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Saturday, May 21st, 2005
10:55 am
Green Tomato Pickles
This is a recipe that came out of Cades Cove in the Smokey Mountains of East Tennessee. Cades Cove was a small mountain community but no one lives there now, as it is now an open-air museum for the Smokey Mountains National Park. It is quite a lovely place, and I do recommend a visit!

Green Tomato Pickles
Recipe of Eileen Owsley

1 Gallon Green Tomatoes
6 Onions
1/2 Cup Salt
1 TBS Whole Black Pepper
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
4 Cups Vinegar
2 Pods Hot Red Pepper
1 TBS Ground Mustard
1 TBS Mustard Seed
1 TBS Celery Seed
1 TBS Allspice
1 TBS Ground Horseradish Root

Slice tomatoes and onion. Sprinkle with salt. Let stand overnight. Drain. Boil sugar and seasoning with vinegar for 5 minutes. (Tie spices in a bag). Cool slightly. Add tomatoes and onions and simmer 30 minutes. Pack in hot jars and seal at once. Better if you let the jars rest for a couple of months.

Current Mood: content
Friday, May 20th, 2005
8:18 pm
Hey, there
Hi, guys. Doing things the old-fashioned way is my passion. I believe it is the only way to ensure quality. I love to do all sorts of things....hand quilting, soap making, baking using my family's old recipes, even making my own bath and body products. I look forward to being a part of this community and I'm so happy to be here.

Current Mood: happy
Monday, November 15th, 2004
8:03 pm
Ceramics and basketry
I thought it was a high time I posted some of my pottery and basket making pics for my friends over at Paleo Planet, but perhaps some of my live journal buddies would like to see them as well. The more the merrier eh? http://hypnokittyartstudios.blogspot.com/
Saturday, May 29th, 2004
3:51 pm
Knit a bit of magic.
I was looking for a knitting community to join, when I saw this one on the list, and I'm already a member so I hope it's still okay to post about knitting.
I just finished reading the Zen of Knitting and it's fascinating. Most of it confirmed what I already knew, but went into depth about some of the theories I had.
I would also like to stop knitting with acrylics, and only buy natural fibers from now on. I know they cost more but I'm hoping it will make me more satisfied. That may be unrealistic with my current finances, but it's a goal to aim for if anyone wants to gift me with yarn.
Right now I'm knitting envelope hats. I made my own chart from free knitting graph paper I got on a website. http://www.brownfox.com
My friend has been knitting black wool socks on size 0 needles. She said one sock took her 37 hours. She said the 2nd one is going somewhat quicker. I'd need to buy new eyeballs if I tried that.
Lucky for me a new knit shop just opened up the street called Knitty Gritty.
I talked to my daughter about knitting and crochet. She said her friend threw a small crochet party in her home, only the word got out and 27 people showed up, many of them men. Should I take it that crochet is catching on in colleges?
I'm just tickled that my kids like to do something I like to do.
Okay, back to knitting.
Happy Memorial Day weekend. Hugs to the Vets.

Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, April 16th, 2004
1:28 pm
From the kitchen of the unstopable red head!
Well it's another one of those thinking about Grandmother days. So here's a few recipes for you to enjoy!

Pecan Pie (please note that it is pronounced Puh-Khan and not Pee- Can)

1c sugar
4 Tbl butter
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbl flour
1 cup dark karo syrup
1 cup pecans
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs

Cream butter, sugar, salt and flour together. Beat eggs and add to cream mixture. Add karo, pecans, and vanilla. Bake in hot oven (400 degrees) for ten min then turn down to 325 untill done (knife comes out clean) about 15 min.

German Cookies
1c Brown Sugar
1c White Sugar
1c Crisco
2 eggs
2c corn flakes
1 tsp soda dissolved in 1tbl of water
1 tsp. baking powder sifted with 2c flour
1c coconut
1c raisins
2c pecans
1 tsp vanilla

Cream sugar & Crisco well, add eggs flour, soda and water, corn flakes, then rest of ingredients. Drop on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 10 to 12 min.


