Saturday, July 12, 2014

Acrostic Cushions ! Birthday Gifts I Made !

This is an acrostic cushion I made for a birthday gift for a sweet 12 year old girl ...
It all started when I started sewing lots of fabric scraps together and I made some lovely zipper cases with them and gave them for gifts too...So after doing that I had another great idea ...I'll join some other pieces of fabrics together and make cushions, then I decided to make them even more personal and add their name and turn it into an acrostic cushion...So I joined the fabric strips together in a log cabin and in the middle I embroidered their name ...I quilted it onto a piece of cotton batting  then I lined it..so that was the front completed ...Then I made the backing from some more of one of the fabrics on the front to match...
Here is the completed front before joining it to the back..
The finished cushion measures 16 inch square or 40.5 cm square...
To make the backing I cut two pieces of fabric 16 inches by 13 &1/2 inches  or metric 40 cm x 34.5 cm. Then I hemmed both of the longest sides, the two pieces for the back overlap each other so the cushion fits snugly inside...
Its a good idea to pin backing in place before sewing. 


 This is how the back looks when its completed. 
I also made the cushion inserts as well, by sewing together some bamboo batting and filling with pillow filling.. I have also made another one with the name Genevieve for Samantha's younger sister for her birthday but its not until next year ..So I have it packed away until then...Here are both of the completed cushions I think they are really sweet, I was very happy with how they turned out ...
I'd love to hear what you all think..Aren't they sweet ..thinking they will look lovely on the girls beds or maybe on a chair in their rooms..
A great way to use up all those gorgeous fabric scraps which are way to precious to waste... 


Sunday, July 6, 2014

My Paleo Protein Squares...Or Healthy Raw Nut & Seed Slice ! What ever you call it, its delicious !

I've been making this recipe for the last few months and its so quick , easy ,raw and super healthy..And great for my Paleo eating plan...
I call them my protein squares, but as I say no mater what you call them they are so delicious..Every time I make them they are slightly different as you can really use what ever ingredients you have on hand . You can also leave them chunkier in texture or more like fudge its really up to you it all depends how long you process them for...again either way they are just as delicious...I've done both ways..In my food processor I throw in the following ingredients...
Almonds.
sunflower seeds.
Pumpkin seeds.
sesame seeds.
coconut dried.
sultanas and or dates.
flax-seeds.
macadamia nuts.
vanilla bean.
 walnuts.
pinch celtic salt.
 raw cacao powder.
raw cacao nibs.
Honey or coconut nectar.
Extra virgin coconut oil.
tahini.
 I never measure I just throw in what I have..add dry ingredients first then add all the wet ingredients and process until well combined and  moist and a little sticky..then I put it in a lined 9 inch square cake tin and press it all to the edges and nice and flat then I put it into the freezer for about an hour to firm up them I cut it into 64 sqaures ..you don't need to add all the above ingredients.try different combinations of what ever you like..
     I've made some with and some with out the raw cacao powder..
but you will need enough wet ingredients like the coconut oil & tahini to bind it together...
I store it in a large zip lock bag in the freezer ...
when I made another batch yesterday I weighed it and it was 1 kilo and 147 grams ...
Note : I want to buy some hemp seeds and gojo berries to add to the mix...
options ..use cinnamon if you have no vanilla bean..you could also add other dried fruits eg apricots and apples..some of you will want exact measurements.. But once you make it once you can just taste it as you go...Its such a great snack to have between meals ...I find it very satisfying...Its way better then chocolate...After eating this I have no desire for chocolate...Its also very high in magnesium ..Just another reason so many people crave chocolate, because they are low in magnesium as cacao beans are high in magnesium..

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Rhubarb Champagne !

