Saturday, January 26, 2013

Top Pinterest Pins for 1/26

Well I was pinning again this week like every week.  Those of you that follow me on Pinterest, if you aren't please do, have made the following the my top pins this week.




Cream Cheese Brownies These aren't gluten free.  They are on my list to convert though.



Thursday, January 24, 2013

UFOs Are Taking Over My Life

Let's talk about all those UFO's in our home.  I'm not talking about the ones that bring the little green guys but those UnFinished Objects.



You know all those projects that you start and never  haven't finished yet?  Those lovely little things.  Want to know what's in my pile?


This is sad.  Lion brand hasn't made this line of yarn for awhile.  It's still not finished.  I'm going to work on it this week. I hope.  I think.

I also have three more ruffle scarves to make.  One of those is for me.  I keep thinking I'll get started but haven't.  

My husband's Christmas present still needs to be finished.  He wanted a super padded camera strap.  

There's the two scarves I didn't finish from last year.

A bag that I started a year and half ago.

The quilt top that's old enough the bedroom colors have changed.

What's in your pile?  What do you do to motivate yourself to finish a project?

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Top Pinterest Pins for 1/19

I thought I'd start sharing my top pins for each week.  This will just be a fun way to share what my followers are into.  So let's get started.

My very own Gluten Free Cheddar Biscuits!  This makes me very happy.  It's always nice to know others are inspired by something that I have created.



Number Word Bingo Another one of my own! I hope this helps lots of kids learn their number words.

Applebee's French Onion Soup  If you leave the bread out this is gluten-free.  I don't pin just gluten-free recipes though.


Herb Crusted Chicken in Cream Sauce Skip the bread crumbs for an easy gluten free convert.  I'm thinking I need to knock-off the bread crumbs though. 



What were you inspired by on Pinterest this week?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Teachers Pay Teachers Store

I just wanted to take a minute and share with you that I've opened a store on Teachers Pay Teachers.  I only have two projects up right now but as I get my stuff converted I'll add more.

I have Number Word Bingo which is free.  This is a fun way to help learn those number words.

I also have a sight word book.  This book is focused on high frequency words.  There are 11 pages of words with two words per page.  On each page the child is asked to read, then stamp, and finally write the word.  It sells for $2.00.  

Now granted I'm not going to make millions of dollars but I figured if I was already creating these things I should share them.  I'd love it if you would help me spread the word.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

No nonsense Tights and Leggings

This post brought to you by No nonsense. All opinions are 100% mine.

Just before Christmas I got an amazing package.  In it were a pair of red corduroy leggings and a pair of black lacey tights.  I adore the leggings and am sure I'll love the tights just as much.  It's been too cold to wear them.  The leggings are nice and warm in this fridged cold that we've been having lately.

My style sense is unlike most in my area.   My style is very ecletic.  I normally explain it as being BoHo but I like to throw some funk into it at times too.  I also tend to lean toward products that are totally out of my price range.  My tastes are well above my means.  These leggings those are in my budget!  They retail for under $20.00!  

Below is my style board for the leggings that I recieved.  I paired them with a black sweater.  I love pairing black and red together.  I've read that those two colors together show that you are a powerful woman.  I'm not sure about that but I love them together anyway.  To add a little bit of funk I chose some combat style boots.  

 

No nonsense

 
You know that I live in the middle of nowhere so finding fashionable clothing can sometimes be next to impossible.  Maybe the best part of this line from No nonsense is I can get them at my local grocery store!  That's right I can pick them up with my milk!  No nonsense tights and leggings this link will help you find where you can purchase them.  They are also available at drug stores and mass retail stores.  
 
Be sure to go like No nonsense on Facebook so you can keep up on their new products.  I was unaware that No nonsense was producing such trendy products. The video below is hosted by Jill Martin, No nonsense ambassador.  Jill is well known to many of us, she is a correspondant for Access Hollywood, author of New York Time's Best Seller "I Have Nothing To Wear", and an Emmy-winning TV personality.  She is the expert in how to wear these new leggings and tights.
 