1.5c flour
2c sugar
1/2c cocoa
1tsp salt
1c crisco oil
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1c nuts (optional)

Mix together all dry ingredients then add liquids. Blend well with spoon (not mixer) Bake in a 9x13 greased and floured pan at 325 for 30 min.
Thursday, March 18th, 2004
9:53 pm
It's been a long time
So, I decided that I need to start posting to this community again :)

How is everyone doing?

Lemon Pound Cake

3 cups all purpose flour, sifted
4 eggs
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. lemon extract
1 tsp. almond extract
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter and
sugar. Add eggs and sour cream, beat well. Add dry
ingredients and beat well. Blend in lemon, almond and
vanilla extracts into mixture. Place mixture in a well
greased and floured tube pan. Bake for 1 and 1/2 hours.
Cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting and serving.

This can be as rustic as you'd like it to be, or you can dress it up!
You'll need:
4" Styrofoam ball
2 1/2" Styrofoam ball
6" wooden dowel
2 1/2" terra cotta pot
craft glue or hot glue
small handful of spanish moss
natural raffia
Seeds *see instructions

Glue the 21/2" ball into the terra cotta pot. Push firmly on the ball with your fingers until it's crushed down into the pot-level with the top. Make a hole in the center of the foam with a pencil.

Glue the wooden dowel into the hole you made in the center of the pot foam. Now make a one deep hole in the bottom center of the 4" ball and squeeze glue into it. Place on top of the wooden dowel and secure it-allowing it to dry. I think hot glue works well for this. At this point you have your topiary base created, and you can decorate it. Look around your garden, backyard, in the park etc. for interesting small seeds heads. There are SO many once you start looking. Bring back what you've collected and sort them onto small paper plates, bowls or other shallow containers. Spread craft or hot glue over small sections of the 4" inch ball and carefully apply the seeds. You can make a collage of seeds or use all one kind. Allow it to dry completely. Lay a small amount of Spanish moss over the top of the pot to cover the foam. You can also glue some on the dowel itself to cover it, or you can paint the dowel if you wish. Tie a raffia bow around the stem when you are finished either way. You can now leave the topiary as is, or get even more creative and add tiny dried flowers, rosebuds or other dried flowers.

This is a neat project for adults or kids. You can also make seed "balls" in the same way without the dowel and pot! These can be placed in a small basket for decoration, or you can use a pin to attach a piece of raffia as a hanger and create natural ornaments.


Tea Dye Directions
You will need:
Stainless steel 16 quart pot
3 gallons tap water
1 yard cotton or linen fabric
8 ounces loose black tea
cheesecloth or muslin and kitchen string
mild detergent
Fill sink with cold water and soak your fabric completely. Bring 3 gallons of water to a boil in your pan. Tie the tea in a square piece of muslin (or cheesecloth) tightly with kitchen string. Add to the boiling water and continue to boil for at least 30 minutes. The longer you boil the darker the dye; so go an hour if you can. Remove the tea bag, and use strainer to grab bits of loose tea if necessary.

Wring out your wet fabric, and add to the pot of tea water. Turn off the heat and allow it to steep for several hours or overnight, stirring occasionally to dye evenly. Remember when checking the color that it seems darker when wet. When the fabric has reached the color you like, rinse it under cold water until the water runs clear, then gently wash with the mild detergent and rinse again. Wring out the fabric and hang or place on an old clean towel to dry.

One caution, if you are using expensive fabric or something that is dear to you, be sure to experiment with something else first! You can also test a swatch of the fabric first before doing the entire piece.
Sunday, December 28th, 2003
11:31 am
The bird feeder (Cross posted for some)
First you take a thick branch or small log..

and drill holes into them. We used a wood bit head (an inch is best, I think we used a half an inch). All over the log in different areas, about 1/4th of an inch to a 1/2 an inch deep. We also screwed into a top an eye hook.

This is what it looks like hanging up :)

You can see the little holes all over the place.

