Step 1: Iron shirt to smooth out all wrinkles. Button it, then pin the shirt's front and back to each other to keep them together when cutting.
Step 2: Cut out the shirt to match the shape of your pillow insert — adding two inches to both the width and length, and centering the row of buttons down the front. (You'll now have two pieces of fabric.)
Step 3: Re-pin the fabric so the shirt's finished sides face each other. Sew the pieces together using a 6/8-inch seam. Snip the corners at an angle to ease turning.
Step 4: Unbutton the fabric and turn the pillowcase right side out. Iron, then re-button.
Step 5: Top stitch around the case twice — first 1/8 inch from the edges, then 3/8 inch from the edges — to finish it.
Step 6: Unbutton the case, insert the pillow, then re-button and fluff.
Follow these instructions to add rickrack trim to your tailor-made cushions.
Cut an old shirt as described in Steps 1 and 2, but adding only 1/2 inch to both the fabric's width and length. You will have two pieces of material: one with buttons (keep them closed) and one without. Take the piece without buttons and pin rickrack along the perimeter of its front side. Rickrack should be parallel to the edges with no overhang. Machine-baste the rickrack onto the fabric using a scant 1/8-inch seam (you will just be sewing across the top of the rickrack to hold it in place — the trimming will flip up once the pillow is inserted). Pin the two pieces of fabric together so the side with the buttons and the side with the rickrack face each other. Sew together using a 1/4-inch seam. Unbutton the case, turn it right side out, and insert pillow.
This is our very favorite home made granola recipe. Obviously ingredients can be substituted for you favorites, have fun with it and be creative!
Honey, Almond &
Taken out of "Lovingly Seasoned Eat's & Treats" cookbook by Jean Smith & Corinne Zeiset
5 cups quick
3/4 cup sliced almonds
2 cups Cheerios
3/4 cup honey
1 cup oat bran
8 tbsp. melted butter
1 cup wheat bran
1 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup red raisins
1/2 cup yellow raisins
pinch of salt
1/2 cup sweetened coconut
6 honey graham crackers, broken into pieces
1. Melt butter in bowl;
add honey and mix thoroughly; put all dry ingredients into bowl,
except raisins and mix well.
2. Pour butter honey mixture into dry ingredients and blend until evenly coated.
3. Place evenly onto cookie sheets; dry in a 200 degree oven for 60 to 90 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Test dryness to your liking.
4. When dried and cooled, stir in the raisins & cranberries; store in airtight container.
Makes about 1 gallon. Use on yogurt too!Parsley Potato Casserole
This is a super easy and yummy potato casserole that is sure to please em' all!
4-6 russet potatoes from Garden Gate
3/4 tbsp. chopped parsley from Garden Gate
1/2 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 tablespoon capers
1/3 cup mayo
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1. In a large pot, bring potatoes and enough water to cover by 2 inches to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and gently boil potatoes until tender when pierced with a sharp knife, about 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, and capers. Set aside.
3. Drain potatoes and let cool, about 15 minutes. Using a sharp knife, peel then slice potatoes into ¼-inch-thick rounds.
4. On a large platter, build 3 layers of potatoes, brushing each layer with one-third of mayonnaise and spooning on one-third of parsley vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper.