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My Quiche ‘How-To’

After posting a picture of 3 quiches I recently made on my Facebook page I received a request to share the recipes with a group I’m in, Green Earth Organics health eating.  Now that I’ve done so, it seemed only right to also share that effort here on my blog.  I’ve called it a ‘how-to’ as it doesn’t exactly fit the criteria of a recipe but it does provide detailed and practical advice on how to make them yourself.

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3 quiches- Latticed courgette, deep dish pumpkin & goat’s feta, and baby carrot, broccoli, & corn.

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Garden To Table: How to Make Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

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What flavours remind you of your childhood? Strawberries and rhubarb are a perfect pairing of sweet and tart and my grandmother used them in pies all summer long back home in Maine.  Surely it is a well-known combination, but I have never seen it on this side of the ocean.

I still like a good pie, but have resorted to crumble because it’s fun and easy for children to make and allows for more flavours to be added into the topping than plain crust would.  And mostly because it’s quicker. Continue reading

Freeze Those Old Bananas–Here’s How

This delicious box of overripe bananas was given to us this week.  That’s a lot of bunches…

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How To Make A Drawstring Backpack–Beginner Sewing Project 3

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Four of my children’s bags–two made by them, two made by me.

Instructions for Backpack-14” wide x 16 1/2” long–This tutorial is pretty straight forward and is a nice step up from the basics taught in project one and project two. There are a couple new skills used–making a casing and then stringing the cording through, and top stitching for extra strength (as well as giving the bag a nice detailed look).  Match your thread to the base color or use a coordinating thread that stands out; you can’t go wrong either way.  Continue reading

How to Worksheet 2–Basic Tools for Beginner Sewing

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This week I will be posting Beginner Sewing Lesson 3, but first another info worksheet.  At the beginning of the second and third class, after warming up on paper (see teaching tips at bottom of this post for printable sheets), I have students sew straight parallel lines on pre-cut scraps of fabric, each 8″ or so.  After each line is sewn, I adjust the stitch length smaller and then larger so they do a variety of tighter and looser stitches.  Why?  So they can rip it all out of course!  Practicing with a seam ripper is a good idea before the inevitable necessity of doing it on an actual project.  Not to say they will never have an oops! on a project (we all do), but they will perhaps be more attentive in their work once they realize correcting mistakes is not as fun as avoiding them in the first place.  And the different stitch lengths helps them understand how much tighter a small stitch length is compared to a larger one. Adding zig-zag stitch (for a challenge) or two fabrics together (this is more realistically what they will be sewing) is another idea.  Heck, if time allows you could have them cut the fabric scraps after marking with ruler and chalk, then four tools would be practiced.  I reuse the scraps from class to class so this is not so practical for me, but if you’ve got the spare fabric (old sheets work great) then go for it!   Continue reading

Garden To Table: How To Make Fermented Salad Dressings

Homemade salad dressing is really easy to make and so much better for your health and wallet.   Here are my two go to recipes, one is a vinaigrette using kombucha or apple cider vinegar and the other is a creamy style using kefir or yogurt.  Really good stuff.

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How To Make A Reversible Book Cover with Pen Holder and Bookmark–Beginner Sewing Project 2

Reversible Book Cover Tutorial

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It’s was time to think about Christmas gifts for my children’s school teachers and also about getting a move on making the next sewing tutorial.  Again, I completed both tasks in the one go.    Continue reading

How to Make a Picture Pocket Pillow–Beginner Sewing Project 1


Picture Pocket Pillow Tutorial

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Here’s my first sewing tutorial.  Hope you enjoy!                                                                             Continue reading

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