Category: Home & Garden

Fall Project: SLIME

1 bottle (4 ounces) white school glue 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 tablespoon water McCormick® Assorted NEON! Food Colors & Egg Dye McCormick® Assorted Food Colors & Egg Dye Your favorite McCormick® flavored extract 1 teaspoon contact lens solution PREPARATION Mix glue and baking soda in medium glass bowl until well blended. Stir in water and desired food color(s) and extract(s) until well blended and you get the color and smell you want. NOTE: Do Not Eat. While this slime looks and smells yummy, it is not edible. The addition of extract(s) is for scent only. Stir in contact solution...

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Maple Creme Cookies

36 SERVINGS INGREDIENTS 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 egg 1 tablespoon McCormick® Maple Extract 2 3/4 cups flour MAPLE CREME FILLING 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 2 teaspoons McCormick® Maple Extract 1 package (16 ounces) confectioners’ sugar 1 tablespoon water PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350°F. For the Cookies, beat butter, brown sugar and salt in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg and maple flavor; mix well. Gradually beat in flour on low speed until well mixed. Roll out dough on...

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Family Pot Roast

-8 SERVINGS INGREDIENTS 1 pound baby carrots 1 pound potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks 1 large onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges 1 rib celery, cut into 1-inch chunks 2 1/2 pounds lean boneless chuck roast, well trimmed 2 packages McCormick® Brown Gravy Mix 1 cup water 1 teaspoon McCormick® Thyme Leaves PREPARATION Place carrots, potatoes, onion and celery in slow cooker. Place beef on top of vegetables. Mix Gravy Mixes, water and thyme in small bowl. Pour over top. Cover. Cook 8 hours on LOW or 4 hours on HIGH. Remove beef and vegetables to serving platter. Spoon some gravy over beef and...

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Antique Shows- Fall 2017

By Melissa Wynn As the leaves begin to change and the kids return to school I am reminded that the time is drawing near for the fabulous antique shows that dot the north state this time of year. Vendors from miles around and even states away gather to showcase their treasures and the consumers can’t seem to get enough. No matter how much we bought last season the antique lover within demands that we go “just to see what’s new.” The fun begins September 30th with the annual indoor/outdoor Fall Festival & Flea Market at Trends Vintage Marketplace & Co., at 161 Locust Street in Redding....

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Autumn Quilt Shows

By Melissa Wynn This season’s fun begins with the 3rd annual North State Quilt Jamboree September 29 & 30 at the Red Bluff Community Center 1500 S. Jackson St. in Red Bluff. Doors open Saturday at 9am to welcome guests to browse the quilts, shop and participate in workshops throughout the day. Sunday morning a special lecture will be held at 8:30 am followed by a second day of jamboree shopping and workshops. Both days’ events end at 5pm. Quilters wishing to display their works at the  North State Quilt Jamboree can expect to pay $2.00 per quilt to register and there is a five quilt...

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Spice Cupcakes

Ingredients 1 3/4 cups cake flour 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Cinnamon, Ground 1 teaspoon McCormick® Allspice, Ground 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Ginger, Ground 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Nutmeg, Ground 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature 1 cup packed dark brown sugar 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract 1/3 cup sour cream 1/2 cup whole milk Autumn Colored Cream Cheese Frosting 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened to room temperature 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to...

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Fall Decor From Pumpkins, Squash & Gourds

By Melissa Wynn I am always amazed by the artistic crafts that people with creative minds bring into being. This time of year, the farmers markets and fruit stands are brimming with the late harvest of pumpkins, squash and gourds and the crafters go wild. Since these gifts from the garden come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes and colors, the project ideas are literally endless. From carving a simple toothy jack-o-lantern to creating a full barnyard of critters to inhabit your front lawn, it can all be brought to life with your fall harvest favorites. Pumpkin carving has come a long way....

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Recipes- Chicken Picatta Light, Quick & Delicious

 Ingredients: 2 skinless / boneless chicken breasts, butterflied Salt and black pepper All-purpose flour 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 6 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup chicken stock 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice 1/3 cup capers, rinsed 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped Directions: 1. Mix flour with salt and pepper in shallow dish. Coat chicken in flour mixture. 2. Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil and butter in large skillet on medium heat. 3. Add 1/2 of the chicken; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until browned, flip and cook 3  to 4 minutes until browned. Remove from skillet and transfer to plate. 4. Repeat...

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Recipes- Creamy Chicken Caesar Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Ingredients: 3 chicken breasts Mrs. Dash’s garlic seasoning Butter Olive oil 1-2 handfuls of Spinach 1 bottle Bolthouse Farms Caesar Dressing 1 spaghetti squash Italian Bread crumbs 1-2 cups of your favorite Italian cheese Directions: First bake your spaghetti squash in the oven. If you’ve never done this before simply cut it in half length wise, scrape out the seeds, drizzle with olive oil and place it cut side down in an oven safe dish at 350 for about 40 minutes. For this recipe I believe I only used half of the squash shredded after it was cooked. Next chop the chicken and cook over your...

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Quilter’s Piece

By Val Bourque Sometimes we find the most amazing quilters right in our own backyards.  One such quilt artisan is Cindy Needham of Chico, California. Cindy Needham is an award-winning quilter, author, and National Educator for Superior Threads.  Quilt guilds around Northern California invite Cindy to share her unique expertise on quilting, threads, tips & techniques.  Cindy created the unique and beautiful method of turning old vintage linens into Wholecloth Quilts. Cindy developed the vintage Wholecloth quilting by accident and what a happy accident for us. While wanting to save an...

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Antiques- SteamPunk

By Melissa Wynn The Steampunk genre has exploded into the fashion and antique industries by its very essence of combining Victorian Age fashion and decor with the industrial twist of steam powered gadgets. More and more antique stores, cooperatives and what-not shops are sporting a steampunk section, offering some amazing creations. Born again are snazzy top hats, coat-tails and curvy corsets but now they are dressed up with gears, pipes, clock faces, gauges and more. Re-purposed and up-cycled reach a whole new level in this genre that will have you scavenging bits from every corner of the...

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Quilter’s Piece

By Val Bourque Spring is finally here!  It’s been a long winter in the mountains.  While we cannot wait to get outside and garden, some of us are inside quilting fabulous flower wall hangings.  Local Fiber artist, Donna Greenwald, from Oroville, a retired art teacher from Chico, combines her artistic design with quilting. She created a number of unique quilting methods to transform a simple garden flower into a large intricate thread painting. Donna Greenwald is a much sought after quilt instructor. Her award winning art quilts can be identified by her unique use of batik fabrics, thread...

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