Crochet Boot Cuffs

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Yesterday all I managed to make was dinner and these Crochet Boot Cuffs.  I had another Drs appointment, which affected most of the day, but I didn’t want to not post today!

These boot cuffs fall into our Quick and Easy Crochet week well.  It only took just over an hour to make both of them from start to finish! I know it really isn’t boot weather now but they would make great Christmas gifts if you are like me and start planning what you are doing this early!

I took different aspects I liked out of various boot cuff patterns I had read and turned those into these!  I will include the pattern below!

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Chris’ Favourite Potatoes – Twice Baked Potatoes

This is Chris’ favourite potato recipe.  I have been making it for years and do change it up once in a while by switching up the cheese and adding things such as green onions or broccoli.  The base recipe is always the same, it’s just a matter of what you decide to add into it!

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Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake

Last night I finally tried a dump cake recipe that I found on Pinterest, courtesy of http://www.cupcakesandcutlery.com/cherry-pineapple-dump-cake-recipe/ and I have to admit it was really, really good.

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I just could not wrap my head around how something like this could work and be delicious at that.  It smelled so good while it was baking, I think both Chris and I might have been drooling a bit waiting for it to be done lol!  I still had my doubts at this point that it would turn into anything other than a sweet smelling mess… boy was I wrong!  Now I have so many thoughts going through my head about what else I could “dump” into a cake pan like this and enjoy!

I will do a quick run down of what I did but the “recipe” is on cupcakesandcutlery’s website at the link above!

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Savoury Muffins via Clare’s Cosmos

How great do these look?  I can’t wait to try them. It is always nice to find another good Veggie recipe!

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I think almost everyone has a recipe for Zucchini Slice. Now I have my own recipe for Savoury Muffins based on this family favourite.

via From Savoury Slice to Savoury Muffins — Clare’s Cosmos

Mexican Wiener Wrap

I saw this recipe on the Pillsbury website: https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/crunchy-nacho-dogs/5aa85f70-4c05-4084-a66f-cddede49ec23 and it just looked so good I decided to try it.

As it happens, Chris had a few friends over to “play” in the shop today so between them and Dillon I had plenty of taste testers for this recipe! And it received all thumbs up!

Now, I of course changed it up a bit from the way it was on the Pillsbury website but for the most part kept it pretty close!

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Crocheted Baby Neck Tie

This week we are going to be posting Quick and Easy Crochet patterns we have found or created.

Today I am posting a Baby Neck Tie Pattern.  I made two of them and it took me less than 2 1/2 hours from start to finish, including time outs to reply to texts and emails lol!

This is a very simple pattern, worked in half double crochet stitch.  I originally tried doing it in single crochet but it looked too holey for my liking so I reverted to the HDC. I just made them in a worsted weight yarn and a size 5 crochet hook, one in black for formal occasions and the other in a bright green for not so formal occasions lol! Finished the tie itself is about 9″ long. 

Just a note, while I was crocheting this I was listening to my 8 lb. cat Lulu snoring like a drunk lumberjack…. really, she is that bad lol… and my mind started to wander to the possibility of making even smaller versions of these for cats… and maybe dogs too.  I will update with pictures if I actually follow through on this!

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Liebster Award Nomination

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We would like to thank Hussein Allam of https://hussein1987.wordpress.com/ , for nominating us for this award! We appreciate the shout out, especially being so new to the Blogging World, so thank you Hussein!

Please check out his blog, you will find lots of helpful information and advice!

The following are the requirements to being nominated as per the link Hussein so graciously sent to us! The Link – https://hussein1987.wordpress.com/2017/05/28/liebster-award/

The rules of this award:

1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 blogs.
5. Notify those blogs of the nomination.
6. Give them 11 questions to answer

Now, the 11 random facts about me are:

Sandie:

  • I am a Centennial Baby, while Canada is celebrating it’s 150th this year, I will be celebrating (reluctantly) my 50th
  • I live in a very rural area of Ontario and have cows and horses for neighbours
  • We have 2 large dogs and 2 cats in our home
  • Before my car accident I was working as a Claims Assistant for an insurance company
  • I love to read, almost anything but especially paranormal mysteries
  • I developed an interest in all things creative at a young age, starting with charcoal drawing and crochet
  • I was lucky enough to be a stay at home mom until both of my kids were in school full time
  • I am planning on taking some online college courses to upgrade some of my skills
  • I thrive on structure and order, everything has a place and should be in that place
  • My dream is to earn/win enough money before I am too old and to have my own animal rescue/adult petting zoo
  • I LOVE thunderstorms…. it said random lol…I like to sit outside and watch/listen… when the mosquitos don’t try to carry me away!

