Let’s Band Together SWAP

Does this sound familiar?  In the dark corner of my daughter’s bedroom is a plastic box full of little tiny rubber bands that she must have to make another Band-a-loom bracelet because the last 50 we made are not enough. Somehow between then and now they have been forgotten. Do you wish you could find something to do with them? My daughter decided to use her stash to make SWAPS for camp.

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Easter Dishcloth – Updated

The first of April, I shared my Easter Dishcloth.

Easter Dishcloth

However, I had not taken the time to finish the pattern for publishing.  Thanks to Sue, one of my blog readers, I was motivated to finish it.  So for anyone else who may be interested here is the finished pattern.

 

THREE CROSSES

Cast on 37

Rows 1-5: K1, P1 across ending with K1

Row 6 and all even rows through 52: K1,P1, K1, P1, K29, P1,k1, p1, k1

Row 7: K1, P1, K1, P2, K2, P23, K2, P2, K1, P1, K1

Row 9: K1, P1, K1, P3, K2, P21, K2, P3, K1, P1, K1

Row 11: K1, P1, K1, P4, K2, P19,K2, P4, K1, P1, K1

Row 13: K1, P1, K1, P5, K2, P17, K2, P5, K1, P1, K1

Row 15: K1, P1, K1, P7, K2, P1, K11, P1, K2, P7, K1, P1, K1

Row 17: K1, P1, K1, P7, K2, P5, K3, P5, K2, P7, K1, P1, K1

Row 19: K1, P1, K1, P7, K2, P5, K3, P5, K2, P7, K1, P1, K1

Row 21: K1, P1, K1, P7, K2, P5, K3, P5, K2, P7, K1, P1, K1

Row 23: K1, P1, K1, P7, K2, P5, K3, P5, K2, P7, K1, P1, K1

Row 25: K1, P1, K1, P7, K2, P5, K3, P5, K2, P7, K1, P1, K1

Row 27: K1, P1, K1, P4, K8, P2, K3, P2, K8, P4, K1, P1, K1

Row 29: K1, P1, K1, P4, K8, P2, K3, P2, K8, P4, K1, P1, K1

Row 31: K1, P1, K1, P7, K2, P5, K3, P5, K2, P7, K1, P1, K1

Row 33: K1, P1, K1, P7, K2, P5, K3, P5, K2, P7, K1, P1, K1

Row 35: K1, P1, K1, P14, K3, P14, K1, P1, K1

Row 37: K1, P1, K1, P14, K3, P14, K1, P1, K1

Row 39: K1, P1, K1, P9, K13, P9, K1, P1, K1

Row 41: K1, P1, K1, P9, K13, P9, K1, P1, K1

Row 43: K1, P1, K1, P9, K13, P9, K1, P1, K1

Row 45: K1, P1, K1, P14, K3, P14, K1, P1, K1

Row 47: K1, P1, K1, P14, K3, P14, K1, P1, K1

Row 49: K1, P1, K1, P14, K3, P14, K1, P1, K1

Row 51: K1, P1, K1, P31, K1, P1, K1

Rows 53-57: K1, P1 across ending with K1
Cast off.

Happy Knitting and God Bless.

Cake Decorating Class for AHG – Frosting

Now for my favorite part of any good cake – FROSTING!  I do admit to being a cake snob. I detest most grocery store cakes. The cake is mediocre at best, and the frosting is extra sweet and greasy.  Together it is disgusting. I only eat them out of politeness. I have NEVER bought one myself – I always make mine.  While in the beginning they may not have looked as pretty, but they always tasted better (well, except for one but I really don’t want to talk about that).

In order to have a great cake, you must have a frosting that crusts. If it does not crust, it will not be extra smooth.

baby cake

Baby shower cake made previously.

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Rosie the Riveter

This year Lily and I attended our area’s AHG Day Camp.  It was a great experience, as are most AHG events. Our theme was World War 2.  One of the local Patriots developed the camp. I learned so much about this time in history in preparing to lead on of the groups.

I have the Rosie the Riveter song stuck in my head. I had always seen the propaganda poster for Rosie the Riveter and her “Can Do” attitude. Little did I know that the term Rosie the Riveter first appeared in a song written by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb.

As I have said before, I love making SWAPS.

Rosie the Riveter SWAP

I spent quite a bit of time searching for a World War 2 themed SWAP with no success, so I know I had to create one.  I altered the iconic picture to read “AHG Can Do It”. Then I added a scrap of red and white dotted fabric (similar to the headband Rosie wears) and added a pin.

If you would like to make this SWAP, all you need to do is print this Rosie the Riveter SWAP on card stock and add a safety-pin and fabric swatch (optional).  Don’t forget to write your name and troop number on the back.

A list of my other SWAPS can be found in the American Heritage Girl heading at the top of the page.

