Friday, October 21, 2011



Good day fellow bloggers.  I actually made this stuff awhile ago so it's long gone.  We were having people over and what's easier than caramel corn.  Plus I can make it the day before and store it in an ice cream bucket.  Next time I will make all fancy and do a special cover for my bucket.  I am so amazed with fellow bloggers and there abilities to fancy up the ordinary.
My first step is to gather the ingredients for the coating.  I do this in the microwave for speed, plus I hate standing over a stove to stir, stir, stir.

Caramel Corn Ingredient List
2 Cups Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Corn Syrup
1 Cup Margarine
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
10 Cups Popped Popcorn 

Spray Pam or grease a big roasting pan well. I line my pan with foil and spray Pam all over as this pan has a coating which comes off in the popcorn.   Pop the popcorn and spread in the roasting pan.

Add first 3 ingredients together in a large microwave proof bowl.  Cook on high for 2 minutes.  Remove from microwave and stir.  Cook again for one minute and remove from microwave and stir.  Do this again for one minute and remove from microwave.  The sugar should be nearly all dissolved. 

This is where the power of microwaves comes into effect.  I only have to do this (one minute step) two more times and my syrup is bubbly hot and the sugar is totally dissolved.  If yours isn't, place back in microwave and do this step in one minute increments so not to burn your mixture.    Next step is to add baking soda to mixture and stir frantically.  It should foam up like the picture below.

 Quickly pour the mixture evenly over popcorn and then stir up the corn to ensure even coverage.  Bake in the oven at 250 degrees for about 1 hour
You can stir this mixture every 15 minutes to ensure even coverage, sometimes I get sidetracked and forget this step.  After heating in the oven for the stated time, remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes.  Bag up popcorn in an airtight bag or an ice cream bucket or any sealed container (that I will decorate all fancy and will blog about next time I make this......probably not)   until you are ready to serve.  Hope you enjoy.

Have A Good Day!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Satellite Transforms to a Gazebo

I wanted a gazebo but I didn't want to spend too much. So with posts and old lumber planks, I was able to make one for next to nothing.  Stucco wire was added so I would have a place for a vine to grow.   I painted everything black to give it a sort of elegant look in my yard.
Have a wonderful day.
Bessy Boo
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Chicken Scraps Continued.......

Hey all you chicken farmers.  You are up early.  I finally finished my chicken scrap basket.  You can see part 1 if you CLICK HERE.  I sanded all the wood filler, painted her up with a  golden wheat stain, and for the features I used red, black and white acrylic craft paints.  Here are the final photos.  Hope you like it.......Maybe have a glass of wine first.  Then for sure you will like it.  But stay away from the wine if you are going to build one!!!!!   Safety first.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

T - Shirt Quilt

I had some t- shirts that I was keeping around, from all the places our family has been.  You know the kind that tourists buy on holidays and also other shirts with the quirky and funny blurbs.   I decided to cut  them into squares backing them with fusible interfacing to keep the shape of the square. They also needed a border  of fabric, 5 inches wide with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  I sewed all the blocks together and backed it with an old sheet I had, and sewed around each square to quilt the front and back together. I thought it would be a great idea to keep those memories of time spent with the kids.  The kids are also excited to see the quilt and reminisce of past times while they are keeping warm.   As you can see in the photo, some of the t-shirts were not all the same size, so I just added another border to bring the squares (blocks) to the same size. Just have fun with it!! Quilting should never be stressful!  You won't regret making your own quilt of memorabilia!!
 OOPS.  The eyes are a Halloween prop in the photo editing program I use. The t-shirt is on the risque side, but funny at the time.
 A pretty t-shirt that was outgrown.
Hope you have a great day!
Bessy Boo

Monday, October 17, 2011

Chicken Scraps

Another building project is done for now.....what to do with all the scraps? Hmmmmmm so many scraps, so little time until Christmas.  Maybe I can cross one gift off my list.   I will make my good friends a chicken basket and put some     homemade raspberry wine    Private Label Estate Wine   in the basket.
 They will soon enter the world of eggs and poop and you can't have one without the other. We used to have a   poop coop,   ahem, chicken coop.  Collecting eggs was a daily chore along with feeding them of course.  I used to search for a basket for collecting eggs. One can never have too many baskets.    Anyways,  I don't even know why I have trailed off, as this basket wont be much use for collecting eggs but it will nicely hold a bottle of fine estate wine.
Here we go.
Step one is to cut any kind of wood you can scrounge . I am using my scrap  3/4" plywood as I hate to waste wood.

Material List
2- 6"x 9 1/2" pieces for sides
2- 6"x8" pieces for sides
1- 8"x8" piece for bottom
1 10"x10" for the head and tail
* I used 3/4 inch plywood.  If you use another width of
wood you must adjust your measurements accordingly*

Cut out the chicken head and tail with a scroll saw.  Cut out the 4 side parts and 1 base piece, with a table saw or circular saw.

Sand all edges smooth.  Your friends don't want slivers for Christmas. Silver maybe, well for sure they would want silver, but not slivers.

Glue and screw head and tail onto the sides that are 6"X8" as shown in photo.   This will be the front and back piece.

Countersink screws.

Drill two holes for your wire handle on the two big sides as shown  (the pieces without the head and tail).

I glued, nailed, and screwed all my sides and bottom together to make a square box.

Cut a piece of heavy wire 3 1/2 to 4  feet long.  Bend it in half.  Place one end in a drill and the other end in a vise or clamp it so that it will not move.  Turn drill on and twist wire until desired amount of twist is in it.  Bend each end so that it will stay in the holes you drilled in your side pieces.  If you find the handle too long, simply cut it to desired length.

Fill all your screw holes with wood filler, and this is where I have left  off.  I will show it completed when I figure out what color I need to paint it.  ....... Stay tuned for part 2 of Chicken Scraps.

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