Scarf weather is here and I have to say that I welcome it!
We had a few cool days and nights and it was wonderful then it turned hot and humid and it was awful, even the dog didn’t want to go out.
I made two scarfs using the same yarn. It is a light weight yarn and perfect for the beginning of Fall.
The first one is a curly scarf and uses only a double crochet stitch. I have made this scarf many times. The pattern can be found here, North Pole Ruffle Scarf: http://www.lionbrand.com/
The next is a straight scarf that I just did a double crochet back and forth. First I chained 200 with a 10.5 hook then turned and did a double crochet back and forth until I was happy with the width.
Here they are side by side.
Hope you enjoy them and the cooler weather!
Summer is busy, kids are demanding… when is the first day of school?
Really I am enjoying being home with the kids and summer is going by sooo fast.
We have a garden, do you have a garden? I like the idea of a garden… I like picking the veggies and preparing them. It really ends there. I don’t plant the garden, my husband and the kids do that. I don’t weed the garden…. and actually no one does, this is the problem with our garden. It is a wild, wild mess in there!!
This year we only planted two zuchinni plants. But ‘oh boy’ the zuchinni hasn’t stopped. I have been grilling it, sauteing it, baking it, freezing it…
Today, I made mini zuchinni fritatta’s. The are easy, quick and good for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Check them out…
Here is what I did. Shred the zuchinni.
Take eggs, oil, vidalia onion, cheeses and zuchinni
Mix them together.
Put in prepared cupcake pan and bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
Cool in pan.
Here is the recipe:
- 1/4 Vidalia onion, Chopped
- 1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
- 1/3 Cup Parmesan Cheese
- 4 Eggs, Beaten
- 3 Cups Grated Zuchinni
- 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Mix all ingredients
- Add to prepared cupcake tin
- Bake 15-20 minutes until done
I made some cute coasters that are perfect for Summer. I actually made them a few weeks ago but these last weeks of school have kept me busy. But tomorrow is the last day of school and now my days will be filled with trying to keep the kids busy!
Here they are.
I made some in red, white and blue which will be perfect for the 4th of July. You can make a few and bring as gift to someones house.
I wrapped a few up in some twine and they look really cute.
Here is where I found the pattern: http://versusmag.blogspot.com/2011/08/jardain-crochet-coaster-tutorial-with.html
I was feeling nostalgic and decided to make Pizzelle’s. They are a traditional Italian waffle cookie. They are delicious.
My husband’s grandmother ‘Nana’ made them and this is where I fell in love with them.
You need a Pizzelle iron to make them. It is similar to a waffle iron. They have them on Amazon or at Williams-Sonoma.
Mine is a Villa Ware Pizzelle iron.
First you make the batter. It is super easy no mixer necessary. Just a whisk and spoon.
Scoop batter onto pizzelle iron.
Close iron, when the light goes off they are ready to come out.
I use wooden tongs to take out. I trim away some of the excess part of the pizzelle but you don’t need to make them perfectly round unless you want to.
Sprinkle with poweder sugar and enjoy!
Here is the recipe I use:
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 8 Tbs (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
Beat eggs and sugar until light yellow and thick ribbbons fall from the whisk, 2-3 minutes. Add melted butter, vanilla and lemon zest. Beat until blended.
Sift together the flour and baking powder. Add half of the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, fold until just blended, add remaining flour and fold again until just incorporated.
Heat pizzelle iron. Brush lightly with butter and place about 1 tablespoon of batter on iron. The excess batter that may ooze out should be cut off immediately. Bake until golden brown. Remove and cool on rack.
I was rummaging around the pantry and I came across two things I love. Chocolate and coconut. Really a match made in heaven. Some people think it is chocolate and peanut butter but it is actually chocolate and coconut.
So I decided to mix them them together and see what happens. I prepared the brownie mix according to the package, added about 1/2 cup of the cream of coconut and 1/2 cup of shredded coconut.
I spread the mix in the pan and cooked until a toothpick came out clean. I am a big fan of this section pan. You get a perfectly cut brownie every time. I am pretty sure I bought mine from QVC quite a while ago. You can look there or I see they have them on Amazon.
You can see here, I just popped them out. The coconut toasted up a bit but I just added some fresh coconut on top when I served them.
I have been working on these flower discloths. I was delayed because while washing the dishes I cut the tip of thumb on one of the barbeque tools and everytime I was crocheting it would reopened and start bleeding again. But it is healing now and I was able to finish the flowers.
The picture above the kids and I were waiting for the bus and decided to draw some stems for the crochet flowers.
The pattern is from Lily, Sugar’n Cream Bright Ideas book that I have. Here is their website http://www.sugarncream.com/
Here is the pattern:
I used a 9 (I) crochet hook. The pattern called for an 8 but I didn’t have that. I used two different colors from the Lily Sugar’n Cream line. (Stitch glossary: ch=chain; dc= double crochet; rep=repeat; rnd=round; sc=single crochet; sl st= slip stitch; st=stiches)
With 1st color, ch 2.
