Buying an Affordable Sewing Machine for Crafting March 06, 2018 04:39:20 pm If you are new to the craft of sewing and want to purchase a sewing machine here is a little help in getting started. Research is worthwhile because it will familiarize you with lots of new terms in the world of sewing and thereby shorten the learning curve.
Out of Control Yarn Stash March 02, 2017 06:28:12 pm Is your stash overwhelming? Wonder what to do with those little bits of leftover yarn? Here is an amusing look at one crafter\'s dilemma.
Craft Marketing Tip: Different Means Better September 19, 2016 02:09:31 pm Crafting is an area where standing out and being different is a good thing. Here are ways to make your crafts stand out and why you should think beyond the current crafting fads. Now is the time to start your own trends and let others follow you.
Craft Marketing Idea: Listening August 19, 2016 02:36:03 pm Craft people are hands on. They should approach the sales of their home-made items the same way. Thus, a good salesperson is someone who is willing to listen. Here are some examples of a crafts person being a good listener.
Craft Marketing Tip: Picking the Right Craft Show June 20, 2016 06:12:35 pm Picking the right craft show includes more than just the cost of the booth. Other items to consider are location (indoors or outdoors), juried or not and whether it is a new show or an established one. Perhaps the most important thing is whether or not those in attendance will like what you have to sell.
Craft Marketing Tip: Don\'t Oversell April 18, 2016 03:12:05 pm Some crafters have a tendency to oversell their products at local craft shows. What does that mean? How do you keep from doing it yourself?
Craft Marketing Tips January 25, 2016 04:39:35 pm The end of one season and the beginning of another is the perfect time to reassess your crafting sales. Here is a tip that may turn into additional sales for you.
Hobby or Business - Which Is Better For Me? January 08, 2015 10:19:59 am A lot of crafters live in fear that they have to "stay under the wire" or the Internal Revenue Service will come and get them for the small amount they make on their craft show sales. It is the same reason many crafters don\'t take credit cards at shows. Many people don\'t understand the difference from the Internal Revenue Service point of view between a hobby and a business.
Art Versus Craft November 07, 2014 11:45:07 am There are distinctions between an artist and a craft person, but defining and agreeing to those distinctions can be elusive. Because beauty is truly in the eyes of the beholder, so too a craft to one person is art to another. Here are some points to consider.
Vacation Themes Over Destinations - Start With Colorado July 28, 2014 05:35:45 pm Sometimes that vacation bucket list is based on a theme, such as visiting all the national parks in the United States, rather than just a single destination of going to the Bahamas and soaking up some sun. Here are a few themes you may not have considered that apply to Colorado, but can get you thinking about what your own location has to offer.
Planning a Trip - What Kind of Traveler Are You? July 25, 2014 06:11:01 pm Most people lead very busy lives, so extensive vacations are few and far between. Know what kind of traveler you are, so that when you go, you will get your money\'s worth and the kind of vacation you need. That means planning what you and other family members are most likely to enjoy.
The Omnivore\'s Dilemma - A Review February 25, 2014 07:36:47 pm Years after its debut, Pollan\'s description of where all that food (and the marketing that goes with it) comes from is still relevant and informative. His book proves that it is difficult to choose between ignorance (bliss) and knowledge (power).
Michael Pollan\'s Food Rules - A Review September 09, 2013 09:40:28 pm Pollan\'s book is a short and easy to read. In it he summarizes not only how to eat but what to eat to improve your overall health.
Chia Seeds - Another Popular Easy to Use Superfood June 13, 2013 04:01:15 pm Yes, these same seeds are laughingly planted on clay figures to sprout fur or hair (U.S. sales of these chia pets number about 500,000 each year.) But these little powerhouses should be taken seriously, if you dig a little deeper.
Spice Up a Recipe - Things to Consider Before Experimenting May 06, 2013 12:10:18 pm Flavor intensity depends upon the amount of spices and herbs that you use. However, like the English language, there are exceptions to the rules. Here is a quick guide on the factors to consider before adding more spices to your recipe.
