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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / LED Light-Bar Cover (*Pictures now added*) on: July 10, 2018 08:18:55 PM
My husband wanted to make certain hes legal. (Im not sure what the fine for an uncovered light bar is, but its likely more than we can afford)
So, he went and got the dimensions of the light bar written down.
21 1/4 W by 3 deep, and 8 around the back part.

He then suggested it be made with Leather. (I have several leather jackets Id bought at a resale shop {Valu Village} to use for the Leather.) And he wanted 3 Velcro tabs on it, to hold it on.

So, I started by making a Canvas rectangle: 21 1/4 X 11. I used that to cut out the Leather rectangle.  I added the Velcro Tabs to the Canvas part before attaching the Canvas to the Leather. I put some Leather onto the backs of the tabs, to match the Leather part.

Then, he came and told me that he had to leave soon, going some 500 kilometres to a job there. So, since I had the pieces all assembled, I threw them all onto the sewing Machine and got it put together.

My husband is really pleased with how it turned out. I think it turned out great as well.

Now that there are Pictures, what do you think, Craftsters?
22  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / *Brand Name* Mayonaisse Chocolate Cake on: April 21, 2018 05:01:02 AM
It was my Hubbys birthday on the 15th. I was feeling badly, since I was low on ingredients, and didnt have enough to make a cake for his birthday. Then, my sis-in-law suggested a mayonnaise cake. I decided to look it up online, and found one. (And I had all the ingredients!)
Rather than provide a link, Ill write it out.

Grease and flour pans: 2X9 Round, or 1 9X13 Oblong
Preheat oven to 350*F
Read entire recipe. Gather utensils & ingredients.

Mix in a medium bowl:
2 C. Flour
2/3 C. Cocoa Powder
1 1/4 tsp. B. Soda
1/4 tsp. B. Powder

In a large bowl, beat on high for 3 Minutes:
1 2/3 C. Sugar
3 whole Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla
Add and beat on Low Speed until blended:
1 C. Mayonnaise

Now: to the large bowl, add dry ingredients alternately with:
1 C. Water
Start and end with Dry Ingredients.

Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake in preheated oven:
2X9 round 30 minutes
9X13 Oblong 35-40 minutes.
Until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool on rack, put onto cake plate, frost, enjoy.
23  COOKING / Dessert / White Cake (newly tried recipe) on: March 14, 2018 08:25:13 PM

(Good Ol 5-Roses recipe book.)
2 C. Flour
3 tsp. B. Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt

1/2 C. Shortening
1 1/4 C. Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla

1 C. Milk

Preheat oven 350* F. Grease pan(s). Gather ingredients, and utensils.

In a small bowl, stir Flour, Baking Powder, and Salt.

In a large bowl, cream Shortening and Sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add Vanilla.

Add dry ingredients alternately with milk, starting and ending with dry ingredients. Blend well.
Pour batter into prepared pan(s).
2 Round 30-35 minutes
1 Oblong 35-40 minutes
8 or 9 square 50-60 minutes
Cupcakes (2 dozen) 20-25 minutes

Cool 10 minutes in pan on rack. Remove to rack to continue cooling. Frost as desired.
 Undecided Picture looks like a square! Its actually an oblong. Huh
24  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Banana Chip Muffins on: December 30, 2017 06:23:25 AM

1 3/4 C. Flour
1/2 C. Sugar
3 tsp. B. Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 C. Chocolate Chips

1 Egg
1/4 C. Oil
1/4 C. Milk
1 C. Mashed Bananas (about 3 regular)

Preheat oven to 400*F. Grease muffin pan.

Measure dry ingredients into a large bowl. Mix thoroughly and make a well in the centre.
In a smaller bowl, beat egg until frothy. Add oil, milk and bananas. Pour into dry ingredients.
Stir only until Moistened. (Batter will be lumpy)
Divide batter into muffin pan.
Bake 20-25 minutes.
25  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Carrot Loaf on: December 06, 2017 12:44:35 PM

Really tasty and spicy

1/2 C. Cooking oil
1 C. Sugar
2 Eggs
1 C finely grated Carrot

1 3/4 C. Flour
2 tsp. B. Powder
1/2 tsp. B. Soda
1 tsp. Cinnamon
3/4 tsp. Nutmeg
1/4 tsp. Cloves
1/4 tsp. Ginger
1/2 C. chopped Nutmeats

Grease loaf pan. Preheat oven to 350*F.

