26/150: Back to School

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Back to school season! My little guy is going into grade one, he is so excited. I’m excited to finally get a break. More crocheting, more baking, more blogging. Just all around more relaxation. Less coffee- I don’t think so. He did very well with his first week back. Have I accomplished much? Not really, still sinking in that I don’t have a kid here all day. My husband will be working more, so I will have more time to work on my projects.

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I got a new blender last week. The Ninja brand. It was a 80$ blender on sale for 50$. I have been wanting a Ninja set and this one is even better then the one I wanted. This thing whips up a smoothie in 30 seconds and cleans so easy. Those blades. Sharp.

Fruits Ahoy!

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I love fruits and vegetables, so in celebration of this amazing blender I want to share a basic smoothie recipe with you. They are great for breakfast, lunch, snack, on the go and my personal fave: detoxing.

Note: These are approximate portions. If it is to thick, ad a little bit of juice at a time till desitred thickness. If too runny, add ice or another scoop of frozen yogurt.

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Fruit Smoothie

6 oz fruit punch or berry punch

2 tbsp frozen mangos

2 tbsp frozen strawberries

1 tbsp Frozen Pineapples

1/2 banana

1 (heaping) tbsp frozen yogurt (your choice! try Vanilla or Triple Berry)

Throw all ingredients in blender. Blend til smooth. Serve. Enjoy. Feel free to mix it up. add blueberries, raspberries, kale, spinach. Feel free to substitute Juice for milk, almond milk or coconut milk. 


 

 

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25/150: Strawberry Cream Tarts

Strawberries & Cream

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Yum Yum Yum. My favorite dessert has got to be strawberries and cream. As long as I have whipping cream and strawberries in the house, I can make a bang on dessert. My usual route is vanilla cupcakes but last night I got adventurous.

I purchased these small tart shells a while back. I left them in the freezer, until last night. I decided to use them for a quick easy dessert.

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I pulled out the whipping cream and added a tbsp vanilla and a tbsp white sugar then mixed it up. I let it set in the fridge while I tended to my presliced, thawed strawberries.

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I added some sugar and honey, then I put them in the fridge to set while I baked my empty tart shells. When the sells were cooked, I let them cool for a while (15-30 mins) then filled them: one scoop whip cream, one scoop strawberries, one scoop whip cream, one scoop strawberries.

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You may fill them however you like, and use whatever fruit you choose. Try using fresh fruit!

I hope you enjoy this treat as much as I do! It works up quick, and is made with relatively healthy ingredients.

24/150: Coffee, Crochet & Captain Janeway

Coffee & Captain Janeway

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In case you don’t know, Captain Janeway is the lead character on the show Star Trek: Voyager. It aired during my formative years, 1995-2001.  My dad was a huge Star Trek fan. We watched all the TV series and movies. Recently, my husband and I began to re-watch Voyager. I really admire Captain Janeway; and she loves coffee almost as much as I do. I love everything this woman says, and she always stands up for herself and her crew. There are not many lead female characters these days with her kind of integrity. I admire her for this. It is my evening ritual (after dinner is cleaned up) to sit down, turn on Voyager and crochet (is this still the 90’s?). In my old age I’ll be crocheting and wondering why it always makes me think of Star Trek.


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Messy Bun Hat, in progress

Back to my coffee and the matter at hand. I started a Messy Bun hat. I used Red Heart Camo Wool and Red Heart Comfort magenta for the outlines. I followed the idea of this pattern, but used a smaller hook.

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I’ve started a similar project with multi-colours. I am going to make some gloves to go with them. I will try to type up the actual pattern I’m using so you guys can participate too. Hopefully I can sell a few this winter, both locally and online. I am not overly confident in my skills. So making stuff for anyone other than my kids is nerve racking. I’m focusing on building a collection of merchandise. I’ve also began working on an online store. I will link it when it’s done.

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Looks Great!


 

Gardening Update!

 

 

My flower is still growing. It’s been struggling with the heat and the smoke. There has been no measurable rainfall for almost 3 months. Despite all that, my flower is pulling through and growing a third stalk. It is almost time to transplant to a larger pot.

 


 

Apologies for the short and scarce posts. I’m actually working on many projects right now. Most of them are 75% finished, I plan on finishing them up as I finish up Season 4 of Voyager.  School resumes on Wednesday so I may have more time during the week, if I choose not to waste it. 

22/150: Preparation for Fall!

 

Back to School means Back to Fall!

 

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Good morning! With all this heat and all these fires around me, I’m desperately craving fall. The cool breezes, the changing colours, Apple Spice Tea. We can’t forget Halloween. What are you planning on doing? I’m not a big celebrator of Halloween, but I have a 6 year old, so it’s fun to dress up and eat lots of candy. I would like to make my costumes this year, but I have barely got around to familiarising myself with my sewing machine. It has a tension problem I need to fix. Crocheting is a fun fall and winter activity, even though I did it all summer long. When buying yarn the other day, the teller was like “knitting already?” I laughed and said “I Crochet all year long!”

In preparation for this favourite season, I have compiled a list of  fall inspired Patterns and recipes. I hope that posting these will inspire me to get up and get my Crojo back.

