Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Patterns

If You find a Pattern here that you like and make Send me a Photo and I Will Be sure to post it

Care Bears Crochet Patterns

These are not Vintage but they were just too cute!
and I wanted to share them with you,
These would make great Gifts

NOTICE: This Pattern Has Been Moved  
to our toy Blog at:
  The Vintage Toy Chest
 

You can find the Crochet Patterns for these under the Patterns page to the right
If you make one send me a photo and I will be happy to post it!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Homemade Almond Roca

Homemade Almond Roca
Ingredients:
about 1-1/2 c to 2cups coarsely chopped toasted almonds
1 stick (8 tbsp) butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped(or milk choc if you prefer)

Butter a 9-inch pie pan. Cover the bottom of the pan with some chopped almonds,
Melt butter over medium-high heat until fully melted. Add the brown sugar and stir constantly with a wooden spoon for seven minutes.
Immediately pour the hot sugar mixture over the almonds and spread to the edges with a spatula.
While mixture is still hot, sprinkle the chopped chocolate on top. Let the chocolate soften and melt, and smooth it with a spatula. Sprinkle the top with chopped almonds while the chocolate is still wet.
Place the pie pan in the freezer for 20 minutes to set the candy.
Remove from freezer and break apart, or cut into small squares with a large sharp knife. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Mom used to roll the candy into "tootie rolls" when it was cool enough to handle then dip them in Melted chocolate and roll them in the chopped nuts, she also added 1/2 the chopped nuts to the cooking syrup instead of putting it in the bottom of the pan.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Hey Whats For Dinner?

Free Paper Goodies



With summer coming its a great time for paper planes

Fun with The Kids

Today is June first and most kids are out of school or about to be ,While looking for fun things to do I came upon Chocolate Clay!
This is wonderful the kids love to mold it in to candies and you can get fancy with it too decorate a cake use molds anything you like.
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I found a couple recipes  and both are great for molding and they taste great too!
I think The first one is the best
it comes from
About.com
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You can substitute other flavors of frosting for the chocolate, if you desire. This chocolate clay tastes so good, you can also roll it into balls and serve it plain, dip it in chocolate, or roll it in crushed nuts.
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Ingredients:

1 tub (16 oz) chocolate frosting
1 cup creamy peanut butter (not natural)
2.5 cups powdered sugar


Preparation:
1.Place the chocolate frosting and the creamy peanut butter the bowl of a large stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-low speed until combined.
2. Stop the mixer and add the powdered sugar, then turn the mixer to low. Mix until the sugar is completely incorporated, stopping periodically to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and needed.
3. After mixing you should have a chocolate clay that is soft enough to shape, but firm enough to hold its body--similar in texture to Play-Doh. If it seems to soft, you can add additional powdered sugar, if it is too stiff, you can knead in an extra spoonful or two of peanut butter.
4. You can use the Chocolate Clay immediately or wrap it tightly in cling-wrap and store it at room temperature indefinitely. If necessary, knead before using to regain its malleable texture.
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Chocolate Clay # 2
comes from
whats cooking America
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10 ounces semi-sweet (coarsely chopped chunks or chips)
1/3 cup light corn syrup

In a shallow bowl, melt the chocolate in microwave for 2 minutes; stir.
Be careful so that the temperature does not exceed 100 degrees F.
If chocolate is not completely melted, return to microwave for 30 seconds at a time and stir until smooth. Add corn syrup to the chocolate and mix well(scrape all the corn syrup into the chocolate with a rubber spatula). Using a rubber spatula, stir and fold mixture, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl well, until no shiny syrup is visible and the mixture forms a thick ball.
Pour mixture onto a waxed paper sheet and spread with the spatula until it's about 1/2-inch thick; let it sit and stiffen, uncovered, for about 2 hours.Use at once or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.

A look Back

Oh The things we did in the Name of Beauty

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Unusual The Strange And The Down Right Bizarre

 Free Plans to build a Wooden Respirator
Yup That,s right Just the Thing that every home needs but no one has.
Build one today and be the first on your block to have one!
Click on the image and click on view image to see and save full size


Paper Dolls

Most People Think Of paper dolls Just for Little girls, 
But Little boys have been known to have hours of fun with paper dolls too!

Find More Free paper toys in my 
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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Hey Whats For Dinner?

better yet  whats for Desert?
 Aplets and Cotlets
I grew up enjoying Aplets and Cotlets and then they became harder and harder to find 
Today I came Across a recipe for them and I think Everyone should try them at least once
Anyone who lives on the West coast can tell you how wonderful this candy is.

