Napkins to Embroider

I love a good embroidery kit especially crewel. It’s like a class where I can learn or practice a few stitches….and at times, a challenge. Still, despite my love of an everything-in-one-bag kit I enjoy having a blank canvas to express myself. With that in mind I listed blank napkins to embroider.


These lovely napkins are 16 inches by 16 inches, enough to cover one’s lap sufficiently. They are 100% cotton and machine hemmed. They are sold in sets of 2 for $4. There are 6 sets available.



Food Fun for Halloween

Halloween has always been a challenge for me……not only what costume to wear or make but how to keep the fun in Halloween and control the amount of sugar in my house. When my daughter was little I made special Halloween candy and had fruit available but admittedly, the fruit was plain and no fun at all. Check out these easy to re-create ideas from the  Eat Smart blog. 

Vegetable skeleton....good for adults, too! A spooky take on the vegetable platter.

Vegetable skeleton….good for adults, too! A spooky take on the vegetable platter.

I love this guy! Great idea for the kids and grown-ups. Serve with salad dressing for dipping. Great for a Halloween party table.

Clementines are yummy and sweet. Great for the kids.

Clementines are yummy and sweet. Great for the kids.

There’s lots more to make and a thousand ways (or so it seems) to add sugar to the diet…..just the same, I don’t need to eat more sugar and having little ones jacked up on sugar isn’t my idea of a great time. Offering something healthy and yummy is a way to make a change.

Post by Eileen of GoofingOff Sewing….who cooks, too. The kitchen is just another place to Goof Off.

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GoofingOff Sewing’s Mid Week Rummage: Devil’s Food Cake

During a recent thrifting expedition, I ventured out of the sewing pattern section into the books. I can get lost in old books. I love books, especially old ones. I love the look and feel of them. Well, I had the good fortune to find a copy of Baker’s Famous Chocolate Recipes. “What makes this special?” one might ask. This copy is from 1936 and in very good condition. The cover graphics remain sharp and the pages are not brittle. While there is light yellowing throughout the book it is in incredibly good condition.

CCF15092015_1CCF15092015_2 What does chocolate cake have to do with sewing? Coffee and cake to keep you going…and chocolate is a necessary part of life.

Now to get back to sewing.

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Lacy Top Cranberry Pie Recipe


Last Thanksgiving my granddaughter was in charge of making apple pie for the family feast. She loves to bake and has several recipes….at home. Unfortunately she left the recipe for crust back home along with her other recipes. I have the recipe, and several cookbooks at my home but we were at my daughter’s place….and she doesn’t love to cook so no cookbooks for pie crust. After searching she found one that was soupy (what was that about?) but we were able to save it with a bit of flour…OK, a lot of flour. Yay, Grandma saved the pie… Super Grandma…I need a cape.


Anyway, this recipe is really a cranberry-apple pie with lattice topping. The recipe was featured in a Spry Shortening ad from 1939.  The filling looks good and the crust recipe is traditional. Just a little insurance for this year’s pie. 

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