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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Adorable Pacifier Clips! on: January 22, 2011 10:26:11 PM
Where did you find the clippies?  Is that something Joann's would have?

Thank you!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: What are you making for Christmas this year (2008)? on: August 20, 2008 10:55:03 PM
Has anyone found a good online source for the snap together, plastic ornaments?  I don't have any locally and haven't had much luck with a Google search.  I'm thinking they'd be a great gift from the kids to their friends.

Thankfully, my family appreciates homemade!  Smiley  Here's my list so far:

Sister: Strip quilt
Daughter (3): Felt board with peices - maybe a matching storybook
Son (5): No idea... maybe some kind of cool bag for his toy airplanes or Star Wars guys? 
Mother in Law: Tea Wallet, Tote bag decorated by the kids
Father in Law: DVD/Movie of the trip we took with them this summer
Mom: Tote bag decorated by the kids
Sisters in law: Fireweed jelly, apple butter, popcorn kits
Sister: Personalized recipe cards, apron, and fabric grocery bags

Nieces/nephew: Tie Dye kit.  This is my own little brainstorm.  I'm going to package white t-shirts, socks, rit dye, rubber bands, rubber gloves, and typed out/laminated directions in a wash tub for them to tie dye stuff.  I think it'll be a fun activity for them to do with my sister.  I'm also going to do it for my BFF's kids.

Teacher/Daycare Provider: No idea... teacher/school is secular (Lutheran) so religious related is okay.

Co Workers: Healthy Pizza Microwave Popcorn Mix, Coffee Flavors, Homemade Vanilla, variety of homemade fudge (creamsicle, key lime etc.).  I'm debating maybe packaging it all up in a fabric grocery bag??

Girlfriends: Homemade vanilla
BFF: Vanilla, personalized recipe cards, apron, fabric grocery bags, renew her subscription to vegetarian magazine.

3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Canning questions from a total newb on: August 19, 2008 11:40:17 PM
I use the "inversion" method regularly for jellies.  You get the jars warm/clean (I run them in the dishwasher and leave them there until right before I'm ready for them).  Then I ladel the hot jelly mixture into them, put the flats on, rings finger tight and flip them over on a dishtowel.  After the jars are room temperature/cool to the touch, I flip them back over and tighten the rounds.  In the ten years I've been doing that I've only had ONE jar not seal.  You cannot do that for foods that need to be cooked in teh canning process, however, so be careful. 

Looking for a used pressure cooker/canner is a good idea, but be careful, when they get old, aren't taken care of properly etc., they can blow their top and that can be very dangerous.  Same with used jars - make sure there are no knicks or cracks, especially if you're going to pressure cook them.  I have used my pressure canner for fish (we live in salmon country), picked beans, beets, salsa, etc.  Most canners come with a good book of instructions and recipes.  Ball has a great book out - I believe it's called Blue Ribbon Canning.  Canning for Dummies is a great reference as well.  I plan to can pears using the recipe in the Dummies book next week!

Freezer canning - I'm not sure of the specifics but I make loads of freezer jam.  Ball makes a special freezer pectin.  It's found near the baking supplies and is about $1.40 or so here (in Alaska) per package.  You MASH four cups of fruit, add 1 1/2 cups of sugar/Splenda, and the pectin, stir for three minutes and pour into jars or plastic containers and freeze.  I LOVE it because it tastes mkore like fruit than jelly does and it is very easy to make.  I use raspberries, strawberries, blueberries etc. all the time.

Good luck!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: oh so pretty beaded necklaces! (new ones on page 5!) on: July 02, 2007 01:58:39 AM
Sorry in advance for the totally novice question, but...

I cannot figure out how to get the beads onto the cotton.  The "end" of the cotton is at the end of the chain, so there is no actual end by the hook to thread a bead onto.  Are you threading a loop of cotton through the bead?  I'm a total visual learner, so am at a loss here.

