Monday, December 30, 2013

I Want You!

I'm looking to expand Home Ec. with Mel and I know I can't do it all.  I'm looking for a few good writers.  It can be a one time thing, a once every couple of months thing, or a once a month thing.  It's all up to you.  What areas am I looking for?  Glad you asked!  I need people who do party planning, weddings, parenting, advanced sewing, scrapbooking, and crafts.  This is a great way to get your name and content in front of new viewers.

The other thing I want is small business owners.  Etsy, Artfire, StoreEnvy owners who would like a spotlight/feature post. I want to encourage my readers to shop small for all their needs not just on "Shop Small Saturday".

If you think this might be something you are interested in please contact me at craftingtodo at gmail dot com.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole

One of the joys of the holidays is reliving those holiday memories from years gone by.  That first gluten free Thanksgiving was sparse for my husband.  I just couldn't recreate certain things for him.  When I asked him what he really missed it was the green bean casserole.  I set out to recreate that for him.

I was really hoping you'd see the bubbles.  It just came out of the oven when I took this.

The best part of traditional green bean casserole is the ease of it.  We all know that when it come to converting something to gluten free we usually lose the convenience of the dish.  However, that is not the case with this dish.  It will take a little bit longer but not much.  So let's get to making it.

You will need:
2 (10 oz) packages of frozen green beans
1 jar of Alfredo sauce (Classico is gluten free and the brand I use)
4-8 oz of mushrooms diced (4 oz will give you a more traditional cream of mushroom soup, we like mushrooms though so we go with 8)
1 clove of garlic minced
1 medium onion sliced
Milk or Water
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 cup rice flour
Season All Salt
Oil for frying

Heat oil to 375.  Preheat oven to 350.  Break your onion into rings.  Then pour milk or water, I prefer milk, over the onions and let them soak for 5 minutes.  In a storage bag mix corn starch, rice flour, salt and pepper to taste.  Pull the onions out of the milk and let excess drip off.  Put into flour mix and shake to coat.  Dip onions back into milk and repeat.  Fry in hot oil until golden brown, about 5 minutes, and drain.  Set aside.

Grease a 1.5 quart baking dish.  In a bowl mix green beans, Alfredo sauce, mushrooms, garlic, and pepper to taste.  The sauce tends to be salty enough that no other salt is needed.  Take half of the onion rings you just made and coarsely chop them.  Mix into the bean mixture and pour into baking dish.  Bake for 35-40 minute minutes until bubbly.  Top with remaining onion rings and bake for 5 minutes longer.

It looks like the real thing!  Well maybe even better than the real thing.  If you ask my husband what my knock out Thanksgiving dish is, this is it.  It can be made the night before and reheated the day of, if needed.  Oh and just one more picture.  
Yes, it was as good as it looks!

What do you miss on your plate during the holiday?  Let me know!  Maybe I can help you not miss it anymore!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Let's Talk Turkey

It's November and that means the holidays are right around the corner!  This is my absolute favorite time of the year.  I love being in the kitchen from now until the new year.  The smells, the family time, and all of the food makes me a happy camper.  Without some research in your skill set this could be a very painful time of year if you are gluten free.

So this holiday season we'll go through all those dishes we love and how to make them gluten free.  There will be no need to miss out on one thing this year!

I love turkey!  It's probably one of my favorite foods.  You'd also think you'd be safe eating just plain roasted turkey but you'd be wrong.  Many of the turkeys on the market today in fact have gluten in them. :(  It's usually in the stuff they inject the meat with and/or the gravy packet.  So what turkey can you buy?

Please follow the links to get the exact products that are gluten free and double check the labels.  I don't think any company out there would label something gluten free that wasn't knowingly but it's better to be safe than sorry.  I do want to share Jennie-O's full list of gluten free products, since they have lots of products like meatballs.  

I normally buy Butterball turkey since they usually have the cheapest prices.  Last year though the store brand Wal-Mart carried was clearly marked gluten free but I can't remember what the brand name was, it was almost a year ago folks!  

