Thursday, April 28, 2011

Focus on the Finish and a Link Up

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Hi Girls,

If you are like me, you think the start of the project is way more exciting than the finish.  I wake up in the morning with grand ideas in mind of what I want to accomplish each day.  I get my day off to a super start and then as the day progresses, things don't seem so exciting any more. 

It may be something as simple as I'm going to get all the laundry caught up today.  I'm going to get all the sheets washed and towels plus everyone's laundry hamper will be empty and they will now have clean, folded and pressed clothes.  Then somewhere along the line I think I'm too tired to iron, that will have to wait until tomorrow.  So now I have clean yet wrinkled clothes staring me in the face.  Ugh...just another thing on my to-do list for tomorrow.  Another unfinished project.  Why do we do this to ourselves?  I know for me, I get bored or I get sidetracked.  Sometimes, I tuck the unfinished project away and then I forget about it!

So today I decided to finish some of those projects that were staring at me.  Today I re-screened our son, Tim's, window.  He had gotten a hole in the screen and I had the material to finish this project for a several weeks but just hadn't finished it until today.  The project actually only took me about 40 minutes.

I sewed up some holes in Katie's sleeping bag where some hot ashes from a camp fire blew onto her bag and burned holes in the nylon.

I re-sewed the waist on Emily's shorts.

For Mike, I made him a doctor's appointment for a follow-up.  Those projects DONE!

Other than finishing the laundry which the last is now in the dryer, and fixing supper, I have one more project.  Katie and I need to get her graduation announcements addressed and mailed out tonight.  That will be a big accomplishment.

I'd like to challenge you.  Take a notepad and go around the house seeing what unfinished projects you have that are staring you down.  Lets tackle one of those projects this week.  How about we even link up our accomplished projects. 

This can be anything.  Perhaps you finish a book you have only half read.  Perhaps you finished a craft project.  Whatever your half finished project is that you finish, share it and let us all hear about it!  Lets cross one thing off our to-do list that has been there for a while and lets feel good about getting one thing off our plate!

I have one big project that has been facing me for weeks and I'm going to have you hold me accountable and do it this week.  I am going to sew covers for my outdoor cushions.  I only have three of them to do.  I have had the fabric for several months.  I'm going to do this!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Blessings

He didn't have to do it, but I'm so thankful that He did.
He did it for me and He did it for each and everyone of you. He loves you... always.

May you all have a very blessed day today.
Love,
Nancy

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I'll Send You a Free Sample of Amber Road Fragrance



Hi Friends,
This afternoon I just received the May Scentsy warmer and scent of the month.
I'll be happy to send you a free sample of the newest scent "Amber Road".  Amber Road is available for purchase starting May 1st.  During the month of may, all Amber Road products and the new Magellan warmer are 10% off.  Send me an e-mail to basketmaster_nancy@yahoo.com with your mailing address and I'll get your sample right out. 
Thanks and Blessings,
Nancy

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

How To - Convection Oven Tips

Hi Girls,
We've lived in our home for 5 years now it the oven that came with our home is both a conventional oven and a convection oven.  I've had to learn how to use a convection oven and I've discovered a few tips that I want to share with you today.

Just so you know, a conventional oven has a heating element at the top or bottom, or both.  A convection oven has a fan that constantly circulates hot air in the oven.  My own oven is a combination oven that switches from conventional to convection with the touch of a button.  It can be handy when in a hurry because the convection does bake quicker.

So here's some tips I've learned.  When baking with a convection oven, decrease the temperature 25 to 50 degrees OR cut the bake time back about 25%.  If your food is undercooked in the center but brown on the outside, that tells you that you need to lower your temperature.

Make sure the air can circulate around your food.  Using large cookie or baking sheets is not recommended because they prevent adequate air circulation.

Do NOT use the convection oven for cakes, meringues or delicate items.

I use the convection oven for baked potatoes and homemade baked french fries.  It works well for pizzas. I have good luck using the convection oven for cookies like chocolate chip and oatmeal.  I use the conventional oven for softer cookies like snicker doodles.   I will also use it for the first half of my baking time on meats and casseroles if I'm in a hurry.  Then I finish it off with the conventional oven.

Watch your food closely because it does bake quicker.  Those cookies or pizza can burn easily so keep your eye on it.

If you have an oven like mine, mine is a Whirlpool BTW, don't be afraid to give your convection oven a try.  Start out with something easy like the potatoes I mentioned above.  You will be pleasantly surprised how quick.  Instead of baking a potato for 1 hour at 375 degrees, you can now bake it with the convection oven for 45 minutes at 375 degrees and it will have a nice crisp skin.

Happy Homemaking,
Nancy

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Paper Crafted Ornaments for Easter Tree

Good Morning Friends,
I need to start with a short disclaimer here.  This post was originally on my blog Basketmaster's Weavings last year.  It's just with Easter coming up I thought you would enjoy the idea.  My paper crafted ornaments packed away well and still look beautiful on my Easter tree even this year.  Enjoy!

I've been having fun using my Cricut machine to make some ornaments for my little Easter tree.
You could use any die cutting machine or cut some out by hand. The key is that they need to be basically symmetrical images on the left and right sides.

Cut out five of each shape from double sided cardstock and stitch all five images together with some heavy thread. Then fold the top two pieces toward you and the bottom two pieces fold away from you to make a 3-D ornament. I then added a few beads to the top and bottom on the string for embellishment.

Here is my finished Easter tree that I put together just using six branches with tiny flowers that I got at Hobby Lobby. For the hanging eggs, I drilled holes in the tops of plastic eggs and threaded a ribbon into the eggs for a hanger.
Have a Blessed Sunday,
Nancy
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