Food Swaps Are The Bee’s Knees!

Food Swap

Food Swap

Wow! What a fantastic evening with The ATXswappers! You may have read a previous post of mine, The Beginners Guide To Pickled Fredricksburg Peaches, where I mentioned my girlfriend Andi had invited me to join her in attending a food swap. Well, all of those cans of peaches I made for the swap are gone and swapped for some delicious & home cooked, homemade or homegrown goods!

I am so grateful to have Andi for letting me know about this fantastic event and grateful for all of the friendly swappers I met last night! I really love meeting new friends & I look forward to attending more Swapping Events!

Guess what? Food Swap Networks are not just in Austin, Texas! Check Food Swap Network to find one where you live & you can participate. I brought 7 jars of my Pickled Peaches. 8 jars, but I needed 1 jar for everyone to sample. It’s good to sample your good to ‘sell’ your item so that other swappers want to swap with you. After you place your item on the table, we all place our samples on a separate sample table. Perfect for us to all mingle and meet new people and ask what each other made to swap. While we are sampling, more swappers are coming in. Yum, more samples are coming in. Our event is so organized. We have Kate from Hip Girl’s Guide To Homemaking & she has so much information on her blog about swaps. Also, Meg from Brooklyn Homesteader is another host that keeps everything very organized. Everything at our swap went absolutely perfect and I know it would not, had it not been for our great hosts & our great swappers.

Oh, not everyone brought 7 items (as I did), or more of their swap item. Some swappers just brought 1-3 items. Some brought more. Some brought a variety of goods. I am sure most Food Swaps are very open to what you bring.

I do hope you attend a Food Swap sometime, I really think you will enjoy it!

Lots of love to you,

Lisa

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Pickled Fredricksburg Peaches

Pickled Fredricksburg Peaches

Here Comes A New Idea For A Personalized Gift!

 

Personalized Flour Sack Kitchen Towels

Personalized Flour Sack Kitchen Towels

Hello Sunshine! I hope you are well, I am a busy bee getting holiday cards ready for my little Etsy shop. I love working on holiday cards and last year was my first Christmas, I found myself a little unprepared. I wanted to share with you these cute little personalized flour sack dish towels that I plan on making for a few of our friends and family for the holidays. I always find personalized gifts are the best gifts! You place the receivers name and something specific about the family or couple that makes them feel special & they always want to use it in their home. Plus, they will always think of you! It shows how much thought is put into the gift and when it is something that is made by hand, even better! Mr. Diaz & I were married on Halloween, so I made our dish towel with the Dia de los Muertos theme. I love that theme for most of our items in home because of our anniversary. I also have been known to say ‘Hello Sunshine’ for years, so I love the bright and cheery daisy with the ‘Hello Sunshine’ on our sink. These dishtowels are kitchen usable and cold water washable, so that is even better!

Placing The Design

Placing The Design

You want to purchase good quality Flour Cloth Towels. 100% cotton, large towels. I made a purchase from Amazon and I was very happy with the quality and price. I purchased the Office Depot Iron On Transfer Brand paper. They worked fine. I used our normal iron, no need to use another iron. You will need a INK JET PRINTER for the iron on transfers. The images can be from your own pictures or from an image website. I found dustn.tv has found the best places to find free images online. So check him out!

Personalized Gifts Are The Best Gifts

Personalized Gifts Are The Best Gifts This Tea Cup is a Souvenir from our Trip to The UK, I took a photo of it & placed it on a kitchen cloth with ‘Hello Sunshine!’

Once you have your supplies, you want to pick your image that will be perfect for your gift & what you would like to print also. You can use so many different fonts to mix with your image as well. Since our image for our home was the skull, I wanted a ‘metal band’ font, so I went to my favorite website for fonts, Dafont, to download the perfect one. Dafont has every font imaginable for you. If you are looking for a Space font, Princess font, Spooky font, Movie font, or just any font! Use Dafont for this project or any project. Print your image & writing onto the Iron On Transfer. Also, don’t forget to Mirror or flip the image before printing. The design will be mirrored or flipped on your flour clothes when it is transferred.  I try to print as much as I can per page, to not waste transfer paper. As far as the print, I will use print as much as I can on 1 page. I do use 1  81/2 X 11 page for the image for the size flour clothes that I purchased. Before I Iron on my transfer I iron out your flour cloth to make sure there are no wrinkles on the transfer. I like to make sure my Iron On Transfer is centered, so I measure out the sides to the center to place my image. Place the iron on the setting that your transfer paper brand requires, my brand requires ‘cotton’ setting. When you start ironing, place the iron on the image to immediately stick the page to the cloth and press firmly on the image when ironing on. If you do not press firmly, your image will not transfer clearly. Follow the directions on your transfer paper for times, but it should not take long. Depending on your image size, it could take 1-3 minutes per image. Let the image cool before removing the paper and once it is removed you are set!

