For a couple recipes that I’ve wanted to try I needed really ripe bananas, luckily I came across this great tip at Clean Green Simple! Take a look at the directions and great photos at that site, but the steps are simple, just bake the bananas at 300 degrees for an hour and done! Here are my ripened bananas:
Posted by woodlandrealm10 on March 11, 2014
My daughter recently asked me to make her a new hat, so she picked out the yarn, and I got started. I was going to make an earflap hat like I’ve done in the past, and I had it nearly finished, when I decided that she needed a different look, not only because she is growing up, but because spring is coming! So I took apart all my work and started from scratch. I made this pattern based on a conversation that I had on the train with another crocheter, and I LOVE how it turned out!
Ready for Spring Brimmed Hat
This pattern made a good hat for my almost eight year old.
Warning – I used VERY chunky yarn, and I crochet loosely.
Yarn Used: Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky Yarn
Hook Size: H hook
Round 1. Ch 4, join to form loop, ch 3, 11 dc in loop, join
Rounds 2 – 6. Ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch, *skip next dc, 3 dc in next dc* repeat from * to end, join at end.
Rounds 7 – 8. Ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch, *skip next two dc, 3 dc in next dc* repeat from * to end, join at end.
Round 9 – 10. Ch 1, sc in each st around, join at end
Round 11. Ch 2, dc in each st around, join at end
Here is where it gets tricky to make the slight bill/brim, bear with me…
Round 12. Ch 1, sc in next 22 st, in next st *3 dc, skip 1 stich* repeat from * 6 times, sc in remaining 22 st
Round 13. Slip stich in each sc to bill, work a sc in each dc stich, then slip stich the remainder around.
Weave ribbon through the double crochets from round 11, a tie the ends into a bow near the front
Posted by woodlandrealm10 on March 7, 2014
Meg has been talking about getting her ears pierced since she was five, not ready yet, but interested in the process. Around six, she told me that she wanted to get them done at eight years old, she knows her own mind, and has held to that decision for the last two years. This month she is turning eight, so we had a girls afternoon out to pierce her ears and spend the rest of her birthday money on earrings.
But then arrives the quandary of earring storage. Meg wants to use a pencil case, and all the mixed up earrings will just roll around in it, so I struck on this hopefully genius idea! I got a small sheet of Plastic Canvas, and cut it the size of the pencil case, then edged it with a contrasting yarn. Now it’s a an earring holder, inside the pencil case!
Here is a quick video of meg’s experience with new earrings:
Posted by woodlandrealm10 on March 6, 2014
Last year around this time I discovered a spiralizer to make zucchini noodles, and a great recipe for the sauce. Recently a coworker was telling me about a device he got to make even thinner noodles called a julienne peeler! I was all ready to try just zucchini again, but when researching the julienne peeler I got the idea to also do yellow squash and carrots from the Oh She Glows blog. So here is my very quick recipe:
Raw Noodles and Avocado Sauce
Peel zucchini, yellow squash, and carrots into thin noodles
Toss into a bullet blender:
The leftover bits of the zucchini
1/4 cup water
Little bit of lemon juice
Tiny amount of salt (optional)
A small handful of cashews (optional)
Blend sauce, then mix with the noodles. Tasty!!
Posted by woodlandrealm10 on March 5, 2014
-some extra yarn in my backpack from a project
-no project to work on during a 45 minute train ride
-and a cold draft rushing down my boots
Which birthed this quick/easy/messy pattern:
With 1st Color, ch 43, (or a ch that fits around you midcalf)
Round 1: dc in 3rd from hook, dc in back of each ch (there will be a ‘split’ at bottom)
Round 2: join 2nd color, slip st in very first dc, ch 3, dc in each dc around
Round 3-10: pick up next color, ch 2, dc in each dc around
(add more rows if needed, until the piece reaches your needs.)
Use a tapestry needed to weave in ends, and fix slit in the bottom.
