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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Zucchini Loafs (2 loafs) on: August 25, 2015 07:31:50 PM
I got this from "Taste of Home" magazine, Best of Taste of Home
It makes 2 yummy loafs.

Grease & Flour 2 regular loaf pans. Preheat oven to 350*F.

1/2 Cup + 2 Tblsp Orange Juice
1/2 C. Veg. Oil
1/2 C. Unsweetened Apple Sauce
3 Eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp. Vanilla
Combine in a bowl

3 C. Flour
2 C. Sugar
4 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1 1/4 tsp. B. Power
1/2 tsp. B. Soda
1 tsp. Salt
Combine in a large bowl.

2 C. shredded Zucchini
1 C. chopped Pecan nuts

Add Orange Juice mixture to dry ingredients. Stir only until combined. Carefully fold in shredded Zucchini and nuts.
Divide batter into prepared pans.
Bake 60 to 65 minutes, or until tests done with toothpick.
Remove from oven.
Cool on rack. Slice and enjoy with butter. Wrap to store. Can be frozen.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Insert pocket here --> on: June 27, 2015 11:43:23 AM
I feel very clever. Wink
This is my riding backpack. I got it at Valu Village for under $5.

I like to carry many things with me on a ride. Sometimes even my I-Pad. (Which falls over, fills the bottom of my pack. And digs into my back)

I originally tried 3 strips of elastic. That din't work at all: the I-Pad slid right out the bottom, and laid flat and dug into my back.
But, I've fixed it now.

I added a pocket. Hopefully, it will hold all items inserted upright, so they don't dig into my back.

Pretty clever, eh, Craftsters and Guests?
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A random bag (KS 3526) on: June 25, 2015 03:47:56 PM
So, I was finishing off the "Family of Bags",
Read more: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438634.0#ixzz3e7HLMcep

And had this fabric, which I didn't use on it, left over. So, I chose to put a black band and handles onto it.

It's rather bright, but the band and handles make it a bit easier to look at.

What do you think, Craftsters and Guests?
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Carrot Bran Muffins (Company's Coming) on: June 18, 2015 10:09:07 AM
Line muffin tin with paper liners, or grease each cup well.
Preheat oven to 400*F.

The pineapple makes this muffin tender and very moist

1 1/2 C. Flour
3/4 C. Packed Brown Sugar
3/4 C. Natural Bran
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. B. Powder
1 tsp. B. Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt

Combine in a large bowl. Mix together. Make a well in the centre.

2 eggs
1/2 C. Cooking Oil
1 C. Grated Carrot
1 C. Crushed Pineapple with juice

Beat eggs in mixing bowl until frothy. Mixing oil, carrots, pineapple and juice. Pour into well. Stir only to moisten. Batter will be lumpy.
Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.
Bake in 400*F oven for 20-25 minutes.
Remove from pan after 5 minutes.
Enjoy with butter or margarine, and beverage of your choice.

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A Russian Bread Bag (a.k.a. Lunch Bag) on: May 04, 2015 12:10:36 AM
My husband and I were in Vancouver BC. Nice trip.

While wandering around, we came across a store named "Camouflage".
It was an individualists' store, with a great variety of items; clothes, bumper stickers, knives, hats, bags, and helmets. Upstairs, there was an Army Surplus area. And, not just Canadian army, various armies from around the globe.

A neat bag caught my eye,

I showed my husband, he thought it neat, we left the store. I thought not much more of it, but it caught my husbands attention. While our daughter and I went to a bookstore, he went back and bought it.

Once we returned home, I took the measuring tape to it, and came up with these notes,

Using the notes, I made a pattern for it. Then, using a bit of common sense, and some Denim, I made the bag, itself.

And, the interior,

I admit to a few errors, though.
1. When putting in the divider, I marked both the front and back on the same side. If you're marking the wrong side of the fabric, you ought mark the left side on one pattern piece and the right side of the other, that they'll correspond with each other. Easy enough fix.
2. I didn't round the corners off. I was applying the bias tape before I realized it had rounded corners for a reason. Not just artistic view; but to make bias application easier. (In real life, you can see that my bias tape is really not very good. Undecided )
3. I ought have added Velcro before putting it together, to make the flap stay closed.
Oh well, live & learn.

