Saturday, February 28, 2015

Crochet Crowd Mystery Afghan WIP

I finally finished the third clue! Super easy pattern so far, and wouldn't you just know it, I still
messed it up. Lol nothing that wasn't fixable! I missed a stitch on each corner and didn't notice until I  had finished 10 squares out of 20. Any one that reads my blog can probably guess what the problem was ....yes Netflix again! That is proving to be a curse for me. Hahaha you would think I would have learned my lesson by now:)
I was all wrapped up in the drama that is Gossip Girl....oops! 



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mystery Afghan Week 3

Everyone was eagerly awaiting the third clue and it didn't disappoint. I wanted summer colors, winter has been brutal this year, and this is definitely summery:) 
I plan on taking my time and finishing these during the week. The sooner I get them done,
the longer the wait for the next clue:) 

Step one:


Step Two:








Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mystery Afghan Week 2

It's the weekend already! I seem to have gotten side tracked this week. That's ok though,
I'm still keeping up with the weekly pattern. I have five more squares to finish up before the 
third clue comes out this Tuesday. The pattern works up fairly quick as we are only embellishing 
the granny squares we finished for week one. Here's what they look like so far..


The colors appear on the bright side in the photos, 
but they actually compare to dark and medium 
raspberry in color.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Crochet Crowd Mystery Afghan

Finished my first clue/pattern for the mystery afghan. Twenty granny squares in the main color. 
Now just waiting for the second release ....Tuesday:)



Got close to the first four colors ...mine are Boysenburry, Hot Pink, Mango, and Daffodil.


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Crochet Crowd Mystery Afghan 2015

I've always wanted to do a mystery afghan, but always seem to find them way after they have already started. This time I'm cutting it close, but I'm still on time to be in on it from the beginning.
This one can be crochet or knit. I would rather knit it as I've never created a knit afghan, but I'm a very slow knitter and have some difficulties following some of the directions. In order to keep up with the weekly clues/pattern, I've chosen to try the crochet version.
There will be thousands of crocheters and knitters participating globally in this one and posting pictures of their progress. I'm looking forward to seeing all the beautiful color combinations and how I'm gonna measure up. I'm terrible at choosing colors, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best. I'll be posting my progress as I finish the weekly clues/pattern. I'm hoping I don't run into trouble! This afghan is said to challenge and teach new techniques, but sounds fun.

All crocheters and knitters welcome ...check it out in the link below.



 Finding this mystery afghan project with just two days before it starts the clues, didn't leave me very much time to select my color palette. I went and bought my yarn today. Just my luck,
 I found it on a Sunday, and Hobby Lobby is closed. My Walmart didn't have much of a yarn selection left. There was very little Caron Soft and I didn't see any Bernat yarn.
So, with no time left to order, I had to substitute the brand. It shouldn't really change the over all look. 
It's the same medium weight, acrylic, and same yardage, but calls for a different hook.
It should work out just fine though:)





Ok, I was told the light was not good in the first couple 
photos so I am adding a third one. If it's not good lighting in this 
one, well then I give up on it lol.




Sunday, February 1, 2015

WIP Making Progress...

I love this yarn! I like the color changes, and the light fluffy texture.
This has been a fun project for snow days. I measured a black and white infinity
scarf that I wear often to get the length. It measured 32 inches folded in half length wise.
Since this yarn is boucle it has some spots in it that are a little thinner than the rest.
I'm thinking it might have looked better in a criss cross pattern, rather than double crochet stitches.
I don't think it will look so " holey" while wearing it though, since it will be doubled up.
The fabric it has made is not heavy weight and perfect for cold but not freezing winter days.
Hopefully I will have enough left over for a matching hat:)








Friday, January 30, 2015

Baking

Every now and then I get in the mood to try my hand at baking some thing different.
Even if it doesn't turn out it makes the house smell great as long as I haven't burned it.
I chose easy recipes since I have been known NOT be exact on the ingredients. 

My first recipe was scones....I couldn't sleep to save my life, so at 2:30 am I was up baking.
I really didn't think my husband would like them. He is more of a bacon eggs or omlet kind of guy, but he surprised me.
My son has made scones before on his own so I knew he would enjoy them.

I had all the basic ingredients for the dough/ batter, but no currents or raisins on hand,so they were replaced with mini 
chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. Otherwise I followed the recipe the way it was written.



( Above: dough cut into triangles, ready to bake. )



Hot out of the oven!


The next recipe was super easy and quick, but yummy! 
Cinnamon-Sugar pizza with cresent rolls

This one is pretty self explanatory . It reminded me of the dessert pizzas you get in a buffet.
For the glaze I just used powdered sugar, warm water and a splash of vanilla.
Be sure not to add to much water. Just a little at a time while mixing with the powdered sugar
until it's the right consistency.




Last but not least is my mom's basic Zucchini Bread Recipe. I have no idea where 
she found it, but as far as I can remember she's always used this one.
There is nothing fancy about this recipe at all, but I make it every 
year and always have requests for more from family and friends.
My record to date is thirteen loaves, and still wasn't enough lol.
Lots of growing boys between my own family and our friends families.



 Zucchini Bread Recipe:

1 C  finely grated zucchini
2 eggs , well beaten
1 1/2 C sifted all purpose flour
1/2 TSP baking soda 
1/2 TSP baking powder
1C sugar
1 TSP vanilla 
1/2 TSP salt 
1/2 C oil

 Mix all ingredients together and pour into greased 
and floured loaf pan. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes.
( I like to check the middle like you would a cake before 
taking it out of the oven. If it's already well browned and looks done 
but the middle still needs a few minutes, just place some foil on 
top to prevent burning ).

