Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Keeping Your Coffee Cozy

Hello! Hope your Wednesday is going as good as it could be, being the middle of the week and all. I just wanted to share some fun coffee cozies (aka coffee sleeves) I have made and listed in the Etsy shop. I am a big coffee lover. It’s never been for the caffeine for me but it’s for the taste. So good and so comforting. I love having one of these vs. using the pathetic cardboard sleeves they give you. Who are they kidding, my hand gets burnt every time. Ha!

I love seeing all of these colors together! I also like how they can fit on different size cups. Then you can get your caffeine intake in any size and still be able to protect your hands.

The yarn is a cotton blend yarn so really soft and also washable. Perfect if you get some drips of your sweet nectar, I mean coffee, on the sleeve.

Crocheted Coffee Sleeves

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Looking at these are making me want a Starbucks… Where are my keys?

Winking smile

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tasty Soup Recipes

Hey everyone! Happy Fall! I just wanted to pop in and share some soup recipes that are perfect for fall and the cooler weather. Well, cooler weather in some states!

I make one of these soups every week now. Soups are my absolute favorite recipes to make. I like the process, how easy they are, and how tasty and comforting they are. I have to admit, I like to pretend I’m on some type of cooking show when I “chop and drop” as Rachel Ray would say. Don’t judge me (wink)

So here are some of our favorite family favorites!

Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup from The Idea Room

(My daughters favorite!)

Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe - The Idea Room:

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup from The Girl Who Ate Everything

Lemon Orzo Soup - one of my favorite soups for fall.

Tortellini Vegetable Soup

25 fall soups:

(The link to this isn’t working so here is the recipe written out)


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 small zucchini, diced

  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and diced

  • 5 1/2 cups chicken stock

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil (more if fresh)

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1/2 cup canned crushed tomatoes

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 8 to 9 ounces fresh or frozen tortellini

  • (cheese or meat filled)

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • Black pepper, to taste


  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium soup pot or large saucepan. Add the onion, zucchini, and carrot. Sauté over moderate heat for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring often, until the onion is soft and translucent.

  2. Add the stock, basil, bay leaf, tomatoes, and salt to the pot. Increase the heat and bring the mixture to a low boil. Add the tortellini and bring the soup back to a low boil. Cook it for 2 minutes, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 5 to 6 minutes longer. Gently stir in the parsley and pepper during the last minute or so. Makes about 5 servings.


Quick Turkey Chili

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  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

  • 1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, drained

  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 to 2 cups chicken broth

  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed

  • Salt to taste


  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté, stirring occasionally for about 3 minutes until onion softens. Increase heat to medium-high, add ground turkey and stir, breaking up large pieces with the back of a wooden spoon. Add the chili power, black pepper, and cumin; stir and continue to break up the meat to incorporate the spices. Allow mixture to cook for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Add the black beans, pinto beans, tomatoes, 1 cup of chicken broth, and corn. Taste and add salt if needed. Continue to cook for 5 to 10 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Add more broth if the chili is too thick. To serve, ladle chili into bowls. If desired, top with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese.



I highly recommend all of these! Who doesn’t love a warm comforting bowl of soup during the colder months?

Have a great Tuesday


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

New Cozy Gear

Hey friends! I just wanted to share some new scarves and a new style hat I have added to my Etsy shop. They’re very cozy and warm! Perfect for fall and winter.

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I LOVE this new hat! I may be keeping the yellow one for myself.

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This is just another color of the Beautiful Crocheted Slouchy Hat. Very comfy!

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I hope you are all having a great September!


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Future Crochet Nerd

Over 4th of July weekend, I took my daughter to Michael’s and got her her own crochet stuff. I let her pick two colors of yarn and we got a nice (nicer than mine!) crochet hook that she can use for a long time.


I then sat down with her and taught her how to chain. She really got the hang of it after awhile! She started making a bunch of chain bracelets, which is a great project for her because she gave them to all of her friends and family.

Here is the one she made me! We also got matching elephant bracelets for a $1 and we wear them everyday.


We will soon try to start the single crochet and go from there. If anyone has any tips on teaching kiddos learn to crochet, let me know! I’m excited to have another future crochet nerd in the house. She is already getting excited about yarn like me.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Linked Double Crochet ::Tutorial::

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Today I just wanted to share a tutorial for a really cool crochet stitch. When I learned how to do this stitch, I was really impressed and loved the outcome.

This stitch is called the Linked Double Crochet (LDC). In the pictures below, you will see regular double crochet stitches on the left. On the right are the linked double crochets (worked in the round). The linked DCs close up the holes and it’s a very sturdy and pretty fabric. So the stitches are the same height as a regular DC but the holes are closed up.

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This stitch can be worked in the round or back and forth. I personally prefer to only use this stitch in the round. I like the look of all of the stitches facing forward and giving a flat and even look. So this tutorial will be in the round but you can easily do this back and forth.

Lets get started!

I am using just a worsted weight yarn and a 5mm hook. You can really use whatever yarn you want since this isn’t an actual pattern. To practice, just grab something you have on hand.

To start, chain any desired amount of stitches you would like to practice on. I think I chained 35, which is completely random. I do recommend more than 15 just to help you practice.


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Join your work to the beginning chain with a slip stitch so you can work in the round

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Chain 2 and work one DC (double crochet) in each chain around. Join with a slip st to the beginning chain. Chain 2. This is all just to give you a base to practice on.  You can of course start your round with linked stitches right away. The next row is where I will show you the Linked Stitch

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In the first stitch, do one regular double crochet (DC)

Now take a peak at the double crochet you just made. You will notice on the front of the stitch there is a horizontal bar that goes across the stitch. I’m going to call this the Front Bar.

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To start the linked stitch, insert your hook from the top into the Front Bar

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Yarn over and pull up a loop

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You now have two loops on your hook. What you have done is, instead of yarning over to start a regular DC, this loop is taking it’s place.

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Now you can finish your DC. Insert your hook into the next stitch

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Yarn over and pull up a loop. You now have three loops on your hook

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Yarn over and pull through two loops

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Yarn over and pull through the last two loops on your hook. You have now linked that DC to the first DC. Pretty cool, right? And easy!

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Let me show you one more time

Insert your hook from the top into the Front Bar of your previous double crochet.

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Yarn over and pull up a loop. You now have two loops on your hook (remember this is replacing the yarn over you usually do to start a regular DC)

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Insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop.

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You now have three loops on your hook

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To finish, yarn over and pull through two loops, then yarn over and pull through the last two loops on your hook.

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If you are using this stitch and going back and forth on your work, all you do is chain and turn at the end of your row, do one regular double crochet to start and then you can continue making your linked stitches

Isn’t this a fun and easy stitch? I love the look of it. I used this stitch to make my tablet cover I made awhile back. It is a perfect stitch for this because it’s sturdy and thick. My tablet is very save and protected.

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I hope you like this stitch!  Let me know if you have any questions.


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