked at my pictures from our trip. Here are my very
first pictures of the Eiffel Tower, which for me was a dream come true.

We took the train from London for a one-day trip to Paris and from
there had a guided tour by City Discovery. I highly recommended it
if that fits your needs. We left at 7:00 AM and with the one-hour time
change arrived in Paris at 10:00 AM. We toured the city and then our first
stop was the Eiffel Tour. They had sent an email a few weeks prior saying
we were not going to be able to go up into it due to work on the lifts, but
I adore black and white photos.
Hope you like them.

I can't believe the photographer
(we won't mention any names)
cut off the top of the Tower?)

More to come!
Have a wonderful Monday.
Out of town company is arriving today
and staying a week,
so I don't know how much computer time I
will have.
(Sigh. I need some energy pills!)

Friday, September 13, 2013

How To Avoid Jet Lag (and other travel tips)

I'm back from my trip to London, PARIS, and Amsterdam and will be
sharing more about that later. I have found that the best time to make a
list of travel tips to remember for next time is right after returning from
a trip.

So I am going to share a few things that worked for me and then a few
ideas that I want to remember for next time.

An Effective Way to Avoid Jet Lag Using Melatonin
(This worked great for me!) 
Take .5 milligrams for a few days before your flight. If you are traveling
 west to east, take it in mid-afternoon.   
If  you are traveling east to west, take it in the morning.
Don't drive immediately after taking Melatonin.
Also: See some daylight when you get to your destination; in addition to
taking the Melatonin, try to have a regular daily routine.
It is best to get the synthetic type of Melatonin because it is purer than the
natural type.
Note: There is a lot of information about this on the internet and may vary
Just Google it. This is just from one source. 
Regarding converters--This is the second over-seas trip where the converter
burned out my curling iron.
I learned my lesson after the last trip and this time brought Velcro rollers as
a back-up. I sure was glad I had them!
Regarding credit cards--We found that many places did not accept
 American Express
cards. Be prepared! Make copies of all your cards, passports, and other
identification and keep them in a hotel room safe or secure place, and also
leave a copy of everything at home.  
Regarding weather--Before you leave, check the weather of your destination
and bring rain gear and umbrellas if needed. You will avoid having to purchase
it on the trip if you do. Who wants to spend vacation money on stuff you have at
home if you can avoid it!
Regarding time--If you are used to keeping track of time via your phone but are
not bringing it because it does not work where you are going, consider wearing a
watch. Even if you don't wear one on a regular basis, most of us have one in our
jewelry box.
Regarding cameras--Consider buying a fresh battery for your camera so yours 
does not die during the middle of the day and you miss great shots. Or take a
spare battery.  
Last but not least, my son read-- Take half as many clothes and
twice as much money.
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