Finding Your Crafting Niche

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Finding Your Crafting Niche

 

 

Finding Your Crafting Niche
Craft Projects

 

I guess I have always been one of those people that likes DIY projects, I can remember back to childhood when my brothers, which I had 4 & was in the middle of them, would did “Fox Holes” when playing Army making our DIY battle field, or we will build our own “Tree House.”  I would even rake up leaves to form them into the outline of a house.  So “Finding Your Crafting Niche,” might have been something you started way back when.

 

How many of you remember playing with “Paper Dolls?”  I had tons of them, being the only girl I had to play girly things by myself a lot of the time, my all time favorite paper dolls was the “Lennon Sisters.”  As I got into my junior high years in school I started Home Economics Class & there I learned how to sew, something I carried on for years, making my children’s clothes and lots of my own, so I guess Craftiness has been a huge part of my life.

 

Finding Your Crafting Niche
Lennon Sisters Paper Dolls

 

So of course this Christmas when my daughter bought me the Cricut Explore Air I delved into another area of craft, I have to tell you there is just so much you can do with the Cricut, I have only experimented with a small portion of all you can do with the Cricut. If you are at all interested in making your own sayings on shirts this is the way to go and so much information on the Internet, tutorials, youtubes and podcasts, that there isn’t an excuse not to learn how to make those personalized vinyl projects.

You will find a number of the crafts I have made using the Cricut, but also other crafts using polymesh, a hot glue gun and fabric.  Check out some of the other blog post with the crafts I have completed.  I have to say one of my favorites is the Pop-Up Box Cards, I just think they are so unique and so easy to make and personalize.

Now if you want to get started with crafts using the Cricut let me direct you to what you need to get started!!!

Obviously you will need:

  • Cricut Machine:  Click on the link at the top of this page and you will find a machine of your choice.
  • Cricut Tool Set:  Comes in very handy for your vinyl projects, there are tool sets that you can buy in hardward store that will work too, but this set is really nice. 
  • Cricut Cutting Mats:  There are Standard and Light Grip and in different sizes. (6 X 12″, 12 X 12″ or 12 X 24″).
  • Cricut Vinyl:  This doesn’t have to be Cricut Vinyl specifically, but there are so many sites that have vinyl for sale or of course your craft stores, Michaels, Joann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, plus vinyl stores online.
  • Going online and starting with the Cricut Design Center and using the Access program to make your first project will give you a good taste of how the Cricut works.  And once you get hooked on using the Cricut you can always sign up for a year Cricut Access where you will find fonts, images & projects.  

Any questions, please leave them in my comment section.  If you are looking to buy a Cricut or Access check out the links here on my blog.  Enjoy “Finding Your Crafting Niche.”

Vinyl Online: https://expressionsvinyl.com

Learning the Cricut:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RBM1TUNzuY

 

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Growing A Successful Garden

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Growing A Successful Garden

 

 

Growing A Successful Garden
Growing A Successful Garden

 

“Growing A Successful Garden,” starts with a strong foundation.

 

The condition of your soil all depends on getting the soil ready, eliminating weeds and spending time getting your soil in the best condition. Time spent in preparing your soil reduces the time you will spend throughout the course of the growing season!  It also will produce healthy nutritious vegetables!

Soil Textures:  Sand, Silt and Clay.

  1. Sandy soil feels gritty, it tends to be nutrient poor and low in beneficial microbes and organic matter that plants thrive on.
  2. Silty soil feels smooth like talcum powder.  It is dense and does not drain well and is more fertile than sandy or clay soil.
  3. Clay soil feels harsh when dry and slippery and stick when wet.
  4. Most soils fall in between one of these soils.

Soil Fixes:

  • Sandy soil can be improved by adding organic material – well-rotted livestock compost, used wood chips, leaves, hay, straw, peat moss or sawdust.  Applying 2″ layers of the organic material each year will make for better soil.
  • Silty soil can can be improved by adding coarse sand (not beach sand) or compost.  Add an inch of organic matter each year.
  • Clay soils will be improved by adding 2-3″ of organic matter worked into it.  Add compost, coarse sand (not beach sand), and peat moss.  Applying 1″ of organic matter each year can only improve it.

