guacamole and quinoa, oatmeal, jam bars

I made guacamole for the first time ever that I remember. All it takes is:
3 ripe avocados, mashed
chopped garlic
juice of 1 lime
Mix it in a bowl and add other things if you like. I added chopped red onion, cilantro and tomato.

The guys I live with loved it (that would be hubby and his brother).

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Also made bars; haven’t tried them yet. Got recipe from here. Photo-1312 (1)

Here is the happy cook :)Photo-1313 (2)

It makes 36 small squares. Photo-1315

preserved lemons

My next cooking project is preserving lemons. I have the lemons and the recipe so one of these days I will get going.

I finished this project on this 12th day of September.
ready to make the preserved lemons: Photo-1316 (1)
What the salt looks like: Photo-1317 (1)
Cut the lemons in quarters, but not clear through. This is how the Moroccans (tricky spelling this word) do it. Photo-1318 (1)
All 4 lemons stuffed in the quart sized jar. Photo-1319 (1)

Now wait 3 or 4 days and add juice of 4 lemons. They are patiently waiting in the ‘fridge!

Sept. 17 – I’ve added the juice of 4 lemons. Photo-1361 Now it will sit in a cool place (the counter) for around a month or more. More will give it a better flavor, recipe says.

kleenex pouch tutorial

I will attempt to show how to make these. I couldn’t find directions for these; I just figured it out sometime in the middle of the night and couldn’t wait to get started.
The original kleenex pouch I found at thriftstore (outside and inside):

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Photo-1303 For 6 pouches, cut a square 12″ X 13 1/2″
Photo-1304 Pin a thin piece of interfacing over it.

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Sew on pieces of fabric and them press them down.
until it looks something like this.
Photo-1308 the back
Photo-1310Cut 6 pieces, each one 6″ X 4 1/4″
Photo-1311 Cut 3 of them in half the long way, not like I did it :(
Photo-1312sew on bias tape or make or own from a strip of material – it’s easy.
Photo-1313Sew them together.
Photo-1314Trim and zig-zag around ends.
Photo-1317If you mess up, use something else :)
Photo-1318the backs
Photo-13192 more made from a place mat I had made a few years earlier. In fact, placemats would be ideal for making these.

This is a cute way to make them:

I made some like the video said: Photo-1320

Then I went back to the first ones I made, which is really the best, most fun and quick way. I like the way they look. Photo-1323

My total is up to 54 – Yay ! ! !
I would like to figure out how to make this kind: (I don’t know from where I copied it) IMG_5951 I think it’s really cute.

This is probably it for today. Getting ready for a busy weekend.

coming soon – kleenex pouches

I am through sewing dresses until I deliver the 23 I have finished.
On to another project. Our church will have a craft fair in October to raise money for the brave missionaries we support.
I bought this one at a thrift store yesterday, giving me the idea. Photo-1290

Found this tutorial to make some.

These are quite a snap to make. I already made 2 before lunch.Photo-1291


4 more made this afternoon in about 30 minutes :) Photo-1298

6 more. My goal is to make 100 of these gems. Only 88 more to go ! Photo-1300

I found it much easier to make 3 or 4 at a time because you don’t have to cut the thread so much.