30 June 2013

Basic Pizza Sauce

quick thick easy pizza sauce
Basic Pizza Sauce - freezes great

28oz can crushed tomatoes
5.5 oz can tomato paste
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder or minced garlic

Mix together and use.  It's that simple.  I use around 1/2 cup for a 12" pizza.  Freeze leftovers in 1/2 or 1 cup portions in sandwich bags.  You can pop the frozen sauce out of the bag into a bowl for defrosting.

27 June 2013

Quick and Easy Mason Jar Pencil Holders

I've been searching around on Pinterest for ways of hanging our mason jar pencil (marker, paintbrush, scissor) holders on the wall, trying to free up some space on the arts and crafts table. The easiest way I found was to use hose (pipe) clamps. These are thin metal circular strips that can be tightened up. Perfect for mason jars of a variety of sizes, but the trick is how to mount the hose clamps to a board or wall. It is possible to punch a hole through the metal with a nail, and I also saw someone had used picture hangers. I didn't fancy trying to pound holes through the clamps so I was searching around for the picture hangers I was sure must be in amongst my husband's shop supplies, somewhere... what I found was this...
half inch plastic wire staple

A 1/2 inch plastic wire staple - actually quite a few of them in an old coffee can.  I got to thinking....and here's how it worked out.

I just nailed the plastic staple approximately where I thought it should go - you can be more precise I'm sure.

I used a flat blade screwdriver to loosen the hose clamp until it was open then threaded the strip through the plastic staple.

Put the end of the metal strip back into the tightening mechanism, tightened it up and voila! 

mason jar hose clamp pencil holders

I used a variety of jars from my cellar, so the line-up isn't exactly uniform. The 3 inch hose clamps worked fine on the regular mason jars, and fit snugly on the "Gem" jars (Canadian canning jars), I also had some 3 1/2 inch clamps that worked great for the "Gem" jars and would be necessary for wide mouth mason jars. The oh-so-easy plastic staples should be available in most hardware stores in the electrical wiring section.

8 May 2012

A wish come true!

I saw a garter snake today, which is good, because I was hoping to find one this summer.  I wasn't expecting to find one this early!

I rounded up everybody and we set about trying to catch him.

Here he is in a bucket.  Obviously we were successful!

This is him peeking over the edge of the cardboard on top of the bucket. He managed to get out.

Wow, look at that muscle, he can stick part of his body straight off the edge.

He seems to have taken a shine to us and is slithering about a bit.

Look at him now, handsome fellow isn't he?  We're going to move him to an old fish tank of mine after this.  Hope he'll enjoy it.
(Written by Ruben)
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Sign of Spring

The first Johnny Jump-up of the year in all it's delicate glory.
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30 March 2012

It's Spring!

Dirty feet and little dishes of ice cream, spring is here at last!
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26 March 2012

Creative kids!


Mousie with Buckyball armor.

Finally made pens out of some goose quills we picked up years ago. 

And what day would be complete without a pepperoni snowman?
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