Thursday, June 30, 2011

Chinet Paper

Great site for recipes and crafts check out mychinet.com


Paper napkin Folding charts


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Secrets

Friday, June 24, 2011

Honey and Mustard Recipes






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Ingredients
4 bacon strips, diced
2 cups honey-Dijon mustard
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon cider or red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
1/4 cup honey
Torn salad greens or fresh spinach

Directions
In a skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Drain, reserving 3 tablespoons drippings; set bacon aside.
To the drippings, add Dijon mustard, sugar, orange juice, vinegar and ground mustard; bring to a boil.
Stir in honey and bacon.
Serve warm over salad greens or spinach. Refrigerate leftovers; reheat before serving. Yield: about 2 cups.



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Ingredients:

1/2 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons water
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup prepared mustard (Dijon or other*)
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
dash of black pepper

Instructions:
1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until well-mixed. Or, place ingredients into
dressing bottle/jar, seal with tight-fitting lid, and shake to combine. A glass pint jar with a screw-on lid works well for this recipe!











Monday, June 20, 2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Rag Rug Tutorial


I have a friend who makes these.
I have tried but it takes strong hands to get it done.
She uses old sheets.
Found this easy tutorial and wanted to share.
Tutorial found HERE


Monday, June 13, 2011

Car Emergency Kit List

FOOD & WATER
(4) ER Food Bars
(12) ER Water Boxes w/ Straws
(10) ER Water Purification Tablets

SHELTER
(4) ER Emergency Blankets
(4) ER Ponchos With Hood
(1) ER Emergency Tent

LIGHTING & COMMUNICATION
(1) ER Solar / Hand-Crank Powered Light, Radio, & Cell Phone Charger
(4) ER Out-of-State Contact Cards
(3) ER Green Lightsticks
(1) ER Yellow Lightsticks
(1) Medium Sized First Aid Kit

SEARCH & RESCUE
(1) Safety Whistle
(4) Dust Masks
(1) Pair Vinyl Gloves
(1) Pair Work Gloves
(1) Multi-funcation Swiss Army Style Knife
(1) ER™ Survival Guide

SANITATION
(4) Tissue packs

PACKAGING
(1) ER Backpack

Basic Emergency Supply Kit List

http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/index.html

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days. In addition, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer.

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:
Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
Flashlight and extra batteries
First aid kit
Whistle to signal for help
Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
Local maps
Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:
Prescription medications and glasses
Infant formula and diapers
Pet food and extra water for your pet
Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
Cash or traveler's checks and change
Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. You can use the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) - PDF, 277Kb) developed by Operation Hope, FEMA and Citizen Corps to help you organize your information.
Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from www.ready.gov.
Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
Fire Extinguisher
Matches in a waterproof container
Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
Paper and pencil
Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

DAD

Happy Father's Day! Sunday, June 16th is Dad's special day. This page is dedicated to Dad! There are ideas for gifts to make, activities to plan.



Family Key Keeper
Help Dad (and everyone else) keep track of his keys by making him this great personalized key keeper! You'll need a 2 1/2 by 12" pine board, some wooden paint stirrers (or flat wooden spoons), 2 picture hangers, markers, glue, yarn and some screw-in hooks.
Attach the picture hangers to the back of your board so that Dad can hang his key keeper. Now, decorate the stirrers (or spoons), so that each one resembles a member of your family. You can use the yarn for hair, and decorate with things like googly eyes, buttons, pieces of felt, and whatever else you can think of! Glue the handle of each spoon to the back of the board, so that each "family member" is spaced evenly apart.
When the glue is dry, screw a hook into the board below each family member. Now, your key keeper is ready for use!


Special Key Chain
This makes a great gift, and is both fun and easy! You'll need a clean meat tray, permanent markers (Sharpies work great!), and a key ring. Cut the curved sides off the tray. Now use the markers to make a special design, or message for Dad. Make a hole in the tray close to the edge.
Place the tray on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil and place in oven at low temperature for 2- 5 minutes. Keep an eye on it! As the meat tray heats up, it will shrink and get hard.
Allow to cool and add your key ring! A perfect gift for Dad!

Scented Soaps for Dad
Pour Ivory Snow into a mixing bowl and add water until the mixture is a stiff bread-dough consistency. Knead in some food coloring and add a few drops of men's cologne. Pinch off a small piece of the mixture and shape into a ball. Repeat the process until all the soap mixture has been used. Allow the balls to dry for about four days. To give as a gift, place the balls into a clear plastic cup. Wrap with colored tissue paper and tie with a contrasting color ribbon. Add an original gift tag to complete the package!
Dad's Cookie Jar
Or, make it a muffin, or candy jar! Just take an empty jar or coffee can- (make sure there are no sharp edges!). Wrap your container with construction paper and decorate with markers, fabric, paper cutouts, sequins, etc.
Now, make a batch of Dad's favorite cookies or other goodies. Line your container with colored tissue paper and fill!

