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Pinworthy Thursday 10-09-2014

Seriously, I don’t think I’ve stopped crocheting since my post last week.  I have now made a total of 4 baby blankets in the giant granny square.  And I fricken love every single one of them.  I am putting the finishing touches on the latest one that was a custom order.  It’s a pink/purple/lime green/white version.  Don’t worry, I am keeping it hostage until I get pictures of it!

I stayed up last night working on it, hoping I could finish it.  But alas, as I was putting the scalloped border on, I grew too tired and had to call it quits not even halfway through.  And when I set the blanket down,  I realized I was practically out of white yarn!!  Ah!  Nooooooo!  I live an hour away from any store that sells yarn!!!  So I pulled it out at lunch today and tried a much smaller scalloped border.  I’m almost done and I think that the yarn will juuuuust barely make it.  Phew.

So anyway, here are my fun and fabulous pins from this week!!


3 Ingredient Italian BBQ Chicken- literally the three ingredients you see in the photo.  I can do that!


One Pot Enchilada Rigatoni- the bf said he would give this a go, so I’m pretty excited.  I’m all about any kind of pasta.  Like seriously.



Ahhh.  A Rainbow Granny Square blanket.  Inspiration pic, anyone?  I am building up an impressive collection of colors, so I think I will just wait a few more weeks to see if I can manage to get most of the colors I’d need to make this ;-).  I am already over halfway there


DIY Polymer Clay Crochet Hook Handles - These are supposed to be good for keeping your hands from cramping up from crocheting a lot….which I’ve definitely been doing.  Plus, HELLO, you can make them beautiful! :-)  Very fun!



These DIY wine labels are hilarious.  And oddly appropriate to my life.  I may or may not have had 2/3 of a bottle of Rough Day last night.



Apple Pie Cake- After having a plethora of apples in a bag in my kitchen, I needed some apple recipes to use them up.  I found this one, forgot all about them, then got in BIG TROUBLE when Nate found the apple bag rotting in the corner.  Oops.  My bad honey.  I might be in even bigger trouble if I try to bring home more apples to make this with, but I like to live on the edge ;-).


I have been digging crocheted headbands and cowls lately, so this post about the 10 Free Crochet Patterns was just what I needed.  I don’t think I will wear it, but I have a cutie patootie sister who would!



Pepperoni Pizza Cake- This was shared on a facebook group that I’m on and I have to say, I am probably enough of a fatty that I would soooooooo make and eat this.  Just sayin, it doesn’t look THAT hard to make.



Ok, that’s it!  I will try to get off my duff and do something other than crocheting so that I can have fun stuff to post!  Have a good weekend!

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Purple and White Giant Granny Square Afghan





This afghan was SUCH a fun thing to make!  It was my very first baby blanket, and my first big granny square project.  Before this, the only other granny squares I had made were a 4 square trivet and a pretty washcloth.   The best part about it?  I didn’t even need a pattern.  Once you know how to make a granny square, you can make this blanket.  It is basically just a repeating pattern–you could make this into a giant king sized blanket, and you’d do the same thing the whole way!



Don’t know how to make a granny square?  THIS is the youtube tutorial that I watched to learn.  Then you just keep the rounds going until it’s the size that you like.  This one ended up being 32″ x 32″, with about 25 rounds.  Basically you will just use a DC, chain, and slip stitch.  Easy peasy.


I used an H hook, and some Red Heart yarn for this project, which is a cheaper, not as soft yarn as any of the baby yarns available.  But once you wash it, it just gets softer and softer every time.  I bought one of the larger skeins of each color, for $5 a skein at Walmart.  I have quite a bit left, I think I MIGHT have used half of the skein.


