Category: Home & Garden

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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Art With Ashlee- Watercolors

This is our go-to art project. It’s for all ages, because it’s easy and the finished product is framable and fun. I did this art project in an art class and have redone it over and over throughout the years. This time we did the project of dinosaurs and framed it for my boys’ dinosaur themed bathroom.     To start you can either draw an animal free-handed or you can print a silhouette image and trace it on watercolor paper. From there you wet the paper within the lines and drop in the watercolors, let them do what they...

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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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Kale Chips

According to UDSA.gov, the vitamin K found in dark  leafy greens like spinach, kale and rainbow chard provides several health benefits including protection of bones from osteoporosis and help preventing inflammatory diseases. Because of their high content of antioxidants, these tasty tops like collard greens and arugula may be one of the best cancer-preventing foods. Kale Chips Ingredients: 1 Head of Kale rinsed and dried 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil Sea Salt to taste Directions: Preheat oven to 275º. Remove ribs from the Kale and cut into  2 inch pieces. Toss with olive oil and salt. Bake in a single layer on a baking...

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