These recipe cards were made from some of my favorites recipes on the Craft Stew site. These are the recipes I make again and again. They are loved by both my family and the many guests we have frequently have. Hopefully, you’ll love them too.
To make these recipe cards, first download the 5 pdfs. Next, print out the pdfs on cardstock. Finally, carefully cut the cards out, trimming just inside the lines.
Download Set 1: Bubby’s Lemon Pie, Annette’s Almost Fat-Free Popcorn, Amazing 2-Ingredient Carrot Soup, 3-Ingredient Salsa Guacamole, “Oh So Healthy” Roasted Potatoes
Download Set 2: Egg Rolls Stuffed With Vegan Hot Dogs, Easy Vegetarian Chili, Easy Stir-Fried Vegetables, Easy Orzo With Three Variations, Dairy-Free Taco Salad,
Download Set 3: Have Stale Bread? Make Bruschetta!, Hasselback Potatoes, Glazed Hot Dogs Vegan-Style, Frozen Banana Dessert, Fancy Corn Salad 3 Ways
Download Set 4: Includes Spicy Indian Style Tomato Sauce, Quick and Healthy Tomato Salad, Just Wonderful Split Pea Soup, Jerusalem Pesto and Pasta Salad, Israeli Salad With Red Wine Vinegar
Download Set 5: Includes Vegan Hater’s Bean Soup, Vegetarian Sizzling Rice, Vegan Mashed Potatoes, Vegan I Can’t Believe It’s Not Chicken Soup, Vegan Almost Joes.
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I’m not much of a gardener. I’m too afraid of snakes and spiders to enjoy playing in the mud. And, the one year I really tried to grow something, my entire yield was three green peppers and a rotten watermelon.
The one exception to my purple thumb is hydroponic herbs. Growing hydroponic herbs is so easy, even I can do it. It’s a no-brainer.
How To Set Up A Hydroponic Garden
There are dozens of ways to set up a hydroponic garden, but I’m going to teach you to do it like I did. Besides being the fastest and easiest way, it’s also the cheapest.
1) Run out to the store and purchase herb seedlings, a package of large disposable plastic cups, a package of medium disposable plastic cups, vermiculite, some plant fertilizer and an 1/8 of a yard of polyester fabric.
2) Punch a hole in the bottom of one of the large plastic cups.
3) Cut out one 1″ x 6″ piece of polyester.
4) Thread the piece of polyester through the hole in the large plastic cup. Half of the length of fabric should sit on each side of the hole.
5) Holding the top end of the polyester straight up with one hand, fill the large plastic cup with vermiculite. The vermiculite should just about cover the polyester.
6) Fill a medium plastic cup 1/4 of the way up with water and a little bit of plant fertilizer.
7) Place the large plastic cup into the medium cup. There should always be a gap of air between the bottom of the larger cup and the water in the medium cup. The bottom half of the piece of polyester should hang from the larger cup, through the air, and into the medium cup.
How Does the Hydroponic Garden Work?
The piece of polyester works as a straw to suck water and fertilizer from the bottom cup into the top cup.
How To Use A Hydroponic Garden
To use the hydroponic garden, dampen the vermiculite with water. Then carefully rinse and shake the dirt from a herb seedling. Once the dirt is completely removed, place the seedling into the larger cup, gently fitting the roots into the vermiculite.
When the water in the bottom cup gets too low, pour more water/fertilizer through the vermiculite and into the bottom cup. Keep your plant on a sunny windowsill in a south facing exposure. Harvest herb immediately before use.
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I make this recipe several times a year. It is loosely based on a recipe I received from my mother-in-law decades ago. She called this meatloaf Hidden Treasures, because of the hot dogs inside.
2 pounds ground meat
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup mashed potato flakes
2 1/2 tbsp onion soup mix
1/3 cup pineapple juice
1/3 cup + 1/4 cup ketchup
2 eggs, beaten
5 hot dogs, halved lengthwise
6 pineapple rings, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine ground meat, brown sugar, mashed potato flakes, onion soup mix, pineapple juice, 1/3 cup ketchup and eggs.
Place half the meat mixture into a medium baking pan. Top with the 10 hot dog halves. Arrange the rest of the meat mixture on top of the hot dogs, making a neat loaf.
Bake for one hour, covered. Remove cover. Pour out excess fat (I do this into a unwanted jar or onto the ground to avoid clogging the sink.)
Spread the 1/4 cup ketchup on top of meatloaf, and bake for another 20-30 minutes without cover.
Option 1: Top meatloaf with the pineapple rings before baking. When spreading the ketchup after the first hour, pineapple rings can also be coated.
Option 2: The mashed potato flakes can be replaced by 1/4 cup fresh mashed potatoes and 1/4 cup matzoh meal.
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Here is a list of the craft books I currently own, the books I did own but got rid of, and the books I would like to purchase. I love to see what other people are reading, and I thought you may too.
Craft Books I Own
Landscape Quilts by Nancy Zeiman – This is a beautiful book, but I wish the instructions were a little more clear.
Trip Around the World Quilt (Quilt in a Day Series) by Eleanor Burns – I don’t like the fabric choices but the instructions are super clear.
Quick Watercolor Quilts: The Fuse, Fold, and Stitch Method by Dana Pappas – Pretty designs and excellent instructions.
Scrap Quilts (Leisure Arts #1947) by Beverly Rivers – Beautiful designs and color combinations plus I love the idea of making something beautiful from a throw-away.