Funny story about this pretty afghan.  I was invited to a baby shower for a friend of mine.  We work together pretty close on the fair board since she is the extension agent for our county.  Well, they decided they didn’t want to know the sex of the baby until it was born, which takes out the standard blue/pink colors to make a baby blanket in.  She told me that they were doing a Peter Pan theme for the nursery, so I thought ok, I can get some green and white yarn and make a blanket out of that!  When I was there though, they didn’t have a whole lot of selection, and the more I looked at the green and white, I just kept thinking that it seemed more ‘boy’ to me.  So I decided that since I thought I remembered them being KState fans, that a purple and white blanket would work just fine!!  I grabbed the yarn up, feeling pretty good, went home and got started that night.


Man, that blanket was so pretty while it was being worked up.  The purple was so vibrant and the white was just the perfect contrast.  I just knew that they would love it!  So I finished it up on a Sunday night, washed it, and went to my fair  board meeting the next night.


At the meeting, we got on the subject of the KState game at the end of the month, and whether or not it was a home game.  Could someone look it up on their phone?  And my friend says (I shit you not), ‘well, I don’t keep track of Kstate’s schedule, I only do Oklahoma State’s.’  HOLY. CRAP.  So I am sitting there freaking out on the inside, but trying to stay cool on the outside.  So I casually say, ‘oh, you don’t like Kstate?’, and she says, ‘well I mean, they write my paycheck (the extension office is through them), but I am an OSU fan.’

Well, that was a FAIL. ha!


So, back to the drawing board on that blanket!  But that does mean that this one is now for sale.  I will be listing it on etsy very soon.  It’s still a really pretty blanket, and we have a lot of KState fans around here, so I’m sure it won’t be long before it sells.


I am also thinking of adding a soft, minky fabric back and a scallop border.  Or even a nice flannel in a KState fabric.  What do you think?


Have you ever had a gift giving fail?  I ‘m just so glad I found out BEFORE I gave it to her.  That would have been pretty embarassing!

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Pinworthy Thursday 10-02-14

Anyone else want to just go HOME and take a dang nap??  No? Just me?  Ok, that’s fine.  I don’t get a nap even if I did get to go home right now, I have to go pick up my cutie patootie niece and nephews for the evening.  Which, now that the youngest is old enough to hold his own with the others, is MASS CHAOS OMG! I’m hoping they will be good enough for me that I can work on my next baby blanket.   I started it last night and I think I am already like 24 rows in?  Maybe not quite that many, I’m not sure.  But I just LOVE the colors in it!  Here is a sneak peek- I took this last night, but I’ve worked on it for another hour or so.  I am hoping to have it done tonight or tomorrow night, and then I will post it for sale.  But I am also considering adding a fabric backing?  This is super soft yarn, but I dunno, I just like the look of it.  I am really leaning towards a minky fabric– what do you think?





Anyway, on to the point of the post.  This should pretty much be a Pinworthy Patterns post, because that’s all I have.  I am now officially OBSESSED with granny squares.  I have so many projects in my head that I cannot decide which one I want to make next, and my fingers cannot crochet fast enough!!!!!!!!


How stinkin’ cute is this Granny Square zipper pouch?!  I would keep this in my purse withsome pens or my tampuns in it (We are The Millers reference, anyone?  Anyone?!).



Daisy Baby Afghan- I love the bright colors in this one, and can totally see it in pink/orange/yellow.  I plan to make something like this soon!  Totes worth $4 for the pattern.



I absolutely LOVE the color combo combined with the fabric.  This is one that I am going to take the picture to the store with me to get the same colors.  Cute cute cute!  I wish I knew someone having a little girl so I could make this for them….


This Never Ending Granny Square interests me.  Not tying in a bajillion ends sounds like a fabulous idea!


Daisy in the Center Granny Square Pattern- I like the daisy in the middle- this could easily be made into a washcloth pattern, too.


Daisy Granny Square Pillow- Not only would I like to make this, but I would keep it on my chair (if I can keep it away from my pillow sucking dog.  Yes, I said pillow sucking.  He’s a freak.) and take naps on it. This would be a good starter project, before taking on a huge afghan.