Ch 100 or so, and weave the chain though the top to tie into a bow around your leg.
Posted by woodlandrealm10 on March 4, 2014
My fruit was getting bashed up in my backpack, simple solution, make a fruit cozy!
Start: Ch 4, join to form a loop
Round 1: ch 3, 9 dc in loop, join
Round 2: ch 2, 2 dc in each dc, join
Round 3: ch 2, 2 dc the 1 dc around, join
Round 4-6: ch 2, 1 dc in each dc, join
Round 7: slip st in each dc around
-to make it striped, switch colors at the beginning of each round.
Posted by woodlandrealm10 on February 27, 2014
My sad old pajama pants are finally too tattered to use, even after much patching. As I was trying to figure out how to reuse/recycle them I reazlied that I’ve really been wanting tight leg warmers, and the legs of these yoga pants are sturdy and tight! I cut them off around the knee, and sewed the inseam a little tighter, and… instant leg warmers! Yay for toasty legs in what our news is calling “artic blast winds”.
Posted by woodlandrealm10 on February 26, 2014
I’ve seen recipes for veggie burgers floating around, but they always look complex, or in all honesty, they have strange ingredients as to not sound appetizing. I came across this recipe in Parent’s Magazine, and although it was not vegan I made a few minor adjustments and yay! Amazingly delicious dinner!!
Veggie Burger & Fries
Makes 4 Patties
1 can black beans
½ cup rolled oats
3 tsps chili powder
1 tsp onion powder
¼ teaspoon paprika
1 TBLS minced garlic
Salt & black pepper to taste
1 TBLS cornstarch
water as needed
Whole Wheat Buns
1 Tomato, sliced
1 avocado, add lemon juice & salt to make guacamole
Coconut cooking spray
1. Place the beans, oats, seasonings, and cornstarch in a food processor and pulse until chunky but not pureed; if it seems dry or isn’t sticking together, add a little liquid a tablespoon at a time – you want a moist but not wet mixture. Let mixture rest in the fridge for a few minutes.
2. With wet hands, shape into patties; refrigerate for 15 to 20 minutes if your schedule permits.
3. Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium-high and spray oil to coat the bottom of the pan. When hot, add the patties and cook until nicely browned on one side, about 5 minutes; turn carefully and cook on the other side until firm and browned, about another 5 minutes.
4. Serve on Whole Wheat Buns with the usual burger fixings. I also usually serve these with my Roasted Wedge Fries recipe, however the photo is from a day that I did not have time to make them.
Posted by woodlandrealm10 on February 25, 2014
Megan had her first cavity last week, and apprehensively went to the dentist. Luckily the cavity was in a baby tooth, but she had her wakeup call – she MUST brush her teeth more often!
So I made her this sign, and hung it in the bathroom, it not only reminders her to brush her teeth, but it reminds me to ask and reminder her as well.
Download a printable version here: Teeth Sign PDF
Posted by woodlandrealm10 on February 20, 2014
As part of Fit & Prepared year for our family, we’ve planned for a long time to get bikes, which is a fun plan in theory, but I don’t know how to ride a bike. I was never allowed while growing up, because I distinctly remember being told that a car would hit me and I’d die.
As terrified as I am of this inevitable fate, I searched all the stores for a bike that would fit my small frame, I finally had to resort to a youth bike, and everyone agreed that was the best size for me. When it was finally time to learn I almost said never mind, no thank you, I’d like to keep my feet on the ground where they belong… but I’d worked so hard to get this bike… and I had to try… so, to see my progress watch the one minutes video of me below, the song choice is predictable but fitting.
If you are just learning to ride, or ready to teach someone, the best tip that I got from one of the bike shops is to coast at first. Simply push off with your toes, then let momentum carry you as far as you will go to learn balance, and practice catching yourself before you tip over. I did this off and on throughout my very intense hour and half lesson, and I believe that it helped a lot!
