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Candied Jalapenos

My Mr.Picky is one spicy man.  The hotter the better, years ago he tried candied jalapeños on a burger and has craved them since.  He found a recipe from Tasty Kitchen-cowboy candy and hoped for the best.  They turned out better than he hoped.  Tasty kitchen had great directions for canning if mine are too general.Candied Jalapenos

 I tried one with just a few seeds and it was wonderful.  Once he opened the jar, they were gone within a week.  He put them on everything from sandwiches to inside burritos.  These are spicy but with a sweet flavor.  A few of them would do me fine, but Mr.Picky eats them straight out of the jar.

We adjusted the recipe to make about 2 pint jars, and this is the quantities we used.

Candied jalapeño:

(This will yield 2 pint jars)

  • 1 1/2 pounds of jalapeños,sliced with seeds
  • 2/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups sugars
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp celery seed
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Wash and slice jalapeños with the seeds into rings.  Wear gloves during this part to keep from the jalapeño oil getting on your hands.

In a medium pot bring to a boil sugar, vinegar, and spices.  Boil for 5 minutes.candied jalapenos

Add in sliced jalapeños, and boil exactly 4 minutes stirring occasionally.  With a slotted spoon or spider scoop out jalapeño and place in sterilized jars.

candied jalapenos

Bring the sugar mixture back up to a boil and continue to boil another 6 minutes.  Fill each jar with equal parts of liquid, leaving at least 1/2″ head room in each jar.

Wipe jars down and place a clean new lid and seal with a screw band.  Process pints for 10 minutes and remove to cool at least overnight.  Store jars in a cool place for at least two weeks before opening.

Car Pillow

When my daughter moved from a car seat to a booster seat she was happy but soon realized that it wasn’t cracked up to be all she thought.  She no longer takes naps and only will fall asleep in the car.  The side of her car seat was where she leaned her head to sleep.  After trying many different style neck pillows but nothing seemed to work, and she was one unhappy camper when she woke up with a sore neck.  This car pillow seems to work better than any I have bought.

I then came across Seat Belt Travel Pillow-Pineapple Mama, with instructions to sew my own car pillow.  I am not one to sew, and was lucky that it was on a basic level.  Personally I think my pillow turned out pretty good for my skill level.  I need to pass this link and idea on to anyone with a similar problem.  The pillow really worked for us and cost little to make.  Thank you Pineapple Mama.

Car Pillow

Baseball Themed Party

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Baseball Themed Party!

Get ready for some party ideas and themes over the next couple months.  Over a seven week stretch we have five birthday parties to throw between my sisters and I.

This was one of my nephews parties we recently went to.  He is in love with baseball, and although he is only 3 he wishes he could be 5 so he can sign up for baseball.  I loved how my sister used the bucket the baseball gum came in, to hold the forks.  The baseball cupcakes were so easy and were a great center piece.

Frog Baby Shower Cake

Frog Baby Shower Cake

Frog Baby Shower Cake

This is one of the first cakes I did for people other than family.  Well it was for my sister’s baby shower, but there was going to be people I didn’t know.  I know how to bake and make things taste great, I am just working on the looking good part.  There wasn’t a theme for the shower, knowing my sister she loves frogs.  I set out to make a welcoming frog cake.

Recovering A Card Table

Recovering a Card Table BEFORE

Who doesn’t need a project?  I love projects and I like to finish them quickly even better.  I found this well used miniature card table and chairs for the kids at a garage sale.  It was  perfect size for my oldest and could be used for so many things.  It was rather ugly though and the vinyl was sun bleached, but for $2 it was a bargain.

The spray paint I picked was not the cheapest but will last forever and it gave my table the look I was going for.  Plus the hammered paint look, hid any imperfections.  Marine vinyl is not cheap, it was about $18 a yard.  I found a coupon for a local craft store and got the vinyl half off.  All and all this table cost me about $16 dollars and a few hours of my time.Recovering a Table AFTER

I thought about covering the table in oil cloth which was cheaper but would not last as long.  I was going for durability and washable.  Plus if I would have to cover it again it wouldn’t be cheaper in the long run.

Recovering a Card Table:

  • I used a Rustoleum spray paint, in  a hammered gray metal (one can did this small table and chairs perfectly)
  • About on 1 yard of marine vinyl (I didn’t use all of this and the amount would depend on the size of table)
  • Staple gun and 1/4″ staples
  • Screw driver

 

Simply unscrewed all the screw that attached the vinyl covered pieces from the metal frame on both the table and chairs.

Chair beforeThe existing vinyl was dirty but otherwise in good condition.  I washed it all off and allowed it to dry before just covering over it.

Measure and cut vinyl to the size of table and chair pads plus with 2″ edge.

Next using 1/4″ staples in an electric staple gun, I stretched the vinyl tightly and stapled my heart out.  Be sure to keep screw holes uncovered or punch through them with a screw driver so you can reattach.

Spray paint all metal frames, I did two coats drying a day in between.  Then I allowed it to dry more than a day before attaching the pads and table top back on.

Simply attach the freshly covered pads and table top back to the frame.  Longer screws were required because of the added vinyl, but only in some places.Recovering a Card Table

 

 

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