The Miranda Hat

A new week is here and summer is slipping away. My summer is slammed packed with activities, but I am trying to catch up on sharing some of my older projects.  Today I am sharing a hat I made for my niece.

Miranda hat

I obtained the pattern from the blog Project Stash. The pattern can be found here.

For this hat I opted to use some Red Heart Super Saver acrylic yarn in “Pretty ‘N Pink”.  I loved the pattern of this hat. It knitted up fairly quickly and had just enough variations to keep me interested.

The pattern writer said that it could be made with one skein of yarn. I totally agree I even had enough left over to make a quick headband for my daughter.

Cake Decorating Class for AHG – Sour Cream Cake

Previously I shared with you that I am helping a group of Tenderhearts and Explorers earn their Cake Decorating Merit Badge.

We began by going over color theory. As I explained to the girls, cake decorating is like any other type of art, it needs to be visually appealing.

Next, we made cupcakes (Requirement #1). When I make cake, I used a doctored cake mix to create a Sour Cream Cake. For, we also want it to taste great. This is my favorite white cake. It is extra moist.

Cupcakes made previously. Topped with royal icing letters.

Cupcakes made previously. Topped with royal icing letters.

SOUR CREAM CAKE
1 white box cake mix
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
a generous dash of salt
1 cup sour cream
1 cup water
3 eggs
1 Tablespoon flavoring

In a bowl, mix together dry ingredients, with a whisk.

In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients with an electric mixer. Add 1/2 of the dry ingredient and mix well. Add the remaining dry ingredients.

Divide batter between two 8″ round prepared (greased and floured) cake pans. Bake at 300 for 20 minutes, then increase temperature to 325 and bake another 25 minutes.

TIPS: I use Pillsbury cake mix, and Lorann Princess Cake and Cookie Emulsion. The crazy cooking temperatures helps the cake to raise evenly.

NOTE: Please be sure to read the AHG Girl Handbook to make sure you fully understand the requirements.

Sour cream cake printable recipe card

Pasta Limone

Today is National Fresh Spinach Day. Spinach is my daughter’s favorite vegetable. Around my house we eat it in salads, quiche, twice baked potatoes and in pasta limone.

Pasta Limone If you are unfamiliar with this dish, it is a super quick creamy pasta dish with fresh lemon taste. Any meal I can make in less than 30 minutes is a win for me.

PASTA LIMONE
1 lbs. spaghetti noodles
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic minced
1/4 small onion minced
1/4 cup whipping cream
1- 10 ounce bag fresh spinach
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

 

Cook spaghetti noodles in salted water until al dente. Reserve 2 cups of pasta water before draining.

In a separate skillet, heat oil till shimmering. Add garlic and onions and cook till softened (about 2 minutes). Whisk in 1 cup of pasta water and cream, bring to a simmer. Add remaining ingredients. Cook until spinach is wilted.

Add reserved pasta water if necessary.

OPTIONAL: Top with additional cheese and fresh basil if desired.  We eat this as a meal without meat (with a side of fresh fruit), but grilled chicken is a great addition.

 

As always here is a printable recipe card to add to your collection (Pasta Limone Recipe Card)

 

 

Snood, Take 2

In April, I showed you the Snood I made for my niece. (See the post here).

While visiting her this summer, she requested I make her another one.

Purple Snood

I used the same Snowflake Pattern, but this time I made the small snood. I believe it fits much better. I used Caron Simply Soft Party yarn in Purple Sparkle from my stash.

She loves it and wears it to skating lessons.

Cake Decorating Class for AHG – Color theory

This summer Lily is working on her P.R.A.Y Award with a group of her friend. She also wanted to work on her Cake Decorating Merit Badge.

Fortunately, I am able to do easy / basic cake decorating. I took my first Wilton cake class 16 years ago when I was a newly wed. Long story short, I am teaching the Cake Decorating Merit Badge to a group of Tenderhearts and Explorers.

A cake I made previously for a Court of Honor

A cake I made previously for a Court of Honor

We began with a little color theory. This was to complete requirement #2. However, I also able to cover Artasic #4. Using a handout I created, and a box of crayons we discussed primary and secondary colors, tints and shades, warm and cool colors, and complementary and triadic colors. After having the girls color the handout we worked on tinting icing.

I am making the handout available for you to download here (color wheel worksheet).

NOTE: Please be sure to read the AHG Girl Handbook to make sure you fully understand the requirements.

July Dishcloth

Here it is July. I can hardly believe summer is almost half over. My determination to knit a different dishcloth each month to include in my Christmas gift sets continues.

July Dishcloth

For this dishcloth I used my trusty size 6 needles and a skein of Bernat 100% cotton yarn. The color is “Torrent” or navy blue for those of us who are less technical. The pattern is by Emily Jagos, and can be found for free here.

Hope you enjoy and happy knitting.

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