Sunday, April 29, 2012

Is It Finally Time To Craft?

I hope you all have been enjoying the guests we've had the last few weeks.  You may have noticed that there hasn't been anything from me for a week or so.  I am healthy I came down with bronchitis last weekend and am still fighting it though I'm starting to feel human and I have been beyond swamped.  When I say swamped I mean so busy I totally forgot to take pictures of the projects that now are living with someone else.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Quick 'n' Easy Boot Fillers by Wendi

Hello folks I'm so happy to be guest posting here in Melissa's world!  I'm Wendi from SewCatSew Creations.  I love to sew (did the name give me away?), craft, design and drink tea to excess.  I do a lot of hand sewing with felt, but also enjoy machine sewing for charity projects and home decor adventures.  Do stop by my space and say "hi"!  But now, let's get to the project I have for you...Quick 'n' Easy Boot Fillers.


Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Shabby Creek Cottage

Today we are going to visit The Shabby Creek Cottage.  I follow Gina on Twitter.  Yesterday, was the blog's third birthday!  So let's see what's going on over there.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Painted Throw Pillow with Kassie

Today we have Kassi from Truly Lovely to teach us all about how to paint fabric.  I love painting fabric!!  Let's turn the stage over to Kassi!


Hello lovelies!!! I am thrilled to be here guest posting at Crafting to Do!!!
Kassi and Kayli

Monday, April 9, 2012

If Life Had A Sound Track

I've always thought life should have a soundtrack.  Music should play in the background while you go about your life.  Then when you die it will be released on a multi disk set for all your friends and family to buy.  Before we get started on the soundtrack you might want to know more about me.  My bio, my gluten free journey, part 1 of Why I'm Here, and part 2 of Why I'm Here will fill you on bits and pieces.  Some things I think I left out of all of that, I'm from a small town and when I say small I mean it.  There is a whopping 388 people according to the 2010 census.  I'm 20 miles from a grocery store.  Nearest gas station is about 8 miles from my house.  There is no such thing as pizza delivery.  We did get a Dollar General five miles away a year or two ago and that has been a huge blessing.  It's just nice to have eggs and milk near by in case you forget.  I was in 4-H and FFA.  It's just what you did when I was a kid.

 But now for the soundtrack, I've embedded the whole play list but I'm also going to share a few individual songs that I wanted to share why they are there. The whole playlist is 3 hours and 18 minutes long, but it's good music I promise.  Ok, it's good music to me. :)  I didn't live each line of these songs.  Each one of the songs speaks to a portion of my life though, rather it was a lost love, wanting to rewind the clock, or just life growing up they are all here.  Enjoy!




Sunday, April 8, 2012

Brassy Apple

Happy Easter everyone!  Today I want to introduce you to Megan from Brassy Apple.

She has an amazing list of tutorials.  Here is just a small sampling of what you can find on her blog.


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Crafting Your Story with Tiffany

I'm so happy to have Tiffany here today!  She's been a great friend and a source of encouragement along my blogging journey.  With that I turn the stage over to Tiffany.


It’s easy enough to tell a story. A beginning, middle, end. A problem and a solution. A thesis sentence and some supporting evidence. The “Once Upon the Time” and the “Happily Ever After.”
But what about YOUR story? Eek! That’s where everyone’s pens stop short.

Work with schools : writing a composition : girls each weari...
Photo via New York Library via Flickr Creative Commons 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Gluten Free Meatballs and Roasted Potatoes


Meatballs and meatloaf was something that I missed in my gluten-free home.  I'm fairly picky about my meatloaf and was sure I was done having it.  That was until the day that I was watching Food Network and saw a chef on there using cereal for a breading.  Now, I'm sure you are wondering how breading inspired me to work up a gluten free meatloaf recipe.  I always used breadcrumbs as my binder.  So I figured if they could use cereal for breading why couldn't I use it as a binder.
Note: My meatball and meatloaf recipes are the same.  The shape and topping is different.  We eat meatballs more often because my husbands likes the crunchy outside. :)

Let's make the meatballs!

What You Need:

I know this looks like a lot of stuff but it's for both the meatballs and the potatoes.

Scrub potatoes.  Cut in half moon shape all the same thickness.  Slice a half of an onion too.

Place onions, potatoes, oil, pepper, season salt, and minced garlic in a storage bag.


Put in a 425 oven to bake.  Remember to stir every 15-20 minutes.


In a bowl place hamburger, onion powder, salt, pepper, garlic, bullion paste, and Worcestershire sauce.

Process the cereal in the food processor.

Add to hamburger mix, also add 1 egg.

Form into balls, or if making meatloaf into a loaf.

Mix ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar together.


