Hem Jeans and Keep the Original Hem!

Today I was asked by Youngest (she's here visiting), to hem her new jeans, and I remembered a tutorial that I had seen on Pinterest.   Instead of attempting to make my own tutorial, I'm just sharing a link for Abby's!

The best tutorial I found was from Sew Much Ado
I am extremely happy with the results, and so is my daughter!  I plan on doing a pair of my own pants next...like as soon as I post this!

Blessings ~ Juju

Mom's Potato Salad

One of the recipes that I'm asked for a lot is my potato salad.  It's called "Mom's" since she gave me the basic recipe. Mom & I differed on putting onions in, and about how much mustard was correct.  I also added the black olives and red pimentos for extra flavor and color...this is the salad that I love best!

Number of Servings: 12

Make a day ahead for best taste!

Each serving is a heaping 1/2 cup.
10-12 Potatoes, raw
8 Large Eggs
1 Cup Real Mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon Yellow Mustard
½ cup chopped Dill Pickles
3.8 oz can sliced Black Olives
2 heaping Tablespoons Pimentos, diced or sliced

1. Peel & cube potatoes. Boil in water until soft, but not mushy. Drain well, and cool.

2. Place eggs in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. (TIP: pierce the large end of the egg first, this helps prevent the shell cracking.) Bring to a boil; boil 5 minutes. Shut off the heat and let them sit for 10 minutes. Pour off the hot water and add very cold water and let the eggs cool. You might need to keep pouring off the water and adding cold. After the eggs are cooled, crack & peel the shells, and rinse the hard boiled eggs. Cut eggs into large chunks and set aside.

3. While potatoes and eggs are cooking, place remaining ingredients together in a large bowl, and mix. Keep chilled. After the potatoes and eggs are cooked and cooled, add them to the mixture, and fold gently.

If you feel that the mixture is too thick, add a few tablespoons of pickle juice or vinegar. Mom loved it with a splash of vinegar on hers! And of course, green onions and extra mustard...yuck. To each their own!
Me & Mom on her last earthly birthday.
She celebrates in heaven now!

Lemon Cookies (from a Cake Mix!)

Springtime is slowing making an appearance here in Northern Idaho.  Last year, I had an abundance of spring flowers blooming at Easter, but this year, only 2 brave little blooms have dared to open. 
To get me in the springtime spirit, I decided to make these tasty and pretty cookies.

1 Box Lemon Cake mix
1 large Egg
1 stick of butter or margarine, softened
2 Tablespoons lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350° F.
Lightly spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray (TIP: line it with parchment paper, too).

1. Mix cake mix, egg & butter, just until moistened.
2. Add lemon juice, one tablespoon at a time (I needed only 1 tablespoon). It needs to be moist, but firm.
3. Spoon by tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheet (I used a scoop). Do not flatten!
4. Bake for 7-10 minutes...do not brown.

Cool in pan for 2-3 minutes before placing cookies on a cooling rack.  

When they first come out of the oven, they look puffy, and as they cool, they will flatten out. Don't be alarmed, they are SO delicious and are perfect with a hot cup of tea.  

If you like, you can add a simple glaze on top:
1 cup powdered sugar + 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, mix. Drizzle a tiny bit of glaze onto each cookie.  
Tasting these cookies just about makes up for the lack of blooms in my garden!

Earring and Necklace Holder

Last week I realized that I have been wearing the same 3 pair of earrings recently, and it dawned on me why...they are not on display or easily accessible.  Making a trip to a nearby Michael's, I found everything I needed to make this easy project!
The heart of the holder is a small unfinished wood frame. It's 18 inches long, and about 4 inches wide.  I needed it to be fairly flat, because I plan to hang this on the back of the hinged mirror in my vanity desk. It already has hangers on the back, bonus!
The other items are:
-colored plastic canvas
-acrylic paint (I used Folk Art 410 Lavender & 901 Wicker White)
-a pack of 6 brass plated cup hooks (1/2 in.)
-a pack of square greeting cards (found in the dollar bin!)
-ribbon or trim
-- You'll also need some regular Elmer's white glue, low-temp Hot glue, paint brushes & scissors.
Trim the plastic canvas to the outside dimensions of the frame, and set aside for later. I decided to leave part of it uncovered so I could see the cross on the card. (see photo)
Trim the cards so that they fit inside the box, and set aside.
Next, choose your favorite color acrylic paint, and apply a quick coat, just around the edges.  (After mine dried, I thought it looked a bit harsh, so I simply wiped on a few drops of white paint to give it a softer, shabby-chic look.)
Next, use the Elmer's glue to glue the cards to the inside of the box. This is a pretty background, but if you prefer to paint the inside, you can!
Using the Elmer's glue, run a bead of glue around the edge of the frame, and apply the plastic canvas. Here's where you might need the low-temp glue gun...the plastic canvas tends to not want to lay flat. So, I tacked it with a few drops of the hot glue, too. Allow this to dry.
Since I had some leftover trim from our daughter's weddings, I decided to give it a finished look and added the trim around the plastic canvas.  You can add whatever embellishments that suit your taste...I went with a cross theme, since it's close to Easter.  After it's completely dry, mark out the placement for the cup hooks on the bottom of the frame, and screw them in.

Making this simple project has been fun, and it's my joy to share it with you!
 Blessings ~ Juju

Aunt Letha's Creeping Crust Cobbler

We don't "mess" with old family recipes, especially when they came from the Texas side of the family.  My Aunt Letha gave me this recipe back in 1977 when I was a teenager, and I have it memorized, it's that easy.
Now, Auntie used a deep iron skillet to make this, but I've switched to a polish pottery baking dish. I haven't noticed a difference in taste, it's still yummy comfort food!

Aunt Letha's Creeping Crust Cobbler
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
1 quart OR 2 cans of fruit, drained (your choice)

Melt butter in skillet (I melted it in a glass measuring cup in the microwave, and then poured it into the baking dish).
Mix dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl with a wire wisk.
Add the milk to the dry ingredients (p.s. I use skim milk) and mix.
Pour batter over butter - do NOT stir!
Carefully place the drained fruit over the batter (p.p.s. I use light fruit), but do not mix! (I put a light sprinkle of cinnamon on top.)

Bake at 400° F for 40-45 minutes. The crust will "creep" over the fruit, hence the name and will be a deep golden brown.
Makes 8 servings.
You can use almost any fruit, even thawed frozen fruit!
Mmmm...mine's ready! Get your cobbler in the oven!

Blessings, Juju