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Granny Square Baby Sweater Update

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Granny Square Baby Sweater Update:

I'm still working on the granny square baby sweater and I'm looking forward for this project to be over.  I worked on the sweater for a little bit yesterday afternoon and last night and stayed up working until 11:30pm.  I was so tired yesterday when I went to bed, but I think that I was on a roll sewing together all of those squares (38 in total).  I love crocheting the granny squares, but I hate the putting together process.  There are many ways of putting the squares together.  I chose to sew mine together.  Next time I want to try crocheting the squares together to see if it is easier and faster.  This is the first time I have ever made a granny square baby sweater and it is a lot of work.  I did not have anyone in mind in my family when I decided to make the sweater because no one is having a baby girl, but I wanted to challenge myself to make something different and more difficult than I usually do and I'm glad I did.  It is good to challenge yourself!  My mom had given me the yarn a long time ago because she said that she wasn't going to use it and I said that I would take the yarn because I love the color.  When she gave me the yarn I did not realize at the time that the yarn is from England and it is so soft.  The yarn is Sadar  Snuggly Magic.  Well I just love the name of the yarn.  I just have a little bit more left to do and I will be finished with the sweater.  I wish I had enough yarn to make a blanket but I do not but I can always buy more yarn to make the blanket at some point.

Here is a picture of my progress on the sweater:

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Escarole and Beans Soup Recipe

Sunday, January 27, 2013

This is a great dish to make for lunch or dinner.  It tastes great with thick sliced Italian Bread.



1 15oz. can of small white beans or a can of cannellini beans
1  8oz. can of tomato sauce
2 teaspoons of garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 head of escarole, chopped in half, cleaned
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup of water


Take one head of escarole and chop in half and rinse clean with water, then put into a large bowl and set aside.  In a large dutch oven pot add olive oil and chopped garlic, sauté until lightly browned.  Next, open the can of white beans and rinse with water and drain.  Take cleaned escarole and put in the pot and sauté for about 5 minutes, add tomato sauce and small white beans and 1 cup of water and spices and cook for about a half hour or until escarole is tender.  The escarole will wilt and cook down and becomes like soup.  Serve in bowls.  Enjoy!

Yummy Escarole and Beans Soup!

For a healthy soup recipe try this out and it will become a family favorite! 

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Baby Sweater Progress

Monday, January 21, 2013

Baby Sweater

The baby sweater that I have been working on is a pattern from FaveCrafts.com and I'm working on the Tweed Baby Jacket.  The yarn is Caron Wintuk in the the color Fisherman 3062.  The other day I worked on the sweater for 2 1/2 hours.  The sweater is done in single crochet back loop.

Here is a picture of my progress:

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What Projects I am Working On

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

My Crochet Projects:

Right now I am working on a Baby Girl Granny Square Sweater that I crocheted.  The pattern is Lion Brand Babysoft (Baby Sweater and Hat) Pattern #: 10392AD.  The yarn that I am using is Sirdar Snuggly Magic, made in Wakefield, England.  I crocheted 38 granny squares and now they need to be sewn together to assemble the sweater.

Here is a picture of what I have made so far:

This is a picture of the yarn.

This is a picture of the assembly of the granny squares.

The next project that I am working on is also a crocheted baby sweater.  It is made in single crochet back loop.  The pattern is from FaveCrafts.com and it is the Tweed Baby Jacket.  For the pattern I am using Caron Wintuk yarn in the color Fisherman 3062.

This is a picture of the yarn.

This is a picture of the baby sweater that I am crocheting.

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Quinoa & Brown Rice Stuffed Peppers

Friday, January 11, 2013

Hi friends.  I have an easy and healthy recipe to share with you that does not involve any meat.  It's a stuffed pepper stuffed with rice and mozzarella cheese.  This recipe is perfect for Meatless Monday.



2 Pkgs. of Seeds of Change - Certified Organic - Quinoa & Brown Rice with Garlic (in the microwave oven it cooks up in 2 1/2 minutes if using 2 pkgs.)

1 - 8oz. Can of Tomato Sauce

Shredded or Sliced Mozzarella cheese

4 Red Peppers - Cleaned, the top cut off and cut in half for each pepper


Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a large flat tray with Pam.  Cook the rice in the microwave as the directions indicate on the package and put in a large bowl.  Then add 1 can of tomato sauce and mix all together.  Clean and cut the peppers in half and fill each pepper with the rice and add mozzarella on top of each pepper.  Put in the oven with tin foil on top for 15 minutes and when 15 minutes are up take off the tin foil and put back in oven for another 15 minutes.  You will be cooking in the oven for a total of 30 minutes until the peppers are done.  You can tell when the peppers are done when you stick a fork in the middle of the pepper and the fork slides in easy.

**  For this recipe I bought the Seeds of Change - Quinoa & Brown Rice with Garlic at Costco.

I hope you all enjoy this easy and delicious meal for a week night dinner.

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Friday, January 4, 2013

This is a really easy pasta recipe that I would like to share with you and it does not call for a lot of ingredients.  It's a family favorite in my house and I never have any leftovers.  Enjoy!


1/2 1b. bacon - cut into small pieces
1 can peas (Save juice from can of peas for the recipe)
1 lb. box ditalini pasta
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
 grated cheese

Cut bacon into small pieces and put into a large pot.  Fry the bacon until it is crispy.  Add 1 can of peas with juice to the pot and sauté.  Add salt and pepper to the peas and mix all together.  In another pot, cook the ditalini pasta until done according to the box directions.  You can cook a 1/2 to 1 pound box of pasta according to how much pasta you desire.  Drain pasta and add to the bacon and peas.  Mix everything together and serve.  Sprinkle with grated cheese.


I hope you try this recipe and let me know what you think!

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Thanks everyone and enjoy.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013


It's January and it is time to take down all of the Christmas decorations and put everything away.  It's also a time when everyone gets everything organized in their lives and homes.  I feel a little sad when I take down all of my Christmas decorations but a little happy also because I have something to look forward to at the end this year.  

I have been going through some of my knitting and crochet projects, yarn, and project bags.  It is a lot of work to try and keep all of this organized, but you have to go through everything every few months.  One of my new year resolutions for knitting and crocheting is to try and finish every project that I start before I start on something new.  

Today when I was going through all of my projects and I came across a project that I had started in October and I thought that it had looked good.  Well, it was a knitted scarf that I was going to make into a little cowl with buttons on it and I looked at it today and hated it.  I ripped it all out and I am going to make something else with the yarn.  It is a good idea to try and look at all of your unfinished projects and see if you still like them.

I also want to try and cook and eat healthier.  I am going to try and make healthy soups like lentil soup, escarole soup and healthy salads with our meals.

There are so many resolutions that you can make, but the best thing to do for the beginning of the year is to just try to stay organized.  Good luck everyone. 
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