Sunday, July 23, 2017

Pasta Wagon Wheel Snowflake Ornament

I have made some snowflakes before but they were single ones.  Here I go again trying to explain without a picture. :(

Spray paint the pasta and let dry.  I have used gold, white and put some very fine glitter on them and used a clear sealer. 
Make like a plus sign using 7 wheels each way.  Glue them together.
Make a X with 5 one way and then 2 on each side of the middle, glue onto bottom layer.
Attach hanger.

Try different shapes on bottom and top.

Several years ago I made Christmas trees using the wagon wheel pasta.  Painted green and the bottom one brown.  On the center of the wheels I used different colored small jewels that you purchase several in a pack.  The top I put a star jewel and a hanger.

A friend made some and used a piece of corn in the middle of each wheel.

My hangers are always fishing line.

Cucumber Dip

This dip is really good!

Original recipe is:
1  8 oz. package of cream cheese softened
2  small to medium cucumbers
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon onion salt
Peel, core and dice cucumber pretty small.  Sprinkle with salts and toss.  Let stand for 20 to 30 minutes, then mix in the cream cheese.  If it is to thick add a few drops of milk, BUT be carefull it can get runny fast. Sometimes if left to sit in fridge juice will be standing in it so if you mix that in, it is ready for dipping and no milk needed.

For a larger batch for a potluck the lady I got the recipe from said she used this:
3  8 oz cream cheese softened
3 large cucumbers
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp onion salt
then follow the above

Like she said it is a trial and error recipe and depends on your taste.

I have always used the original recipe and added to our taste.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Twig Stars

5 twigs of equal length
hot glue or thick craft glue
twine or jute--optional

 A.--Make upside down V glue with ends overlapping
B. --Glue third stick across upper portion of triangle
C.--Glue 2 remaining sticks into place--making points
D.--When glue has set, wrap star points with twine (or jute) for a rustic look if you like

Pretzel Beer Dip

1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch Dip (dry mix)
2 8 oz. package cream cheese softened
1 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 cup flat beer

Mix cream cheese with beer.  Add dry ranch and cheese in, stirring well.  Serve with pretzels or crackers.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Santa Picture

I don't know if I have ever taken a picture with Santa!  Don't recall seeing any from my younger days.

For a change why not try to get the family----or just you and the grandkids---together and go to the mall or wherever Santa is and get a family picture taken. 

That might be an ideal for Christmas cards this year!

Never to old for Santa!

Breakfast Casserole

This is a casserole that I make often to take to work.

1 can crescent rolls
ground sausage
green peppers
3 to 4 eggs
grated cheddar cheese

Using a 9x13 dish spray the bottom.  Unroll the crescent rolls and put into bottom of dish pressing the seams together.

Cook your sausage with the onions, green peppers and mushrooms.  I season it with salt, pepper and some Cajun seasoning.  Drain when done. Put the mixture onto the rolls.

Break the eggs into a bowl and beat.  Stir in some milk and stir together.  Pour over the sausage mixture.  I put about 1/2 the bag of cheese on now.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes.  When the crust is brown. Put the rest of the cheese on top when it comes out of the oven.

Sorry not more specific but haven't seen the original recipe in years and I just do it this way.
You can change the toppings and amount of eggs you put on.  Also adjust the seasonings.  Have used red pepper flakes too.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Snowman Containers

Purchase 3 containers that fit on top each other with each being a different size (like 3 snowman balls).  They could be square or bowls.  You can give goodies--cookies, candies, rubs, or seasoning salts, chex mix, etc. in a container.

The head put on 2 black button eyes, a piece of fleece or ribbon around the bottom of it for a scarf, and on the other 2 put a big button in the center.   Maybe try packaging or duct tape on bottom to hold together.

The receiver will get useful containers to use over and over and the goodies will be enjoyed.