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I am a work from home, home schooling Mom who loves her Kids...yep, I think my kids are great. You will find me: Knitting, cross stitch, embroidery and working with felt are things I enjoy for fun. I also love to decorate and find deep satisfaction in decorating my home with great finds and my handmade items.  Gardening is one of my great loves, it like decorating outside!

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Saturday, July 28, 2012




SATURDAY AND SUNDAY SHARING
Have you created something awesome and want to share it? A new Recipe, Something in the Garden, Sewn something with your creative hands? Or maybe took a beautiful photo. Whatever the creation (G rated of course) please share it for us all to see.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tasty Tuesday - Canning Pickled Beets

This recipe is spicy not a hot spicy but a tasty spicy. My Mom use to serve these along with Bread and Butter Pickles instead of chips with lunch. I also remember as a child standing on a chair helping peel the skins off the beets, giggling at my red fingers.  I now where gloves when canning beets...unless I feel like showing off my industrious side.
Supplies
Canner or Large pot
Tongs (to lift the hot jars)
Slotted Spoon
Ladle
Jars and lids
4 lbs of beets
2 Onion (thinly sliced)
2.5 Cups Cider Vinegar
1.5 Cups Reserved water from cooking beets
1 t Salt
2 Cups Agave nectar (or sugar)
1 t whole Allspice
1 t whole Cloves
3 sticks Cinnamon broken a bit

Preparing the Jars
Fill your canner/pot with water, place clean jars filled with water in the canner/pot.  Place the rings of the lid in the water bath but not the flat lid part, you can get the seal to hot and it wont work.  Slip them in right before you fill your jars.
Start heating up your jars, this sterilizes them.  If it comes to a boil turn it down...but you will be turning it up later.

Prepping the yummy gems
First cut off tops, leaving one inch of the stems and leave the roots on then wash them.  
Put these in a pot and bring to boil, reduce to simmer and cook for fifteen minutes. 
Take them out of the pot but be sure to keep the water you boiled them in.
Now you can cut off the top and root, peel the beets  You can run a little cool water on them so you can peel them without burning your little fingers off but try to keep them hot. Slice them up and set them to the side. GORGEOUS!
Make the Brine
Combine the remaining ingredients in a sauce pot (or the pot you boiled the beets in...less to clean up)
Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and let simmer.  Isn't it pretty!
Now Add the Beets...such beauties and look how full my pot is!  My pot it runith over...abundance for sure.  Cook these until the beets get warm. 
DON'T FORGET to Slip your lids into the water bath with your jars and rings.
Place your jar on a plate to catch all the spills.
Using a slotted spoon fill your jars with the beets, onions, allspice and cloves.  Take out the cinnamon sticks and don't add any fluid yet. 
Pack those jars good and tight but leave head space.  I fill to the lower rim of where the lid screws on...about 1/4 inch. 
Once packed you can add the brine. 
Place a lid and ring on the jar and tighten.  Use a towel to do this so you wont burn your hands. 
Place jars in the water bath bring to a low rolling boil for thirty minutes. (you may have to add more water to keep your jars covered) 
Remove jars from bath and place on a towel and listen for that beautiful popping sound of sealing lids.
There is a canning kit with tools that make the job easier and safer.  It has a jar funnel, jar lifter, magnet stick and various other things I cant think of.  But they all are super tools that I can't imagine living without.  They have plastic but the metal is much more durable. 
Though I used regular pint jars here, I recommend using wide mouth.  It is easier to fill and your hand will fit down in them for clean up. 

Enjoy and happy canning.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY SHARING
Have you created something awesome and want to share it? A new Recipe, Something in the Garden, Sewn something with your creative hands? Or maybe took a beautiful photo. Whatever the creation (G rated of course) please share it for us all to see.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

WIP - Yo Yo Quilt, Slippers and Cross Stitch

I have been busy while I was away...I also worked on my Hexipuffs and finished reading Ruby Holler...It is on my Must Read list. It was really Good I am now reading Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery.  A few readers suggested her books to me.  So I thought I would grab it my last visit to the Library.
OK enough Chit Chat here are some photos of what I have been up to.

The slippers, I know they look like a mess...in fact you cant even tell what they are.  They are such a pain, I have been making up the pattern as I go along and I keep on tearing out and re-doing.  But I want them to be super-duper special and I am determined to make them...no frogging this one.
I had purchased two yards of some wonderful fabrics I found and went Yo-Yo crazy.  When I got home I just had to lay them all out on my bed.  Aren't they lovely? Yum!  I just love the colors.  This has been such a fun project.  First I adore hunting through fabric stores for my pink roses, then seeing it all laid out on the counter when they go to cut it....Devin!  And the cherry on top is when I hand them my coupon for 40% off.  I guess this is my coupon quilt.
Gosh darn it...I didn't realize how dark my photos were. Sorry.  I finished this cross stitch some time ago, I need to have it framed. Ya know how you finish things and then set them aside.  I need to get my coupon out for framing at the Hobby Lobby and just get it done and hung.

I hope everyone is getting those WIPS done.  Oh I almost forgot I got my shawl done I need to block it...see I just tossed another finished project aside again.  UGH!

