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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Lemon Meyer curd recipe

Our lemon Meyer tree is full of fruits this year and it is time to harvest them. They are not storing very well, even in a refrigerator so I am trying to find the ways to preserve and enjoy them year-round. I made some delicious marmalade yesterday (will share the recipe later) but today I'd like to share the lemon curd recipe.
Lemon curd is delicious and is great on toast, scones or cake. It can not be stored for very long since it has the eggs in it so plan to use it within a week. It does not have any preservatives so it should be kept refrigerated all the time. My friends love it, so I don't have any problems with homemade gifts from my kitchen :)

This recipe was published originally in Good Housekeeping so I tried it once and have been making it ever since. I tried to use stevia instead of sugar for a healthier treat but I do not like the result so I am going to stick with sugar in this one. You will get approximately 2 cups of lemon curd from this recipe.

Here is how to make this:

The ingredients:
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
6 table spoon butter
1 table spoon lemon Meyer peel, grated
2/3 cup lemon Meyer juice.
pinch of salt

You will also need a stainless steel 4-qt. saucepan, blender, whisk and 2 pretty jars.

Combine all ingredients but butter in a blender and blend just until smooth. Cook it on medium low setting for approximately 15 minutes. Do not boil. Add butter after about first 5 minutes of cooking.

Stir with your whisk all the time while cooking.

Transfer to a prepared clean jars. Let it cool, cover and refrigerate to chill. Enjoy!

Monday, January 4, 2016

January sale at Socksandmittens

There is a sale going on at Socksandmittens! Starting tomorrow through January 31, 2016 you will be able to get selected in stock items like warm socks, scarves, wraps, knit headbands, cup cozies and gadgets covers for less.
Stop by our socksandmittens shop to see if there is anything you need! Shop early and save!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

What our customers are saying about our hand knit goods

I received a very nice thank you letter from the customer today and decided to post some reviews here. I am so grateful to each and every customer of ours. We at socksandmittens work hard on quality items and we are so happy to know that people appreciated all the hard work.
So here are some reviews on our knit fingerless gloves, arm warmers, socks, cup cozies and Kindle covers. Thank you, all, for choosing our shop and our product and a special thank you to those who let us know!

 I purchased (and loved) a couple pairs of your fingerless gloves a few years ago. My husband and I love your gloves and I'm so glad you're still on etsy making them!! lots of my favorite shops have disappeared. I always get compliments on the gloves as well. 

 These were a gift for my boyfriend, and he loves them. He had a pair he bought in a store but he says these are soon much better.
Exceptional quality and wonderfully fast shipping. Thanks so much. A big hit for Christmas!

 Thanks so much for making these for me. They may be my favorites! But it's hard to decide since all of my things you've made are so beautiful!

 Amazing! They even gift rapped it for me.... wow A++

 Very pretty arm warmers and so well made! Nice packaging and shipping was very fast! Thanks for your excellent service and beautiful product!

 Custom order made perfectly and shipped very fast! My wife loved them! Thank you very much!!!

 Girlfriend loves them! She wore them every day this winter break!

 Very soft and warm. I believe they will provide years of use with proper care. I really like them.

 These socks are oh so cozy. I'm sure I will really enjoy wearing them all through the cold winter months

 These socks are deliciously comfortable and neither too tight nor too loose. Awesome!

 I have been using the sleeve you made for years now and it's done a great job protecting my Kindle!

 Your work and service is always outstanding and I will be back to order more!

 Always wonderful to work with this shop - thanks for the beautiful gloves and speedy, friendly service!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

How to repair a broken necklace

A year ago, my friend and I went to a restaurant to celebrate my Birthday. My friend was wearing a pretty chain and bead necklace she purchased at the department store. Suddenly, the necklace broke into 2 parts and all the beads went to the floor! My friend was so upset. I told her I have a friend who could repair this, or possibly, make a new one from what's usable. We spend 10 minutes gathering the beads and chains. I put them in my purse and that was the end of unfortunate event that day.

During one of our craft gatherings with Albina Manning (albinasjewelry) I showed her the pieces. So we thought of what we could possibly do with these. We played with the chains and beads a little, added some new pieces and voila, and we made a pair of earrings and one great tear shaped necklace. A lovely set to wear for a New Years Eve!

If you will ever need to repair or remake yours, here is Albina's notes on how she repaired the one we had. Make the necessary adjustments while creating your piece!

"I opened all jump rings to separate the beads and "curvy" pins. I decided to use already made loops that beads had.  
 Check out all the loops - if the loop was not closed properly, just close the loop with round nose pliers.

To make the earrings, I used 12 beads, 2 double looped pins, 4 jump rings, and a pair of ear wires.

Slide 6 beads and a pin onto a jump ring. Close a ring. Take another jump ring and attach the second pin's end and an ear wire; close a jump ring. 

Repeat these steps to make the 2nd earring.

Pendant: 12 beads, 1 double looped pin, 2 jump rings, chain with a clasp.

Slide 6 beads and a pin onto a jump ring. Close a ring. Take another jump ring and attach 6 beads, the second pin's end, place a chain into a jump ring; close a jump ring.

IMPORTANT: close all the jump rings properly, if there is a gap, you will loose the beads. "

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving and holiday offer

Have a wonderful day with your family and loved ones.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Also, I'd like to propose a small Holiday deal to our US customers.

Between now and November 30th, 2015 spend $100 on purchases at our socksandmittens shop and get free shipping on your order!

Use coupon code BlackFriday15 at checkout.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thanksgiving charades

Every year we invite some friends over for a pre-Thanksgiving get-together to share food with us and give thanks. It is a very nice and welcoming day and it is always nice to see everyone.

Every hostess knows how important is to keep your guests occupied. Last year we tried to play just one game, charades and it turned out great! We had so much fun.
So if you are looking for some ideas for this Thanksgiving, try charades. The idea of the game is traditional but the tasks are Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving dinner related and this is what makes it fun. You can think of team prizes if you want, it will make it even better!

Here is how to play:

There are 2 teams of players. There are 4 cards for each team.

The game master shows a card to one team of one team.
This person will give clues to his/ her team to try to get them to guess what the answer is. The person explaining can only use the signs and body language.

Each team will have 3 minutes to guess.

Here is the ideas of the flash cards/ mini tasks for charades. Add your own if you want and have fun!: