One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Grilling Out ~ Crocheted Bookmark ~ Honey Syrup Recipe

We've been having wonderful weather that is perfect for drying clothes outside.  What a strange winter this is.  We even grilled out last night.

 A few years ago, I purchased a large bag of items at the Goodwill.  I am finally now sorting it out and untangling the mess.  However, I found some "goodies" in the bottom of the bag.

I found tatting thread!  After I took this photograph, I found two more in different colors.  I'm so excited!

With some of the cotton crochet thread in my bag from the thrift store, I crocheted myself a fun granny square bookmark.  I still need to weave in my ends, but I love it.  I am practicing a few patterns before I put a few more in my store.

Honey Syrup is a great substitute for store bought syrup.  I saw that the recipe was requested, and here is the recipe: I made a simple syrup of equal parts of water and sugar.  I heated it until it dissolved, then added an equal amount of honey.  I heated until the syrup was the thickness I wanted and put leftovers in a canning jar.  For my large family we used 2/3 cup of each ingredient, but you could easily cut it in half and use 1/3 cup for each ingredient.  

As for the Monster Cookies, I have several recipes for them.  For the ones I posted about, I used a baking mix and Candy's recipe on her blog.  Here are the links:


Candy C. said...

Thanks for the honey syrup recipe, it sounds pretty easy! :)
I love your granny square bookmark! It never occured to my little pea brain to make granny squares with cotton crochet thread!

Carolyn Renee said...

Beautiful bookmark!

Amy said...

Love Love Love the bookmark! Very cute.

EMMA said...

Thanks for the honey syrup recipe; maple syrup is very expensive here and my kids love it!!
Can't wait until I can dry my clothes outside again!

Beansieleigh said...

Oh my word.. You STILL can hang up laundry on your clothes line?.. IN FEBRUARY??!!!! I can't believe my eyes! We've had unusually warmer weather the last couple of days, but grey and damp and muddy, so we still can't take the dog on the nice long walks we would otherwise like to take on the nicer days. We've gotten a little snow here and there, but so far, we shouldn't complain. It's been a pretty mild winter, I think!.. LOVE the beautiful bookmark you crocheted!... Have a great day! ~tina

Amy said...

I love the crochet bookmark. Just found your blog today, so many great ideas. Thank you.