Saturday, January 30, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010

Another Recipe

~GASP~  Can you believe it? I am actually putting another recipe on here.  I know, I know.
I said I wouldn't do it again...but here it is.

I actually made this food item for some of my Christmas gifts! I stumbled across this recipe some time ago in an issue of Woman's Day and I tore it out. I thought hmmm, this might make a good gift for some of my male relatives.

And guess what? They loved it! It's great with pretzels! Hubby LOVES it! So I have made a few batches already. I am not too fond of it. A little on the warm side and I'm not a real fan of mustard. But more to you if you like this sort of thing. Also it was a little weird buying one of the ingredients at the store. We don't drink at our house so we don't buy alcohol. I know it mainly cooks out when you make things so I wasn't worried about using it - just worried about buying it!! I know it sounds weird - but I am just that way. I don't want people thinking that I bought it to drink it! Sorry just not me. But if you enjoy that sort of thing then you should have all the ingredients on hand!

So here it is »

Tangy Beer Mustard
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dry mustard
  • 1/4 cup whole mustard seeds
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 12 oz beer
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 large eggs
Whisk sugar, mustard, mustard seeds, flour and salt in a medium saucepan to combine. Whisk in beer and vinegar just until blended.
Let stand about 15 minutes until foam subsides, then whisk in eggs until blended.
Cook over medium-low heat. Whisking often - 10-12 minutes or until boiling. 
Reduce heat to low and, whisking constantly, simmer 1 to 2 minutes until mixture has thickened.
Pour into jars. Let stand until cool, then cover and refrigerate.

A few tricks I found out -
  • Dry mustard and Ground mustard are the SAME thing! Different manufacturers call it different things! What a way to confuse us noncooks out here!
  • I used a funnel to pour the mix into the jars - it looks nicer without messes on the sides but make sure you do the next step►
  • If you immediately pour the mustard mix into the jars after cooking it is easier then waiting for it to cool and thicken and then put it in the jars. Found this out the HARD way!!!
  • You can use nonalcoholic beer instead of regular beer - but it COST more! Sorry - I went the cheap way!!!
  • If you use the small canning jelly jars that are 8 oz. you can fill three of these with one recipe.
  • Researching mustard making I found out you can make it less tangy/not as tart/or as strong the longer you leave it out to cool. By sitting at room temperature it will weaken down some of the strength that occurred while cooking. But don't leave it out too long because it has eggs in it!!! If you want it HOT and SPICY then put it in the fridge as soon as you put it in the jars. The coolness of the fridge is what sets it up.
Hope you enjoy this EASY recipe from someone who doesn't cook very often.
If you try it out tell me what you think ♥

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Etsy Giveaway ♥♥

As most of you know I sell a few items on Etsy. I am having a blast making a few things and making a little profit to buy more things so I can make more things!! The cycle is endless! Thank you everyone who has visited my shop and purchased some stuff!

Well a few weeks ago I joined a Kansas Team that promotes Kansas Etsy sellers! I have made a few sales and getting more traffic to my site because of joining the team. I am really excited to be a part of a local group!

At the Kansas Etsy Team Blog they are having a giveaway! An 11 x 14 Barn Wood Frame!Go check them out and enter the giveaway - All details are listed on their blog. You have until January 30th!

photo curtesy of Kansas Etsy Team Blog
This 11 X 14 inch frame was hand built by Steve of Country Windows using wood purchased from a gentleman in Clay County, Kansas. The wood was originally from a barn owned by this man's father-in-law that was torn down over ten years ago. The barn was at least 90 years old at the time it was dismantled. The frame will accomodate an 11 X 14 picture or a smaller picture matted to an 11 X 14 size.

Go check out the blog and see the wonderful creations that Kansas crafters make!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cabin Fever

It is official. Little honey is going crazy being inside! School was cancelled last week because of the snow and below Zero temp. We can't go outside for longer than a few minutes. So we were a litte bored last week.

Nana had brought a High Five magazine to little honey (the preschool version of Highlights magazine if you didn't know).
We were reading it and found a recipe for Sweet-Smelling Play Dough. Little honey was excited to try it out. He love to play with play dough at school and he loves to cook with me so it was a win - win situation.
I have never made homemade playdough before. I had read about it and the recipes sounded easy - but had never ventured out to try it. It was pretty easy!
I'm sure you are wondering why it was called Sweet-Smelling. Well they added a pack of Kool-aid to the recipe.
Here it is -

Sweet-Smelling Play Dough

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 package of unsweetened drink mix
  • 2 tablespoons of Vegetable oil
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 4 teaspoons of cream of tarter

Kids can help with this - Mix together water, drink mix, and veg. oil in bowl. In sauce pan mix flour, salt and cream of tarter.Slowly add the liquid to the dry mix in the pan.
Adult - Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it looks like mashed potatoes. Remove the dough from the pot to cool.

