Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Creamy Tomato Chicken and Brown Rice

Made this for dinner tonight and was not sure how it would come out but it was YUMMMMMMYYY!  Thought I would share the recipe.  Sorry I didn't think about good pics until after we ate.  I will get better picture next time I make it.

Creamy tomato chicken and rice 

3 T butter
1 1/3 cup brown rice
3 cup water

Chicken and cream

3 tsp olive oil
3 chicken breasts cut into 1 inch cubes
1 t Italian seasonings
1 T garlic
1 ½ t sea salt
1 t pepper
(Feel free to add your favorite spices to your personal taste)
A pinch of red pepper flakes to taste
½ red onion chopped
¼ cup white wine
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can sweet corn
2 T flour
¼ cream
¼- ½ cup chopped cilantro

Cook rice according to directions.

Add oil and brown chicken over medium heat.  Season chicken while browning for about 5-8 min.  Add chopped onion and allow to sweat for about 2-3 min.  Stir in wine to de glaze the bottom of the pan.  Stir in drained corn and tomatoes.  Quickly stir in flour and reduce heat to low.  Lastly stir in cream and simmer on low for about 30 min covered. 

Once slightly thickened pour over rice in a serving dish and top with desired amount of cilantro.
For an extra kick my husband like to add a little Tapatio hot sauce.   Enjoy!!!!

Hippie Slippies!!!

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Monday, March 26, 2012

NEW! Eye ball beanie pattern

This pattern is available on ETSY, click here

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bottle Buddy- Free Crochet pattern

Hook size H
This pattern works in rounds, do not turn.
Worsted weight yarn

Ch 4 and ss into first chain to make ring, ch 1
Rnd 1: sc 8 into the ring, ss in to first sc, ch 1 do not turn (8 st)
Rnd 2: sc in same space a ch 1, sc 2 into each, ss in to first sc, ch 1 do not turn (16 st)
Rnd 3 : sc in same space as ch 1 *sc  1, sc 2 in next st* repeat ** all the way around, ss in to first sc, ch 1 do not turn (24 st)
Rnd 4: sc in same space as ch 1 *sc  2, sc 2 in next st* repeat ** all the way around, ss in to first sc, ch 1 do not turn (32 st)
Rnd 5: sc in same space as ch 1 *sc  3, sc 2 in next st* repeat ** all the way around, ss in to first sc, ch 1 do not turn (40 st)

Rnd 6: ss in every st, ss into first st ch 1 (40 st)
Rnd 7: sc under ss and sc (this forms a good base)

Rnd 8: ch 5 (this counts as first dc, ch 2) sk 2 st, *dc, ch2, sk 2* repeat ** all the way around.

Rnd 9-18: repeat Rnd 8
Rnd 19: Sc in every st, ss into first sc.

Ch 30, fold in half and count 2 st to the left, ss into space, ss next 3 st, turn and work dc into handle, dc all the way across, ss into sc to fasten to the body.
Weave in ends… And Enjoy!!!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies!

These came are wonderfully easy drop cookies that are moist and FULL of flavor!!  Peanut butter and banana are such a wonderful combination and with the chocolate chips it is heavenly!!!  This is my own recipe inspired by my brother, so please feel free to use images but please put a link to my blog.

Pre heat 350 F                     Bake 14 min

1 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups banana (about 3)
1/2 butter
1 1/2 brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1 t. vanilla
2 1/3 cups flour
12 ounces of milk chocolate chips or semi sweet

First cream together peanut butter, bananas, soft butter, brown sugar and sugar, mix on med for 1 min.  Add eggs one at a time mixing on a low speed.  Add baking powder, soda and vanilla.  Slowly add flour 1/3 cup at a time.  Stop the mixer and use a large spoon mix in the chocolate chips.

Spoon a large table spoon worth onto parchment paper, about six per batch for large cookies.

Bake for about 14 min or until golden brown.  Be careful to not over cook!

 Let cool for about five minutes and enjoy with some milk!!!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Crochet Doily Rug Tutorial

Love this style rug!

Start of my doily rug!  This rug works up really fast!