THank you for sharing your beautiful necklaces.  I LOVE them and hope to get this figured out to (1) use of my bead stash from a previous never finished project, and (2) make gifts for my bazillion sisters in law for Christmas!  Wink
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Flannel for batting? Help for a newbie? on: June 29, 2007 11:29:40 PM
I may be too late for you now but...  I just got some "heavy weight flannel" flat sheets from the JC Penney outlet online.  They were about $8 a piece for full size and came in lots of different sizes.  I got white for batting.  The quilt I made was a larger twin size and the flannel sheets worked great for batting and backing (I got two).  I cut off the small seams on three sides and pulled the stitches out of the wide seam (the top of the sheet).  If you order yours big enough you could just cut all the seams off (you don't want the bumps in your quilt). 

I just dropped it off to the lady that is going to longarm quilt it for me this week, so I haven't seen the total finished product yet, but so far I'm happy with it!  The flat sheets were a MUCH cheaper alternative to batting (or fabric for hte back!) and I think they may hold up a bit better than  batting.  The quilt is for my 4 year old, so it will get washed A LOT and I want it to last...

Good luck!
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Anyone else into canning? on: August 31, 2006 12:41:23 PM


If you are near a costo or three bears they have the best prices for the peppers...and Jars. 

Three Bears!?  How funny you  mention that!  Three Bears is owned by a family that lives in Tok, Alaska (aka the middle of nowhere).  One of my best friends; husbands here in Kenai, Alaska, manages our local Three Bears!  What a small world.

How long did your process the pepper jelly for in the canner?
7  COOKING / Dessert / Anyone ever infuse vodka? Or make schnapps/liquers for gifts? on: August 29, 2006 03:38:49 PM
So I came across this idea on another board, but without specific directions.  I did some surfing, but still haven't found any specific directions.  It doesn't seem too difficult - stuff some yummy stuff in a bottle of vodka and let sit for a few months.  What I'd really like to see is recipes/combinations that worked well for people.  I thought apple cinnamon might be yummy, but unsure of amoutns to use etc.

On the same lines I thought flavored schnapps or liquers would be good for gifts too - but I'm not sure where to start.  Any suggestions?  My alcky loving family would love these for gifts this Christmas!  Wink
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Anyone else into canning? on: August 29, 2006 03:35:38 PM
Quick question on the pepper jelly recipe - well two, really  Wink
1.  The recipe just says can.  Does that mean hot water method is okay?

2.  The recipe calls for any kind of peppers - canned?  Fresh?  What have been your favorites?  I'm in Alaska, so fresh will probably be tough to come by and/or expensive...

Thanks for the recipe.  I'm eager to try it and send it at Christmas.
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Anyone else into canning? on: August 29, 2006 03:19:15 PM
Knitty -
Do you mean reusing the flats to can again or after you open it and while you're using it sealing it?  If you mean to re-can again, you cannot reuse the flats.  You can reuse the rings, but need to use new flats each time.  If you mean you open a jar of jam and want to seal it while it's being kept in the fridge between uses - it doesn't need to be sealed completely - just like a store bought jar wouldn't be.

Not sure I understood your question, but hope I answered it!  Wink
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Anyone else into canning? on: August 29, 2006 03:00:58 PM
If the recipe calls for canned pumpkin, haven't the acids already been neutralized in that canning process, thusly making it okay to can the pumpkin butter?

Granted, I haven't read through all the posts yet (I think I'm on page 6) but I'm wondering if the canned pumpkin being used instead of fresh isn't what makes this okay to can??

BTW - I love my canner! I started doing the hot water bath method too (well my own version - I wash the jars in the dishwasher and leave them in there until ready to fill.  I fill them, cap them and turn them upside down until cool.)  Two summers ago my dad brought me 15 pounds of green beans!  I made tons of spiced beans wtih them, as well as picked beets with beets he grew.  I've also done salsa, salmon, smoked salmon (we live in salmon country!), fruit jellies, fireweed jelliy, and honey.  I did 182 jars two summers ago by myself!  Grin
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