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Sewing and cooking are two of my favorite things. In the past, I often found myself searching for pictures and details of projects I have done, without success. So I decided to start documenting my creations. Then my son suggested I add my recipes to the blog so that they are documented also.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Personalized Badge Holders

My daughter needed a few personalized gifts for her nurse co-workers so I ordered a few blank badge holders and embarked on my first badge holders.  I chose a Curly font for the initial and then used small squares of fabric. I chose thread that would contrast with the fabric and set to work.

First of all I embroidered an initial on the fabric using the 4x4 hoop; initial is .76 x .78 inches.  As you can see below I was able to do several in one hooping.

I then removed the hoop and proceed to cut out the initial by placing the clear plastic circle on the fabric and just cutting around it. I took the cutout initial and trimmed it to fit perfectly inside the indentation of the badge holder.


Next I popped on the clear cover and the badge holder was done.  Because I am never certain that the cover will stay on indefinitely, I put a few dabs of super glue around the edge before putting the cover on.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Grandma Dolly's Hot Chipped Ham and Egg Sandwiches

Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, one learns to love Isaly's chipped chopped ham.  This is a chipped deli ham that has no equal in other parts of the country. Years ago my mother-in-law gave me this make ahead sandwich recipe that people rave about. When you look at the ingredients, it may not seem appealing, but one bite and you are hooked.  I am posting this recipe on my blog because every New Year's Eve, while my son is grocery shopping for his party, he calls me for the ingredient list.  Next year, he can just browse to my blog!


1 lb. Isaly's Chipped Chopped Ham
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
3/4 cup Hellman's mayonnaise
4 slices yellow American Cheese
1 pkg. hot dog buns (use inexpensive grocery store brand, not Bakery buns)

In a large bowl mix the ham, celery, and onion well.  Now mix in the mayonnaise until well blended.  Next stir in the chopped eggs.  Cut each slice of cheese in half and you should have 8 pieces.  Now to assemble.  Prepare 8 pieces of aluminum foil large enough to fully wrap a hot dog bun in.  Lay an open bun in the center of the foil and a 1/2 slice of cheese in the center of the bun.  Now pack the prepared ham filling into the bun.

After filling, wrap the bun in foil and twist the edges.

 At this point I place all the sandwiches on a cookie sheet and put in the refrigerator, for up to 48 hours.  When I need them, I place in a preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 20 to 30 minutes until slightly toasted and cheese is melted.  Serve with a cup of soup or chips.  In Western Pennsylvania, we serve them with another local favorite, pierogies.