Non-Alcoholic Bananas Foster Sauce

Tonight I made bananas foster sauce, with NO alcohol, nor with the rum extract. I just can’t stand the taste of alcohol in my food. (I don’t drink, either, neither did my dad)
After browsing several recipes, I saw that all of them have 4 of the same basic ingredients, so I got out my
saucepan, a banana from Walmart, and the other ingredients.

Before that, I wondered, “What’s the difference between caramel sauce, and non-alkie bananas foster sauce, besides the banana?”
But, I digress.

I made the sauce, using
real salted butter, and plenty of it     

2 tablespoons to caramelize the bananas, and 2 or 3 for the sauce
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon or so of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon or so of regular iodized table salt
a banana, sliced
2 tablespoons of whole milk

First, cut the banana in slices, then melt a couple of tablespoons of
butter and a teaspoon of dark brown sugar in the saucepan. Cook the banana slices, flipping them over once. Pour them onto a plate, and set aside.

Next, start melting a couple of tablespoons more of butter in the saucepan, dump the
brown sugar (3/4 cup packed), cinnamon, about a half teaspoon, and salt (about a half a teaspoon)
and stir that over medium high heat, adding the milk. Stir, stir, stir, until it’s bubbly but not boiling.
Add the bananas, and stir a little while longer, maybe a minute or so, then take it all off the burner.
My banana slices kind of melted, or something, but that added a lot of flavor to the sauce!

Here’s the sauce, using my recipe!

Let it cool a bit, then dip your spoon in, and taste it. Share it with your husband, or a family
member who appreciates this yummy stuff.
I’m telling you, this recipe is DELICIOUS!!

I think I might serve this either over a slice of toast, or an

ice cream sandwich,

or just eat it out of a little bowl.
Let’s be real about sugary sauces, and why we make them, ok?

Here are some of the recipes I looked at, to make my own:

My First Homemade Cherry Cobbler

This is my first time baking home made cherry cobbler, using fresh cherries, and the recipe I used turned out very well!  I didn’t use enough cherries, but all in all, the dessert is very tasty.

I got a bag of fresh cherries from Walmart, and they were in excellent shape.

Here’s the recipe, by Jen Sobjack, from her website, “Baked by an Introvert”.

A couple of tips, remember, when cherries are baking, the juice tends to bubble and expand about twice it’s regular size, so use a pan deep enough to prevent spillover.  Also, I added an extra tablespoon of real butter to the crust mixture, and used just enough whole milk to moisten the flour, sugar, and cinnamon.

When you’re buying fresh cherries, inspect them closely, look for split fruit, or cherries that are turning brown, and if there are too many, look for another bag.  That fruit is too expensive to waste money on bad produce.

My Saturday baking fun:  cherry cobbler


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through Jesus Christ, the Messiah and Savior of the world: 


Warping and Weaving on Ashford Rigid Heddle tabletop Loom

  • Used in this tutorial:
  •  32″, 48″ width
  • 7.5 Dent Heddle
  • 1 Stick Shuttle
  • Double End Threading Hook
  • Clamps
  • Warping Pegs

Accompanying Video, courtesy of  Ashford Wheels and Looms

Weaving tutorials from their website:

Beginning weaving on your Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom, tabletop-sized

How to warp up your Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom.
First, you clamp the loom to the table, and attach your warping peg at the other end of the table.

This is the warping peg and the clamp, already wound with yarn, but to begin with, you just have an empty peg attached to the clamp.

The distance you want your warp, is going to be the approximate length of your project.
So, take your warp yarn, tie it onto the back stick, then using the reed hook, we’re going to go through each slot, and take the loop, up and around the warping peg.

Your next loop will go under the warp stick, and around, through the slot, and around the warping peg.
Your next loop will go OVER the warp stick, through the next slot, and around the warping peg.
So you loop under, then around the warp stick, then over, and around the warp stick.

When you’re at the end of the reed, and you’ve warped up the full width, you tie it off onto the warp stick.

Next, you take a piece of scrap yarn, tie it around the yarn that’s wrapped around the warping peg, tie it nice and tight. Then you lift the loops off the peg, cut the ends, and hold it tightly, because now you’re ready to wind it on.

You may need to have a friend hold the end there, because you’re going to roll the
warp onto the back roller, as she hold the yarn at a uniform tension, and walks forward.
If you don’t have a friend, you could tie it onto a weight, and move it towards you as you wind.

(See 2:32 on video)
Now, just roll it around, and when your back stick reaches the roller, put cardboard strips at intervals,

(see 2:42 on video)  as you roll. If you don’t have strips, you can use paper from a paper bag, making sure you’ve already cut it
to a manageable width and length. Putting paper or strips in there keeps the threads separated so they don’t lose their tension. When your yarn gets pulled up pretty close to the reed, you can let go, unclamp the loom, untie the threads, and get ready to thread the reed.