John Dickson Carr\'s The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes - A Review April 17, 2013 07:42:55 pm Scotland born Arthur Conan Doyle, who lived between 1859 and 1930, was much more than the creator of Sherlock Holmes. In two instances he solved real life crime cases in an effort to "right" two obvious wrongs. The police adopted many of Sherlock\'s forensic innovations and his study of minutia is very relevant today, as can be seen in the various CSI television shows and forensic mysteries.
5 Reasons to Use Herbs April 08, 2013 12:09:56 pm In a world of fast food, there is no reason to deprive your taste buds of a little flavor stimulation. Here are five reasons to use herbs in your everyday meal preparations.
The Most Popular Fiction Authors in America By Number of Sales March 15, 2013 01:08:33 pm It is no surprise that the bestselling fiction books written by Americans are by 20th century authors, nor is it surprising that they are of the male persuasion. However, you may be a bit astonished by some of the people in the top forty and by the lack of clear records in determining this ever-changing list.
Spice Blends Can Get Kids To Eat More Veggies March 12, 2013 05:39:12 pm For many of us it is easy to buy poultry seasoning or our favorite barbeque sauce to add spice and flavor to a meal. But if you really want to understand spices, don\'t be afraid to play the mad scientist and create your own blends. Here are some ways to get you started.
Flavor Without Spices February 25, 2013 12:14:04 pm If you are a novice at cooking, there are many ways to spice up a meal without using spices. Restaurants do it all the time. Here are some ways to get you thinking outside the spice jar.
Avoiding Unhealthy Restaurant Foods, Choosing Is Easier Than You Think February 02, 2013 03:56:17 pm To compete with fast food, restaurants are paying attention to the growing concerns of vegetarians, parents who want to provide healthier meals for their children, and those with allergies. While they are getting their act together, you can take a more aggressive approach by paying closer attention to your menu choices.
Flavor Without Fat - Cooking Without Butter, Bacon or Cream January 21, 2013 05:12:51 pm Is there any wonder Americans are overweight? We live a sedentary lifestyle and combine it with trying the latest cooking trends on the Food Network. And what do most chefs depend upon for flavor? You guessed it-butter, bacon and cream. Now is a great time to discover and use herbs and spices.
Cookie Decorating Made Easy For Kids and Parents November 29, 2012 03:46:46 pm It can be embarrassing when you don\'t know how to bake, especially during the holidays, when children want to decorate cookies. Here are some easy, stress-relieving ideas and recipes for baking fresh cookies.
Stuffing and Dressing - How to Flavor Outside The Box Or Bag November 15, 2012 08:24:51 pm Most of us try to save a little time and buy the packaged and spiced breadcrumbs for a stuffing or dressing. Don\'t be afraid to add more spices or even fruits to enhance the overall flavor and moisture content. With breadcrumbs the main ingredient here are several ways to get creative with your stuffing.
Szechuan Pepper - What It Is and How To Use It November 05, 2012 03:13:21 pm To most people Szechuan pepper sounds like something that you would use in an Asian dish, but its complexity of flavor makes it a very interesting addition to stews and even steak. Here\'s what you need to know about this unique spice.
Heartfelt Gift Giving October 29, 2012 02:33:45 pm The gift-giving season can be trying for those who want to give something special, but can\'t seem to come up with the right idea. Here are some new approaches to old ideas for gift giving. It may just give you a clue to your difficult-to-buy-for friends and family members.
Saucy Meals - Flavor Fixing Sauces And Gravies and How To Make Them October 02, 2012 01:55:17 pm Sauces and gravies do not have to be that complex. In fact, they are an easy way to not only add flavor, but to camouflage over-cooked meat or bland-tasting veggies. Here are some simple things to know about sauces, gravies and how to spice them.
Tomatoes - How To Use Them As They Ripen September 21, 2012 08:35:04 pm Canning tomatoes are great if all of yours ripen at the same time. But what do you do if only ten to twenty tomatoes are ready to pick? Here are some ideas to use up those garden tomatoes as they become available.
Fast Food Alternatives - Better Choices For You and Your Kids August 29, 2012 07:50:22 pm Fast is the real motivation when going for fast food. But what if you could put together a quick meal and engage your children while doing it? Let them use some of that energy and creativeness to concoct new meal ideas.
