Thursday, June 27, 2013

My First (and probably last) Quilt

Three years ago, when a friend of mine was pregnant and about to give birth, I decided for some reason to sew her a quilt. Luckily (and surprisingly) I didn't choose one of those crazy quilts with trillions of little pieces, but a quite simple one. I quickly finished buying the fabric and even cutting all the squares, but then I had a few other projects I just had to make, and before I even finished 2 rows, her baby was already three months old and we bought another gift for her. Then I just left it aside for a few months.
Then another friend was about to give birth and I took the quilt out and decided to finish it and give it to her as a gift, and this time I almost finished sewing all the squares together. But somehow I didn't finish it, again, and again the baby was three months old and again we bought another gift and again I left the quilt aside and forgot about it.
Then, a year and a half ago, when I was pregnant with the baby, I saw it sitting there and decided to finish it this time, no matter what. Miraculously, I did. A month before giving birth it was already washed, waiting for the baby.
And I have a feeling that somewhere inside, I just knew that this quilt, my first quilt (and let's face it, most probably my last quilt as well), should stay with me.



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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Corn Fritters - Super Easy Recipe

Fact: Kids love corn.
It might be the sweetness, it might be this color that you just can't ignore or maybe it's because of those little grains. Anyhow, no matter what I make, as long as it has corn inside, I know the kids would love it - pasta with corn, fried rice with corn or even just corn on the cob with salt and butter. But the favorite corn dish in our house has got to be the corn fritters. Just add veggies on the side and maybe some cheese as well, and you have a successful dinner.

Corn Fritters

canned corn (we tried once to use corn right from the cob. Unfortunately the kids didn't like it, although we did...)
4 eggs
4 tbsp. bread crumbs
1 garlic clove, minced
bundle of parsley and cilantro (optional), thinly chopped
salt & pepper
You can also add 2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese.
Butter / oil for frying

Combine all ingredients together.
Heat butter or oil in a pan.
Use a spoon to drop spoonfuls of the batter into the pan. Fry until golden.

For grown-ups you can serve with yogurt and chive dip.

Don't forget, if you have any recipes (or crafts & DIY's) of your own that you'd like to share (and maybe get featured), pin them to our Pinterest group board (follow me on Pinterest then comment here or on any of my pins, and I'll send you an invite).

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Guest Post - Inbal from Dreams Tailor with a Wonder Drug Tutorial for Sore Throat

Today I am more than happy to have here on The Crafeteria a fellow Israeli Blogger, Inbal from the sweet blog Dreams Tailor. Although her blog is all in Hebrew, you can still enjoy the tutorials with a little help from Google Translate. Don't let the language to be a barrier! So Inbal will teach us how to make a wonder drug, that will help sore throat.
Inbal, the stage is all yours!

Hi all, I'm happy to be here at The Crafeteria! My name is Inbal, I'm 38 years old, a mother of two kids and writing the blog Dreams Tailor since 2004. My blog has recently moved to Wordpress and your welcome to move with me.
I homeschool both my kids (ages 7, 10), I'm a herbalist and alternative medicine practitioner and I love crafting - fabric, paper and more. On my blog you'll find more articles about herbs, plus recipes and lots of  - crafts tutorials - crochet, sewing, recycling and many more. This time I chose to share with you a wonder drug.
Summer is here, and with him come the heat and the air conditioners. I can't tell for sure if there's a connection between catching a cold and air conditioners, but I know that this wonder drug will help you if you suffer from sore throat, will ease your sleep if you catch a cold and help with stomach aches as well. All of these in one simple-to-make wonder drug.
Do you want to try?
Well, find a shrub of Salvia officinalis or Salvia fruticosa and get yourself a nice branch.

  Sage Branch

 Now prepare a glass jar and vinegar

glass jar and vinegar

Put sage leaves in the jar and pour vinegar until the sage is all covered. Let stand for 24 hours, then you can start using it.

Wonder Drug - Sage vinegar

One teaspoon a day, diluted in one glass of water. Not more than that. Helps to ease sleep when suffering from a cold and for sore throat and allergies. For sore throat you can add one teaspoon into a spray bottle full of water and spray gently directly to the throat. It disinfects, reduces phlegm and even nice.

Thanks Tal for having me here, I hope you'll find this tutorial helpful and that you'll come to visit me on my blog

Have a great and healthy summer,


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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Blogelina - How to Make Money from Your Blog?

This post is written as part of Blogelina's affiliate program, but all opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Turn Your Blog Into Cash!

I think it's time we talk money. I know, many of us don't write for money, but wouldn't it be nice to at least cover the costs of the domain? While surfing the net I found Blogelina. It's a website trying to help bloggers setting up their blogs and monetize their blogs. This is what they offer -

*  A class manual – packed with 60 pages of information that will help take the overwhelming out of starting your own blog.
* 4 weekly online class sessions where you can ask your questions and get personalized feedback
* A FREE year of web hosting. Wait, let's say it again. A FREE year of web hosting! Seriously. As a gift!
* Blueprints, step-by-step tutorials, networking with other bloggers - Everything you need to grow your blog.

Since I signed up with Blogelina, only a month ago, I created a Facebook page and already got to 270 'likes'. I also have now 90 followers on Bloglovin'. All during that month, most of it thanks to Blogelina. I was also assigned to a few private Facebook groups, each usually has up to 10 other bloggers, and we all support each other, help each other, give advice, comment on each other posts etc. For me that's the most valuable thing I got from my Blogelina account.

Now, until June 30th, you can get all of the above for FREE!

Blogelina also offers more services - you can easily transfer your blog from Blogger to Wordpress or set up a brand new blog.
Go ahead, hurry up and check it out, then come back to tell me all about your new blog!

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Goodbye Google Reader, Hello Bloglovin'!

In the last couple of months the blogs world is going crazy. Google Reader, one of the most popular platforms for blog reading, is closing its doors. I know many people are feeling helpless about it. I also felt this way at the beginning, but then I found Bloglovin'. I've been reading blogs through it for the last 1-2 months and I really like it. The interface is bright and clean, you can creat different blogs group to different blogs you subscribe to (food, crafting, fashion...) and the most important thing - you can import all the blogs you follow from Google Reader.

Move Blogs You Follow on Google Reader to Bloglovin' @ The Crafeteria

You don't want to wake up in the morning of July 1st and find out that Google Reader is down and you lost the long list of blogs you follow, do you?
So in order to import the blogs, you need to sign up for a Bloglovin' account first. Click here to go to Bloglovin'.

Move Blogs You Follow on Google Reader to Bloglovin' @ The Crafeteria
Click the Join Bloglovin' button
Move Blogs You Follow on Google Reader to Bloglovin' @ The Crafeteria
Choose how you want to create an account - with Facebook or through email

Move Blogs You Follow on Google Reader to Bloglovin' @ The Crafeteria
If you chose email, you'll have to fill in these details

Now you'll get a message, offering you to import your blogs from Google Reader to Bloglovin'. Just confirm and you're done.

If you already have a Bloglovin' account, but you still haven't imported the blogs from Google Reader, you can still do it quickly and easily. On the top right side of the screen you can see a small heart (or your profile picture).
Move Blogs You Follow on Google Reader to Bloglovin' @ The Crafeteria

A click on this heart will open a drop-down menu. Choose 'Settings'.

Move Blogs You Follow on Google Reader to Bloglovin' @ The Crafeteria
Click on Import Blogs

That's it, just confirm and you're safe...

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