Friday, January 29, 2010

Meat Pie Recipe With Pictures!!!

We're going to make this tasty meat pie!  For vegans: you can totally substitute one 15 oz can of beans and 1 lb of ground beef substitute of your choice for the 2 lbs of ground beef!  Also substitute a non-dairy cheese as well, or leave off the cheese!  Tastes great either way!

For crust
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 cup shortening
1/4 cup warm water

For Filling
2 lbs ground beef
15oz can of peas
15oz can of corn
1 tsp dried onions
1 tsp oregano
1 tbsp parsley
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 large Plum/Roma  tomato
 About 8 oz Colby/Jack cheese

This recipe makes 2 open faced meat pies!  You will need a large skillet, 2- 9 inch pie pans!  Let's start with the crust!  Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine your flour and your salt.  Add the shortening and cut into the flour mixture.  You want it to be lumpy and NOT mixed thoroughly.  You want it  to look like this!

Next add a little of your water!  You don't want it to be too sticky so only add a little at each time!  Fold mixture and add water as needed.  You want your pie crust to look like this!  I've divided it in to 2 lumps!  One for each pie.
Perfect crust!  Nice and crumbly a perfectly moist!  Next place each lump in a pie pan.  Pat each crust in the pan and evenly shape edges. 
Pop pans in the preheated 450 degree oven for 10 minutes or until the crust is slightly brown and edges are pulling away from the pan.  Drop your oven temperature to 325 degrees after you remove your pie crusts!

While the crust is baking, let's get out our skillet!  Brown the 2 lbs of beef on low.  Drain the beef.  Add the peas, corn, onion, oregano, parsley, and Worcestershire sauce.  Mix thoroughly; stir occasionally.  Grate your cheese and cube your tomato!

Put a quarter of filling into each pie pan.  Layer a sprinkle of cheese, then the rest of the filling!  Top with tomatoes!
And then with the remaining cheese!
Pop your pies in the 325 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until the cheese melts!  Ta Da!  Your Done!!

Let cool and serve!  Each pie serves four generously! 

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Some of my beading work!

These are a couple beading projects, that I did a few years ago!  If you like work, keep checking back for tutorials!  I would LOVE to show you how to make some of these guys :)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I LOVE Give Aways!! Here's an AWESOME give away!!

Hop on over to Her Sunday Dress
She's givin' away an awesome gift basket!!
 Which includes:
-Vintage handmade wristlette.
-Fun "Yarn Gang" yarn in blue.
-Mini bundt cake/jello mold.
-Adorable yellow and white journal.
-Heavyweight bow coffee cozy in tiffany
-Classic tomato pin cushions.
-Mini travel sewing kit.
-Cameras keychain
-Owl figurine.
-Teapot ribbon.
-Vintage copy of Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland (AWESOME!)
-Mani/pedi set.
-Breakfast at Tiffanys!
-And an HSD mix CD,  :)
!!! The mix contains a track off of Brian's upcoming EP. You will be one of very few to hear it before their big debut!!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Finishing Up Your Covered Headphones!!!

So we've finished wrapping both wires to the buds!!!  Now it's time to tie off and sew in the ends! 

Step 1.  Tie a surgeon's knot or a square knot with the pink and blue threads under the ear bud.  Like so:

Step 2.  Now thread a needle with the pink thread.  Insert the needle upward into the closest hitch knot!  Like so:

Step 3.  Now pull thread through and insert the needle downward into the next hitch knot!  Like so:

Step 4. Repeat this again!  And Again!  Now do the blue thread, and the next ear bud side!  Don't forget to trim off the excess!

And we're done!!  That should have taken about 8 to 12 hours!  I didn't really keep track :P

Headphone Wraps Tutorial Part 3 Splitting Threads

Hot tip!  When your wire meets a harsh angle, use masking tape to even out the base!  Just wrap around to smooth out the angles!

Step 1. Continue with alternating hitch knots to the end of the tape.

Step 2. Keep up the hitching!

Step 3. Next separate your ends to each wire.  Then add a new pink thread with an overhand knot underneath your blue thread on the single left side wire.  Remember to tuck in your ends! 

Step 4. Continue with original blue floss and hitch stitch.  Like so:

Step 5. Hitch stitch with pink floss on the right hand wire.  Continue the left hand wire until the end is reached.  Now add a new blue thread to the right side wire.  Continue to end.

Last Part we will tie in our threads and have a finished piece! 

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Headphone Wraps Tutorial Part 2 Reattach!

We've reached the end of our floss!

Step 1. We ended with a pink, so we want to attach a blue!  Use an overhand knot!  Make sure that all your ends are tucked in your loop!  Smooth down your new blue tail!

Step 2.  Next attach your new pink floss with an overhand knot!  Don't forget your tails should be smooth and tucked in!

Step 3. Continue as before!

Next entry: How to wrap each earbud wire!

Covered Headphones Tutorial!!! Part 1!!!

I have been macrame-ing for years!  So I've decided to share this easy stitch with you in this awesome tutorial!!  We're going to cover head phone wires with embroidery floss!  You'll need: scissors, embroidery floss (I'm using 2 colors), needle and head phones! 

Step 1. cut 1 yard length of each color floss.

 Step 2. Leave about an inch and a half tail hanging down like so.  Tie an overhand knot like below:

Step 3. Now do the same with your second color!  Make sure you cover the pink tail with your blue loop!

Step 4. Next we move the pink floss over the head phone wire, leaving a loop.  Like so:

Step 5.  Then pull the pink end through the loop!

Step 6. Now shimmy your loop up to the blue knot and tighten!  Make sure you tails are covered and don't bulge!

Step 7. Repeat steps 4-6 with the blue floss.  This is what it should look like!

HELPFUL HINT: if you want your knotted colors in two parallel rows, make sure that you knots line up under each other!  Otherwise, you can do a lovely twist around wrap instead!  Pics of the finished headphones, coming soon!