What do you think, Crafsters? Turn out okay? Awful copy? Somewhere in between?
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / 2 Lemon Loafs on: April 12, 2015 09:36:26 AM
I first got this from a recipe book called "Company's Coming: Muffins and More"
At my first try of it, I discovered that making them one at a time is pointless. So, here's a double recipe.

Grease & Flour 2 loaf pans. Preheat oven to 350*F

1 C. Butter
2 C. White Sugar
4 Eggs
1 C. Milk
In a large bowl, cream Butter and Sugar and 2 eggs. Beat in other 2 eggs. Blend in Milk.

3 C Flour
2 tsp. Baking Power
1 tsp. Salt
2 Grated Lemon rinds
In a 2nd bowl, thoroughly stir Flour, B. Power, Salt and Lemon rind. Add to milk mixture. Stir ONLY to MOISTEN! (do not over-stir) Spoon into prepared pans.
Bake 1 Hour, or until tests done with toothpick. Remove from oven, add Glaze. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove to rack and continue cooling. Wrap and store (I put it in the fridge, myself, but I don't think you have to.)

1/2 C. Sugar
Juice of 2 lemons
Combine juice and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat and stir to dissolve sugar. Spoon evenly over hot loafs.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A Wool Tote on: March 30, 2015 06:39:29 AM
I hadn't thought before of making a tote bag out of wool. Then, I read it in this book,

"Hold It ... " by Nancy Restuccia. Terrific resource if you can get it. (I got mine off E-Bay auction site.)

So, I bought some Wool fabric and decided to give it a try. Simplicity 9658, bag B. It's a nicely sized tote, neither too large, nor too small.

Here it is:

And the other side:

This one will remain mine. Period.
Thank you for looking.
Any feedback is welcome.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A "Family" of Bags on: March 25, 2015 06:05:27 PM
(These are all Kwik-Sew 3526)
I found this material with a photography-type print on it, and decided that would make a nice bag for a neighbour.

Once that was decided, I thought it might be an idea to make a bag for each of her daughters. One is a reporter, the other has a great interest in Horses.

After that, I thought it wouldn't be kind to give "Just" them a bag each, and not her husband. So, I decided this one would be nice for him. (because it's kind of "guyish")

(Have you ever had a project completely take on a life of its own?) Then, decided that since I had made both of the daughters a bag, it would be surly to not make one for their roommate.

Then, their son came home from ... back east, I think it was. So, I decided to make him one as well.

But, I didn't have enough of that fabric for both sides: so, I used a similar, but different print for the other side

(Fortunately, their other son is not yet home: but I will make him one, when he gets home.)

Feedback, positive or negative, would be appreciated. Thank you
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Young Reporter's Bag on: December 24, 2014 10:21:11 AM
I made 3 bags out of Kwik-Sew 3526.

I forgot to take pictures of the first one  Angry

I tried to post the other 2 on the same post, but can't from my phone! (And, now, I'm too annoyed to try to figure it out!  Angry  Angry )

So, here's my bag for a young reporter.

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tool Roll -- by request on: September 22, 2014 11:33:08 AM
My husband was cleaning out a small tool-bag he had in the trunk of his car.
Inside, he had a bunch of wrenches.  He needed all of them, but would have preferred them to be on a tool roll.
He explained what he had in mind. I showed him a picture from "Hold it! How to sew bags, totes, duffels, pouches & more" by Nancy Restuccia. (Excellent resource, highly recommend.)Between the pic, and his explanation, I decided I could make something that would "do".
I wish I could say I just sat down and this "came out of the sewing machine". It didn't; the first one had not enough, and too narrow of pockets. And, there were rough edges hanging out all over. I thought I'd be able to rip a few pocket seams, but since it's made out of Paint drop-cloth, the weave is too loose, so the material was starting to rip.  Angry
So, I had to start over.
I suppose it's a blessing (of a sort) to have to start over. You just get to repair whatever mistakes you initially made.
The seam that looks "extra" over on the left ... is extra. I accidentally made the pockets too long. So, in an effort to fix it, and have the tools more easily seen & retrieved, I added that seam.
I hope you enjoy reading about my adventures in sewing. Feedback is welcome.
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