Fall Inspired Crochet Items

 

1: Candy Corn Dress

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Who doesn’t love candy corn this time of year? This baby/toddler dress is so adorable I may have to replicate it in my size.

 

 

 

 

 

2: Candy Corn Leg Warmers

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I want to make a pair of leg warmers and these will work up quick and easy. Change the colors to suit your preference. I may go with less bold coloring. I may have to make that previous dress and pair it with these. What a cute fall outfit.

3: Candy Bowl

ghostbowl I will probably make a few bowls/baskets this fall. They are so versatile, and much better then the cheap plastic ones from the dollar store. Change up the design, the colors, the size and add your own personality to it. Fill them and give them away at holidays or birthdays.

 

 

 

 

4: Cowboy booties

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I love cowboy boots and if I had a baby, she would have all sorts of homemade items like these. Modify the pattern to fit your feet if you’re ambitious. I may replicate this pattern in my size for some cute slippers this winter.

 

 

 

 

5: Messy bun beanie

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Who doesn’t love a fun beanie? And wearing your hair up at the same time? Try these, they are cute, fun and simple. I’m working on this pattern right now. I will let you know how it turns out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tasty fall recipes

I cannot wait to try out these gems. I love fruit and veges so these make my mouth water as we speak. I want to share these with you and you can be certain I will be trying many of them. I have a lot of apples right now, and I am always looking for creative ways to use them. (I can’t just eat an apple, I have to dress it up!)

 

  1. Hasselback Apples

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I came across this one by chance, I cannot wait to try it. Don’t they look so tasty? Yum!

 

2.  Carrot Apple Saladcarrot-and-apple-salad-101961734.jpg

Bless Rachel Ray. Her recipes always come out amazing and I cannot wait to try this salad with my next big meal.

 

3: Apple Peanut butter cookies

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I was looking for some tasty fall inspired cookies and found these to fit my Apple theme. I enjoy peanut butter cookies and my kids like apples with peanut butter so why not mix the two for a beautiful fusion of flavors?

 

 

 

 

4: Brown Butter Apple Loaf

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Oh my goodness does this ever look tasty! I love breads and loafs. They always work up so fast and go great with my coffee!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5: Stacked applesauce Cake

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This one is on here because it looked so darn delicious my mouth started watering. I will probably try this during the fall/winter. So simple, you can dress it up or eat as is. Yum

 

 

 


I hope you enjoyed this list. I haven’t been feeling inspired lately so I thought I would round up some inspiration for all of us. Don’t be shy to share your attempts with me in comments. I appreciate your continued support!

21/150: Sunday Dinner

Good morning everyone. It’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been taking my time with my current project. School is on the horizon, hopefully I can get more done this winter. I’ve been putting off sewing because every time I clean up my room and my sewing corner, it gets used for something else.

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Today’s recipes brought to you by Better Homes & Garden 

It’s been a while since I posted any recipes. I have a lot of recipe books so I want to share some of my favorites with you. My all time favorite go to appetizer is Bruschetta. Yum. Individually I am not a fan of the ingredients but once they are fused together you have a delightful treat.

Today I am going to share with you an entire meal. I hope you cook along with me!

Appetizer: Bruschetta

Prep-Cooking time: Total 35 min makes approx 36 (Go ahead and half it!)

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1 tbsp Oilve Oil

1 tbsp (fresh) chives

1 tbsp (fresh) basil

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 clove garlic, minced

2 cups chopped roma and/or yellow tomato

0.5 cup finely chopped red onion

salt and fresh ground pepper

1 8-oz baguette, french style; cut in 0.5 inch slices and toasted*

  1. In medium bowl, stir together olive oil, chives, basil, lemon juice, and garlic. Add tomato and onion, toss to coat; season to taste
  2. To serve, use slotted spoon to scoop mixture onto each slice of toast. 

* I don’t toast the baguette before adding the mixture. I brush the baguette slices lightly with olive oil then add a thin slice of mozzarella  cheese or a scoop of shredded mozza then I toast it all together. 

 

Nutritional Info (per slice)

23 cal; 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat); 0 mg chol; 43 mg sodium; 4 g carb; 0 g fiber; 0 g pro

Daily Values:  91 % vit A; 2% vit C; 1 % cal; 1% iron


 

Main Course: Chicken Parmigiana and Risotto

Chicken Parmigiana:

Prep: 30 min / Cook 25 min / 4 servings.

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0.33 (1/3) cup chopped onion

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tbsp butter

1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained

0.5 tsp of salt

1/8 tsp salt

dash of pepper

0.25 cup fresh basil

2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

0.33 (1/3) cup bread crumbs

4 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

0.5 tsp dried oregano, crushed

1 egg, beaten

2 tbsp milk

3 tbsp oilve oil

0.25 cup shredded mozza

1.For sauce: In a medium saucepan cook onion and garlic in hot butter over medium heat until tender. Carefully stir in undrained tomatoes, sugar, salt and pepper. Bring to boil, reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered approx 10 min or to desired consistency*, stirring occasionally. Stir in basil, set aside; keep warm.

