Entry: Farewell, February! Feb 28, 2005



Hello everyone,




I tried to sew a last minute baby quilt over the weekend only to have my sewing machine lock up. I am certain that I could have completed the project if everything cooperated. Now I will go to the local jeweler and pick up a silver rattle or something like that. I hope to make a couple of quilts BEFORE I need them next time. Something always goes wrong when you are rushing.



MOCK STAINED GLASS



Now I need to turn my attention to Easter. I've got cards to make and crafting to do. I need to come up with some ideas for my sister's Sunday School class (ages 2-6) that she teaches. I am sure that I want to try mock stain-glass cards. The stained glass portion is made with coffee filters and water-based markers. (Draw a pattern on the coffee filter with water-based markers then spritz with water. Let dry.) I will use these as backgrounds for various shaped templates that I cut out for cards. Example - Cut out the shape of a cross on a rectangular piece of paper. Place and glue the color-stained coffee filter behind it. Trim away excess. I am going to experiment with watercolor pencils and paint for this task. I will let you know how it goes.




CHOCOLATE LIP BALM



INGREDIENTS:

3 tablespoons Cocoa Butter (available in the pharmacy)

1/2 tsp. cocoa powder

1 Vitamin E capsule

1/4 teaspoon almond oil (or cooking oil)



DIRECTIONS:

Melt the cocoa butter in the microwave. Add the chocolate and stir. Add Vitamin E and Oil. Vitamin E is a natural preservative. Stir until extremely smooth. Pour into a small container. Experiment a little with the oils and remember to be careful when using the microwave - don't burn yourself.



(I haven't tried this one)








I got this recipe from a Gift in a Jar group that I belong to. It sounds delicious, but, I haven't tried it yet.



Rice Pilaf Mix



1 cup long-grain, converted rice

Flavor Packet

2 tablespoons butter

2 1/2 cups hot water



Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Saute the rice,
stirring constantly, until it takes on a translucent quality; do not let the
kernels pop. Slowly stir in the water, then the Flavor Packet; bring to a
full boil; cover and lower heat. Simmer 20 to 25 minutes, or until nearly
all of liquid is absorbed and the rice looks just a bit too moist to serve.
Turn off heat and let stand for 10 minutes before uncovering and serving.
Each recipe makes one flavor packet. Also, these recipes are meant for
bouillon cubes that mix with 8 oz. of water. If you prefer to substitute
bouillon cubes that mix with 6 oz. of water, or powder, you will need to
figure the differences accordingly. Three 8 oz. cubes equal four 6 oz. cubes




Chicken

3 chicken bouillon cubes, crushed

1/4 teaspoon parsley flakes

3 dashes pepper




Beef

3 beef bouillon cubes, crushed

3 dashes pepper

Onion

3 onion or beef bouillon cubes, crushed

2 teaspoons dried minced or chopped onion

3 dashes pepper



Mushroom

3 chicken or beef bouillon cubes, crushed

2 tablespoons dried mushroom slices, in bits

3 dashes pepper




Celery

3 chicken bouillon cubes, crushed

3 tablespoons dried celery flakes

3 dashes pepper



Curry

3 chicken bouillon cubes, crushed

1 teaspoon curry powder



Saffron

3 chicken bouillon cubes, crushed

1 pinch saffron

1 pinch turmeric




Oriental

3 chicken bouillon cubes, crushed

1 onion bouillon cube, crushed

2 teaspoons dried celery flakes

2 teaspoons dried mushroom slices, in bits

1 teaspoon dried minced onion

dash of powdered ginger

* add several dashes soy sauce to cooking water




Spanish

3 chicken bouillon cubes, crushed

2 tablespoons dried green pepper flakes

2 tablespoons dried minced onion

dash of chili powder

* add 2 tablespoons tomato paste to cooking water



I thought that these might be nice to try for Easter:



JELLO COOKIES



Cookie mix -


1/2 cup sugar

1 (3 oz.) package Jello -- any flavor (orange, lemon, cherry)

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

2-1/2 cups flour

Mix ingredients well (makes about 4 cups).




Attach directions for baking the cookies:



Jello Cookie Mix

Mix 3/4 cup shortening, 2 eggs and 1 tsp. vanilla together in a bowl. Add mix. Stir. Roll cookies into small balls. Place them on greased cookie sheets, then dip the bottom of a glass in sugar and press onto dough until flat. Bake at 350 for 7-10 minutes until done but not browned. Makes about 2-1/2 dozen cookies.



CRAFTY TIPS:



- Water your house plants with ice cubes instead of water.

- Use paper tablecloths as gift wrap.




Until next time ...


Happy Crafting



- Janie

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