Then you fill it with the following things:

Suet (animal fat-melted), chunky peanut butter and corn meal (NOT SELF RISING....otherwise you will have little birdies all exploded into piles of feathers on your lawn or porch). You melt the Suet slowly (so that it doesn't fry) and add the corn meal and peanut butter until mixed. You don't want to make a lot (especially if you don't have room in your freezer). Fill the bottom of Dixie cups (a little more than a half an inch) and freeze them. After they are frozen, you can tear away the cups, cut them in 4ths and put them in a bag to keep. You will fill the holes like so:

and hang them outside. It's good for the birds and fun to watch.

Any questions, just holler! :)

Enjoy! *HUGS*

Current Mood: creative
Thursday, December 18th, 2003
9:13 am
An extended
and belated, but very sincere welcome to all the new people of this community. I'm hoping that you are enjoying it. I try to keep up with it, and anyone is welcome to post something if they would like. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Again, welcome to community!

Moderator dotmeister. :)

Wednesday, December 10th, 2003
9:36 pm
Nature Crafts
1. When making dried flower arrangements, be creative about the containers you use. You can use anything that will hold the flowers including a dump truck, football helmet, old watering can, china cup, basket or anything that suits your fancy.

2. Save your old phone book and use it to press flowers and pretty leaves for decorating items around the house. Just open the phone book, lay the flower or leaf flat on a page and close the book. They will be dry in about a week, then you can put them in/on frames, cards or use them to decoupage items such as candles or paper boxes. Most any flower can be pressed, but the flatter ones such as pansies work the best. You can also separate petals and press them individually.

3. To decoupage, you can add water to white glue until it's the consistency of cream. Brush this solution on the item you are decoupaging, carefully put the flower on, then very carefully brush on a top coat of the glue solution. Let dry and add another coat if necessary. If you want to make a design of flowers and leaves, be sure to lay it out first to find the best look. You can also add pressed flowers to pictures of the family, or other pictures in frames. When putting into frames, you can use decorative paper to mount the flowers onto, then frame.

4. For a shaped (heart, square, oval) grapevine wreath, bend florist wire into the desired shape then weave fresh grapevine around it until you get the look you want. Be sure to put more vine on than you think is necessary because the vine shrinks a lot as it dries. Lay the wreath on newspaper until is thoroughly dry.
9:32 pm


Small amount Christmas Glitter yarn, White
Small amount Christmas Glitter yarn, Glitter Ombre
Crochet hook size E

Finishing Materials:

Tapestry needle

Finished Size: 4 ½" tall
Gauge: Not important to overall size

Head, Halo & Neck: (Using White)
Rnd 1) Ch 4; 11 dc in 4th chain from hook; join with a slip st to 4th ch of beg. chain 4: 12 dc.

Rnd 2) Slip st in next dc; ch 1, sc in same st, ch 5, skip next dc, sc in next dc, slip st in next 5 dc, ch 3, 5 dc in same st (neck); ch 3, turn work. Do not end off.

Skirt: (Using White)
Row 3) Dc in same st, dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in last dc; ch 3, turn work: 8 dc.

Row 4) Dc in same st, dc in next 6 dc, 2 dc in last dc; ch 1, turn work: 10 dc.

Row 5) Sc in same st; * ch 2, sc in next dc; repeat from * across: 9 chain loops. Fasten off, secure ends.

Wings: (Using either White or Glitter Ombre)
Row 1) Attach yarn over dc post on Rnd 2 (neck), working away from head; Ch 1, (sc, hdc, dc, trc) over same dc post. Fasten off, secure ends.

Opposite Wing:
Row 1) Repeat Row 1 for Wings.

Skirt Trim: (Using Glitter Ombre)
Row 1) Right side facing, attach yarn to first chain loop space on Skirt, Row 5; Ch 1, sc in same space; * ch 2a, sc in next chain space; repeat from * across. Fasten off, secure ends.

Halo Backup: (Using White or Glitter Ombre)
Attach yarn to first st just before sc for Halo on Angel Head; Slip st in sc, slip st in each 5 chain on Halo, slip st in next sc, slip st in next st. Fasten off, secure ends. This strengthens the Halo to stand erect.