Posted by woodlandrealm10 on February 18, 2014
One thing I miss from my old eat-whatever-sounds-good life is my almost weekly trips to Buffalo Wild Wings! I ordered the same thing at every visit – twelve medium sauce chicken wings, and there is little else that made me so happy! Lately I’ve been craving some wings, however most ‘vegan wing recipes’ seem to always use tofu and BBQ Sauce, neither of which I enjoy.
When I came across this cauliflower recipe, I wondered if there was a copycat version of my favorite wing sauce on the web somewhere, I did quick search, and found what I was looking for! The amazing thing is that the recipe smells and tastes EXACTLY like the meal I so enjoyed in the past… you don’t miss the chicken at all! A hit for my whole family!
2 heads of cauliflower, do not wash
Cut the cauliflower into pieces.
Spread pieces out on two foil lined cookie sheets.
Bake at 400 for 30minutes.
Then set the oven to “high broil” and broil 2-3 more minutes, depending on how crispy you like it
Serve with your sauce for dipping.
I HIGHLY recommend viewing the original recipe here to see the rest of this awesome tasty website!: Chocolate Covered Katie
“Buffalo Wild Wings” Medium Wing Sauce Vegan
1 cup franks cayenne pepper original sauce (VERY IMPORTANT)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
2 TBLS water
1 TBLS cornstarch
Combine first seven ingredients.
Heat sauce over medium heat until boiling.
Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and allow it to cool for 10 minutes.
While the sauce cools, whisk cornstarch with 2 teaspoons water.
Drizzle the cornstarch mixture into the hot sauce mixture in a steady stream while rapidly whisking.
Cover the sauce and chill until ready to serve.
You can view the original non-vegan version of this fantastic recipe here: Buffalo Wild Wings Copycat
Posted by woodlandrealm10 on February 17, 2014
This summer I posted a pic of the view from my sewing machine overlooking the children’s garden. And while I was sewing this weekend I took this picture of my winter view…
Posted by woodlandrealm10 on February 11, 2014
When I buy digital scrapbooking supplies, they are usually on sale, because my favorite supplies are free ones…
-free supplies links-
New Free Item Each Week!
And you can download past weeks as far as a few months back!
They have a “Friday freebie” and many archived past freebies
They rarely have a new free kit, but when they do it’s beautiful!
And in the meantime, you can download all their past free kits!
Occasional new free items, and also archived past freebies
Occasional new free items, and a few archived past freebies
Requires a login, free to join. Occasional new free items, and many archived past freebies
A free kit for joining, other free items through a newsletter
Traci Reed Designs
A bunch of free downloads for joining, and other ‘free gifts’ through a newsletter
-cheap supplies links-
Once a month they offer $1 items at an online event they call the Pickle Barrel.
Sign up for their newsletter and you’ll always know when it’s Pickle Barrel time!!
Digital Scrapbook Place
They have a 99 cent item of the week, and good specials or freebies sometimes.
They have a few 99 cent items, and good specials sometimes.
The Daily Digi
And finally, the best in cheap scrapbooking kit supplier is The Daily Digi! For only $7.50 a month you get many high quality kits from designers that you may never have seen otherwise!
Even when money got tight I would not give up my Daily Digi membership.
My very last tip is to be signed up for the emailed newsletter of your favorite designers or websites in time for Digital Scrapbook Day in November!
I hope my guide helps bulk up your personal scrapbooking supplies, and the beauty of digital supplies is that you can use them over and over again in endless combinations!
Posted by woodlandrealm10 on February 4, 2014
As I mentioned yesterday, I saw an ‘free ad’ on craigslist for old unusable t-shirts and sweaters, the sweaters I’m turning into heavy braided rugs, and the worst stained shirts will end up with the same fate… …but some of the tshirts I’m repurposing as shopping bags.
I’m not sure where I saw this idea, but it stuck with me, and it’s quite simple. Follow the cutting example in the photo below, then sew up the bottom of the shirt, and done!
Posted by woodlandrealm10 on January 30, 2014