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Blackberry Pie


Oh man, this pie.  It was something else.  This pie was fricken delicious.

I made this pie for Father’s Day, for my dad.  He LOVEESSSSS blackberries, and especially blackberry pie.  Now, I’ve tried to make blackberry pie for him before, but I used frozen berries.  I (apparently) didn’t thaw the berries all of the way, so the bottom of the pie was, let’s just go with….soggy.  Don’t get me wrong, he still ate it, but bless him, it was NOT my finest moment.  I went at this pie looking for redemption for that other sorry excuse for a pie.  THIS one would be good, dang it!

It just so happened that I came into quite a bit of blackberries right before our father’s day dinner, by way of a kind, little offbeat guy, that sold them to me for $5 for a butter tub full.  Now, that’s a lot of berries!  And for $5?!  You bet!  I bought $20 worth and stuck some in my freezer for jelly (which I hope to share next), and then kept two tubs out to make some pie.

When searching for the right recipe, I went to Pinterest (obvs).  I searched for Blackberry Pie- blog.  Because I always want to be able to read more about it, if it has quirks, how it turned out, etc.  I read a few different ones, but when I came upon one that basically said she was a grandma that had been making this pie forever, I knew that I had found a winner!  And with just 4 ingredients, it was getting even more promising.  Yep, I’d found my recipe!

Now, since our family dinners consist of at least 15 people, but more like 20 if everyone comes, I knew that I could not just make one little 8″ pie.  I needed a big ‘un.  So I figured that I could just double the recipe and fill a 9″x13″ pan.  And it worked!  This would actually be a perfect dessert to a potluck, too.  It will serve quite a few.

I decided to go the pre made route and buy my crust– I used this entire package.  I let it thaw a bit, threw some flour on my counter and rolled the crust to around the size of the pan, but with just a little bit extra.  I sprayed my pan and put the bottom crust in, and pushed it up the sides.  I wanted to give it more stability when it was cut, but I wasn’t too worried about it being completely covered on the sides.

Pretty, huh?  NOT.  Then I just took a few minutes to put the filling together.  I don’t think it could have been any easier, seriously.  Like I said, I doubled the filling- so I used both tubs of blackberries, thawed, and added the flour and sugar.  I did heaping measurements of the sugar, since my berries were kind of tart.


Then it was just as simple as dumping it all into the pan and rolling out the other crust.    

I’m not even gonna lie, I totally ate a few of those flour/sugar covered berries.  Still delicious.


I rolled it out just a little larger again, and then rolled and pinched it to form a nice crust.   I knew I wanted to add sugar to the top, because I LOVE pie with sugar on the crust!  It’s how the church ladies make their blackberry pie at the fair, which is totally my favorite pie, and by golly I was going to have it on mine, too. So I took a stick of butter and rubbed it all over the top crust, to give the sugar something to stick to.  

Then sprinkled that puppy with a liberal coating of sugar!  The whole time I was doing it, I was thinking – Diabetes!  Diabetes for everyone!

After it came out of the oven, I thought it was the prettiest, most delicious looking pie I’d ever seen.

I let it cool on the counter for a bit, then put it in the fridge to really set up.  She recommends at least 3 hours, and I was doing this the day of the party, so I wanted to speed it up a bit.  Worked like a charm!


I 100% recommend  Syrup and Biscuits recipe.  Super simple and delicious!  Win win in my book!!

(Oh, and my dad LOVED the pie and took all of the leftovers home.)


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Cupcake Dishcloths


I thought I would share the pattern for these adorable cupcake washcloths today!  I have seen THIS pattern on pinterest for a year or so and thought, ‘Man those would be cute!  I should definitely make a few of those!’  But alas, I never did.  A few months ago I was having the ‘let’s crochet something new’ itch and searched my Pinterest Pattern board for a new idea and came across the pin again.  After a quick search through my yarn stash, I whipped out the top cupcake within an hour.  Now, I didn’t follow the pattern all of the way through (I mean, really, is anyone surprised there?), I made up my own version of the bottom, and I did not add a little loop de loop at the top.

