Showing posts from July, 2009

Make a jar of Microwave Brownie Mug Mix

I learned how to make mug brownies from this instructable. After making them for myself a couple of times, I got the idea to make a mix from the dry ingredients and give it to a friend as a birthday gift.

Mix Recipe:
1 C flour
1 C sugar
1/2 C cocoa powder (unsweetened)
About 1/8 tsp salt, give or take

Sift together. If you don't own a sifter (like me), make sure you mix Really well and get all the lumps out of the cocoa powder.
I doubled the recipe above and put into a large glass Adams peanut butter jar. I covered the jar lid with some pretty fabric and ribbon, printed out the recipe (below) and taped it to the jar. Instant yummy present!

To make a single serving from the mix, put 1/2 C plus 2 Tbsp of mix in a mug, and add 2 Tbsp oil and 2 Tbsp water. Mix well, and microwave for about 1 minute. You can sub 1 Tbsp applesauce for 1 Tbsp of the oil without impacting the texture or flavor.

Make a drawsting backpack from a T-shirt

I know there are a zillion tutorials for draw-string backpacks out there. I didn't use any of them in coming up with this design, which requires just three seams (not counting the pocket or applique design). It also goes together in a big hurry: exclusive of the decoration it took me about 30 minutes, including photography. :)


* T-shirt. A child's large makes a good adult sized backpack
* Scraps (i.e. sleeves) from a second T-shirt in contrasting color, about 4x6 inches
* Optional: Scraps in a third color, about 4x6 inches
* Nylon cord, length about 2x the height of your T-shirt plus about 8 inches (I got my purple cord in a big skein from the hardware store for about $3. It comes in several neon colors.)
* Embroidery floss in contrasting color
* Stencil-style pattern for reverse applique design (I got my dino from
* Optional: beads for eyes or other accents; buttons, charms etc.
* Optional: 1 or 3 cord locks

* Sewing scissors
* (Impor…