homemade ginger: August 2011

My Lunch

Wednesday, August 31, 2011






Since I've been posting Lula's lunch, I thought I'd post my lunch.  



I've been loving BLT's lately.  Anyone with me? I think I have been eating one every other day.  We've been buying a lot of our produce at the local farmers market, so a BLT with fresh homegrown tomatoes and homemade bread is amazing!!!








We also got a huge watermelon at the farmer's market, so I made myself a little watermelon slushie.







Soooo delicious and refreshing!






Here's my watermelon slushie recipe adapted from all recipes


Watermelon Slushie (makes 1 serving)
1 cup frozen watermelon chunks
a splash of lime juice
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbs sugar
1 cup icecubes
2-3 Tbs water

Blend it all up and enjoy!

Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


One of my first blog posts was about homemade bread using the bread machine.  I could never figure out whole wheat bread and have always ended up making 1/2 wheat, 1/2 white bread. 



Well, I recently discovered some flour and a recipe that has made my 100% whole wheat bread making a success! Yay!




I discovered this flour at my local HyVee.  It's 100% whole wheat, but is made with hard white wheat which results in a lighter flour and thus a lighter textured bread.  I believe King Arthur
makes a similar product.




This is the recipe that I adapted from allrecipes.com


Whole Wheat Bread
  • 1 1/8 cups water
  • 3 cups whole wheat white flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup honey or sugar or sucunat
  • 1 tablespoon dry milk powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter or oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1-2 TBS Dough Enhancer (optional) 
Add the ingredients according to your bread machine directions.


Note: The dough enhancer helps you get a lighter loaf, but is not necessary!

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Making homemade bread with a bread machine is so easy.  I know there are those out there that mill their own grains and swear by hand making bread.  I think that is amazing, but that just isn't realistic for me at this stage of life.  Using a bread machine is for those of us who are lazy but want whole grains with no HFCS (and are too cheap to buy expensive bread at the health food store).  A great place to find a bread machine is the thrift store! Every time I go to a thrift store, I check out the appliances and there is always a few bread machines in new condition.  I think it's one of those Christmas presents that never gets used and goes to Goodwill. It's worth the $10!!


Does anyone else have any bread machine successes or failures?  Or maybe you mill your own grains and make bread by hand?

    Lula's Lunch

    Monday, August 29, 2011



    We thought we'd take a stab at it again for Lula's lunch.  She was very excited about it as you can see from the picture.
     





    She ate MOST of it, but has always disliked eggs.  She ate about 1/2 of the egg which is huge progress in my mind.  There were a few edemame left as well. But for Lula, I was proud!



    Guest Blogger: Decoupaged Map Letter

    Friday, August 26, 2011

    I have a treat for you all today! Barbara from Hodge Podge has agreed to share a super easy and adorable project with us today.  I'm loving maps lately, so I know I want to make one of these cute map letters to go up on a wall somewhere soon. Here she is, enjoy!




    Hello Homeade Gingerites, so pleased to be visiting such a spectacular blog. Today I am going to share with you my Decoupage Monogram Letter that I made last summer while on a bit of a mod podge kick.


    Are you dying to make one? Here's how....

    First you will need a wooden letter. I bought mine at Michaels.



    Next, paint the edges using a colour of your choice and method of your choice. I used black craft paint but you could use spray paint, leftover wall paint, etc.


    After a few coats of paint have dried, lay the letter on an old map, trace and cut it out. 



    *Make sure you lay it right side up. I laid it wrong side down, and then when I wanted to glue the traced piece out and it was backwards - sheesh!


    Using mod podgy, glue the paper piece onto the wooden letter, smoothing out bubbles. Then paint a thin coat of mod podge over the entire piece and let dry. Oops  - forgot to take photos of that step!



    And then...

    Voila!


    There you have it, a fabulous monogram letter! 

    What I love about this, is you can use any kind of paper to suit your decor.

    Happy Glueing!

    XO Barbara


    Lula's Lunch

    Wednesday, August 24, 2011

    She's not the best eater in the world and meal time is usually the most difficult time of day.


