Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today in  My Kitchen this Thursday it’s all about sweets for your sweetheart : These are quick and easy gifts to make so lets get started:

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries:

You can find this chocolate all the local Big box store or supermarket in the baking aisle. And pick out the perfect large strawberries you can buy, Clean them but leave the tops on. Makes it easier to dip.

Take the top off of container and microwave according to directions on package, After melted Dip your strawberries in the chocolate and let them firm up. If you need to hurry them up -place in refrigerator to set up.

You can leave them plain or while still wet dip them in nuts or sprinkles. Or melt white chocolate and drizzle on. Enjoy Lisa

Valentine Fabric Fun *

Happy Friday ! And February is just around the corner and as usual for us its a busy time of the year ! Today I am sharing some fun and Easy Hear shaped gifts perfect for Valentines but with a little change up can be used for multi of occasions. So get out your stash of fabric or fat quarters . And lets get sewing :

  • Use this template – Cut 1 in fabric and 1 in lace
  • Ribbon for hanger,
  • place two heart pieces together with ribbon in the Sandwich in the middle. Sew together the heart and making sure you catch the hanger and all sides. But leave room to fill with homemade potpourri , Sew shut after you have stuffed your heart.
Homemade rose potpourri  from my garden .

Potpourri Recipe :

Take your clean dry rose leaves – place in a container sprinkle the mixture with one half teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and ground lavender. Take the potpourri to the next level by sprinkling it with four to five drops of rose essential oil or rosewater. Close the container, and shake. Leave in a warm, dry spot for 24 hours, and then shake again.

Valentine Coffee / Tea Mug Quilt :

I had there Valentine fat quarter from Moda fabrics in my fabric stash. So I made a quick mug rug for all the Coffee/Tea lovers in my life.
Mug rugs are typically any size between a 4 x 7 and a 12 x 8.  They are known for being able to place your mug on with a tasty treat such as a croissant, bagel or cookie. 

What is a Fat quarter ? They are taken from one yard of fabric,cut in half lengthwise,and then in half width-wise. The dimensions are approximately 18″ x 22

  • 4 different valentine fabric
  • basic heart pattern /
    Stitch Witchery, Heat N Bond, (applique )
  • Quilt batty /fleece
  • Sewing machine , Iron ,basic sewing supplies

Decide on your size – Mine is finished 4 by 7 .

  • (2) base fabric 5 by 8 -giving room to 1/2 inch turn down all edges & iron edged
  • 1 red fabric – 4 by 7 and turn down 1/2 inch around all edges /iron,
  • batting to fit square
  • 2 hearts cut and heat and bond . Follow directions to use heat and bond to attach hearts to read fabric square.
  • pin and sew red fabric square to top of your mug square .
  • Then Sandwich your mug quilt- By sewing together – bottom layer ,batting and top layer. Quilt as you like. With machine or by hand,

These are basic direction but detail direction ,videos and free patterns can be found on the web using all types of materials and occasions. Have fun and make it your own for someone you love. Lisa

Friendship Soup in a Jar

In my Kitchen today ! I am sharing an easy and Yummy soup recipe that is made from dry ingredients. Today in Honor of Soap Month it’s Friendship Soup – in a Jar recipe – perfect housewarming gift or wedding gift !

Recipe & Layering:

  • 1/2 C dry split peas
  • 1/3 C beef bouillon granules
  • 1/4 C barley
  • 1/2 C lentils
  • 1/4 C onion flakes (dried)
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 C long grain rice
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1/2 C uncooked small pasta
  1. In a 1 1/2 pint jar, layer the split peas, bouillon, barley, lentils, onion flakes, Italian seasoning, rice, and bay leaves. Wrap the pasta in plastic wrap, and place in the jar. Seal tightly.

Tag for your Soup :

  1. Attach the tag to the jar with the following instructions:
  2. Friendship Soup: ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS: 1 pound ground beef, black pepper to taste, garlic powder to taste, 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes – undrained, 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste, and 3 quarts water. TO PREPARE SOUP: Remove pasta from top of jar, and set aside. In a large pot over medium heat, brown beef with pepper and garlic; drain excess fat. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, water, and soup mix. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover, and simmer for 45 minutes. Stir in the pasta, cover, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, or until the pasta, peas, lentils and barley are tender.

And Decorate as you will -it can be part of a larger gift with kitchen items or even a Soup pot to cook it in. Lisa

Gifts from my Home * Lip Gloss

My kitchen is not only used for cooking it’s also the place I experiment with  other kinds of recipes and this time Lip Gloss  recipes – Here’s a couple of my favorites  Lisa 

Base recipe : 

  • Bees wax
  • Coconut Oil
  • Vitamin E capsule  ( you can use other oil too) 
  • Essential oil (flavoring) 
  • Color ( if you would like) 
  • Microwaveable bowl (measuring cup to melt wax)
  • Containers for gloss

In a glass container melt beeswax and Coconut oil in the microwave for a few seconds (until melted) Remove carefully add Vitamin E and few drops of essential oil. Mix  -pour into containers and let harden.  

