Tuesday, December 3, 2019

December 3, 2019

Finally!  I have recreated the recipe for the sweet potato biscuits we used to enjoy at Venter's in Greenville back in 1980.  The problem has always been that they were too heavy, and not the light and fluffy sweet potato biscuits that they made.  This year I had some leftover sweet potato casserole, and as I don't like to let any food go to waste, I usually try to remake it into something else so we won't get tired of it.  So here's what I did:

1 1/2 c. sweet potato casserole (or sweet potatoes with cinnamon and nutmeg)
3 cups flour (to start)
1/4 c. veg. oil
1 t. salt
1 egg
1 t. yeast

Mix and if it is too wet, add more flour.  If it's too dry, add a little warm water.    Let rise until double (a couple hours).  Punch it down and add some flour if necessary to make it workable.  Roll out to about 1/2 inch deep and cut out using the biscuit cutter.  Put in greased cookie sheet and allow to rise again (about 1 1/2 hours).  Bake at 350 for about ten minutes or until it is starting to brown on the top.  Serve hot with butter or this morning's version with melted cheese.  YUM!!

Currently we are working on a fireplace for my daughter and her husband that doubles as storage for a record player, game system and speakers (among other things.)  We started out with a huge console cabinet that we bought online used for $10, and a small electric fireplace we bought used for $40.  As the console was too large, we cut it back to two drawers on the bottom and moved over the feet.  We installed framework to hold the fireplace, and are currently at the stage that we are adding the cabinet doors.  It will be amazing.  The cabinet doors will make it look like a traditional fireplace, then it will be painted white. I will update next blog post with the final picture.

So many projects, so little time.  So today I am finishing up the gift I am making for my selection from the Angel tree.  The little girl is interested in Moana, so we bought her a Moana barbie and I am making her a Moana costume to go along with the clothes we bought her.  So much fun!  I bought a women's shirt at the thrift store that had an elastic bottom, then turned it upside down to use the elastic at the top of the shirt and cut it down to a size 10 (easy to find charts on the internet).  There was enough fabric for the sash and a headband as well.  I made a heart of the island necklace by printing out the graphic and gluing it onto a flat glass marble (Dollar Tree).  I had some rawhide, so I just tied a knot in the middle and used some E6000 glue to glue the marble to the rawhide necklace where the knot was in the middle.  I used some extra fabric I had in my pile to make the overskirt for the grass skirt I purchased and cut down to child size.  I printed out a flower and cut it out to use as a stencil for the yellow flowers on the skirt.

I am also working on an outfit for my grandson that will make him look like a Christmas elf. It is made from a blue flannel shirt given to me by a friend, Deb Andrews.  Thanks Deb!  I bought a pair of overalls the right size from the thrift store for a quarter, smoothed them out and cut around them, first removing the pocket from the shirt so I could sew it on the front of the overalls.  Then I cut out a piece of lining for the upper section of the front and back.  I sewed on the front one after I sewed on the pocket.  For the back lining, I had sewn together the should straps first, and sewed them between the lining and the overalls when I sewed on the back lining.  Always remember right sides together.  Then I put the front and back together and sewed from the lining to the bottom of the leg after clipping the seam allowance to the lining on the side of the garment.  Then I sewed the leg opening (right sides together.)  Then I hemmed them, and last I sewed on the buttons, made the buttonholes and oila!  I think it took me a couple of hours altogether.

I will have to show you the Christmas presents after. . .No peaking!



Tuesday, November 12, 2019

November 12, 2019

When you live in a small space, you need things that will do dual duty.  I am keeping this is mind as I am helping to create my daughter's furniture pieces that will do things that she needs them to do.  One thing I came up with is a side table for two chairs.  I made it out of a metal trash can that I found on sale for $1 at the thrift store.  I repainted it and topped it with a marble plant stand top that I was not using and painted a thin line of silver around the bottom so you can't tell too much that the white colors did not match.  This enables there to be storage on the inside for my daughter's crochet work.


There wasn't room for a coat closet in her small house, but she needed a place to hang coats with the cold weather setting in.  I created a coat rack out of the leftover footboard from the same bed we made her front porch swing out of using the headboard.    For the hooks, I bent some old spoons around a pipe clamp that I had clamped down to the workbench.  Zero dollars spent.  I tried to transfer the letters to the board with polycrylic, but it didn't work well so I ended up have to hand paint them.

Another thing I worked on for her house were some gnomes as a Christmas decoration.  I bought the bottom half of a Christmas tree for $2 at a thrift store and paid about $2.50 for some felt.  My daughter gave me the pacifier that they gave her for the baby when they were in the hospital.  A great way to keep a memento. . .




Lastly, we went to a church homecoming so I found a way to bring our homegrown beef, sausage, eggs, and some horseradish and pansies.