Windchimes for Dad
Make a wonderful windchime mobile for Dad out of some of his favorite things- screws, nuts, and bolts! You can use a hanger or a piece of wood for your base, and then hang a variety of screws, washers, nuts, bolts, etc with string or fishing wire!
Hang the strings close together so that a slight breeze will make music!

Necktie Cake
Give Dad a necktie that he'll really enjoy this Father's Day! One he can sink his teeth into! Mix up a cake mix following the package directions. Now pour batter into 1 cupcake holder, and the remainder into a rectangular pan. Bake according to directions, and allow to cool.
Remove the cake from the pan, and cut in half lengthwise. Lay the pieces end to end on cardboard, or a cookie sheet. Place the cupcake at one end of the cake. Cut the other end of the cake into a V-shape. Now frost the cake and decorate with M & Ms or other goodies to look like a tie!

Personalized Baseball Cap

Dad's love hats, and yours is sure to especially love this one! Start with a plain white or tan baseball hat. Use fabric paints or permanent felt tip markers (be careful!) to write or draw on the hat. You can also pin things on the hat that are special to your Dad- maybe a golf tee, a baseball ticket stub, fishing lures, or a picture of you!
Footprint Craft & Poem
This is a very popular and special craft to make for Dad. Just trace your child's footprints on construction paper and cut out. Then either write on the footprint, or on paper the following poem:
"Walk a little slower Daddy" said a child so small,

"I'm following in your footsteps and I don't want to fall.
Sometimes your steps are very fast,
Sometimes they're hard to see;
So walk a little slower, Daddy,
For you are leading me.
Someday when I'm all grown up,
You're what I want to be;
Then I will have a little child
Who'll want to follow me.
And I would want to lead just right,
And know that I was true,
So walk a little slower, Daddy,
For I must follow you."
author unknown)

Terrific T-shirts
Won't Dad be proud to sport this "hand-some" t-shirt? Take a plain white t-shirt in Dad's size, and put a piece of cardboard or folded newspaper inside of it to make it a smooth surface. Now tape or pin a sheet of construction paper over the center front of the shirt.
Pour several colors of fabric paints into various pie pans, or similar containers. Now press your child's hand into one of the colors and make handprints randomly on the front of the shirt. Repeat this process with other colors of paint.
When the paints have dried, remove the construction paper from the shirt, and use a squeeze bottle of fabric paint to write "The Best Dad- Hands Down!" in the open space. Allow the paint to dry for a day or two.


Miniature Backyard Golf!
Here's a fun game the whole family can enjoy on Father's Day! Part of the fun is being creative, and setting up your special "course"! You can play inside or outside!
You can make the "holes" by collecting cans or pails and setting them on their side. You can add a little Ziplock bag of sand or dirt to make them stay put. Make obstacles using furniture, toys, or cardboard boxes with holes cut in them.
No golf equipment? Use baseball bats, broomsticks or cardboard tubes for clubs and ping-pong balls or even plums or apricots in lieu of golf balls!

Father's Day Book
Help your little one make a meaningful Father's Day gift that Dad will treasure! Decorate the front of your book to look like a dress shirt! You'll need a 12" x 18" piece of construction paper and some white copy paper cut down to 7" x 9".
Fold the construction paper in half to make a 12" x 9" card, with the fold on the top. Now cut a 4" slit on both sides of the card about an inch down and parallel to the fold. Take the resulting flaps and fold them down diagonally to make the "collar" for the shirt. Glue the ends to the card securely.
Now, use crayons, markers or fabric pieces to make the rest of your shirt design. You can use construction paper or fabric to make a tie or a pocket. (include a tissue in the pocket!) Draw stripes or polka dots.
Next, staple a few 7" x 9" sheets of paper between the covers of your book. On the front page write "I love my Dad because..." and draw a picture of you & Dad. On each of the following pages, illustrate special things about Dad and draw or cut out magazine pictures that depict activities that you enjoy doing with Dad.


A Handful of Love for Dad
This is an easy handmade card project! You need red construction paper and white copy paper. First, trace your child's hand twice on the red paper. Cut out the hand shapes and set aside.
Cut out a red heart out of the construction paper, and a smaller heart out of the white copy paper. On the white heart, draw a self-portrait and write "ME" along with your Happy Father's Day message. Glue the white heart to the middle of the red heart.
Now staple the hand cutouts to the top of the heart so that the fingers intertwine and cover the picture. On the top hand write "Look inside so you can see." Then on the second hand cutout write "Who loves you best. Of course it is...". When Dad opens it up, he'll see "ME!"

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Plastic Bag Yarn


.myrecycledbags Photo Instructions

Instructions for cutting plastic bags & creating recycled plastic yarn

This process is a great way to recycle those old plastic bags into something useful. You can crochet or knit a cool tote bag similar to reusable promotional tote bags that are sold.
• Cutting
Lay recycled bag out flat
Fold in half lengthwise then fold in half again
Cut off top handles
Cut bag in strips about 1 inch wide or as desired
Set aside the end of bag where bottom edge was glued. The ends and the handles can be recycled either as stuffing for other projects, packing material for shipping, or taken to your local recycling bin for plastic bags.

• Tying strips together
Take two strips and inter-twine together
Gently pull on ends to knot two strips together
Connect next strip to last strip in the same manner
Continue connecting strips until you have a large ball of plastic “yarn”


Tips:
Pull ends evenly to create a smooth and flat strip.
If you find your strip doesn’t lie flat between knots, you didn’t pull
evenly which creates a bunched strip. Just make sure your strip is
even before you pull your knot tight between the two connected
strips. To fix a bunched strip, just loosen your knot between the strips
then pull on the ends again to make your strip flat and smooth.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Snow Peas


Snow Peas, Edible Podded Peas, and Sugar Snaps
Description - The pods of snow peas are flat and thin with the bulge of the tiny seed barely visible at prime eating stage.
The bright green pods should be turgid and crisp. They contain five to seven seeds and reach a length of two to three
inches. The pods of sugar snaps are plump like regular English peas but are sweet and tender, thus eaten whole
without being shelled, eaten raw or cooked. The vigorous growing vine is a legume.
Culture - Plant six to eight weeks before the last expected spring killing frost. Peas grow best in well-drained sandy soil.
Plant seed in single rows about one inch deep with seed spaced about five inches apart. Trellis the plants to support
the vines and keep pods from touching the soil. Maintain good soil moisture during bloom, pod set and pod fill for
tenderest, sweetest pods.
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Stir-fry snow peas
Serves 2 to 4
Ingredients:
8 - 10 ounces snow peas
1 tablespoon canola, olive, or peanut oil, or as needed
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 - 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce (such as Kikkoman), to taste
Preparation:
Rinse the snow peas and trim the ends.
Heat the oil in a preheated wok or skillet on medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the finely chopped garlic. Stir-fry briefly until it is aromatic, then add the snow peas and salt.
Stir-fry briefly, then add the soy sauce. Stir-fry for another minute and serve. (Total stir-frying time for snow peas is about 2 minutes.)
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Chicken with snow peas
serves 3 - 4.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes
Ingredients:
3/4 chicken meat (boneless, skinless chicken breasts are good)
Marinade:
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
1/2 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
Sauce:
1/3 cup water
1 1/2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
Other:
6 - 8 ounces snow peas (mangetout)
1/4 -1/2 teaspoon salt, as desired
peanut or vegetable oil (canola is good) for blanching the chicken and stir-frying
Preparation:
1. Cut the chicken meat into large cubes. Add the marinade ingredients, adding the cornstarch last.
Marinate the chicken for 20 - 30 minutes.
2. While the chicken is marinating, prepare the sauce and ingredients. In a small bowl, combine the
sauce ingredients, whisking in the cornstarch. String the snow peas, rinse and pat dry with paper towels.
3. Heat the wok and add 1 1/2 cups oil. When the oil is hot, add the chicken cubes. Blanch in the hot oil for
about 30 seconds, using a spatula or long cooking chopsticks to separate the chicken cubes.
Remove the chicken cubes and drain.
4. Remove all but 2 tablespoons oil from the wok. Add the salt. Add the snow peas. Stir-fry until the snow peas turn bright green (about 2 minutes).
5. Add the chicken back into the pan. Give the sauce a quick re-stir and add in the middle of the wok, stirring quickly to thicken. When the sauce thickens, mix everything together. Heat through and serve hot.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Filet Crochet Courtship

courtship
Introduction Instructions

Starting at bottom of pattern chain 244. Chain 3 to turn which will count as first double crochet of first row. Double crochet in 5th chain from hook. Double crochet in next 2 chains to complete bottom right solid square of pattern. Continue following pattern for first row reading pattern right to left. After completing first row, chain 3 to turn to start next row. Continue following pattern until all rows are complete. At end of row 66 fasten off. (See "How to read pattern" below)

MATERIALS:
Crochet Cotton no. 5: about 684 yds, steel crochet hook US size 4 or SIZE FOR GAUGE.
Crochet Cotton no. 10: about 609 yds, steel crochet hook US size 7 or SIZE FOR GAUGE.
Crochet Cotton no. 20: about 572 yds, steel crochet hook US size 9 or SIZE FOR GAUGE.
Crochet Cotton no. 30: about 535 yds, steel crochet hook US size 11 or SIZE FOR GAUGE.
Fingering/Baby Weight: about 1336 yds, steel crochet hook US size F or SIZE FOR GAUGE.
Sport Weight: about 1550 yds, steel crochet hook US size G or SIZE FOR GAUGE.
Worsted Weight: about 1764 yds, steel crochet hook US size I or SIZE FOR GAUGE.