Good Soil Amendments:

  • Bark – made from tree bards are good for improving soil structure.
  • Compost – excellent for soil.
  • Manure – well-rotted livestock manure.
  • Leaf Mold – decomposed leaves.
  • Lime – raises the pH of acid in soil, also helps loosen clay soil.
  • Peat Moss – helps retain water.
  • Sand – improves drainage in clay soil.
  • Mulch – Organic (straw, hay, grass clippings, shredded bark) insulates the soil from extreme heat and cold.

Plants need air just as humans!  That makes me think of when my youngest granddaughter was like 2 or 3, when this old grandma would get up out of the chair I would walk kind of stiff like and she said to me, “Grandma why do you walk like a penguin?”  Then one day I wasn’t walking all stiff like and I said to her, “Ali, grandma isn’t walking like a penguin today.” and her response was, “You mean you are walking like a human?”  Just had to add that tidbit!!

Walking like a penguin

 

Now back to plants need air, air in the soil holds atmospheric nitrogen that is converted into usable air for plants.  Adding organic material, especially compost helps balance air supply to plants.

Plants also get thirsty:  When rain isn’t sufficient then we need to add or not add it.  All forms of life need water but not too much or too little.  In sandy soils water drains off quickly, silt or clay soil get water-logged, this will suffocate the plant roots and soil organisms.  Adding organic material holds water so that plants can use it when needed.

 

Watering the garden

 

Compost will improve almost any soil, silty and clay soils gain nutrients and are improved greatly with adding compost. Make your own compost or buy it, either way it is a beneficial organic material to add to your garden.  Making your own compost is as easy as piling layers of brown (straw, leaves) and green layers (grass clippings, livestock manure or food waste) on top of one another, keep the pile wet.   DIY Compost:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAMy_ZJ0Xa8

There is so much more to know about “Growing A Successful Garden.”  Yet once you have that garden going and are enjoying all the benefits of having that fresh produce or if you are one that freezes or cans it for the winter months it is so worth it.

My personal tricks I have used in my garden that I found worked well.

  • Crushed Egg Shells:  I save them up for a while in the spring and then I put them in my blender and make them into a powder and use them when planting my tomatoes, they are a great calcium builder.  There are other plants that they are really useful for.
  • Epsom Salt:  I have used this for a couple of years when planting my peppers, I just put a handful in the ground before adding the plant, I also have mixed Epsom Salt with water and put it in a spray bottle and sprayed the pepper plants once peppers start forming on the plant.  Epsom Salt is rich in magnesium and sulfate.
  • Grass Cuttings:  I have raked up the grass cuttings after my husband mows the grass and I pile it around my tomato plants, it keeps the weeds out and also gives the tomato plants.  https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/mulch-for-tomatoes.htm

So there you have it, I hope this gives you some useful information for your gardening journey!!!  

Vegetable Garden Preparation Thyme

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Vegetable Garden Preparation Thyme

 

Vegetable Garden Preparation Thyme

 

 

  

The weather is warming up, Spring is upon us and it is “Vegetable Garden Preparation Thyme.”

Gardening seems so easy, but if you want those garden plants to produce for you there are steps to take make sure your soil is up to par.  When it comes to a healthy garden, soil preparation makes a difference.

Testing your soil.  You can have your soil tested at a local cooperative extension service office for free or a low-fee.  Or you can buy a DIY Soil Test Kit.  I used a test kit to check my soil last year.  Test kits:  (links).