I found the bottom part of the cupcake to be more work than I wanted to do at the moment, so I improvised with a super simple DC for 5 rows, doing a DC decrease for the last two rows.  It worked up really quickly and still looks super cute!  You could even extend it a few more rows, but I liked the look of the shorter ‘cup’.


11419764_10153004938616314_273596662_nI have added them to my farmers market booth this summer and have sold a few on facebook.  I even did a cupcake potholder by making two of them (the back one without the ruffle or cherry) and SC’ing around, switching the color out to match.  Everyone loves them!11392940_10152996817891314_3222537967128832993_n  I have done the washcloths in cotton yarn and also in acrylic.  The potholders I stick with cotton yarn.

Overall, I was really pleased with the pattern and plan to keep these in my stock!

You can find the pattern HERE.

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Quick and Easy Apple Crisp

  Have you ever found yourself needing a dessert or SOMETHING to take to a family function or potluck?  You don’t have a lot of time, you aren’t that great of a cook, or you don’t want to have to go buy a bajillion ingredients at the store.  Quick and easy is where it’s at, my friends.

I have found myself in the above situation a few times in the past month, and this was my go to recipe.  I thought I would share for all of you who might be in the same boat.  Or, you know, for those of you that like apple crisp recipes :-).  The base of this cobbler could not be simpler.  Yes, I am talking about canned apple pie filling.  For this big 9 x 13 casserole, I used 4 cans.  You can always use this with homemade apples, but then it’s not quite as quick and easy, is it?  I’d say that’s a whole other post for another time.   The topping for the crisp is all of three ingredients.  Yes, three.  Oats, brown sugar, and butter.  Things that most of us keep in the pantry all of the time, right?  After it bakes for about 45 minutes, the oats have absorbed some of the sugar/butter goodness and become crisp. (Get it?  Because it’s an apple crisp?  No? Ok, nevermind then.)

One of the great things about this recipe is that the apple pie filling can be subbed in with any other kind you want– peach, blueberry, strawberry, cherry, etc.  It is sure to be a crowd pleaser at whatever function you decide to serve it !

Apple Crisp

4 cans apple pie filling

1 1/2 cup quick cook oats

1 cup brown sugar

1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9 x 13 casserole dish.  Open cans of apple pie filling and spread along the bottom of the dish.  In a separate bowl, melt butter in microwave.  Add oats and brown sugar.  Stir until fully incorporated.  Spread over the apple pie filling evenly.  Bake for 45 minutes or until oats are crisp and cooked through.

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Camo and Pink Baby Set

Gah!  Why does crochet baby stuff have to be so darn cute?!  That is actually the reason that I started to crochet again 6 years ago…my sister was pregnant with my niece and I wanted to make her hats and other adorable things I found on the internet.  So I dusted off my crochet hooks and haven’t stopped crocheting since!  My mom taught me years and years ago, when I was a teenager, but I could basically make a chain, and a lopsided blanket lol.  I’d say my skills have definitely improved!  Thanks, Ma!   It has opened up a lot of different doors creativity wise, and provided for me when I needed it to.  It’s a life skill, I tell ya, and a very valuable one for me.

So anyway, back to adorable baby stuff.  I had a custom order for this cute little baby set last week.  I have made one set before, for a friend’s baby shower, and she recommended me when someone was looking for a set.  She was having a little boy, so the set that I made her was camo and turquoise, with little booties. This one was pretty similar, with different shoes and a different accent color. I think it turned out pretty cute!

Basically I just went on to Pinterest and searched for a baby hat, a diaper cover, and baby sandals.  I used the tutorials, the sandals one was more of a guideline, and here you go!  I will link the tutorials I used :-).


The set is a 0-3 month size, and I used Red Heart yarn in camo and a neon pink.  I got the buttons at Walmart on clearance for $1.44 for the two pack.

