Thursday, December 8, 2011
My granddaughters love to cook, especially baking, as soon as they see the flour, and sugar coming out of the pantry, they run to put their miniature aprons on. My granddaughter enjoyed helping to paint her apron. look at her face, as she models it, that tells the whole story.
Wooden gingerbread cut out to trace
Textile medium Americana
Denim apron half yard denim materiel
Americana paints- honey brown, white, opaque red, black, hot pink, burnt sienna
Size 6 angle brush, liner brush
Water bucket for rinsing brushes
White charcoal pencil
Pallet ( I use a white square ceramic glazed tile, a plate will work just as good)
I made this simple denim child's apron, by turning down the raw edges. Making tie backs from remaining material pieces, and attaching a neck band.
Use the wooden cut out to trace the gingerbread on to apron. Use white charcoal pencil.
Eyes are black (use the back of the paint brush dipped into paint from pallet.
White is thinned out with water until it's as thin as cream. Load your liner brush to paint the icing lines. Hold the brush straight up, move your whole arm in a sweeping motion. Pushing down makes thicker lines, lifting up on the brush makes thinner lines.
Lips and, buttons are drawn in black.
Hearts are done in red.
Christmas Stars,Gingerbread Garland,Toy Soldiers.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
This is my first try at making a raglan sweater. It is worked from the top, to the bottom, what I like about this sweater is that the sleeves are knitted into the main, body there aren't any bulky seams at the sleeve area. The edging is knitted at the same time also, so there is no attaching the ribbing and removing the ribbing until you get it right.
4 double knitting weight yarn (150 yards)
2 circular knitting needles size 4 24 inch
4 small button
Large blunt eye needle
4 plastic ring stitch markers
2 Rubber stoppers
Gauge 5 stitches per inch
Cast 71 stitches on circular needles.
Start working the ribbing p2, k2 for first 5 rows this will become the neck.
Row 6 k17 place marker, k8, place marker, k21, place marker, k8 place marker, k17
Row 7 k5, purl to last 5 remaining stitches, k5
Row8 k up to one stitch before marker, yo, k1, marker, k1, yo, knit to end of row
Row9 k5 purl to last 5 stitches k5
Every even row will be knitted the increases will be done at the markers before and after the markers. Every odd row will be k5 purl to the end, k5
Knit until it measures 5 3/4 inches long from top to bottom. 226 stitches on needles. Knit up to the marker, place the next 48 stitches on a separate scrap yarn, knit up to 3rd marker, place next 48 stitches on scrap yarn. This separates sleeves from body of sweater. Continue working in stockinette stitch, remembering to knit first 5, and last 5 stitches. The last 10 rows are worked in garter stitch which is knit right side, and wrong side of sweater.
Sleeves: Transfer the sleeve stitches from scrap yarn onto both sets of circular needles. Working both sleeves at the same time, I like to do it this way because it makes for more even looking sleeves.
Place a rubber knob at the end of the set of needles your not using. This will help you keep up with the correct needle.
Work ribbing, p2,k2 for next 15 rows, bind off.
Here's the same pattern with designs, knitted right into the pattern.
Flowers were designed on this sweater.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Old fashioned cloths pins these are sold at Jo Ann's, and Micheal's
Paints dark blue, red, white, black, skin tone, pink acrylic Walmart carries a variety of Folk-Art paints
Closed eye hooks
String or thin ribbon to hang ornaments
The flat cloths pin on the left be comes the body, the one on the right becomes the head, and hat.
To paint the brim I use a black permanent marker, it makes a neater brim.
Glue head to body, and arms to the side. Add finishing touches like buttons, sash, and boots. Insert ribbon,or string through the eye hook. Enjoy making these toy soldier ornaments.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Ingredient for masa
1 pound of fresh ground masa (tortilla factories, or some grocery stores carry fresh masa.)
1 cup lard or butter
1 cup of oil canola or safflower
2 soft bullion chicken cubes
1 1/2 water
1 package dried corn leaves
1 fresh cut corn off the cob
1 small pork roast
5 poblano peppers seeded and roasted
5 garlic cloves peeled
1 28oz can of red enchilada sauce
1 teaspoon cumin
1/3 cup brown sugar
Franks, or Red Devil hot sauce
Place pork roast, peeled roasted poblano peppers,and garlic cloves to cook in crock pot for 8 hours. Or you may cook it the night before.
To prepare the masa start by placing the masa in a large bowl, notice how dry, course it is in appearance.
Place the cooked roasted poblanos, with some enchilada sauce to grind completely as shown in the picture. Add to the bowl meat mixture it will add another layer of flavor, plus thicken the sauce. Add the 1/3 cup of brown sugar at this time also. Set to the side while preparing the corn leaves.
Line the tamales with the open end up, stacked against the wall of the pot. Add 3 cups of water in the bottom of the pot this will steam the tamales. cook on stove top at medium heat for 1 hour the steam from the bottom will cook the masa. Check for done by pulling one tamale out peel back corn leaf if it holds together it is done.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
1 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoon yeast
2 eggs beaten
4 to 41/2 cups of flour
1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoon cinnamon
1 stick butter
4 egg yolks from size large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
In medium sauce pan place milk, sugar, shortening, and salt to warm up, the shortening will almost start to melt. about 115 degrees or you can stick your finger in it it should be slightly warm.
Starting with 4 cups of flour, placed in a mixing bowl with dough hook attachment.( Saving the 1/2 cup for use if needed). Pour egg milk mixture into flour.
To make cinnamon topping, place in a bowl, 1 1/4 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 2 tablespoon cinnamon, half cup butter, 4 beaten egg yolks, half teaspoon vanilla. Mix well with a fork. Divide into 16 portions, place topping on lightly floured surface roll out into 3 1/2 inch circles, use a spatula to help you place cinnamon topping on top of pan dulce.
With the back of a spoon make design on the cinnamon topper. Cover again allow to rise till the dough doubles in size.
Bake in preheated oven, 350 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes till lightly golden. Eat within 3 days, because they are perishable, due to using fresh ingredients without preservatives. Enjooy