Val McDermid\'s A Place of Execution - A Review August 06, 2012 08:47:58 pm Published in 1990 this book about a closed-off village in England during the 1960s and the disappearance of one of its children is still a great read. A bit gimmicky in its approach, this is still an author whose characters come alive and whose writing has a depth not often seen in the mystery genre.
Non-Alcoholic Beer Varieties - Must You Give Up Flavor To Reduce Alcohol? July 27, 2012 01:31:49 pm Non-alcoholic beers are dismissed by many real beer enthusiasts as having no real flavor. But for those who are trying to cut back on their alcohol intake or who like the taste of beer, but not the fullness, your choices are many. What is the real scoop on these beers and which are considered the best in flavor?
How To Flavor And Prepare Black-Eyed Peas July 20, 2012 11:51:51 am Think beans, not the musical group and learn how to spice these legumes that originally came from Asia. Associated with prosperity, black-eyed peas are often served with "greens" and golden cornbread on New Year\'s Day.
Protein - How Much Do You Need And Where to Get It? July 09, 2012 07:05:45 pm Like everything you eat, protein should be consumed in moderation. Instead of spending a lot of time on diets, perhaps our time would be better spent analyzing what it is we are eating and how that compares with a balanced diet chart. How does the meat and potato standard hold up?
How to Spice Beets - Preparation Ideas Beyond Borscht June 21, 2012 08:15:30 pm Often the only time we eat beets is if we see them included in a local salad bar. Whether you get them from your garden, in the produce section of your grocer or precooked in cans, you need to think beyond those tart pickled beets of yesteryear and take another look at the colorful beet.
Chocolate - Are You Allergic to It Or The Chemicals Inside It? June 06, 2012 04:03:13 pm Many tout the health benefits of chocolate, especially the dark variety. But if you have an allergic reaction after eating it, it can be difficult to get a straight answer as to the cause. This may give you a few more insights into the pros and cons of chocolate.
The Informationist by Taylor Stevens - A Review June 04, 2012 06:46:16 pm If you enjoyed the Stieg Larsson trilogy involving Lisbeth Salander and found yourself sympathizing with the assassin in Barry Eisler\'s series set in Japan, you are going to be thrilled with this first book by newcomer Taylor Stevens. If you like strong women and strong women writers, this is a book you should try.
Pesticide Free Produce - Better For Children, Better For Flavor May 31, 2012 12:17:10 pm As with anything, you can go high tech in your gardening routine. But many of us get into gardening to save money and avoid processed foods. Knowing which store-bought fruits and vegetables has the most pesticides helps you shop and garden more wisely. Here\'s what you need to know.
Salad Bling - How to Perk Up Boring Salads With Seeds, Greens and More May 24, 2012 02:45:00 pm Salad can seem boring and not very filling when you picture green leaves, a couple of carrot peelings and some cardboard-flavored, grocery-bought tomato slices (in other words, a dinner salad at many restaurants). But salads can be a lot more with just a little imagination and a look through your pantry.
Quick Healthy Eats For The Busy Cook May 16, 2012 03:25:39 pm Although these ideas might not always work in a family situation, they are great ideas when you are foraging for yourself. So sit back and consider these quick and easy meals. Who says healthy has to be a lot of work?
How to Spice Summer Food Favorites For Picnics and Barbeques April 25, 2012 03:10:29 pm May is National Barbecue and Burger Month. Celebrate the occasion outdoors and keep the heat out of the kitchen by planning a get together for family or friends. Here are some ways to spice up old standards, even if you buy them at your local deli.
Bulk Food - Is Buying Food in Bulk a Wise Financial Choice? April 18, 2012 01:47:00 pm Most often those foods that are the healthiest, like fresh produce, spoil the quickest. If you find yourself buying in bulk, make sure it is something you want your body to have. In other words financial sense may not be a bargain in the long run.
Avoid Salty Foods By Using Spices and Reading Labels April 12, 2012 09:23:24 pm It is always a challenge to eat healthy. When a product says low fat, you don\'t think to look at the label. You may not realize that the manufacturer has put in lots of sugar or salt to make up for the loss of those flavorful fats. You are forced to read everything and that can eat up a lot of your valuable time.
How to Spice Rice Based on Variety Chosen March 07, 2012 06:13:25 pm Like the mixed bags of dried beans you find in grocery stores, you could easily create your own bag of rice varieties and cook them up to maximize vitamins and nutrients. Here is some information about rice and how to prepare and spice it.