This is the HAT pattern that I used.

This is the FLOWER pattern that I used.  To be honest, I couldn’t figure out how to do the double layered flower, and I just really wasn’t in the mood to figure it out.  So basically I did the single flower in an H hook, then I made a second single flower in an E hook, so that it was smaller and fit inside it.  I had it done in no time!


This DIAPER COVER pattern was really easy to follow.  It worked up extremely quick and said that it will fit up to 9 months!


This is the pattern for the SANDALS that I used.  These were the first sandals that I had ever made, and I think they turned out pretty cute!  I didn’t use this entire pattern– I basically did the base, then the little back strap.  But after I attached it on the opposite side, I just wanted a simple sandal, so I chained 9, then attached it with a SC to the middle where the ‘thong’ should go, then chained another 9 and attached it to the other side.  Does that made sense?  I hope so….

Overall, I think it was a super cute little set, and I have sold a few more of them since I posted it!  I have asked her to send me pictures of her little one in them, and if she does I will be sure to share!


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Crochet Shamrock Dishcloth/Potholder

To continue with my theme of holiday dishcloths, like my Crocheted Hearts HERE, next up is a shamrock dishcloth!!


After I posted my heart washcloths, I had someone ask me if I was planning to do some shamrocks for St. Patricks Day.  At the time I hadn’t really thought about it, but I found a fun pattern on Ravelry, which took me to a pattern HERE.  I tucked it away to bring out when the time was right.

That time was this past weekend, and I think I am practically a pro at these now.  I made one while I was just hanging out, watching tv, and posted it on facebook.  I had quite a few orders, so I spent the weekend crocheting.


Which really, sounds like a pretty good weekend to me!


The pattern works up really quickly– it’s easy to get the hang of it, since it repeats itself three times for every row.  I will say, I think I skipped a stitch every now and then and would be ‘off’.  When I did that, I would just count from the tip of the shamrock, where the ‘dip’ was, and count back from there to see where I needed to put the first SC.  Then other times it would be completely right.  Totally my error there.   But luckily an easy to fix one!  :-)  The other thing I noticed?  The leaves really curl in on each other, almost like there were too many stitches in the center.  So every round I would lay it out and stretch it, and it helped a lot!

I did not do any potholders this time, but you basically just make a second one and attach it.  Easy peasy!

The photos above were all using peaches and cream cotton yarn from Walmart, but I made a few using some acrylic yarn, too (shown below).  To get it the same size as the cotton yarn, just use an F hook instead of a G.


Overall, this was a really good pattern that I highly recommend!  Next up?  Easter themes!!  Any suggestions?  I’m thinking Easter eggs…..

Pattern HERE.

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Chunky Scarf Pattern using Double Crochet- the Short Version!!



It’s totally an addiction at this point.


I made this one over the weekend.  I needed a quick gift for someone, and I thought with the lovely cold weather we have all been having, a scarf would work nicely.  I used the same pattern as THIS post— the Chunky Scarf using a Double Crochet, the only thing I did differently was to stop it at 40″.  I wanted this scarf to just go over your neck once, and to not loop around.


I found that this makes it a really nice length– not too short, where it looks awkward, but not so long that it gets to be too much.  To put it simply, it’s lovely.  And the best part?  It works up really quickly!!

I used two skeins of regular Red Heart yarn, in Cocoa.  It is a nice, chunky yarn, that may not be the softest, but it sure is warm!


Funny story,  I asked Nate to take some photos of me in the scarf, and let’s just say….the coloring was a liiittle bit off because of all of the snow.  So I made him put the scarf on so that I could try.  This is the face I got.


Ha!  Sorry babe, but I just had to share this gem.  Also, I’m pretty sure you were messing with me, because the color looks fine on this.

Anyway, thank you to my lovely little sister for being my impromptu model!  I stopped by her work on my lunch hour, met her outside, and snapped a few photos.  Then went home and packaged this up and shipped it off to it’s new owner!  Fun times!

