I really enjoy cooking and crocheting! I wanted to make something that incorporated both activities and I came up with: pot holders! I had a few burned holiday pot holders in my kitchen and decided it was time to discard those and make adorable crocheted pot holders. These are easy to make and use! They are also a little modern, with charm – which makes them even cuter!
Row 1: Dc in the 3rd ch from hook. Add 9 dc in the same ch. Total: 10 dc.
Row 2: 2 sc in each dc. Total: 20 dc.
Row 3: 1 dc in the first sc; * 2 dc in the next sc; 1 dc in the next sc* Repeat until the end. Total: 30 dc.
Row 4 – 8: 1 dc in each dc. Total: 30 dc.
* Make two of the pattern above
Using a knitting needle stitch together the two halves. Stack the two halves on top of each other and sew together the sides that are touching, make sure you are only sewing half of the opening.
1. Use thick yarn.
2. Use a crochet hook size smaller than the one listed on the label, to make the stitch tighter.
3. Make the stitch as tight as possible, your finger will go through the holes if your stitches are loose.
Most people are out and about on Friday Nights… sadly for me I have early Saturday mornings which prevent any late Friday nights. For now, I will stay in and drool over some delicious fall drinks.
But whether you’re staying in or going out, here are some delicious boozy drinks recipes you can try:
I have a lot of scarves, but I have about 7 favorite ones. The top 7 are obviously the most used, therefore the dirtiest… And with the Fall slowly creeping in (and back out, but hopefully back in soon) I decided to wash all my scarves and have them ready for when the weather drops below 60 degrees. Last week, we enjoyed a few days of of cool temperatures, but the weather has shot back up to high 80s out here in Southern California. I’m hoping the weather cools off soon… at least below 65 degrees! My boots and my scarves are ready to come out and play!
But back to washing my scarves… I’ve always had a hard problem with washing my scarves… I’ve made about 90% of my scarves and I really did not want to ruin them by putting them in the washer and dryer. So I figured the best way to clean my scarves would be to hand wash them. You can wash them as delicately as you make them.
1. Add the detergent (detergent of your choice) to the tub/container and add water.
2. Place scarves in the soap mixture and let them soak.
3. Delicately scrub the scarves,
4. Once you have finished scrubbing the scarves, rinse them out and wring them out.
5. Hang them to dry.
Enjoy your clean scarves!
Time for confession… I’ve been on health kick lately. So I guess this isn’t a bad confession… but it’s still a pretty big one for me. I’ve been been eating really healthy for the past three months and I feel like I have finally earned a sweet, healthy-ish treat. And since it is Hispanic Heritage month and all, I decided to turn a typical Hispanic dessert into a something that fits a little better in my new healthy life. Quinoa con Leche. The typical dish would be Arroz con Leche, but since I have traded the rice for quinoa, I figured I can change the arroz part in Arroz con Leche too.
1 1/2 cups of white quinoa
3 cups of non-fat milk
4 tbsp of raw sugar
1 stick of cinnamon
pinch of salt
1. Prior to cooking the quinoa, let it soak in a small bowl with hot water. Make sure the water covers the quinoa. << the quinoa will soak up the water, making is softer and easier to cook >>
2. Wait until the water was cooled (and the quinoa puffed up a bit), then drain the quinoa.
3. In a medium saucepan, add the drained quinoa, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and salt; and let the mixture simmer in a low heat.
3. Watch the pot very carefully and stir often, do not cover the pot. Make sure the heat is low, to avoid the milk burning. << stir often! and make sure the milk does not stick to sides of the pot >> The milk will eventually get absorbed, I will warn you that it can take from 20 to 40 minutes <<do not stress, the milk will disappear>>
4. Serve into your favorite container(s). It makes approximately 4 cups.
*Optional – 5. Top the Quinoa con Leche with some pecans. I was a little bad and also topped it with some Lechera, sweetened condensed milk.