Thursday, November 20, 2014

Just got done making a ruffle scarf.. love the colors of this Patons Pirouette shimmer in deep wine

Find the free pattern at
ruffle scarf pattern

Monday, November 17, 2014

my take on Salisbury steak and baked potatoes

This post has been edited on 11/18/14
I forgot to add one ingredient to the Salisbury steaks... green chillie.. I was pretty tired is all I can..
they can be made with out them but around here it's a must in most dishes lol
I love getting dinner ideas from friends and web posts.. this one was inspired by a few posts and chatting with friends..
one friend shared a photo of her dinner that include mushroom gravy... loving the stuff and not having it in awhile I started to plot out a dinner menu that didn't include my usual main dish for mushroom gravy.. steak ..  my jaw is still giving me issues from cracking it in a fall a while ago.. I have been adding more foods to my diet again but there is no way I can eat steak yet, truth be told we don't eat much red meat even when all is going good... but that mushroom gravy sounded too good to pass up.. the deal I found on jarred mushrooms at the dollar store didn't hurt, even though I normally use fresh.. 
not long after the gravy photo was shared... a slow cooker Salisbury steak recipe was shared .. followed by a talk at a party of baked potatoes...
To start off I pre -cooked whole washed and pierced potatoes in a pot of water with a good amount of garlic and some sea salt... after they get almost tender enough to poke to the center with a fork.. I wrap them in aluminum foil lightly coated with both garlic powder and sea salt... bake until done at a medium heat ( 350 )
not having a large slow cooker, I decided to go with pan frying my own recipe of Salisbury steaks.. 
about five pound of ground round or low fat hamburger, one box of turkey stuffing, low sodium type ( cuts down on the red meat ), 3 fresh eggs, about a pound and a half of medium heat chopped green chillie a bit of onion and garlic powder to taste ... mix together and let set for a few minutes before pressing into patties.. cook over a low heat covered, turning as needed until done ( lightly browned ).. this makes over a dozen good sized patties... I only used one pan layering them and repositioning top to bottom as needed, draining the grease as I did so
for the gravy I used a 32 oz. box beef stock ( low sodium and MSG free ) with about half a box of added water and heated to almost a boil.. added a bit of cayenne powder, sea salt with a touch both garlic and onion powder...  some flower to thicken it close to the texture I wanted.. then a touch of corn starch.. until thickened to liking, in a separate pot from patties  .. 
by adding the garlic powder ( not garlic salt ) in the start of cooking you get a nice mild flavor.. ( I use a mix of iodized sea salt and Himalayan pink sea salt )
some frozen veggies on the side and it was a huge hit...
it was such a big hit no one minded having leftovers the next night, I placed the patties in a glass baking dish with the gravy smothering it, covered.. on the top rack of the oven, with the potatoes still in foil on the bottom rack at a medium to low heat.... we had run out of frozen veggies so we sliced a few freshly ripped tomatoes ( taken off the vines while still green before the first freeze ) and sprinkled the with parsley flakes and white vinegar.. another take on a wonder recipe shared by a good friend who is a great chef ...

I forgot to take a photo before starting as it too hard to wait having already tasting it the night before lol

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Pylmouth yarn free hat pattern

A friend asked if I could make a hat like this.. turns out this is a free pattern from Plymouth Yarn... while I would have liked the pattern to include the increases instead of just increase evenly until such and such number of stitches, it does make a nice hat..
the pattern can be found here at Plymouth Yarn

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Redheart toe-up slippers

I'm in need of house socks/slippers again..... after making dozens of knit pairs I wanted to give crochet a go on a few pair.. I found this simple free pattern on
not a big fan of pomp-pomps I just added a few extra rounds of the main color.. other than that I followed the pattern.... quick to make, comfy and I learned how to make one style of after though heels in crochet..
toe- up slippers

Friday, October 3, 2014

Drangonfly free crochet pattern

I have this thing for dragonflies... I live in an area where I'm lucky enough to see them almost daily during warm weather... we get many visitors in our home ( each carefully returned to the outdoors ) of many sizes and colors ... after watching them fly around my work table a while back I decided to make a few crochet ones... I gave away the first few before I took a photo ... so I just had to make a few more :D

I used floss ( the type used to make friendship bracelets ) with a size B1 2.25mm hook

I make the body and wings separately and seem the wings on... for stiffener I use Mod Podge brand, and add one coat of Puffy Paint in silver glitter

I like to use 3 colors but I'm sure they would look great with one or two...

ch = chain stitch
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
tr = triple crochet

chain 15
in second chain from hook sl st, sl st 6, sc 6, in last chain sc 2, hdc 1, sc 1, hdc 1, sc 2, fasten off, weave in ends before adding wings.

Note : Leave tails on wings long enough to seem them to the body... weave in end on the back side of each wing.

Top wings, make two
ch 15
 sl st 1 into second chain from hook, in the following chain stitches, sc 2, hdc1, dc 3, tr 1, dc 3, hdc 1, sc 2, fasten off

Bottom wings, make two
ch 11
sl st into the second stitch from hook, in the following chain stitches, sc 2, hdc 1, dc 2, hdc 1, sc 2, sl st 1, fasten off

seem wings on using photo as guide, pin in place before adding stiffener... attach to hair clip or pin

Saturday, August 23, 2014

More crochet drawstring bags

I just love little bags... they are so much fun to make, have so many uses... can be worn around your keck on your belt, hang in your car or any place for that matter... I charge many with reiki energies, by doing so you can send reiki to some one by writing down their name on a slip of paper and placing it in the bag... charge crystals or other small items...
I'm planning on selling a few these reiki charged bags at a up coming fair. I've been making them out of many types of yarn. So far this is my favorite pattern for crocheting them... they can be made in any size by adding more increases at the start of the pattern as well as adding rows...

here is the basic idea...

single crochet 8 times in a magic circle, slip stitch join

chain one, single crochet into base of last stitch, single crochet twice into each stitch

(    if a larger bag is wanted
 *single crochet twice into next stitch, single crochet one stitch* repeat to end
 *single crochet twice into next stitch, single crochet two stitches* repeat to end
 *single crochet twice into next stitch, single crochet three stitches* repeat to end     )

 single crochet all stitches until you reach the size you like

to make the area where the drawstring is threaded through do a round of twisted double crochet join with a slip stitch

chain two, *single crochet, chain one* repeat to end slip stitch to join and fasten off.

I made a simple chain stitch cord for the drawstring, weave it through the space created by the twisted stitches
I added beads to some charms to others :)

these are very similar to my other drawstring bag crochet pattern.. the difference being the way the area for the drawstring is constructed...
you can find that pattern here 
drawstring bags

Friends free tea candle cozy pattern

A friend of my has been crocheting for sometime now but never wrote down any of her patterns until now... it's a garden tea candle cozy, although I thought of other uses while making mine ( shown in photo )... my son is always starting new plants in jars this would make a nifty way to hang them... of course I thought it would be a cool way to hang needles as well lol

find pattern here