How to Spice Apples For Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner February 29, 2012 05:23:27 pm Not only do apples keep the doctor away, they are readily available in a number of varieties to suit both baking and eating. Here are some tips on how to spice up those apples you bought in quantity, and a short description on which apple varieties to buy, how to store them and how to incorporate them in every meal.
Is Plastic Safe For Wrapping and Storing Food? February 20, 2012 08:21:23 pm Wrapping food can be a challenge given the debate about plastic and its possible health concerns. Here is information on plastic, wax and foil wraps and containers that will help you make an informed decision the next time you put away some leftovers.
Food Additives, What They Are and Why They Are Used February 15, 2012 01:03:27 pm Purists often scoff at purchasing anything with food additives. Granted, eating unprocessed foods is a healthier choice, but what are all these chemicals with the strange, scientific names? Should we be worried about eating them?
Spice Blends Provide New Answers to What\'s For Dinner February 08, 2012 12:18:36 pm Are you bored with the same old recipes? What if you could convert those recipes to something new and flavorful? Spices and herbs can jump start your taste buds and those old standard meals into something very new and flavorful. Here\'s how.
Oatmeal Bread With Flavor Options - One Loaf Yields Many Flavors February 01, 2012 04:32:57 pm Baking bread can be as easy as assembling a few ingredients and putting them in your bread machine. Here\'s how to make bread that is a little healthier and a lot more flavorful. If you have ever wondered how to get rid of some of those extracts you\'ve been collecting over the years, here is the answer.
Organic Vs Nonorganic - Eating Well Without Eating Organic January 23, 2012 05:38:35 pm Often buying organic is not an option, because many families cannot afford the higher prices. So what can you do to eat healthier without breaking the bank? Here are some things to think about when trying to eat healthier, yet affordable foods.
Try This Outstanding Peppermint Cookie Recipe January 17, 2012 03:15:23 pm Wouldn\'t it be great to bake up a cookie based on a particular flavor that you crave? Well, if you are craving a little peppermint in your life, here is an easy recipe that you can try.
How to Judge a Cookie Recipe Based on Ingredients and Ease of Use December 12, 2011 09:38:09 pm A good cookie is full of flavor, makes your mouth water and smells tantalizing when you bake it. It doesn\'t have to mean a lot of work, nor does it have to have a lot of ingredients. Here\'s how I judge whether a new cookie recipe is worth making.
Gifts for People Over Fifty - What Do Older People Want? December 05, 2011 06:15:25 pm Do you want to give a special gift, but can\'t think of anything your parents or grandparents want or need? Here are some ideas that require a little more thought and maybe just a little bit of time, but they also say a lot more than a gift card.
Easy Cookie Decorating Ideas For Children November 30, 2011 08:08:49 pm Whether it is Christmas, birthday or a special event, here are some easy decorating ideas that make you look like a hero to your children and do not take a lot of time to prepare. Let the children do all the work!
Holiday Cookies - Recipe For Mincemeat Cookies November 16, 2011 12:52:58 pm The key to mincemeat flavor is in letting the fruit and spices age like a fine wine. I do enough baking that I don\'t mind throwing this together and putting it in the refrigerator for a few days before making the cookies. Store-bought mincemeat with beef suet turns some folks off. Try this quick substitute recipe instead. It makes an ideal filling for these melt-in-your mouth holiday cookies.
How to Spice Jicama - An Uncommon, Low Calorie Snack Food November 09, 2011 11:47:08 am For those of you who have never heard of this plant, jicamas are the portly potatoes with tan skins that you often see near the other root veggies, like parsnips or carrots, at the grocers. With lots of fiber to make you feel full, this sweet, watery snack has less than 50 calories in a cup. Time to get to know this legume a little better.
All About Allspice - How, When and Where to Use It October 26, 2011 04:46:14 pm When you say allspice, people are sometimes confused and unsure of what it is. Are you talking about more than one spice? What does it taste like? Is it worth keeping on hand? Here are some answers.
Do Old Coffee Grounds Work As Fertilizer? October 18, 2011 08:17:53 pm Coffee grounds are useful to all plants in a variety of ways. Here are some good reasons to toss those used coffee grounds over plants, both indoors and outdoors.
