Thanksgiving Greeting

My Thanksgiving Wish and Prayer for You 
is That You Are 
Abundantly Blessed and Enriched with 
Good Health, Peace, and Prosperity 
at Home, at Work, and Everywhere You Go.  

Thanks for making your visit here 
a bright spot in my day.  

Happy Thanksgiving!

I used vintage clip art from the Graphics Fairy to make the Thanksgiving greeting, and it's available here.  

Keep Calm and Count Your Binary Codes

Hello and happy day before Thanksgiving to all of us celebrating in the USA.  My computer has been giving me grief for the past week, intermittent usage, black screen, blue screen, freezing, you name it.  I apologize for not answering emails and visiting.  Fingers crossed that the money to fix it was well spent and that I will be using the computer on a more regular basis and also catch up with emails.  

I wonder if a person can be too old to take computer classes or do it yourself lessons on fixing their own computer.  I don't like to read the appliance and/or electronics instruction books, what about you?   Do you read the book or see what sticks?                  

Honoring Veterans Day through Remembrance

Happy and Peaceful Veteran's Day to All Who Served and for Those We Remember.

veterans day honor new end studio blogspot

Yarn Wreath with Burlap, No Glue Needed RHONYC Made Me Do It

Take one Styrofoam wreath form, start wrapping yarn around it until you are dizzy, or your hands give out, whichever comes first.  Then you keep unwinding and rewinding it to get it all nice and lined up perfectly, but realize you look like a hunched down Rumpelstiltskin working endlessly at the spinning wheel and decide to take a break.

You turn on the tv and start watching the spectacle called, "The Real Housewives of New York City Reunion"  and that's where the yarn winding starts to go really astray. There's something about yelling and threats of bodily harm that is so uncomfortable to watch.  No, wait, that's RHONJ,  Theresa and company. Anyway, you put your wreath down and walk away, but you don't change the channel because you hope they will make nice with each other and have some sense, hope springs eternal, doesn't it?

yarn wreath with burlap flower no glue needed new end studioSo you just tie the various colors of yarn together and make big lengths and wind, wind, wind around the wreath form.  That little part where it went haywire is where Ramonja and Aviva were going at it.  Can you feel sorry for any of them? Back to winding the yarn and since this is a NYC production, the colorful and the avant garde creep in to the color choices.

In the end, I used these colors because that's what I had on hand.  Down in the basement, in a big box of craft supplies where I have embroidery hoops, projects started and some waiting to commence or be framed, there is a stash of balls of yarn and crochet hooks.  I found a neck warmer/scarf in two shades of blue that I'd crocheted  long ago.  I was mildly impressed, it was nice, neat, and pretty.  If I made that scarf back then, I can learn to do it again, or as I said, "hope springs eternal."

To finish off the wreath, I cut some petal shapes from burlap, painted the edges with gold metallic paint and a little glow in the dark to see if it would actually glow at night, stacked them and placed a button in the center with a florist pin through the button holes to secure them.  The other accent is several fabric leaves, a little burlap, then a button in the center which is held in place by opening up a paper clip, cutting it in half, and pushing it through the button holes.

There was no glue used on the wreath or loop, nor would I; watching RHONYC and a hot glue gun- bad combination.  Then I made a burlap loop and tied a ribbon to hang it on the door.

Do you ever watch any tv train wrecks to distract you from the normal day to day? When I need a distraction I've usually got a cd on, and sing which makes Lucy a little on edge.  I wouldn't call my voice a train wreck, but...


Two Ingredient Angel Food and Pineapple Cake Sweet and Easy

I first mentioned this cake way back at the time of a giveaway, so this is not a new idea but it's so easy to make and yummy that I make it several times a year.   Back in that post I didn't show images, it was eaten before I realized that even with easy recipes, pictures are appreciated.  So here you go:

angel food and pineapple easy cake to make New End Studio

First Ingredient:  
1 Box of Angel Food Cake Mix- the one with the single bag inside, not the fancy two bag mix.                  
Second Ingredient:   
1 can of Crushed Pineapple, it's usually around 20 ounces and I use the one that is packed only with pineapple juice.  I don't know if other liquids such as fruit syrups would affect the baking.

  • Get Ready:  
  • Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  • Spray your sheet cake pan with cooking spray and set aside.

  • Work It:     
  • Empty the cake mix into a deep mixing bowl and pour all of the can of pineapple on top.
  • Stir until blended, the batter will start to rise in the bowl, don't be scared lol.
  • Pour the batter into the Pammed Pan- say that 10 times fast ♥
  • Bake for around 30 minutes until a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean.
  • Cool in the pan on a rack.  I leave my cake in the pan and after it has completely cooled,  cover it with the lid that came with the pan or you can use whatever handy foil, etc. or just eat the whole cake right now!   No, don't do that. 

  • Optional:    
  • I brush the top of my hot cake with Confectioner's Sugar (10X Powdered), it melts and adds a nice little glaze.
  • Add chopped up drained maraschino cherries to the wet batter or flaked coconut to the dry mix.     
He's pretty excited about it!

I've never tried the cherries and don't eat coconut but they sound good and if you try, please let me know how it turned out.

So there you go, a low cholesterol, low sugar, low skill, quick, thrifty, and delicious cake ♥  
Are you going to make it? 


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