Creative Sketches for Scrapbooking by Becky Higgins – Features layouts and shows several ways to use each one.
A Year of Scrapbooking by Debbie Janasak – This is not my favorite scrapbooking book, but it is nice, and has a little bit of everything.
My Creative Companion: The Ultimate Scrapbooking Resource by Becky Higgens – I like this one a lot. Nothing here but tons of ideas for scrapbooking elements…titles, tags, lettering, etc.
Scrapbook Borders, Corners & Titles by Memory Makers – This is my favorite scrapbooking book. It’s full of really nice, creative ideas.
More 3D Origami: Step-By-Step Illustrations by Joie Staff – I actually handled one of these designs in real life and it was amazing…solid and good looking. I’m dying to try a project myself.
Craft Books I Got Rid Of
Quick Sewing Projects from Placemats by Susan Beck – This wasn’t a bad book, but I’ve seen everything in it elsewhere. Nothing new.
Making Handbags: Retro, Chic, Luxurious by Ellen Goldstein-Lynch – There was nothing in this book that I wanted to make, so I got rid of it.
Faux Surfaces in Polymer Clay: 30 Techniques & Projects That Imitate Stones, Metals, Wood & More by Irene Semanchuk Dean – I was crazy to get rid of this book. Big mistake!
Art Stamping Workshop by Gloria Page – I bought this book for the explanation on stamp carving but the projects were a bit disappointment. I gave this book to my mom.
Polymer Clay Extravaganza by Lisa Pavelka – Another book I was dumb to get rid of. One day I’ll get another copy.
Polymer Clay: Creating Functional and Decorative Objects by Jacqueline Gikow – Selling this one was also a very big mistake. Eventually I will rebuy it.
Quilting Makes the Quilt by Lee Cleland – Beautiful book with great instructions but I’m just not that “into” quilting.
Quick Country Quilting: Over 80 Projects Featuring Easy, Timesaving Techniques by Debbie Mumm – This book is okay, just not fabulous.
Nostalgia Patchwork & Quilting by Robby Savonen – This is another book that wasn’t bad, just not great.
Craft Books I Want To Buy
Watercolor Landscape Quilts: Quick No-Fuss Fold & Sew Technique by Cathy Geier – I already have a book on landscape quilting, but this one looks so appealing!
What Crafts Books Do You Own?
I’d love to hear about your favorite craft books. Please leave me a message with the names of the books you’re reading, and why. I’ll publish your responses as an update to this article.
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Before I left the US, and decided to pare down my belongings, I owned 300+ cookbooks. Even now, when I’ve spent the last six years simplifying my life, I still have over 100 cookbooks. And yet, I rarely cook from a book.
Like a lot of women, at least 90% of the meals I make come from my own recipes, accumulated over the years. My great aunt had slips of paper stuck in a cookbook and my mother had index cards organized in a file box, but it was all the same idea. We begged recipes from any great cook we came across, and kept them forever.
How I Store Recipes
I first stored my 25 year old accumulation of recipes by taping and stapling them into a spiral notebook. When the pages started to fall apart, I glued them to computer paper, hole punched them, and filed them in a binder. In ten years, when the binder cracks, I’ll just buy a new one. The one thing I’ll never do, is throw the recipes out.
What’s In My Notebook?
The recipes in my notebook come from dozens of sources. Some are from family members and neighbors whose food was so good I wanted to duplicate it. Some of the recipes come from AllRecipes.com, my favorite online cooking source. And, a lot, come from cookbooks.
The Cookbooks I Culled Recipes From
I must have penciled in recipes from at least 50 different cookbooks, but here are the ones that stick out in my mind.
- a biscuit and a pancake recipe from an old Joy of Cooking
- a universal muffin and a grain recipe from Tightwad Gazette
- a herb biscuit recipe from Herbal Treasures
- tons of pasta recipes from The 5 in 10 Pasta Cookbook
- a pizza dough recipe from The Fanny Farmer Baking Book
- a broccoli sauce recipe from an early Mollie Katzen books
- a chili recipe from Quickies (Chatelaine)
If you’ve spent years working on your own cookbook, or if you’ve inherited one from a relative, I’d love to hear about it. Please drop me a line the comment box, and I’ll be happy to post it.
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This oven-baked sandwich tastes just like it was grilled in a frying pan. I got the idea for the basic recipe from Allrecipes.com. The original was titled Awesome Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, in case you’d like to look it up.
bread, 4 slices per person
margarine or butter
any kind of sliced or grated cheese (American, cheddar, etc.)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Place half the bread slices butter side down on a non-stick cookie pan. Place cheese on each slice of bread. Cover cheese with a second slice of bread, butter side facing out. Bake for six minutes, turn and bake six more minutes or till medium brown.
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My husband is a big fan of the Twelve Steps. He lost around 175 pounds and has kept the weight off for about 10 years. He feels that he would never have been able to do it without the “program”.
So, off course when we were driving through Ohio, we HAD to stop off at Dr. Bob’s house. Dr. Bob’s kitchen is where much of the history AA took place. We toured the house, watched a video and bought a couple of things from the gift shop. Right before we left we took this picture of my now slim husband.
I’d love to give you a tutorial for making this page, but there’s really nothing to it. All I did is mount the photo on white cardstock and glue it on scrapbooking paper. Then I printed the title, cut it out and glued that down too. The whole thing took less than 10 minutes.
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