These are great gifts & fast gifts to make for those last moment invites or times that you really want to do something special. Also, great gifts in addition to a wedding registry gift for a newlywed couple. Placing the couples name with their wedding date and a picture that goes with their theme would be lovely with a gift! I love giving these to a party hostess with a bottle of wine wrapped inside the towel! Like I mentioned, I am getting my Christmas goodies ready, these make great Christmas Party Hostess Gifts with Christmas Themes. I love making these with ‘Jesus Is The Reason For The Season.’ or ‘Happy Holidays’

With you personalizing these, there are just so many options! Also, try personalizing pillow cases for the little ones. I will be making Minecraft pillow cases for my nephews. They are really into that right now!

Let me know what you make & don’t forget to instagram! Tag me in @princessmousey or @princessmouseycards. I would love to see your creations.

Lots of love to you,

Lisa

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7 Things You Don’t Know About Me & Very Inspiring Blogger Award Nomination

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

The Rules:

  1. Thank and link the amazing person that nominated you.
  2. List the rules and display the award
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

I am so grateful to Elba Valverde for nominating me for this amazing award! I absolutely love her blog, Live Colorful and always look forward to her posts. She is amazingly creative and her approach to everything is so inspiring. I follow her on Instagram and she bring so much color to my feed! Follow her @elbavalverde. You will not be disappointed!

7 Things You Don’t Know About Me

  1. My favorite color is pink, but I do not wear it out & our home is not decorated in it. If I am getting little trinkets, or goodies for my desk, I will get pink.
  2. I am not a huge fan of ‘Chick Flicks.’ I would rather a foreign film, Indie film or even Gladiator for the 100th time! I hope we are still friends. Well, except for The Notebook. I will watch that when I see it on TV.
  3. Mr. Diaz & I were married on Halloween. I did not want to marry on Halloween at first. It was the only date available at our venue, I called Sister Hellen & discussed it with her. She reassured me I was not a heathen! I started to like the idea of having a Theme wedding! Now it is our Theme Anniversary!
  4. My name is Lisa Serrano Diaz, Princess Mousey comes from: Mousey is a childhood name given by dad. My Serrano Family still calls me Mouse. My dad passed in 2000. I am a practicing Catholic I call Him my King & I follow Him. I am his Princess. So, I am Princess Mousey. Not the ‘prissy princess’.
  5. My kryptonite is Skittles. They are also my stress food. Whenever I go through sadness, or stress, I go straight to Skittles!
  6. My favorite holiday movie is The Family Stone. Does that mean I like Chick Flicks? I cry every time. Why does a movie that makes me cry make it my favorite? That is what makes it a Chick Flick. Ha ha ha ha. A girlfriend gave me the movie for Christmas one year & I am still grateful to this day! Thanks Jessica!
  7. I absolutely put my love in everything I do. I like to do anything with all my heart, it may not be done perfect, that is not what I am saying. I am just saying that I put a lot of thought before I do it, then I execute it & I give it or keep it. I do not just grab something and do it.

I hope my seven things help you to know more about me & do not scare you! You can always ask me anything in the comments.

I have some great bloggers that I follow and that I am nominating for

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Here are Blogs I follow, love to read, get advice from and definitely happy to nominate:

Your Sassy Self, Twenties Chic, Eileenas Eclectic Blog, Victoria Secret Window, Product Review Mom, Changing Focus Epilepsy Edition , and Blushing Beauty

Leave me a little fact about you in the comments. I would love for you to share so we can all get to know each other!

Lots of love to you,

Lisa

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The Beginners Guide To Pickled Fredricksburg Peaches

Pickled Fredricksburg, Texas Peaches

Pickled Fredricksburg, Texas Peaches

Hello Sunshine!

Fredricksburg Peaches Stand

Fredricksburg Peach Stand.