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Adam Levine Memes for Bloggers and Crafters

I'm sure by now you've seen the Ryan Gosling "Hey Girl" memes.  If you haven't then welcome back to Earth, how was living under a rock, glad you woke up from your coma, or sorry you've been without TV and Internet for over a year, whichever applies to you.  Now, there is nothing wrong with Ryan he's just not Adam.  So I made a few.  Enjoy!





I do not own the photo.  I found it here at last.fm.  The original photographer, whomever that is, as far as I know still owns the copyright.  I assume no copyright.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Ruffle Scarf, AKA The Death of Mel

I'm sure by now you've all seen the ruffled scarf.  I am also sure that the majority of you either got one for Christmas or made one or two or fifteen of them for Christmas.  How do I know this?  There is absolutely none of it left on the shelves in my area and many online retailers are sold out.
Photo from  recipient of scarf
Yes, I forgot to photograph any of them until I wrote the post.


I don't have a pattern for you.  I didn't make a pattern.  What I do have for you is some lessons that I learned while making mine.  Truth be told I'm still making them because now I get to do them for myself.

I used Red Heart yarn.  I used their yarn because I liked the lace/ruffle part the best.  It was wider and just the design of it suited me the best.  So now for the tips!

1.  Watch their video.  I've included it here for easy viewing.  It's a must.  At least it was for this knitter.  I throw my knitting.  You can find out what that is here.



2. Don't knit off the ball.  This yarn twists like no body's business.  You'll need an easy way to untwist it.  I used a Lay's Stax container that I cleaned and then cut a slit in the lid for the yarn to come out.  This way I just had to rotate the container instead of dealing with the ball of yarn.

3. Red Heart provides two sizes of scarves on the band of the yarn.  One is to cast on 10 stitches and the other is to cast on 6 stitches.  I went down the middle and went with 8.

4.  When I cast on I actually laid the yarn over itself and hid the tail that way.  It just finished nicer that way.  They show that technique in this video at 1:30.  Just remember you did that when you knit back across because you'll need to go through both loops at once.



5. Use clear thread to sew your ends.  The clear thread just disappears.  It makes it look professional.

6. Have fun with them!

Have you made one of these scarves?  Do you have any tips or tricks you want to share with the rest of us?

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Gluten Free Cheddar Biscuits

These biscuits are almost as good as Red Lobsters.  I said almost.  It's taken awhile to get it right but I do believe it is right now.  This goes together just like wheat biscuits do.  So don't worry you can make these.

Let's talk about how they came about.  I found this waffle recipe and thought I'd convert it.  I did and the waffles were OK.  What my husband noticed was the texture was sort of bread like.  A week later he asked for them again and this time instead of making them sweet could I make them savory.  He wanted to use it as bread for a sandwich.  So I whipped them up and with the little bit I had left over decided I'd toss it in the oven to see what they turned out like.  They showed lots of potential, the downfall was I had under baked them.

3/4 cup rice flour
3/4 cup cornstarch
2 TBSP almond meal
2 tsp xanthum gum
1 1/2 tsp Season All
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 TBSP minced garlic
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 TBSP baking powder
6 TBSP Softened Butter
Milk 1/2 - 3/4 cup

Lightly grease a 9x13 pan and preheat your oven to 400.

Mix all ingredients except the butter and milk in a bowl.  Cut in the butter with two forks or a pastry cutter until the butter is about pea sized.  Add the milk, how much you need is dependent on your weather, you want just enough to bring it all together.  It should be like drop biscuit consistency.  Not real loose but too wet to roll out.  I use an ice cream scoop to make my biscuits.  You should get 12 biscuits.  I gently push the biscuits down so that don't have a rounded top.  Bake for 15 minutes or until bottoms are golden.
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