Now we thread one of the threads from each slot into the eye, to the right of the slot. So, take the pair, pull one out,thread it through the eye, and go on to the next pair. Keep on until the whole reed is threaded, one half of the pair on the top, one half of the pair through the bottom of the reed.
(4:05 on the video)
Now we’re going to tie the ends into groups, about an inch wide, and try to make them about the same length, (4:23 on video)

So, once you’ve tied all your knots, just wind it on, so that the knots are not too close to your back stick.

Then you take some string or yarn, double it over, and take the yarn and go over your back stick, and all we’re going to do is go through the middle of each group (4:57 on video), and around the back stick, and through the next group. So we’re just going around and around in a big circle. Go the same way through each group, each time. (5:16) You want the tension to be even across the groups, so you might need to adjust the ties a bit. When you get to the last tied group, you can just roll the bar around to tighten it if needed.

Now we wind some yarn around onto the shuttle.

Next, before you begin your actual weaving, you need to spread all the threads evenly. To do that, simply get some scrap yarn, double it over, (6:06 on video) and go through. Then you change sheds without beating, take the scrap yarn, and go through again, then don’t beat, and change sheds again, and you’ll take one more length, go through the yarns, then clip the end of the scrap yarn.

Now, you’re going to beat the scrap yarn, and you see that has spread the warp nice and evenly. It has gotten rid of all the gaps.

Now, you’re going to begin weaving. (6:53 on video) and it’s super simple.
When you take your shuttle through, you take it up by the reed, (7:00) that’s going to be the widest gap. Then you beat that yarn, change sheds, and put your shuttle through again, this time from the opposite side of where you began. Just roll the heddle down, beating the yarn into place. So, you weave with the heddle in one position from the LEFT, and then in the second position from the RIGHT.

Also, on the edges, if you just hold your outside warp thread,not pulling too tightly, when you beat the edge will look neater. (7:53 on video)

Hint, you might want to buy 2 threading hooks, I had to order a second one when I had misplaced the first one.

The most important decision you will EVER make: Trust Jesus Christ today!

Here’s what you must do:

  1. Admit you are a sinner.“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23)“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Romans 5:12)

    “If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:10)

  2. Be willing to turn from sin (repent).Jesus said: “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:5)“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:” (Acts 17:30)
  3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you, was buried, and rose from the dead.“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners. Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

    “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

  4. Through prayer, invite Jesus into your life to become your personal Saviour.“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:10)“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

What to pray:

Dear God, I am a sinner and need forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His precious blood and died for my sin. I am willing to turn from sin. I now invite Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal Saviour.

Craft Night with Mrs. Nancy

I love doing crafts, and today (tonight) I’m going to show you how to make little flower pots.  Give them to a friend, display them on your desk at work, or give them to your mother on Mother’s Day, or her birthday!

Here’s how to make little clay pots look beautiful:


A single can of Play-Doh, a bottle of matte acrylic quick drying acrylic paint,

a pair of wire cutters, some artificial flowers, SMALL, some scissors,  a sponge/foam

paint brush, and some tiny clay pots, or terra-cotta clay pots.  I mean, tiny.  Like, 3.5 inch

opening at the top.

Step One:  paint the pots, give them about 2 coats.

Step Two:  push some play doh into the bottom of the pot, after the paint has dried, of course

Step Three:  Cut the flowers to various heights, and use the extra leaves too, in your arrangement.

Step Four:  push the flower stems down into the play-doh, and use something to push the flower pretty

far down, to secure it into the playdoh.

Step Five:  take pictures and show me what you made!

My mini-flower arrangements: 

I made 2: 

Also, one of my brothers made me a Weed Vase, so I put the leftover lavender flowers into that, and

attached a butterfly I kept from a flower arrangement a neighbor sent me.  Isn’t that pretty cute?

Bead Crafts Do It Yourself

I’ve been making bracelets with beads, and using a neat tool called the Wrap It Loom:

My daughter loves the bracelets, and I’m learning something fun and useful.  To make a bracelet, I use 1mm leather cord, and 8 mm beads, round and smooth.  I also use Nymo thread, and big-eye needles to make the whole thing run smoothly.  For the macrame bracelets, I used 1mm waxed linen thread or cord, and some beads I got off of a thrift store necklace, or I used 6/0 seed beads, toho brand, and decorative buttons from Beadaholique.  There are several places online to buy supplies, so happy hunting!!

Some bracelets I’ve made: 

If you want to make some for yourself, here’s a good tutorial:

Pom Flips!

My daughter wears flip flops all the time, and she LOVES the beach!  I decided to make her a fun pair of flip flops, using her favorite colors for the pom poms, and she likes the look.  This was very easy.  Just purchase a pair of flip flops from any shoe department, and then start making pompoms.  When you gather the pompom into a ball, make sure the yarn you’re using for the tie is long enough to tie securely around the straps and toe post.  For extra fun and flair, I added a couple of jingle bells to the pompoms.  Here are the tools I used, and the finished shoes:

Clover pom pom maker, jingle bells, scissors

I made 5 medium-sized pompoms for each flipflop,  in her favorite colors, tied them on the shoes,

and here they are!

