Author: Melissa

Crafting Tips for Beginners

Quilting and sewing in general is a learned skill that requires a bit of study and practice. Before you decide to start a big project like a full size quilt, it is best to acquire some basic sewing skills by taking a class for beginners. Many fabric and notion shops offer classes and those that don’t will know where you can find one. The quilting community around Northern California is a tight-knit bunch and are happy to share knowledge and customers to keep their art up to date and their businesses buzzing. From embroidery and knitting to quilting and...

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The Four Varieties of True Tea

   The Four Varieties of True Tea By Melissa Wynn    For thousands of years people have enjoyed sipping a nice hot cup of tea. Traditional White, Green, Oolong and Black teas are all made by steeping the leaves in boiling water of the Camellia sinensis plant, an evergreen shrub native to Asia. The difference between each tea is the degree to which each leaf is allowed to grow and oxidize or ferment.    White tea is the most delicate and least processed of the four teas. New, tiny leaves are carefully harvested by hand at an early phase of...

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Hearty Beef Stew

Hearty Beef Stew Winter is the time of year for thick and meaty stew. This family favorite will have the house smelling wonderful as it simmers to perfection. Ingredients: 1 pound Stew Beef cubed 3 Tablespoons Flour 1 Tablespoon Paprika 1 Teaspoon Salt 1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil 2 Celery Stalks sliced 2 Medium Carrots sliced 3 Medium Yukon Gold Potatoes cubed 1 Medium Yellow Onion chopped 3 Cloves Chopped Garlic 1 Small Can Diced and Stewed Tomatoes 1 Bay Leaf 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Thyme 3 Cups...

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Chicken Vegetable Soup

Chicken Vegetable Soup Nothing is more comforting in the winter than a steaming bowl of chicken soup. Adding any leftover veggies or produce to this classic recipe just makes it better. This is also a great way to use up leftover roasted chicken. Ingredients: 2 Cups Boneless, Skinless Cooked Chicken 4 Cups Chicken Broth 2 Tablespoons Butter 2 Celery Stalks sliced 2 Medium Carrots sliced 2 Medium Potatoes Cubed 1 Medium Yellow Onion chopped 1/2 Cup Chopped Broccoli 3 Cloves Chopped Garlic 1/4 Teaspoon Celery Salt 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Sage 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder Salt...

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