Saturday, April 28, 2012

Think on These Things #11 Morning

Looking out the living room window from my computer desk, the sun appears and day begins.  This photo was taken at 5:49am and shortly after this glorious sunrise, the clouds rolled in for a day of clouds and rain.  The beautiful colors lasted but moments.

A mama robin sits on the nest she made in the hanging basket.  Last year, a wren built a nest in the same basket
Linking to Scripture Thursday @Little Birdie Blessings
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Has God impressed on your heart something special this week?
Was there a Scripture verse, a song, a quote, a poem or an encouraging word that came your way and caused you to pause.
I'd love for you to share.


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 With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Lots of Ways to Use Crocheted Rosettes

a headband for a sweet lil' noggin
she totally loves this 
 perk up a pair of flip-flops
I drilled little holes and sewed the rosettes onto the flip-flops
decorate a frame
embellish a jar top ~  make a Worry Jar
doesn't mean we won't have troubles but a jar like this helps to visually take them from our shoulders and give them to the One who will carry them for us
encourage someone with a small gift ~ fill with sweet treats and warm a heart
make a pin/broach to wear
embellish a t-shirt
brighten a journal
fancy-up a tote bag
adorn a box

now, go get your crochet hook...
{pattern for crochet rosette on previous
Ring-around-a-Rosie post
or click photo below}

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Ring Around a Rosie Wreath

What do you think?
Does this wreath say happy!
The roses were made following a free pattern from Lion Brand Yarn.
I wanted a plain white wreath for a clean, uncluttered look to contrast with the busy and colorful roses so I bought a flat wooden circle (18-inches) and painted it white.  When the paint dried, I wrapped it in strips of white fabric (actually strips cut from an old oxford men's shirt).
Hot glue was used to attach the roses and leaves.

Crocheted Rosettes
Pattern Source: Lion Brand Yarn

ROSETTE

For my wreath, I crocheted mostly the medium size (ch 35).  I made some buds by following the ch 17 and just one big one (the bottom pink one).  You can do any combination you like.

G crochet hook

Ch 17 (35, 53).

Row 1 Dc in 5th ch from hook – first V-stitch made, *ch 1, skip 1, (dc-ch-dc) in next ch – V-stitch made; repeat from * across; – 7 (16, 25) V-stitches made. Turn.

Row 2 Ch 3 – counts as dc, 5 dc first in ch-space, *sc in next ch-1 space, 6 dc in next ch-1 space – shell st made; repeat from *, ending 6 dc in last ch-1 space – 7 (16, 25) shells. Fasten off, leaving long tail for anchoring Rosette.

FINISHING

Thread needle with tail and weave to base of last st. Starting at that end, roll first shell tightly to form center bud; anchor at base of shell with 2 sts. Roll remaining strip to form Rosette, then secure by stitching in and out through layers of foundation ch at bottom of Rosette. If you want to make your Rosette a pin or barrette, sew or glue pin back or barrette back to back of Rosette. 

LEAVES
chain 7
sc in second chain from hook
hdc in the next
double in the next
trc in the next
double in the next
3 hdc in the last

working up the other side of the chain:
dc,trc,dc,hdc,sc,slip stitch in the last and finish off and tie ends.

For different leaf patterns check out the following links.
Crocheted leaves @Easy Makes Me Happy
How to crochet leaves tutorial @Two Girls Being Crafty

Monday, April 23, 2012

Pasta with Fresh Veggies Sausage & Pecorino

Pasta with Fresh Veggies Sausage & Pecorino
Modified from Cooking Light SEPTEMBER 2009

Print Recipe

Ingredients
8 ounces uncooked penne
12 ounces (about 4 links) sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 cup onion, cut into slivers
bunch fresh asparagus cut into 2-inch pieces
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 1/4 pounds tomatoes chopped
3/4 - 1 cup grated fresh pecorino Romano cheese (I like more cheese for flavor)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves
fresh parsley, chives, oregano to taste (optional)

Preparation
1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain.

2. Place asparagus into a microwave safe dish; add a couple Tbs. water; cover with plastic leaving a small vent and cook on high 2 minutes. If you prefer, you can cook the asparagus in the skillet with the sausage and onion.

3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Remove casings from sausage. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add sausage, cook and using spoon to break up the sausage. Add the onion to pan and cook until the sausage is cooled through and the onions are , stirring to crumble sausage. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in pasta, 2 tablespoons cheese, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle with additional cup cheese and basil.

Serves 6-8

Pita Triangles
1 bag pita bread
olive oil
Kosher salt
garlic powder
black pepper

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Cut each pita in half and then each half in triangles and place them in a single layer on a sheet pan. Brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, garlic powder and black pepper.

Bake for 10 minutes.
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Heading back

Last year we hosted a young lady from Spain for 7 months as she interned at the same company John works for. After 18 months here in the United States, she is returning to Spain.
Aldara & her boyfriend, Sergio came to have dinner with us one last time before departing

Sergio came last summer and has done very well improving his English
The dinner menu included
Antipasti Tray with Toasted Pita Triangles
Mixed Green Salad with Herb Grilled Shrimp
Pasta with Fresh Veggies Sausage & Pecorino
All-American Apple~Blueberry Crisp with Ice-cream  (recipe to follow)
As a parting gift, Aldara & Sergio gave me the lovely orchid (in the foreground) to add to my collection and a Martha Stewart Pies & Tarts cookbook.
These gifts will be enjoyed and serve as a sweet reminder of our friendship with this dear couple!


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