Andddd I have had someone else place an order for one, so I just finished a hot pink one today. I almost wish it would stay cold for awhile longer **ducks**, so I can continue making scarves!  Yeah, I know, but seriously, nobody wants a scarf in 100 degree Kansas heat lol!

I will be posting this is my Etsy shop soon, if you’d like one visit HERE.

Pattern HERE.

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Chunky Scarf Pattern using a Double Crochet


Made using Red Heart With Love in Boysenberry

If you are having weather like we are right now, I’m sure you can appreciate a nice scarf.  This one is great because it was easy to work up, and I was able to use some chunky, inexpensive yarn.   But instead of buying 4 or 5 skeins of 6 weight yarn at $3 or $4 a skein, I was able to make it using two skeins of the Red Heart With Love worsted weight yarn at $3.50 a piece.  That was it.  This skein only cost me $7 to make, and a few hours.  Can it get any better than that?  I think not!


Made using Red Heart With Love in Lake Tahoe Blue

I found this scarf pattern when I was making Christmas presents.  The design is so simple that i have made quite a few since!  It is basically a base stitch, then going back in with DC, chain, skip a space, and repeat.  Seriously, easy peasy.  It is a great, chunky scarf, which is very ‘in’ right now.  They work up really quickly, I am able to finish one of these in an evening.  I love projects like that.  Talk about instant gratification!!!


Yes, that is me, and yes, I am awkward. I have since started asking my sister to model things for me….she’s much better at it.  :-)


You can customize the scarf to be however long you’d like it, mine came out to be about 80″ every time.  Basically I would crochet it until I could wrap it around my neck twice, comfortably.  This also used up almost the entire skeins.


They are extremely warm and make great gifts!  I plan to make more using different colors, but these have been my most popular so far.  I posted them on my facebook page and had a few orders come in — there was one for a grey/black mix that looked SO COOL.  That might be my favorite look so far!!


I will be back soon with another variation of this scarf.  We have a storm moving in, so I’m going to go settle in with my crochet and a little embroidery project (what?!).  Happy weekend!!

Pattern HERE.

I have a few posted in my Etsy shop as well, if you would like to order one, go HERE.

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Cocoa Cream Pie

The first time I made this pie was back at Christmas.  I wanted to make the boyfriend a special pie for Christmas dinner, since he doesn’t like most pies.  The one kind I know he does like?  Chocolate Cream.  So basically I was on a mission!  I was going to make him the best chocolate cream pie he’d ever had!  I didn’t want just a regular pudding mix cream pie (although those are good, too!), I wanted a from scratch, cooked pie.


A quick Pinterest search led me to THIS recipe, by Forgotten Way Farms.  It looked simple enough, and the only thing I needed to buy was the pie crust (no, I do NOT make pie crust) and the cool whip.  Because really, what pie isn’t better with cool whip?!


I made it Christmas Eve, and I have to say, it was one of the easiest recipes, like, EVER.  Simple ingredients, fantastic results!  The wah wah part? He didn’t even eat any, because he had thawed out his fancy pie that he gets for holidays.  Yes, I totally forgot that part.  Oh well, Red Wheel might have won that round, but I would not be deterred!


I decided that I would make another pie for him, this time for Valentine’s Day.  Valentine’s Day is not enough of a holiday to warrant a Red Wheel pie, so I knew I was in the clear!  Aaaannnd since I had to buy a two pack of pre made pie crusts, I went ahead and made a second pie to give to my dad since his birthday is on Valentine’s Day.  Two birds, one stone, knowwhatI’msayin??


The good news?  It was just as fabulous as I remembered.  The bad news?  There are two of us eating this pie, so it’s going a lot faster this time and we are almost out.

Reasons I love this pie:

– It makes a silky, rich, chocolate filling that is not only perfect for pies, but would also be great served as a pudding.  After it sets up in the fridge it will have a firm, almost custard type consistency.

–  Super cheap ingredients….always a plus.

