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
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
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.