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Monday, November 29, 2010

Embroidery Hoop and Barkcloth Ornaments - Easy DIY

Embroidery hoop and barkcloth ornaments!
All you need is a mini embroidery hoop and vintage barkcloth fabric to make these one of a kind Christmas ornaments. The embroidery hoop is approximately 4" across and the barkcloth is leftover cutter pieces from several other projects. It can't get any easier!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Roasted Turkey - Split Turkey

Split turkey hot out of the oven!
Looking for a roasted turkey recipe for split turkey? From the Today Show on Wednesday morning, they featured this roasted turkey. Talk about easy, and honestly, it's the best darn turkey I've EVER eaten! Make this split turkey and ALL the meat will be juicy and moist and oh-so scrumptious!

I used fresh rosemary from my herb garden, thyme, salt, pepper and I threw the garlic cloves (a whole bunch) in without peeling. The chef on the show did it and why not? After all, the drippings are strained before you make the gravy, right?  

14 1/2 lb turkey, 425 degrees and I cooked it for 1 hr 45 minutes! No foil, no cover, just the herbs on top of the turkey. Use your meat thermometer (great kitchen tool!); I made sure the turkey was heated to 175 degrees thru the thickest part of the breast and thigh before removing from the oven. Just use your thermometer guide and you're set! :)

Be sure to wear an apron when you prepare this roasted turkey because slathering the butter all over can be messy. I promise you it will be worth the few minutes it takes to prepare this split turkey.

P.S. One warning though......the only "drawback" I have with this roasted turkey recipe is you end up without a turkey wishbone because it's cut during the prep. Oh well.......  :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Wine Cork Garland - DIY

Learn how to make this wine cork garland.....

by following these easy instructions from my article on Squidoo. You will need an awl, some hemp twine, needle with a large eye, wine corks and some beads. Have fun with this project! :)

Linking to Motivate Me Monday at Keeping It Simple.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Crochet Bag - Colorful, Compact and Quick to Make

The last time I visited my daughter in Oregon, she used old shopping bags purchased several years ago from the commissary here in Hawaii. The bags are looking pretty beat up by now, so when I found this great FREE crochet grocery bag pattern by Haley Waxberg (on the website Ravelry) recently, I decided to make Riki a few new crocheted shopping bags.

The first crochet bags I like to refer to as my practice ones. I made the turquoise duo out of synthetic yarn. It's REALLY stretchy as shown below, but when it came to making the crochet bags I wanted to gift, I used 100% cotton yarn (as did the designer of the crochet bag pattern). These also stretch wonderfully and can each hold the weight of 4 or 5 cans of food.

The designer suggested stretching the crochet bag before using initially. Just hanging them up with a few cans inside does do the trick. :) Wash the crochet bags in cool water when needed and dry flat, reshaping as desired. I think I may whip up a few more of these for stocking stuffers.
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