Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Crafts: Restoring A Child's Fire Engine

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With our oldest grandchild having just turned 4, we have gradually been bringing down stored "treasures" from the attic.  Boxes and boxes of Fisher Price and Playskool toys which we packed up when our youngest, now 33, no longer played with them.  Some date back to our oldest, now 39 and all the toys have held up reasonably well considering.  Our three grandchildren love to play with them on their visits.

One such toy was this red fire engine which was a gift to our son when he was three.  He is now 36 and the grandchildren are his children.  The fire engine sustained some damage over the years but the pedals still worked and the kids enjoyed riding it.  
I recently decided to give it a facelift and as you can see, a can of red spray paint worked wonders.  I also had some silver spray paint left over from another project and it brought the original shine back to the bell and the ladder bars.  Some of the stickers remained and were able to be peeled off before painting and reapplied afterwards.  
There is still plenty of life left in this 33 year old toy!
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Monday, June 16, 2014

Recipe: Oatmeal Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Oatmeal Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies
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This delicious crisp, chewy cookie combines oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies and the cookies freeze well if  you want to save some for a later date.  
Enjoy!
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Photography: Spring Blooms!

Spring flowers in bloom in June!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Needlecraft: Crocheted Easter Baskets

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These adorable little Easter Baskets crochet up quickly and are a decorative addition to each place setting on Easter.  The free pattern is from Lion Brand.  I adjusted the directions to make a basket with straight sides.  
 Lion brand also offers a few other options
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Add some multicolored grass...
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And some Easter candy and you are all set.  I also bagged my baskets. labeled them and will use them for "place cards" at each table setting.
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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Needlwork: Doll and Child Sweater and Hat

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This matching sweater set comes from the pattern book  "Knits for Girls and Dolls".  The matching hats pattern can be found at Lion Brand which is a fabulous online source of free patterns of all kinds. 
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The doll pattern is for American Girl dolls or any 18" doll and works up quickly.  
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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Recipe: Delicious Meatloaf

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This delicious meatloaf is easy to make and baked in exactly an hour as promised.
I used 2 pounds of beef and adjusted the other ingredients accordingly.
I also added diced carrot to the onion mix and covered the
top of the meatloaf with strips of bacon which added a good deal of flavor to the finished product.  
After forming two loaves, I cooked one meatloaf and froze the other.  I baked the meatloaf in a pan which allowed the grease from the bacon to drip through.  Such a pan is available at Ocean State Job Lot for about $5.99.  You could also cook the meatloaf on a rack.  
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Needlework: Knit Set for Baby

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 Once again here is my favorite zip up hooded sweater  as well as a matching  helmet hat, mittens and baby blanket.   A perfect addition to baby's winter wardrobe!  
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Recipe: Pizza Fondu

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PIZZA FONDUE
 Ingredients:
1  16 oz. can tomato sauce
1  8 oz. package shredded mozzarella
3 tbsps. Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp. parsley flakes
1 tbsp. oregano

Directions:
Heat tomato sauce in a saucepan or microwave.  When hot, add Parmesan cheese, parsley flakes and oregano.  Add mozzarella.  Stir until melted.  Transfer to a fondue dish and serve with cubed French bread.
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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Needlework: Grey and Burgundy Raglan Sweater

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This sweater pattern can be knitted for men, woman as well as children.  The pattern book contains numerous variations of this raglan pattern which is worked in one piece on round needles from the neck down.  The book, Knitted Seamless Raglans by Leisure Arts  is currently available on amazon.com.
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