Thursday, April 2, 2015

Stuffed Celery Snacks

When I was a child, my mother would serve my celery sticks filled with cream cheese. My friend's mother would serve her celery sticks filled with peanut butter. This recipe is a blend of the two traditional celery stuffings.

8 stalks of celery, cleaned
6 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 Tbsp light cream
1/2 cup chopped peanuts, salted

In a small bowl, mix together cream cheese, peanut butter, and light cream. Fill celery stalks with mixture and top with chopped peanuts. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Sour Cream Cocktail Dip

I have always loved testing out different dips, sauces, and spreads. This is a very easy cocktail dip you can make a day before a party.

  • 1 cup dairy sour cream (you can also use plain yogurt)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp minced onion
  • 2 tsp fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp steak sauce
  • 1 tsp prepared horseradish

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Easy Bean Dip Recipe

Bean dip is really easy to make, and there is no reason why you should bother buying it pre made. Homemade tastes so much better than anything you could buy at the store.

  • 2 cans (1 pound size) kidney beans
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1-1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

First, drain the beans and save the liquid.

In a skillet, heat the oil over medium-high. Add the beans and mash them with a potato masher.

Add about 1/3 cup of the bean liquid to soften the dip. Add the cheddar cheese, chili powder, and salt. Stir and cook until the cheese is melted.

Remove form heat and serve the dip, while it is hot, with corn chips.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Easy Knit Loop Scarf Using Homespun Thick and Quick

I love the look of the loop scarves being sold in stores, so I had to make my own. Then I had to make my daughter one and next I’ll be making one for my future daughter-in-law.

The wonderful thing about these scarves is that they are so warm and so easy to knit. I can wrap it around twice for a loose fit or I can wrap it around thrice for a tight, warmer fit.

Yarn: Homespun Thick and Quick (super bulky 6)

Needles: US 17

Cast on 16 stitches, leaving a 12 inch tail.

Knit every row until you have about 36 inches left of yarn. Bind off.

It will look like you’ve made a long, thick scarf. Bring both ends together and sew them using the leftover yarn. Weave in excess and you are done.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Basic Cornmeal Pancakes

I used to make these pancakes all the time for my older kids. Now that they eat a wider variety of breakfast food, I make these about once a month.

1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tbsp melted butter

In a medium bowl, mix together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl, mix together milk, egg, and butter. Pour into dry ingredients and mix. Cook the pancakes on a hot and lightly greased griddle. Serve immediately with maple syrup.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

7 Ways Beginning Writers Can Make Money Online

The decision to become an online writer can be daunting, at first. Take baby steps and learn one platform at a time. Spend time writing for a content site and learning what brings in hits and what doesn't. Start your own blog or website and earn an income through Adsense or Amazon Associates. Create your own courses, teaching others the skills you already have. It doesn't matter what you choose, as long as you stop dreaming about becoming a writer and take the actual steps to become one.

1. HubPages

Since the closing of Squidoo and the downfall of Bubblews, HubPages remains the strongest online content site for beginners to write for. Write articles on just about everything and get involved in the community. In time, you will be able to build up a good passive income on articles that will continue to bring in an income month after month.

2. Fiverr

Sell your writing skills on Fiverr. Offer to write blog posts, articles, and even press releases.

3. Kindle Books

Write Kindle books. This is my favorite way to create a passive income. Even beginning writers can write a book and put it up for sale on Amazon's Kindle.

4. Udemy

Put your talents and writing skills to use by creating online courses. Teach people new skills and get paid for it.

5. Zemandi

Zemandi doesn't pay much, but it is fairly easy to use and as you get more work accepted, you learn how to write blog posts and content that will sell.

6. Google Adsense

Apply for Google Adsense. With an Adsense account, you can monetize your blog and use it to make money on content websites.

7. Amazon Associates

Sign up for Amazon Associates and get a percentage from the sales you make through your website. Set up a blog on Google's Blogger for free and write book reviews. Link the reviews to their pages on Amazon. Build up a Twitter account and link to your reviews and directly to your books on your Twitter page.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Easy Knit Charity Hats for Women

I make these easy to knit hats for myself, my family, and to donate to various charities. I’ve made the instructions as simple as I could and included information on how to make small, medium, and large hats just by changing the knitting needle size.

I use medium worsted yarn. Red Heart’s Super Saver yard works great, as well as many other brands of worsted weight yarn.

YARN: Medium (4) worsted yarn.

NEEDLES: Size 7 (4.5 mm) makes a small. Size 8 (5 mm) makes a medium. Size 9 (5.5 mm) makes a large.

Cast on 70, leaving a long tail (about 12 inches) for sewing up the seam.

Begin with the hat’s brim.

Row 1: Knit 1, Purl 1 across.

Knit row 1 six times (6 rows total).

For the body of the hat, knit every row until the hat measures 9 to 10 inches in height.

Bind off and leave a long tail (about 12 inches) for closing the top of the hat.

To put the hat together, lay it out on a flat surface. Bring right sides together so that the wrong sides are facing out. This is important if you made a striped hat with leftover yarns. Pin side edges together (if you need to), making sure the knit rows are matching. Sew up the side of the hat, starting at the brim. Knot at end to hold the seam.

Use the bind off tail to weave in and out of the last row. Pull tight to gather the hat's top and knot in place. Weave in the ends and turn right side out.

Pompoms can be made from extra yarn and attached to the tops, if desired.