Now, no one likes dry turkey and after I discovered brine I'll never cook a turkey any other way.  I use Alton Brown's Honey Brined Smoked Turkey recipe.  CHECK YOUR VEGETABLE BROTH!!  I also don't smoke the turkey, I need gravy but that's for another post.  Once my turkey has been brined I pat that skin dry.  Dry skin is what browns wet skin does not.  I also loosen the skin and stick some cold butter under there and in the cavity I put some onion, carrots, and celery.  Then I put it in a 500, yes 500 degree over for about 30 minutes or until the skin is lightly brown.  Then I drop the temp to 325 and continue to bake it until it registers done. If the turkey starts to get over brown, cover it with alumminum foil, usually the breast is the only part that needs this. Side note, don't trust that pop up thing in the turkey!  I baste with turkey stock, either homemade or a safe purchased stock like Kitchen Basics.  When you baste, don't just do the skin that's not really helping anything, make sure your liquid is going into the cavity of the bird.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Shebusa Bracelet Giveaway!

I'm so excited to bring this giveaway to you!  I've been wanting to do something like this for a long time now.
Here's what you have a chance to win.

Isn't that gorgeous?  These bracelets are completely customized!  You pick the shape, the metal plating, and the leather. There are 12 colors of leather to choose from, 6 different types of leather, and 3 different metal plates. The combinations are endless.  The leather is the same quality that Louis Vuitton uses!  You can see the whole range of bracelet choices here. I think this one is my favorite though
These are made in Europe but the giveaway is open to everyone!  Now for the details.  You have until July 31 to enter the giveaway.  You must be 18 years or older.  The value of the bracelet is 130 Euros or about $164. The winner will be chosen at random.  

Now don't fret if you aren't chosen or you want more than one you can use the coupon code CRAFTI  for 15% off your order.  This coupon code is good until August 1. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Pattern Weight Ideas

So I wanted some pattern weights.  They are expensive for what you get in the package.  You can check them out on Amazon here Dritz Fabric Pattern Weights One (4 pack) of Either Pink, Green or Purple ~ No Color Choice ~ Cut Patterns Without Pinning! (PS If you want to buy those from that link I'd really appreciate the few pennies that I would get from it.)  Really, I had several issues with these.  First the price a little over $10.00 for four pattern weights.  I don't like not being able to choose what color I got but, knew I could probably go into JoAnn's and pick up what color I wanted.  That just added to my issues though because JoAnn's is about 100 miles round trip, I couldn't justify the trip for something I didn't need that day.

I was just going to go with the washers.  I figured they'd be cheaper and really I didn't NEED the "real" thing.  So I figured the next trip into town I'd pick some washers up at Wal-Mart.  While I was looking at them my husband asked what I had in mind.  So I quickly explained and he talked me out of buying them.  He was sure he had stuff at the house that would work.  I just figured I could pick the washers up the next time.

The first thing he brought me were four chunks of metal.  He had cut up a piece he had laying around.  The thimble is there to help show size.  I covered them with Duck Tape.  I'm not sure if washi tape would work because I've never used it.  (I'll wait while you recover from shock.) While I loved them, four wasn't going to be enough for some projects.

So he went back out to the garage, the man collects all kinds of manly stuff like nuts, bolts, and washers.  This time he brought me these.
I wasn't sure at first but after we got them cleaned up I'm in love.  These bolts have a nice weight to them.  I have six of these.  I was now in business!  I had pattern weights.  Then he came back in the house with these:
These are much smaller bolts as you can tell.  These will work great for small projects!

I won't cover the bolts.  I love the look of them.  I have this thing for industrial things.  The only thing I have to caution you about is be sure to clean them up if you are using ones from the garage.

Now go find that spouse of your's that is a collector of nuts, bolts, and metal sticks and see what you can have!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Glitter Shelf

Yes, you read the title correctly.  I glittered a shelf.  Why?  I can!  Really, I was playing around and really liked it so I finished it up and now I'm blogging about it.  The best part?  It is super easy and quick to do.


