St. Patrick’s Day is only one week away. But have no fear, with this quick project you will not be caught without something green.
Mardi Gras has come and gone once again. And the remains of the King Cake are almost gone. King Cake is not only a great dessert, it also makes a delightful breakfast. The only problem is Fat Tuesday, leads to Fat Wednesday, Fat Thursday, Fat Friday… you get the picture. This is not a light, diet-friendly recipe. But then again, you only live once and Mardi Gras is only once per year.
With St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th, I could not pass up on this cute dishcloth for the month of March. While I am not fond of green beer or believe in “luck”, I love the symbolism of the shamrock. Legend says that St. Patrick used the shamrock to help explain the Trinity to the people of Ireland.
To make this dishcloth I began with Rhonda White’s free pattern posted on Knttingknonsence.com (here) and a skein of Hot Green yarn by Sugar ‘n Cream. For once I did not change the pattern, but knitted it up as written, other than changing the needle size to 6 (as I do with all of my dishcloths). As always, Rhonda White has done an excellent job. I love the seed stitch edging that the pattern uses.
Tomorrow, March 1st, is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day. I have to admit that I crave peanut butter, the only problem is that I have found the peanut butter triggers my migraine headaches so I try to resist whenever I can. Peanut Butter Fudge can really test the limits of my will-power. However, my family loves it and I so usually I will make it along with my chocolate fudge (recipe found here).
Before February is over, I wanted to share one last Valentine’s Day idea with you. While I realize that you will not need the idea any time soon, maybe you could pin it unto Pinterest so you can find it next year when you do need it. Or maybe you will find it while searching the internet.
My daughter’s AHG troop exchanged Valentine’s within her unit. We loved this, for as a homeschooler we have not regularly exchanged Valentine’s among friends and classmates. Instead of the regular store-bought cheesy cards, we opted to make some. In my search I have found several ideas that involved wrapping a box of confectionary hearts but none of them seemed right for us. So I was determined to make one that she liked.
Well Valentine’s Day is come and gone and so is the chocolate, but the dishcloths are still here and are used all year long at my house. I wanted to share with you my last heart dishcloth for the season.
This is a simple square cloth with a seed stitch border. I used my favorite #6 needles and “Bright Pink” cotton yarn by Peaches & Creme.
Last year for the AHG Father/Daughter Dance I made chocolate covered marshmallows. This year our new troop in Florida also had a Father/Daughter Dance. Each family was asked to bring something to share. I asked my husband what he wanted and HE picked chocolate covered marshmallows. However, I hate to do the same thing twice…
Besides the different colored sprinkles, I also designed a stick topper inspired by the valentine conversation hearts. Continue reading →
For all you foodies out there, yesterday was National Homemade Soup Day. On a cold winter day, nothing is better than a bowl of homemade soup.
A family favorite around my house is Hamburger Vegetable Soup. It has enough meat to keep the hubby happy and lots of vegetables (carrots, corn, green beans, peas, and celery). I love the recipe because I can throw it in the slow-cooker and have dinner on the table when the hubby gets home from work.
HAMBURGER VEGETABLE SOUP
1 lb. of ground beef – browned
2 cups water
6 beef bouillon cubes
1 large can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
1 small onion diced
1/2 cup diced celery
1 10oz package of frozen mixed vegetables
1 clove of garlic minced
1 teaspoon of oregano
1/8 teaspoon of pepper
Dissolve bouillon in water. Add all ingredients to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours.
The next time the weather is cold and rainy, mix up a batch of Hamburger Vegetable Soup and stay warm.
Here is the recipe card (Hamburger Vegetable Soup) to add to your collection.
As I shared in January, my goal for Christmas 2014 is to make several sets of dishcloths to give as gifts. Each set will have 12 dishcloths, one for each month. Instead of waiting till the end of the year to work on the project, I plan to knit a few each month so that by December, they will be complete. Well, enough rambling, here is the February installment of the set.
This pattern was designed by Emily Jagos and can be found here for free.
As always I used my size 6 needles so my finished project was a little smaller (8 inches x 8 inches). I choose “Bright Pink” by Peaches and Creme. I like the edging on this dishcloth. So often, dishcloths with images to not have much texture and this one solves that problem by adding a little extra texture around the edge.