Archive for October 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
I feel like my life doesn't have as many creamy potato casserole type moments as it did when I was a young girl blissfully ignorant of fat, calories, and the dreaded cholesterol. And it is sad, sad because I really do love a rich, creamy, delicious scalloped potato with all my heart and stomach. So when Jonathan said he wanted creamy, cheesy potatoes with his birthday dinner I decided I was going to do those tots up right! Like, if I only get to eat them once or twice a year then by golly they are going to be WORTH it!
Also we would be at church before dinner at my Mom's house so I wanted to make them in the crockpot so they'd be ready take over there as soon as we got home.
After many minutes spent looking at pinterest for the perfect recipe and being disappointed, I realized it was up to me to create the ultimate dish...one that was creamy, but not bland...and I didn't want to dump cream of anything soup in it either.
So here friends is what I came up with. It is a mash up of a few recipes I read that sounded promising, along with my own tweaks seeing as I know best when it comes to fattening potatoes. They were a hit at the birthday dinner if I do say so myself. Do as I say and you will be happy when YOU get home from church next week!
Friday, October 24, 2014
My Grammy in Blissfield, Michigan did fancy, lace like pieces. One year she gave us Christmas ornaments that were crocheted snowflakes. Basically I kept asking for more every year after that until she got fed up and told me I couldn't have anymore. But I still have a TON! And they are the frosting on my Christmas tree.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
|Don't you love the one throwing up guts down on the bottom?|
The year before that I put off buying pumpkins until the day before Halloween and can you believe it, they were all gone (or moldy)? I know Halloween is super popular now, but I am an old fashioned Christmas girl. I can't get too worked up over Halloween because I am saving myself for the big show.
But this year I decided to make it up to the Squeak by having an actual Pumpkin Carving Party. My friend Lisa helped me.
|Lisa and her beautiful girls Alex and Addie|
|The lovely Bain family minus Dayna who was busy with churchy duties.|
|Jonathan's finished creation!|
Friday, October 17, 2014
Or green! Green is my favorite color.
But this is probably my most favorite.
I'm kind of in love. I wish I could get after it right now instead of cleaning...but we are having a tiny Halloween pumpkin carving soiree at our home on Sunday so I need to make things shine you know.
Have a great weekend! Good luck with your next craigslist treasure!
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Do you ever just sort of peruse the interwebs jumping from link to link looking at all of the amazing and creative things people are up to? I don't even know how I ended up at the blog where I saw the Ghosts in a Jar tutorial but since I had just acquired these giant mason jars from a friend it felt like fate bringing us together for a little Halloween hot (glue) romance. Thank you, Linda from Mason Jar Crafts Love; I don't know you, but what we had is beautiful...or creepy, I guess, 'cause it's for Halloween.
I pretty much followed her tutorial, using a piece of floral foam glued into my lid and sticking a twig in it. The ghosts are styrofoam balls from the dollar store covered in unfolded gauze pads from my first aid kit. I had a leftover crow from my Halloween trees so I decided to glue him on top with moss glued around his feet. And since everything benefits from glitter I sparkled up a tag for him to hold in his beak.
His Halloween message? Well, quoth the Raven Nevermore, of course.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Monday, October 6, 2014
I was playing on Pinterest (fondly known by Marc as Pin Interest) the other day and stumbled on some sweet little crocheted pincushions. And I wanted some. Maybe lots? I love cute little things.
Stop when you have 3 1/2 of the edges closed and stuff your little muffin with polyfill. Get it nice and plump and then finish stitching the whole thing closed.
To add the ruffle or scallop edge you're going to pick a corner as a starting place. Do a double crochet and then two more double crochets into the same hole so all three are in the same stitch.
Then do a slip stitch into the same loop. And chain two. Skip the next two loops or spaces and then do three double crochets into the third space. Repeat the process.
I think this is hard to explain but I just found a really nice video on youtube for you to watch. This isn't exactly how I did it, but her scallop looks lovely and it's much easier to look and learn.