Mini Granny Square Crochet Baskets- We actually sell something similar to these with Thirty One, called a Littles Carry All.  I buy them all of the time when I need to use a half price or free item, so I know I would like these.  I want to make some of these for my craft room, and possibly as a display idea for my booth.


Ok, I seriously have quite a few more that I could share, but that’s long enough.  GRANNY SQUARE FOR THE WIN!

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Cancer Ribbon Dishcloth Pattern

So I had this friend, her name was Betty Jo.  She lived across the street from me, owned a store downtown, and I served on the fair board with her.  She was actually the first store that started carrying some of my crafts!  She was always encouraging me and raving on and on about anything I made.  She was the life of the party, no matter where she was.  Man, she was just FUN.  We got really close while serving on the fair board together, and she would talk about her daughter’s struggle with breast cancer.  She was her biggest supporter, and showed it any way that she could.  So when I found a pattern for a breast cancer dishcloth, I thought, hey, Jo would LOVE this.  I printed it out and planned to maker her a few.  Then life got in the way, the pattern got shuffled to the bottom of the stack, and I forgot about it.




Then we lost Jo this past year.  It was really unexpected.


I was cleaning out the craft room recently and came across the pattern again.  So I sat down that day and made it.  And thought of Jo the whole time.


I posted it on my facebook page and had a few people that wanted their own.  So after I made those, I had a lady call and order SIX more.  I think she is giving them away at Christmas.  I spent the entire weekend crocheting, trying to get her order done.  Thankfully these don’t take too long to work up.


Of course, I lost the pattern halfway through making them.  I think it actually flew away while I was sitting at the farmers market (oops).  But I had the pattern pretty much memorized at that point, so I jotted it down really quickly.  I thought I would share it here for anyone that wants to make them.    Whether it’s for yourself, a friend, or family member that has been affected by breast cancer, or any cancer at all.  I think I will be making up a few in different colors, to represent the different cancers.  It’s crazy how so many people are affected by such an awful disease.  How WE are personally affected by it.  Our house will have white washcloths, for Nate’s mom.


The pattern makes a pretty big washcloth, or you can use it as a trivet to sit hot dishes on.  I plan to use it for both.  If there is something that isn’t clear, please let me know.  This is my first time to write a pattern like this out.

To make it, I used an H hook, and cotton yarn.  I think you could find a really soft acrylic yarn and use this as a bath cloth.  If you aren’t into crocheting and would still like your own washcloth, I have them listed in my etsy shop – www.etsy.com/shop/brainiac512 under the Crochet section.


Crochet Breast Cancer Ribbon Dishcloth/Trivet

Chain 51.

DC in 2nd chain from hook.

DC in the next 19 stitches.

2DC in the next 3 stitches, then DC in the next 2 stitches, 2DC in the next 3 stitches.  DC in the remaining stitches on the row.  Chain 2.  Turn.

DC in the next 20 stitches.

*2DC in next stitch.  Then DC in the next stitch.*  Repeat this 7 more times.  DC to end of the row.  Chain 2, then turn.

DC in the next 23 stitches.

*2DC in next stitch, then DC in the next two stitches*.  Repeat 5 times.  2DC in the next stitch.  DC to the end of the row.  Chain 2, then turn.

DC in the next 24 stitches.

*2DC in the next stitch, DC in the next three stitches*.  Repeat this 3 times. 2DC in next stitch, then DC to the end of the row.

Position your ribbon like the photos above and pin in place.  SC around the ribbon, securing the ribbon in place.  Tie off, leaving a 10″ tail.  Use this on a yarn needle to stitch through and secure the ribbon in place better.

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What I’ve Been Up To….

Just a few pictures from the past month or so that might explain part of my absence.  This girl’s been BUSY!



























Happy Friday!!



