So I’m going to take a stab at the pantry challenge for January. We’ve actually been eating mainly from the pantry and freezer for all of December, so I don’t have much of a stockpile, but I do really want to work through what we have and also put together a donation for a local food pantry.
- Keep grocery spending under $25 a week for the month of January. This will be mostly produce and dairy.
- Clean out the freezer in preparation for defrosting and a thorough cleaning at the end of the month.
- Work through pantry to avoid having food expire.
- Inventory freezer, fridge, cupboards.
- Gather and deliver food pantry donation.
- Grocery budget money will go towards supplies for the garden. I want to add another raised bed and we also need to purchase another truckload of mulch/compost as well as plants and seeds.
Super super simple and cheap last minute gift! All you need is a candle in a glass jar (the dollar store is a great place to get these!), rubons, ribbon (optional), and a rub-on tool or bone folder.
Just place the rub-on where you want it and rub it on. Tie ribbon around the top and you’re done!
These make a great breakfast on Christmas or a great gift to give away! 🙂
- 2 packs yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1 cup sugar (plus another cup for filling)
- 2/3 cup butter (plus another 1/2 cup for filling)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 eggs
- 8 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 tablespoons cinnamon
Sprinkle yeast over warm water in large bowl.
Microwave milk for 1.5 minutes in large measuring cup.
Cut butter into chunks.
Mix butter and sugar into hot milk until the butter has all melted. The butter and sugar should cool the milk to lukewarm.
In that time, the yeast and water should have become foamy. Mix the milk mixture, eggs, salt and half of the flour until smooth. Slowly add the rest of the flour until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
Turn out dough and knead (or use dough hook on your mixer). Then lightly grease large bowl and put dough in it, turning greased side up. Cover with a warm damp dishcloth and let rise till double, about 1.5 hours.
Punch down dough and divide in quarters. Roll each quarter into a 9×15 rectangle.
Brush each quarter with 2-3 tablespoons melted butter.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixed together.
Use a sharp knife to cut into nine slices.
Arrange in greased pan. Cover with a clean, dry dishtowel and let rise till double.
When size has doubled, bake at 350 – 375 until golden brown. Top with glaze or cream cheese frosting.
Still playing catch-up from the wedding with lots of assistance from my little helper!
All you need is construction paper, tape, and a paper trimmer or scissors.
Our paper was 9″x12″, so I cut each sheet into eight 1.5″x9″ strips.
Then the littler helper takes over.
Make strip into a circle with the edges just overlapping.
Tape in place.
Put a second strip through the first circle.
Make into a circle and tape in place.
make the chain as long as you want! put on the tree, hang over a doorway or window, etc.
Sorry for the nighttime pictures, but I’m playing catch-up!
- Felt circles in varying sizes (I used a sizzix die to cut these in four sizes between 1.5″ and 3″)
- Hot glue gun
Start with one of the smallest circles and roll up like this, securing with a dab of hot glue.
On another of the smallest size circles, put a line of hot glue.
Roll around the first rolled circle.
Hold till the glue starts cooling.
Should look about like this.
Add another small circle following the same procedure.
Should look like this.
Once you have a complete circle of “petals” around the center rolled petal, start the next larger size.
I find it works a little better if you pinch the larger petal at the bottom, then add the glue and apply to the flower.
Should look like this. You can trim off the excess felt now or wait till the end to cut it all off at once. When you have a full layer of this size petals, you can move up to the next larger size following the same procedure again.
When you like the size, just stop, trim off any excess felt on the bottom and use in the project of your choice! You can add a pin back for a brooch or use to decorate with….OR you can hold on to them for a project I will post soon that uses these!
The flower on the left is made with four sizes of circles, the one on the right just uses three.
Sorry for the delay in tutorials. My brother was married this weekend and I was without internet at the hotel. I’ll try to get caught back up over the next few days. 🙂
Great as a gift for grandparents, or use as a gift bag!
- canvas tote bags (get the value pack with a coupon and it makes it pretty cheap)
- fabric paints (we have a lot of these accumulated from other projects)
- foam brush
- paper plate
Start by painting one of child’s hands. Completely cover with fabric paint.
When completely covered, press down on bag. You will probably need to press down the child’s hand to make sure it doesn’t leave empty spaces.
Clean up the first hand and then do the same process with the second one.
Bag should look about like this.
Add a heart and a name if desired.
I also just let DD “color” some of the bags however she wanted to.
This is a little peek at a “guy” on one:
For today’s tutorial, I’m going to link you up to a new tutorial I just did for the SavvynSassy blog!