Bookworm Bookmarks

I love these crocheted book worms!  They are so cute and perfect for little readers.

I work in an elementary school and made these for the kids in my first grade class for an end of the year gift.  I hope they enjoy them.


I made these for my kids when were little but used smaller googly eyes.  I like these big googly eyes better.

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Here is the pattern:

  • Chain 73;
  • Skip 1 chain; 3
  • Single crochets in the next 4 chains (head);
  • Switch to 3 double crochets in each chain.
  • Continue this until you develop 3 to 4 complete spirals;
  • 3 single crochets in the next 3 chains;
  • 1 single crochet in the next 2 chains;
  • 1 slip stick in the next 2 chains.
  • Cut the yarn and pull the end through, tighten to create a slop knot. Weave in end.
  • Weave in end at the tail as well.
  • Glue googly eyes on.

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Marinaded Flank Steak

Memorial Day Weekend is here and maybe you are going to do some grilling.  This is the easiest and tastiest marinade for flank steak.  My family loves it and it is my go to meal in in the Summer.

It is salty and savory, lots of flavor. Quick, easy and inexpensive.

Flank Steak


Here is what you will need:


1 pound flank steak                                                                                                                 3/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce                                                                                               1/4 cup ketchup                                                                                                                         1/4 cup chopped scallions                                                                                                       1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil

Whisk together all ingredients and pour into a zip top bag; add the flank steak.  Seal the bag and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.  When ready to cook, remove from bag, discard marinade.  Grill steak for 6 to 8 minutes each side until desired wellness.  Remove from grill cut diagonally across the grain.  Serves 4



Crocheting For A Cause

My sister put together a virtual shopping fundraiser for New Jersey, Warren and Morris County residents on Facebook (Shopping For A Cause: The Quinn Family Fundraiser) for Todd Quinn.  Todd was diagnosed with ALS and is faced with many medical costs associated with this terminal disease. All items are new and have been donated to this site for the purpose to raise money for Todd and his family. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Quinn Family.

To read more about Todd’s story please follow this link:

Please follow this link if you would like to make a direct donation to Todd, Cat and Sawyer:

She asked me for some crocheted items and I gladly put a few things together.



Grapevine Blanket

I haven’t posted in a while…. I went back to work (boo hoo) and have found out that I am not really that organized and it is hard to make time for everything.  I am hoping to get more organized and back into the swing of things.  I miss being creative… or trying to be creative.

I was working a blanket a while back and finished it in the Fall.  We have been using it all Winter.  The Winter here in the Northeast has been cold and snowy!  Glad it is almost over (although there are flurries in the air today).

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The blank was really simple.  I used a J hook and chained until it was at a length that I liked (54″ long).  Then I double crocheted in each chain all the way across. At the end of each row I chained 2 and turned.  I continued this until I was happy with the width.  I put a border on by doing a single crochet around the blanket three times, at each corner I chained 3 before turning.  My measurements are approximately 54″ x 38″.  I used Lion Brand Yarn Unique, Grapevine.

Eggplant Blanket

It is not a huge blanket, more like a lap blanket.  It covers me up quite nice!


Coconut Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

So I guess you can tell I am a fan of coconut.  I have made several body products out of coconut oil.   Coconut Body Scrub; Coconut Body Lotion; Coconut Face Scrub.

This is the first time I am using coconut oil in baking.  The coconut oil is used instead of butter.

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They smelled so good when I was mixing them…. and when they were baking the whole house smelled great!

Here is the recipe (adapted from Averie Cooks):

  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil (I just took the solid coconut oil & melted in the microwave)
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup old-fashioned whole rolled oats (not instant or quick cook)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix first six ingredients well then mix in other ingredients one at a time, incorporating well after each one.  I just used a wooden spoon to mix no need to pull out a mixer.

I used my hand to form them and then placed on a lined cookie sheet.  Because you are using melted coconut oil they will be very soft.  Once they are on the cookie sheet, I put in refrigerator until they were firm (about 2 hours, it might take a shorter time, I just got busy with other things before I got back to them).  Cook for 9 to 10 minutes.

Coco Cookie 4


Coco Cookie 5

They were a real treat!


Coconut Face Scrub

Today someone asked me about Penny-Hill so I grabbed the computer and headed to the deck…. I am ignoring all the other things to do, laundry, vacuuming, kids, etc…

I am crocheting a blanket, the same blanket from a couple of months ago.  It is a little embarassing.  My daughter keeps asking to use it, so I ‘need’ to finish it.  Funny thing is that it has been a cool summer here and we could actually be using it at night.  I need to work on it a little each night.