Happy Wednesday Everyone

Saturday, July 14, 2012

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY SHARING
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

WIP - Wednesdays Yarn Along

Slippers and Hexipuffs

Well this week I have gotten back to my dear sweet boys slippers.  I am making this pattern up as I go along.  And writing everything down...seems smart as I need to make another one.  I will also be adding leather to the bottom so they last longer.  He has 3 pair already from previous Christmases and loves each one.  But this years I want to make them extra special, showing my love and appreciation in every stitch.
Here is a close up of the pattern on the cuff of his slipper.  He said he wanted lamas  this years...some a luscious lamas will be on the top right where he can see them. 

The other project I am doing is Hexipuffs, you will find the pattern on the Beekeepers Quilt at Ravelry.  These fun little Hexipuffs are quick to make and you add a little sunshine to each one with lavender mixed in with the stuffing.  I will be making a cushy cushion for my chair with the first batch to see how I like them.

I just started the book Ruby Holler By: Sharon Creech.  (click on to get more info) I have only made it through the first chapter that was only four pages. 

We are staying at a friends guest cottage for awhile.  She has a lovely piece of property that she has turned into a family fun retreat.
Isn't this a cute place?  Hummingbirds flit all around this tree.
Her Grand kids are home schooled by her, so after everyone is fed, schooled and fed again....they rush out the back door of her home and mine rush out the back door of the cottage, the dogs follow pursuit and all  head for the swinging tree.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tasty Tuesday - Preserving Peaches

I'm just Preserving Peaches...and showing off some of my milk glass collection here in Georgia.

What your Gonna Need
Wide mouth pint jars with two piece lids
Peaches
Sugar
Salt
Lemon juice
Water
Lots of pots and towels

Have your jars sterilizing in a not quite boiling water bath.  A water Bath is a large pot that can hold canning jars and is deep enough to cover the lids with water.  They sell pots like this with a rack but you can just use a really big pot.  Slip your rings around the jars to heat them up and sterilize them as well.  Do not put the seal part of the lid in yet. Do that about a minute or two before you are ready to seal the jar.

Make your syrup
You can make your syrup as heavy or as light as you want it.
Light: 1Cup of Sugar to 4 Cups of Water
Medium Light: 2 Cups of Sugar to 4 Cups of Water
Medium: 3 Cups of Sugar to 4 Cups of Water
Heavy: 4 Cups of Sugar to 4 Cups of Water
In a pot, add the sugar and the water together, heat it up but, do not bring it to a boil until you are ready to pour it over the peaches. 

Make your Fix
The fix keeps your peaches pretty, no body likes nasty brown peaches. They sell something commercially but for me canning is about using simple ingredients so that I know what is in my food.
1 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Teaspoon of Lemon juice
1 Gallon Water

Set this to the side

Peel your peaches like you would a tomato.  Set them in boiling water for no more than 60 seconds.  Then put them in a bowl of Ice water.  (I do about three peaches at a time) Gently peel the skins off, slice them in half pull the pit out ans scrape the red membrane out (this will make them bitter if you don't) Put them in the prepared fix. They can rest in this while you peel your other peaches, but no more than 20 minutes.

Fill The Jars
Turn up your syrup to bring it to a boil.

Remove jars and rings from water bath and place seals in water bath. Turn this up as well to a low boil.

Gently rinse the peaches and pack them in the jars.

Fill to withing a 1/4 inch from top of jar with syrup. 

Place seal on top then close it with a ring and put it in the water bath.  Repeat until you used up all your peaches. 

Keep bath at a low boil for 20 minutes.  Remove jars from water and let rest...then you will hear the glorious popping noise of your lids sealing.  Once cooled take lots of photos because they are just so pretty. Pretty as a Peach.






Saturday, July 7, 2012

Sharing Saturday and Sunday

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY SHARING
Have you created something awesome and want to share it? A new Recipe, Something in the Garden, Sewn something with your creative hands? Or maybe took a beautiful photo. Whatever the creation (G rated of course) please share it for us all to see.
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Friday, July 6, 2012

Christmas Fairy Knitting Pattern


Christmas Fairy

$3.99
MATERIALS
Sport Weight Yarn:
     White
     Light Blue
     Light Pink
Four #2 needles double ended
Darning Needle
Light Blue wool Felt
Wool fleece for stuffing







 
 
Due to unforeseen circumstances I am unable to offer free patterns any longer.
You can purchase this pattern at my Ravelry store The Handmade Homemaker
 
$3.99

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

WIP Wednesday -

My Christmas Fairy is almost finished...I just need to add one more shoe, skirt, and a few other things to make it extra special.



My Shawl is growing I am on the third and last skein of yarn. Its hard to show it as its wider than the circular needles are long. 

I have been reading "The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester"  By: Barbara O'connor.  It is a fun read about three boys who are rotten, a toad named Tooley, an irritating girl name Viola, and Earlene the housekeeper.  We have really enjoyed it.

How is everyone Shawls coming along?  I know everyone seemed to decide on Shawls at the same time.