Sunday, October 16, 2016

Homemade pancake syrup

If you don't like fake pancake syrup but can't afford the real stuff or simply don't like it, try this recipe.

We like the taste of this syrup. It's not real maple syrup but it at least has maple flavoring, unlike the store stuff that contains corn syrup, chemicals and fake flavors.

1 3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup water

Place in pan and bring to boil. Stir to dissolve. Cover and cook 1-2 minutes. Cool slightly.

1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring

Cover as it cools. This will prevent sugar crystals from forming during storage.

It will thicken as it cools. Store in refrigerator.

Tastes great!

Better than a mix pancakes

I wanted to share my favorite pancake recipe here before I lose it.

I try to make as much as I can from scratch and these pancakes are delicious! I like to mix up the dry ingredients in bulk and set aside for convenience later.

1 cup flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
Dash of salt
1 large egg
3/4 cup skim milk
2 teaspoon vegetable oil or butter

I like to beat the egg, add the milk, and in a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients together and slowly add the dry to the wet beating well.
I use a 2 Tablespoon cup to measure out the pancakes. Makes 10 small pancakes.

89 calories each.

Pour syrup on top and enjoy.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Yummy spaghetti sauce

I hate buying spaghetti sauce from the store because most of it contains high fructose corn syrup. I found a really yummy recipe years ago. I wish I remembered where I found the recipe.
It makes 12- 1/2 cup servings.

It's so easy to make.

First cook one pound of ground beef. Drain and set aside.

Then mix in big pot-
1- 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1- 6 ounce can tomato paste
2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper (I used half that)
Three fresh basil leaves or pinch of dried
2 cloves garlic minced
1 large onion chopped

Simmer on low until thick.

Add ground beef halfway through.

Before it's done, add a pinch of baking soda. It will fizz. It gives the sauce a sweet taste and takes out some of the acid taste. Taste and see the difference. Add more as necessary. But I don't think more than a tablespoon is needed.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Larger boxy bag sample

I was able to replicate a larger boxy bag this week. Yay!

It is 12 inches long, 4 inches tall, 5 inches wide approximately. I'm hoping to have some made in this size for my etsy shop in January. I don't dare try and make some now. I've got way too many projects going right now.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Sample #3

I've been racking my brain all week trying to sew a shawl sized project bag. Not complaining as I love these challenges.

I'm still lost.

Here is sample #3.

Cell phone zippered pouches

Last week a friend asked me to sew her a cell phone holder that she wanted to give to a friend. So I took out my supplies and started to d...