– It makes up really fast, like, you’d better bake your pie crust first and have it almost done in the oven before you start the filling fast.

– There’s a little bit of extra filling that won’t fit in the crust.  I feel like this is my ‘bonus’ for making the pie and eat it warm out of the pan.

– It’s chocolate pie.  Duh.

I plan to try this in a graham cracker crust, since I feel like that would be super yummy as well.  I think I will also make a few of these for the bingo fundraiser in a month or two….I have a feeling it will go over well.  :-)

Now excuse me while I go over to Forgotten Way Farms and see what else I can find to make.

My Granny’s Cocoa Cream Pie

Recipe from Forgotten Way Farms

½ c. cocoa

¼ cup cornstarch/or arrowroot powder (or ½ c. all purpose flour)

3 egg yolks

1 ½ c. sugar

¼ tsp. salt

2 c. milk

1 tsp. vanilla

Mix cocoa, cornstarch, beaten egg yolks; sugar and salt, then add milk gradually, while stirring in a pot over med-high heat. Cook until thick, beating it smooth. Cream pies take some time to thicken, so stir… and stir (10-15 min). Using a heavy bottom pan really helps. Just keep it up until it thickens add vanilla in after you take off the heat. Pour into a pre-baked pie shell. Put in the fridge to chill, add whipped cream if you like. Or use the left over egg whites for a meringue topping!


Crochet Heart Washcloths


I follow a few crochet groups on facebook, and one of them shared this really cute pattern for a heart coaster.  I immediately clicked through to the pattern and thought, I am so going to make that!!  Ok, fast forward to that night, I sit down with the pattern and my yarn.  I crochet, it isn’t looking right, so I frog it.  I start again, get caught up in the same spot and have to frog again!  At this point, I’m getting kind of pissy, but I think, ok, ONE LAST TIME.  I start again, making sure I am following the instructions to a ‘T’.  It’s still not right.  So I frogged it, said forget it, and went to pinterest.  I thought that surely there would have to be an easier heart pattern out there!  And there was :-).


The pin I found took me to THIS post.  So I started again…. and I messed up the first time.  Sigh.  All I can say is WTF dude.  BUT I went back and checked the pattern, saw where I messed up, and was able to fix it.


Make sure you take note that starting at Row 13, you don’t HDC, DC in the same stitch, it is JUST a HDC.  lol.

Overall, it’s a fairly simple pattern that I can now do without looking at the written pattern.  Once you realize how it is HDC, DC, SC, DCx amount of times, SC, DC then HDC…you’re golden until row 13.


The yarn that I used was just a regular cotton yarn that I get at Walmart– Peaches and Cream?  I also used a G hook for my heart dishcloths, and they are really big…so I wouldn’t use an H like they did, personally.  I also just finished the cloths in a super simple border.  It’s just a single crochet all the way around.  I posted these on facebook and immediately sold 5 washcloths and a potholder, so I’d say it worked out well for me! ;-)


I love the stitch that it makes– it is very dense, which will be good for dishwashing.  I think they would make fun little Valentine’s Day gifts for friends/sisters/moms/etc.  I am actually planning to make some of these to have in my farmer’s market booth.  Hearts don’t have to be just for Valentine’s Day!


Love it!  For the potholder, I will just make two, then attach with the SC border around, then probably go around once more with another round of SC.  Easy peasy!


Let me know if you make some!


Heart Kitchen Set Patterns

This set includes instructions for potholder, hotpad and dishcloth.