- Teresa

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Pinworthy Thursday 9-18-14

Haaaaaaayyyyyyy.  It’s been a while, and it’s totally my bad.  I can’t believe I’ve gone 3 1/2 weeks without telling you about all of the fabulous things I’ve found on Pinterest!  What?!  Well, that ends today.  What I should really be showing you is what I’ve been pinning to my favorites on Ravelry.  I’m pretty much addicted to that site, and addicted to finding new patterns.  Which means I have to buy more yarn, because I am seriously putting a huge dent in my stash lol.  Maybe I will do that, now that I think of it.  What do you think?  I could call it Ravelry finds or something.  Anyway, enough rambling.


My fabulous pins–


I don’t know why this apple cake calls to me so loudly, but man, it does.  I’m trying to decide if this would look like I was trying too hard if I took it to a family dinner.  Or if I cared.


I LOVE this blog and usually end up pinning any kind of pattern she shares.  This Diagonal Dishcloth is at the top of my ‘to make’ pile.


This DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap looks super easy.  Of course I always see things as ‘can I add them to my booth?’  But that might make me look a LITTLE too diversified.  Maybe.  But then again, I do sell washcloths, and soap goes with that.  Hmmmm…….




I love the idea of adding those bar codes to stuff.   I want to make one of these signs to take to my shows!



I have a love of tall boots, but I only own one pair because I also have HUGE calves.  These are extra wide, and I want them.  Thank you Brittany Gibbons.



Apple Pie Scones– because it’s fall and I have a grocery bag of apples sitting on my kitchen floor.



Healthy Stuffed Pepper Soup-  I love soup!  And I think I would like the rice in this.  Is that a weird thing to say?


Ok, I’ll be back.  Swear.  I have too much good shit to share with you to do anything otherwise.

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Quick and Easy Ravioli Lasagna

So I was browsing through one of my Kraft magazines that I get, looking for good recipes.  Normally, I find a lot of recipes that I would love to make, but I usually don’t find anything that Nate will like, too.  So I enjoy looking at the pictures, then I usually throw them away and am done with it.  Well I don’t know what it was about the magazine this time, but I found quite a few recipes that would work!!  I was so dang excited!  I marked them all and have been making them the past week or so.

This Ravioli Lasagna was one of those recipes.  Well, I guess I should say, it was the inspiration for this recipe.  That one was a lot more involved, and I didn’t feel like buying all of those special ingredients.  This is the quick version!  You could whip this up on a weeknight, and if you double it like I did, you can eat on it for a few days.


We took this up to his family for dinner and everyone just loved it!  I think next time we might do 1 package of beef ravioli, and 1 package of cheese, but other than that, I wouldn’t change a thing!  This would be a good potluck recipe, too!  Because I mean, come on, who doesn’t like ravioli?!

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

First, take two cans of spaghetti sauce– we used one cheap one that was just a plain, and then one that was a bit more expensive (you know, by like 60 cents) with a bit more flavor.  I poured those into a saucepan and let them heat up while I got everything else ready.

In a microwave safe bowl, heat a block of cream cheese for about 1 minute.  It should be melted and easy to stir at this point— make sure it is smooth, then add 1 Cup of milk.  Stir until smooth.   Set aside.


Now it’s time to assemble!

I used a 9 x 13 casserole dish, sprayed with cooking spray.  Ladle some of your sauce into the bottom, making sure you have a thin, even layer.


Pour in one bag of frozen beef ravioli– we used the Great Value brand, found at Walmart.



Pour your cream cheese mixture over the ravioli, and use the back of a spoon to spread it evenly.



Sprinkle on a layer of shredded mozzarella cheese (about 1 cup).


Ladle on another layer of your spaghetti sauce.


Another layer of ravioli.


And more sauce.


Then top with more shredded mozzarella.  I used an entire bag on the top layer, because we wanted lots of cheese :-).   And it DOES make quite a bit, so I didn’t feel bad about it.



I covered it with foil, loosely though, so that when the cheese melted it wouldn’t get all up in my foil.  Then I placed it on a baking sheet pan to catch any drips.

