Thursday, July 24, 2014

Embroidery Hoop Money Holder

When it comes to giving money as a gift I like to do something unique
rather than fold it up and place it in a card.
So I made an embroidery hoop money holder for my niece's birthday.


And it's not just for holding money, 
it can be used for holding letters, pictures, or other things
so it has a duel purpose. . .plus it's cute to hang on the wall :)

To make one all you will need is:

wood embroidery hoop (I think mine was 6-inches in size)
scrap fabric
felt
lace trim
hot glue gun and glue
scissors
sewing machine


Lay the embroidery hoop onto the fabric
and trace a circle around it that is slightly bigger than the hoop.
Cut out the circle.


Cut out a pocket shape that is the size of half the circle.


Fold the top edge over and press with an iron.
Sew the fold down.


Place the trim on the top edge of the pocket and sew into place.


Place the pocket onto the cut out circle and sew only along the edges,
but do not sew the top down.

Place the circle between the embroidery hoop and pull tight.
Trim the edges.


Cut out a piece of felt that is the size of the embroidery hoop
and hot glue into place.
This will keep the fabric in place and will give you a nice finished look on the back.


I added a burlap flower to the pocket for extra cuteness.



Happy creating, my friends :)
Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cranberry Barbecue Chicken

This chicken has become a favorite of mine
and my hubby enjoys it as well which is saying a lot since he is not barbecue sauce fan :)
I think the cranberry sauce in the recipe tones down the barbecue flavor
and gives the whole dish a mild, sweet taste.


Ingredients:

1 (2 to 3 pound) whole chicken, cut into pieces (I used chicken breasts)
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 (16 ounce) can whole cranberry sauce
1 cup barbecue sauce

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large skillet brown the chicken in butter.
Season with salt and pepper.
Remove from skillet and place in a lightly greased 9x13-inch baking dish.

In the drippings (in the skillet), saute celery until tender.
Add cranberry sauce and barbecue sauce; mix well.

Pour cranberry mixture over chicken and bake for 90 minutes,
basting every 15 minutes.

ENJOY!

My sweet hubby and I enjoy this chicken on a bed of rice.
Mmmm... makes for a delicious meal!


Have a splendid day, friends :)

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