Sunday, May 20, 2012

Perrie's 70th Birthday Party

Yesterday a party was given for my friend Barbara Anne Perrie's 70th Birthday.  We met at the local movie theater, gave Perrie hugs and kisses and watched a movie (The Lorax) with her.  Perrie loves having lots of people around and watching movies, so this was her ideal party.  Thanks to every one who came.  Thanks to all those who wished Perrie "Happy Birthday".  Here are the pictures I took.  I apologize for not getting pictures of everyone. 

Happy Birthday Perrie.  We love you.

Here we all are singing Happy Birthday to Perrie.
Again, Thank You!

Monday, May 14, 2012

A Basket for My New Bike

Some tax return money was used to buy MDH and I each a new bike. We bought Huffy Coasters, bikes just like we had when we were kids.  Mine is a white 26 inch bike, with the black and mint green trim.  I use it to ride around the neighborhood.  It became evident, very quickly, that I needed a basket, to put things in, while I travel from place to place.  This last weekend, while I was with my Mom, I found a plastic basket that was the right size, depth, width and length, wrong color though.  I bought it anyway and today I revamped it into a bike basket.  This is how I did it.
A plastic basket (11½”x 10¼”x7¼”, $2.50 at local craft store)
Spray Paint for plastic ( a left over ½ can did the trick, I used white to match my bike)
3- 15” pieces 1” Nylon strapping
3-1” black buckles
Sewing machine (or thread and needle)
If they aren’t already, cut your 15” pieces of 1” nylon strapping.  Use a lit match to melt both cut ends of each strap.  This prevents the strapping from coming unraveled.
Sew a loop of the one end of the strapping around the center of the buckle.  I did it in orange thread because I was too lazy to change the thread on my machine.
Take the basket to well-ventilated area.  This spray paint smells worse than others so outside is a great place to get the color change of basket.  If you don’t want to use plastic spray paint, prime the plastic with primer then spray with whatever spray paint you want.  Spray an area, let dry, turn over and spray the next area, repeat until all of the basket’s old color is covered with the new color.  My basket is now white instead of blue.
I really like this basket because it already had the holes in it that I could use to strap the basket to my bike.  So two of the straps were used to attach the basket to the handle bars through holes at the top, and the third strap went through holes at the bottom of the basket and around the head tube that holds the handle bars.  I pulled the straps as tight as I could, and made sure the tail ends of the straps are inside the basket.  Done!  The real test will be putting something in it and going for a ride.  It makes me smile.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Crockpot Carmel

 My most favorite treat, is Carmel apples.  I just love Carmel and apples, together.  I don’t get them very often, because making good Carmel can be a pain, until I came across this recipe.  I grabbed a can of sweetened condensed milk, my crockpot and had a go at it.  Once it was cool, I opened the can and the next thing I knew an apple was gone.  That evening, my Hubby ate half my other apple and half my left over Carmel.  I bought more apples, need to make more Carmel.  So here we are at the second batch. To make Carmel in a crock pot is the goal. 
A Crockpot
A can of sweetened condensed milk (fat free works too)
Can opener (not shown)
An apple cut it to slices
Fill your crockpot with water. Put the can of sweetened condensed milk in the water.  Make sure it is completely covered with water.  You may remove the label from the water when it floats to the top.  Leave the lid on the crockpot.
 Put the crockpot on high, until the water comes to a boil. Turn it to low and let it boil for 4 hours.  Turn off the heat and let it cool.
Once the can is cool, use the can opener to remove top and expose the Carmel. 
Grab an apple slice and dip.  (Just because I use it for apples doesn't mean you have to.)
  Eat! Yum!  Enjoy!