Deco-Mesh Christmas Wreath

Merry Christmas everyone.  I'm making wreaths this year.  This one was put together and taken apart so many times, but I finally got some great advice from the guy in the floral department at Michael's.  My mesh was too wide (21") for my foam frame, which was 12".  He advised me to fold the mesh in half, which also helps create some bulk.  Lots of floral pins were used, and my glue gun was put to good use.  I am very happy with the result!  This picture doesn't do it justice though.  My next one will be a frosty blue and white, with accents.  What a great learning experience.  Many thanks go out to all of the great YouTube video tutorials as well!  You guys rock!

Blueberry Oat Muffins

I used fresh blueberries, and added a dash of vanilla I purchased in the Dominican.  Also a tsp of vanilla.  Delicious!  Recipe from "4H Favorites", Alberta 4-H 75th Anniversary Committee.

1 cup of rolled oats 1 cup of buttermilk or sour milk
1 cup of flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup melted butter or margarine

1 cup blueberries, fresh or if frozen, thawed and drained

Preheat oven to 400.  Combine oats and buttermilk in a small bowl and let stand.  Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and brown sugar; stir well.  Add egg and melted butter to oat mixture.  Add oat mixture to dry ingredients at once.  Stir just until all ingredients are moistened.  Gently fold in blueberries.  Fill well-greased muffin tins 3/4 full.  Bake at 400 F for 15-22 minutes.  Yields 12 muffins.

Peep! Easter Peeps Take On A New Look!

Peep! Easter Peeps Take On A New Look!:
Peeps! We love them in yellows, purples and pinks. We love them white and speckled, big and small, we do love our Peeps! This latest project pays homage to this obsession with a true Easter project. Quick Knit these little cuties, the FREE pattern is HERE from Just Crafty Enough! …

Carreteiro (ka-hey-tay-ro)

This recipe is very easy and surprisingly tasty, with just four ingredients.  You can use lean ground beef, turkey or chicken.  I chose ground turkey, and now this is my total fav!  There are numerous variations of Carreteiro recipes on the internet, depending on the region.  I'm hooked, and love that it's healthy.  Here is the link to the recipe, along with Ana's great how-to cook video.

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zencrafting: Celebrate World Intellectual Property Day

zencrafting: Celebrate World Intellectual Property Day: "April 26 is World Intellectual Property Day , and this year's theme is 'Designing the Future.' 'Intellectual property' is writing, music, d..."

Three Things for which I am Most Thankful

1.  My knit sampler hat looks good in red too.  Next... in a beautiful green.
2.  Ryley & Kayla are the cutest and such sweet little pickles! 

3.  I posted my first recipe on All Recipes Hamburger, Beef and Vegetable Soup  Why?  That's what you do when you're snowed-in!

What are 3 things for which you are most thankful?

Women's Sample Hat (Knit)

A coworker saw me knitting one of my dishcloths one day.  "Can you knit me a hat?  You know, one that covers my ears, but keeps my hair fluffy and doesn't cause a lot of static?"  *Uhm... I'm a beginner.  Never used dpn's before.  How long do I have? *gulp*  In other words, how old do you want to be when you receive a decent hat?!  I'm also a slow knitter.  My coworker is young, slender, trendy.  I was nervous.  So she agreed on this hat, and if it didn't work out, then I would try another pattern.  It turns out that Ashley loves her hat after all, and she calls it "Super Cute"!  I am relieved, and very pleased.  I'm so not a hat person.  You'll have to put up with Ms. Styro-head.  I would highly recommend this pattern to newbie knitters.  Women's Sampler Hat I used YouTube videos to help ease me in to dpn's.  I will be making another one in green, and one in red!