Monday, November 7, 2011

A Bag Gadget!

I stumbled across this handy little gadget in the garden section of "The Columbus Dispatch", of all places.  Invented as a kitchen helper, I see lots of other uses for this handy little devise ... especially for quilters and crafters.

The Bagwell is a plastic gadget that opens into four "arms".  You take a 1-gallon storage baggie, make a cuff at the top, fold the cuff over the "arms" and voila!  You have a stable wide-mouth container that is easy to fill.

The Bagwell folds flat, and I think it's a must-have addition to my portable sewing "kit".  I can see using this for scraps, threads and other bits of trash (using a plastic grocery bag).  Or -- even better -- a holding tank of sorts for itty bitty squares of fabric.  You could cut your scraps as you go, put them in this baggie, seal it up and take them home for sorting into your home stash!

I'm considering adding this as a notion on my website.  What other uses can you envision for this handy little gadget?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Pumpkin Pie - Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free!

Are you familiar with PinkSuedeShoe's blog?  The writer is a young woman in Utah and I love following her blog.  She's way off into thrifting and finds the most amazing treasures (particularly vintage Pyrex bowls, which I dearly love).  She's got an adorable little daughter and makes the cutest clothes for her.  She quilts and works part time at her local quilt shop.  And she cooks, too.  Especially PIES.  Besides the quilting, that's something she & I have in common.  We both LOVE pie.

So today she posted her recipe for sugar-free pumpkin pie in an almond flour crust.  Guess what I'll be making one day soon?  We have to test it for Thanksgiving, you know.  Before Thanksgiving.  :-)