Saturday, October 26, 2013

Clothes Pin Turkey


Cheap and easy turkey that you and the kiddies can make together.

Please - Be sure to watch kids closely if they are helping with this craft. Horror stories have been told to me, since I was a small child, about kids being stuck in the eye by metal clothes hangers. So you may want to have them paint individual clothes pins while you shape the hanger.


About 100 Wooden Clothes Pins (Dollar Tree sells them)
1 Metal Clothes Hanger (I used a small pant hanger)
Several different colors of paint (spray paint, finger paints, water color, acrylics, etc. Whatever you have on hand.)


Using kid's safe paint, have children paint individual clothes pins and allow to dry.


First, wrap the hook around itself to make a circle. Pull the bottom of your hanger until it is in the shape of a diamond. Next, shape into a triangle with equal sides. 
Now, round off the left and right sides; it will look like a circle with a flat side. 
Push hook towards the center of the flat side.
Place pins all around metal hanger. On the flat side, I have all mine standing up except for two  This was done to help it stand the way I wanted. On the front, where the hook is, I placed all my pins upside down to fill in the open area.
Next, using different colors of spray paint, I painted the darkest color at the bottom and layered lighter colors to the top. After allowing it to dry, I used pliers and shaped the hook into a triangle to serve as my turkey's head.
I used mine as a centerpiece holder for table decoration. I plan to will use it to hold my bread basket at Thanksgiving to add a festive touch.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Simple Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe


1 Steam in bag Broccoli
1 can of Progresso 3 Cheese Recipe Starter
1 can of milk
1 can of whole milk
1 can of water
1 8oz. bag of Mild Cheddar Cheese
1 stick of Butter
1 Onion (diced)
Garlic Salt and fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste.

Cook broccoli according to directions.

In a large pot, melt butter. Toss onions into butter and cook until caramelized. Pour broccoli in with onions and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in garlic salt and black pepper. Pour in Progresso, canned milk, whole milk and water. Stir constantly. Bring to a boil. Allow to boil for 20 minutes, then stir in cheese. Continue to cook for 10 more minutes and allow to cool before serving.

If you have large pieces of broccoli in the soup, you can use a potato masher to cut them. Please make sure you have allowed the soup to cool before doing so.

This recipe does not call for flour or any other thickener; it will thicken without it.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Upcycling With Rope and Twine

Update old, faded or everyday things into something new. Here are just a few things you can renew with rope or twine and hot glue.
  • Sauce or Mason Jars
  • Flower Pots
  • Wine or Oil Bottles
  • Soup Cans
  • Shoe Boxes
  • Medicine Bottles
  • Picture Frames and Framed Mirrors
  • Foam Wreath
  • Bed Post and Headboard
  • Shelves
  • Out Dated Bowls
  • Plastic Vases
  • Old Baskets
  • Light Bulbs

Monday, October 14, 2013

Easy, Inexpensive Stackable Snowman

This Snowman is so cute and simple to make. Those of you who are artists with enamel paint can go wild with these little guys. As you can see, I'm no da Vinci, but the great part about this craft is you don't have to be to make something really fun.

All you need is three covered candy dishes from your local dollar tree and some enamel paint. Remove the lids from two of the candy dishes and stack. Using your enamel paint, color in his face, hat and buttons. What could be easier than that?

Now, you will want your paint to air dry. The manufacturer usually recommend 21 days of air drying for the paint to set up. So get on this craft soon, so it will be ready to use by the holidays.

Place at a hot drink station with mini marshmallow, sugar and powdered creamer. Use it as a table centerpiece, filling each section with a different nut or mint. Buy several and allow children to paint their own.

Here's something fun to do with this little snowman. Place marshmallows in one section, fun sized chocolates in another, and finally, graham crackers in another, for a Smores party.

If you give these as gifts, I would suggest using the lids on all and allowing the receiver to stack it themselves.

