Sunday, September 22, 2019

Helpful Hints: Turning A Vintage Wedding Gown Back to White

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It seems if you have your gown professionally dry cleaned you should not then store the gown in plastic as it reacts with the cleaning chemicals which then turn the gown from white to yellow!
"Oxi Clean White Revive" worked its magic on both the gown and the train.  I dissolved about two of Oxi Cleans measuring cups in hot water in the tub then adjusted the water temperature to warm and soaked the gown for about six hours, moving it around occasionally and flipping it over.
After rinsing, I hung it over towels on the curtain rod until dry, then repeated the process for the train.
I ironed the dress inside out with a medium iron and it looks like new!

                                      Thank you Oxi Clean!!
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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Needlework: Gray & White Cable Afghan

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Again, I did a cable row every 8 rows using Lion Brand "Cookies & Cream" 100% acrylic yarn.  This variegated yarn provides an entirely different look. 

The pattern book containing these directions can be purchased on amazon.com Easy Afghans - Art. J16 - #0122 - Knit and Crochet Afghans Pattern Booklet - Coats and Clark (Paperback)

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Needlework: Navy and White Knitted Afghan

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Another version of the Patriotic Afghan.  
This time I did a cable row every 8 rows and randomly alternated colors.
The pattern book containing these directions can be purchased on amazon.com Easy Afghans - Art. J16 - #0122 - Knit and Crochet Afghans Pattern Booklet - Coats and Clark (Paperback)

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Helpful Hints: Candy Cane Place Card Holder

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This festive place card holder is so easy to make. 
Simply slip two tiny hair elastics onto three candy canes of any size to attach them to each other.  
This can also be used to label selections on a holiday buffet.  

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Recipe: Checkerboard Sugar Cookies

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Using a combination of this Sugar Cookie Recipe, tinted green, and the Food Network Chocolate Sugar Cookie Recipe I assembled these checkerboard cookies.
After chilling the dough, roll it out into the shape of a rectangle and cut the two doughs into equal strips. 
Alternating strips and connecting both the strips and the different layers with egg wash,  form the bar of dough.  
Chill again and then slice in 1/4 inch slices before baking at 350' for 10-12 minutes.  Cool on a cookie sheet.  
You could also simply use the Sugar Cookie Recipe, divide the dough in half and tint it two different colors.  
These cookies freeze well. 




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Monday, November 19, 2018

Recipe: Apple Pie

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 It's that time of year again.  The pie crust recipe may change a bit but the need for this apple peeler never will!   It is an invaluable tool when making any recipe requiring sliced apples.
Perfect Pie Crust
2  cups flour
pinch of salt
3 tbsp. sugar
8 tbsp. butter (1 stick) cut up
1/4 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)
1 egg
ice water
1/2 tsp. vinegar

In a food processor put flour, salt and sugar - Pulse- Add butter and crisco. 
Pulse until crumbly.
Add all but 2 tbsps. of beaten egg plus enough ice water to make 1/2 cup plus the vinegar.  Pulse.
Pastry forms clumps but remove from processor before it forms a ball.
Knead into a ball and flatten into a disc shape.  
Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 20 mins.  
Rolls out nicely between extra large pieces of plastic wrap.  Reapply flour under and over dough as needed while rolling.  
APPLE PIE 
Ingredients:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 tbsps. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
dash of salt
8-10 cups thinly sliced, pared tart cooking apples
2 tbsps. butter

Directions:
Combine sugars, flour, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl.   Mix well.

Add to apples in a large bowl, tossing lightly to combine.

Roll out one half of a two pastry crust into an 11" circle and fit into a 9" pie plate. (Rolling out between floured plastic wrap works well.   Peel off top sheet of plastic, use bottom sheet to help fit dough into pie plate before removing it at well.)

Turn apples into the pastry-lined pie plate, mounding high in the center; dot with butter broken into small pieces. 

Roll out remaining pastry into an 11" circle.   Place on top of apples.   Crimp edges after folding edge of top crust under bottom crust.   Make several slits near the center for stream vents.   

Brush the top of the pie with some of the remaining egg liquid from dough.   

If desired, roll out any remaining dough from trimming and use cookie cutters to cut out decorative shapes for the top of the pie.   Brush these with egg wash as well.   
Place pie on a cookie sheet to catch any juices. If edges begin to brown, cover them with strips of foil during baking time.
Bake pie at 425' for approximately 45 mins. or until apples are tender and crust is golden-brown.   
Cool partially on a wire rack and serve warm. 
 
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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Recipe: Chocolate Sugar Cookies

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This recipe for very chocolatey, tasty sugar cookies made with unsweetened cocoa powder can be found on the 

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Needlework: Patriotic Cable Afghan

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Basically, for seasoned knitters, with about 48 ounces of worsted weight yarn, cast on 230 stitches using size 10 1/2 circular needles, work a seed stitch for six rows and then begin knitting six stitches and purling six stitches across the row, maintaining four seed stitches on each side. Twisting a cable stitch on the knit stitches every sixth row, continue the same until desired length is reached, ending with six rows of seed stitch.

For this particular afghan I used "Caron One Pound" yarn in red, white and blue and used all 16 ozs. of each color.  The finished afghan is approximately 54"x 65".

The pattern book containing these directions can be purchased on amazon.com Easy Afghans - Art. J16 - #0122 - Knit and Crochet Afghans Pattern Booklet - Coats and Clark (Paperback)
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Recipe: Strawberry Shortcake Roll

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I found this light, airy dessert on Mom's Timeout and it is as delicious as it looks!  Click for the recipe.
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Monday, May 1, 2017

Homemaking: An End Table of Books

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After collecting a fair number of "coffee table" books, I decided to display them all in one place since, when
stacked, they were the height of an end table.  
I topped them with a round piece of glass.  
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