Note: this recipe makes one loaf

It was fun experimenting with the new recipes and like visiting an old friend 
with the old one.
Nothing burned! It's all good:)











Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Infinity Scarf WIP

%*?|@):? Lots of cussing going on inside my head right now! Does it really count if you don't say it out loud?
Any one else like to watch a show, relax and work on some crochet? Me too! Just bought this beautiful yarn
( Purl Essence/ Rainbow Boucle ) to make an infinity scarf to wear with one of my coats. I was so into watching Lost Girl
 on Netflix that I wasn't paying close enough attention to what I was doing. I swear, I had half of this project done before I realized 
it was getting wider with each row. So I had to rip all the way back almost to the beginning ( grrr ).
I've got it all straightened out now:) Since I'm only on season two of this show I will continue to check width after each row. 

This scarf actually started out as a knitting project, but I switched to crochet. In all honesty I liked the knit look a little better 
than the crochet one, but I'm much faster crocheting and very slow knitting. The pattern I'm going by is a free one that came printed 
on the inside of the yarn label. 

I chained 40, double crochet till u reach desired length, crochet last row to first row to complete the circle and tuck in all ends.
Simple plan right?  LOL and I still managed to mess it up. That's ok, it's all working out now.
Here's what I have so far after ripping back:



 Above: my big mess 





Miss Khloe loving the yarn



In this one she has just spotted my crochet hook...she is the one that hid it on me last time .



She discovered the crochet hook and snatched it up before I could grab it. 
Lol no worries:)



Where is the best place to lay? Right on mom's project!





Gracie had to come check it out too.
Now that I have  every ones approval I'm gonna go work on my WIP!

Oh, I almost forgot. I joined a crochet group on Facebook and learned a new term.
HOTH means hot of the hook ( newly finished project:) just thought I would share.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Sloppy Joe Casserole

Getting tired of recipes yet? Sorry, had to share. This is pretty quick and easy. My guys and I really like this one. It's another recipe that's good for a cold day! Very filling, you don't need a lot of side dishes to go with this one. 



Sunday, December 28, 2014

Mozzarella Stuffed Homemade Meatballs

Again, I wanted try try some new hearty recipes when I came across this one for Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs.
I thought this was perfect for one of those cold days! 
When it came time to make supper, the guys were really giving me some grief! They could not imagine me going to all this trouble for meatballs when you can just buy frozen at the store ....on and on this went.
Besides using a lot of bowls and pans the recipe was pretty easy. I always tweek the recipes to what flavors we like and don't like.
For the most part I followed this recipe. I did leave out the minced onions ( that's my bad, I totally hate onions), left out the Tabasco sauce ( heartburn) , used garlic powder instead of garlic salt ( have to watch sodium intake), and used the mozzarella sticks you find in all the stores instead of the mozzarella balls. I cut the sticks into approximately one inch squares and used two squares per meatball.
I shaped the first round of meatballs going in the pan. I liked them pan seared before they are put in the oven. Worked out great!
My husband actually joined me in the kitchen, and started shaping the rest while I did the pan searing and placed the finished ones in the glass baking dish that was to go into the oven. It was really nice chatting and spending time together while preparing a hot meal.
While that was baking in the oven I had Prego Traditional Italian Sauce warming in another pan, I added some of my own spices to it 
and next time I want to add some sliced mushrooms. ( Any brand you like will work for this.)
Not to deviate from the subject at hand, but I just wanted to say that all spaghetti sauce has " Italian Style " some where on the label .
To make a long story short, my husband ran to the store for me. I noticed he was gone a while, but didn't think any thing of it. 
When he got home, he he says ..." You set me up! ". I'm like whaaaat?  He was looking for some thing that said "Italian style" sauce in big letters on the label like it does for all the different flavors of sauce. He went to several different stores before he realized they all say Italian style in tiny letters on the label, you just choose what you like. Of coarse, I thought this was hilarious ! After he thought about it for a bit he joined in our laughter.
Back to dinner...I just made regular spaghetti noodles and garlic bread to go with our supper.
To my surprise, after all the grief the guys gave me, they loved it! They said we should never have regular spaghetti again. It was so hearty my big eaters couldn't even finish their plates, and no one touched the garlic bread either. They were to full lol.
So I think this went over with the guys quite well! 
Oh and just a note: the recipe roughly calls for a pound of lean ground beef. When I first saw how small it was I didn't think there would be enough for all four of us. It made a total of 12 large meat balls which was plenty and we even had a few for left overs.
( I used a 1/4 cup to measure out the meat to roll into balls.)







Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas in Chicago 2014

Had a great time with my daughter! We enjoyed all the Christmas lights and holiday decorations. It was so freezing out with all the wind ...made my eyes water. Great weekend though.















Below: Street Music  



Above: Christkindlmarket- Chicago Daley Plaza (German Christmas Festival ) 

We stood in line for an hour just to get the mugs, they came filled with hot spiced red wine, 
which sounds like heaven when your freezing.
The lines were very long, you couldn't even tell where they started. The place was so packed we didn't 
really get a chance to look at all the little shops, but the tree was beautiful . We were glad we stopped
by there.



Zoo Lights - Lincoln Park Zoo









The trees flashed their colorful lights to the beat of music...














Ice sculptures










The view from my daughter's kitchen window. 
You can't really see it, but there are a lot of Christmas lights going on at the top of all these tall buildings.
( The tallest one in the middle is Sear's Tower )



My daughter made me breakfast so we could just hang out and enjoy the view.









St Patrick's ...beautiful church!

 Merry Christmas !!