In Texas we have these wonderful Fredricksburg Peaches & if you are lucky enough you will find a peach stand and a kind Texas friend selling these wonderful tasting jewels! Well, really close to our home, we met Hunter. He is there every year and he truly has the best of Fredricksburg’s Peaches. I knew this year I wanted to make something different with the peaches and not just eat them whole, although I did buy some just for that. Also, a dear friend of mine, Andi, has invited me to a ‘food swap meet’ where we all bring some type of home made good and swap with others. A great way to share and try great goods from our great city. I knew I wanted to bring something worthy & not just ‘Break & Bake Cookies’ because that is my usual. No, I have never pickled or canned before, but the day Andi invited me, I read the recipe online and I felt it was fate! I knew I was going to use our local peaches, in season, instead of the basic peaches used in the recipe. It was my first time, so it took me a few hours, it may take a more sophisticated canner less time. I do not have a canning pot, but I used what I have. I did purchase the canning jars, not pricey ~ 4 jars for about $4. Since I bought my peaches from a local peach stand, I was able to get a bulk discount, another great reason to buy local. I can not really say the price I paid, but I did walk away from there with over 7 lbs. of The Best & Well Known Fredricksburg Peaches for a great price! Definitely try your local Farmers Markets for their bulk prices. They are always willing to bargain if you need more of something. I bought my cloves and cinnamon sticks from the bulk section of our local grocery store, Central Market, so I did not need to buy an entire package of each, just what I needed for the recipe. The vinegar and sugar were very inexpensive, so I would say the price was low to medium in cost, but this is for my Food Swap. These really came out great & I never thought I could do such a thing. Here are the instructions:

5 pounds ripe peaches

1 lemon

4 cups sugar

3 cups white vinegar

4 cinnamon sticks

1 tablespoon whole cloves

Start boiling water in a large pot or water bath canner before preparing fruit to seal jars for storage. As I mentioned, I do not have a canning pot, so I used a regular pot and it worked out fine, I just boiled less bottles at a time. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and drop a few peaches at a time(about 4-5) into the water for one minute. Blanching will loosen the skins of peaches, making them easier to remove. Be careful not to puncture the skin prior to dunking or the skin will not blister and not be easy to remove. After blanching peaches, immediately place in a bowl of ice water to suspend cooking and make fruit safe for handling.Peel and cut fruit into slices or halves (depending on preference) and remove the pit. Sprinkle with juice of a lemon to prevent browning. In a large pot, combine 4 cups of sugar, 3 cups of white vinegar, 4 cinnamon sticks and 1 tablespoon cloves and bring to a boil over high heat. These spices will impart rich flavor to the fruit while cooking and will also be packed into canning jars with pickled peaches.Add peaches to the pickling brine and return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes. Peaches will soften and absorb the rich flavor of the brine. Ladle peaches into 2 quart- or 4 pint-sized sterile canning jars and top with brine, leaving 1/2-inch of headspace. Include 1 or 2 cinnamon sticks in each jar. Place a new lid on each jar and secure with sterile bands. Place jars in a boiling water bath for 25 minutes to seal. Remove jars from water bath and allow to cool on the counter. An audible *pop* should indicate jars have successfully sealed. If no *pop* is heard, peaches may not be pantry-safe and should be stored in the refrigerator and used within a month or two. Safely sealed jars may be stored in a cool, dry location for up to a year without significant loss of flavor.

These pickled Peaches are great served over pork or poultry. My husband had some over his pork chop and I had some over my vanilla bean frozen yogurt. I also drained the remains of the left over peach pieces and kept the sauce. I am enjoying the sauce on my toast in the morning, my ice cream and who knows what else I may find to put it on.

Pickled Peaches Over Pork Chop

Pickled Peaches Over Pork Chop

Pickled Fredricksburg Peaches Title Pic

Pickled Fredricksburg Peaches Title Pic

Hunter said he will be at the stand for another month, I may need to go grab some more peaches before they are out of season! By the way, the vinegar taste is really not there. Maybe it is just to preserve the peaches? They are really full of cinnamon and peach flavor! Again, I am a beginner, so I am not quite sure. Once the peaches are canned and you hear the pop, these peaches will last up to a year, but why keep them, attend a local food swap or share with a friend. I do hope you try to pickle peaches and let me know how they come out. Don”t forget to Instagram and tag me in the photo @princessmousey or @princessmouseycards. I would love to see it!

Thanks for stopping by,

Lots of love to you,

Lisa

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If you live in or are visiting Austin, this is the ATX Swappers Meet: Eventbrite. We would love to have more home made goods!

Also, Hunter’s Peach stand is located at RM1826 & Slaughter Ln, You can’t miss him. Once he knew I was making a new recipe for a blog, he kindly offered to pose for a pic! I told you we have kind Texans here.