Containers can be bought from Amazon or craft outlets . Check the dollar bin or travel section for small containers. 

Lip Gloss * Vegan 

  • Shea butter
  • honey (raw /castor oil) 
  • essential oil 

Melt and pour into containers. Let harden in the refrigerate .

Lip Gloss 2 ingredients :

  • Petroleum Jelly 
  • Flavored  Kool Aide packs 

Melt the jelly in microwave and add kool aide . Mix and place in containers . Let set up . 

From my kitchen Vicks Shower bombs

As my earlier post said (you did read it?) the Flu is being passed around at work . My special treat – From My Kitchen is a Vaporizing Bath Melt. 

So Gather up these Supplies: 

  • 1/2 C  baking soda
  • 1 C  Corn starch
  • 5 T Vicks  ( i used generic kind)
  • 1 tsp water (as need to the mixture)
  • Ice Cub trays  ( mine are small from the Dollar store)  
You can add some green food coloring if you would like. But I don’t .

In a bowl add Corn starch and the Vapr -mix together. Add Baking soda to mixture and Mix. Add water to mixture as needed  -a little at a time -until it will hold together. Place in ice cub trays and place in freezer until set. When you take them out you can place in a container to give as a gift or use yourself. 

Use these in the shower by placing next to the drain and letting them melt.  Lisa 

This is with a touch of color.

Book Lovers gift * Homemade bookmakers

With my gift of books -I like to give a small homemade gift.  Today’s gift is Bookmarks. I make these with just a few purchased items from the craft store. Make these to give with books or a gift card to your favorite book lover . 

Metal Book Marks : 

  • Curved Book marks 
  • Beads and Book Charms ( Micheal’s) 
  • metals findings -jump rings ,beading wire. 

Ribbon Charm Bookmarks : 

  • Cut Ribbon about 26 inch ( too fit clamp)
  • Ribbon Large End Clamps  (walmart -jewelry)
  • Metal findings : jump rings ,beads and charms ( Need;e nose plies) 

Homemade Cappuccino Mix*

Happy Cappuccino Day !   My homemade recipe that perfect for at Home or place in jars and give as a gift  from your home – Lisa 

 

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  • 1 C Non Dairy Creamer
  • 1 C instant dry chocolate mix
  • 3/4 C instant Coffee
  • 1/2 C  Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  1. In a medium sized glass jar, combine the non-dairy creamer, chocolate drink mix, instant coffee, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; mix well.
  2. To prepare, place 2 tablespoons mix in a mug, pour in 3/4 cup boiling water, and stir until dissolved. Serve hot.

DIY Wine Class Charms

Happy Friday ! 

If you read yesterday post ( I know you did) – I mentioned Wine charm rings in my Thanksgiving Table post. These nifty little things are perfect for any get together at home or make a set for a hostess gift ( box together a set with a bottle of wine ). Lisa

Wine glass charms, also called wine glass markers, are often used at parties because help keep track of which glass is whose. Charmsbeads, or a combination of both are attached to a wire ring that fits around the wine glassstem. Crafters can make elegant or whimsical additions that dress up plain wine glasses.

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So what do you need to make a set for a Christmas Eve party ? 

 

     Supply  List : 

Pliers ( optional but you may want them if you are making your own rings) 

Wire Wine Charm Rings 

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  • You can use wire earring finds from Walmart bedding section. (buy the largest & strongest )
  • You can purchase them with Beads on line Oriental Trading Co

Make Your Own : 

  • Wrap your wire around a larger, round object to make it about an inch in diameter.( I use a large thread spool).
  • Make a loop on one ends -thread on beads and place the other side into the loop to fasten.

Beads and charms – pick your own choice at any craft store /Walmart in the area. My holiday charms came from Hobby Lobby. 

 

 I made a set for a retirement/going away party .

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Boo Charm Bracelet

I made this bracket with beads and charms to wear tonight as I dress up to give out Halloween candy tonight.

  • length of elastic beading cord.(measure your wrist and add a few inches.
  • Beads and findings
  • Halloween charms

String beads and charms together and double knot ends.Trim ends.

Make sure you check Instagram I will be posting pictures of the fun. Hope the weather holds out. Lisa

National Chocolate Day ! Brownie Mix

 

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Make this Master Mix ( with out shortening)  and put in  jars and include directions. Makes a great hostess gift with recipes using the master mix. 

 

 

Master Mix

  • 4 C Flour
  • 1 T plus 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 T salt
  • 81/2 C Sugar
  • 21/2 C Cocoa
  • 2 C shortening
Combine first 5 ingredients and cut in shortening. Sore in air tight container for up to 6 weeks in cool place.

Easy Brownies using Mix

  • 3  C Brownie Mix
  • 3 Eggs beaten
  • 11/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 C chopped pecans
Mix together and placed in greased 8 by 8 pan. Bake at 350 for 35 to 4o minutes,
* if no shortening in mix add 3/4 C butter to recipe .