Base paint color of your choice - I used white craft paint
Mod Podge
Clear Coat Sealer

So this is what my shelf started out as.

It was not pretty.  It was only a dollar though and I can use it to hold ribbon.  I think it was a toilet paper holder in it's previous life.

Step 1:  Sand it.  I needed to get the seal off of it so it would take the paint.

Step 2: Paint it.  I painted mine white.

Step 3. Mix Mod Podge and glitter together.  I used a mix of blues and greens.  I mixed it 2 parts Mod Podge to 1 part glitter.

Step 4: Paint it again.  This time with the Mod Podge and glitter.

Step 5: Seal it with a clear sealer and you are done!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Crafter's Tool Bucket Organizer

Before we start the tutorial be sure to sign up for the Home Ec. with Mel newsletter.  Starting in July the newsletter will go out on the first of the month and it will be chalked full of fun stuff!

I'm working very hard to get my craft room organized and supplies moved from the basement into it.  I have not only all of my supplies but most of my mother's and grandmother's supplies.  Do you know how man boxes of pins and packages of needles three generations of sewers can have?  I do, it's a lot!  The plastic shelves I did are loaded with various home decor fabric.  I bought a canvas shoe organizer at a garage sale and loaded it with broadcloth fabric and all of that didn't fit.  Then there is the various knitting needles, crochet hooks, paint brushes, well you get the picture that all need homes.  It's a mad house!

I started saving metal coffee cans last year.  I knew I could do something with them.  I have also been looking at a way to have all my tools out on my table but still organized.  Then it hit me, I need a tool bucket like my husband has.  It's a really cool thing, it fits in a 5 gallon bucket and is loaded with pockets.  They are fairly cheap at the hardware store the down side is I don't have room for a 5 gallon bucket on my craft table.  So I designed my own to fit my stash of coffee cans.  They are fairly easy to make, if you can sew a straight line and measure you've got this!  So let's make one together.


  • Fabric - 1 kind for the pocket and another for the liner - this is a great scrap buster
  • Tape Measure - paper and pencil to write those measurements down!
  • Iron and Ironing board
  • Rotary cutter, mat, and ruler
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Can of your choice.

Step 1:  Measure your can.  You need to go around the can (circumference) add 1 inch to this number, the height of the can, and then from the bottom of the can on the inside all the way around the can to the bottom on the outside add 2 inches to this measurement.

Step 2: We are going to start with the pocket.  So you need your first two measurements circumference of the can and height of the can.  My can is 6 1/2 inches tall and 21 inches around.  So I needed to cut a piece that size.

Step 3: Fold top edge of fabric down 3/4 of an inch and press.

Step 4: Then open up, bring raw edge to the press line and stitch down.

Step 5:  Now we need to cut the lining fabric.  This time we are going to use the first measurement, the circumference, and the last measurement, the height, the lip, and the inside of the can.  My circumference was 21 inches and the wrap was 17.5 inches.  I rounded that up to 18 inches and just used a fat quarter.

Step 6: The only tricky part of the whole thing and it's not that tricky.  Lay your lining right side down.  Lay your pocket right side down on top of your lining.  Line up raw edges.  Stitch using 5/8 inch seam.

Step 7: Press the seam towards the lining.

Step 8:  Flip the pocket so right side of both the lining and the pocket is facing your.  Press the bottom again.

Step 9:  Sew your pockets.  I forgot to take a picture of this.  You have to decided how big your pockets will be and how wide.  In the original picture I did four pockets.  On the yellow one I did three.

Step 10: Fold your piece in half right sides together.  Stitch along the raw edged long side and across the raw edge short side.

Step 10: Place the short seam inside the can.

Step 11:  Unfold your organizer over your can.  The pockets should be right side up and at the bottom of your can.

