Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Volunteer's Creed

The Volunteer's Creed

To laugh often and love much; win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; appreciate beauty; find the best in others; give of one's self; leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - this is to have succeeded.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Make your own BEAN SPROUTS

I have always wanted to make my own bean sprouts. I love eating them, but the ones you get at the market are always old looking. I met a lady at the Organic Veggie Farmer's Market who said she bought a $100 machine to make them. I bought some of her sprouts and they were fresh and delicious. Yum!! So I came home and Googled sprout-making and Voila'......Make your own in a jar. I got out some canning jars (Wide mouth jars would be better, but I was too lazy to go out to the Bungalow/storage to get them. Once grown, they are hard to remove from small mouth jars. Learn from my mistake.)
I got a sheet of plastic canvas and cut out a circle using the innner seal as a template.That way you can pour water into the jar as you must rinse the bean a couple times a day and then turn them over onto
the dishdrainer.

Step number 1: Buy some Mung Beans and some Lentils.

Step number 2: These beans are dried, so soak a half of cup of each in a jar over night.

Step number 3: Pour out water and pour in more water to rinse beans, pour out and place upside down jar onto the dishdrainer. Rinse beans 2-3 times a day, and drain.


Lentils on the left. Mung beans on the right.

Bean sprouts from Mung Beans are done sooner than the Lentils.

Harvest Time after 4 days!!! Ate some on a cheese sandwich. Ate them like as a snack. Shared my harvest with my granddaughter. Packed her some in a ziplock bag.

Lentils are still growing. Day 6. They are ready to eat, I just want to see how long they will get.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Quilts, totes, and aprons I made.

Quilt top for Piecemakers.

Quilt top I made for Piecemakers Quilters.

Totebag to sell at St. John the Baptist Church Bazzar.

Totebag to sell at St. John the Baptist Church Bazzar.

Almost finished quilt for Levi for his birthday. (my grandson-Cody's son)

First Charity Quilt made by St. John Quilters.

Quilt top I made for St. John Quilters.

Aprons I made for my niece's two beautiful daughters.

My Heart Quilt

First, I designed the quilt.

Had a hard time with the isosceles triangle. Drawing one is easy. Making a paper pattern is easy. Sewing them up together with the correct 1/4" seams.....grrrr!

Ta dah!! Just needs some batting and a backing.

I love it.

Finished by the St. John Quilters in San Juan, Texas.
One of the quilting groups that I belong to.

My sis Barbara

Barbara and her provider, Yoli, at the Dia de los Muertos celebration on Oct 15th.

Day of the Dead Altar in a Cigar Box

I helped my favorite almost-daughter to make an altar out of a cigar box. We had so much fun dragging out all the shoe boxed full of feathers, sequins, miniature fruit and vegetables, ribbons, glue, and Day of the Dead related paper photos. What Fun!! In fact, my little friend said that coming to my house was like going into a Craft Store. I have everything in stock!!!

Front of the box.

Side of the box, decorated with fabric.

Other side of box, also decorated with fabric.

Ta dah!!! Photo is a little dark, but there is an oval photo of Our Lady of Guadalupe above the photo of Frida Kahlo, and a small mirror on each side.