 

When Can You Enjoy That Fresh Pineapple?

 

When To Enjoy That Fresh Pineapple

When To Enjoy That Fresh Pineapple

Hello Sunshine! Today I enjoyed a Fresh Pineapple and it was delicious. Well, I did not eat the entire pineapple, but maybe 1/3 of it. Yesterday I had a pineapple popsicle and it was fantastic, but I knew I had a fresh pineapple to prepare, it just was not ready. It made me think, ‘What trick does everyone use to tell when a pineapple is ready to eat?’ Well, I just wanted to share with you how I prepare my pineapple. When I purchase my pineapple, I always grab one from the middle stem leaves. If it is not able to be held by stem leaves, it is not ripe. If you hold it by it’s leaves and it drops, it’s ready! This morning, I grabbed it and, Yay, it was ready! I first get the pineapple and cut the top, bottom and cut the sides. I cut the sides enough to rid the spots. I only want to see the ‘Sunshine Pineapple’ flesh! Once the pineapple is ‘naked,’ I slice it into discs so that I am able to use the corer easily. I have this great corer from Pampered Chef that I purchased about 10 years ago and it is still in perfect order. I use it for apples and pineapples. Once it is cored, I cut the discs into chunks, place into a bowl & snack away!

Compost Pineapple

Compost Pineapple

If for some reason I do not get to enjoy my pineapple before it starts to get bad, I will freeze it way before and plan on using it for smoothies later. Freezing it will make it last and will not be wasteful.

I do wish we had a composter, but we have deer, foxes and all types of little critters that really like to get into our trash box, so whenever I trim fruits, like watermelon, melon, pineapple and so on, I place the trimmings in a plastic bag and put into our extra refrigerator until our garbage pick up day. It will keep our trash from smelling and keep the critters out & it will not smell our refrigerator up because it is fresh fruit clippings.

I do hope you get a fresh pineapple soon. They are really tasty right now. Maybe I will make my own popsicles!

Lots of love to you,

Lisa

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Oh, I posted a little video of me with my pineapple on my Instagram accounts. Are you following? @princessmousey & @princessmouseycards. Come by and follow, I would love to have you.

Why This ‘Do It Yourself Facial Sauna’ Is the Best Things Since Cupcakes!

Beauty Chic Facial Sauna

Beauty Chic Facial Sauna

Hello Sunshine!

I hope you all are well. I am enjoying this summer so far. My ankle is healing properly per my surgeon and that is great news! I recently saw this facial, Beauty Chic Facial Sauna in a weekly special and got super excited! I enjoy our very best local Viva Day Spa in Austin, TX every 6 months with the whole package of massage, facial, mani & pedi. My favorite part of the package is always the facial. I just love when my face gets the royal treatment of the steam and the creams. I love to hear how many blackheads come out of my pores, I know that is a little crazy, but I do. You can imagine when I saw this steamer, I just had to get it for my do-it-yourself steams at home.

I found it available to purchase at Ulta, Walgreens, Target & so on so you should have no problems buying or ordering online it if you would like to try. All about the same low price of $25.00. It is a small product and will not take up hardly any space in your cabinet for you to put away when not in use. The steamer comes with a large facial steamer cone & a nasal inhaler for clearing out your nasal passages when you are feeling stuffy. The steamer comes with 1 packet of cucumber mask for after your initial steam. I actually love my brand of mask, so I have not used the cucumber mask to let you know about it. There is a fill line in the reservoir for you to fill the water and the steam starts on its own for you to steam and it will end on its own when the water is gone by the light going out.

Post Facial Pic

Post Facial Pic

My 5 reasons for keeping this Facial Sauna:

1) It really works!

2) Easy to use

3) No clean up

4) The price is right

5) Does’t take up space

I love this steamer. It really works. I actually had blemishes after my steam, as you see in my pics, just like a true facial done by a professional. The steamer was easy to use and has no clean up, so that is absolutely perfect, because I still have the step of the mask to apply. Whenever you are adding a step, you do not want to make more clean up. After I steamed, I actually felt my face have more elasticity and my pores were so much more open for my mask. You will notice in my pic, I apply my mask with a make up brush. I like to gently apply anything on my face to avoid any pressure to my skin. Also, I apply masks and moisturizers to my neck and chest. These areas of our body get as much exposure to the sun as our faces, so do not ignore these areas when applying steam and hydrating masks. Just my 2 kisses of my beauty tips!

I will still go to the spa every 6 months, but this is great for my monthly mask applications.

Lots of love to you,

Lisa

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