Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year from The Barber Bunch

Monday, December 28, 2009

My best hat so far.............

Holiday Recycling

Donate your Holiday Cards to St. Jude's Ranch for Children.

This organization helps abused, abandoned and neglected children. The children earn money by removing the fronts of donated cards to make new cards that are sold in packets of 10.

You get to recycle, reuse, donate and help a wonderful cause. Check the website for donation and purchasing details.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

More Hats

Here are the hats I completed today

A couple Premie hats

A Child's hat and a Baby Hat

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Baby Hats

Here a couple more of my knitting projects
These a little baby hats.
These are really fast to make and super cute.
I want to make a bunch and donate to a local Children's Hospital

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Another Scarf

Another Scarf finished!!
I love the variation of the colors in this one.
Now who shall I give it too?????

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Cinnamon-Applesauce Ornaments

I saw this recipe for Cinnamon- Applesauce ornaments and it brought back memories of my youth. I remember making these in Girl Scouts!!

Cinnamon-Applesauce Ornaments

Just mix 1/2 cup cinnamon with 1 cup of applesauce to make the dough.

Place it between two pieces of waxed paper and roll with your rolling pin to about 1/8" thickness.

Peel off the top piece of wax paper and cut out shapes with cookie cutters.

Add a small hole at the top of each shape with a straw or skewer and let them dry overnight, or until completely hard.

You can also put them in a 150-degree oven for about an hour.

Remove, cool and thread a ribbon through the small hole to hang.

Creative tips:
*For extra "sparkle," mix in decorative glitter.

*Make your own shapes by trimming the dough with a table knife following around patterns you've cut from cereal box cardboard.

*After cutting out shapes, use a drinking straw to create holes for jewelry or ornaments.

*Use toothpicks to make smaller holes for threading. Leave in dough until dry and remove.

*For a wall hanging, thread a colored ribbon through the shape.

*For a brooch, decorate with fabric paint and glue a metal clasp pin to the back (available at craft stores).

*Decorate creations with acrylic paint or fabric.

*The creations can be used as decorations on a gift box or bag.

Merry Christmas from The Barber Bunch

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Knifty Knitter

                                 Knifty Knitter Long Loom Set w/Hook & Yarn Needle, 4/Pkg.

I saw a commercial for the Knifty Knitter the other day. Being bored, I ran out to my local craft store and got the long loom set. Circular Sets are also available.

I was able to figure out the whole loom knitting thing without any real difficulty. If you have any knitting or crocheting history it does help though. There are detailed instructions included that show you how to make a scarf. I wish their were more ideas, patterns or a DVD included. But if you search around on the Internet you can find videos and patterns. There seems to be more patterns and videos for the circular looms though. I don't know if the long loom series is something new and more patterns and information will be forthcoming or not.

Following are pictures of one of the scarfs I made.

I used the same loom to make a hat too. Matt won't let me post the pic of him wearing it though!
Overall, I like the Knifty Knitter. It is fun and easy to learn. Projects are pretty quick to come together too.

Loom Knitting Books
Learn New Stitches on Circle Looms   Loom Knitting Primer: A Beginner's Guide to Knitting on a Loom, with over 30 Fun ProjectsLoom Knitting Pattern Book: 38 Easy, No-Needle Designs for All Loom Knitters (No-Needle Knits) Learn to Knit on Long Looms Learn New Stitches on Circle LoomsLearn to Knit Cables on LoomsIn The Attic Books - Round Loom Knitting PatternsI Can't Believe I'm Loom Knitting (Leisure Arts #5250)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Get Ready

For those who want a 100% COMPLETE year's worth of gourmet tasting foods, this superior year supply was made for you. You get 3 meals per day plus vegetables and fruits each day for 365 days for one person! Nothing was held back, in fact, we included some of every main course entree available. Now you and your family can enjoy fast, delicious tasting meals anytime with no preparation or cooking! Just add water and eat.

This unit will store for up to 30 years. This Ultimate Year Supply comes with 126 #10 cans packed into 21 easy to store cases.● No cooking or preparation! Just add water.● 126 #10 cans that come in 7 large boxes containing 21 easy to store cases.● 100% Freeze-Dried food for the highest quality and shelf life available.● Up to a 30 Year Shelf-Life!● Trusted gourmet quality from the Saratoga Farms and Mountain House brands!Saratoga Farms™ and Mountain House™ freeze-dried foods are second to none in terms of quality and taste.

Freeze-Dried foods offer many advantages over dehydrated foods. To Begin with they taste much better because through the freeze-drying process the foods retain their taste, texture, and shape of fresh frozen foods. In addition, freeze-drying locks in the freshness, vitamins, nutrients, color, and aroma of fresh frozen foods while providing the shelf-stable convenience of canned and dehydrated foods. All the contents of our Saratoga Farms™ and Mountain House™ food storage units are 100% FREEZE-DRIED FOOD with a 30-YEAR SHELF LIFE.

Other companies will sell an ""Ultimate"" Year Supply and add additional cans of dehydrated food with high sugar content, inferior quality and a significantly shorter shelf life to increase the number of cans so they can sell it at a higher price. Those additional cans of dehydrated food add bulk, but lack the quality, shelf-life, and nutritional value that freeze-dried food provides you.At The Ready Store, we always focus on the QUALITY of our products first, rather than quantity because we want you to get the best value for your hard-earned money.

