Garlands: 50% of Proceeds to Charity, Now Until Dec. 1

What a wonderful way to deck the halls and give back! Now until December 1, 2013, 50% of all Scissors and Spice crocheted pennant banners/bunting/garlands will go to the Food Bank of Delaware. What a better way to give a gift than to give a give that gives back?

These pennant garlands make great room decorations for parties and the every day; the'll pretty up your space strung across a window, swagged in front of a mantel, or running across a room draped from the ceiling. Having a rustic wedding? The cream colored pennants make a for dainty, yet cozy, altar decorations.

All garlands are made by hand by my wonderful mother-in-law. If you don't see a color combo/size you would like, just message me here and I will set you up with a custom quote. All yarns used are vegan-friendly.

Buy here: Scissors and Spice Etsy Shop


SxS Etsy Shop Grand Re-Opening!

Perfect for a winter wedding, the vanilla cream looks great as an overhead swag above the altar! Buy here.

Ever since my children's first shared birthday party, I have been obsessed with handmade party decorations. I have made them many pennant style "Happy Birthday" banners (some call them bunting) with felt, fabric, string and employed my husband's lettering skills for creating the letters. I've even gone so far as to make matching fabric pocketbooks for the little girls in attendance. A little crazy, I know, but I always wanted to make them to sell in a shop of some sort.

Then I opened the Etsy shop, and since I had so much vintage merchandise to sell, I never got around to making handmade items to also sell. I always felt conflicted about the wide scope of this blog, so this summer, I decided to keep things simple here. The Scissors and Spice blog will now narrow it's focus to only food and craft. A mush easier combination of editorial topics to focus on!

Beautiful Brandywine Creek in Rockford Village, DE, where many of the pennants were photographed.

That brings me to the shop... what would be the theme now? I wanted to go back to my original handicrafts idea and back to make the banners that originally inspired the shop to begin with. To get started, I partnered with my mother-in-law, who is an expert crocheter, to make pennant banners that were slightly different than the normal fabric ones. She was excited about the idea, and got to work figuring out how to make the traditional granny square into a triangle. It took her no time, and she was quick to make these crocheted pieces of art now in the shop!
A large array of banners available in the new Scissors and Spice Etsy shop!

Take a look at what we came up with! We settled in two sizes: one window or door sized, 4 feet long. These are perfect for using as a swag above a window, to decorate the entry way to your house, hanging above a seating area, or sprucing up your office cubicle.

The larger size is 7 feet long, and is meant for swagging on a mantel piece, running across the ceiling of a room, going across a wedding altar, or double doorway.

Solid multi-color banner available in the Scissors and Spice Etsy shop: here.

The smaller four foot size makes a sweet little accent in a baby's nursery and makes a cute baby shower gift. They also work well draped above a window in a girl's room or in college dorm.

Granny-traingle multi-color banner available in the Scissors and Spice Etsy shop: here

50% of the proceeds of the sale of this autumn-themed banner go to our local food bank. Buy here.

So what do you think? They're cute, right? Perfect presents for this holiday season! To stay in the mood of giving, 10% of each sale will be donated to our local food bank!

You can buy the pennant banners here: www.etsy.com/shop/ScissorsAndSpice.

And if you loved the vintage in the shop before, don't dismay! There will be vintage focused on handmade and craft supplies (think vintage fabric and vintage craft books) in the shop as well. I'm also opening up a new only vintage shop on Etsy--stay tuned for an announcement about that excitement coming up soon!

Curried Mashed Carrots, Apples, and Sweet Potatoes Recipe


Not a normal side on Thanksgiving, but familiar enough that Aunt Mildred won't turn her nose up at the casserole dish when it's being passed around the table, these sweet potatoes have a subtle taste of curry and sweetness that everyone can enjoy. You'll give thanks at how easy they are to make!

To reduce kitchen time on the the big day, you can make this dish ahead of time. To reheat, place in a slightly oiled, covered casserole dish and place into a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes.

Curried Mashed Carrots, Apples, and Sweet Potatoes Recipe (with Cranberry Chutney)
Serves 4 as a side, vegan

Ingredients

  • 6 small organic sweet potatoes (The ones I used were about 6--8" long and about 1-2" thick.)
  • 2-3 organic carrots
  • 3 organic apples (I used Gala.)
  • 1/2 TB raw, organic coconut oil
  • 1 tsp fresh minced ginger
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • dash of turmeric
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 TB maple syrup
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Cranberry chutney (Recipe here: Spicy Cranberry Chutney Recipe)
  • Pepitas or toasted walnuts for garnish
Note on organic: I have noticed that non-organic versions of sweet potatoes, apples, and carrots tend to be huge. If you don't have organic, just observe the thickness and size of your ingredients because they will determine cooking time.


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425. Boil water in a sauce pan fitted with a steam basket over medium heat.
  2. Peel apples and carrots and cut into pieces (leaving cores aside). Wrap sweet potatoes, with skins still on, in aluminum foil.
  3. Place sweet potatoes in oven and bake for 35-45 minutes. Baking time will depend on the thickness of your tubers. Test with a knife to make sure they are thouroughly cooked. Note: You may want to place a cookie sheet on the rack below the wrapped potatoes to catch any syrup that will come from the potatoes.
  4. Place carrots in steam basket. Steam for about 5 minutes. Place apples in basket. Steam for another 10 minutes. Both should be very soft when done. (Make sure you check that you have enough water in your steamer; you don't want it to all boil out.) Again, depending on the thickness of your carrots, steaming times will vary.
  5. In a medium sized bowl with a flat bottom, place oil, ginger and spices on bottom.
  6. Remove sweet potatoes from oven when done. Remove skin when cool enough to handle (they should slide right out). Place in spice bowl along with carrots and apples and mash until desired consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. To serve, top with cranberry chutney and nuts/seed of your choice.

Spicy Cranberry Chutney Recipe


I've been stewing over an idea for a sweet potato dish for Thanksgiving for weeks now. I went through a few versions of it, and felt with each, that it needed *something* to push it over the top. Then it came to me! Spicy cranberry chutney! This would be wonderful paired with crackers spread and nut cheeses, as a jam, or on fried seitan.

Spicy Cranberry Chutney Recipe (vegan)
makes about 1.5 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh, whole cranberries
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut sugar (If you don't have available, use turbinado or sucanat.)
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 3" cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp fresh minced ginger
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp whole cloves
  • pinch turmeric
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • pinch of cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


Directions

  1. Bring water to a boil and add coconut sugar. Let dissolve for a few minutes while stirring.
  2. Add the rest of your ingredients and simmer on low for about 20-30 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
  3. When chutney has thickened, remove from heat and let cool slightly before serving.


Brockly: Teach Your Children Well


I had to pick my 2nd-grade daughter up early from school the other day. She came bounding into the front office with this paper in hand and a big smile on her face. She had been working on it when I so rudely interrupted her and hence, was not able to finish her recipe. I'm a proud mama knowing that she would make such a healthy meal for her family! He father would be proud of her penmanship!