The nice thing about this pattern is that it can be adapted to fit any size of can you have.  You could even do it for that 5 gallon bucket if you have room or if you want to make it prettier than the ones they sell at the hardware store.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Week in Review May 26 - June 1

It's been another week so welcome to the round up!

 My serger went on the fritz.  It's working now, I think. Thanks to that I have a stack of things to finish and only one post for the week.  So most of this week's top 10 will be old ones.  But maybe it'll be new to you.

1. Men's Shirt Refashion

4. Gluten Free Oven Fried Chicken Strips

5. Shelf Makeover with Mod Podge

6. Brassy Apple 

7. Quick and Easy Boot Fillers

8. Blogger Calendar

9. Gluten Free Cheesecake

10. Oklahoma Tornado Relief

Thanks for coming from:
1. Google
2. Pinterest
3. I Heart Naptime
4. Be Different Act Normal
5. Facebook

Thanks for pinning:
1. Sassy Jungle Girl Flip Flops
2. All Things Sharpie
3. 20 Crafty Quotes
4. How to Digitize Your Pattern
5. Men's Shirt Refashion

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Men's Shirt Refashion

I've been inspired to refashion some men's clothing.  Have you checked out Refashion Files?  It's chocked full of one piece of clothing being turned into a completely different garment.  Some are basic, like mine, and some are mind blowing.  So let's see what I did!

I started with this:

It's a man's button down denim shirt.  These are staples in my area.  I think every man has at least one in their closest.  I was thankful to find one in great shape, it looked new!  Let's talk about how I picked my shirt.  I wanted something cheap, I wasn't sure how it would work out so I didn't want to invest much into it. This shirt ended up costing me around a nickel.  I also paid attention to length.  I knew by the time I got something long enough there would be some tailoring that would need to be done but that was OK.

I wondered why there isn't always a lot of photos on these kind of tutorials.  I quickly realized why, no two can be done the same.  What I needed to do for my body may not be what you need to do.  I will explain though so you have a starting point or at least some ideas.

I started by cutting the sleeves and collar off.  I also very carefully removed the pocket.  Then I turned it wrong side out and tried it on.  I marked where I needed to cut the shoulder area.  When I tried it on the edge of the sleeve started half way down my upper arm.  I also needed to take in the sides.  I used binder clips to hold the sides where I wanted them.  After sewing the sides I tried it on again to see if there were any more areas that needed fixed.  The bust was in dire need of some attention.  I needed a dart on each side.  (I had a feeling this would needed done and is why I took the sleeves and pocket off.)  Then I had to put it all back together.

I thought it needed a pop of color so I grabbed a couple of bandannas and went to work.  I traced the collar on the bandanna and cut two, be sure to cut it larger for seam allowances.  Sewed them together and attached it.  I trimmed the pocket in the bandanna fabric and reattached it.  I also shorted the sleeves, gathered them up a little bit, I needed bring them in so that they would fit correctly and put a cuff of the bandanna material on it.

Now I have this:

Monday, May 27, 2013

Week In Review May 19 - May 25

Wow was it a week!  So much so this post is a day late because I've lost so time somewhere.  So let's get to what was popular this week!

Top 10 Visited Blog Posts:

3. Oklahoma Tornado - If you are a fellow blogger who would like to join forces drop me a line at craftingtodo at gmail dot com.  I'm working with a local pastor in that area on ways we can help them.

Thank you for coming from:
3. Google

Thanks for repinning:

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Oklahoma Tornado and How You Can Help

I was supposed to post a craft today.  I stopped that post.  I can't deal with crafting right now.  My heart is broken.  I live in tornado alley.  I know this happens.  I've seen it first hand.  It doesn't make it any less heart wrenching when it happens again.  So what can we, you and I who aren't there do?  We can donate, please use one from this list.  These are FEMA approved agencies.  That means they are allowed into the ground zero areas.  If you have friends or family in the area let them know these shelters are available.