Bake at 400 for 50 minutes.  Then pull the foil off and put under your broiler for about 5 minutes, to darken up the cheese.  If you didn’t want to use the broiler, just throw it back in the oven for another 10 minutes or so to brown the cheese.


I recommend you let this sit for about 10 minutes before serving, otherwise your mouth will be on FIRE from all of the hot sauce/cheese.




Quick and Easy Lasagna Ravioli

2 jars of spaghetti sauce

2 packages of frozen beef and/or cheese ravioli (I used Great Value brand)

1 8 oz. package cream cheese

1 Cup milk

3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Heat spaghetti sauce in a sauce pan on the stove.

Microwave cream cheese in a bowl for 1 minute.  Stir until smooth, then add in 1 cup of milk.  Stir again until smooth.

Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.  Ladle a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of the pan.  Pour in 1 package of frozen ravioli.

Pour cream cheese over ravioli and spread into an even layer.

Add 1 cup shredded cheese in an  even layer over the cream cheese.

Ladle another layer of spaghetti sauce over shredded cheese.

Add 2nd bag of frozen ravioli in an  even layer.

Add the rest of the spaghetti sauce, then the rest of the shredded cheese.

Cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes.  Remove foil and put under the broiler for 5 minutes to brown the cheese on top.  You could also put back in the 400 degree oven for another 10 minutes or so.  Let stand for 10 minutes, then serve.


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Coconut Curry Shrimp

I wish I had a fabulous photo to share with you for this recipe, because it’s FREAKING FANTASTIC!!  But alas, I was so intent on eating it as fast as I could, all I managed to take the time to do was snap a shot with my cell phone.


I will make it again soon, and try to get better photos then, but I could not wait to tell you about how awesome this dish was.  And urge you to go try it as soon as possible.

I should probably explain WHERE I found this recipe, shouldn’t I?  I read it on Pioneer Woman.  She is one of my blogs that I visit every single day.  I honestly don’t pin as many of her recipes as I used to, but when I saw the title of the post, I didn’t even look at the recipe before I pinned it.

I had never had curry (that I knew of?), so I really didn’t know what to expect.  I thought I had read that it was spicy?  Or at least that was my impression of it.  I was very surprised that to me, it was NOT as spicy as I thought.  I used a little jar of red curry paste that I found in the chinese section at Walmart.  While I was in that section, I also grabbed a can of the baby corn and a can of sliced water chestnuts, because I love them.

It was a really quick meal, I would say the thing that took the longest was waiting for the liquid to reduce.  Seriously though?  It smelled DIVINE!  It was all I could do to not eat this with a spoon out of the pan while it was cooking!

While it was simmering, I made some minute brown rice– next time I want to try it over white rice.  I think that since brown rice has more flavor, that it took away from the curry.  White rice really has no flavor to compete with, so I think it would just EXPLODE in your mouth.

** I added the can of corn and can of water chestnuts while I had the sauce simmering– they basically just needed to heat up.  I also used a few tablespoons of the red curry paste, instead of curry powder, and I did not use the basil.

I will be making this again and  again (whenever Nate isn’t home- ha!).  Aaaand now I’m starving!

Let me know if you try it!

Coconut Curry Shrimp from Pioneer Woman

Printable recipe HERE.


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Pinworthy Thursday 8/14/2014

It’s Thursday!  I would like to say that I have had a productive week here at work, but that’s just not the case.  At home, however, I have been BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!!  Meetings, babysitting, (lack of) cleaning, SHARK WEEK, cooking, more babysitting, doing sister’s nails, etc etc etc.  My friend is coming over tonight for me to do her nails and makeup, which should be super fun!  I will be babysitting my little nephew tonight, too.  He is such a little schweet thing!  As long as you feed him when he wants to be fed! ha!


So anyway, in my, ahem, spare time, I have managed to find a few fun things on pinterest!



