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Luna Moth

I follow E.C.’s blog and she does these post where she simply shares pictures and that is pretty much it. I love them. They always inspire and make me happy. So when my husband brought this in I thought of that. Enjoy.IMG_20170309_112838

 

Beeswax Candles from my bees

My husband was cleaning the hives and I decided to make my first (hopefully of many) candles from the wax. After getting all the honey out I could, we put the wax in a double boiler and melted it down. Then the honey separated and after I poured all (I thought!) of the honey into a jar, I started on the candle part. I used The Prairie Homestead website post on making your own beeswax candle. This is my first candle. There is a little spillage of wax but it is for me and not resale so I wasn’t obsessive about that.

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Fishing Flies

We are planning a trip to Great Smoky Mountains NP during spring break to go fishing and wildlife watching. My husband asked me if I’d make him some flies for the trip. Years ago I learned how to do this from a guy in Blue Ridge Georgia. It has been over 15 years since I made any but I still had some supplies. Anyway here are ones I made today.
They are green caddis larva, just a bug and 5 Gurgle Pops. I am hoping to make about 30 flies before the trip.I will make other varieties in the next few weeks so he has a plenty to choose from and can’t say it was just a fly of mine that was the reason he didn’t catch something!

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Man’s cardigan

Recently my husband asked me to make him a cardigan. It is rare that he has a crochet request and even rarer that it be piece of clothing.We decided on this design. caron-simplysoft-c-adultscrochetv-neckcardigan-web2

After years of me “working my magic”, as he puts it, he just knew I could make what he wanted from the pattern. Then we went upstairs to see what yarn I had in my stash to make what  he wanted the sweater to be made from. After all, it is even more satifying if I didn’t have to spend money to make it.

Here is the finished cardigan. The hardest part was getting it off of him long enough to sew the buttons on. Nothing makes a person happier than making a one of a kind garment that is loved. Now to finish the special request my 14 year old grandson put in!

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Bee Hive in the House

Have you ever seen an observation bee hive? This summer I had the opportunity to see one in action at Rossman Apiaries in Moultrie, Georgia. Since we already have a Flow Hive and a horizontal hive along with a couple of traditional hives, I wasn’t surprised when my husband started talking about doing one of these kind of hives.

I went so far as to check into how to make an observation hive myself. Look at this one 
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I mean they even have them in classroomspicture1

So I found a handbook and started studying. Still not sure if I wanted to take the risk of 4,000 bees getting loose in my house. But if others could do it, why not me?510s7bhm2yl-_sx398_bo1204203200_

However, I have decided I am not that brave or curious. My husband and I have decided the bees are nice as long as they are outside not inside. Besides I found out this week that the sound of bees near my face still freaks me out. So not a good idea to have them in my living room where I would really hear them. I admire all the people who can do this though.

Cabbage Sausage Pinwheels

I wanted to share a recipe my daughter-in-law came up with recently. It was a pleasant surprise for me. She didn’t know that I don’t like cooked cabbage and I wasn’t going to tell her. But this was great even for me. I went back for seconds. So here it is. The recipe as she wrote it.

Alfredo Bacon Sausage Cabbage Rolls

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1 lb. Ground Mild Sausage -1 small head Cabbage-1/4 cup Bacon flavored Alfredo Sauce

1 onion-1 clove minced garlic-2 cups mozarella cheese-2 cans cresent roll sheets-3 tablespoon butter

1-Brown sausage, add chopped onion in large non-stick pan with lid. Drain off grease. Place in heat safe container until cooled.

2- In same non-stick pan, add garlic, butter, cabbage that has been cut into thin strips and cook into cabbage is soft. When cabbage is cooked to your liking, place in a heat safe container to cool.

3 -On a baking  sheet, place a sheet of wax paper it. Spray with cooking oil or coat with oil. Lay out cresent sheet. Begin layering!

4-With a spoon, spread generous amount of Alfredo sauce on cresent leaving 1 inch uncovered around edge. Add sausage and onions, then cooked cabbage and finally cheese.

5- Begin rolling, remember the 1 inch edge is to pinch and seal in the goodness. The best way to understand is just look at the picture.

6-Bake in 350 oven until the roll is browned. Let set for few minutes before cutting. ENJOY.

Hurricane Matthew Camping Kitchen Cabinet

What do you do when a hurricane knocks out your power for a couple of days and you are stuck at home dry, safe? If you are a crafer like me, you finish up projects. One project that really needed finishing was my camping kitchen.

I like to travel and camping. We are doing tent camping again and I showed my husband this. I wanted to be able to store my kitchen equipment in one convenient place neatly. Kinda grab and go idea. He was like, let’s make it! I am a smart woman and took advantage of his moment of weakness.
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Here is the finished product. I stained it dark because it is going to be used outside and I didn’t want dirt to show too much. It isn’t perfect but it will certainly make a difference when camping in the future. It is packed ready for use. I am able to put everything I need in it for cooking and store it for whenever I need emergency cooking supplies. Plus we can just put it in our car if we have to leave in a disaster besides being ready for our next camping trip. (We were supposed to go camping this weekend but hurricane Matthew changed those plans too.)

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