Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas to Me

Finished up a little project I started a year ago.  A big project for me as I really don't know much about crochet. It ended up taking me over a year to finish it since I stuffed it in a box over the summer and forgot about it.  Happy enough with the way it turned out for keeping for myself.  I'll have to make another one now.  Size is just over 20 inches in diameter and the pattern is from Decorative crochet. You can find it on Picasa Web if you do a search for Decorative Crochet Magazine.

Since I finished it just in time for Christmas....this is my present to me:)  Merry Christmas everyone!!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Baked Potato Soup for a Chilly Day

I just love the fall.  The opportunity to do all kinds of new things is there.  Cold weather cooking, preserving, and starting to craft Christmas gifts.....Not  to mention the change in scenery.  With my son returning from a weekend camping trip....I decided to try my hand at a soup he had enjoyed at Red Robin a few weeks ago.  I'm happy with the way it turned out and will definitely be making it again as it was tasty, and didn't require anything that you wouldn't have on hand......with the exception of optional instant mashed potatoes.

Baked Potato Soup
4 strips of bacon, chopped
1/2 large cooking onion, chopped
1 stick celery, diced
3 cups chicken stock
1 1/2 cups milk
2 medium sized russet potatoes, diced
1/2 large carrot diced
salt and pepper to taste
1/4- 1/2 cup instant mashed potato flakes (optional)

Garnish with sour cream, onion greens and shredded cheddar cheese

In heavy bottom dutch oven fry chopped bacon, onion, and celery until bacon is nearly crisp over medium heat...stirring often so as not to burn the bacon.  Add in chicken stock and milk and potatoes.  Simmer until potatoes are fork tender.  Add in carrots and cook until done to your liking.   Season with salt and pepper to taste.  To thicken soup, add instant mashed potatoes  a heaping tbsp at a time until desired thickness is reached. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Sewing Project for Teacher's Gift

This little project caught my eye some time ago, so I set up a swap to trade them.  Since my partner has already received this swap....I think I'm pretty safe to post the photo here now.  It was made using the pattern here, and was a pretty quick and, I think,....pretty cute project too.  If you pull the leaves at the top, the keys move up inside of the owl so you can hang them up without keys marking up your wall.  I think I may just make another for an end of year teacher's gift........What do you think??