If you look closely, you can see the little jingle bell there.

Happy Crafting!




Learning to Weave on a Loom

I’ve never woven before, nor used this kind of tabletop loom, but today was LEARNING DAY.

After watching hours of instructional videos, rewinding the tutorials, and pausing while I did the step in person, I’ve learned the very basic parts of the skill of weaving.  Here are some photos of my first attempts.  Think of me as someone who has learned their alphabet, but has no idea how to read words yet.    🙂

The heddle is in the up position,

which is the first thing to do.  Put the shuttle through: 

Then put it in the down position, which kind of criss-crosses the yarn:  and put the shuttle through again, and then “beat” the threads down, which is using the rigid heddle to scrunch them up to make a woven cloth.  Granted, my “cloth” is a mess right now, but remember, I only know the alphabet, not the words.  All that will come later.  Rather like learning a foreign language.

Here’s the yarn wound around the back bar, using strips of cardboard to keep the strands

separated.  God willing, more weaving for me,  tomorrow.  God please give me skill in weaving!

Exodus 35:35 |

View whole chapter | See verse in context Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, and of the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any work, and of those that devise cunning work.


Assembling my Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom

After shopping, browsing, reading, and watching videos about tabletop looms, I finally decided on getting an Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom, and I found a great deal on Etsy.  The sellers I found on Etsy are from Mielke’s Fiber Arts:

I think they do just about everything fiber related!!  Weaving, yarn, roving, wool, felting, naalbinding, braiding, dyeing, spinning, knitting, lacemaking, hackles, heddles, rugmaking,  and more!

Amy is soooo nice and friendly, and very helpful. THANKS SO MUCH AMY!

My Ashford Rigid Heddle 32 inch tabletop loom arrived yesterday, unassembled, and, when I pulled the parts out of the box, here’s how it looked Everything nicely wrapped and secure:  

Next,I laid all the pieces and parts out, and went through the checklist, making sure my dear husband would have all he needed.  I gathered a couple of tools from the tool drawer:  a hammer, and Phillips head screwdriver.

Everything on the checklist was there, and as you might have noticed,  one of my dogs was keeping me company.

SO!  I bought the Ashford Heddle Loom from Mielke’s Fiber Arts store in Wisconsin:

Now for your visual tutorial. Here’s how hubby so graciously put it together, taking time off from his day off.  (You can use these photos to help you get your loom together, along with their instructions, if you’d like)

Here’s where you may download instructions:assembly instructions for rigid heddle loom – ashford handicrafts

 Step one:  attach the reed support blocks to the sides: Step two:  Tap the clicker pins into the holes on the right loom side:

Step three: Attach the “pawls” so the clicker pin fits into it:

Next, attach the front and back rails to the left side with the screws they provide:

Step 5, place the cogs onto the ends of the rollers, and secure with washers and screws provided:

Step six, slap the handles HARD, onto the holes in the cogs.  I mean it, you really have to hit that hard, to get it

to fit snugly onto the pegs:

Next, connect the warp sticks to the roller with the warp stick ties.  I did one of these, and it was difficult, until I covered my fingers with cloth, to be able to push the arrow head through the small holes in the ties and the roller.

Put the rigid heddle reed into the rest position of the reed support blocks, and play around with changing it’s positions: Down at Rest

Finally, assemble the warping peg and clamps: Clamps and the warping peg.

Of course, see if it clamps onto your table: Yup!  It does.  🙂

Now, read the booklet that they also include in the shipping box, which is titled:

Learn to Weave on the Rigid Heddle:

Then, go here and watch Ashford’s excellent tutorials.  If you need to get the video to slow down, remember to click the “settings” button on the video’s lower right-hand screen, and click 0.5, or 0.75.  It helps to see what she’s doing in slow motion, if you’re a COMPLETE BEGINNER like I am!!   Go to their website and watch other tutorials if you need to, just look under tutorials.

Here is a great video by Ashford about how to weave.  I’ve watched it 2x already.

Happy Weaving!  I hope you enjoyed this post, and that it either inspired you to try weaving, or it helped you assemble YOUR rigid heddle loom.  Please let me know!

Don’t forget to say hi to Amy at Mielke’s Fiber Arts!

Starting the 2nd Pom Pom Blanket

After winding hundreds of feet of yarn, and then stringing it on my wooden loom, it’s ready to be tied off and then cut.  I’m hoping this time I’ll tie each cross area faster, but no promises!  I’m using various shades of blue, on the bottom layers and the top, and in between, various shades of pink and lavender, with some white. 

The acrylic yarns are RED HEART SUPER SAVER and CARON SIMPLY SOFT yarns, and one roll of BERNAT POP yarn.  Color is “Snow Queen”. Let’s hope this blanket is fluffier!