Attach magnet to back and enjoy!
9:30 pm
Pilgrim Girl Utensil Holder (and if you are creative, whatever you want it to be)

Materials needed:

Red Heart, worsted weight yarn (gray)
Red Heart, worsted weight yarn (white)
Red Heart, worsted weight yarn (Brown) or preferred color
Size G hook
2 (5/8" in dia.) Peepers (plastic eyes)
Glue gun/glue
1 cd (such as aol)
Polyester Fiberfill
1 (1-lb) empty coffee can or can measuring 5 /12" T x 4" in dia.

Completing Pilgrim Girl:

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Monday, December 8th, 2003
10:28 pm
Herbal Pillows

Sinus Headache Pillow

Cut two pieces of material 10 x 4 inches and sew together. Making a bag, leave one end open and stuff your bag with the following ingredients;

Mix together in a bowl;

1/2 cup of flax seeds
1 part crushed spearmint leaf
1 part crushed peppermint leaf
1 part lavender buds
1 part eucalyptus leaf
1 part rosemary leaf

Stuff the bag and sew of the end!


Dream Pillow

Combine the following in a bowl;

1 cup mugwort
1/2 cup rose petals
1/2 cup German chamomile
1/2 cup sweet hops
1/3 cup lavender buds
1/3 cup crushed catnip
1/4 cup peppermint

Mix the ingredients together....make cloth bags from a 5 x 12 inch piece of material....fill the bag with your mixture....sew the top of the bag shut.
10:24 pm
Aged Photo Frame Keepsake

This is such an easy craft with the right materials. It would really add a nice touch to a picture of great grandparents or grandparents. Also many computer photo programs have a function where you can give photos an "aged" look. You could use pictures of the kids for this and make it look old!

You'll need:

stamps, letters, postcards, old fashioned pictures
craft glue (white, dries clear)
black tea bags
polyurethane varnish
paint brush
flat wooden frame (no ridges, any size)

You can use letters or other keepsakes for this because you will need to photocopy it in black and white for your first step. Photocopy more than you think you will need, in case you make errors. You'll need a damp tea bag (not wet, where it will wrinkle the paper). Rub it over your photocopies, and allow it to dry if it does become damp. This will give the pictures an aged look.

Next, carefully rip the photocopies into small sections that will fit onto the frame. Take your time and position the pieces over the entire frame until you are satisfied with the look. Brush glue onto the back of each piece and press it on to the frame, smoothing it down with your fingers and working out any air bubbles. After they are all in place, check again to make sure they are all adhered, using a toothpick to place glue under any loose edges. Smooth the edges down. Allow the pieces to dry in place. When dry, apply several coats of clear oil based varnish over the entire frame surface. Allow to dry COMPLETELY between each coat.

This is such a simple and pretty project. You could also make your own frame with wood scraps to save more money. I think this would make a wonderful family history project that could be presented to family members as a holiday or anniversary gift.

Current Mood: :)
10:20 pm

The invention of paper, as we know it today, can be tracked to Leiyang China. Early around 100 A.D. paper is said to have been made using fermented and beaten mulberry bark fibers that were suspended in water and removed with a screen made from bamboo fibers tied with horse hair.
Whether this is the true time frame or not, we do know that mulberry paper has made a comeback being a very popular crafting and scrap booking medium in this century. The fibers in the paper give crafting projects a wonderful texture and dimension. Mulberry paper makes a great background or boarder to highlight other paper especially when it is moistened and torn. Tearing instead of using scissors can provide an interesting ragged edge when embellishing your pages.

Crafting and scrapbook stores sell handmade papers and you will find them to be rather costly. Handmade papers, including mulberry paper, are just that...handmade! Which of course means you can manufacture them yourself as well!

Plan on your paper making process to take about two hours. Not bad for a crafting project that can give you fifteen unique handmade sheets that you can use for greeting cards, picture frame matting and of course my favorite - scrap booking!

Everything you need to make paper is easy to find and rather inexpensive. Best of all, its a great conservation effort since you are using 100%recycled paper scraps.


