Beef Blarney (Barley) Soup Recipe


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Do you have a recipe from a friend that you asked for but have never made yourself? I have a stack of them I have begun to make and this barley soup recipe is one that I made on a rainy, drizzly afternoon. It was so hearty and delicious I had to share!

You know it’s called “Blarney” because of St. Patrick’s Day.

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Beef Blarney Soup

ingredsonionServes: 4

Ingredients:

1 Cup Pearl Barley (not the quick kind)

1.5 lbs. Stew Meat or any beef steak that is easy to cube

Olive Oil

1 Onion (at least) in big chunks or diced

3 Carrots, sliced,  but not too thin as you do not want them to cook to mush

Salt, Pepper, Garlic to taste

Bay Leaf

6 cups Homemade Vegetable or Beef Stock (or 2 cubes beef bullion and 6 cups of water)

Instructions:

ingredsmeat1. Brown the meat in olive oil in – I like my cast iron frying pan for this, but you can use whatever you have. When all the meat is browned there will be remains in the pan. Do not throw these away.

2. In the large pot that will cook the soup, pour in a couple tablespoons of olive oil and saute the onion with garlic and lots of ground pepper. The onion pieces will become translucent.

3. Add 6 cups of broth to pot or 2 cubes of bullion and 6 cups of water.

4. Add a little water to the remain and loosen them up. Add them to the soup. Heat to boiling.

ingredscar5. Add carrots and barley and the bay leaf. Simmer for 1 hour.

6. Salt to taste, but if you used bullion it may be salty enough already.

7. Remove bay leaf before serving.

Yummy with grilled cheese sandwiches or biscuits.

Lynn Haworth of Praying Monk Ranch gets credit for the original recipe in my assistant Carol’s cookbook that she made for her daughter.)

Tip: Lynn said she likes to cube her meat with kitchen shears. Great tips! I found it to be easier than slicing with a knife.

 

You Can Turn a Wooden Bowl into a Work of Art with a Single Craft Tool


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Supplies:

IKEA Bamboo bowl sku # 602.143.43

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Wood burning tool available at most craft stores (such as this one from Plaid – they usually come with several tips and you may also purchase stencils to trace your own designs

wood burning kit

pencil

tracing paper

Optional: Makers to color the outside.

Tips to wood burning:

1. First practice, practice, practice. Use a piece of throw away wood to try out all the different tips and see what they can do.

2. If you are not comfortable with burning directly onto the wood then trace or draw your design onto the wood.

3. If you are burning onto wood on the outside of a piece, you may decide to put a clear varnish over it to protect it.

Click here to see how the different tips of the wood burning tool work.

What kind of decoration will you put on your bowl and who will you show it off to first?

Simple Christmas Tree and Santa Hat Tic Tac Toe Kids Can Make


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Just as their website says, “Sculpey III is the perfect medium for anyone who likes to create.  Once cured, Sculpey III bakes hard and takes on a matte, bisque-type finish. It’s easy-to-use and stays soft until you bake it.”

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hatI decided to make a super simple project as it has been some time since I worked with clay.

The pieces for this game took just a few minutes to shape. I tried to make them about the same size/ height, (and there are tools for measuring your balls of clay if you are making beads), and I think they turned out super cute.

To make the trees, I took 3 colors of green and mashed/rolled them together. I used a little brown Sculpey to make the the tree trunk so they would sit a little higher.

I baked them per instructions on the packaging (about 20 minutes).

The game board is made out of contrasting Christmas themed scrapbook paper.

Sculpey is an oven bake clay that maintains tooling and detailing beautifully. I have this awesome tool kits, so….

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Next time I decide to craft with this medium, I think I will make jewelry or maybe Christmas ornaments!

Use Shimmering Vases to Create Ambience in a Room


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Terri_O_makes_antique_looking_vasesThese vases take just moments to create and they glow beautifully!

This project is perfect to create some ambiance for any occasion. The technique I am using is to give the glass an antique look. It’s super simple and you can create any color you like.
IKEA offers many sizes and styles of glass vases. I choose three different heights.

Glass vases:
Large Cylinder skew # 602-233-28
Medium vase (Bladet ) skew # 301-221-99
Small vase (Bladet) skew  #601-505-31
Small push lights skew # 802-448-67

In order to create the antique look you will need:
1 part vinegar 3 parts water in a spray bottle
For paint I used Krylon Looking glass for silver mirror look and gold

To create the antique look:
1.    First clean the inside to remove dust.
2.    Lightly spritz inside of vase then quickly spray paint the inside. Be careful to not over spray. Less is better! Let dry.
3.    Place push lights at the bottom of the vase. Enjoy!

Watch the how-to video on Sonoran Living.

