Friday, November 9, 2018

DC Comics Iron-On Transfers

WOW! We just came across this HUGE book of DC Comics Super Heroes (and Villains) iron-on transfers! These would be great for a DC Comics fan!


There are pages and pages of transfer designs ready for t-shirts, bags, pillows and more! Just looking through this book makes me want to watch the old Batman cartoons again.

You can find this and other craft books in our Etsy shop!




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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Full Metal Alchemist Halloween - Roy Mustang


The Girl wanted to be Roy Mustang for Halloween this year (from the "Full Metal Alchemist" anime series) and then produced a photo of this elaborate military uniform and explained everything involved. She said it would also be for cosplay after Halloween so the materials needed to be of higher quality than if it were "just" for Halloween. (in hindsight, it would have been faster, easier, less stressful and probably cheaper to have just purchased the actual cosplay costume).

This was not a costume for a beginner, but when I said I wasn't going to make such an elaborate costume this year, she decided that SHE would make it. She's done a great job making fursuits in the past. Perhaps she'd tackle this project with as much enthusiasm and attention to detail...

First she learned how to sew straight stitches on the sewing machine. We also found several uniform shirts of the same color blue on sale at the thrift store that could be pieced together. We also found a pair of blue pants from a set of scrubs that fit her.

All of this was done in August...plenty of time to get the costume completed.

The sewing machine sat on the dining room table through the middle of September. When I mentioned it needed to be used or put away, she said she'd sew it by hand if need be. She never wanted to move beyond just sewing straight stitches on scrap fabric. I think the machine, with it's fast moving needle, intimidated her a bit.

In late September, I did see her work on pulling apart seams and piecing the fabric together.

During Fall Break from school (the 2nd week in October), we went to the craft store to pick up "little" details necessary for the look of the costume...

Shopping List:

  • We needed ribbon to trim the jacket (wouldn't paint work instead?).
  • Cord to loop around one arm (pretty sure I have some yellow yarn we could braid into rope).
  • Stars for the shoulders (I was thinking felt cut into star shapes...she was thinking metal stars...we got yellow star patches instead).
  • White gloves (we both agreed to go with thin white knit winter gloves, $1 at the craft store, instead of dressy gloves).


The weekend before Halloween, I was getting a bit nervous about whether she would have it done in time. But Sunday night she walked downstairs in her almost-finished Roy Mustang costume...and it looked GREAT! She was more than ready when Halloween arrived!
The Girl as Roy Mustang and her friend as Edward Elric

She looked fantastic! I'm sure it won't be long before she dreams up the next costume to make.



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Vintage Recipe: Savory Party Bread

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 


Serve this warm, cheesy Savory Party Bread at your next gathering! This recipe was handwritten on an index card. It was found in an old large recipe file box. The age of the recipe card is unknown.

The original recipe has been scanned and is transcribed below. It can be printed for use in your own home kitchen. Enjoy!

Please Note: Every effort has been made to transcribe these old recipe cards completely and accurately. Many have faded, are stained, or simply do not include every step or tool used in the process. We have changed the wording in some places and added instruction in others to make the text a bit clearer.

We do not test or verify all the information found on these old cards. If you choose use the information found here, please know that you do so at your own risk.
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Savory Party Bread

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ingredients:


  • 1 round loaf Sourdough Bread
  • 1 lb. Monterey Jack Cheese, sliced
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1/2 c. Green Onions, finely chopped
  • 2-3 tsp. Poppy Seeds

instructions:

Cut bread lengthwise and crosswise.

Insert cheese. Re-assemble bread loaf. Place in piece of foil large enough to completely surround and cover bread loaf.

Melt butter and combine with green onion and poppy seeds. Pour all over the top of the loaf. Seal foil.

Bake at 350° F for 15 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
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Friday, October 19, 2018

Vintage Recipe: Bread Pudding

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 


This recipe for Bread Pudding was handwritten in ink on an index card that had been darkened with time. It was found in a small red metal recipe file box worn with age. The original recipe card is dated “7-28-39”. I believe the “stale bread crumbs” called for in the recipe refers to “cubes” rather than “crumbs”. There are no details in the recipe as to how long to bake and at what temperature.

