“what is it?” 168 – the answer

Welcome back for the Friday reveal! This week our featured vintage puzzle item is a soap saver! Congrats to all of our smarties this week, and thank you to the brave should who just love to take a stab in the dark when they have no clue. We could all use a dose of your what-the-heck gutsiness. :-)

To read this week’s guesses, please check the Wednesday post comments section.

Happy weekend, everyone!



“What is it?” Wednesday #168

We’re not sure where the month of July is going so quickly. Many of you are subscribers to Create & Decorate magazine, so you understand that our summer days are filled with holiday and Christmas craft instructions and photography sessions. Knowing that, please accept our apologies for our lack of blog time. However, we know that if our blog followers miss out on a “what is it?” Wednesday post we get hate mail.


Ok, hate is an awfully strong word. So, we guess we will refer to these complaint emails as ‘grumble mail’. :-)


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“what is it?” 167 – the answer

Welcome back for the big puzzle reveal!

Although a difficult game for some this week, we had quite a few correct guesses! Congrats to those of you who knew this week’s puzzle piece was taken from a wooden bobbin/spool. You may read the guesses in the original post under the comment section. Thanks for playing this week! :-)

Happy weekend, all!


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“what is it” wednesday #167


Time to play “What is it?” Wednesday! 


Ready to play?


Here’s how:


• Take a look at the photo below.


• Please leave your guess (of the identity of the vintage item) as a comment.


• Stop back in on Friday to see the puzzle revealed—and to read the guesses (we don’t post them until the answer is revealed)!


Happy guessing!

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Berry punchin’ time!

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To answer recent blog requests for berry embroidery, we’re sharing one of our punch needle favorites (designed by C&D Editor, Beverly Hotz). We love the literal use of the seed beads! :-)

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You may print a PDF of this design and pattern from this link: http://createanddecorate.com/wp-content/uploads/projects/sunripenedstrawberries.pdf

Only use this design for your crafting, or as a gift. Not to be reproduced for profit. 

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“what is it?”#166 — the answer

A very BIG heartfelt apology is what we are offering up today, because it seems that our puzzle this week was SO difficult that we did not have one correct guess!

Yikes! Sorry. Those brave guesses are found on our original #166 game post.

This week our vintage item was a butter churn!

Better luck next week (when we make the puzzle a little easier). :-)

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Farmstand Favorites


This summer, buy local for fresh, healthy meals


Your local farm stands offers an abundance of fresh and healthy produce. The wide range of fruits and vegetables available at your local farmer’s market are all highlighted in The Farmstand Favorites Cookbook from Hatherleigh Press.

With over 300 easy-to-prepare recipes featuring produce, The Farmstand Favorites Cookbook is the ultimate source for the freshest recipes to pair with your summer meals.


Try out these delicious and refreshing recipes for Pasta Primavera and Mango Sorbet.

Pasta Primavera
1 cup broccoli florets
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup sliced zucchini
1 cup macaroni or rotini pasta
1 tablespoon margarine
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup skim milk
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
Steam vegetables until crisp-tender, and cook macaroni according to package directions. For the sauce, melt margarine and blend in flour in a small saucepan. Gradually stir in milk and seasoning, leaving the cheese to the side. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens. Remove from heat and blend in cheese. Pour over hot vegetables. Add macaroni and mix together.
Mango Sorbet
2 medium mangos, peeled and cubed
2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 cup yogurt
In a food processor, process mango and sugar until smooth. Add yogurt. Pour mixture into freezer container of an ice cream maker. Freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. To prepare without an ice cream maker, pour mixture into an 8 by 4 inch freezer container. Cover and freeze 4 hours, whisking from time to time.

The Farmstand Favorites Cookbook includes many different recipes detailing what you can do with the various fresh foods you can get at your local farm stand, such as apples, pumpkins, garlic, honey, and more. The Farmstand Favorites Cookbook teaches the many health benefits of various foods, as well as provides tips for storing and preserving. This summer, buy local!

The Farmstand Favorites Cookbook is available wherever books and eBooks are sold. Visit www.hatherleighpress.com for ordering information.