Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Fourteen Weeks Down That Road Again & How To Make Beaded Hair Accessories!!

I ate my grapefruit, drank my water and walked 30 minutes each day this past week and I am pleased to report that I lost 2 pounds....Remember the importance of activity and moving more. It really is about taking it one step at a time.


1/2 cup(s) milk, lowfat (1%), or buttermilk
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 cup(s) cereal, cornflakes, crumbled
1 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoon pepper, black
2 teaspoon pepper, red, crushed
1 teaspoon ginger, ground
4 chicken, drumsticks, skinless
4 chicken, breast, skinless
1 dash(es) paprika
1 teaspoon oil, vegetable

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Add half teaspoon of poultry seasoning to milk.
Combine all other spices with cornflake crumbs and place in plastic bag.
Wash chicken and pat dry. Dip chicken into milk, shake to remove excess, then quickly shake in bag with seasoning and crumbs.
Refrigerate for one hour.
Remove from refrigerator and sprinkle lightly with paprika for color.
Evenly space chicken on greased baking pan.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for an added 30 to 40 minutes or until meat can be easily pulled away from bone with fork. Drumsticks may require less baking time than breasts. (Do not turn chicken during baking.) Crumbs will form crispy "skin."
Nutrition per serving:
267 calories,2 grams fat,88 mg cholesterol,336 mg sodium,23 grams carbs,1 gram fiber,36 grams of protein


To decorate one basic bobby pin you will need:
A small (standard size) bobby pin
25-28 seed beads
18-20 inches of 28 gauge wire
fingernail clippers

Hold the bobby pin with the straight side up, opening toward your body. Place the center of the wire on top of the bobby pin near the bend and hold there with your thumb.
Grasp the wire to the right of the bobby pin and slide it through the rubber tips and up to the bend in the bobby pin. Continue to wrap up and over the bobby pin so that it ends up back on the right again.
Now repeat with the wire on the left side, pulling it through the rubber tips and tight up to the bend in the bobby pin up and over the top of the bobby pin so that it ends up back on the left.
Clip the ends of your wire so that they are even. (They should be 9-10″ each.)
Thread a bead onto both wires and pull it up tightly to the bend in the bobby pin. Pull one wire to the right of the bobby pin and through the rubber tips. Pull the other wire to the left of the bobby pin and through the rubber tips. Be sure to pull the wire tightly against the bead to secure it. (You will be wrapping around the flat side only.)
Continue threading beads and wrapping until you get to the rubber tip of the flat side of the bobby pin.
Wrap each wire around the bobby pin tightly several times to secure. Poke the ends of the wires back into the hole in the last bead to hide them. If your bead is too small to poke the wire ends through again, wrap the wire around the bobby pin between the last and next to last bead instead of at the end. It will keep the ends of the wire from poking you. The varieties are endless.


Children will love the butterflies and flowers that adorn these hair accessories!
To make flowers: Cut a 12-inch length of 28-gauge nickel wire. Thread 20 size 11 seed beads (available at craft stores) onto middle of wire, then bend wire and twist it one rotation, using flat-nose pliers to isolate the petal. Thread 20 more beads, and twist again. Repeat until you have five petals. Thread one size 6 seed bead onto one of the two remaining ends of wire. Twist petals around bead, and thread wire through petals to secure. Use remaining wire to attach the flower to the curve of a bobby pin. Trim excess wire.
To make butterflies: Using the same technique, create four "wings," making sure two are larger (40 beads instead of 25). For the body, crimp one end of an 8-inch piece of wire with round-nose pliers, and thread on 25 size 11 seed beads. Bend back three or four beads at uncrimped end to make the head, wrapping wire around head between beads to secure, and trim. Attach body to wings by wrapping a separate 5-inch piece of wire around middle of wings. Trim. Attach the butterfly to a bobby pin, using the technique above, or to a headband. For a headband, glue ribbon or seam binding to one end of a metal or plastic headband. Wrap ribbon around the band as shown, overlapping as you go. Add butterfly, twisting excess wire around band; use ribbon to hide wire. Glue ribbon in place at the end


Debbies Doodle said...

You continue to surprise me with your variety of post ideas... how do you do it..

Chubby Chick said...

Wow! Congrats on the fabulous weight loss! You are doing great!

The chicken looks delicious. I will definitely have to try that recipe!

And... the bobby pins are so pretty!