Posted on February 2, 2011 by therunninggarlic
Is it Chocolate Candy or Soap??
Wordless Wednesday participants – feel free to add your links! Thanks!!
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Posted on October 27, 2010 by therunninggarlic
The yellow, orange and red leaves are definitely making a statement this fall and it seemed like it happened overnight!
Now with these high winds we have been experiencing the last 2 days the leaves are flying all over … we will have quite a lot of leaves to mulch up and add to the compost and layer over the gardens. All of the garlic has been planted for the 2011 harvest – 5 different varieties this year. Two softnecks Chet’s Italian and Inchelium Red and three hardneck Chrysalis Purple, Chesnok Red and Persian Star. The hardneck have a larger clove and are easier to work with but the storing time is not as long as the softnecks.
Here is a picture of the famous Garlic Cake I had posted about previously. It was quite involved to make and has a rather unique taste – you can definitely taste the garlic! I will share the recipe once I add it to a recipe site since the format for recipes is all laid out and posting on the blog doesn’t flow as well. I may join another recipe site I spotted “Just a Pinch” and see how user friendly they are. If anyone has experience and a preference in regard to recipe sites, please do share! I did take some awesome pictures of the roasted garlic and that is the flavor of the cake … a deep smokey flavor.
I also planted some Ginseng seed I received from Seed Savers Exchange. I had ordered them last year and recently received them since they ship for fall planting. I did order a book on ginseng planting and will be reading up on it – since we have quite a few acres of forest I figured it would be an ideal plant to grow. I have heard that ginseng farming is popular down south in our area – wild ginseng grows and the market price is quite hefty. It will be interesting to see how successful I am with this – it takes several years and the root is what gets harvested.
I decided to use Sarge as my mascot or avatar for promoting the Linkys I create on my website. He looks so content and cute! A linky is a tool that enables many people to share something from different sites all in one area. This newest linky I set up allows readers to click on different pictures and go to various shops on the internet. If you create something handmade and it fits the theme I create (Party Items this month), by all means feel free to add your listing. The holiday season is upon us and the fun has just begun!!!
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Posted on October 14, 2010 by therunninggarlic
Fall definitely ushers in the start of the holiday season and thoughts of gift giving begin taking shape in my mind. I start a list with everyone’s name and make a plan to either create something special or buy a meaningful gift for each person listed. This can be a very exciting task and it is a good idea to start early; especially if you plan to create a gift from scratch. Last year I made embroidered name pillows for nine little recipients and I was spinning the needle right up to the last minute! This year I have ordered 10 wooden name keychains from DustyNewt Keychains as part of my special gifts to give. The planning has begun!
The gifts you create yourself are from the heart and hold a deeper meaning that can be felt throughout the years. Some gifts though don’t make it through the years such as gifts of food – either from your own garden or baked up in the kitchen. Everyone loves to receive a basket full of canned goods or a special box of cookies or candy made especially by you!
A little tag attached letting them know it was made by you is great and an easy decoration.
Kitchen Baking tags can be purchased here
When you plan your garden for next year make sure to plant a few extra plants for canning and gift giving. Canned tomatoes, jams, peppers and garlic are great choices. Garlic oil and vinegars are easy to make and super gifts for the cook on your list or as a hostess gift when you attend all your holiday parties.
I have created a feature called a Linky on one of the pages on my website where you can add a link of your own if you sell handmade gifts. Every few weeks the theme will change so make sure to bookmark it and check back.
I will be working on Running Garlic’s fan page on Facebook - like me and stay tuned to updates via facebook!
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Posted on March 8, 2010 by therunninggarlic
Experimenting with my new Cricut has been fun and has stirred up all kinds of creative ideas! I made these gift bags which I thought would be a bit bigger but I have to keep in mind the size of the machine. I was envisioning the gift bags you pick up at the store but the ones I created are much smaller. I can use them for candies or soaps but the best gift I thought to use them for would be seed packets…they are the perfect size!
I used pressed dried herbs and flowers along with paper cut designs to decorate the gift bags. Dried sage is used as the stem and leaves in the design above. Herbs are easy to dry either by hanging or press them flat in a heavy book as I did with these.
Pressed basil, parsley, sage, flowers and leaves
I have realized that an area for laying out all my materials is crucial for the designing of projects.
There seems to be an unlimited amount of projects and creations on the internet and I have only just begun to discover some of them. A really clever idea that I did happen to find and can’t wait to use it in a design is using foil tape to cover cut out paper designs for an embossed look.
I think an embossed Running Garlic sign would be cool … oh, the possibilities are endless ………
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Posted on January 25, 2010 by therunninggarlic
The WINNER is ……. Yasmintoo.etsy.com and you can find her blog here
Congratulations! Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by and commented on my blog …..I will be revisiting and connecting with more of you wonderful folks. Thank you to Lisa for such a Wonderful Event and for all her hard work!!!
Welcome and thank you for stopping by! This is the first year I am participating in this fun and exciting event called “One World One Heart” for an opportunity to meet other bloggers across the world! The Magic Carpet holders joining along in this magical event each have chosen an item to give away as a prize to a lucky person. I have included the logo and link for more details.
Make sure to check it out!
My giveaway is a set of Creative Crafty pot holders that can be used to protect those creative crafty fingers of yours as you cook up some delicious meals! Included in the set are two hot pads embroidered with a positive saying – one “I am Crafty” and the other “I am Creative”.
Both embroidered with “I am Happy” on the reverse side.
The oven mitt has “I Love Life” embroidered on it. The set is 3 items – 2 hot pads along with the oven mitt. All the items are assemblied using Insul-Bright for added protection.
On February 15th I will pick one lucky winner who will receive this creative crafty gift! What you need to do is leave a comment and a means to contact you should you be the winner. You can either leave a link to your own blog as contact information or your email address. If you would rather not post your email address you can send it privately to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will receive it there. The cutoff time to leave a comment will be 9 AM (my time) on February 15th.
I will be checking out all the amazing blogs participating in this event and hopefully win some cool prizes along the way and make some great friends!
Once again Thank You for taking the time to stop by and best of luck with the giveaway and all your life ambitions!
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Posted on December 6, 2009 by therunninggarlic
I grew Broomcorn this past summer and it’s a really neat plant to use in crafts. It can stand alone in a vase or with other dried flowers as a nice decoration or you can use it in making wreaths or swags and I even attempted to make a broom with some of my harvest! A good broom takes a lot of stalks … I believe I read 60-80 for a nice broom; I used more like 20 so it was sparse and more a decoration item.
Broomcorn in vase
This past week I wanted to create a decoration using some dried fruit I had recently dehydrated and I thought the broomcorn would make a great base for the project. I love my Excalibur dehydrator and you can read more about how I use it on a regular basis at a previous post I wrote if you are interested in owning one yourself. Like I said I Love mine!!
I sliced lemons, oranges and apples and added them to the dehydrator. I gathered some cinnamon sticks, pinecones, a few red bows and, of course, the glue gun!
Pinecone wired to stalks
Closeup of glued fruit
I assembled this in about 20 minutes – so fast and easy! I will probably make a few more smaller versions and add them to the top of wrapped gifts this year – will add a nice touch!
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