 

Vegetable Garden Preparation Thyme
pH Test Kit

 

 

 

How do you know if your soil is healthy?  Let’s start with the facts of pH levels:

  • Plants primary nutrients are nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and potassium (K).
  • Nitrogen promotes strong leaf, stem growth and dark green color, such as broccoli, cabbage, lettuce and herbs.
  • Phosphorus promotes root and early plant growth, it’s important for cucumbers, peppers, squash and tomatoes.
  • Potassium promotes plant root vigor, disease and stress resistance and also enhances flavor. Vital for carrots, radishes, onions and garlic.
  • Calcium, magnesium and sulfur are your secondary nutrients.
  • Calcium is essential to plant growth, an important part of the walls of the plant cells and root development.
  • Sulfur lacking plants are not able to take in necessary nutrients, including vitamins and proteins.
  • Magnesium is vital to the process of photosynthesis, lack of it stunts the plants growth.

pH levels are critical to your plants ability to absorb nutrients.  A pH of 6.5 is a good number for home gardens, plant will thrive in pH levels 6.0 to 7.0 (slightly acidic to neutral) range.  If your soil is acidic (low pH at or below 6.0) or alkaline (high pH, above 7.0), the plants won’t be able to absorb the nutrients, so soil testing is very advantageous to a healthy garden.

Testing the soil in the spring or fall is the best time as then the soil is stable.  Also best time to add any soil amendments or fertilizers.

As respected gardener Frank Tozer writes:  “When building soil you not only improve your plants health, but you can improve your own.”

I have only been gardening seriously for 4 years, most times my garden has given a great amount of produce, but I have had some nutrient issues.  Last year I had Blossom End Rot on my Zucchini, I solved it by mixing up my own calcium treatment, which was ground up egg shells, milk and crushed up antacid tablets!!  A real cheap way to solve a very annoying problem for your calcium lacking soil.  

 

Vegetable Garden Preparation Thyme

 

Please come back tomorrow for my post on Soil Fixes, Soil Texture and Soil Life.  Some gardening tricks I have found to be very low-priced and works great in the garden.

 

Here are a few links that might also be helpful:

Blossom End Rot:  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/259519997251632365/

pH Levels:  http://www.almanac.com/content/ph-preferences

Vegetable Gardening For Beginners:  http://www.gardeners.com/how-to/vegetable-gardening/5069.html

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Low Cost Cotton Boll Stems

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DIY Low Cost Cotton Boll Stems

 

DIY Low Cost Cotton Boll Stem
DIY Low Cost Cotton Boll Stem

 

I first saw the Cotton Boll Stems on the Fixer Upper show, loved how they looked and then I saw them at Hobby Lobby at 50% off, wanted to buy them but still too expensive, but then I happen to see a tutorial on how to make your own, so here we are, “DIY Low Cost Cotton Boll Stems.”

What you need to make these stems is so low cost and yet they look so great.

  • Cotton Balls
  • Tree Stems
  • Pine Cones
  • Hot Glue Gun

 

DIY Low Cost Cotton Boll Stems
Branches, cotton balls and pine cones.

 

 

I just went out to my yard and found tree branches laying around in the yard, how much cheaper could you get? I also found the pine cones in my yard, now I realize everyone doesn’t have pine cones laying around so you may have to purchase some large ones or maybe you can find some around in your neighborhood, park or even a cemetery.  I would suggest looking for the larger cones they work the best.  You will have to pull the pieces off the cone, you may want to use a pliers and try to pick cones that don’t have the sap on them it can get quite sticky.

 

DIY Low Cost Cotton Stem Bolls
Pine Cone Pieces

 

Put a dollop of hot glue in the middle of the cotton ball, I indented mine a little before putting the glue on.

 

DIY Low Cost Cotton Boll Stem
Glue in center of cotton ball

 

I then stuck the cotton ball onto the branch, be careful not burn yourself, push the ball down and form it into a nice cotton boll.

 

DIY Low Cost Cotton Boll Stem
Attached Cotton Ball onto branch.            
Attaching cotton onto stems

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now it is onto adding your pine cone scales to form your shell for the cotton boll.  I used 4 scales per cotton boll, you can judge how many work for your cotton bolls.  I put glue down from about the middle of the scale to the bottom so they would stick well on the cotton boll and somewhat on the stem.

