Archive for September 4th, 2011

September is Childhood Cancer Month, and Conkerr Cancer is hosting “Miles for Pillowcase Smiles”.  Their goal is to stitch 44,000+ pillowcases, this is one for each child who is battling cancer.  To help them with this goal, the children and I have been cutting out and sewing up pillow cases for the cause.

To make pillow cases to help them out, or just for your own personal family use, you will need:

3/4 yard fabric for pillowcase

1/4 yard fabric for trim on pillowcase

Cut the body of the pillowcase to 26 1/2″ by 40 1/2″ .

Cut the border to 10 1/2″ by 40 1/2″.

Fold border in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press.

Place right side of border to right side of pillowcase fabric and stitch together using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Place right sides of pillowcase together and stitch down side and along bottom.  Turn to right side and press.

Finish seams to avoid fraying.

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Ranch dressing never last long in this house. Kids eat it not only on salad, but to dip raw vegetables, chicken, pork..it’s spread on sandwiches, ok it’s used a lot.  I always have liked the taste of Hidden Valley Ranch, but was never fond of the additives and most certainly not the price tag.  So I played around with various ways to make my own, they were all good but none of them compared to Hidden Valley, until I ran across a copy cat recipe and altered it just a bit. I’m quite pleased with the results and have been using it for some time now, it’s also friendly on the pocket book.

Oh, and don’t you just love the bottles? I am such a scavenger.  Work was just going to throw out empty ones at the Assisted Living home, I grabbed up about a dozen of these little beauties…as my daughter would chant…Reduce, reuse and recycle!!

Copycat Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing

(Makes 2 quarts)

4 tbsp dry parsley flakes

1 tbsp onion salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp garlic salt

1 quart mayonnaise (store bought or homemade)

1 pint sour cream (store bought or homemade)

1 pint buttermilk (store bought or homemade)

Combine all ingredients and allow to sit to blend flavors overnight.

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