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.
Tonight we had Sloppy Joe sandwiches for dinner. A favorite that I haven’t made in a long time.
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!
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. http://www.cvquiltworks.com/
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.
- 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!
I received an Emjoi Micro-Pedi, Pedicure Kit for Christmas. I had been looking at it and wasn’t sure I wanted to spend the money on it. But when my mom asked what she could get me for Christmas, I told her to get this. It worked out perfectly.
I have to say that I really LOVE IT!
It takes away all the dead skin on your feet. It also comes with attachments to use on your toes and nails. Let’s face it, there is nothing like getting a pedicure and having your feet massaged but it keeps your feet looking great in between pedicures. Especially during the Winter months when maybe you don’t go and get as many pedi’s. I use it at night then lotion up my feet and put socks on to keep the moisture in. Keeps my feet nice, soft and smooth.
Mine was purchased from QVC. http://www.qvc.com/
But they have a website with lots of other products. http://emjoi.com/Micro-Pedi
Let me know you have one or get one and how you like it.
Happy New Year!
Well, it is 2014. Kids went back to school and back to work for me then ‘bam’ we had a snow storm and we all had off! It is so cold here in the northeast, not sure how much more I can take. It is just ‘bitterly’ cold, even the dog doesn’t like to stay out too long.
The extra time off allowed me to finish this cowl and wrist warmers as well as start another project.
- Cowl is crocheted back and forth in rows, ends are joined together to make a tube.
- I used a 10 1/2 “K” crochet hook.
- Chain 90, work a half-double crochet across.
- Turn, chained 2 and then half-double crochet across.
- Repeat until cowel measures 10 inches.
- Weave in ends and then sew together to make a tube.
- Then I layed it flat and pressed it under a hankerchief with a warm iron
For the wrist warmers:
- I used a 10 1/2 “K” crochet hook.
- Chain 26, then work a half-double crochet back across.
- Turn, chain 2 and work half-double crochet back and forth until they measured 6 1/2 inches.
- Then you fold them in half and stitch up the side seam, leave a gap when stitching for thumb hole.
- Once stitched up, I turned inside out and single crocheted around the thumb hole to edge it.
- I then pressed them under a hankerchief with a warm iron.
Give them a try. They make great gifts and can be used well into Spring.
It has been a while since I posted anything. I have had a very busy Fall, lots of personal things to take care of and I started a new job. Which is ‘huge’ because I have been home with the kiddo’s for the last 10 years. It is a part time job that allows me to still be around for the kids. Truly ideal, as they feel no impact. There has not been much crocheting time!
Since the new year is ‘basically’ here, I took stock of my yarn. I want to try and use it up. Here is what I have accumulated:
Once I went through my yarn, I started going through some patterns to see what I would make. I also had to get dinner ready. I made some super easy, quick and delicious turkey chili. The recipe I use is based on a Weight Watchers recipe but I have changed it over the years. Here it is:
- 2 teaspoon olive oil;
- 1/2 vidalia onion, chopped;
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped;
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped;
- 3/4 pound ground skinless turkey;
- 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained;
- 1 (15 oz) can small white beans, drained;
- 1 (14 1/2 oz) can diced tomatoes with zesty jalapenos;
- 1/2 (14 1/2 oz) can tomatoe sauce;
- 2 tablespoons of tomatoe paste;
- 1 tablespoon chili powder;
- 2 teaspoon ground cumin;
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano;
- 1/2 teaspoon salt & pepper;
- Shredded Cheddar & Sour Cream
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic and bell pepper; cook until softened. Add turkey and cook, breaking apart with wooden spoon until no longer pink. Stir in beans, tomatoes, tomatoe sauce & paste, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender. Serve with cheese and sour cream.
Also, here is what I am crocheting now.
I hope you stop back to see the finished project!
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.