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Baked Onion Rings

Dante just saw this on TV.

Slice onions fairly thick for rings.
Flour
Buttermilk
Egg for egg wash
Spices such as Cajun seasoning
Crushed potato chips and crackers (ones with flavor)

Set up three bowls. One is flour. One is buttermilk and egg and spices. Third is chips and cracker crumbs

Dredge onion rings in flour. Then buttermilk, then crumbs.

Bake at 350 for 16-18 min. Serve hot.
Dips such as ranch dressing, remoulade, or mustard are fine.
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A little something different. My pic of my free motion embroidery practice.


It's not perfect, but it is easy! People say free motion is scary, but it's really not. The right equipment makes a huge difference.

1.You do need to invest in a open toe foot. Don't skimp! I got the metal open toe foot appropriate to my machine. ( http://www.sewvacdirect.com/brother-sa187-open-toe-quilting-foot/?gdftrk=gdfV2739_a_7c861_a_7c9636_a_7cbrot_d_sa187&gclid=CIm10-n8sLICFQYGnQodkHsA2w ) Try not to have a heart attack at the price.

2. Next you need stabilizers. Now this choice varies widely depending on what you're working on. I have several kinds-- the cut away, the wash away, and the ultimate Super Solvy.http://www.sewvacdirect.com/sulky-solvy-405-01-20-x-1-yd/

3. Use embroidery needles for your machine. Why? They've got a groove in them you can't see that helps feed the delicate embroidery thread so it frays less. Can you use a standard needle? Yes, but be prepared for …

Mason Jar Meals

On Pinterest, I learned of a new way to save meals called Mason Jar Meals. The idea is to save homemade foods in mason jars to take for lunches, or simply save leftovers in a container that is microwave safe yet seal-able and secure.

At first, I was dubious. Glass? In my lunchbox? Could we say, "recipe for disaster?" Actually, no. While mason jars are made of glass, it's pretty darn sturdy glass. If I bang my lunchbox around that much, I deserve to have to starve for stupidity.

Same goes for microwaving a meal inside. Have some common sense and remove the lid. Cover with a paper towel, and nuke. Mason jars are made to be dunked in boiling liquid and remain there. Sturdy stuff, but fair warning-- the glass is an excellent conductor and food heats up pretty quickly. Don't boil your meal.

Okay, so I gave it a shot. Buying meals from fast food joints is more than bad for your diet, it's bad for your wallet. By making meals ahead of time like salads (put the dressing …