Thursday, January 26, 2012

Fabric Flowers.

Start with a piece of fabric 3 inches wide by 24 inches long, and twist it really tight. Fold it in half and it will twist together on its own. Hot glue the unfolded end under to create the center of the flower. Continue wrapping around until you get to the folded end, gluing periodically. After all the glue dries you can get creative with it. You can glue on buttons, or glue the flower onto a headband to wear in your hair.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Made From Scratch Banana Pudding.

  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups Half and Half
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 1 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 3-4 Bananas, sliced
  • 24 Nilla wafers, coarsely crushed
  • Whipped Cream, for serving

Whisk together sugar, cornstarch, nutmeg and salt in a medium saucepan, then whisk in half and half and egg yolks.  Place over medium heat and cook, whisking constantly, until pudding thickens and begins to boil, 5-8 minutes.  Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla.  Whisk until butter has melted.  Transfer pudding to a bowl and refrigerate until cold, about 3 hours.

In your preferred serving dish,  create two sets of layers using the bananas, 1/3 of the pudding and Nilla wafers.  Top with the remaining 1/3 of the pudding.
Before serving, top with whipped cream and additional banana slices and Nilla wafers, if desired. This is a delisious treat anyone can make at home.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

t-shirt scarf.

First, find a few old t-shirts you don't wear anymore, thrift them, or buy new - but choose thin, soft t-shirts. Second, lay the shirt flat on the table or floor. Third, cut 1 1/2 inch strips, remove the hemmed edges.  (fabric scissors work best). Fourth, save the sleeves for the end; they are used for the final wrapping. Fifth, organize the strips by length and gently pull on them.  They naturally curl in on themselves. Sixth, start piecing the stripes together the way you want it look.  Twist them, braid them, mix colors, add beads or old jewelery. Seventh, tie together, trim ends, and wrap with excess sleeve fabric.  Use a needle and thread to secure the end wrap on. Now you have an origanl scarf made by you, that no one else has!