Current Mood: Hmm....a lot of work, but what a fun project...
10:06 pm

Cherry Bread Puddings with Maple Glaze
Your guest will feel truly pampered when they are served their own tiny bread pudding, studded with cherries and topped with a sweet maple syrup glaze. And you can make them in your muffin pan. These little treats can be baked up to four hours ahead, or served warm from the oven. (Although, in testing these at home, I had no trouble finding takers for the "leftovers" even 2 days later!)
List of Ingredients

· 1 sweet French baguette, a day or two old
· 1/2 cup dried sour cherries
· 2 cups whole milk (do not use low fat)
· 1/2 cup sugar
· 3 large eggs
· 1 tsp. vanilla

· 1/2 powdered sugar
· 3 TBSP. maple syrup
· 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees. Butter a 12-cup (non-stick) muffin pan. Slice the baguette into 24, 1/2 inch, slices. Place two slices in each muffin cup, trimming if needed to get them to sit flat in the cup. Sprinkle a few cherries around and between the slices. In a 2-quart heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the milk, sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla extract. Cook on medium heat, stirring, until the sugar has completely dissolved and the milk starts to simmer (bubbles form on the side of the pan).

In a medium sized bowl, whisk the eggs. SLOWLY add the hot milk mixture to the eggs, whisking constantly. Strain the custard to remove any cooked egg particles and to ensure a smooth custard. If you have a large measuring cup, transfer the custard into it for easy pouring of the puddings.

Pour the custard over the bread in each muffin cup, filling the cups about half full. Pour a second time, letting the bread absorb the first pour briefly. Continue until all of the custard is evenly distributed over the 12 cups. Bake for 45 - 50 minutes, until the custard is set and the top of the bread is lightly browned.

While the puddings are baking, stir together the maple glaze and set aside.

Remove and let stand for 10 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, gently loosen the puddings and slide them out, inverting them onto a large plate. Top each with the glaze. Some of it will run off. Then remove the puddings to a serving platter and enjoy.

Current Mood: Inticed..
Wednesday, November 26th, 2003
11:55 pm
This I'm EXTREMELY excited about!!!

To really enjoy your creativity you need to get away from the traditional way that pumpkins and gourds are used. Now is the time of year that pumpkins are very affordable and stores may even be discounting them from Halloween sales. Pumpkins aren't just for carving anymore and that kind of thinking will limit your creative juices. Think paint!

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Current Mood: Gift ideas here people! :)
11:49 pm
I love crafts!

Acorn Crafts:

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Current Mood: Happy
11:44 pm
Do it yourself Holiday Ideas
I love giving and getting these for the holidays. Some of these of course are newer ideas, but some? It's what they used to do in the olden days:

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Current Mood: I Love making gifts for other people
Monday, November 24th, 2003
8:24 pm
Old time games
Battle of the Oranges:
Divide the kids into pairs. They will battle one pair at a time. Each warrior is armed with a tablespoon on which an orange is placed. At the "go" signal, they will try to knock the opponent's orange off the spoon, using only the one hand which hold the spoon and orange. The winner is the one left with their orange on the spoon!

Clothes Pins in the Bottle:
Place a milk bottle (or other jar with a small opening) on the ground or floor. Let each kid try dropping ten clothespins into the bottle. See who can make the best score. Note: Yes, you can still buy clothespins in the supply section of most grocery stores.

A large dining room table is perfect for this game. You will need a ping pong ball. Divide the children into teams. Each team takes an end of the table. The ball is placed at the center of the table. Both teams blow the ball with all their might, trying to blow it off the table at the end of belonging to the opposing team.
8:16 pm
These are great!
Old fashion taste, that I love!

Rolled Molasses Cookies


1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup light molasses
1 egg
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground allspice

Beat shortening, brown sugar, molasses, and egg in large bowl until blended; mix in remaining ingredients. Refrigerate dough 2 to 3 hours. Roll dough on floured surface to 1/4" thickness; cut into decorative shapes with 2 to 3 inch cookie cutters. Bake on greased cookie sheets until browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Frost with your favorite icing.
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