Thursday, August 31, 2017

Thursday Treatz


The resident agronomist has been hard at work in his
garden--along with canning and drying the fruits of his labor.
Here is a just-add-liquid soup I plan to try
when the cold winds blow this winter.
Of course I plan to use my trusty crock pot!
Remember that dehydrated food flavors are super concentrated
since the water has been removed. For example: onions are stronger
and tomatoes are sweeter.
This is a basic recipe, add and subtract ingredients to your taste
and what is available.

For a great gift--layer dried ingredients and beef gravy mix in a
pretty jar. Attach a label with other ingredients and instructions.

1 cup dried sliced or cubed potatoes
1/8 cup or less dried onions
1/2 cup dried tomatoes
1/2 cup dried corn
1/2 cup dried carrots
1/2 cup dried green beans
1 pound cooked  and drained ground meat
1 package beef gravy mix
1 can beef broth
1 quart canned tomatoes
Add any beans--optional
Add water if needed to cover all of the above.

Mix together in a large pot, simmer on stove
or put in a crock pot to simmer all day.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday Freebeez

In celebration of the most amazing Solar Eclipse,
here is a free download from Color It!

click here

Mandalas Volume 2

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Thursday Treatz


Time for 'Payday' treats--peanuts and candy corn mixed together!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday Make Itz



Friday, August 18, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thursday Treatz


So what snacks do you serve on Eclipse Day?

Moon Pies and Sundrop Soda of course!!!!!!

Something homemade?

Eclipse Cookies

Try eclipse cookies from Community Table:
click here

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tuesday Tipz


NASA has a list of guidelines to safely view the eclipse:

click here

Here is another idea from NASA to view the eclipse without
looking directly at the sun:

"An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially eclipsed sun is pinhole projection(link is external). For example, cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other, creating a waffle pattern. With your back to the sun, look at your hands’ shadow on the ground. The little spaces between your fingers will project a grid of small images on the ground, showing the sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse. Or just look at the shadow of a leafy tree during the partial eclipse; you'll see the ground dappled with crescent Suns projected by the tiny spaces between the leaves."

Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday Make Itz


Tennessee is in the path of 
a once in a lifetime Solar Eclipse Event!
On Monday, August 21, 2017, 
the sky will go dark when the moon 
comes between the sun and the earth.

To SAFELY view this epic event,
NASA has instructions how to make
a viewer out of a cereal box.
click link below:

Friday, August 11, 2017

Firday Freebeez

This week's ColorIt free download is one of my favorites.
Lots of different ways to color this picture:
metallic pencils, gel pens, color pencils, pastels,
or a combo of all. 

click here

Blissful Scenes

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Wednesday Websitz

Hand Fatigue Prevention

Here is a good article about preventing
hand fatigue while coloring. 

click here

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tuesday Tipz

Quote of the day: "Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task."
– William James

Sometimes crafts or projects just don't 
work out as planned. There is nothing 
wrong with not finishing a project--but 
be sure to have some closure so it isn't
sitting there taking up creative space.
If the project materials can be salvaged,
donate to a worthy cause.
Sometimes it is just better to dispose of.
But don't feel as if you have failed,
the enjoyment was in the process. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Monday Make Itz


DIY Back to School Supply Cake Tutorial

Need a back to school gift for a teacher
or someone who just loves back to school supplies?
Here is a fun 'cake' made with all the fun school goodies.
This is from the Dollar Tree Blog.
Look through your supplies first, then get the rest at your local Dollar Tree.

click here

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday Freebeez


Mandalas To Color
It's going to be a stormy day in middle Tennessee.
Good day to download  and color ColorIts free mandala picture.
Also check out their new travel Mandala book!
This is exciting as many of us colorists have been
asking for more travel books.

click here

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Thursday Treatz

Chicken and Rice

Here is a go-to recipe for busy days. 
My oldest updated the recipe from his childhood.
Here is his version:
He puts it in the oven, but we decided it could 
also be a crock pot meal--
just be sure to use a liner. 

One can cream of celery
One can cream of Mushroom
One can water
One box Uncle Ben's long grain rice original recipe
Mix all in a bowl and pour into glass baking dish. 
Set raw chicken thighs(with skin)on top of rice mixture. 
Cover with foil and bake 350degrees for 2.5 hours. 
(Longer in the crock pot start out on high, turn to low.)

yum yum

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Wednesday Websitz

Happy National Coloring Day!!!!!

Need a new book?
Click below for specials at Dover Publishing!

click here

Take time to relax and color!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tuesday Tipz


More reasons to love sending and receiving snail mail!
(Be sure to look at last Tuesday's post for a video of another grand opening mail!)

Grand girls with their back to school cards!

Thank you Oma!

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