Don't show up!  If you have such a strong urge to be there to help, contact one of the groups that is on the list and volunteer to go with them.  Then wait until you are called.  They have enough headaches they don't need a bunch of well meaning people showing up.  Also don't send stuff.  Yes they have lost everything but the have no place to put stuff.  Again, donate those items to someone on the list above, they will ask for what they need when they need it.

One last thing you can do and that is pray, send good thoughts, whatever it is you believe in.  There are families who lost their children.  There are people who have lost everything they lost.  

UPDATE 12:30 CST -

The state of Oklahoma has set up the website to keep everyone updated.

You can text 32333 to make a $10 donation to the Oklahoma Food Bank.

You can text 90999 to make a $10 donation to the Red Cross.

If you were affected please register that you are safe here

Some organizations are asking for specific items.  Please call first!!  

Please be a smart donor - call ahead and see what the biggest needs are. Do not bring clothing unless asked.

Feed the Children donation center (donations) – Feed The Children is preparing emergency disaster relief supplies to aid victims of the Moore tornadoes and will be accepting donations from the public on Tuesday, May 21, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the McCormick Distribution Center (29 N. McCormick). Items that will be accepted are diapers, canned goods, non-perishable food and snack items, water and sports drinks.

Salvation Army at KFOR-TV studios (supply drop-off) – Items needed: Bottled water, Gatorade, Wipes, Diapers, Baby formula, Hand towels, Individually wrapped snacks, Work gloves. Please do not bring gloves. Financial donations can also be made to the Salvation Army. Text “storm” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.

All Edmond High Schools have drop offs. Edmond Memorial: Clothing — Edmond North: Bottled Water — Edmond Santa Fe: Canned Food Crawford Family Funeral Service in Edmond is taking donations. Please call 340-2333

OU Equipment at 180 West Brooks in Norman – accepting supplies Memorial Road Church of Christ at 2221 East Memorial Road in Edmond (405-478-0166)

Net Church of Oklahoma City – donations at our location until 12 noon. Location: 2200 N Bryant, Oklahoma City (405-427-5600) New Direction Ministries – 10109 N. Western Avenue (405-242-4692 ) Choctaw Road Baptist Church – collecting water, diapers, toiletries, snack foods, work gloves, gatorade, sunscreen, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, ibuprofen. PLEASE NO CLOTHING. Between 8:15 am and 4:15 pm Tuesday and Wednesday. 14971 East Reno, Choctaw (405-390-9002)

Mustang Brewing Company Headquarters – Open 5/21 at 7:00 a.m. Several thousand square feet of warehouse space opened up. Will get it to those who need it. 520 North Meridian Avenue, Oklahoma City Lucky Star Casino, Event Tent — a trailer is set up for donations from 7:00am till 3:00pm Tuesday and Wednesday (Event Tent on the West Side of the Casino). A cashier will be available for monetary donations. Necessary items, water, gatorade, non perishable foods, diapers, formula and wipes, hand sanitizer, gloves, trash bags, rakes, shovels, flashlight and batteries, suntan lotion, pre packed snacks. No clothes, bedding or household items at this time, as Red Cross has no storage or distribution center set up for these items at this time. Will be needed in the very near future though. EL Reno, Oklahoma (405-422-6500)

First Baptist Church Nicoma Park - donation and drop-off location Juice Blendz at 1200 West Covell Road in Edmond (405-285-0133) The Gate Church is accepting: Water,Sunscreen,Baby Items,Toiletries,Gloves, etc. 7700 North Council Road in Oklahoma City (405-728-7700)

Journey Church in Norman I-35 & Tecumseh in Norman Culver Electric: filling trailers with water, diapers, wipes, formula, gloves, hand tools, sunscreen, Gatorade, and all needed items on the salvation army and red cross list. 1823 West 20th in Elk City

Zimmer Radio Group: will have a truck/trailer located in their parking lot accepting donations. When one truck fills up, it will be sent and bring in another one to fill. Location: 2702 East 32nd Street in Joplin, Missouri (417-624-1025)
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