Let your imagination run wild.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Venison Chili


Venison  Chili


1 lb of Ground Venison
1 container of Knorr Beef Stock
1 Beef bullion cube
1 envelope of Chili Seasoning
1 heaping Tbls of Minced Garlic
1 Tbls of McCormick Grill Mates Chipotle Pepper Marinade
1 tsp of Chili Powder
2 cans of Pinto Beans (drained)
2 cans of Kidney Beans (drained)
1 can of Hunts Roasted Tomatoes
1 can of diced Tomatoes with Chili Peppers added - Rotel or Rold Gold
Black Pepper to taste

(The stock and bullion steps can be illuminated if substituting beef for venison.)

In a large pot, brown Venison, then add beef stock.

Break up bullion cube and sprinkle over meat.   Mix well.

Pour in chili seasoning and stir. Now the dry seasoning may begin to stick to the bottom of your pot, pour in 1/2 cup of water and stir; making sure to get any seasoning off the bottom.

After the water cooks out of the meat mixture, pour in both cans of tomatoes and stir.

Drop in minced garlic and chipotle pepper; stir well.

Allow tomatoes to cook about 3 minutes, then add cans of beans. While stirring, drop in chili powder and black pepper. This chili is rather thick so you must constantly stir. Bring it to come to a boil and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Treating a Bee Sting

Of course this tip is for anyone Not Allergic to bees.
With fall coming on, you may have notice a lot of yellow jackets swarming about. If you're unfortunate enough to find yourself on the wrong end of one of them, or any other bee, try this trick. Simply tape a penny to the effected area, leave on over night, and the next morning, the swelling should be completely gone. 

Trick to Keep Pots From Boiling Over

Quick tip:  Place a wooden spoon across the top of a pot to keep food from boiling over. Crazy but it works.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Another Cleaning Miracle From Magic Eraser and Dawn

The easiest way ever to clean baked on grease. The proof is in the photos.

This first step is all pretreating; no cleaning. Pour Dawn on a dry paper towel and rub it on the effected area. Make sure the entire area is well coated with detergent. Allow to sit for 15 minutes.

Next, heat your Magic Eraser by running it under hot water. Squeeze out excess water. Now, begin rubbing the area you treated earlier. You will have to rinse your sponge often using hot water. When you've cleaned the entire area of grease, wipe down with a dry cloth.

Viola, you're done.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Deep South Pickled Snacks

As a small child, I remember going into local convenience stores and seeing huge jars full of these tasty, hot treats. You would buy them by the piece; one egg or a few sausages for a few cents. Hard to imagine that anyone would want to do that now. I sure as heck wouldn't. The thought of who was fishing those items out and how, would gross me out. I have seen, in a few places, where you can buy these large jars, but who wants to do that? They would go to waste in my house.

To my delight, my hubby, my better half, came across this simple recipe and his nostalgia kicked in. He was quickly searching for the ingredients and put them to use. "Honey, do we have . . .," I heard several times but it was well worth the bother and cleanup. Before I knew it, he had these jars made and I was waiting for these mouthwatering snacks to pickle.


4 Cups of Water
2 Tbsp. of Salt
2 Tbsp. of Hot Sauce
4 Cups of White Vinegar
10 Drops of Red Food Coloring
Large Pkg. of Smoked Cocktail Beef Sausages
1 Dozen Boiled and Peeled Eggs
Jars and lids (I like the wide mouth for eggs.)
In a large pot, combine water, salt, vinegar, hot sauce and food coloring.  Allow to boil for 10 minutes. This will make enough to fill 4 quart jars.
Pack a jar with sausages and another with eggs. Depending on the size of the eggs and the amount of sausages you buy will determine the number of jars you will need.
Pour the hot liquid over the items in your jars. Fill jars to about a quarter of an inch from the top. Seal and allow to cool, then refrigerate. Allow items to refrigerate for 5 days before serving.