These beads are made from dried chunks of potatoes.
A toothpick is used to make the hole.
It's a rather long process taking a few weeks for the 'bead'
to dry,along with having to turn the 'tater' chunk a few times a day
so it won't stick to the toothpick.
When dry, the bead is painted and sprayed with a sealant.
Metallic nail polish could be used to add some sparkle.
The beads are then strung with other beads to make a bracelet!
Be sure to add some bling!
"The green bean casserole was first created in 1955 by the Campbell Soup Company.Dorcas Reilly led the team that created the recipe while working as a staff member in the home economics department." from Wikipedia
Dorcas recently died at the age of 92. Her original recipe card is in a museum.
from Community Table:When was your favorite treat introduced?
Treats by the Decade:
1930s--3 Muskeeters, Snickers, Tootsie Pops
1940s --M&Ms, Junior Mints, Fun Dip
1950s--Hot Tamales, Pixy Stix, Pez
1960s--Starburst, Swedish Fish, 100 Grand
1970s--Reese's Pieces, Pop Rock, Twix
1980s--Airheads, Sour Patch Kids, Skor
1990s--Starburst Jelly Beans, Dove Chocolates, Baby Bottle Pops
This is a great website for all who need to be organized for the Holidays.
This was my go-to site for lists and printables.
I especially liked the gift list and Christmas card list.
I used to go all out for the Holidays from Halloween to New Years when my children
were young and my family was still intact.
Gift giving and decorating are very simple now
that they are scattered throughout the USA
and have their own families.
Each family receives a Sam's Club membership,
and the grands receive something to save for their future.
Sometimes I find fun activity books to send as well.
Many years ago, resident agronomist made a simple tree out of
wood which has now become our main decoration.
I also display at least one Nativity set on the mantel.
Even the Christmas card list has gotten shorter due to
losing special people in my life.
I have wonderful memories of Holidays Past,
but the older I get, the simpler the better.
Martha Jean's Spaghetti aka A Farmer's Wife Skillet Meal
Martha Jean was the wife of a farmer we knew in Indiana. This was her 'go to' easy, one skillet meal. I have tweaked the recipe a bit to use products that were not available years ago when she gave me this recipe.
1 pound ground meat (your choice of type of meat)
1 small onion
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Pinch of oregano, Italian seasoning, basil, garlic salt
(or season to taste)
Small cut spaghetti pasta-1 to 2 cups--(Barilla is the only brand I have found that makes this pasta--it is cut into about 1 inch pieces. And yes, it really does taste different than longer pasta broken into pieces. However, if you can't find this product, just use broken spaghetti)
1/2 cup ketchup
1 Quart Tomato juice, or home canned 'maters
1. Brown meat with onion. Drain.
2. Add seasonings.
3. Add ketchup and tomatoes.
4. Sprinkle pasta on top.
5. Mix all together making sure pasta is covered.
6. Cover, simmer for 30-45 minutes or until pasta is soft.
7. Check throughout cooking to prevent sticking.
It finally feels like Autumn here in the south.
There are even rumors of frost on the pumpkins.
Cooler weather brings different driving challenges,
so it is always a good idea to review safe driving tips.
These are from the Tennessee Farm Bureau.
We delivered the beanies to the Veteran's facility. The directors and residents seemed very happy with our donations. We learned that there were women staying at the facility, so we decided to make some colorful hats! It has been fun to find bright color combinations of yarn. I attended another Veteran's picnic at the nearby AF base, and I was pleased to see a few of our hats being worn! My hat count is now up to 60!
With the Holidays not far away, Jeannie from club shared this tasty drink recipe. This can be kept warm in the crock pot.
2 Lemons, juiced 2 oranges, juiced 3 c. water 1 c. sugar 1 cinnamon stick 1 Tbsp. whole cloves 2 gal. apple cider Put sugar and spices in water, bring to a boil. Pour all ingredients together and mix well. Serve warm.
Just read that a Grated Parmesan Cheese lid will fit on a small mouth mason jar ! I tried it and it works! This opens up all kinds of crafting possibilities. (And to think of all of the lids I have disposed of through the years!) Upcycle!
The County Fair After living here for a number of years, I finally decided to enter a few craft projects in the local county fair. It had been since my childhood that I had entered. It had also been years since my children had entered, or I had worked a fair with a former job. Not really knowing what to expect, and just entering for fun--- I was pleasantly surprised to place with three of my projects. I had also entered my sculpture project, but there weren't the minimum entries for that to be judged.
first for table decoration, second for crochet and third for mixed media art