Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Burlap-Trimmed Muslin Curtains


KITCHEN CURTAINS/ VALANCE
Materials:
Muslin
Burlap trim (found mine at Hobby Lobby)
Lace trim (found on clearance at Hancock Fabrics)
Buttons (had most on hand, bought some at Walmart)

1. Measure windows for curtains &/or valance. Cut 2 panels for curtains, OR one long valance. I am making 2 valances for the kitchen & dining room windows. General rule of thumb: use 1 - 1/2 times the width...if windows are 24 inches wide, cut the fabric 36 inches.
2. Sew raw edges neatly. On my muslin, there is one edge that is finished, so Im going to let that be my bottom edge. If yours does not have a finished edge, then you will need to hem it.  First, on each side, I made a narrow hem. Then, I turned down a narrow hem for the top of the valance. I am using curtain clips, but if you are using a curtain rod, you will also need to create a pocket for the curtain rod; make sure the rod will slip easily through the pocket.
 3. Sew burlap onto muslin then, sew on lace on top of burlap. Finally, hot glue buttons on top of the lace.
4. Hang curtains &/or valance.  You might want to see my post about homemade window washing solution, so your windows will look their best with the new curtains!





Blessings, Juju

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Happy Fall, Y'all ! Crispy Apple Crisp


It's early Fall here in North Idaho, and apples are everywhere.  Today our house smells like apples & cinnamon...   

Crispy Apple Crisp

5 apples
1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 Tbsp margarine, cold
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup oats

Preheat oven to 350°F. Peel, core & slice the apples. (I use my handy-dandy "Apple-Corer-Peeler-Slicer" from that home party company that pampers chefs. Makes fast work of the apple prep.)
Place apples in a 9 X 13-inch baking dish.
Combine all the other ingredients in a bowl, using a pastry blender to cut in the margarine. It should look like coarse crumbs when you are done.
Sprinkle the mixture over the apples.
Bake at 350° F for about 20 minutes.

The apples won't be mushy, but still firm and crisp.
And yummily-deliciousily-fresh-Fall-tasting.

Blessings, Juju

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Homemade Window Washing Solution
















Don't you just love it when the morning sun comes streaming in through the windows? I do, but only if the windows are clean.....

(for OUTDOOR use only!)

½ small bottle of Jet Dry (yep, the stuff you put into your dishwasher)
¼ cup rubbing alcohol
¼ cup ammonia
1 tablet dishwasher soap, crushed into powder
           (OR about ½ cup dishwasher powder)
2 gallons steaming, HOT water (boil it, if necessary)


Put all of this into a bucket; stir until dissolved.
Pre-Rinse windows using the “jet” spray nozzle.
Dip window washing tool into the solution and scrub the window, top to bottom. (If you don't have a special tool with a long handle, you can put on a rubber glove and use a microfiber cloth to wash the window.)
No need to squeegee the window !

Rinse windows again using the “jet” spray nozzle, top to bottom.  Allow to air dry.
Step back and enjoy the sparkle!
Do NOT use this indoors, the fumes might knock you over!
Blessings, Juju

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Refreshing Watermelon Summer Drink



My BFF shared this simple recipe with me, and now it's a favorite in our house, too!

Ingredients:

  • 1 "personal-size" seedless watermelon
  • 1 empty plastic pitcher with a lid (at least 40 oz.) 
  • 1 32 oz. empty bottle (a clean Gatorade bottle works perfectly)
  • ice & water
  • Stevia or other sweetener of choice

Directions:

Cut up the watermelon into chunks, discarding the green rind.

Put about 1/2 of the chunks into a blender and "liquefy" it for a few seconds.
Go ahead and add the rest of the chunks and "liquefy" it again.
Pour the pureed liquid into the pitcher. Store in the refrigerator. 

To Serve:


Add ice to the empty Gatorade bottle, almost to the top.
Add cold water to that, about 3/4 full.
Add about 1/2 cup of the watermelon liquid, put the cap on & shake it up!
Sweeten to taste with your favorite sweetener & shake!
I hope you enjoy this Refreshing Watermelon Summer Drink as much as we do.





Monday, September 10, 2012

Summer 2012 Projects


We had a late start to summer here in North Idaho, and once it arrived, we've been busy!  Here are a few of the projects I've been working on:

Cork Board made from thrift store frame
11 Jars of Strawberry Jam using homegrown berries
Pallet-wood Bakery Sign
Pallet-wood Pantry Sign
Updated Pantry Door
Pallet-wood Paris Wall Art (over new desk)
Pallet-wood Paris Wall Art
 How has YOUR summer been?
Blessings ~ Juju