Rhubarb Champagne !
Last week when Kev did the shopping he bought some rhubarb he really loves rhubarb and I'd had just recently came across a recipe for rhubarb champagne, so I thought what a great opportunity to make some ..So as you can see by the photo above I did just that..I did a google and there were lots of different recipes 
The one I used I changed it a little to suit myself ..as I usually do ...
3 &1/2 cups of chopped rhubarb (I had 3 sticks which was just perfect)
3 cups of white sugar. (original recipe was 3 & 1/2 cups)
5 litres of rain water.
1 whole lemon with skin on finely sliced.
2 cups of kombucha ( I had a bottle that I had let go to vinegar)
the original recipe was 3/4 a cup of apple cider vinegar.
 So I washed and finely diced the rhubarb and put it into a big stainless steel pot  with the sugar and water and sliced lemon and kombucha ..and stirred it to mix it all up well.
I covered the pot with a tea towel and secured it with an elastic band and left it for 48 hours the mixture needs to gather the natural yeasts in the air to start the fermentation process.(apparently you must not leave it any longer or the rhubarb will sour the drink and it will be ruined).
I did mine at 10 am on Monday and strained it at 10am Wednesday .I then bottled it up in some saved plastic cool drink bottles that I've had for quite a while that I got a friend to save for me that I use for my ginger beer...I then put the bottles in my pantry and when using plastic when they feel really firm to touch you know its ready ..It should be ready in about 3 days  - 2  weeks, depending on how fizzy you like your drinks and the weather.. Chill before serving.I was surprised how quick it took to be ready ..especially as its winter here in Oz..
The recipe said to discard the rhubarb either by giving to the chooks or in the compost I thought to myself what a waste..So I put it into a sauce pan added some peeled and chopped apples, some water  and cooked it up it was delicious ..Kev had his with ice cream I had it with some milk kefir, yummy..This amount makes 5 and a half litres..This would make a very refreshing drink in the warmer months..and looks really pretty pink in glasses it would be nice for parties etc...Kev loved it but I found it a little bit too sweet, but I was thinking you could top it up with either water or sparking mineral water..When I make it again I might use less sugar ..

Thursday, June 19, 2014

My Pumpkin salad recipe !

Pumpkin Salad!
This is pretty much the same as my potato salad but using pumpkin instead and I sprinkle the top with pumpkin seeds..I also make it using sweet potatoes too...
I steam the cut up pumpkin, ...So while pumpkin is steaming away, I cut up a brown onion  finely diced then add to my large glass bowl that I put the juice of 1 lemon, a splash of extra virgin olive oil and one or two teaspoons of honey and a sprinkle of celtic salt and some dried mint then I add the cooked pumpkin and toss really well so all the dressing gets absorbed into the hot pumpkin..optional sprinkle with pumpkin seeds  and serve ..its so delicious ...Great for my paleo eating plan ...

Friday, June 13, 2014

Keep your pinking shears sharp !

A great way to keep your pinking shears sharp !
I have finally found a great way to keep my pinking shears sharp and at no cost, which is even better and it only takes a minute or two so I can have them sharpened any time I need to use them with out even leaving my sewing/craft room and a great way to recycle too...All you need is a small piece of aluminum foil, we call it Alfoil here in Australia. Now  fold your piece of foil to have at least 4 layers and cut through the layers with your pinking shears ..how quick, easy and simple it that ..keep cutting until when tested on a piece of fabric they are sharp and you're done...photo below is some foil wrappers from a tin of chocolates we bought Jack last Christmas and I decided to keep them in a shoe box in my sewing /craft room thinking they may come in handy for some thing..So that's what I use to keep my pinking shears sharpened now, I just get a few wrappers and cut through and then I'm ready to cut with them and recycling is an added bonus ...and free..so a win win in my book...

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Could You Have A Magnesium Deficiency !

