Showing posts from October 16, 2011

Fresh from the garden

 Don't these look luscious?  Picked fresh from the garden just a few days ago. You see, last week while my hubby and I were experiencing cold and snow in the mountains of Wyoming summer was busy making a grand farewell here at home.  The combination of sunny skies and temps climbing into the 80s gave our garden had one last growth spurt. But what does one do with hundreds of tomatoes?  Why make salsa of course.  Garden Salsa 1-1/2 lbs tomatoes, diced 1/2 red onion, diced 1  small jalapeno chile, seeded and finely diced 2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro Place all ingredients in a medium bowl.  From a fresh lime, grate 1/2 tsp. lime peel and squeeze 1 tbsp. juice into the bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Makes about 3 cups but will only last about two days refrigerated.  Or two hours if you have a bag of tortilla chips and a football game to watch :-) Good Housekeeping has a video for making the salsa. Check it out . ******************************************

Tutorial: Sew Halloween Witch Boot Treat Bags or Silverware Holders

Just in time for Halloween! Sew yourself a set of Witch Boot Silverware holders - or use them as mini treat bags. Download the free Witch Shoe/Stocking template here .  Please note this is a handrawn pattern. It will open up in Google docs. To print it choose File (located on the upper left side of your screen) and choose print. Let's get started. For each shoe cut out 2 of the stocking (which will be the full template shown in the striped fabric) and 2 of the shoe (which will be the bottom portion of the template shown in the polka dot fabric).  Pin the shoe portion on top of the stocking as shown.   Using a narrow zig-zag, stitch along the upper edge of the shoe securing it to the stocking.  Place a scrap of tissue paper underneath the fabric to help keep the fabric from puckering. Tear away the tissue paper when you're done stitching. Machine or hand baste the curved lower edge of the shoe to the stocking. Stitch a 1/2" hem along