How Taste Works - Taste Buds Vs Your Sense of Smell October 12, 2011 11:06:24 am Understanding how you taste something let\'s you appreciate and focus more on your senses of taste and smell when preparing food. Why should sight and hearing have all the fun? Using spices can help you fine-tune these neglected senses and avoid the ho-hum reaction to your standard meals.
What Spices To Use Instead of Salt October 04, 2011 10:51:54 pm There are many spices and herbs that can be used to enhance the flavor of your meals. Salt is one of the four basic tastes that appeal to humans. The others, which are activated by our taste buds, include sweet, sour and bitter. It seems that we need to break away from the salty and try to enjoy some of life\'s other wonderful flavor combinations.
How To Spice Vegetables - Getting Started With Your Own Veggie Blend September 28, 2011 06:06:41 pm When my sister goes on a diet, she often asks me what spices go well with particular vegetables. Veggies are important to any healthy diet and can be made more enjoyable by the addition of spices. Here are some ideas, along with a vegetable blend that you can mix up and sprinkle on any vegetable.
Cooking With Spices, How To Start September 20, 2011 05:01:54 pm For the "I have no idea where to start" crowd, experimenting with spices and herbs can be daunting. But the rewards are only limited by your imagination. All it takes is that first baby step and then there will be no stopping you.
Enhancing Flavor - When to Use Certain Spices September 13, 2011 07:51:08 pm Don\'t be shy about spicing up your standard recipes. There are just a few rules you need to be aware of before letting yourself go in the world of spices. Then you can experiment to your heart\'s content. There is no need to change your grocery buying habits, just add more spices to get different and tantalizing results.
How to Spice Beans - 7 Easy Recipe Ideas August 17, 2011 04:35:24 pm Ah, that magical fruit, beans. Full of protein, fiber and iron beans are also a good way to stabilize blood sugar. They absorb water as they pass through your body, thus making you think you are fuller than you are. Whether using the less expensive dried beans or the easier canned beans, there are many ways to spice them up. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Tomatoes, Peppers, Zucchinis - Recipe Ideas for the Coming Harvest August 09, 2011 06:47:02 pm I feel like a kid at Christmas. My red tomatoes, green chili peppers and yellow summer squash are almost ready to brighten my meals for the next month or so. Here are some easy inventive ways to spice them and prepare them to keep them tasting new and special all through harvest time.
Zucchini - Ways to Spice and Prepare This Prolific Garden Vegetable August 02, 2011 07:42:44 pm It is almost time for your zucchini and summer squash to start multiplying overnight. And the tomatoes and peppers are soon to follow. Here are some ideas on how to make those garden veggies vary enough in flavor to fool your family into thinking they are eating something different every day.
Using Unknown Spices, The New Recipe Challenge July 26, 2011 05:00:03 pm New recipes with unfamiliar spices or herbs can cause headaches. You have to go to the store for that special ingredient. And then, what do you do with the rest of the jar once you\'ve used the required teaspoon? What if you don\'t like that special spice? Here are some options to try, before you buy.
Barbeque Sauces - Making Your Own Is Easier Than You Think July 20, 2011 11:14:57 am If I want to avoid high fructose corn syrup, I have only one choice in the barbeque sauce section of my grocery store. That choice is not all that exciting, so I decided to make my own. You can do it, too, in the time it takes you to go to the store and back. Here are the basics of making your own barbeque sauce, flavored to suite your own taste.
Banana Cream Cookies - A Bite-Sized Piece of Pie July 12, 2011 10:04:05 pm It is difficult sometimes to get children to eat more fruit, but bananas are a great way to fill tummies. So why not include it in a cookie recipe for everyone to enjoy? These cookies are easy to make and taste like a little bite of banana cream pie.
Spicing With Radishes - Horse, Red, Daikon and Wasabi July 06, 2011 08:28:23 pm How can I use the different radishes as a spice? Here is a short breakdown of what they are, how they taste and what their attraction is. The radish is most associated with condiments, but they are a root vegetable with lots of vitamin C. I\'ve included a recipe for you to use to make your own prepared horseradish.