 

DIY Low Cost Cotton Boll Stem
Attaching pine cone pieces onto cotton ball.       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just continue applying the cotton bolls and pine cone scales and until you think they look full enough.  I didn’t put as many on my branches as I could of so use your judgement to how you would like it to look.

 

There are plenty of ideas for making these Cotton Boll Stems online if you need more inspiration.

 

And here you have it “DIY Low Cost Cotton Boll Stems.”

 

 

Cotton Boll Stem

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath

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DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath

 

DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath
DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath

 

I just needed some Spring added to my house and so what could be more attractive then a bring colorful wreath.  Alas, my “DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath.”

I have never worked with the Deco Mesh for a wreath before, I had shared back in December the Deco Mesh Garland that I made: http://grammescountrysplendor.com/budget-candy-cane-garland/  that was my first time working with the deco mesh. 

So here are the supplies you will need to make your “DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath.”

  • 1-21″ Deco Mesh Roll (color of choice)
  • 4-10″ Deco Mesh Rolls (color of choice)
  • Wire Ring 
  • Chenille Stems
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Flowers
  • Ribbons

 

DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath
Supplies for DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath

 

The colors I used were the blue, green, pink, yellow, lime green & purple and it is a 14″ wire wreath ring.

I started by cutting my 4-10″ rolls into 10″ pieces, then I attached the chenille stems on the ring, I have to tell you that I wasn’t really sure just how many or where to place these, but I ended up doing 2 on each section of the ring for all 4 levels of the ring.  You can cut layers of the 10″ deco mesh at once, makes it go faster.

 

DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath
Cutting 10″ pieces of   deco mesh.
DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath
Cutting layers of mesh
DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath
Wire Ring with chenille stems

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now it comes to the attaching the deco mesh step.  I started with the 21″ roll of deco mesh, you just take the end of it and attach it on the outside part of the ring, I didn’t attach it on each ring, but you can experiment and see what you like best, you just kind of puff it as you attach it, whatever you like works!!  

 

First layer of deco mesh

 

Once you have the 21″ deco mesh attached you can start attaching the 10″ pieces wherever you like, just roll them and fold in half and attach and you are on your way to forming your, “DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath.”

 

DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath
Attaching 10″ pieces onto ring.

 

Once you have all you deco mesh attached and are satisfied with how it looks you can cut your ribbon, I used the wire ribbon, it holds it’s shape better.  I cut my ribbon 10″ long and then cut the a V out of the ends, attached it to the wreath as I thought looked good.  I did not hide the chenille stems, since I used silver shiny stems I thought they added a nice touch to the wreath and actually you don’t see much of them anyway.  I also added the flowers at this time just securing them with the chenille stems also.  

 

All the 10″ pieces attached                                          
DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath
Flowers added to wreath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Ta Da there is the finished “DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath.”

 

DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath
DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath

 

 

Because I had not made one of these before I needed some guidance and here is a link to a youtube that helped me along.  And also I purchased my Deco Mesh online here is a great link for a good price on the deco mesh:

 

I hope you enjoyed this DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath share.  Leave a comment!!

 

 

Blessings Vinyl Wall Decal

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Blessings Vinyl Wall Decal

 

 

Blessings Vinyl Wall Decal
Blessing Vinyl Wall Decal

 

Yesterday I took on a new challenge with my Cricut, I made my first wall decal, “Blessings Vinyl Wall Decal.”  

I am sorry I don’t have any picture instructions, it slipped my mind to take pictures of the process.  I did have some issues while doing this project, good thing it was just a trial run.  I actually was doing this as a practice before doing the main project I wanted the saying for.  My daughter-in-law had asked me to do her a wall hanging on wood for her dining room and the Blessings For the Food saying is what she wants on the 22″ X 28″ board.

