Thursday, January 31, 2013

BBQ Cheeseburger Meatloaf

This is really good.  Hope you enjoy it! 

BBQ Cheeseburger Meatloaf

1 pound of 98% lean ground beef or turkey
Cooking Spray
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup of soft bread crumbs
1 tsp seasoned salt
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1 Tbls Worcestershire Sauce
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
2 slices of sharp cheddar cheese or American cheese
2/3 cup of favorite BBQ Sauce
1 Tbls ketchup
1 Tbls brown sugar
1 Tbls vinegar
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the beef through the onion in a large bowl.  Mix well.  Place half of

the beef mixture into a loaf pan sprayed with cooking spray.  Place the cheese

side by side over the beef mixture.  Add the remaining mixture over the top of

the cheese slices. 

In a small bowl, mix the remaining ingredients and pour over the top of the

meatloaf.  Bake for 45 minutes or until done. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

SUV Play Pouch

SUV Play Pouch with Pen Pouch

I saw a photo of this idea on Pinterest but I could not find the instructions on how to make it so I made this one today. I will share with you my experience in putting one together. For those of you who are expert seamstresses, please feel free to correct or comment on my work. Thank you! I appreciate any help. I used scrap material and will give you the approximate measurements I used for the pouch. Here are the materials you will need.

Background (owl) Fabric 5/8 of a yard of the 44 to 45 inch wide fabric

Pink Fabric 5/8 of a yard of the 44 to 45 inch wide fabric

Polka Dot Fabric 5/8 of a yard of the 44 to 45 inch wide fabric

Threads to match

Gross Grain Ribbon in desired color 1 1/4 yard

First, cut a 4" strip off the right edge of the fabric giving you the 18 1/2" wide fabric for the background of your pouch. The strip will be used for your pen pouch.

Fold the fabric lengthwise in half with the right sides together as shown above. Sew a 3/8" seam (all seams are 3/8") along the long edge and one end of the fabric piece.

Cut the corner where the seam line meets as shown above.

Turn your pouch to the right side. Use a chop stick to push out the corners and press with your iron. Create a seam at the open end by turning in a 3/8" hem to the inside as shown above. Press.

Now slip stitch the seam with an invisible stitch. Below is a great tutorial on how to do that. Just copy and paste the following link into your search engine and follow their instructions.

Your pouch should now be about 8 3/4" wide. If you would like a pouch a little wider than that, use 3/4 of a yard of fabric and you can adjust from there.

For your first two pockets, cut 2 panels 9 1/2" x 17" out of the polka dot fabric or your choice of fabric. For each of the pouch pockets, fold in half to make the pocket 9 1/2" x 8 1/2" press and sew each pocket the same way you did with the background (owl) fabric. I didn't do the invisible stitch on the open end of the pockets but pressed them inside 3/8" before laying them onto the background fabric piece. Lay each pocket onto the background (owl) fabric piece with one on one end of your background fabric piece and the other at the other end as shown above. Pin into place with the pressed/folded end at the top. Top stitch the sides and bottom leaving the pressed/folded end open. You will be stitching over the one side that was open for turning so make sure your ends are folded to the inside 3/8" before stitching. Top stitch again over your first stitching to reinforce the pocket.

For the pink fabric pockets, do the same as above and place them just above your first polka dot fabric pockets. Remember to top stitch your pockets twice. For the top or last pockets, cut the polka dot fabric into two 7" x 9 1/2" pieces. Fold, press, pin and sew both pockets the same as the others as shown above. These size pockets work well with my grandson, Bradyn's Lego figures which he likes to take with him everywhere.

Pen and Pencil Pouch

Cut one piece of the pink fabric 17" x 3 3/4". Cut one piece of the background (owl) fabric 15 1/2" long. Fold the background (owl) fabric in half and press with your iron. Lay the background fabric on top of the pink fabric with the folded edge at the middle of the pink fabric as shown above. The extra pink fabric running to the left will be the back of the Pen Pouch.

Sew a running stitch down the middle of the top (owl) fabric as shown above. This will create two pockets for the pens and pencils. Sew another stitch on top of the first stitching.

For the "hanger," cut a piece of the background (owl) fabric 6" x 3". Fold in half lengthwise. Press.

Sew the side and turn out to where the right side of fabric is showing. Press.

Fold the "hanger" in half as show above and lay it on the pocket owl fabric as shown.

Now, fold the pink fabric down over the top of the pocket as shown above. Sew a seam on each side leaving the bottom of the piece open for turning. Trim off the edge of the "hanger" at the side seam. Turn to where the right side is showing and press. Press the bottom edge inside 3/8" and slip stitch that end closed.

Turn your pouch over and lay the ribbon in the center of the piece as shown above. Sew the ribbon down on both sides of the ribbon to the pouch.

Turn your pouch over again and bring one side of the ribbon over the middle and sew in place as shown above. Slip the Pen and Pencil Pouch into the ribbon and tie into a bow. You can insert one end of the Play Pouch under the head rest in one of the middle seats in your SUV to where the other side of the pockets hangs to the back seat for play back there. Below is the photo again so you can see how it sets.

If you would like to leave off the Pen and Pencil Pouch, you can do so by omitting the ribbon and not making the Pen and Pencil Pouch. Now your kids will be able to find their toys while traveling in the car. Hopefully.


Monday, January 21, 2013

Miracle Whip Ham Casserole

 A big favorite at our house.  If you like Miracle Whip, you'll love this one.  Enjoy!

Miracle Whip Ham Casserole

1 cup of Miracle Whip (You may want to add more Miracle Whip if desired.  You want your pasta to be creamy.)
2 cups of frozen or fresh broccoli, thawed or cooked, drain
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups of cooked diced ham or chicken
2 cups of cooked corkscrew noodles, drained
1/2 cup of milk
1 1/2 cups of seasoned croutons

In a 9 x 13 pan, combine all ingredients except 1/2 cup of cheese and 1/2 cup

of croutons.  Stir well.  Top with remaining cheese and croutons.  Bake at 350

degrees for 30 minutes. 

Joys of Nature

Photo January 21, 2013 taken on our deck rail.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Ways to Use Medicine Bottles

Child's Play Food Cans 

If you're like us and really hate to throw these empty medicine bottles away, then let's have fun creating a toy idea for your kids or grandkids.  My grandchildren, Bradyn and Cadance along with myself,  love to play grocery store when they come to visit.  I searched on the Net for different canned food labels and found several as shown in the photos below.  Then I used my Print Shop program on the computer to size them and then print them off.  I cut the labels to fit each of the two sized bottles I had. 

I wrapped the label around the bottle to fit and used the packing tape to hold in place by wrapping the tape all the way around the label.  I noticed I had some extra space at the bottom of the bottle and so I used some wide Scotch tape I had to finish. 

I then painted the tops with some grey acrylic paint and Wa La!  We now have canned goods to go with our other shopping items.  For added fun, I printed off photos of the foods to match the contents in the "cans" and cut them to fit inside the bottles.  You can search for those on the Net too.  I then used the clear sticky tabs you can find at any craft or scrapbook store to attach the photo to the bottom of the bottle.