Kim:

  • I am an aquarius.
  • Friends call me Kimbo.
  • I like to read, especially mystery novels. Right now, Louise Penny is my favourite author!
  • I love watching crime shows; however, my favourite TV show is Supernatural.
  • Michelangelo is my favourite Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtle (I LOVE TMNT).
  • The Lethal Weapon movies are my favourite. I watch them for my birthday every year.
  • I like hiking/outdoor adventures.
  • I am a tea-aholic. And fruity teas are my favourite!
  • I would love to one day open a comic book store.
  • The late Leonard Cohen was and will always be my hero.
  • I love writing. I graduated with a diploma in Journalism in 2012. While my career took a different path, I still enjoy writing poetry, short stories, and journaling. This blog has been a welcome re-introduction to my love of writing.

Our Nominee’s are:

https://quietwatercraft.wordpress.com/

https://tanglewoodknots.com/

https://savouriesbys.wordpress.com/

https://soulgifts.com.au/

https://whatsfordinnermoms.com/

https://jilliankmitchell.wordpress.com/

https://weirdweekendsblog.wordpress.com/

https://creating-time.com/

https://crochet539.com/

https://withloveandveggies.com/

https://icooktheblogs.com

Hussein’s Questions to my nominees;

What do you do in your free time?

Sandie: I like to read, crochet, paint, cook anything creative
Kim: Read, write, and binge-watch the latest TV show I’ve found.

What is the drink that you like mostly in the morning?

Sandie: Always COFFEE!
Kim: Tea. It’s always a different kind. Right now, I’m drinking spearmint in the mornings. Later in the day I drink a fruitier tea or something with cinnamon for an afternoon pick-me-up.

What are your hobbies?

Sandie: My hobbies are the same things I enjoy doing in my free time, reading, cooking, crocheting, knitting, painting
Kim: I enjoy reading, writing, and drawing. I also enjoy going outside. My husband and I spend full days going for walks by the lake in the summer.

What is your plans for the next year?!

Sandie: Recover from my head injury…. hopefully it’s not another year!
Kim: There are so many great movies coming out this year – Wonder Woman, Thor: Ragnarok, Star Wars: The Last Jedi (to name a few) – I hope to watch all of them on opening weekend!

 

Questions to Our Nominees:

What prompted you to start blogging?

What is the best advice you would give to new bloggers?

What is your favourite season and why?

Who has had the biggest influence in your life?

Do you have any pets?

What new skill would you like to learn in the future?

What is your dream vacation?

If you could choose to have a super power, which one would you want?

What is your favourite movie?

What was your favourite toy as a child?

What is your comfort food?

 

 

 

Canadian Mason Jar Candle Holder

As you’ve seen, this week my mom and I decided to make some mason jar crafts. At the start of the week, I had plans to continue creating Alice in Wonderland/Nightmare Before Christmas items for my bedroom. I left to go to the store and buy some mason jars yesterday fully intending to continue that plan but what I created was something completely different.

This week, I made Canada-inspired Mason Jar Candle holders (… I may need to think on the name because that’s quite a mouthful).

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Before getting where I intended to buy the mason jars, I stopped at our local Value Village and found two larger mason jars. They were too big for what I had planned but I knew I had to have them… it was time to shift gears….

My hubby likes to sit out on the balcony in the evenings and smoke a cigar. We don’t currently have any lights on the balcony so he’s usually stuck sitting in the dark with the small lighting that comes from inside the apartment or from the streetlights. I thought it would be nice to make him a candle holder he can take outside when he smokes his cigars.

With Canada Day fast approaching, and having already looked at some Canada Day craft ideas, I thought that a Canada-inspired mason jar craft would be a great idea.

They turned out okay…….

They looked great without lights in them but when he took it outside last night, the side of the jar looked quite streaky. It also didn’t give off as much light as I’d hoped. With that said, I am happy with how they turned out. I wouldn’t consider it a complete failure and I’m eager to find a way to improve my mason jar painting/crafting.

For now, I’ll share what I did, as it still makes a great indoor candle holder.

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MINION COOKIES!!!!!

Let me start by saying that this post in no way resembles a recipe lol… just an outlet for my strange obsession with Minions.  I don’t know why but I love those cute, fat little yellow characters!  I honestly haven’t even  seen the movies… maybe it’s all the Minion Memes that I seem to accumulate on my phone.

Yesterday Dillon (my son and unofficial chauffeur right now) and I went on our usual Friday morning grocery shop.  I was walking through the dairy aisle and saw this package of preformed/preshaped? Minion Cookies and had to buy them! They could have been the worst flavour of cookies ever but they were Minions and they were coming home with us!!!

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