Salads With Flowers, Add Color and Surprising Flavor June 29, 2011 03:08:14 pm Salads don\'t have to be boring. You can surprise your family or guest by tossing in a bouquet of flowers from your garden. Here are a few things to know to make it both safe and successful.
Easy Blueberry Cookies, Bite-Sized and Yummy June 22, 2011 11:47:46 am Do you want a cookie that contains brain food? How about a cookie that tastes like a bite of blueberry pie? With only 5 ingredients, these cookies are quick and easy to mix and bake. Your child can help you whip these up in the time it takes you to go to the store and back.
Spices for Vegetables - How to Spice Up What\'s Good for You June 15, 2011 04:41:26 pm Whether you are dieting or not, sometimes eating vegetables seems boring. Here are some ways to perk up those vegetables with fewer calories and more flavor. The fact that spices contain a lot of vitamins and nutrients is just a side benefit.
Basics of Marinating June 01, 2011 03:24:55 pm Tired of the same old meat recipes? Soak your favorite protein or vegetable in a mouth-watering marinade to both tenderize and add intoxicating flavor. It doesn\'t have to be difficult.
Three No Bake Cookie Recipes May 25, 2011 06:38:14 pm Everyone has a recipe for the basic no bake cookie, but how about a little variety? Here are some ways to doctor up the old standard and a rich strawberry no bake cookie to boot.
Seasoning Your Salad From Dull to Delicious May 16, 2011 07:30:24 pm It seems we all have our favorite barbeque seasoning, but summer also means salad. Here are some ways to spice up a salad to add more flavor and more nutrients. Open your world to leafy, yummy salads and greens and get some hints on the spices that complement not only your salad, but your barbeque, too.
Beer With Food, How to Chose the Right One May 11, 2011 03:00:02 pm From ales to stouts here is some handy information on what kind of beer to pair with your food. Whether you are cooking up wild game, barbequing or wondering what spices go best with beer, here are some suggestions to get you started. I\'ve also included some beers to go with your dessert.
Picking a Pepper That\'s Not Too Hot May 04, 2011 07:19:44 pm There are over 100 varieties of chili peppers from Mexico alone that you can use as a spice. Picking one that is not too bland, nor too hot is the real challenge. Since too hot is a subjective ranking, here are most of the pepper varieties you\'ll find in your local grocery or nursery.
Artificial Sugar Substitutes or Sweeteners April 26, 2011 04:10:27 pm In the article Easy Sugar Substitutes I discussed the more common sugars we find in stores, including white granulated sugar, honey and corn syrup. I should have mentioned that agave nectar and palm sugar are also natural sugars from plants and can be used in baking. Because of the concern for additives in the foods that we purchase, I thought it might be good to know a few things about these artificial sugar substitutes.
Favorite Cookie Recipe - Anise Cookies April 20, 2011 12:50:56 pm If you like the flavor of anise, you\'ll appreciate this snickerdoodle-like cookie recipe. Hints to other uses for this spice flavoring are also included. And just because I thought you might ask, I\'m sharing a little folklore and history about the spice.
Review of Caught by Harlan Coben April 14, 2011 05:49:30 pm If you liked the Myron Bolivar sports agent series, you\'re going to love this stand alone mystery. The actions of the characters are slowly exposed to keep you turning the pages to the very end. Coben has come full circle by combining the best elements of both his series and stand alone books.
Easy Sugar Substitutes April 13, 2011 05:38:27 pm There are many ways to lessen your sugar intake and still keep things sweet. Here are a few ways to avoid running to the grocery store or your neighbor for that much needed cup of sugar.
How to Use Herbs and Spices When Cooking March 24, 2011 04:50:38 pm Whether you use herbs, spices or extracts it is important to know the purpose of each and how much to use. Equally important to know is when to use them. These guidelines should get you started.
Stocking a Non-Toxic Spice Rack March 15, 2011 04:17:45 pm Although many spices and herbs are full of vitamins and nutrients, there are some that should be used in moderation or not at all. Here are a few culinary herbs and spices to be aware of in order to avoid problems.
How Does Cooking Affect Spice Flavor? March 14, 2011 05:44:57 pm You made the leap and are now eager to add more spices to your meals. When is the best time to add them? Does it matter how you cook them? Here are the tips you need to get the most out of cooking with spices.