I have been researching the last month all I can about magnesium !
It seems most people are deficient in magnesium ..I'm certain I am from reading all the symptoms that a magnesium deficiency causes ..I'm currently reading DR Carolyn Dean's book called the "The Miracle of magnesium" it was printed in the early 2000's she has written an updated book this year which I will try to get hold of to read.. but really there is so much for free on the Internet to read about...Magnesium deficiency is often misdiagnosed because it does not show up in blood tests, only 1% of the body's magnesium is in the blood so most people are deficient and have no idea...I must admit I was amazed that all the symptoms from Lyme disease are the same as a magnesium deficiency..and apparently most people with Lyme disease are magnesium deficient..Here is a list of just some symptoms you may like to take a look at ... ..but to find more please google "symptoms of a magnesium deficiency" I'm sure you will be amazed like I was...
  • Calcium deficiency
  • Migraines
  • Poor heart health
  • Weakness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tremors
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • High blood pressure
  • Type II diabetes
  • Respiratory issues
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Potassium deficiency
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Poor memory
  • Confusion
I bought some magnesium from here at iherb http://www.iherb.com/?rcode=TVV284.
By using this code above you can save between $5-$10 on your first order .
They sell so many great products and are very reasonably priced I was extremely impressed ..
I bought some extra bottles to give to my 2 adult sons to take also..My order was $36 and that was from the US and if I had of purchased here it was going to cost me well over $30 extra ...and I ordered it on Thursday night and it arrived here at my door step on Tuesday morning ..that's impressive from the US and postage was cheaper then here in Australia...They sell an impressive range of herbals supplements, vitamins,minerals, teas and so much more please check it out if you haven't already..With the cost of living rising who doesn't want to save some extra dollars better in your pocket that is for sure...
 Here is just one of the many great sites I found and have been reading, very interesting indeed..so if you have any health problems it could be worth doing some research on the subject yourself...
http://drsircus.com/medicine/magnesium/magnesium-deficiency-symptoms-diagnosis

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Don't take life to seriously ..it's not like you're going to get out alive..

Don't take life to seriously ..it's not like you're going to get out alive..
Some one sent me this on an email just over a year ago and I was cleaning out my inbox and it made me smile..and its so true ..so I thought I'd post it here today..So if you do some thing silly ..just laugh at your self..way better then getting stressed ..I'm working on that more myself ...laughing is good medicine, remember stress isn't ...

Monday, May 12, 2014

Milk kefir grains for sale ! $10



Milk kefir grains for sale ! $10
If any one is interested in making milk kefir I have some to sell.
I'll be selling 50 grams of milk kefir grains for $10 that includes postage any where in Australia ..please email me at sherriec@westnet.com.au
If you don't know any thing about milk kefir just google there is so much great information on the net..
It tastes very much like yoghurt but so many more health benefits...if its too sour brew for less time if not strong enough for your liking brew longer..I'm addicted to it ...you can make so many delicious other things using the milk kefir I've made kefir ice cream, sour cream,dips,smoothies...

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Kombucha Cultures For Sale !

Kombucha Cultures For Sale !
I have some Kombucha cultures for sale $10 each that includes postage any where in Australia ..I also include easy instructions.. Please email me at sherriec@westnet.com.au if interested...Kombucha is a great probiotic drink that is so easy to make ...and it tastes delicious..You can use it to make so many other products..like picked onions, salad dressings...You can also add it to smoothies and raw soups for extra flavour and nutrients Great to drink in place of cool drinks ..cordials etc and so good for your health...If you don't know any thing about "Kombucha" do a google there are so many great web sites with so much wonderful information..Here are 2 great websites..to have a good read ..
www.culturesforhealth.com
But as I said there are so many more 

I should have milk kefir grains to sell soon if I stop eating them all...
I'll keep you posted ..I make so many delicious recipes with the milk kefir..Lime & blueberry ice cream.....smoothies ... great on potatoes..A little like yoghurt but a lot healthier..Great to use to make dips ..You strain it over a cloth and eat it like yoghurt or sour cream..

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Wrapping a bottle of wine for a gift for free !

Wrapping a bottle of wine for a gift!
I saw this idea recently and they used newspaper but yesterday as I was tidying the kitchen table and sorting the catalogues, there was one from a liquor store and I thought that would make great gift wrap for a bottle of wine ..so easy to do and its free ..As I've become more and more green I cannot understand spending good money on wrapping paper that just gets thrown away ..I'd rather spend that little extra on the gift instead...So this is a great idea and looks really festive..You could also use magazine pages joined together ..The catalogue had 4 pages with a staple in the middle so I opened it out flat and laid my bottle down and left enough paper to tuck under the bottom and then I cut strips into the paper just until the top of the bottle. Then I used my scissors to curl all the strips ..just like you do when using curling ribbon...But as its paper you need to be a bit more careful as they can rip quite easily ..I lost a few ... Of course this can be used for any bottle not just wine but maybe a bottle of your homemade lemon cordial ..A bottle of homemade chocolate sauce..Good for your pocket and the environment...
This is what it looked like before I curled all the strips!
You can use a piece of sticky tape or string around the neck of the bottle to keep it all in place ..