I used this Pattern with some minor changes to make it a full 36 inches in diameter (see below) and found the Cotton rope here, although after doing some more looking I found it for much cheaper on ebay.  
The rope is called Cotton welt cord.
The hook size is S

I am going to get some dye and most likely die this dark brown, I have young children and cannot see whit lasting very long!  I found this original tutorial on The Craftytortoise  blog and wanted to share my changes.

After the last row on the pattern followed I sc 1, Dc 4 on ch 3 sp, *sc next 2 sp, dc 4 on ch 3 sc* repeat ** all the way around, end with 1 sc next to first sc at the start, ss to end and fasten off.

To weave in the end tail I used the hook to pull the tail under and through about 8 stitches, then wrapped it around the back of 1 st and pulled it back through the same 8 stitches again, just wanted to be sure it was not going to come loose.

I am selling the finished product on my ETSY

I hope this was of some help

Saturday, March 3, 2012

I have perfected my hobo shopping bags!!!  If you live in a city that has banned plastic bags these are a must!!!!  Click the link below to purchase them only $15 each  and any color you would like :)
My ETSY shop

Friday, March 2, 2012

Homemade chocolate cotton candy!

My finished Chocolate dragons beard cotton candy!

After candy was made this was puck...

I had to heat in the microwave for 10-20 sec slowly to make it soft enough
After two times pulling and dipping in coco, corn powder mixture
LOTS of pulling

Starting to resemble hair

got so thin it was breaking

The recipe I used was
2.5 C. Sugar
1/4 C. Corn syrup
1/2 tsp. Vinegar
1 1/4 C. water
Heat to 260 F or 133 C
Do not stir while boiling

I poured my mixture into six soft cup cake molds so they would pop out easy, but you can use any soft plastic container that you can bend to release the puck.
Here is the link to the video tutorial I used:

The pictures are from my third puck, I broke my first 2...
I suggest getting the candy soft enough to be easily pliable but not to melted.  And always dip in powder!!!
Good luck :)

FREE Striped crochet beanie Pattern!!! UPDATED!

Hook size H
Worsted weight yarn (I used Lions brand because of its softness)
Key terms:
Ch- chain
Dc- double crochet
Ss- slip stitch
St- stitch
Rnd- Round
Dc2tog- Double crochet 2 together
I have color coded my sizes Blue is baby, Green is child, Orange is teen or adult
This pattern is working in rounds.  After you attach you DO NOT turn your work
Color A
Ch 4 ss into first ch to form a loop ch3

Rnd 1- Dc 12 into the circle attach to first St, (do not fasten off)
Attach color B (pull up through ss st to attach last DC to first DC of color A, ch 3)

Rnd 2- Dc 1 in same st as 3 ch, Dc 2 into next st, Dc 2 in all st all the way around, (do not fasten off)
Pull up Color A through ss, ch 3

Rnd 3- Dc 1 in same st as 3 ch, *Dc 1 into next st, Dc 2 in next st* repeat all the way around,
Pull up color B, ss, ch 3

Rnd 4- Dc 1 in same st as 3 ch, *Dc 2, Dc 2 into next stitch* repeat all the way around
Pull up color A, ss, ch 3
(Skip to rnd 8 for babies)

Rnd 5- Dc 1 in same st as 3 ch, *Dc 3, Dc 2 into next stitch* repeat all the way around
Pull up color b, ss, ch 3 
(Skip to rnd 8 for young children)

Rnd 6- Dc 1 in same st as 3 ch, *Dc 4, Dc 2 into next stitch* repeat all the way around
Pull up color A, ss, ch 3
(for teens and adults)

Rnd 7- Dc 1 in same st as 3 ch, *Dc 6, Dc 2 into next stitch* repeat all the way around
Pull up color B, ss, ch3

(for teens and adults) Another rnd can be added if bigger is needed
Keep switching colors all the way till the end without cutting or fastening off.
Rnd 8-(11,12,14) Dc 1 in every st all the way around, Fasten off after last rnd.

At the end tie both colors in a knot (optional) for extra security and weave in ends.