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Fresh Pickled Red Onions Recipe

And she made pickled red onions. And they were beautifully pink. And tart. And sweet, And zingy. And the angels sang.

Pickled Red Onions Ingredients

  • 2 medium red onions
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns, optional

Cut onions in half and then slice very thin. Place onions in a medium-large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Stir until sugar is dissolved.


Allow to pickle for at least a couple of hours and store in the refrigerator.

Use on tacos, burgers, loose meat sandwiches, and hot dogs… so many opportunities from one sweet, little recipe. The angels approve.

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How to Make Silk Dyed Easter Eggs with Video

It’s time to get spiffy for Easter with silk dyed Easter eggs!

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Here are some important tips for making our silk dyed Easter eggs:

  1. You gotta use 100% silk. Thrift stores are a fantastic place to find old silk ties, scarves, shirts, etc. because, well, cheap.
  2. Wrap ’em up tight! Tighter is brighter.
  3. If you prefer some white streaks and a pale color, maybe keep the material a bit looser.
  4. You can use rubber bands, twist ties, or anything that is safe in boiling water to secure the material around your eggs.
  5. Like shiny eggs? Just coat eggs with butter or a little canola oil while still warm.
  6. Finally, don’t eat the eggs. They are for decorative use only. You can blow out the insides of the egg out first so you can keep them longer, but I’d recommend a very low temp simmer after the water comes to a boil so they don’t crack.

 

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How to Make Your Own Ged Bedder Badket

Years ago I shared this photo of my Ged Bedder Badket with my Facebook friends.

This is my “ged bedder badket”. It hadbs eberythin’ I neeb to feel bedder when I hadb a code in my node.

Since then, I have seen many friends post their own special variations of this idea on trays, in baskets, or whatevs. It always makes me smile. I thought others might also find this idea helpful when fighting through the cold & flu season. I like to make sure I am stocked up on my favorite soup (boxed Lipton soup – not the white meat kind cuz I’m picky that way), Ritz Crackers (in snowflake shapes cuz they’re the only kind to enjoy with your Lipton Chicken Noodle Soup (without the white meat), medicines, and other important stuff just in case someone needs a “ged bedder badket”. This is such a fun way for everyone in your family to help to care of each other.

Ged Bedder Badket Ideas

  • books
  • highlighter
  • pen
  • blank notebook (I love lists)
  • Post-its
  • magazines
  • audiobooks
  • TED Talks
  • Music
  • soup
  • crackers
  • juice
  • 7-Up
  • water
  • tea
  • medicines
  • iPhone – the new I-need-something bell (preferably more up to date than pictured above)
  • iPad
  • laptop
  • movies
  • hobbies
  • tissues (I hate tissues so I prefer soft napkins)
  • remote control
  • thermometer
  • whiskey for what ails you (if you’re my grandpa who swore by it)
  • your twenty-five pound, one-nutted cat with a drooling problem (or your pet of choice)

Tray and Basket Ideas


(Click on pictures for more information on each)



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Dark Cocoa Mix Recipe

Because sometimes while you enjoy the childlike wonder of winter, you just want your hot chocolate to be a little more grown up.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups dark cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup nondairy creamer
  • 3/4 cup powdered milk
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Place mix ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir well. Although not needed, it is a good idea to put mix through a sifter to remove lumps.

To use, place 1/2 cup of cocoa mix in a large cup. Add 1 1/2 to 2 cups of boiling hot water (to your liking). Stir until dissolved.

My favorite way to heat water is now my flip-top electric teapot. My favorite way to enjoy hot chocolate is with homemade flavored whoop cream on top… or maybe with a few high-quality chocolate pieces stirred in. Move over, marshmallows.

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How to Make Wool Lambs

Please forgive my fascination with wooly balls. No, don’t. They’re so much fun and the cuteness. I mean, can you even? I can’t either.

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I shall name him Shnookiewookiewoolsiewoosie.


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What you will need:

Tear ivory roving wool apart and form into little balls and push them into some old nylons. Tie a knot tightly after each ball. You can do various sizes or all the same. Do the same with the black roving wool. There is no right or wrong way. For my lambs, I made almost 2-inch ivory balls for the bodies and under 1-inch balls with black wool for the heads. If you decide to make larger lambs, they will just probably need to be put through the washer and dryer an extra time or two until your balls are firm. I know. I know. So many jokes available to me. It’s nuts.

Place knotted balls in the washing machine on a short hot water setting. Then place balls in the dryer until dry.

Use scissors to cut nylon balls apart and carefully pull balls apart from nylons pieces.

I’d say these supplies should produce at least 16 lambs.

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Heat glue gun and insert glue stick. Hot glue head onto the body.

Carefully poke nails or pins into bottom of lamb so he can stand on his own four legs. Test him to be sure you put them in evenly.

Place a small amount of hot glue on his belly.  Carefully (because a hot glue gun hurts bad enough to make a good Christian woman swear for realz) wrap curly wool all around his body so he becomes fluffy. begin and end on the hot glue so curly wool stays secure.

Cut black sheet of felt into teenie tiny rounded ears. Using a teenie tiny amount of hot glue, glue them onto the back of his teenie tiny head.

These little lambs are not safe for small children, but they are sweet enough to bring an adult woman back to her childhood. Place them up high for yourself to enjoy. If you’d like to hang them, perhaps it is best to secure the legs with a little hot glue and you can stitch a loop of gold embroidery thread through his back so you can dangle him from your Christmas tree.