Pour sauce on meatballs during the last 5 minutes of cooking time.
Enjoy!

Potatoes

2 1lbs russet potatoes, scrubbed clean
1/2 large onion sliced
1 Tablespoon season salt (ensure gluten free status)
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
Fresh Black Pepper to taste
3 Tablespoons oil

Preheat oven to 425.

Mix all ingredients in a food storage bag.  Place in a 9x13 baking dish.  Stir every 15 minutes.  After 15 minutes lower oven temperature to 375.  If they aren't browned well enough after 45 minutes you can broil them for a few minutes.

While the potatoes are starting to cook mix up the meatballs.

1 lbs hamburger
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 Tablespoon bouillon paste
1 1/2 cups cereal (rice not corn you can taste the corn but the rice is tasteless)
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg

Process the cereal in the food processor until it resembles bread crumbs.  Then mix all ingredients together.  Shape into balls or a loaf, I use an ice cream scoop to make the balls.  Bake in 375 oven for 35 minutes.  If making meatloaf I top with just plain ketchup.  If making meatballs I mix equal parts of ketchup and mustard then add brown sugar until it's the right balance of sweet and tart.  After topping bake for another 5 to 10 minutes to set the sauce.  Serve with a toss salad and try not to eat too many!

My package of hamburger wasn't a full pound.  Normally, I get 9 meatballs out of a pound of hamburger.  By the time I had figured out that I was short it was too late, the 7 meatballs were already in the pan.  Don't use a really fatty hamburger.  I can get 80/20 or 93/7 so I mix half a pound of each.  You can substitute ground turkey for the hamburger.  If you do, don't use onion powder, finely chop fresh onion to add extra moisture since turkey tends to be dry.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Quick and Easy Potholders

For Christmas all I wanted was potholders.  Nothing fancy just the cotton ones.  My poor family spent days looking for them only to fail.  My husband was especially upset that he couldn't deliver the one thing that I had asked for.  I did a little search online and realized they are next to impossible to find them anywhere.  Well there was only one thing to do, make them myself!

Items Need:
100% Cotton Fabric
Thin Batting
Bias Binding (optional)
Serger (optional)
Spray Basting
Sewing Machine
Rotary Cutter
Self Healing Mat
Ruler
Thread

Step 1:
Cut two 7" squares of fabric.



Step 2:
Cut two 6 3/4" square of batting

Step 3:
If needed you can spray baste your fabric sandwich.

Step 4:
Serge around all four sides.

You are done!!!

If you want a more finished look you can sew bias binding around the edges.

Tip Junkie handmade projects

April Sponsors

We are going to talk about the nitty gritty of blogging.  That's right money!  I know it's not what you wanted to see but, I've got to pay the bills. ;)

Clever Girls Network - They bring offers to bloggers to write posts for certain companies.  So far I haven't be accepted for any but I thank them for providing me these opportunities.  I also promise you that I will not be accepting or applying for any that won't benefit you the readers.

Brassy Apple - I heart Brassy Apple's clothing.  If you are wanting some great feminine clothing check them out!  Using the link on my page helps me pay those bills.

{Re}Use That! - Is a blog about upcycle crafts.  Lots of cute ideas there!

If you would like to join our list of sponsors you can find the information here on our rate card.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Living Life Without

Today I want to introduce to fellow blogger and first Twitter follower Kara from Living Life Without.

Kara is gluten free and whey free wife and mother.  Her blog focuses on living a full life without gluten and whey.  This can be harder than most of you think.  Whey might just be in more things than gluten is.

Kara shares important information about the gluten free diet such as, FDA comments being reopened and petitioning the Girl Scouts for gluten free cookies.

She also share gluten free deals she finds on the internet.  These are great for those of us trying to stretch a dollar when a 2 pound bag of flour costs more than three dollars a bag.  Anywhere we can save a few cents can add up to a lot over time.

She also shares recipes.  Like Mushroom Glazed Chicken.  Doesn't this look yummy?

If you are gluten free or someone in your family is please take a moment to check out Kara's blog and to follow her on Twitter.  I thank her for the encouragement given by being my very first twitter follower!

Welcome To The New Crafting To Do

Before the real post goes live in a little bit I just wanted to welcome you to the new and improved Crafting To Do.


I've got some guest posts scheduled for you!!  They are from some great bloggers so I hope you all will love them.

To give you some insight on what will be happening here I've got two sewing projects for this week.  A yummy gluten-free meatloaf with roasted potatoes.  A quick and easy thank you gift.  I've even got some gardening tips and questions for all of you.  Also be on the look out for the weekly spotlight posts where I feature another blogger.

I hope you all like the new format and will tell your friends about it.  You can use the banner at the top of the page to follow me on many different social media outlets.
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