Textured Crochet Dish Cloth

This dishcloth pattern comes from yarnspirations.com and is called “Speedy Texture Dishcloth”. I made this a few weeks ago and ended up using an entire ball of Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton. I failed to read that there were TWO balls required (hello, brain!) so I just finished out one ball instead. It was way longer than I wanted, so there was no need to carry on with buying another ball. I like the texture, though, so I may make a half width version at some point.

Anyway, this was made with an H hook and Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton in Butter Cream Ombre (I am not 100% sure that’s the color name, but it looks closest to that one).

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Simple Crochet Dish Cloth

I realize that my website has been cooking, for a long time. I also realize I hardly update these days. Well, I am less than 2 weeks away from graduating nursing school, so I am going to have time to actually blog again. I have been cooking off and on, but only documenting it on Pinterest! Anyway, I have also taken up crocheting as a hobby. I am a total newbie, but for my own memory purposes I want to blog about the things that I have made, so I can find the patterns later on!!

So not the first thing I have made, but my first crochet blog. I am trying to find “the perfect” dish cloth to suit me (aka the novice crocheter). A lot of the patterns I have found make gigantic cloths that are way too long. So I found this pattern on YouTube (a new crocheter’s dream! Video demos!). I am not 100% sure that this is THE ONE for me, but it was not a bad little project to practice on! I am still learning, so be nice to me :)

It’s easy! Basically start with a slip knot, chain however many wide you want your towel to be. I think mine was ch25. Turn, single crochet to the end. Chain 2, turn, double crochet to the end, chain 1, turn, rinse, repeat. Then at the end I did a ch1, did 3 single crochets into the corner, then single crochet down the side to make a border. 3 sc in each corner as you sc around the edges to the end. Then slip stitch when you get back to the beginning and you fasten off and voila!

I used an H hook (5mm) and Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Stripes (cotton) in Natural. I have never used the striped yarn before and if I had known how it was going to work out, I probably would have made the cloth less wide, but hey, you live, you learn, right?

Happy crocheting :)

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Easy turkey chili

So I know I have not blogged in, oh, forever!? Nursing school really sucks the fun out of life! LOL I kid. I actually love being in nursing school, just doesn’t leave much time for blogging or cooking! Anyway, this turkey chili is adapted from a recipe I found on allrecipes.com. I have made this probably 20 times or more (my way) and it doubles easily and freezes beautifully. I normally make a double batch, freeze half, and we eat the other half. You can spice it up however you like with some cayenne, but my kids don’t like the heat, so I normally don’t add much! This recipe is nice, too, because it can pretty much handle most veggies. I have been known to add carrots, celery, zucchini, etc – anything I have on hand and need to use up! The recipe written below is for one recipe (not the doubled one, just to be clear!).

Another quick note – if I double it, I usually brown the turkey in a separate pan because it makes a lot of liquid/grease and I don’t want that in my chili. Just one pound does not do that usually, but when you bump it to two, yeah…..

Tip: I freeze tomato paste in 1 Tbsp size lumps – freeze them on a plate and then pop them off into a bag. Easy to grab 1 tbsp when you need it for recipes like this!


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This week’s menu – 8/17/14

Well well well….. 7 months later LOL I have a boat load of recipes that I have cooked – you can find them on my Pinterest Boards called “Made it! ….” I recently separated them by course to be easier to find stuff.

Here is my board for Dinner this Week! This helps me keep organized and quickly find a recipe to cook each night.

The kids go back to school on Monday (praise the lord!). 1st Grade for my big girl and preschool for the little one!! Where is the time going?? They are getting so big, so fast! I’m back to nursing school the following Monday. Last week I spent some time in the kitchen cooking to stock the freezer. I will do a little more this week as I plan to double the potstickers recipe and freeze before browning. Otherwise, some back to school prep and one day at work at the hospital for this girl.

Sunday: An altered version using this recipe for inspiration – Simple Summertime Basil Chicken Curry, served with basmati rice and naan.
Monday: Dinner out
Tuesday: BBQ Pork in the crockpot, oven fries, something green
Wednesday: Pork & Ginger Pot Stickers, Teriyaki Noodle Bowls
Thursday: Mediterranean Chicken with Potatoes (Cooking Light) with a salad
Friday: Red Beans and Rice in the crockpot, Honey Balsamic Carrots

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Italian Turkey Sausage and Mushrooms over Polenta

This one doesn’t have a picture, but was so well received at our dinner table that I’m typing it up for myself so I remember what I did! This is a take off on a Cooking Light recipe, but I needed to make it dairy free. I also didn’t want to use just 2 links of sausage, so I doctored it up and made it my own! Came together nicely and everyone gobbled it up. It ended up being a 6 serving meal in our house but if you have big appetites, you could make it 4. At 6 servings it was a heaping 1/2 cup of polenta and a heaping 1 cup of the sausage mix. Next time I make it I will serve a nice crusty bread with it as well (we also had broccoli which complemented nicely!)

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