Photo from Liberty Orchards
Aplets and Cotlets are a delicious Northwest candy that is made with gelatin, walnuts, and apples. Developed by two Armenian men, Armen Tertsgian and Mark Balaban, who bought an apple farm (called Liberty Orchards) in the small town of Cashmere in eastern Washington state, Aplet and Cotlet candies are considered a Northwest delicacy.
Times were tough in 1918 for most orchard growers, and Tertsagian and Balaban searched for new ways to make use of their surplus fruit. Apple dehydration seemed a logical first move, and coinciding with America's involvement in World War I, the orchard owners began providing apples for U.S. soldiers. After the war, they remembered the popular eastern candy they had loved as children called rahat locum or Turkish Delight.
After much research and development on their kitchen stove, they perfected a delicious apple and walnut recipe that they called Aplets.
In 1963, at the Seattle World's Fair, they introduced hundreds of thousands of people from outside the Northwest to this candy.

Northwest Apple Candy (Aplets)

1 cup chopped (red or golden) Delicious apples
Cold water
5 tablespoons reserved apple liquid
2 cups granulated sugar
3 envelopes of unflavored (approximately 2 1/2 tablespoons)
1 cup cold water
1/8 teaspoon rose culinary essence or 1 tablespoon rose flower water*
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Powdered (confectioner) sugar
Culinary rose essence can be found in Asian or Indian grocery and spice stores. If you are unable to find culinary essence or rose water, substitute 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Butter an 8-inch square pan.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, add chopped apples and enough cold water to cover apples by 1 inch. Bring to a boil; boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Turn heat to low and simmer another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
Drain off liquid, reserving 5 tablespoons apple liquid. In a food processor, puree apples with reserved apple liquid until smooth. Return apple mixture back to saucepan over low, add sugar and heat and stir just until sugar is melted. Remove from heat.
In a small bowl, combine gelatin and cold water; add to apple/sugar mixture, stirring constantly until dissolved. Add rose culinary essence (or lemon juice) and walnuts;
stir until well blended.
Pour into prepared pan; cool at least 2 hours but preferably overnight. With an oiled knife, cut into 1-inch squares, then roll in powdered sugar.
Makes 64 candy squares.
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Northwest Apricot Candy (Cotlets)
6 ounces dried apricots
Cold water
5 tablespoons reserved apricot liquid
2 cups granulated
sugar
3 envelopes of unflavored gelatin(approximately 2 1/2 tablespoons)
1 cup cold water
1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Powdered (confectioner) sugar
Butter an 8-inch square pan.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, add dried apricots and enough cold water to cover apricots by 1 inch. Bring to a boil; boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Turn heat to low and simmer another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until apricots are soft. Remove from heat.
Drain off liquid, reserving 5 tablespoons apricot liquid; set aside. In a food processor, puree apricots with reserved apricot liquid until smooth. Return apricot mixture back to saucepan over low, add sugar and heat and stir just until sugar is melted. Remove from heat.
In a small bowl, combine gelatin and cold water; add to apricot/sugar mixture, stirring constantly until dissolved. Add lemon juice and walnuts; stir until well blended.
Pour into prepared pan; cool at least 2 hours but preferably overnight. With an oiled knife, cut into 1-inch squares, then roll in powdered sugar.
Store, covered, in the refrigerator.
Makes 64 candy squares.



You can find this and many other candy recipes  at



Free Baby Collage Sheet

Just Click On the image and save to your computer
Collage Sheets are great for scrapbooking, Tag Making, Bookmarks
  collages, paper piecing, altered art , tag Making ,Stickers ,Book marks
,Decoupage , and Many Other projects.

Print as many sheets as you need from your own ink-jet or laser printer,.
You can use : Sticker Paper, Photo Paper, Card stock,
Iron on Fabric Transfers, or Acetate.
The possibilities are as endless as your imagination!
Make a mistake No problem Just Print out another one.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Paper Dolls


Just Click on the images and save to your computer
Find More Free paper toys in my  
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Hey Whats For Dinner?



I would Never have thought that this could taste so good!

Paper Dolls





Paper dolls Have always been special to me
and I have so many wonderful memories of them,
Click on the pictures above and print out these vintage dolls 
for your self or your Little girl.
Find More Free paper toys in my  
Free Paper Goodies page

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Getting started

Well It has taken Me a while but I got a blog up and hopefully I will be able to get it up and running without to much trouble, I Love All Things Vintage! And Love to Hunt down treasures.
I hope you can join me on my Hunts and enjoy my finds here on this Blog.