IKEA
 www.ikea.us/

A Paper Forest You Can Craft for Christmas


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Oh! A forest!

Do you ever get a craft, want to remake it, and have to deconstruct it?

It took me a few minutes pondering, as to how to fold it, but once I figured it out, these trees came together simply.  I used double sided Christmas paper from Graphic 45 and my trees came out lovely, but I did need to put them between books to compress after my glitter had dried. As you can see, the original tree uses sheet music — much thinner paper.

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You will start with whatever size circle you want to make your tree. If you have a circle cutter, great. An upturned glass works just as well. Fold as shown. Embellish edges with glitter, buttons, rhinestones, etc. Add a wire hook to hang it.

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Put a bit of glue on the end of a twig and squeeze the bottom of the tree to insert the “trunk”.

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squeezeOh! A forest!

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You can make this Christmas Cone in about 10 minutes!


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Christmas cones are super simple to make. All you need is:

double sided paper, ribbon, lace, glue and a couple of staples.

1.  Make your cone shape out of a square of paper. Trim excess.

2. Glue it. I used Aileen’s Craft Glue and simply held it for a couple of minutes until it dried enough to hold the shape on its own.

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3. Cut a length of ribbon and staple it inside as shown below.

4. Cut a length of lace and glue to upper rim of cone.

5. Add a bow.

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Now all that remains to do is add sweet treats and deliver your gift!

Make a Wire, Paper, and Glitter Butterfly


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Terri O butterflyHi there, Terri’s assistant Carol here.  At night, to justify my TV watching, I am trying to keep my hands busy making something.

wire-butterflytraceI had the remainder of a spool of green wire that was pliable enough to wrap with my fingers so I wrapped up a butterfly. (I have seen wire critters in craft and $ stores).

Then I decided it needed paper and glitter. This glitter from Crafty Chica is mostly silver but it also has some different colored flecks. The paper is double sided, so my butterfly will look pretty on the flip side.

Thank goodness for non-stick craft mats.

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Buttons became the body.

I do not think I will use it as a Christmas Tree ornament, but maybe a package topper.

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nonstickAs I pulled an increasing amount of stuff from my craft room/office to the living room table I put it all on a tray that can go back and forth for easy clean-up.

Do you craft in front of the TV?

 

Fairy Tale Gift Card with Graphic 45 Cardstock Stickers


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This month I will have six projects, large and small, some super fast, all super simple with Graphic 45’s “An Eerie Collection” cardstock stickers.

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You will need:

the sticker sheet, a vellum bag, 2 contrasting pieces of scrapbooking paper, a piece of ribbon, and glue dots.

4 Steps for the card:

Cut one piece of paper 3.25 bby 3.25 inches and the other about 3.5 by 7 inches.

Fold the bigger piece in half.

Attach stickers as shown above. You might wonder, why the glue dots? I used them to make the frame a wee bit higher than the picture.

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Make the vellum bag into an envelope in 3 steps:

1. Cut the bag the size you need.      2. Fold down the part you want to cut away.       3. You can seal the envelope by stapling on a ribbon.

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envelope-2envelope-3OMG Christmas will be here before you know it. Make a cute embossed Holly card.

 

 

Kid Craft: Make Simply Cute Sleepover Pillow Cases


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This is a a fun project your kids can create at their next sleepover.

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Supply list:

Pillow cases

Crafty Chica Fabric Markers

Fabric markers (Crafty Chica Tango Permanent Juicy Markers)

Chunky stamps So Soft Fabric paint (www.ilovetocreate.com)19e7eb0d0a70483cb89dff24a6d5f50c_web08_tu_sft_grp_225

Stencils

Tips: In the rinse cycle, wash new pillow cases to removing the “newness”. Do not use fabric softener. Iron out the wrinkles if necessary. After using any fabric markers or fabric paint heat set your pillow case by throwing it in the dryer or ironing.

If you would like to see how easy these pillow cases are to make, catch the project on Sonoran Living: Easy & Fun Project for Your Kids’ Next Sleepover.

DIY Name Sign with Cardboard and Yarn


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Decorate your room with your name on the cheap! I found some cardboard boxes in the back of a truck headed for the junkyard. So I saved them, cut them up and turned them into wall art. Here is what you need:

Yarn
Exacto knife
Cardboard
Marker
Glue or glue gun

I used a ruler to help gauge the size of my letters. I wanted them to be fairly uniform in shape. Simply glue one end of the yarn to the cardboard and wrap it. If the letter has a hole in it like the letter A, simply cut out one side and bend it back. This way you won’t have to push your yarn through a hole which will take forever! After Noon on 8-14-14 you can watch the segment on Sonoran Living to see for yourself.