Sunday, October 5, 2014

Recipe: Pumpkin Bread

I love fall!  Today was one of the first cold days.  When we woke up, it was 39°F.  We made our first fire in our fireplace and have kept it going all day because it hasn't warmed up too much.  The weather really put me in the mood for fall food.  So, in the afternoon, we made pumpkin bread and for dinner we made pot roast.

This pumpkin bread recipe has been a fall staple since the first time I had it.  I got the recipe from my husband's cousin and during this season, it is a recipe a go to often.



Pumpkin Bread

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups canned pumpkin
4 eggs
1 cup canola oil
2/3 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Combine the first 7 ingredients.  Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and then add the pumpkin, eggs, oil, water, and vanilla into the well.  Mix with an electric mixer until smooth.  Divide evenly among 3 greased loaf pans.  Bake for 1 hour.  Cool, remove from loaf pans, and enjoy!  This bread freezes really well.  Just cool completely, wrap in saran wrap, and then put in a freezer bag.  To enjoy from the freezer, just remove the bagged, wrapped loaf and thaw on the counter.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Recipe: Sausage and Pepper Pasta

I try to plan out my dinners one week in advance.  It makes dinner time easier since I know what I am going to make ahead of time instead of figuring it out at the last minute.  But, sometimes, I just don't want the meal I planned on having.  That's how this meal was created.  Instead of my planned meal, I wanted some kind of spaghetti that was a little different than my normal recipe.  Adding the green pepper to the dish made it so delicious and just a little different.


Sausage and Pepper Pasta

1 tbsp canola oil
1 pound italian sausage
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp italian seasoning
1 15 oz. can Don Pepinos pizza sauce
1 14.5 oz. can stewed tomatoes
pasta, prepared according to package

Heat the canola oil over medium high heat.  Cut the sausage into 1-inch pieces.  Brown the sausage in the oil.
Then turn the heat down to medium and add the onions and peppers.  Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the onions turn translucent and the peppers soften.
Next add the garlic.
Then add the salt, pepper, and italian seasoning.
Stir everything together and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Next add the pizza sauce and stewed tomatoes.  Break the large pieces of stewed tomato up with a spoon as you stir.
Bring to the boil then reduce to simmer.  Simmer for about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook the type of pasta that you like according to the package.  When the noodles and sauce are both cooked, toss the noodles in the sauce or spoon the sauce over the noodles and serve.  Enjoy!







Thursday, April 3, 2014

Free Crochet Pattern: Bunny Baby Toy

With Spring already here and Easter coming, I have been thinking about designing something with a bunny.  This is what I came up with-

This would make a really cute baby gift paired with any of my baby blanket patterns.

Materials needed:
• U.S. I/9- 5.5 MM crochet hook
• Worsted weight yarn in 3 colors- used here:
          -Color A- Red Heart Super Saver- Aran- for ring, body, & ears
          -Color B- Red Heart Super Saver- Aruba Sea- scraps for eyes
          -Color C- Lion Brand Pound of Love- Pink- scraps for inside of ears & nose
• Poly-Fil or stuffing of your choice
• Tapestry needle for sewing in the ends
• Stitch marker to make rounds


Abbreviations:
• ch= chain
• sc= single crochet
• sc2tog= single crochet 2 together= insert your hook into the first stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on the hook
• sl st= slip stitch

Finished size:
• 7¼” from tip of ear to bottom of ring

Ring (Make 1):
1: With color A, ch 5, join with sl st to first ch. Sc in each stitch around and keep sc around until the piece measures about 6 inches, or longer if you like.
Stuff the piece using the Poly-Fil and then sew the sides together to form a ring.

Ears (Make 2):
1: With color A, make a magic ring, ch 1, 4 sc in the ring, pull tight to close the ring (4 sc)
2: 2 sc in each stitch around (8 sc)
3: *2 sc in the first, sc in the next.  Repeat from the * around. (12 sc)
4: Sc in each stitch around (12 sc)
5: Sc in each stitch around (12 sc)
6: Sc in each stitch around (12 sc)
7: Sc in each stitch around (12 sc)
8: *Sc2tog, sc in the next.  Repeat from the * around. (8 sc)
9: Sc in each stitch around (8 sc)
10: Sc in each stitch around (8 sc).  Pull up your loop and leave it there to pick up after you complete the inner ear portion.

Surface crochet the pink inside of the ear 

  

Insert your hook at the spot where you want the top of the inner ear to begin.  Push your hook down until it comes out of the bottom of the ear and draw up the color you are using for your inner ear.

  

Begin to surface crochet down the length of the ear to the point where you want the bottom of your inner ear to end.

Turn and surface crochet back up the length of the ear.  When you reach the tip of your inner ear, finish off.

11: Pick up the loop of the main ear that you dropped before and sc2tog around (4 sc)

I didn’t stuff the ears but if you would like to, you can do that now.

Head (Make 1):
1: With color A, make a magic ring, ch 1, 6 sc in the ring, pull tight to close the ring (6 sc)
2: 2 sc in each stitch around (12 sc)
3: *2 sc in the first, sc in the next.  Repeat from the * around. (18 sc)
4: *2 sc in the first, sc in the next, 1 sc in the next.  Repeat from * around. (24 sc)
5: Sc in each stitch around (24 sc)
6: Sc in each stitch around (24 sc)
7: Sc in each stitch around (24 sc)
8: Sc in each stitch around (24 sc)
9: *Sc2tog, sc in the next, sc in the next.  Repeat from the * around. (18 sc) Pull up your loop and leave it there to pick up after you sew the eyes & nose and attach the ears.

Now, sew the eyes (using Color B) and the nose (using Color C) and then attach the ears to the head.

  

10: Pick up the loop of the head that you dropped before and *sc2tog, sc in the next.  Repeat from the * around. (12 sc)

Stuff the head then continue.

11: Sc2tog around (6 sc)
12: Sc2tog 1 more time, or until the bottom of the head is closed to your liking
Sew the finished head to the finished ring and weave in any remaining ends.

 



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Monday, March 24, 2014

Granny Squares Blanket!

I am setting out to make another blanket.  The last big blanket that I finished was towards the end of last year.  It was a beautiful rainbow ripple blanket.  


I followed the ripple pattern from here.  And, I followed the border pattern from here.  I loved making this blanket!  The ripples were soothing and relaxing to crochet and the colors are cheerful and happy.  I am really happy with the way it turned out.  Since then, I have written a few baby blanket patterns- available here.  

But, I am getting the itch to make another big, beautiful, and colorful blanket yet again.  This time I've decided on doing granny squares!  I am going to use a traditional granny pattern.  I am not entirely sure if I want to do 3 rounds or 4 rounds for each square.  I have drawn this up to follow.  If decide to do only three, I’ll just omit the fourth row.


Here are the few that I have started-



Lots more to come :)