In a large bowl, beat oil, eggs, and sugar together. Stir in carrots.
In another bowl, mix all remaining ingredients to combine. Pour into carrot batter. Stir only to moisten. Turn into prepared pan.
Bake in preheated oven for about one hour or until toothpick comes out clean. Allow to stand for 10 minutes before removing from pan to cool on rack. Store in plastic bag.
26  COOKING / Dessert / Chocolate Chip Cookies on: November 03, 2017 05:55:12 PM
I was going to bake a chocolate cake, but remembered I dint have enough Chocolate.  Tongue
So, off to the Purity Flour cookbook I go. (A baking mood is not to be wasted, you know.)

Preheat oven to 350*F
Lightly grease a cookie sheet

Sift together:
1 C. Flour
1/2 tsp. B. Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt

In a larger bowl, cream together,
1/2 C. Butter
1/2 C. White Sugar
1/4 C. Brown Sugar (Lightly packed)
Beat in,
1 Egg
1 tsp. Vanilla
Beat until light and fluffy. Stir in dry ingredients.
Fold in:
1 C. Chocolate Chips
1/2 C. Chopped nut meats (pecans or walnuts)

Drop batter by teaspoon about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from oven cool on rack, put in next batch to bake, store in cookie jar.
Makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies
27  COOKING / Dessert / *Name brand* Peanut Butter Easy Cookies on: October 12, 2017 11:41:02 AM
My sister & her friend saw this several years ago, and were debating about it. They eventually decided that there was no way it could ever work. Then they said there aren't that many ingredients; let's give it a try. So they did, and it worked quite well. (And, they din't have 7 or 8 dozen cookies to bake and have eaten!)

So, this morning, due to a sudden, inexplicable urge for PB cookies, I also decided to give the "easy-peasy" recipe a try. It worked quite well.

The best part, it is supposed to only make 2 dozen. I've had 1/4 of the end result, and have had my craving satisfied.

1 C. {name brand} Peanut Butter
1 C. Sugar
1 egg.

Preheat oven to 325*F. Get out Cookie Sheet.
Mix all 3 ingredients well.
Form into 24 dough balls. Squish with fork.
Bake 12-15 minutes, until lightly browned.
Cool on pan on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and continue cooling.

28  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits on: October 11, 2017 11:36:53 AM
I copied this from a page called "The slow roasted Italian"

2 C. Flour
1 Tblsp. B. Power
1 Tblsp. Sugar
1 Tblsp. Garlic powder

1 C. Milk
8 Oz mild Cheddar cheese, Shredded
1 tsp. dried Parsley

3/4 tsp. Kosher salt, divided
3/4 C. unsalted butter, divided
     (I used regular salt and salted butter. I don't think it made any difference)

1. Preheat oven to 450* F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. (I use muffin tin, and cupcake liners)
2. Melt 1/2 C. Butter. Set aside.
3. Mix flour, B. power, sugar, garlic powder, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Mix well. Add melted butter and milk; mix only until moist. Fold in shredded cheese.
4. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto baking sheet. Bake 10 - 12 minutes until golden brown.
5. While biscuits are baking, melt remaining 1/4 cup butter, add 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and dried parsley. Stir with pastry brush.
6. When done, remove biscuits from oven, brush with parsley mixture, serve and enjoy.

Makes about a dozen.
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "Bourne Identity" bank bag replica -- kind of on: August 08, 2017 11:19:30 PM
A few years ago when I watched the DVD of "The Bourne Identity", I thought the bag he'd carried from the bank was cool looking.
Being a seamstress, I decided that it wouldn't be that difficult to replicate.

[^these photos gleaned from the int'net. I don't know whose they are.]

Red Canvas, eyelets around the top, cord that can tie to an eyelet.
First, I found a pattern (Butterick 6678), bought the elements required, and started.

I, of course, wasn't certain how to do the black stencils around the top, so used reflective tape. Instead of the word "Brennen" (German for "Burn", I found out), I put on my last name.  Then, because I felt like it, I added an appliqu of a Coffee Cup.
I think it's a good bag. My husband snitched it and was keeping some work items in it. This one and another I'd made got really filthy. He wasn't sure if it would work, but he flung them into the washing machine. These pics are after the wash.

A photo of the front

And closed

And, the hook clipped to the eyelet

According to my sewing journal, I made this in March 2008
... 9 years ago  Shocked

I don't mind it at all. My husband is quite impressed with it, and with how well it cleaned up.

What do you think, Craftsters and guests? Feedback welcome.
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Medical Swoon "Ethel" on: August 06, 2017 12:50:25 PM
I started this because I ... er ... located this cheerful printed Twill in my Linen Closet. (Don't remember buying it or what for. It was a remnant, by the tag on it.)

Because I am in an "Ethel" groove, I checked to see if it would work for one. I had enough, but barely.

For a bit of difference, I added Rick-Rack to the pocket.

And, 2 inside pockets, and a Key-leash.

And, an action shot.

So,  what do you think Craftsters and guests?
Feedback welcome.
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