Product Contents
Breakfasts (18 cans 318 Servings):
6 cans Scrambled Eggs
6 cans Scrambled Eggs & Sausage Crumbles
6 cans Granola with Blueberries & Milk

Lunch Entrees (36 cans 365 Servings):
Variety of the following Mountain House entrees:
Beef Teriyaki
Hearty Beef Stew
Lasagna with Meat Sauce
Pasta Primavera
Noodles & Chicken
Chicken Teryaki
Long Grain & Wild Rice Pilaf
Vegetable Stew with Beef
Beef Stroganoff
Chili Mac with Beef
Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Rice & Chicken

Vegetables (18 cans 384 Servings):
6 cans Super Sweet Corn
6 cans Green Beans
6 cans Garden Green Peas

Dinner Entrees (36 cans 365 Servings):
Variety of the following Mountain House entrees:
Beef Teriyaki
Hearty Beef Stew
Lasagna with Meat Sauce
Pasta Primavera
Noodles & Chicken
Chicken Teryaki
Long Grain & Wild Rice Pilaf
Vegetable Stew with Beef
Beef Stroganoff
Chili Mac with Beef
Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Rice & Chicken

Fruits (12 cans 288 Servings):
Variety of 3-6 different selections from the following Saratoga Farms fruits:
Strawberry Slices
Banana Slices
Cinnamon Apple Slices
Diced Apples
Peach Slices
Apricot Dices
Pineapple Chunks
Mango Chunks
Marion Blackberries
Whole Blueberries
Whole Raspberries

Sides (6 cans 144 Servings):
6 cans Instant White Rice

To order click the banner or links in the side bar

Sunday, December 13, 2009

My new favorite thing

                                                 Signature Aurora Electric Candle Warmer lamp

The Aurora Candle Warmer Lamp™ is a revolutionary new concept to the candle warming industry. With a patented soft halogen light the Aurora Candle Warmer Lamp creates the ambiance of a burning candle releasing the candle’s fragrance within minutes. All lamps are paired with a frosted white shade.

This thing is awesome. It is a great little accent light that warms up a candle and releases the scent of the wax. The smell of the candle was amazing. It seemed stronger and longer than actually burning the candle. It made the whole house smell great!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Storing Non Food items

Store a year’s supply of all household items that you normally buy at the grocery store

Build up your supply by buying these items in large quantities when they are on sale, then only replace your stores when they go on sale again

Make sure you store the things particular to your family’s needs, our list might not include everything that YOU normally use

Don’t be afraid to use creative storage ideas for these items. A huge supply of toilet paper could go in a garage, attic, etc.

Items to Consider Storing:
Personal Hygiene
-Paper Products-Toilet Paper
-Paper Towels-Feminine Products
-Diapers/Wet Wipes
-Paper Plates/Plastic Utensils/Napkins

Cleaning Products
-Laundry Detergent
-Dishwasher Detergent
-All-Purpose Cleaner

Homemade Holiday Gift Idea

Coconut-Pecan Muffin Mix

Makes: 1 gift (4½ cups in all) Total time: 5 minutes

What You Need
1½ cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup light brown sugar
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 7-ounce package sweetened shredded coconut (2 2/3 cups)
¾ cup pecans (chopped)

What to Do
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugars, and salt. Mix in the coconut and pecans. Keep at room temperature for up to 1 month.

Handwrite or download the following instructions on a gift tag or label to include with your gift: “Heat oven to 350ยบ F. In a large bowl, whisk together 3 large eggs and ¾ cup canola oil. Add the muffin mix and stir just until combined. Divide among the cups of a 12-cup muffin tin lined with paper liners. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.”

How to Package Your Gift
Transfer the mix to a resealable paper bag.
Wrap with ribbon and affix with a label and a gift tag with the baking instructions.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

How to Climb out of Debt

10 steps to Financial Recovery

1. Budget and Save
2. Cut Spending
3. Track Daily Expenses
4. Set Goals
5. Take a Second Job
6. Pay off High Interest Loans Systematically
7. Pay Bills automatically Online
8. Find out your Credt Score
9. Fix Credit Report Errors
10. Do Periodic Checkups of your Budget and Credit Scores

Brown and Serve Rolls

Brown and Serve Rolls----Food Storage Style

Use your favorite roll or bread recipe.
When shaped, raise about 1/3-double in height.
Bake at 275 for 15-30 minutes. (Varies with recipe.)
Wiggle pan to see if done - should be firm and platinum blonde in color.
Cool and wrap. Can refrigerate up to 15 days, or freeze.

To Bake:
Thaw rolls.
Then bake in 400 degree oven for 7 minutes. They will be brown and warmed through.
They taste just like baked!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Survival Seeds - Peace Of Mind For Your Family

~Know that your family will have food during a crisis.
~Includes an 8-page instruction booklet.
~Enough seeds to plant 3/4 of an acre!
~Non-Hybrid seeds produce true to variety seeds to replant for future harvests.
~Optimum water content to increase storage life.
~Double water tight packaging.
~Hometown seeds is 100% GMO free!
~Includes 16 Easy To Grow Non-Hybrid Varieties

If you are interested, Click the link

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Ready Store

Save Big On Food Storage And Other Preparedness Items

Microwave Peanut Brittle

Microwave Peanut Brittle Recipe

1 C sugar
1 C salted peanuts
½ C light karo syrup
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda

Put sugar & syrup in a 2 qt glass microwaveable bowl, stir. Microwave on high 5 minutes.

Remove & stir in peanuts. Microwave on high for 1½ minutes, remove & stir.
Microwave for another 1½ minutes.

Remove & add butter, vanilla & baking soda, stir
until foamy.

Pure onto buttered cookie sheet and spread out the best you can.

After cooled, break into pieces, store in air tight container.