The original recipe has been scanned and is transcribed below. It can be printed for use in your own home kitchen. Enjoy!

Please Note: Every effort has been made to transcribe these old recipe cards completely and accurately. Many have faded, are stained, or simply do not include every step or tool used in the process. We have changed the wording in some places and added instruction in others to make the text a bit clearer.

We do not test or verify all the information found on these old cards. If you choose use the information found here, please know that you do so at your own risk.
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Bread Pudding

Find more vintage recipes at littlehouseincolorado.com

ingredients:


  • 2 c. Bread Crumbs, stale
  • 1 Quart Milk, scalded
  • 1/3 c. Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 c. Butter, melted
  • 1 Egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt

instructions:

Soak crumbs in milk. Add sugar, butter and egg. Add salt and flavoring. Bake.

NOTES:

I believe the "bread crumbs" refers to "cubes" instead of "crumbs". 

Original recipe dated 7-28-39. There are no details in the original recipe as to how long to bake or at what temperature.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Green Tomato Harvest

After a week of increasingly colder temperatures, our meteorologist warned of snow followed by our first major freeze...12°F. I should have expected it. After all, my tomatoes froze on the vine right about this same time last year and then fall decided to warm up for another month. Every year I hope the garden will last just a little bit longer. Unfortunately, it looked like the short growing season was at its end this year and it was time to close the garden.

Lucky for us, cold spells seem to always be preceded by a really nice day and this particular Saturday was no exception. The warm sunshine and 60°+ weather made the chores ahead go much more smoothly.

Mr. LH and I drained our sprinklers (they weren't scheduled to be blown out for the winter for another few weeks), disconnected all the water hoses and raked the leaves off the lawn. Then I pulled all my bean and cucumber plants and gave them to Turtly to enjoy. I may not enjoy closing the garden, but he sure does!


I just kept adding to the pile all afternoon. He attacked that pile of bean plants over and over again throughout the day, doing his best to finish it all...and he almost did. I was left with only a small pile of stems.

After losing so many tomatoes in last year's freeze, I was determined to save as much off my plants this year. I picked every last green tomato. I didn't know what I was going to do with them yet, and a lot of them were really small, but I still picked them.


The following day while snow fell, I washed, peeled and chopped those tomatoes (a vegetable peeler works great for peeling green tomatoes). I wound up with 22 cups of chopped green tomatoes!!!


I've never eaten green tomatoes before (surprising, since I grew up in the South) so I decided to experiment with some canning recipes.

My Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving book had three recipes I wanted to try: Salsa Verde, Green Chili Sauce (not to be confused with Hatch Green Chile Sauce) and Green Tomato Hot Dog Relish.

With 22 cups of tomatoes, I had enough to make all three recipes if I halved the green chili sauce recipe (I would still wind up with a lot).

I made the Green Chili Sauce immediately. The recipe called for quite a bit of brown sugar but I only used half. Having never tried regular chili sauce before, I wasn't sure what to expect. We tried some of it on our hot dogs and it was quite tasty! I much prefer it to pickle relish. After making only half the recipe, I still wound up with 6 1/2 half-pint jars.

Green Chili Sauce in the crock pot. Recipe from the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
The following day, I made the Salsa Verde. Again, this was a new one for me. I used about 6 jalapenos from the garden and one very large red onion. I had just a (large) spoonful more than 6 half-pint jars so I seized the opportunity to try some on tortilla chips. I had never had salsa verde. I always stuck with my tried and true salsa. I was pleasantly surprised by this recipe as well.  We haven't yet tried some after the canning process. Perhaps it will get even better after sitting for a bit.

The tomatoes for the hot dog relish are still waiting for me in the freezer. When we're snowed in this winter I'll pull them out to to make the relish recipe.



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