Monday, October 10, 2016

Helpful Hints: Cooking Bacon With Ease

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My friend, Diane, suggested this method for cooking a pound of bacon with less mess.
  Simply drape the slices of bacon over a pyrex bowl
and place the bowl into a larger microwave safe dish with sides.
I covered the entire bowl with wax paper to eliminate spatter in the microwave.
The bowl and dish collect the bacon fat.


Remove the bacon from the rim of the bowl while it is still hot and lay flat on paper towels.
It really works!

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Needlework: Children's Hooded Sweater Set

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This blanket is simply made with 4 ply knitting worsted yarn in a 
K4, P4 pattern.  
The free doll dress and hat pattern may be found on Lionbrand.com and 
Kit's American Girl doll cape is a free pattern from Ravelry.com. 

The zip up hooded baby sweater may be found in the Columbia Minerva Book 766 "Beautiful Baby Book, Infants to Four Years" on amazon.com.
The pattern is "Jack Frost".  It works up quickly and is perfect for children of all ages.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Helpful Hints: Following a Recipe

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Here is a handy way to display your recipe if you have cabinet doors such as these.
Simply slide the recipe up behind the crosspieces and you have hands free
viewing while preparing your recipe.
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Monday, May 30, 2016

Needlework: Knitted Pillow Cover and Afghan

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This is an easy afghan and pillow cover to make.  With a size 8 circular needle cast on 234 stitches and K6, P6 across the row and continue doing so until the afghan reaches the desired length.  The afghan pictured has a finished measurement of 58x62.  
For the matching pillow cover, cast on 66 stitches with size 8 circular needles
and K6, P6 across the row.  The finished cover is 17x17 for a 16" pillow.
I then folded the finished piece in half and crocheted three sides of the pillow 
shut, leaving one edge open for inserting the pillow form. I crocheted a decorative lacy edge around the entire pillow, only attaching it to the front of the open edge. Insert the pillow form and stitch the open edge closed.
You can easily adjust the length and width of both the afghan and the pillow cover by just adding stitches six at a time.
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Featured: Doll Dress and Hat Featured at Nap-Time Creations

Thank you Nap-Time Creations for featuring my Knitted Doll Dress and Hat!

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Needlework: Knitted Baby Doll Dress and Hat

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This doll dress and hat are variations of this Lionbrand free pattern.  I used size 6 needles and you  could use even larger needles for a larger doll.  
Instead of using a button on the back, I single crocheted a tie on
each side of at the back, long enough to make a bow.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Holidays: MERRY CHRISTMAS !!

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MERRY CHRISTMA
and a
  Happy New Year ! 
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Needlework: Knitted Rainbow Scarf

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This Color Block Scarf  is a free pattern from lionbrand yarn and works up quickly. The 
Hat Pattern is also free from lionbrand. This adult size scarf measures 7"x 68"
using size 8 needles.
The colors change every 12 rows.  This is an ideal way to use up some random leftover yarn from other projects.
The finished scarf below is 7"x 56" for a child.  
This rainbow pattern began with 6 rows of each color and finished with 12 rows of each color. 

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Needlework: Hats, Hats and More Red, White & Blue Hats! Go Pats!

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With football season upon us, I thought I would knit up some hats in the colors of our family's favorite team - The New England Patriots!
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This free Lionbrand pattern is very easy and works up quickly so it did not take long to make hats for the entire family.
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I did do a variation of the beginning with 2" of K1P1 ribbing at the bottom of the hat rather than 12 rows of stockinette stitch and I used a 
size 7 needle and 79 sts. for a child size and 90 sts for an adult size.
You can view the rolled bottom version of this hat here.
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And here are a few more hat variations.
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Monday, May 4, 2015

Helpful Hints: Cleaning Deck/Pool Furniture

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Cleaning the deck and the outside furniture each year is a tedious job....up until I discovered a new product on the market called 
"30 Second Cleaner".  After seeing it at our local Ace Hardware Store and trying it out, I then purchased it in bulk at Home Depot online.
We needed a product that could also successfully clean our "ChoiceDek" and this product did a fabulous job with less effort than we expected.  
Here is a before and after photo of two chaise lounges.  
As you can see, the furniture was in need of cleaning!
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After "30 Second Cleaner" the furniture and the deck looked brand new. 
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