Thursday, July 29, 2010

Zucchini, Zucchini & More Zucchini!

These three were just the beginning! So for any one else with lots of zucchini on their hands - here is my favorite zucchini recipe:

Zucchini Pineapple Bread


4 eggs

1 1/2 cups white sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup vegetable oil

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained

2 cups grated zucchini

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1.Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

2.In a large bowl, mix oil, eggs, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Blend in pineapple and zucchini. Stir flour mixture into zucchini mixture. Pour batter into two greased and floured 9 x 5 inch loaf pans.

3.Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour. Cool on wire racks.
This was the second batch of the day, so I made three small loaves and 24 mini muffins.

One of the first two loaves out of the oven. Glad I had some throw away pans left from christmas baking! : )

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tuesday Tourist

Little Sable Point Lighthouse near Silver Lake State Park
On the shores of Lake Michigan between Ludington & Muskegon

For more info click here

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tuesday Tourist

Does anyone remember "Wide World of Sports" from the 70's? Remember "The agony of defeat" - when the skier has a really bad wipe out coming down the ramp? Well here is the ramp near Innsbrook, Austria.

A closer view from near the bottom where they land.

This is the view on the walk up to the ramp. They said the last thing the ski jumpers see before they leave the ramp old cemetery at the bottom of the hill in town. It was a really neat cemetery, alot of wrought iron, fancy grave markers, but I wouldn't think it would be neat as the last thing you see before you go off of the jump!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tuesday Tourist

                                                Gondola's on a canal in Venice, Italy

A canal in Venice, Italy

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Bottle tutorial

I love bottles, so I have quite a few - just can't seem to throw them out! The unique ones are used for decor. Alot of them were sitting on my workbench in the garage. Then I came up with this idea, well it was not an original idea, but I did improve on it! : ) I don't remember where I purchased the original bottle (pink), but there is a good possibility it was at JoAnn Fabrics. Sooo if you have some bottles sitting around and want to do something with them besides throwing them in the trash or recycle bin, give this a try.

Tools needed:
Glass/Bottle cutter ( I use EphremÆs Bottle Cutter Kit - Stained Glass Supplies )
Small candle (if not using the above kit)
Wine bottle
Chain (about 6 inches)
Wire - I used 10 gauge aluminum wire. (I get all of my wire at
Fine sandpaper or Glass Grinder ( I recommend Wizling Stained Glass Grinder)
Candle (for inside bottle. Votive size works well for regular size wine bottle)
Something to hold the candle - I used a canning jar lid and ring glued together with small holes drilled for water drainage in case it was left outside in the rain. On the smaller bottles I have used palette cups I found on ebay.

I modified the bottle cutter and mounted it on some boards. It is basically set up to cut the tops off of the bottles, but I wanted to cut off the bottoms, so.....I changed it! I can still move it around to accomadate different size bottles and to cut off either the top or bottom.
This way there is a piece on the left to keep the bottle in place while I turn it to score the glass. I usually go over it at least twice so the score is fairly deep.

Then remove the bottle, hold over a flame from the small candle, turning it so the flame goes along the score line.

After you have been all the way around, remove from flame (blow out to avoid accidents) then immediately put an ice cube on the score line and slowly move it all away around the bottle.

You will probably hear cracking while doing the ice cube, sometime you also hear it during the flame. After you have been around with the ice at least twice, wipe off with a towel. You may have to repeat the last two steps a couple times.

You can see it is cracking along the score mark. If it cracks on either side of the score, you will have to decide if it can be saved by sanding or you could make a "decorative scalloped" edge.

After the bottom has separated, sand the edge of the bottle smooth. You can use sandpaper. I happen to have a glass grinder, so I used that. It also helped make that "decorative scalloped edge" I mentioned earlier. So far that has only happened on 1 bottle.
Then drill some small holes in the lid for water drainage. If your candle holder will not be left outside you can omit this step. I hot glued the lid to the ring - since I used canning jar lids & rings. You can use any jar lid that will fit into the bottom of the bottle.
Then it is time to start bending wire! The 10 gauge wire bends fairly easily and will hold its shape. I just start bending a little at a time and looking at the bottle. Usually two or three times around and then start making the straight part to go up the neck. Make sure though that the last bend is large enough so it does not go up into the neck.
Then test fit the wire into the bottle. The top of the wire does not need to go through the top of the bottle - it is better if it doesn't since there will be a piece of chain attached to the top. Next make the loop at the top for the chain. Add the chain, then put inside the bottle. Pull the chain through the top and attach a hook - either a purchased one or one made from the same wire.

 I just looked at the one on the original bottle and bent the wire to look similar and then hardened it by using a hammer and hammering it on the concrete six or seven times. Attach the hook to the chain, lift the bottle up to add the candle and you are done!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

A Recycle Craft

Wine Bottle Candle Holders
This one was purchased - the one that started it all!

This is the first one I made.
Followed by:

So then there were three...
I have no idea how many I have made - at least 10! It is addictive especially if you are like me and love bottles & candles!

Here are a couple shots at night
I will post a tutorial in the next couple of days if anyone is interested.