Homemade Breadcrumbs or Croutons

Homemade Breadcrumbs or Croutons

I’ve been looking for ways to use up Sourdough Discard and not so ideal bread making results! Here is one that is super easy but may take some labor! IngredientsAny old bread MethodPreheat oven to 350f. For Croutons Slice bread into half-inch cubes or desired size. I used the “bread ends” for croutons. Toast for […]

My Sourdough Journey

My Sourdough Journey

Day 1 Starter Begin by creating your starter. Take 1 cup rye + 1/2 cup water, mix well, let stand overnight (24hrs). Within several hours I saw activity (bubbles and a spongy look) and it started to smell wondrous halfway through. When is my Starter Ready?Check out these links for more info! https://www.kingarthurbaking.com/blog/2016/05/17/ripe-sourdough-starter TipsA warm […]

Beef Stew

Beef Stew

This makes a rich savory stew with more of a gravy than a soup. Hearty, flavorful, satisfying, and indulgent! Great over mashed potatoes, over egg noodles, or with some nice bread! Ingredients 1.5 Pounds Beef Chuck Roast1.5 Cups Button Mushrooms, Quartered1.5 Cups Carrots, Sliced, 1/2″ Rounds3/4 Cups Celery, Sliced, 1/2″ Half-Moons1 Large Russet Potato, Chunked, […]

Would You Like To Help Support the USPS?

Would You Like To Help Support the USPS?

The United States Postal Service supports everything from small businesses to delivering life-saving medication, paychecks, essential supplies, voting ballots and much more. Small businesses from restaurants to Etsy artisans rely on the Postal Service to exist! During this pandemic, it has been a lifeline for every American. With pivotal elections coming up in November and […]

DIY: Face Mask #6 Pleated Mask for Baby & Preschool

DIY: Face Mask #6 Pleated Mask for Baby & Preschool

ADJUSTABLE! Babies and kids grow so fast. Creating a mask that can fit for at least a year or two can be difficult. I tried to create one where the fabric portion was big enough to fit for at least 1-2 years and included an adjustable strap to allow for re-adjusting as necessary (and for […]

How-To: Add Adjustable Straps to Any Face Masks

How-To: Add Adjustable Straps to Any Face Mask

Loop + Strap Adjustable Strap design by OMG! Heart. Free to all for publication and commercial use as long as it includes a credit to OmgHeart.com. This adjustable strap is a simple design that requires only elastic! All you need is 1/4″ elastic tape to create a loop and a strap. It can be adapted […]

DIY: Face Mask #5 Pleated Face Mask with Adjustable Straps

DIY: Face Mask #5 Pleated Face Mask with Adjustable Straps

This is a 3-Layer Mask with Adjustable Straps that uses Lightweight Cotton Muslin. This design is based on the Vera Wang Pleated Mask pattern as previously posted here with a tutorial. I liked the design and construction of the Vera Wang version but I didn’t like the fit. So I modified it to suit my […]

How-To: Pleated Face Mask with Pocket by Vera Wang

How-To: Pleated Face Mask with Pocket by Vera Wang

This is a 2-Layer Pleated Face Mask with Filter Pocket (and optional nose wire)! I was looking for an efficient and simple design for a Face Mask with Filter Pocket and decided on trying this one. This simple construction is by Vera Wang and requires no pattern. It can be worn as a 2-Layer Mask […]

DIY: Face Mask #4 Kids

DIY: Face Mask #4 Kids

Based on my Wraparound-style masks. Same 3-layer construction but in a smaller size. This uses a lighter middle layer as well, cotton undershirt like Fruit of the Loom. Create your template, cut fabric, and sew. Materials Outer Fabric (Quilting Cotton) Middle Layer (Old Undershirt) Inner Lining (Cotton Muslin) Elastic Hairties (Two 2mm-thick Ties) or Elastic […]

DIY: Face Mask #2 Baby and Toddler

DIY: Face Mask #2 Baby and Toddler

Based on my basic face mask tutorial, it’s still a 3-layer mask except these are sized down and “baby” features a slightly different construction! It also uses a very thin undershirt for the “filter” layer and make use of scraps from creating the adult mask! You can also create a lighter mask for baby by […]