To do this you need cones, feathers, glue, orange paper beak and eyes.
Wrap several times one end of the rod to get the head of the swan. Attach the other end to the back of the cone, as shown in the picture. Make a small cone of orange paper and glue to the bill. Glue the eyes on both sides of the head. Finally, glue the feathers.One for the tail back and one on each side of the cone to the wings.
Nuts that are roasted have more flavor, keep longer, and can always be used in recipes that call for nuts, roasted or otherwise. Spread them in a single layer on a sheet pan, bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant.
These mouthwatering homemade doughnuts come from joannagoddard.blogspot.com.
Adapted from Gale Gand
Recipe: Lemon Ricotta Doughnuts
Makes about 12 donuts (2" round)
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup granulated sugar
8 oz (1/2 lb) ricotta, whole or skim
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp grated lemon zest
Canola oil, for frying (or another oil with a high smoke point)
Confectioner's sugar, for dusting
In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder. Add sugar, eggs, ricotta, vanilla extract, and lemon zest. Mix until just combined.
Pour the oil into a deep, heavy pot. Leave at least two inches of space at the top for safety. Using a deep-fry thermometer, heat the oil over medium until it reaches 325-375 degrees F.
Fry a test doughnut: Using a small ice cream scoop or a spoon, drop a scoop of batter in and turn it occasionally. It should take 3-4 minutes to turn golden brown. Carefully remove and cut in half to check if it's cooked all the way through. Test another if needed.
Fry the remaining doughnuts. Don't overcrowd the pot; fry in batches. Place doughnuts on a plate lined with paper towels to soak up any excess oil. Dust with confectioner's sugar and serve warm with honey, jam, or melted chocolate.
This Christmas ornament threesome transforms plain pine cones into gnome figurines with felted caps and beards crafted from wool roving.
Now that is what we call a clever way to reuse Christmas cards and what´s more important, it´s funny!
A few years ago I received a Christmas card from good friends. The card looked familiar, and when I looked inside, I saw my own writing from last year except my text was crossed out. A new writing underneath said: "Thanks. Same to you. Sigga and family"
Unfortunately the Christmas card was accidentally thrown away, so I made this one to show you how to do it.
Dear Sigga and family
and a happy new year
Gudrun and family
Thanks. Same to you.
Sigga and family.
We came across this beautiful blog Style Me Pretty a very cool wedding and diy blog. We love the idea of taking old pages from books and reuse them to make these cool trees. Very pretty and easy to do.
Beautiful moss tree and table runner out of old book pages :)
Great ideas for you and your friends to meet and do some handicraft together :)
Peppermint Candy Cane Dust
- candy canes
- Put candy canes in food processor or magic bullet and pulverize!
So Many Uses!
- Add to your hot cocoa for peppermint cocoa
- Add to your coffee for peppermint coffee
- Add to vanilla icing to make peppermint vanilla icing and use on your cakes and cookies
- Add directly to your cake or cookie batter for peppermint cakes and cookies
- Dip your freshly iced cookies (or chocolate dipped pretzels!) in it for a flavor boost
- Sprinkle on ice cream or yogurt!
You can put the Candy Cane Dust in a beautiful jar and give it as a Christmas present :)
Source Mama Loves Food