Saturday, March 29, 2014

Needlecraft: Crocheted Easter Baskets

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These adorable little Easter Baskets crochet up quickly and are a decorative addition to each place setting on Easter.  The free pattern is from Lion Brand.  I adjusted the directions to make a basket with straight sides.  
 Lion brand also offers a few other options
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Add some multicolored grass...
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And some Easter candy and you are all set.  I also bagged my baskets. labeled them and will use them for "place cards" at each table setting.
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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Needlwork: Doll and Child Sweater and Hat

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This matching sweater set comes from the pattern book  "Knits for Girls and Dolls".  The matching hats pattern can be found at Lion Brand which is a fabulous online source of free patterns of all kinds. 
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The doll pattern is for American Girl dolls or any 18" doll and works up quickly.  
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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Recipe: Delicious Meatloaf

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This delicious meatloaf is easy to make and baked in exactly an hour as promised.
I used 2 pounds of beef and adjusted the other ingredients accordingly.
I also added diced carrot to the onion mix and covered the
top of the meatloaf with strips of bacon which added a good deal of flavor to the finished product.  
After forming two loaves, I cooked one meatloaf and froze the other.  I baked the meatloaf in a pan which allowed the grease from the bacon to drip through.  You could also cook the meatloaf on a rack.  
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Needlework: Knit Set for Baby

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 Once again here is my favorite zip up hooded sweater  as well as a matching  helmet hat, mittens and baby blanket.   A perfect addition to baby's winter wardrobe!  
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Recipe: Pizza Fondu

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PIZZA FONDUE
 Ingredients:
1  16 oz. can tomato sauce
1  8 oz. package shredded mozzarella
3 tbsps. Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp. parsley flakes
1 tbsp. oregano

Directions:
Heat tomato sauce in a saucepan or microwave.  When hot, add Parmesan cheese, parsley flakes and oregano.  Add mozzarella.  Stir until melted.  Transfer to a fondue dish and serve with cubed French bread.
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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Needlework: Grey and Burgundy Raglan Sweater

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This sweater pattern can be knitted for men, woman as well as children.  The pattern book contains numerous variations of this raglan pattern which is worked in one piece on round needles from the neck down.  The book, Knitted Seamless Raglans by Leisure Arts  is currently available on amazon.com.
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Friday, January 17, 2014

Recipe: Microwave Brownie in a Mug

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Ingredients:
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
pinch of salt
2 tbsps. unsweetened cocoa
2 tbsps. olive oil
3 tbsps. Spring water
ice cream (optional)
Directions:
Add dry ingredients to the mug.  Add oil and water.  Mix until consistent.
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Put in the microwave and cook for 1 minute and 
40 seconds.
Remove from the microwave.  It's hot!
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This is not the same tasty brownie you would get when making a full recipe from scratch but it is a fair substitution if you are looking for a quick snack
or a fun recipe to make with a child. 
Add ice cream and a little hot caramel sauce and enjoy!

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Needlework: Honeycomb Panel Pullovers

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 Another version of a seamless raglan pullover is the honeycomb panel pullover.  The pattern also ranges from size 9 mos. to size 50. This booklet, "Knitted Seamless Raglans by Leisure Arts" is currently available on amazon.com .  These sweaters are unique in that they are knitted from the top down on circular needles.
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