Stash busting Sunday

So I was sorting through my craft supplies yesterday and realized that I have a whole lot of this:

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Yarn vomit! (also known as tangled up leftovers with no home)

So being the kind crocheter that I am, I decided to give my yarn (vomit) a new purpose in life.

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Christmas decorations! Starting with these Chrismas lights. I will make a few more and turn them into a garland for the tree 🙂 Free pattern can be found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/christmas-light-bulb-ornament

 

Whats that you say? It’s too early to be thinking about Christmas? Not for a crafter! (or a self confessed Christmas nut like myself) It’s only 150 days away you know!? And I am getting a late start this year.

 

Have a lovely Sunday 🙂

New Orleans red beans and rice

So I have decided to try and cook one new dish each week. I was searching for recipes and stumbled upon a whole bunch of Southern recipes, (think Kentucky fried chicken south.) Oh boyo did they look delish! So many mouthwatering dishes I want to try, it was hard to pick where to start. In the end I decided to dip my toe in the shallow end and give this recipe a try. http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/new-orleans-red-beans-rice-10000000257296/

 

Now I did have to make some changes, I’m not sure if the red beans they are referring to are red kidney beans or not but that is what I used. (200 grams dried) And I used chorizo for the sausage.

And as I don’t have a slow cooker, I pre cooked the beans, and cooked everything in my big stew pot on low for  hours.

 

I also did not have any Creole seasoning, so I made some up using this recipe : http://homecooking.about.com/od/spicerecipes/r/blspice14.htm But I halved the black pepper and only used a tsp of hot cayenne so it wasn’t too spicy for the kids.

 

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And the verdict was….. hubby did not like it, (he doesn’t like chorizo so it was not unexpected) it was too spicy for my 8 year old, but Mr 2 and I loved it!

More blocks!

It is a gorgeous rainy Saturday, and while the kids are happily playing cubby house, I thought I would share the next 5 blocks I have done in my 200 blocks project.

Block 53 – Mesh fantasy

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Block 54 – Framed flower

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Block 55 – Centered square

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Block 58 – Peach rose (this has been my favorite so far!)

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and block 60 – popcorn corners

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Just 2 more squares to go in these colours and I am ready to start joining my daughters Bday blankie 🙂

 

I’m back!

Gosh it feels like I have been gone forever, we have moved house, moved towns, hubby has a new job, and life just gets in the way sometimes unfortunately. 

Not much crafting has been done, but I do have some new blocks in my 200 blocks project to show you. These ones are being made into a blanket for miss 8’s birthday in August. I have skipped quite a few blocks, as I wanted blocks that are made in the round rather than by row for her blanket, but I will be going back and catching up on the others soon.

 

Block 19 – Lacy cross

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block 24 – Italian cross

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Block 31 – Primrose square

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Block 35 – Tricolour square

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Block 40 – Granny with a twist

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Block 42 – Lacy wheel

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Block 47 – Queen Anne’s Lace

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Block 48 – Danish square

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Block 51 – Bright flower

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And that is it for now 🙂