Call them Froebel, Advent, Pennsylvania, Polish, Swedish, Christmas or German stars, they are lovely little ornaments! Hang on your Christmas tree, use to decorate or give as gifts. Packaged stars with an enclosed, personalized card make a lovely gift. My German star video tutorial shows you how to make lovely 3-dimensional stars by weaving and folding paper strips in about forty steps. Continue Reading
When you replace a light or chandelier do you wonder what to do with the glass globes that covered the light bulb? Throwing them in the trash seems like a poor idea since they are usually in nice condition. But whatever could you do with them? Make a beautiful table centerpiece from re-purposed light globes.Continue Reading
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- Now you have your blank canvas. You can rotate it to vertical or horizontal so think how you want the finished image to look.
- It is time to add your text. Click the Tt icon on the left sidebar.
- Click Add Text. Then click your desired font. Bigger, bolder fonts work best for this technique.
- With your text showing, you can play around by making some words in capitals, larger or smaller. Use the slider in the text box until you get it how you like.
- Make the text as large as you can so there is lots of space for the background image to show through.
- In Text Options, under Blend modes: click Normal
- Under Text Effects type: click None
- Look for the Overlays butterfly icon on the left and click.
- At the top, click Add Your Own, then My Computer. This will take you to your photo files where you can choose one to use as the background to your text.
- Your photo will appear over your canvas. You may have to adjust the size so that it covers all of the text.
- In the Overlay box, under Basic Blend modes: Add (the photo above looks like it is set to normal, but you need to set it to Add) When you click Add, this is what happens….
- Open a blank canvas of desired size and leave white.
- Add text
- Click OPTIONS
- Move the slide bar to desired size (larger fonts work better)
- Then click BLEND MODES: choose NORMAL
- NEXT Click EFFECTS:
- Under EFFECT TYPE: choose NONE
- NEXT (on left of screen) Go to OVERRLAYS (the little butterfly)
- Click: ADD YOUR OWN
- Click MY COMPUTER
- Choose a photo from your files
- Click PHOTO
- Under BASIC TAB find BLEND MONES
- Click ADD
- MAGIC! Isn’t it great!
- Click the bottom of the LAYERS BOX to merge layers
- Save your creation!
Every year beginning in early November and through the Christmas Season, visits to this most popular post spike. So it has become a tradition that I re-post my tutorial for folding simple paper strips into delicate three-dimensional stars that many remember from childhood.
Growing stevia is easy in well-drained beds or large containers, and the leaves can be dried for winter use like any other herb. Stevia grows best in warm conditions similar to those preferred by basil. Plants grown in warm climates will grow to 24 inches tall and wide. Where summers are cool, expect stevia plants to grow up to 16 inches. Grow three to five plants for a year’s supply of dried stevia leaves. source: Mother Earth News
I read powdered stevia works best when combined with other ingredients such as those used when baking.
The next experiment was to make a stevia liquid extract.
30 hours later
I poured off the liquid, draining through a strainer lined with a coffee filter.
and placed over very low heat
The bottle on the right was cooked for a shorter period of time and is lighter in color and less sweet.
I cooked the remaining liquid in the pot longer to produce a more concentrated and darker colored extract.
Homemade Liquid Stevia Extract
Recipe source: Better homes and Gardens Heritage Cookbook copyright 1975, Page 168 but you will find recipes for Rosettes are all almost exactly the same including the recipe found in The Norske Nook Book of Pies and Other Recipes
Heat a rosette iron in deep hot oil (375°) Dip hot rosette iron into
batter, being careful batter only comes three quarters the way up the side of
the iron. Fry rosette in the hot oil until golden, Lift
iron out; tip slightly to drain off excess fat. With fork carefully push rosette
off iron onto paper toweling placed on a wire rack.
Reheat iron; drain and repeat. Sift
powdered sugar over cooled rosettes
Heat the Rosette iron in the hot oil for a minute or so before placing for the first time into the batter. In my first attempts, the iron was not hot enough and the batter simply did not cling to the iron.
Once the iron was nice and hot, I carefully dipped it into the batter just up to the top edge, for about 5 seconds. I could hear a soft sizzle and the batter nicely coated the iron. I carefully removed the iron from the batter and immediately plunged it into the hot oil and cooked for about 30 seconds.
My Rosette iron is so old that the rosette part did not stay tightly screwed onto the handle and I had to continually tighten it by rolling the hot edge on the paper towel. No fun! I know it had additional design rosettes but they are long gone. I am ordering a double-prong set as it will greatly reduce cooking time and I want to try making the timbale for filling with cream and fruit.
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Why aren’t I eating more beans!
I know beans are nutritious, high in dietary fiber and fat-free but not until doing a little research for this post did I realize all of the health benefits beans provide.
Canned beans aren’t expensive but dried beans cost even less, don’t have the sodium and other additives that canned beans may contain and taste better!
Eating beans is economical and pack a lot of health benefits. This easy, tutorial shows you how to cook dried beans for freezing, eating and recipes.