- Fold a bandanna in half; slip a hanger in between fabric so its bottom meets the fold (fabric should cover the hanger's front and back).
- Trace the shape of the hanger's arms on the bandanna; cut, leaving room for the hook and a 1/2-inch hem on the side of the bandanna facing up.
- Fold hem over the hanger's arm, pulling the back side of the bandanna up to meet it, and secure with fabric glue; let dry.
- Trim any remaining excess fabric.
Why Pineapple Hill?
Likewise, we hope Pineapple Hill Designs boutique will make you feel “Welcome”! We know how important it is to find something special for that certain someone or just the right accessory to complete a room. We believe everyday is a day to celebrate, and we have just the thing to help you create something special out of the ordinary.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
5 things to do with ...flour
- CLEAN PLAYING CARDS - When those queens are looking gray, put them in a plastic gag with a half-cup of flour. shake for a minute. Remove the cards, and shuffle the deck a few times over the sink to clear.
- UNSTICK A LID - Have a plastic container that closes a little too tightly for your taste? Dip the container edge in flour to prevent sticking.
- CLEAN HEAVY WHITE FABRICS-Spot-clean white canvas, leather, faux leather, vinyl and even curtains by rubbing flour into the dirt lines, then brushing clean.
- MIX UP SOME GLUE - Whip up craft glue for kids by mixing 1 part flour with 3 parts water. Boil, stirring, until it becomes a paste; store in the fridge.
- MAKE CLAY - Knead together 1 cup water, 3 cups flour and 1 tsp vegetable oil. Add food color. To store, moisten and wrap it in plastic, and put in the fridge.
Monday, April 27, 2009
- 3 cups sugar
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbls butter or margarine
- 2-2 1/2 cups pecan halves
Combine sugar, buttermilk, soda, and vanilla in a heavy Dutch oven; cook over med heat to 234 degrees (softball stage) stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in butter. Beat 2-3 minutes, just until mixture begins to thicken. Stir in pecans. Work fast and drop mixture by tablespoons onto lightly buttered waxed paper; cool.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
- Place pots of forced spring bulbs (hyacinths, tulips, daffodils, crocuses) throughout the house.
- Swap curtains for white sheers.
- Dress your bed in pretty floral-patterned cotton linens. Add a pretty pillow.
- Ditch lipstick in favor of gloss with a hint of color, like peach.
- Opt for knits—just choose lightweight versions in citrusy colors.
- Carry a cute canvas or fabric bag. Instead of boring brown, add some color.
- Slip on a pair of floral flats .
- Put pretty-scented soaps in the bathroom.
Monday, April 20, 2009
- 8 ounce(s) (about 2 cups) mini penne or elbow pasta
- 1 can(s) (28 ounces) whole tomatoes in puree
- 1 tablespoon(s) olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 stalk(s) celery, chopped
- 2 clove(s) garlic, crushed with press
- 2 can(s) (15 to 19 ounces) navy or other small white beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup(s) reduced-sodium chicken broth
- Ground black pepper
- 1 package(s) (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 1/2 cup(s) freshly grated Romano cheese Directions:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Heat large covered saucepot of water to boiling over high heat. Add pasta and cook 2 minutes less than label directs. Drain pasta, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water. Return pasta to saucepot.
- Meanwhile, drain tomatoes, reserving puree. Coarsely chop tomatoes.
- In 4-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium heat until hot. Add onion and celery and cook 9 to 10 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook 1 minute.
- Stir in tomatoes with their puree, beans, broth, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; heat to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to medium; stir in spinach.
- Add bean mixture, reserved pasta cooking water, and 1/4 cup Romano to pasta in saucepot and toss until well mixed. Transfer pasta mixture to 3-quart glass or ceramic baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining Romano.
- Bake 15 minutes or until center is hot and top is golden.
Recipe from Good Housekeeping - A FAVORITE
Friday, April 17, 2009
- 1 package (.3 ounce) sugar-free lime gelatin
- 1/4 cup boiling water
- 2 cartons (6 ounces each) reduced-fat key lime yogurt
- 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
- 1 reduced-fat graham cracker crust (8 inches)
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
- Dozing Off
Most people hit the snooze button three times. Plug in your alarm clock across the room so you’re not tempted to sneak in extra shut eye. Time Saved: 21 minutes
- Rooting Through Cosmetics
Group morning and evening makeup in separate clear bags. Now, when you want your neutral-colored lipstick, not your saucy-red evening shade, you’ll know just where it is. Time Saved: 10 minutes
- Getting Caught in the Web ( I never do this!)
Minutes can turn into hours when you’re Googling. Set a timer, and when it goes off that’s it. Time saved: 40 minutes
- Opening Mail
Speed up the process with a letter opener and don’t even bother with junk mail. Toss it straight into the recycling bin or shredder. Time saved: 6 minutes
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The summer months are upon us, and that can only mean two things-high temperatures and higher utility costs. But there are some measures you can take to cool off without draining your wallet. The next time you're tempted to turn down the thermostat, consider these tips. Ingredients of a Southern Summer While there's never a shortage of sun in the South, the same can also be said about humidity. These combined forces create an oppressive, stifling effect that can quickly turn a nice day into an unpleasant one. To make your home a retreat from the sweltering heat, check these items for maintaining comfort.
- Use blinds, screens, draperies, window films, and awnings to prevent excess sunlight-and heat-from entering your house. Large expanses of glass may provide great views, but they also contribute to indoor heat gain.
- Check the weather-stripping and caulking around doors and windows. The smaller the amount of condiboned air that escapes to the outdoors, the better.
- Make sure that kitchen hoods, clothes dryers, and bathrooms are vented to the outside. Any appliance or activity that produces heat or moisture within your house will naturally add to your struggle to stay cool.
- Set your refrigerator temperature between 38 and 40 degrees, and the freezer no colder than zero. Some fridges have energy-efficient settings that are already programmed or that can be switched on.
- Use foam insulation or inexpensive gaskets behind the covers at wall outlets that connect to hot attics, basements, and crawlspaces. Walls dividing these areas may not be adequately insulated, and any unsealed openings could allow cool air to escape.
- Turn on ceiling fans only when you are present in the room. Because they circulate air instead of cooling it, their operation is of little use if you're not around to enjoy it.
- To keep moisture from getting into the crawlspace, and subsequently your house, cover the underlying dirt with a 6-mil-thick plastic. This protective measure will also help reduce the growth of mold and mildew.
Have your unit examined and serviced by a reliable maintenance center that specializes in such work. These checkups should be done on a regular basis, preferably in the late spring.
- Change out interior air filters according to their recommended replacement dates (usually about every month). Clogged, dirty filters not only fail to keep indoor air clean, but they also force your a.c. unit to work that much harder.
(Note: For more information on air filters, see page 146 in the March 2001 issue of Southern Living.)
- Verify that your attic is properly ventilated and insulated. Air circulation among the rafters will lower the temperature during warm months and prevent damaging moisture buildup year-round.
- Installing an attic exhaust fan can also help. Be sure also that boxes, insulation, or other items do not block the soffit vents at your eaves.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
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