When the dough is cool, knead it until it is smooth. This sweet-smelling dough will last a long time if you store it in an airtight container.

Well Little honey wanted yellow play dough and we did not have any lemonade kool-aid mix! I did find little lemonade packet that you add to water bottles. I put in 2 of those instead of kool-aid. Worked great for the smell. But it wasn't as yellow as little honey wanted so we added Yellow food coloring too!
Also it took about 3-4 hours for our playdough to harden up after it cooled. Maybe I didn't cook it enough? I dunno but it is great now!

The next day Little honey informed me that we don't have the right play dough tools to use! So off we went to Target! I remember before Christmas they had some kids kitchen utensils in the dollar bins and was hoping they were still there. NO.
Back to the toy section we went to see if Play-Doh had any tools. They have tons and they are expensive! Luckily little honey had money from Aunt A. to buy a Christmas gift. We spent about 20 minutes trying to decide which Play-Doh set he wanted. Of course it was the Pop corn set that doesn't have any extra tools in in. Just the snack and popcorn machine!

I also picked up a storage container to hold it all in. Little honey carried it around the whole store by himself!

The set came with Play-Doh so little honey has pushed the homemade version aside for now!! Go figure! I will have to make some other colors and maybe he will enjoy it again.

Have Fun trying this out!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Gifts I made...

Now that Christmas is over and I am finally updating my blog...I can share with you gifts that I made for my family. We still haven't celebrated with hubby's family yet so I am still getting a few gifts completed for that.
Very unhappy that I was ill for most of December. It just flew by.
Well here is the necklace and bracelet I made for my mom ~

Cute, huh? I found the idea on You Can Make This blog. It was super easy!
I also included some extra flower pins that she can wear seperately or with the necklace depending on her outfit. The red flower was made with ribbon that has wire in it. Just pull one side and tada - a flower! I added a silver bead in the middle to dress it up a bit. Hope you like it Mom.

These are the necklaces I made for my sis in law. She wears cute funky clothes and I hope these will match something in her closet! I added a turquise bead to the middle of the flower on the left.

I also made magnets out of the other flowers I made.

You just cut strips of fabric and wrap it around and then twist around a pencil - again found on the same blog. Super easy and cute! Hope you like them R, T, and mom!!

For little honey I made him these fabric napkins out of construction fabric that my best friend had sent my over the summer.

We have been using fabric napkins for a while now to be a little more green in our daliy lives and to save a little $$ and not buying as many paper napkins if any. I usually use paper when company is coming over.
Little honey gets a kick out of helping me set the table and I knew he would enjoy having his own set. We also found a fork and spoon set a Target in the Dollar bins that had construction equipment on the handle and they matched exactly with the napkins! Score momma!
He loves them both!!
It is hard to find something to sew for boys. There are a lot of cute fabrics - but not a lot of cute ideas. Everything is cute for girls!
BUT...I did stumble upon a new to me blog recently that had a VERY cute idea for a car cozy.
homemade by jill. She is the Tutorial Queen! I had so much fun with this ~

Isn't this the cutest idea?
It holds 6 Hot Wheel cars, or 8 Hot Wheel motorcycles! Yes we have that many!
But it doesn't hold the Big trucks very well.

She has wonderful instructions on her blog how to make this. You do need some sewing skills to make it like hers. But if you like to work with felt and fabric glue this could be done with little to no sewing skills.
I used a few different materials than she did - but I used what I had on hand and spent NO MONEY for this gift!! An old pair of daddy's jeans for the cover, left over green duck cloth for the inside, scrap of green plaid for the car on the front (that matched perfectly to the duck cloth!), scrap denim for the pocket, dark grey vinyl for the road and car tires, yellow felt and fabric paint I had around the house. This was my first time using freezer paper as a stencil! I think I did a pretty good job (just don't look too close at #1) I think it was the type of fabric paint I had - a cheap brand and it showed.
It was nice to have this when we went out to eat for New Year's. Just filled it with the cars and bikes that little honey picked out and then threw it in my purse. Instant car track at the table! Nothing better than that!

Well hope you enjoyed some of the items I made for Christmas. I still have a few to write about and will get them up soon!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Woo Hoo Target!!!

Look at what I found today while browsing the Sunday paper..

Yeah Target for jumping on board and giving money back for bringing in your own bags!!! WOO HOO!!!


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