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Posts Tagged ‘Christmas trees’

Cork Christmas Trees

Posted by terrepruitt on January 4, 2023

I bought a project years ago that required corks. I had asked my family to save their wine corks for me. Well, it became a habit that never stopped and I never did the project. I have bags and bags of corks and I wanted to do something with them. My dream is a huge cork wreath, but as is my other habit I didn’t start thinking about doing something until late November and so I didn’t get to that particular cork craft, but I did make a few Christmas trees.  Trees that can serve as decorations around the Holidays.

As with most of my crafts they are an experiment that morphs as I create. The execution is pretty much never like the idea or design. Especially with cork. I didn’t really think about what a wine cork is (a bunch of pieces pressed together that don’t allow for a straight path through!) and it is dang inconvenient to work with.  Drilling or poking a whole STRAIGHT through a wine cork is kind of a joke, a little blob of cork will send the drill bit or poker in another direction. Corks also swell differently, so they end up not even. So, as you have seen and can see the trees end up a little “not perfect”.

I made a funky tree which I love. The idea was that it was not perfect just like a real tree. The person I made it for is very flexible and has always been really good (in my opinion) of embracing things and not having to have things be perfect or a specific way.  She is good at going with the flow.

I made a monogram tree for some of my family. And I made several of the little trees. Every time I showed one of the little ones to my husband he asked, “Is that ours?” So I got the impression he thought we needed one. So I made one for us. I think I am going to add some pins to it, but we will see.

I sent little ornaments along in case the recipients (of the funky tree and monogrammed tree) wanted to add more decorations.  The monogrammed one is actually somewhat plain to let the “B” show through.

I did realize as I was typing this that a cork wreath does not have to be for Christmas.  I hope to work on it through out the year!

 

                       

 

       

Yay or nay to the cork trees?  Which tree do you like the best? 

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Sweet Potatoes

Posted by terrepruitt on December 4, 2010

I know sweet potatoes are full of good stuff.  They are good for you to eat, but I didn’t think I liked them.  I mean they are SWEET right?  Well, recently I saw a recipe for roasted sweet potatoes.  You know how I love roasted veggies.  So I thought I would give it a try one day.  While my hubby and I were buying veggies today we bought some sweet potatoes.  Today was the day!  By the time we got home from our Christmas Tree excursion, I didn’t want to look for the recipe.  I figured that just knowing you can roast them was good enough for me.

Since I am not familiar with sweet potatoes I didn’t know what flavor to give them.  My plan was onions and shallots, but my hubby was saying that they ARE sweet so I thought maybe a more sweet flavor would be better.  Hmmmm?  So I decided on both.

I cooked a pan of “sweet” sweet potatoes and a pan of savory sweet potatoes.  Now I know why I didn’t think I liked sweet potatoes . . . . they ARE sweet.  So to me they don’t need to be cooked with sweet flavors.

In my “sweet” pan I used lemon olive oil, lavender salt, and salt.  In the savory pan, I used garlic olive oil, shallots, white onions, smoked garlic salt, and salt.  I decided I liked the savory ones better.  The potatoes themselves are sweet enough, to me they don’t need additional sweet flavoring. As you may remember sweet potatoes were on the list of anti-inflammatory foods.  Yay!  So that is one of the health benefits.  They are also a great source of complex carbs and antioxidants!  Here is some nutrient information about sweet potatoes:

(a cup of baked sweet potato with skin has about:)

—-180 Calories
—-72 mgs of sodium
—-41 grams of carbohydrates
—-7 grams of dietary fiber
—-4 grams of protein

—-769% of the RDA’s Daily Value of Vitamin A  (WHOA!)
—-8 % Calcium
—-65% Vitamin C
—-8% of Iron

Eating a little “good” fat with this (like the olive oil) helps your body absorb that vitamin A (beta-carotene).

This veggie really packs a punch.  I am going to try cooking it different ways.  Do you eat sweet potatoes?  How do you cook them?

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