Update – Starch Your $$$$

Last post was about homemade fabric finish for pressing…starch. Quilters Moonshine 2

Just want to add that I am into my second bottle of “Quilter’s Moonshine” and it is going well. NO stickiness on fabrics or the iron! NO smell! NO problems!

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I DID, however, go back and add more starch than the recipe calls for. I poured it all back together and added about 2 more tablespoons of starch. I think this is about preference. I suggest you start with the recipe, as is, and go from there.

Some of the things I have been pressing recently:

Back to my sewing…and pressing…for now!

 

 

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Feeling Frugal…Starch your $$$$

Ha! Gotcha’ didn’t I? I could call it STRETCH your dollars, but this was more fun!

Well, if you are a quilter…or love to iron things to a nice crisp finish…I am blogging about something I have been wanting to try for a long time.

Everyone…I mean EVERYONE knows how nice Mary Ellen’s Best Press is! I love it too!

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We all also know there is a plethora of info on Pinterest. Some time ago I saved this post about “Quilter’s Moonshine”  and finally tried it this morning. Maybe because I used my last spritz of Best Press and didn’t have a backup!! Woe is me!

The recipe calls for starting with a gallon of distilled water, but I wanted to test it out first so cut the recipe down, using only 1/4 of the ingredients.

Quilters Moonshine Ingreds The very expensive ingredients…NOT…use the cheapest vodka you can find.

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I used 4 cups distilled water (I actually used filtered water), 1/8 cup (2T) starch, and 1/4 cup vodka.

 

 

The result is a little on the cloudy looking side…

 

 

So, I put it to the test. No sticky residue on fabric or iron. The finish is a bit softer than Best Press, but that would only mean adding a bit more starch to your recipe for your personal preference.

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Just look how much it makes. If you are frugal and want to give this a try, I am thinking you will not be unhappy with the result. I pay $9.95 (if not on sale) for one bottle of the great Best Press. I am NOT knocking it AT ALL! This concoction, which I do not plan to drink, by the way, was just a few cents for this batch!

Happy Quilting…Happy Pressing!

I will post if I have any further results to share.

It is Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

It IS a special day and I find it interesting how the thoughts about it evolve over the years. I have shared a post before about my mom, who passed away in 1999…here.

Of course, I think of her today and wish she was here, but I am especially thinking of my children and their children, my wonderful “grands”! This includes my daughter and my daughters-in-law.

There really is nothing like having children. The next phase, having grand-children, is almost better. You know, spoil them and send them home and all those cliches.

The truth is, in spite of all the ups and downs of life, seeing how my children parent is, indeed, a blessing for me. Hopefully, they do so well because of the way they were parented, but also in spite of that!

I am blessed with 5 grands ages 20 to 5 (and some very great nieces and nephews too)! We are all spread over the country, which can be sad, but I woke up to a text sending MD love and a request for a FaceTime chat today, so all is well in the world.

My husband commented that some of the hoopla is lost in the rush these days. I had to disagree…I don’t know a mother who would not be so happy to spend some quality time with her offspring and was reminded of that by a post by my DIL on FB this morning…

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Looks like they had a bit of all mom’s favorites!

So, again, to all the moms out there…love your kids and grands and remember how blessed you are today! And THANK YOU to the mom’s in my life!

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Love and hugs!

 

Dinner Guests Tonight

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I am really enjoying cooking lately! I think we are all so used to the taste of processed food, our palates may need awakening.

We have guests tonight, so I started early today. Homemade crackers, homemade pie and the bread is rising in the background. I am having fun and the house smells great!

The main courses will have to be made and served right off the stove.

What do you like to cook? Or do you?

MLQC Update

The January project for My Lucky Quilting Club is finished!

It was a lesson for me in multiple things. The January MLQC lesson was in making and using bias tape. That was a good lesson. Not only did I learn about the process, I learned about the different tools and which brand I like better. I also learned how to stretch the tape, just a bit, to apply it neatly and without too many puckers on the curves.

So, as noted in previous posts, I decided to make a table runner, rather than the 9-block top suggested. Since I am a fairly new quilter, I decided to also try the quilt-as-you-go process. I really enjoyed quilting the individual blocks. I decided to stay with a modern theme and follow the random lines of the tape. Now, joining the squares should be pretty easy. I must need more practice on this. However, by the fourth joint, I did not have to pull any stitches out! Yay!!!

I felt the greys needed some color, so I chose the modern print with blue and green. It does add some pop to it, but do you think it is too much? I am basically happy with the way the runner turned out. It does not match our décor well, but will remain at our house. I am not that happy with the joining of the squares to put it in my Etsy Shop!

I still think the name “Chaos” fits well. What do you think? I have a tough hide and can take (and would appreciate) your input!

A Recent Favorite Recipe for Granola

Have you looked at the ingredients and calories in the granola you find in the grocery store? Even the selections in the healthy section are full of sugar. We are trying to limit gluten, sugar and fat, so I began looking for a low-sugar, low-fat, gluten-free granola recipe. Funny! The calories were still pretty much sky-high! I persisted and found Joy the Baker and decided to try her recipe (you will want to look…her pictures are so pretty!)  I made half a recipe first, just to try it…by now we have made the full recipe twice. My husband even made it once!

image  The ingredients

image The dry ingredients

I forgot to take a picture of the liquid ingredients, but it is basically oil (calls for coconut), honey and a nut butter.

image Mixing it up

Remember your mom making meatloaf…using her hands? Maybe you still make it this way. I really don’t like to get my hands in there, but it really works great for this mixture!

image Ready to bake

I linked to the recipe above, but here is a picture of my copy….showing some notes to our taste.

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Baking the granola requires a few times stirring for even browning. I notice a variation depending on the pan used and how deep the cereal is in that pan. This time I did a taste test to see if it is better a bit more brown. My husband preferred the lighter color.

image I think I like the darker one.

There are so many variables you can use for this recipe:
Different oils – coconut is more sweet; less is more, if you like it without clumps
Different nut butters – what does your family like? Peanut? Almond? Cashew?
More or less sweetener – Honey? Maple syrup? Brown sugar? How about some coconut?
Nuts about nuts? Try walnuts or pecans.
Want a little spice? How about some cinnamon?

Have fun with this one. Try it a different way each batch! It is filling, nutritious and better than all those you find on the shelf in the market…well, we think so! And another good thing….no preservatives!  It doesn’t last that long anyway!

Oh, why not try it for some dessert ideas too? On top of baked fruits? Or just a handful for a quick bite of energy?

Let us know how you made it and any tweaks or ideas you can share!