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Homemade Mother’s Day

Homemade Mother’s Day – Straight from the Heart

Red_WH heart3-2-9hAll right, dads and kids, listen up! Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and this year it’s important to remember the date so you have time to plan! May 10th is the important day on the calendar. It’s not just about mothers, but grandmothers, stepmothers, godmothers and any other important person in your life who is like a mother to you. It’s time to get your hands messy and make a wonderful handmade gift that will hold a special place in your mother’s heart from this day forward. Here are some great ideas to get you started.

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A beautiful clay heart necklace or thumbprint necklace is sure to charm Mom this year. This is a simple project, but one that will remain close by throughout the year.

Supplies:

Polymer clay – this is craft clay and can be baked

Cookie cutters – the smaller the better because it will be a necklace so be careful you don’t go too big. You can skip this part altogether if you want to form your heart by hand.

Toothpick or knitting needle

Roller, if needed – metal or plastic works best so the clay won’t stick

Now the fun begins! Directions:

  1. Knead the clay for 2 minutes or per package directions
  2. Roll the clay until it’s ¼ to ½ inch thick
  3. Using your cookie cutter, cut out a heart from the clay
  4. Being very careful not to smash the heart with your hands, stick a toothpick or knitting needle through the clay
  5. Remove the needle or toothpick and check to make sure the hole will fit the chain or rope you want to feed through it after it has finished baking
  6. Place on cookie mat or parchment paper and bake based on instructions of clay. Typically, it’s 275 degrees for 15 minutes. Make sure the clay is fully cooled before handling.

Once it has completely cooled, you can paint the clay in Mom’s favorite color. Feed the string, chair twine or whatever you choose as the necklace through the clay and wrap in a pretty package.

Stepping Stone of Love

Customized stepping stones to the garden, backyard or even driveway will be a great way to surprise Mom this year. From now on Mom will remember all the love you shared with these great tokens that express how much you care.

Supplies:

  • Quick drying concrete mix
  • Aluminum pan or silicone mold of your choice
  • Cooking oil spray
  • Gems, mementos, colored rocks or accent pieces

Directions:

  1. Spray your mold with cooking spray
  2. Mix the quick drying concrete
  3. Pour concrete into mold

Now it’s time to decorate. You can write sayings on the stone, add colored rocks or accent pieces to it, or even make a hand or footprint. If you want to make a hand or foot print, spray your hands or feet with the cooking spray to make sure you leave a clean impression.

Let the stone dry completely based on concrete instructions and remove gently from mold to prevent breaking. Place the stones for Mom to see!

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Campfire Cookouts and Recipes.

Campfire Recipes

HJHB-Campfire-CookingGet out there! Camping is a great inexpensive way to enjoy the outdoors and have fun with friends and family. There are some wonderful campgrounds right here in Davidson County and some just beyond our county line. You don’t even have to leave your own backyard. A fun night under the stars is as simple as pitching a tent and building a campfire. What can really make camping special are amazing foods that are cooked over a fire. With some of these delicious recipes, you’ll wonder how you can cook on an open fire more often.

First, you’ll need to build an open flame. As is the standard in most campgrounds, make sure you have a fire ring to prevent the flames from spreading. This metal structure will secure the fire in a contained area, also making it easier to keep the fire going as it burns down. As always, please check on any burning hazards or warnings for your area before setting a fire.

Once you have a solid fire burning, you’re ready to start cooking.

 Skillet Breakfast Pizza

Ingredients

  • 6 strips of bacon
  • 1/2 lb. breakfast sausage
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 4 – 5 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tube refrigerated crescent rlls
  • 6 egs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. Italian sasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 4 – 6 oz. mozzarella cheese
  • 4 – 6 oz. mixed Colby and Cheddar Cheese

Instructions

Stoke up a fire and get plenty of coals burning. Spray Dutch oven with nonstick spray. We use a 10″ Dutch oven, so you may need to adjust ingredient proportions accordingly if yours is a different size.

Cook bacon, drain grease. Set aside to cool. Crumble once cooled. Brown sausage; drain grease.

Mix in garlic, peppers, onions and mushrooms in with sausage. Saute until softened – about 5 minutes. Stir in crumbled bacon. Remove mixture and set aside.

If you want an easier cleanup, line Dutch oven with tin foil. Spray tin foil with nonstick spray. Unroll crescent rolls and line base of pan. Create the “crust” of the pizza by pinching the dough vertically along the side of the Dutch oven, up to 1″. Fill the crust with meat and veggie mixture.

Beat eggs. Add in Italian seasoning, red pepper and salt & pepper. Pour over meat and veggie mixture.

Sprinkle cheese on top of egg, meat & veggie mixture.

Cover Dutch oven with lid and place on fire. Place 7- 8 coals along the bottom and 14 – 16 on top of lid. Bake 25 – 35 minutes or until eggs are no longer loose in the middle. Remove from fire. Let cool a few minutes, slice, serve up and enjoy!

Ginger Sesame Salmon Packs

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. fresh ginger (grated)
  • 1 Tbsp. seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tbsp. dill (fresh, preferably or 1/4 tsp. dried)
  • 1 medium carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 – 1/3 c. onions (sliced in rings, to taste)
  • 1 small red potato, (chopped, sliced 1/4″ thick)
  • 1 salmon fillet (4 – 6 oz.)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Foil sheet, 12 – 16″

Instructions

Mix together the ginger, rice vinegar, sesame oil, lemon juice and dill in a small bowl. Set aside.

Spray the foil sheet with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Assemble the carrot, onion and potato in the middle of the foil sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle a quarter of the vinegar & oil mixture over the veggies.

Place the salmon fillet on top of the veggies. Season lightly with salt and pepper and brush with remainder of vinegar & oil mixture. Fold and seal foil packet. Don’t seal it too tightly, leave a little room in the packet for air to flow back and forth within the packet. If you’re putting the packet directly on coals, add a second layer of foil to keep it from tearing while in the coals.

Cook for 20 minutes on a covered grill, or in the coals, until the potatoes are softened. Open with caution and enjoy!

Campfire Cobbler – Peach

  • 2 sticks butter (1 c.)
  • 6 c. peeled and sliced fresh peaches
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1⁄2 c. heavy cream

Topping

  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 7 Tbsp. salted butter, cold and cut into chunks
  • 1⁄2 c. plus 2 Tbsp. sugar, divided
  • 3⁄4 c. half-and-half

To make cobbler, melt butter in cast-iron pot. Add peaches, sugars, cinnamon and cream. Bring to a boil, then move pot out of direct heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes, stirring throughout.

While peaches are cooking, make the topping. In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add butter and  work in with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add 1⁄2 cup sugar and blend well. Gradually mix in half-and-half until dough just comes together.

Spoon dough over peach mixture in pot. Sprinkle remaining sugar on top. Cover.

Rake out thin layer of coals. Set pot on coals and cover lid with thick layer of coals. Let bake for about 20 minutes, checking after 10 minutes.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream.