Thursday, June 18, 2015

{ Wool and the Gang REVIEW }


Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing well!

I had an awesome opportunity to review a new crochet kit from Wool and the Gang. They have had many kits for knitting and now they have a collection of kits for crocheting as well!

Wondering what is in a crochet kit? Well first off, I think it’s genius. These kits have everything you need to make a project. They come with yarn, a pattern, a crochet hook, and even a needle for weaving in your ends. It’s perfect for beginners, someone looking for a new item to make, or for anyone who doesn’t have access to some of these items. They also have different difficulty levels if you are more experienced with your crocheting. There’s something for everybody.

Go check out their kits here!

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When I got the package in the mail, the first thing that impressed me was the packaging. It had the details of the project, a picture, and was even sealed with a cute sticker.

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When I opened it up, I was excited to see all of the goodies inside. Like I said, it came with everything you need for the project!

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The yarn for this project is a bulky t-shirt yarn that I was excited to try for the first time. I also loved the colors they chose!

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Each package has cute details and great instructions

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Here is my finished basket!

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At my daughter’s request, I started with the pink yarn and ended with the navy.

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As I was working with this yarn and pattern, I noticed a couple things.

1. It works up very quickly because of the bulky yarn so the project is perfect for something quick.

2. The yarn is very sturdy and makes for a thick and functional basket.

3. I am a very tight crocheter, therefore this yarn was sometimes hard to work with for me. It would get very stiff and tight. After I loosened by tension, I noticed it got a lot easier and I was able to go a lot faster.

4. The written out pattern is very easy to understand and read. It even has pictures and instructions for each stitch you need to know for the pattern.

5. I am overall really happy with the results!

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I did tweak the pattern just a tiny bit when I got to the side of the basket. When it was time to start working up the side, I did a single crochet into the back loop for one row. This just gives the transition a little nicer look. Again, personal preference for me.

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Here is the basket with the rim not folded down. You can use it either way in my opinion!

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Now, when I saw in the picture that there was a plant in the basket, I panicked. Unfortunately in our house, lovely greenery, plants or flowers don’t last long. I figured I can use it for something else and it will still be cool. What’s great about the pattern is you can use it for so many other things.

For example, a little basket for my daughter to keep her little animals I have made her…

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…or even a basket to keep your yarn and accessories in or even a current project.

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I think the options are endless and just one more reason why I love the pattern!


If you would like to try a crochet kit of your own from Wool and the Gang, head over to the site and check out all of the different options. I’m sure there is something you will like! Also check out the rest of their site for other cool stuff.

Crochet Kits

Wool and the Gang

You can follow Wool and the Gang  here at @WoolandtheGang or use hashtag #ShareYourKnits


I also want to give a big thank you to Wool and the Gang for letting me review one of your great crochet kits!




Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Family Favorite: Tasty Toad-in-the-Holes

I thought I would share a recipe that is a huge family favorite. My mom made these for me when I was little and I still love them today. Now my daughter loves them! I make these for guests when they come as well and they’re a big hit.

Now, I know this breakfast is floating around even from the big time cooks like Paula Deal and The Pioneer Woman. They do things just a little different and they have a different name. So here is how we do it in our fam.

Warning: All of this detailed picture taking makes me a huge nerd. But I hope it helps in the long run :)

So here you are folks…. How to make the Toad-in-the-Hole

What you need

  • Slice of bread

  • 1 egg

  • butter

  • pan

  • spatula

  • Cup or glass with sharp edges

  • A hungry person


First what you need to do is cut a hole in your piece of bread using a cup or glass

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Very important! Do not throw away the middle

(I saw Paula Dean throw her middle away. Shame on her)

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In a pan melt a little butter on a medium heat

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While that’s going, butter one side of the piece of bread and BOTH sides of the middle piece

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Buttering the middle part is kind of tricky. Just rest it on the other piece of bread or a plate

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Next put the bread unbuttered side down into the pan. Let is cook for just a little bit. Then crack one egg into the middle of it (You can add salt and pepper if you’d like)

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After the egg starts to cook and the bread is turning brown, give it a flip! Try not to undercook the egg because it can get a little runny

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Once the its all cooked, take it out and put on a plate

Next you get to cook the little round guy. Or as my daughter calls it, “The Circle”

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This is where it gets really good

Put the round guy on top of the egg

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There’s the finished product!