So in experimenting with the vinyl I had for a wall decal I had to print it out on a 12″ X 24″ mat, so I had to first order some mats that size.  I used the standard grip mat, it might have been too sticky for the vinyl I used, but I have had problems with this vinyl before, so I am not really sure it if was the mat or the vinyl.  I have to be honest, I bought this vinyl at Hobby Lobby, I love Hobby Lobby but I won’t buy their Paper Studio vinyl again, I have had problems with cutting it and in this case I had problems getting the backing to peel off of the mat and like I said it could have been because the mat was too sticky.

Once I got the whole saying removed from the mat I proceeded to cut the words apart from the 12 X 24″ printed piece.  I am still learning so I am sure there is a process where the words might all print in the exact order of the saying, but I have of yet figured that out and at this point it really worked okay doing it the way I did.

One thing you have to make sure when working with placing the wall decal on the wall is rubbing it on there really well with a scraper so that the letters/words adhere to the wall and release from the transfer paper.  I did use just plain contact paper for my transfer paper, there is transfer paper made specifically for working with vinyl but contact paper is cheaper and does work really well, I have used it in a few different projects.  

As I get more experienced at the whole Cricut/Vinyl process I will post some tips on how to use the vinyl.  Don’t be afraid to step out and take the challenge of a wall decal, they really aren’t that difficult and there are just so many, “How to do,” tutorials out there, just such a sweet way to decorate or put a message out to others.

I hope my “Blessings Vinyl Wall Decal” encouraged you to make a wall decal for yourself.

 

 

 

Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Cards

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Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Cards

 

Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Cards
Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Cards

 

 

I made a couple of these cards for my son & grandson’s birthdays, I just thought they were so unique, I just had to make more of these “Amazing Fun Pop-Up Cards.”  

You can make these cards in any colors and designs that you want, that is what is so unique about them.  Here are the other 2 cards I made to just give you an example of what you can do with them.

 

 

Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Cards
Pop-Up-Box Cards”

 

 

So let’s get started on a little how to for these “Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Cards.”  I made the pop-up pieces using the Design Space on my Cricut and then I followed a youtube tutorial for the construction of the pop-up box card.  Cutting my pieces in accordance to the measurements for using with a standard size envelope.  The picture below shows the measurements for each of the pieces you will need:

  • 1 piece at 9 1/4″ X 5 1/2″
  • 1 piece at 3 3/4″ X 2″
  • 2 pieces at 5 1/4″ X 2″ (1 of these should be white for writing a message on)
  • 3 pieces at 2 3/4″ X 2″
  • 6 pieces at 2 3/8″ X 2 (may make these of 2 different color or designs)

 

 

Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Cards
Paper Measurements

 

 

Once you have those cut it is time to go on and score the pieces for forming the box part of the card.  I purchase myself a scoring board which sure is a nifty item, works great for scoring my pieces right at the needed markings.   You will need to score the 9 1/4″ X 5 1/2″ piece on the long side at 2 1/8″, 4 1/4″, 6 3/8″ & 8 1/2,” then turn to the short end and score at 2 1/2″.  Then take the 3 3/4″ X 2″ and score on long side at 3/4″ and 3″, turn and score at the middle, fold each end that was score into a zig zap shape. Once your pieces are scored it is time to cut your large piece so that it will form your box, cut it up on the 2 1/2″ score line on the larger piece. Cut off the extra tab and trim off corner of tab for a nice clean edge, and then you will see your box start to take form.  

Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Card
Martha Stewart Score     Board                                                                                                                                                      
Scored Cardstock
Cut piece for box card
Box taking form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that we have those pieces scored and cut it is time to place the other pieces into their perspective spots.  I am going to post the pictures of my pieces but the best way to see how to do this is to follow this great youtube of how to make the “Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Cards”.  I would try to explain all these steps but I am really a visual person and it is just easier to watch a demonstration then have to explain it.  To secure my pieces into place I used Craft Easy-Tear Tape that I purchased at Micheals Craft Store.  

 

 

Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Card
Easy Tear Tape 
5 1/2″ & 2″ panel pieces
Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Card
2 3/4″ X 2″ panel
2 3/8″ X 2″ panel
Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Card
Folded Card with Write on Panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know this isn’t a complete tutorial on how to make this card but it is an introductory to perk your interest, if you go to the youtube that I have put the link to you will see the full instructions and also see how “Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Cards” are to make.

