Sunday, September 2, 2012

Getting a Small Home Business Grant

There is so much hype about getting grants for a small home business that people actually believe that there is free money waiting about. It is not so easy. First, grants are given with expectations. If you can't meet the requirements and expectations, you will not get the grant. Most grants are for large businesses that are in the energy or tourist business. There are medical grants and social grants. There are no grants for lazy sloths. You will not get a grant to watch tv or take a vacation.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Home Business Ideas

It seems like every day I come up with yet another small home business idea. There is just so much I want to try out, so many things I want to experience, and yet I don't have enough time. But this time, I feel as though I finally found the perfect summer hobby business for myself. It leaves my free to continue my writing, but it should also help in getting me out of the house more often and bringing in more income over the summer months. Fingers and toes crossed!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Top 10 Buttermilk Bread Recipes

Buttermilk breads have a rich buttery flavor that can't be beat, but finding fresh buttermilk in the grocery store can be a pain in the butt. You can buy powdered buttermilk in the baking aisle or you can also make a substitute for buttermilk. To make the buttermilk substitute - for 1 cup of buttermilk, add 1 tbsp of distilled white vinegar or lemon juice to the liquid measuring cup. Pour in enough milk to make 1 cup. Let sit for 5 minutes and use.

Top 10 Buttermilk Bread Recipes

Homemade Buttermilk Bread Recipe

Buttermilk Orange Bread

Buttermilk Oat Bread

Buttermilk Walnut Bread

Buttermilk Molasses Rye Bread

Braided Buttermilk Bread

Buttermilk Sandwich Bread

Buttermilk Rolls

Buttermilk Scones

Cheddar Buttermilk Rolls

Friday, June 29, 2012

Top 8 Beer Bread Recipes

Baking beer breads is fun. You get to open up a favorite beer, measure out the amount of liquid you need for the bread, and, if there's any beer left in the can or bottle, you get to drink it so it doesn't go to waste. Life couldn't be more grand!

Top 8 Beer Bread Recipes

Sourdough Beer Bread

Beer Molasses Bread

Cheese and Beer Bread

Beer Wheat Rolls

Salted Beer Knots

Beer Pizza Dough

Beer Fennel Rolls

Small Batch Beer Rolls

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Owl Fabrics

With my youngest daughter now at 5 weeks old, I'm planning on sewing some pretty outfits for her. I've decided to work with an owl theme for her new outfits and bedsheets. Here are a few of the fabrics I've chosen:

60'' Wide Kaufman Minky Cuddle Night Owl Orange/Brown Fabric By The Yard

Timeless Treasures Mini Owls Tossed Blue Fabric Yardage

44'' Wide Critter Community Owls Retro Fabric By The Yard

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Flashcards - Colors and Shapes, First Words, Numbers

Playskool items were the awesomest things when I was little. Fun and learning - I loved it when my mother would come home from work and, after dinner, sit down with me and go over my flashcards. Now that I am a mother again - my daughter is now 1 month old - I am beginning to remember my youth as well as the things I did with my now teenage kids to help them learn their colors, shapes, numbers, and alphabets. It just so happens that Playskool has a wonderful and inexpensive set of flashcards for young ones: Playskool Flash Cards Value Pack - Alphabet/First Words/Shapes & Colors/Numbers . This set is perfect for the little ones and it would make a great gift.

Monday, April 23, 2012

John Deere Sunflower Apron

I'm certainly living in John Deere territory amongst all these farms, so when I saw the John Deere apron panel that you can sew together, I had a good chuckle. What a humorous gift idea!


44'' Wide John Deere Sunflower Apron Panel Yellow Fabric By The Panel

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Making Money with Photos

Taking photos is so much fun and an excellent hobby, but wouldn't it be nice to make a little bit (or a lot!) of money doing what you love to do? Some people already are, by selling rights to their original photos. If you're thinking of selling rights to your original photos, check out these websites:

Shutterstock: Stock photos. Earn money from your photos, illustrations, vectors, and footage. With Shutterstock, you can earn 25 cents to 28 dollars per image download.

Getty Images: Stock photos. Getty Images seeks professional photographs, videos, and music. Very high standards.

Fotolia: Stock photos. Earn royalty on the sales of your photos. Signing up is free and easy. This is probably one of the better stock photo sites for beginners to get set up on.

Red Bubble: Print on demand. Sell your creative photographs/artwork as prints, stickers, t-shirts, and more.

Zazzle: Print on demand. Turn your photos into posters, keychains, t-shirts, and more.

If you are just looking to get more photos together for the articles you write, you can also work on building a backlog of photos.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Easy Crochet Toddler Scarf

With baby due in just a few days, I already have all the baby blankets knitted and crochets. Baby sweaters, booties, etc. It's all done, but with a little bit of extra baby yarn, I decided to start on some toddler items. I began with this crochet scarf.



Yarn: Bernat Softee Baby color Soft Fern. Yarn weight is light (3).

Crochet hook: H (5.00 MM)

Chain 102.

Row 1: Sc across. Chain 2 and turn.

Row 2: Dc across. Chain 1 and turn.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until desired scarf width. Finish with one row sc. Bind off and weave in ends.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day Postcards

My mother has a collection of Valentine's Day cards from her childhood. I've spent many hours looking through them, admiring the illustrations and ingenuity of the old cards. That's why I love the reproduction postcards - the sweet innocence and designs are gone from today's commercial cards.


Valentine Postcards

Cavallini Vintage ValenTine Glitter Greetings, 12 Assorted Postcards

Friday, February 10, 2012

Horehound Throat Lozenges Recipe

I think I grew up on horehound cough drops. Whenever the cold season would come knocking, my mom had a bag of horehound "candy" to help ease coughing. This recipe should be made before the cough season begins so that you have it on hand when you start to develop a cough.

Horehound Cough Drop Recipe

1 cup packed, fresh horehound leaves
1 cup water
2 cups sugar
2 Tbsp honey

Boil the horehound in the water for 20 minutes. Remove from burner and let cool. Strain by placing a piece of cheesecloth inside a colander. Pour horehound tea through the lined colander and into a clean, medium saucepan. Add sugar and honey. Stir. Bring liquid to a boil. Reduce head to medium and allow to simmer. Stir constantly until the liquid reaches the hard crack stage at 300 degrees F.

While the liquid is cooking into hard candy, lightly butter a baking sheet. Set aside until liquid reaches hard crack stage. Pour the syrupy liquid onto the baking sheet and allow to cool. After it has cooled a bit, crack the sheet of "candy" into mouth-size pieces. Roll each piece in granulated or confectioner's sugar. Store in dry container or bag until needed.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Easy Knit Crochet Baby Seat Blanket

I have been making a bunch of larger baby blankets and, now that I am soon due, I realize that I forgot to make a few blankets for baby in the car seat. Here's just a simple knit and crochet edged pattern that I did up in a night.

Knitting needles: Size 10-1/2 (6.5 mm)
Crochet hook: Size I
Yarn: I used size 4, medium worsted yarn in two complimentary colors.

With needles, cast on 65. Knit every row until blanket is 24 inches long. Bind off.

With hook, sc around the blanket. Crochet 3 sc in each corner to turn.

Weave in ends, wash, and use.