So THIS is pretty much the smartest thing ever.  After helping with a few weddings that we didn’t know how we were decorating, this would have been extremely helpful!




I love this diagonal rainbow potholder!  I might have to make a few of these to give as Christmas gifts this year.




Another crochet item– the Cable Stitch Dishcloth.  I’m not sure if I like the pattern or the colors they used more.  Would be so cute in my farmers market booth!



We tried Abuelo’s restaurant for the second time last month, and good gravy, their papas con chile are SO GOOD!  I found this copy cat recipe online and hope to make them at home soon.  Especially since the nearest Abuelo’s is two hours from us.  Boooo!



How FUN is this Frozen cake?!  Turns out, Ainsley is a huge fan.  So this may have to be a future birthday cake.




This What’s in Your Phone baby shower game looks really fun.  Something different from the regular ol’ What’s in Your Purse game.



One of my daily blogs that I visit shared this pattern the other day.  It’s a Cap Sleeve Cardigan Crochet Pattern and it makes me want to ask someone on facebook if I can borrow their baby to make this.  They would get a free cardigan out of it, so it sounds like a sweet deal to me!  I’ve never made a clothing piece before, but she said it works up really easy.  We shall see if I can find someone to make it for!


That’s it for this week!  Do you have any fun pins you want to share?  Please do!


Pinworthy Thursday 8-7-14

Ahhhhh Thursday!  So close to the weekend, so close to the beginning of next week.  It seems like the weekend goes so fast, you don’t have time to enjoy it.  But in actuality, I haven’t had too much going on during the week the past week or two, so I don’t even mind.  I am loving this time to just relax and hang out and be a little BORED.  Yes, I said it.  And I’m happy it’s happening lol.   Usually we are so busy with work/boards/activities that we never have a minute to just do nothing.  So, even though I don’t think it will last much longer, it’s been a nice break.  :-)  Thursday also means that my cutie patooties niece and nephews will be coming over tonight after work while their mommies are busy.  I’m thinking we will go swimming– they will love that!

Here are my pins for the past few weeks, since I haven’t done one of these in a while.


Black bean and brown rice burgers–  I have been eating a lot of brown rice lately, so I am totally down with this one.  And if I’m being honest– I don’t really like beef burgers that much anyway.


Coconut Shrimp Tacos- I’m obsessed with shrimp, I’m obsessed with fish/shrimp tacos, and I fricken love coconut.  I’m thinking this one would be a slam dunk for me!!  Of course Nate wouldn’t touch this with a ten foot pole…..this may have to be a ‘dual meal’ night :-)


I like the look of this porch swing, and we have an awkward ‘side’ of our patio with a drop off behind it.  This could be a solution.



Iced Chai Lattes are my very favorite thing to get at Starbucks.  I have made a few at home, but nothing that is as good as the original.



This shows you how to the Triple Crochet Loops, which looks like it would make a pretty sweet dishcloth.  And we all know how much I love those :-)



Oreo Macarons.  I had my first macaron in Vegas this summer, and it was one of the best things I’ve ever had.  I’ve also heard horror stories of how hard they are to make, but someday I will try them!  These cookies simultaneously fascinate and frighten me. And make me hungry.



This is an adorable idea!  Making ornaments to remember your first home, apartment, etc.




Do you think people would think I was weird with one of these crocheted steering wheel covers?  Because I have some REALLLLLLLY pretty yarn that I wouldn’t mind using for one of these…..



I pinned this to remember for my shows this fall.  I make these bottles and think that this is a brilliant use for them!  I wonder if I could use some of the fake succulents instead of real ones?  I don’t always have the best luck with plants lol.



Ok, that’s enough for now.  But I will leave you with a sweet picture of the manicure I did last night.  I saw a youtube video on doing galaxy nails and tried it myself last night.


It was super duper messy, and by the end of it, I was OVER the whole qtip/polish remover situation lol.  So they could be a little tidier, but this is good for me.

Happy Thursday everyone!

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