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But we’re not done. This is the most important part of all of it

There is a reason this is called a TOAD-in-the-Hole. The kids love this! (Well I still do too)

This must be done before you eat it.

You take your spatula, lift up the middle and say… “Riiiiiibbit!”

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How cool is that? I think doing this even makes it taste a little better :)

Next I need to give you a couple tips on how to eat this thing

First to eat the middle, I recommend doing a little dipping

So you break the egg yoke

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And dip!

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Ohhhh yeah

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Now after this do what you want but I still like to keep on dipping. So I dip the corners as well.

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No matter how you eat it, it will be fabulous!

So what do you think? Do you get what I mean about being a huge nerd with these pictures? :)


So there you have it, how to make a Toad-in-the-Hole!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Linked Stitch Tablet Cover

Hey everyone! I just wanted to show you more pictures of the tablet cover I made. I made this a long time ago and am just now finishing up writing out the pattern. I will share it with you guys… someday!

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I made this tablet cover for our iPad. I used the Linked Stitch, which makes it very sturdy. I love this stitch since there are less holes in the work so it’s nice and solid. Great for protecting our precious iPad.

Winking smile

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For the edge I used the Crab Stitch (also called the Backwards Single Crochet). I think it’s a nice way to finish it off

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This pattern will be easy to adjust to whichever tablet you have, big or small.

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Again, I hope to have the pattern finished up sometime so I can share it with you. I will also post a quick tutorial first on how to do the Linked Stitch.

Have a great Tuesday!


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

{ WIP Wednesday }

Wow, I haven’t done a WIP Wednesday post in a long time. Let alone three blog posts in a row!

So here’s what I’m working on…

Writing up a pattern for this tablet case using the Linked Crochet Stitch. I am also going to do a tutorial on how to do the Linked Stitch before I post the pattern. It’s really easy but a very sturdy stitch. Perfect for protecting our precious tablets!

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The Buddy Blanket… It’s going slow since I made a mistake. I haven’t even finished the first row!

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More granny squares

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That’s all for now! Happy Wednesday

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Today is my daughter’s Valentine’s Day party in her kindergarten class. I thought I would show you what we (cough cough… I) made for her class.

So I have this problem where I can’t just buy regular paper Valentines from a store anymore. No, I need to go big with something handmade that takes me hours. I blame Pinterest

So here are all of the Valentines goodies…

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First, Hailey had to decorate a box for the Valentines she receives. She had so much fun!

I found this idea for friendship bracelets and jars of candy on Pinterest weeks ago. I don’t like doing candy very much in the Valentines so this was perfect. I decided to break out my thread and start picking colors… Fast forward to last night at 8:00 when I was making almost all of the bracelets and printing everything! I am guilty of major procrastination. I even had to get Hailey out of bed to write on all of the labels… Yeah that’s bad. But she wasn’t asleep yet so that’s ok, right?


So here are the lovely and colorful bracelets! I love the tag.

“Our Class would knot be the same without you!”

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For the teachers, they got little mason jars full of chocolate.

“It takes a big heart to shape little minds.”

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Hailey was very excited for her party!

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I love how everything turned out. It was worth all of the time and work! I will make sure I plan ahead better next year.


Here are some Valentine’s from the past!


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2013 (Valentines from Kiwi Crate)

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I hope you all have a great Valentine’s Day!


Valentines Printables…

Friendship Bracelet Valentines from Dandee Designs

Teacher Valentine from Lil Mrs Tori

Bracelet Pattern from The Purl Bee

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