My First attempt at making a GLUTEN FREE Birthday cake!
Someone I love was recently diagnosed with Celiac's Disease. I was in denial at first. Allergic to Gluten and Wheat!?! I could hardly believe it. But now I am facing the facts and enjoying the adventure of making things gluten free around my house. Wish me luck! I will need it.
Silver Airplane cake with marshmallow fondant and butter cream frosting!
Fresh...delicious...colorful...delightfully home grown garden veggies.
After having my fourth child 2 months ago, I thought I wouldn't ever see my own veggies grow to maturity. By some miracle they survived and I eat the tasty vegetables each day. My body has been craving the important vitamins in these organic garden veggies.
Years ago, my Aunt Mary created a stunning centerpiece on her table by using garden carrots. What a creative idea! I have always loved the way the carrot stems flop and are so beautiful, not to mention the eye-catching vibrant orange color. This centerpiece would add such charm to an Easter Party wouldn't it?
Sometimes a simple centerpiece makes a BIG statement.
I found a cheep way to store and prolong the life of my garden fresh Walla Walla onions.
You got it!.........Pantyhose! No kidding. I purchased bran new hose at Walmart for $1.00 and cut the legs apart. After inserting each onion I tied a knot so the onions wouldn't touch each other. I don't want them to spoil each other by touching. I tied a loop knot at the top and suspended the onions in my basement food storage room. It is a moderately dry area to store my onions. I really want them to last!
Ahh...no more onions sitting on my counter.
This variety of onion will only keep stored this way for a few weeks,
but hey... It beats eating 30hugeonions in one day right?
Hanging the onions separately and not on a surface allows for air to circulate through the onions.
Now, whenever I am cooking with onions, I cut the hose right below the end of a knot and I have a delicious home grown onion ready to eat!
I was in need of summer shirts, so I went to my closet and thought hum...which one of these beauties needs a bit of refashioning?
You guessed it...this baby! Out came this scissors and the sewing machine.
I placed a shirt on top of the blouse to be refashioned as my guide for the sleeve cut. Then I cut an inch below that line to insure adequate material for the hem on the sleeve. The first cut is always the hardest. ONCE that is over...the fun begins!
I ironed the sleeves under a couple times and then sewed a nice straight hem stitch.
All ready to go!
Now, a usable summer blouse for those not so cold days!
Here are some snapshots of flowers and shrubs that are displaying their beauty this month in my yard. Oh, how I love flowers. Each plant and blossom finds a way to my heart and energizes my soul! What would I do without natures beauty. I see the hand of God in all that nature has to offer.
Georgia Blue Speedwell rockcress
Variegated Dogwood Bush & White random flower
Yellow Water Iris
Variegated Dogwood Bush
I am thankful for plants and the beauty they provide to this Earth.
I had this darling shirt for my little girl and I wanted to remove the peace sign.
After unpicking the peace sign I was ready to attach a fabric flower in its place.
Using a needle and thread, I hand sewed the lacy flower onto the shirt. To make the flower, I layered circles of silk on top of each other and burned the edges with a candle flame. The flame singes the circular edges and makes a beautiful ruffle edged flower.
My daughter loves this sweet shirt and the frilly flower.
I had a spring blossom tree I used each year as a Spring table decoration. The blossoms were falling off and I thought some of the twigs still looked good, so I used wire cutters and cut off each of the twigs to use in a wreath. The white blossoms made a perfect base for a Spring wreath.
The green stem above is what is left over from the tree and it went in the garbage. All the beautiful blossoms were reused in the wreath. I believe in the 3 R's.....so..... I reduced, reused, and recycled most of the spring tree decoration.
After wrapping each twig around the others I added a small twig of orange berries I had stashed in a box to give it a little spring color. Then I grabbed the only orange ribbon I own and tied a bow. Simple, yet perfect for spring.
My wreaths scratch my front door when it is opened or the wind blows. So for the last 3 years I have just dealt with it and took my wreath off every time the wind blew. Then it dawned on me that I could solve the problem!
I cut a felt circle and removed the center then glued it on the back of my wreath.
It took a matter of 15 minutes and I could have done it years ago. What was I thinking?
Blue wasn't my first choice of felt color but that is what I had on hand so I use it and it is not noticeable from the front of the wreath.