APPROXIMATE FINISHED SIZES:
Crochet Cotton size 5: width = 22.4 inches, height = 20.9 inches
Crochet Cotton size 10: width = 18.6 inches, height = 16.5 inches
Crochet Cotton size 20: width = 17.8 inches, height = 15.8 inches
Crochet Cotton size 30: width = 17.0 inches, height = 15.2 inches
Fingering/Baby Weight: width = 56.7 inches, height = 47.5 inches
Sport Weight: width = 64.8 inches, height = 54.1 inches
Worsted Weight: width = 72.9 inches, height = 60.7 inches

GAUGE:
Crochet Cotton size 5: 10 squares = 2.8 inches, 10 rows = 3.2 inches
Crochet Cotton size 10: 10 squares = 2.3 inches, 10 rows = 2.5 inches
Crochet Cotton size 20: 10 squares = 2.2 inches, 10 rows = 2.4 inches
Crochet Cotton size 30: 10 squares = 2.1 inches, 10 rows = 2.3 inches
Fingering/Baby Weight: 10 squares = 7.0 inches, 10 rows = 7.2 inches
Sport Weight: 10 squares = 8.0 inches, 10 rows = 8.2 inches
Worsted Weight: 10 squares = 9.0 inches, 10 rows = 9.2 inches

Courtship
Courtship Instructions
Starting at bottom of pattern chain 205. Chain 3 to turn which will count as first double crochet of first row. Double crochet in 5th chain from hook. Double crochet in next 2 chains to complete bottom right solid square of pattern. Continue following pattern for first row reading pattern right to left. After completing first row, chain 3 to turn to start next row. Continue following pattern until all rows are complete. At end of row 59 fasten off. (See "How to read pattern" below)
MATERIALS (based on crochet cotton size):
Crochet Cotton no. 5: about 514 yds, steel crochet hook US size 4 or SIZE FOR GAUGE.
Crochet Cotton no. 10: about 457 yds, steel crochet hook US size 7 or SIZE FOR GAUGE.
Crochet Cotton no. 20: about 429 yds, steel crochet hook US size 9 or SIZE FOR GAUGE.
Crochet Cotton no. 30: about 401 yds, steel crochet hook US size 11 or SIZE FOR GAUGE.
Fingering/Baby Weight: about 1003 yds, steel crochet hook US size F or SIZE FOR GAUGE.
Sport Weight: about 1163 yds, steel crochet hook US size G or SIZE FOR GAUGE.
Worsted Weight: about 1324 yds. steel crochet hook US size I or SIZE FOR GAUGE.
APPROXIMATE FINISHED SIZES:
Crochet Cotton size 5: width = 18.8 inches, height = 18.7 inches
Crochet Cotton size 10: width = 15.6 inches, height = 14.8 inches
Crochet Cotton size 20: width = 15.0 inches, height = 14.2 inches
Crochet Cotton size 30: width = 14.3 inches, height = 13.6 inches
Fingering/Baby Weight: width = 47.6 inches, height = 42.5 inches
Sport Weight: width = 54.4 inches, height = 48.4 inches
Worsted Weight: width = 61.2 inches, height = 54.3 inches
GAUGE:
Crochet Cotton size 5: 10 squares = 2.8 inches, 10 rows = 3.2 inches
Crochet Cotton size 10: 10 squares = 2.3 inches, 10 rows = 2.5 inches
Crochet Cotton size 20: 10 squares = 2.2 inches, 10 rows = 2.4 inches
Crochet Cotton size 30: 10 squares = 2.1 inches, 10 rows = 2.3 inches
Fingering/Baby Weight: 10 squares = 7.0 inches. 10 rows = 7.2 inches
Sport Weight: 10 squares = 8.0 inches, 10 rows = 8.2 inches
Worsted Weight: 10 squares = 9.0 inches, 10 rows = 9.2 inches
HOW TO READ PATTERN:
Each solid square is equal to 4 double crochets. Each open square is equal to 1 double crochet, followed by 2 chains, followed by 1 double crochet. The double crochet at the end of each square also counts as the first double crochet of the next square. For example, a solid square followed by an open square is 4 double crochets, 2 chains, 1 double crochet.
--runner
The chart for this table runner was designed by a male crochet designer,
Hugo Kirchmaier, in the year 1919.




Thursday, June 2, 2011

Plans to build a wishing well For your Garden


Found this cute wishing well project while surfing this am.
Instructions and Plans  may be found,
Also a great picnic table set of instructions