They make perfect Easter decorations too. They enjoy Easter grass.

Shnookiewookiewoolsiewoosie, I love ewe.

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How to Make Wool Ball Garland

Sometimes a girl just has to break out of the traditional and make somethin’ a little funky. A little hippie. A little ballsy.

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What you will need:

  • Roving wool in colors of your choice. Oh, the colors out there. So loverly!
  • Old (or new) nylons
  • Scissors
  • Washer & dryer
  • Large embroidery needle
  • Gold embroidery thread on a spool

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Tear wool apart and form into little balls and push them into some old nylons. Tie a knot tightly after each ball. You can do various sizes or all the same. There is no right or wrong way to make your hippie garland.

Place knotted balls in the washing machine on a short hot water setting. Then place balls in the dryer until dry.

Use scissors to cut nylon balls apart and carefully pull balls apart from nylons pieces.

Thread needle with embroidery thread then pull through each wool ball in the order you’d like your balls to be in.

Tie knots at each end of your garland to help keep your balls in place.(No, all the naughty joke possibilities in this post are not lost on me. I may or may not be sitting here giggling. I’m just not ballsy enough to write them here.)

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Hang your wooly balls on your Christmas tree, or mantel, or wherever you like your balls.

It is better to hang your balls in your tree than your bra; but, that is a story for another day. Or, you know, never.

Well done! Now, enjoy your cute balls.

Okay, I’ll stop now.

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How to Make Homemade Easter Grass

If you are a scrapbooker like me who doesn’t like to waste your paper, you probably have scraps like this around.

Although pretty, these papers eventually go out of style if you let them sit around too long. Don’t ask how I know this. I just do.


I have found a resourceful fix that will put a smile on your face and help you clear out some of those paper scraps that are spilling out of your storage container. Just trim the brand names off the edges.

When you use two-sided papers, be sure that all of the sides match in colors and style. Oops. these matched on the other side but on this side they are clash-y.

Be sure to use a strip-cut paper shredder so that you end up with nice, lengthy strips. (Crosscut shredders will only give you one-inch strips.)

After the paper is cut, crinkle it how you like and place in a gift basket, gift box or whatever your fancy.

Annnnd… homemade Easter grass.

Ooooo how cute is this?

Weeeeeeeee! There are no words.

Somebody stop me.

Those who have been reading since back know that I’m a hymn lover; thus, I am a hymnal lover. I use hymnals for crafting because they are so freakin’ beautiful. No worries, I have only re-purposed almost one hymnal so I am not on a mission to take out all of the beautiful old hymnals on planet earth. I am a hymnal-hugger. On that note… ba-dum ching!

Oh, the makes we could make! Girls, we shall have fun with newspapers, comic books, tissue paper and children’s books. Little paper bird’s nests formed with wire while placing chocolate candy eggs inside. Easter grass has never been more fun.

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How to Make Wool Pumpkins

A few years ago I learned a craft project that quickly became one of my favorites. There are a few things I am clever at but sewing and working with wool are not some of them. I think that is why this project made me so happy. It made me feel like I was more talented than I really am in both of these areas. Since the price of wool has gone down considerably since I first made these, this equals being able to go crazy making masses of them. Make a whole patch even.

 


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First, you will need a bag of rusty colored orange wool. Check with local alpaca owners, fairs and craft or sewing stores. No measurements needed. See? It’s easy already.

Next you’ll just want to use up that pair of nylons with the run in them.

Cut the nylons into about 6 inch strips. They need to be long enough to tie a tight knot in each end  and fit a ball of wool in the middle.

Grab a large handful of wool and push it into the stocking. Various sizes is a good thing. Have fun with it. I shall call him Carrot Top and he will grow muscles and scare innocent people in Vegas.

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Push the wool inside and shape into a ball that is a little larger than a tennis ball. Tie the top of the stocking tight around the ball of wool so that they look like this.

Repeat until you use up all of your wool or all of your nylons with runs in them – whichever comes first. I believe I calculated about one pumpkin per ounce of wool.

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Toss all of your pumpkin wannabes into the washing machine. Just turn washer onto the hottest water temp and allow to go through an average wash cycle.

After the orange balls are finished being washed, place them into the dryer until dry. After they are dry, remove them from the nylons. The wool balls should hold together well and be mostly firm.

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Pick up a very large, heavy duty needle from the craft supply store. With a massive amount of dark brown thread, thread needle and add a knot in the end to help it stay at the bottom of the ball when you pull it through. It won’t stay perfectly, so I use my finger to help hold it as I make the curves of the pumpkin, pulling the needle through the middle, around the pumpkin and back through the middle until each curve looks the way you want it too . I make 7 thread marks on large ones and 5 on the small ones.

Here’s what the orange balls will look like with their pumpkin curves. Luscious, no? I then asked my dad to cut a branch I happened to find in the PCC parking lot (any branch will do) into 24 1 inch pieces. After I got back home, I realized that I was incorrect and had to go back to dad and ask him to cut each 1 inch piece in half. Poor dad. I also bought a branch of wired pip berries that looked like they would compliment my pumpkins as vines. I cut the pip berries into about 3 inch strips and bent them into spirally vines, two per pumpkin. I hot glued them on, arranging them to my pleasing and then hot glued the “stem” on top of their starting point (see finished picture for the look I was going for).

These sweetie sugar pumpkins are the perfect combination of classy, country and cute! Your girlfriends will love them and men will never understand them.

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