2. Meanwhile, place each chicken half between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Using Flat side of meat mallet, pound chicken lightly to approx 0.25 inch. Remove Plastic.

3. In shallow dish, stir bread crumbs, parm cheese and oregano. In second dish, stir egg and milk together. Dip chicken in egg mixture, then in crumb mixture to coat. 

4. In large skillet, cook chicken in hot oil over medium heat for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden. Transfer chicken to serving platter. 

5. Spoon sauce over chicken. Top with Mozzarella and remaining Parm. Let stand 2 min or till cheese melts. 

 

*Creamy Tomato Sauce: After preparing sauce, add 3 tbsp whipping cream, half and half or light cream, stirring constantly/ Cook and stir for 3 minutes more, then add basil.

Nutritional Info: Per 3 oz chicken & 1/3 cup sauce

418 cal; 24g fat (9g sat); 152 mg chol; 715 g sodium; 15g carb; 1 g fibre; 34 g pro

Daily: 11% Vit A; 24% Vit C; 19% cal; 11% iron

 

Risotto:

Prep: 10 minutes/ cook: 15 min/Makes 4 servings

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0.5 cup chopped onion

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp butter

1 cup uncooked arborio rice* (I usually use Jasmine or Basmati, whatever is on hand)

2 14oz cans chicken broth

0.5 cup finely grated Parmesan or Asiago (or a mixture)

1/8 tsp black pepper

 

  1. In large saucepan, cook onion and garlic hot oil and 1 tbsp of butter until onion is tender. Add rice. Cook and stir over medium heat 2-3 min or until rice begins to brown
  2. In another sauce pan, bring broth to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer. Slowly add 1 cup broth to the rice mixture, stirring constantly. Continue to cook and stir until liquid is absorbed. Add another 0.5 cup to rice mixture, stirring constantly. Continue to cook and stir until liquid absorbed. Add remaining broth, 0.5 cup at a time. Stir constantly until liquid is absorbed. (approx 15 min)
  3. Stir in remaining butter, Parm and pepper.

 

Nutritional Info per 3/4 cup:

290 cal; 16g fat (6g sat); 23 mg chol; 685mg sodium; 30g carb; 0 g fiber; 8 g protein

Daily: 5% vit A; 2% vit C; 13% calcium; 12% iron


Thank you for joining me today. I hope you enjoy this dinner as much as I do! Have a great Sunday!

20/150: Project Update!

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Sackboy and Flareon catch a Mew!

A while back, I purchased some beautiful pink Bernat Satin yarn. Three Full skeins for 6$ at the Sal Thrift Shop. For a long time I was unsure of what to do with this beautiful yarn. Then I found this pattern by Wolfdreamer and decided plushies are definitely the route to go. They need to be soft to snuggle, so why not use my satin yarn? I am addicted to this yarn now. It doesn’t agitate my eczema and it is so soft. This pink yarn was the perfect colour for Mew. My creation, as usual, turned out a little different than intended but I am happy with it.

 

I used a 4.5 mm hook, even though the yarn calls for 5-5.5 mm. I wanted a nice, tight stitch. I had issues sewing him together, but in the end I decided on this style instead of the original pattern. It matches my Flareon and it’s super cute. I used felt for the eyes, blue on white. Then sewed them on with regular thread.

I am addicted to making these plushies and soon I will get the hang of stitching them together. I can’t wait to make more and share them with you.


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I hope this post inspired you to make some of your own items. If I inspire even one of you, I feel like I’ve done my work.

19/150: Hang in there

As I sit here at 5 am, pondering life and sipping my coffee, I notice the pink sky with the rising sun. “Pink sky at night is a sailor’s delight, Pink sky in the morning is a sailor’s warning“. My grandmother used to say that all the time. How true will this be today? I heard rumours about thunderstorms… I know it’s been a while since my last update, but that’s summer, unpredictable, especially around here.

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My Guardian Angel

I had to take my son to an appointment the other day so we went to the park after. This little guy decided to keep us company the entire time we were there. When I was ready to leave, he did to. Dragonflies are spirits. Those we love who have passed on. I was very close to my grandmother, so I choose to believe she was watching over me. I’m inspired to make some dragonfly themed items. Any ideas?

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We’ve had a break from the smoke for the last few days, so we took a trip out of town on Wednesday. We visited my husband’s grandparents and did some thrift shopping. We hit up 5 thrift shops in one corner of the city. It was a productive day, I got some really nice yarn for really cheap and my boys got to load up on toys.

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Cool cloud on the way to Kelowna. Do you see the Bull?

This nearing Solar eclipse has inspired me so I’ve done some writing, when I’m brave enough, I will post it for you. I am building a website especially for my work. So hang in there.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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I”m almost finished another project, hopefully it is posted by the end of the day. There are a few new projects on the horizon. I’m going to stock my collection for winter sales. Wish me luck.

Hopefully this little guy is sewn together today. I will excitedly share the result with you. He was so much fun to make!

 

Have a great day everyone. If you live in BC, stay out of the smoke and keep safe! Have a great Saturday!