Sunday, July 22, 2012

Super Delicious and Super Nutritious

I have been eating Quinoa for some time now and love it.  It's high in its protein value which is important to me since I  do not eat  red meat or chicken.  This recipe was pinned by my daughter and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to try it.  The only change I made to this amazing recipe was to use fresh milled whole wheat flour and substituted the green onions for chives from my garden.  If you follow the lady's suggestion of cooking the patties at low heat you'll succeed.  Read about the nutritional value of Quinoa here. It's a pretty amazing grain.  I also like to add it to my salads or even to cooked oatmeal.

I opted and used Zucchini instead of the chopped carrots. You can use any type of Quinoa.  I happened to have on hand the darker variety.

I used  the measuring cup to make the patties/burgers and....
dropped them unto my spatula and then into the pan...My main concern was whether they would hold together.
and they did.  I had quite a bit of the mix and this 1/4 cup measure patties would have taken me a long time, so I just made the patties larger.
As I mentioned I used fresh milled wheat flour.  The correct term for the type of wheat I used is Hard Red Wheat which I purchased from the Bread Becker's Shop in Woodstock, Georgia.  I loved, loved, loved this store.  I am very fortunate that it's very close to my daughter's house.  My daughter blessed me by giving me the Whisper Mill she had been using since she got a new model.
So....lucky to own one of these now.  The huge container with the red lid holds my red hard wheat.  On my next visit I will need to purchase white hard wheat.
This Zucchini bread I made this afternoon with the flour "smelled healthy" according to my husband. The bread did not raise as much as one using white flour but the texture was light and amazing. 

So....on my next visit to my daughter's I hope to purchase the Bread maker to start making my own Ezekiel Bread.
Little Orange owl I finished this afternoon paid a visit to the fairies.  Loved how this one turned out.   It was knitted using 2 double points using the YFSL1 (yarn forward slip one) which basically allows you to knit in the round using 2 needles. The wings were made the same way.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Long Rides Entertainment

Ever since I have been crocheting and knitting, I have always made sure to have a project for the road. I am fortunate that my husband does all the driving. I especially like small and quick projects.

By the way this is my first post using The IPhone's Blogger app. So maybe this will help keep me posting more regularly.

My fascination with owls and cozies is not over yet as I keep coming up with cute creations.

A coworker had a special request; a cozy for two flash drives she has hooked on a laynard. That got me started this week.

She was absolutely thrilled when I presented her Flash Drive Cozy. You will only need small amounts of Worsted Weight yarn and a crochet hook G, plus buttons.

During this week's trip I worked on what is more a little pouch which would be suitable for keeping a set of Keys or any small treasure or a gift bag for that Owl lover friend.

I pretty much made this without a pattern, so it's all in my head. I'll try to write the pattern soon.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Little Crochet Hearts...Make some and Spread Love

Pinterest is a wonderful place to  get inspiration.  Recently I pinned the mini crochet heart bobby pins. from this inspirational blog.  What a fun way to embellish anything you make.  So I decided to incorporate the little crochet hearts to my snug mug cozies. 
 I made some changes and came up with this pattern which can be buttoned.

Little Crochet Hearts [To be Buttoned]
Yarn: Worsted Weight
Crochet hook: H

Chain 5 and join with a slip stitch to first chain.

 Chain 3, work 4 double crochet, work 1 treble crochet, chain 1, work 1 treble crochet, work 4 double crochet, chain 3, join with a slip stitch to the center.
Fasten off and weave in tails.


Use this heart anywhere to spread some love!!
Here's how I used mine:
 I love making cozies....can you tell?

I decided to decorate the fingerless mitts I made for one of the volunteer ladies at the Library.



Saturday, January 28, 2012

Single Crochet Beanie Suitable for 3 to 5 year Olds.

I have completed the pattern for this single crochet beanie which will fit children ages 3 to 5.  This beanie is worked from the top to the lower edge using single crochets.  This is the beanie that I use to make the Angry Bird hats I've been making lately.  My favorite yarn to use is by I Love this Yarn available from Hobby Lobby.

I went online to find instructions on making crochet ribbing.
Classic Elite Yarns has a fairly  good tutorial to add  this finishing touch.
The first time I followed these instructions, I found that I was not achieving the snug result I was after so I simply skipped 1 stitch when working the single crochet decrease.

Today I worked on two Angry Bird Hats which I'll be shipping next week and took a few more pictures of how I sew the pupil to the eyebrows: Turn the eye brow so the wrong side is facing you and join the pupil making sure that the right side of the pupil is away from you.  Work two slip stitches to attach the pupil.

Join the white of the eye by whip stitching catching loops on the back of they eye brow.
 Now sew the pupil to the front of the white section:

The beanie pattern is....
Crochet Beanie Single Crochet                                                                                                   

 Black Bird will be finished tomorrow.....
Good night to all.


Monday, January 16, 2012

Angry Bird Mania Craze

Every year I make hats for my grand kids.  I heard about the popular Angry Birds game sometime last year.  When you have grand kids you find out about these things.  So my daughter hinted that they would be thrilled if I made Angry Bird hats. 

I followed the instructions from Teresa.  Her crochet video tutorials are very helpful.  I do usually end up making changes.  Her hat pattern turned very large so I did make some modifications.  I also thought the beak was too large so I simply decreased  the amount of rounds.  I found a crochet beanie pattern for kids that worked out well using worsted weight acrylic yarn I Love This Yarn and hook H.
I also changed this pattern by adding ribbing which I  think provides a good fit for kids.
Let me mention that Angry Blue Bird from the game looks different.  I tried to make his with the red part under the eyes.  My daughter and the lady who ordered this Blue Bird did not like it I made him with gray angry eye brows.  Daughter said that the bird with the red under the eyes looked like he was on drugs.  
 I just finished these two yesterday and they will be shipped soon to another contact from my daughter's photography clients.  I have already made changes to the eyebrows so the birds don't look as super super angry..  These two are for 4 year old boys so I decreased the beak size and......
added a little fiberfill stuffing to the beak.
Sewing the beak is a bit tricky and it helps to get up close to the eyes.
Angry Black bird was received with much happiness by Laurie's kids.  Glad the boys liked them.
This is one of the first Angry bird hats I made for my grandson Taite.  Notice the beak is a bit larger and also flat.  Do add some fiberfill if you make one...L O L...Taite also got excited and stretched his hat.  He really wants to be an Angry Bird.