Do you have a jar of honey that is has hard as a rock, sitting in the back of your kitchen cupboard? Don’t despair and throw it out; decrystallize it! It is so easy to do and it will restore you honey back to its normal self. Follow the correct steps depending on what kind of container your honey is currently stored in.
For PLASTIC containers:
If your honey is in a plastic container, you will need to remove it from the container and place it in a saucepan. Sometimes, you will need to soften the honey a little bit before you can remove it from the plastic container. You can place the plastic container in some really hot water and let it soak for a while, replacing the hot water as necessary as it cools. Please DO NOT microwave your honey in it’s plastic container. It will quickly develop hot spots, melting the plastic and allowing the plastic to leech into your honey. YUCK!
Slowly reheat the honey over medium-low heat until all of the crystals are gone. Depending on the amount of honey you are trying to decrystallize, this could take anywhere from a few minutes to ten minutes.
Ladle the hot honey into a clean, glass storage jar. A basic canning jar will work for this. Allow your honey to cool before using it.
For GLASS containers:
If your honey is in a glass container, remove the lid and place it upright inside a saucepan that has water in it. The water level should be about to the level of the honey in the container.
Heat the water up over medium heat, occasionally swirling/stirring the honey so that the honey heats evenly.
Once you honey is crystal-free, remove from the hot water and allow it to cool before using.
Anytime your honey starts to crystallize, you can easily decrystallize it using the steps above.
This week, I worked on getting the baby clothes out of the third floor and begin the process of washing everything. However, much to my disappointment, many of the clothes had large yellow spots and stains on them from being in storage. These clothes were clean when I put them away, but something about sitting in a box caused lots of stains to appear on them. I went to Pinterest and found that you can clean those yellow stains with a mixture of hot/boiling water and Oxiclean. I was skeptical that it would actually work. The stains were really bad. But after soaking them for several hours and then washing them, the clothes were almost entirely stain free. YAY!!!
I’m still working through bed rest and low activity. I have it pretty well down that I can sit to do school with the kids at the dining room table, make lunch and then I have to lay down for several hours in the afternoon while the little guys take their naps. Then I *attempt* to do a little house tiding and fix dinner. After that, I’m back in bed with my feet up for the rest of the night. It’s not exactly a great situation, but it works and I’ve been able to keep Art at work every day.
My midwife said that I just need to make it to 36 weeks and then I’m ok to deliver at home. It’s going to be a long five weeks but I’m just trying to take it one day at a time and keep somewhat of a “normal” routine.
As many of you know, for our 2014 Christmas, the theme was making memories and handmade items. All of my children received knit hats and woolen mittens. I looked through many, many patterns hoping to find something adorable but useful.
For my 3 year old, I found this really cute pattern inside the book, “Last-Minute Knitted Gifts” by Joeele Hoverson. The hat pattern is on page 59.
I used a nice, 100% cotton yarn called, CottonTots by Bernat along with a set of size 7, double pointed needles. The pattern was SUPER EASY to follow and it was snap to put together. The directions for making a simple I-chord were also written out and with the help of YouTube and knitting tutorials, I whipped it out in no time.
So if you are looking for a really nice, stylish hat for a little girl, be sure to check out this pattern. There are also lots of us great knit gift ideas in “Last-Minute Knit Gifts”. It is neatly organized by hours so if you know you only have two hours to make something, go to the “Less-Than-Two-Hour Gift” chapter.
This is available on Amazon in hardcover format as well as for your Kindle.