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Pop-Up Box Card
Happy Birthday Pop-Up Box Card

 

 

I hope you enjoyed learning how to make the “Amazing Fun Pop-Up Box Cards”.  Make sure to pick up a scoring board to make this diy a smooth easy project.  

 

 

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My Delicious Deviled Eggs

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My Delicious Deviled Eggs

 

 

My Delicious Boiled Eggs
My Delicious Boiled Eggs

 

 

Whenever there is a potluck at our church I have a request to bring my “My Delicious Deviled Eggs.”  

I have had request for how I make my “My Deviled Eggs,” because people say they are so very good.  The thing is they are just so easy and low cost to make for a good side dish for any gathering.  The other thing about the “My Delicious Deviled Eggs,” is that they are a very low-carbohydrate food, they make for a quick easy grab snack when on the low-carbohydrate eating plan. 

So let’s get started here on my how-to-make the “My Delicious Deviled Eggs.”

Ingedients:

  • Eggs, boiled, cooled & peeled.
  • Mayonaise/Salad Dressing
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Sugar
  • Paprika

Normally when I am making my deviled eggs, I start by boiling my eggs for 10 minutes, then drain the water off, bounce them up and down in the kettle to crack the shell and then run cold water over them and let them set in the pan until cooled.  I found a new trick, after all these years of making deviled eggs I finally found out how to get the shell to just slide off.  Some times your eggs aren’t really fresh and it can be so frustrating getting the shell to come of neatly.  Just recently I decided to search for a way that might help with peeling the eggs and here is the trick:  Baking soda in the water.  This really worked well, so much easier and the outer white of the shell looked so nice.

 

My Delicious Deviled Eggs
Peeled Eggs
My Delicious Deviled Eggs
Halved Eggs
My Delicious Deviled Eggs
Processed Eggs Yolks

 

 

 

 

 

After cooling the eggs, I peel all of them, slice them in half lengthwise put the yolks in a processor and chop them finely.

Before I go on here I will share a little Deviled Egg story.  Back in the late 80s to 1994 I worked at a bible college in Southern Wisconsin, where I was a Salad Cook for a few of my years working there, I would boil up 250 eggs at a time, I remember one time where we were on our lunch break and I forgot about my eggs boiling on the stove, do you know what burnt eggs smell like, burnt sulfur, NASTY!!!  And I just have to say peeling 250 eggs at a time wasn’t always a fun job, wish I would have known about the “baking soda” trick.

My Delicious Deviled Eggs
Deviled Eggs

 

 

 

 

 

Say you boiled 10 eggs, processed the yolks, now you are ready to add the mayonaise/salad dressing, I always use Miracle Whip, mix in 1/4 cup, you may need a little more, depends on what consistency you would like, then a dash of salt, pepper to taste and 1/2 tablespoon of sugar, mix it all up really well and you are ready to fill your half eggs.  

 

My Delicious Deviled Eggs
Filling Egg Yolks

 

 

 

 

 

If you don’t care how fancy the eggs look you can use a teaspoon to fill the half whites, in this case I used a pastry bag and tip, a large tip.  I place a rubber band around the pastry bag that is over the tip just to keep the mixture from going down the sides of the tip inside the bag.   I also sprinkled just a touch of paprika on the top.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

 

So the next time you need a quick easy side dish for any occasion I know “My Delicious Deviled Eggs” will be a hit.

My Delicious Boiled Eggs
My Delicious Boiled Eggs

Homemade Dumplings On Beef Stew

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Homemade Dumplings On Beef Stew

 

Homemade Dumplings On Beef Stew
Dumplings & Beef Stew

 

On days when the weather is blustery and cold a good hot meal is just the food to hit the spot.  Homemade Dumplings On Beef Stew was so good on this cold day. 

I try to be very frugal with all the meat I have and so I had thawed out a good sized Chuck Roast, cut it in half and roasted up one half on Sunday morning and used the other half for stew meat.  I always start my stew by searing my meat with some meat tenderizer and pepper, once it is browned I add some browning sauce and beef bouillon, cover the dutch over and place it in the over for around 90 minutes on 250 degrees, it ends up pretty tender.  

Then about I add in all my vegetable ingredients:

  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Green Pepper
Homemade Dumplings On Beef Stew
Ingredients for Beef Stew

 

I don’t really follow any recipe I just add what I feel like, same with the seasonings, I always add bay leaf, salt & pepper.  Let it cook for at least 30 minutes.  Near the time the stew should be done I mix up my dumplings, I always use the Betty Crocker Dumpling Recipe, have used it for nearly 46 years, of course I get this recipe from my 46 year old Betty Crocker Recipe Book, old faithful!!

Making Homemade Dumplings is really easy and so good when on the beef stew.  Start by mixing all the dry ingredients, then add in the shortening & next step is to cut the shortening in with a pastry cutter.

Homemade Dumplings On Beef Stew
Adding in Dry Ingredients
Homemade Dumplings On Beef Stew
Cutting in the Shortening

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next step is to add the mil and mix it up, I always mix it up with a fork, seems to get the ingredients mixed in really well.

 

 

Homemade Dumplings On Beef Stew
Adding Milk to Dry Ingredients
Homemade Dumplings On Beef Stew
Mixing Dumplings Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that your stew is done cooking it is time to thicken it up.  I normally thicken it with cornstarch.  Once the stew is thicken it is time to add the dumplings.  Forgive me but I don’t have a picture of the dumplings being added to the stew or once it is all done, I was having one of those “everything was going wrong days,” and all my pictures disappeared off my camera, I had to do a recovery program on my SD card, that can be another post on another day.  Here is the photos of the beef stew once completed, thus giving us Homemade Dumplings On Beef Stew.

 

 

Homemade Dumplings On Beef Stew
Beef Stew ready for the dumplings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you try out this recipe for “Homemade Dumplings On Beef Stew,” I know you will find it to be delicious!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issac Didn’t Have A Rebellious Spirit

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Issac Didn’t Have A Rebellious Spirit

 

 

Issac Didn't Have a Rebellious Spirit
Obey the Word of God

 

 

 

Last week in Sunday School my husband made reference to how Abraham obeyed the Lord with no questions when he was commanded to take Issac up to the mount and use him as a sacrifice.  I read through the rest of the chapter and I realized how Issac didn’t have a rebellious spirit!  

Think about this when you read Genesis 22.  On the third day Abraham saw the mountain where he was to sacrifice Issac and then Issac said: Verse 7,  And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? Verse 8, And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

 

Issac Didn't Have A Rebellious Spirit
Abraham and Issac going up the mountain

 

 

 

Don’t you think that Issac might have wondered who that sacrifice was going to be, yet he was obedient to his father and just went on with him, trudging up the mountain.  I think about when you go shopping these days and you see kids throwing fits and having an attitude because they can’t have their way. 

And then Abraham and Issac arrive at the place of preparing the sacrifice, Verse 9, And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.  

I don’t think that Issac was throwing a tantrum and fighting his father, he surely had to be frightened or maybe he wasn’t because he had been raised in a home where he saw his father’s obedience to the Lord and just accepted this is how things are.  I know when our children were growing up, when it came to Sunday there were no questions asked if we were going to church, they knew that is just want we did and were expected to be ready to go.

My other observation is how many times in these days do we have adults not being able to deal with situations in their life because they had went through rough times as a child and so because of it they blame others for their useless life.  I have heard from different ones, “But you don’t know what I have went through, you don’t know how my life has been?”  People use pass experiences and happenings to dictate their life, to control them to direct how their life is.  

But here we have Issac who didn’t use what had went on in his life dictate how he obeyed the Lord, Issac didn’t have a rebellious spirit, he chose to do what the Lord asked of him and because of his obedience Issac has a very fine lineage.  What is our life going to bring, will our lineage be one of proof of how we lived our life for the Lord?