Grapevine Blanket

Mt last post I made a homemade coconut body cream.  It was simple, check it out here:

So in my attempt to use coconut oil I made a face scrub.  It has coconut oil and baking soda.  I was skeptical at first, but I really like it.

I mix equal amounts of the coconut oil and baking soda together then rub gently in a circular motion on my face.  Rinse and my skin is bright and soft.

Coconut Face Scrub

 It exfoliates and brightens my skin, natural and effective!  Give it a try.


Coconut Body Cream

I am a coconut fan.  Especially coconut and chocolate.  I am drawn to coconut and things that have coconut in it.  Whether it is something to eat or use.

A while back I made a Coconut Oil and Vanilla Essential Oil Body Scrub, which you can find here   Coconut Oil has so many uses.  I have been looking around and trying some new things.

Like this, Coconut Body Cream.  Literally so easy.  Take one cup of Coconut Oil put in my standing mixer and mixed on medium for about 5 minutes.

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Coco 2

That was it.  It whipped right up.  I did add some Vanilla Essential Oil, but you don’t need to.

Coconut Cream 6

It goes on nice and smooth and melts into your skin.  It smells really good too.

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Put it in a cute little jar and it makes a great gift.  Enjoy!



Rosemary Body Scrub

A few weeks ago some of my girl friends and I went to the spa for the day.  We try to go every year.  It is a wonderful and relaxing day.

We went to the The Lodge At Woodloch in Hawley, Pennsylvania.

It is a great place.  They have an outdoor hot tub, a sauna and steam room as well as an indoor pool and hot tub.  We used all of them.  It was a beautiful, sunny day so once our services where done we spent most of the time in the outdoor hot tub.  So relaxing!

I had the Rosemary Awakening Treatment and it was fantastic.  It starts with a body polish of rosemary and citrus and then a full body massage.  It finishes up with a warm seaweed wrap.

They gave me a recipe for the body scrub so I made it.  It came out really nice, I added a little lemon essential oil to it for additional fragrance and moisture.

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Rosemary Body Scrub:

  • 1/4 cup dried, ground rosemary
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 25 drops of lemon essential oil
  • Mix all ingredients together

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It turned out really nice.  This would make a nice gift for someone, hostess gift, a teacher gift or just whip some up for yourself.  Hope you give it a try!

Rosemary Scrub 1

Sloppy Joes

We were waiting for a huge snow storm, but as the day has gone on it has been down graded it to only a few inches for our area.  I was preparing to have the day off of work and having the kids home but I guess we will all be going to school.  We will see, it is 6:00 pm and it is still not snowing here in North West New Jersey.

I have been working on this Grapevine Blanket. I am excited about it because the colors are so beautiful and the yarn is soft, can’t wait to finish and snuggle up with it.

Grapevine Blanket

Tonight we had Sloppy Joe sandwiches for dinner.  A favorite that I haven’t made in a long time.

Sloppy Joe

Really simple to make and is great as leftovers.

Sloppy Joes                                                                                                                (Adapted from Food Network)

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 (12 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 ¾ cup catsup
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoon sweet relish
  • ¾ tablespoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ green bell pepper, chopped
  • buns ( I used small potatoe slider buns, but you can use your favorite)

  -Brown Beef in large pot and drain;                                                                                         -Return beef to the pot with all remaining ingredients except the buns & cook until hot         -Divide and serve on buns

Hope you try them!


Striped Scarf

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Well, the Groundhog saw his shadow and ‘darn it’ six more weeks of Winter.  Although, I am not surprised.   Two good things about six  more weeks of Winter…. I can continue making and wearing scarfs, cowls, etc… and I can continue to ‘try’ to drop a few pounds (never ending saga) before the warmer weather comes.

My sister-in-law was down staying here while she was teaching a quilting class.  She is a very talented quilter and has a website and business.  Jackie Kunkel at Canton Village Quilt Works.  If you are a quilter or know a quilter check out her website.

I made this striped scarf and finished this weekend.  I love stripes in a scarf or shirt and I actually just ordered a striped jacket.  Can’t wait to get it.

Striped Scarf 5

  • I chained 120 across (you can make as long as you want);
  • Did a half double crochet for two rows in of each color until it was 6 3/4″ wide;
  • I used Bernat Roving yarn in colors of Rice Paper and Low Tide;
  • Weaved in ends and then added the fringe.

A fringe on the scarf just seemed to finish it off nicely.  Enjoy your day and I six more weeks of Winter!