    But she ate every last bite on this plate.  Maybe something like this will be happening again at dinner.

    Sunburst Mirror....Finally Done!

    Tuesday, August 23, 2011





    Ever Since I saw this tutorial on Isabella and Max  I knew I wanted to make a sunburst mirror.  Actually, for a long time I had been looking into buying one but always came up discouraged at the outrageous prices.  So, when I found such an easy and thrifty tutorial, I was excited!!


    My next assignment was to find the perfect round mirror to transform.  I didn't want to spend more than $20 and it had to be a mirror with a flat wooden rim that the wooden rods could be hot glued to. 

    It took me many months of looking around Target, online, thrift stores and other random places before I found a clearance mirror at Target for less than $20!! 

    Sadly, I can't find the picture of the mirror. But, it was originally lime green. I followed the tutorial exactly but instead of bamboo sticks, I used small wooden dowel rods found at the craft store.

    Here is the mirror prior to spray painting:








    And here it is after!









    It found a spot above our bed.








    It did turn out much larger than I was expecting.  I guess my mirror was bigger than the one on the tutorial.  But, I do like it. 








    I like how the white is very subtle on the gray walls. 







    Since it's such a "statement" piece, I think the subtlety in color works.









    Remember that light fixture?








    The round mirror echos the round light fixture and circles in the shams








    Which I'm now realizing I never posted the finished shams on the blog. So, here they are!






    I'm working on a couple of accent pillows now. 








    Has anyone else attempted a sunburst mirror?


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    Guest Post: Quilted Coasters

    Friday, August 19, 2011

    I'm so excited to have Alissa from 33 Shades of Green today as a guest poster! She is going to share a super cute project, so read on! I'm guest posting over on her blog today, so be sure to check it out and be sure to browse around on her wonderful blog while you are there!



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    Hello Homemade Ginger readers!  Thank you Megan for inviting me over today - I'm really excited to be here guest posting!
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    The project I'm sharing are these cute, quilted coasters.  I originally posted these last year as part of a Handmade Holiday series I did.  These are really simple - if you are a beginner sewer these are a perfect project to try.
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    The idea for these came form the October 2007 issue of Martha Stewart Living.  And yes, I still have the issue!  MSL is the only one of my magazine subscriptions that I save...the issue are so beautiful and I just can not bring myself to throw them out.  At some point it's going to become a problem but for now - I'm keeping them!
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    {Click here for the original article and directions from MSL)
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    - fabric (all the fabric I used was scraps from other projects!)
    - batting
    - rotary cutter & straightedge or scissors
    - thread
    - sewing machine
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    2.  Use your rotary cutter to cut fabric.  For each coaster you will need a strip of fabric 4-1/2" wide x 10" long.  If you are using scraps and don't have pieces 10" long, just cut two pieces 4-1/2" x 5"
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    3. Cut batting to 4" squares.
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    4. Fold 4-1/2" x 10" strips in half, right sides together.  Sew up each side using a 1/4" seam allowance.  Leave the top open.
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    5.  Here's how it will look after the two sides are sewn.  Clip the two bottom corners.  It will make the finished corners neater.
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    If you are using two pieces instead of the long strip, just sew along three sides.  It will look like this:
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    6.  Now, you need to get the batting in.  This is the easiest way I've found.  Lay the batting on top of the fabric, hold batting in place with one hand, and turn right side out with your other hand.  I found this to be much easier than turning the fabric right side out and then trying to squeeze the batting in.
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    Use a pencil to push out the corners completely.
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    And the batting is all nice and snug on the inside:
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    7.  Fold the open edges of fabric in so your coaster looks like this:
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    8.  Starting at the open edge, start sewing all along the edges, creating a square.  Make sure to back stitch a few stitches when you get to the end. 
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    Tie up four or six of the coasters with ribbon, add a tag, and you have a cute little gift.  Wouldn't these make nice a stocking stuffer, hostess gift, or teacher gift?
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    Thanks again Megan!  You'll find me at my blog, 33 Shades of Green, crafting, cooking, designing, and working on all sorts of projects!


    Thanks for blog swapping, Alissa! Be sure to go check out her blog, everyone!

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