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  1. I learned a great tip from Terry Kramzar’s blog.   When cutting half-square triangles for a project, in addition to drawing the line to sew and cut on, draw an additional line a half inch away and cut in the middle to give you an additional half-square triangle to use in another project!   If I’m not clear enough, see Terry’s blog for a diagram. Thanks Terry!!  Click here to access Terry’s blog.
  2. If you are looking for a book of any kind that is out of print, often you can find it on Amazon in the little print “used” under the book photo.  The shipping is always $3.99 but the books are usually a few $$. Lynne Laino
  3. Sue Linton’s Cashew Brittle 
    • 1          cup sugar
    • ½         cup light corn syrup
    • ¼         cup hot water
    • 2          cups salted cashews
    • 1          Tb. Butter
    • 1          tsp. baking soda

    In a heavy 3-quart saucepan mix well sugar, corn syrup and water.  Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves; add cashews.  Continue stirring over medium heat until syrup reaches 295 degrees (hard crack stage) on your candy thermometer.  Remove from the heat; add butter and soda.  Stir rapidly until butter melts and soda dissolves (mixture will foam).  Holding the pan with an oven mitt or a towel, pour the mixture onto a previously greased baking sheet and spread out as much as you can.  Add a pinch of sea salt over the top of the brittle.  Brittle needs to cool and harden.  Then break into pieces and enjoy.

    Notes:

    • Before you begin grease your cookie or baking sheet with butter.
    • Use exact amounts.
    • A candy thermometer will achieve the best results.
    • Continual stirring will keep the cashews from browning too much.
    • If you are making more than one recipe run a sink full of super hot soapy water and as soon as you spread your brittle put your pan in along with your utensils and thermometer.  It will be a much easier to clean-up.
    • Altogether it takes no more than 15 minutes to complete this recipe.

    Most important:  This mixture is like burning lava and you do not want to burn yourself!

  4. Terry Kramzar sent me a great link for needle-size info from a blog she found.  You can print the “Cheat Cards” and keep them handy by your machine for easy reference.  Thanks Terry!  http://www.sew4home.com/tips-resources/sewing-tips-tricks/sewing-machine-needles-cheat-cards