1st rnd: 10 dc into 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to first dc.
2nd rnd: Ch 2. 2 dc in each of next 10 dc. Join 2nd color with sl st to first dc. 20 dc
3rd rnd: With 2nd color, ch 2. *1 dc in next dc. 2 dc in next dc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first dc. 30 dc.
4th rnd: Ch 2. *1 dc in next dc. 2 dc in each of next 2 dc. 1 dc in next dc. 1 sc in next dc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first dc. 42 sts.
5th rnd: Ch 2. *1 dc in each of next 2 dc. 2 dc in each of next 2 dc. 1 dc in each of next 2 dc. 1 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first dc. 54 sts.
6th rnd: Ch 2. *1 dc in each of next 3 dc. 2 dc in each of next 2 dc. 1 dc in each of next 3 dc. 1 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with 1st color with sl st to first dc. 66 sts.
7th rnd: With 1st color, ch 2. 1 dc in each of next 3 dc. 2 dc in each of next 4 dc. 1 dc in each of next 3 dc. 1 sc in next sc. Join with sl st to first dc. 78 sts.
If you want you can make loop: Sl st in each of next 6 dc. Ch 8 (for loop). Join with sl st in same sp as last sl st. Fasten off.
These discloths make cute gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week, Mother’s Day or a hostess gift. I like to use bright colors or match the to someone’s kitchen color.
The pattern and yarn I used for these is from Lily Sugar ‘n Cream. The pattern I used is from a book that have and I have added it below. But you can check their website as well: http://www.sugarncream.com/
Hook Size I or 9
1st row: (RS) 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. *Ch 1. Miss next ch. 1 sc in next ch. Rep from * to end of ch. Turn. 31 sts.
2nd row: Ch 1. 1 sc in first sc. 1 sc in next ch-1sp. “Ch 1. Miss next sc. 1 sc in nect ch-1 sp. Rep from * to last sc. 1 sc in last sc. Turn.
3rd row: Ch 1. 1 sc in first sc. *Ch 1. Miss next sc. 1 sc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from * to last 2 sc. Ch 1. Miss next sc. 1 sc in last sc. Turn.
Rep last 2 rows until work from beginning measures 9 inches.
I am working on some other discloth patterns so stop back and check in!
I have just let my crocheting get away from me but I am working on a project now and hope to have something crocheted for later in the week. Saturday night we went to a Beefsteak Dinner Fundraiser… for those of you who don’t know what this is it is a dinner where you get all the sliced tenderloin beef on sliced french bread that you can eat. There was also a Tricky Tray (I didn’t win anything), raffle and a DJ. It was alot of fun!
Since I ate so much meat on Saturday, we had a meatless Sunday. I made Fusilli with Vodka Cream Sauce. Always a favorite, easy and delicious.
Here is what you need:
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 shallots, minced
- 1 cup vodka
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 can crushed tomatoes (32 ounces)
- course salt and pepper
- 16 ounces pasta, whatever your favorit is
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- fresh basil, shredded or torn
Heat a large skillet over moderate heat. Add oil, butter, garlic and shallots. Saute for 3 to 5 minutes. Add vodka. Reduce vodka by half, this will take 2 or 3 minutes. Add chicken stock and tomatoes. Bring sauce to a bubble and reduce heat to simmer. Season with salt and pepper.
While sauce simmers cook pasta. Once pasta is ready stir heavy cream into sauce. Return sauce to a bubble then remove from heat and toss with cooked pasta. Add shredded basil to top.
Let me know if you give it a try, enjoy!
I know that so many people have a reading device rather than an actual book. While I love the feel of books, love going to the book store and looking at the books, a couple of years ago I got a Kindle. I love it! I love not having so many books laying around that I try to give to people, donate to the local library, etc. Of course the year after I got my Kindle they came out with the Kindle Fire and now there is the iPad. Perhaps one day I can get an upgrade!
That being said… I crocheted some cute heart bookmarks. I am going to give them to my daughters Brownie Troop. I am pretty sure that most of them still read ‘real’ books!
Here is the pattern: http://www.crochetspot.com/crochet-pattern-heart-bookmark/
I finished the baby blanket and hat I was working on. They are real simple and can be made with any yarn, any color. I chose a multi colored gray and white and then a darker gray yarn for an edging.
Here is a close up of the hat. I threaded a white ribbon through it.
Here are some variations with different ribbon.
The pattern for the hat is found here: http://cbraden7.blogspot.com/2010/12/quick-little-hat.html
This is how I made the blanket:
I used crochet hook size 8 (h) and chained 111. *First row, single crochet across, chained 2 and turn. *Second row, half-double crochet across, chain 2, turn. *All remaining rows are same as second row until you reach the size you want. *I then added an edge and used a half-double crochet and at each corner I chained 2 before turning to make corners. I did 4 rows of the border, but you can keep going around until you like the thickness.
This is an easy pattern and you can make your chain longer than 111 to make it a larger blanket.
Give it a try!