Materials List

Worsted weight cotton yarn – about 6 oz. of the main color (MC) and 2 oz. of the contrasting color (CC)
For Potholder: Crochet hooks size F and G
For Hotpad: Crochet hooks size G and H
For Dishcloth: Crochet hooks size H and I

Potholder Instructions (make 2)
Starting at the bottom point of the heart with MC and size F hook, ch 2

Row 1: (Sc, dc, sc) in the 2nd ch from hook; ch 1, turn. (3 sts)

Row 2: (Hdc, dc) in the first sc, sc in the next dc, (dc, hdc) in the last sc; ch 1, turn. (5 sts)

Row 3: (Hdc, dc) in the first hdc, sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc, sc in the next dc, (dc, hdc) in the last hdc; ch 1, turn. (7 sts)

Row 4: (Hdc, dc) in the first hdc, (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 2 times, sc in the next dc, (dc, hdc) in the last hdc; ch 1, turn. (9 sts)

Row 5: (Hdc, dc) in the first hdc, (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 3 times, sc in the next dc, (dc, hdc) in the last hdc; ch 1, turn. (11 sts)

Row 6: (Hdc, dc) in the first hdc, (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 4 times, sc in the next dc, (dc, hdc) in the last hdc; ch 1, turn. (13 sts)

Row 7: (Hdc, dc) in the first hdc, (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 5 times, sc in the next dc, (dc, hdc) in the last hdc; ch 1, turn. (15 sts)

Row 8: (Hdc, dc) in the first hdc, (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 6 times, sc in the next dc, (dc, hdc) in the last hdc; ch 1, turn. (17 sts)

Row 9: (Hdc, dc) in the first hdc, (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 7 times, sc in the next dc, (dc, hdc) in the last hdc; ch 1, turn. (19 sts)

Row 10: (Hdc, dc) in the first hdc, (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 8 times, sc in the next dc, (dc, hdc) in the last hdc; ch 1, turn. (21 sts)

Row 11: (Hdc, dc) in the first hdc, (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 9 times, sc in the next dc, (dc, hdc) in the last hdc; ch 1, turn. (23 sts)

Row 12: (Hdc, dc) in the first hdc, (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 10 times, sc in the next dc, (dc, hdc) in the last hdc; ch 1, turn. (25 sts)

Row 13: Hdc in the first hdc, (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 11 times, sc in the next dc, hdc in the last hdc; ch 1, turn. (25 sts)

Row 14: Hdc in the first hdc, (dc in the next sc, sc in the next dc) 11 times, dc in the next sc, hdc in the last hdc; ch 1, turn. (25 sts)

Row 15: Repeat row 13

Row 16: Repeat row 14

Row 17: Repeat row 13

Row 18: Hdc decrease over the first 2 sts (to work hdc decrease – yo, insert hook in first st and pull up a loop, yo, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop, yo and pull through all 5 remaining loops on hook); (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 10 times, sc in the next dc, hdc decrease over the last 2 sts; ch 1, turn. (23 sts)

Row 19: Hdc decrease over the first 2 sts, (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 9 times, sc in the next dc, hdc decrease over the last 2 sts; ch 1, turn. (21 sts)

First lobe of heart:
Row 20: Hdc decrease over the first 2 sts, (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 3 times, sc in the next dc, hdc decrease over the last 2 sts; ch 1, turn, leaving remaining sts unworked. (9 sts)

Row 21: Hdc decrease over the first 2 sts, (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 2 times, sc in the next dc, hdc decrease over the last 2 sts; ch 1, turn. (7 sts)

Row 22: Hdc decrease over the first 2 sts, sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc, sc in the next dc, hdc decrease over the last 2 sts. (5 sts) Fasten off. Weave in end.

To work row 20 of the second lobe of the heart, attach yarn with a sl st to the last WORKED st on row 19, ch 1, hdc decrease over the SAME st and the next st; (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 3 times, sc in the next dc, hdc decrease over the last 2 sts; ch 1 turn. (9 sts)

Work rows 21 and 22 the same as the first lobe.

****I did not use the edging posted here, I just did a SC all around my washcloth.  Visit the website above to see what the edging looks like that she posted.  It’s verry pretttty!
Round 1: Using size G hook, attach MC with a sc in the bottom point of the heart, work 22 sc along the side of the heart in the hdc of each row, sc in each of the 5 sts on row 22, sc in the sides of the next 6 hdc in the top center of the heart, sc in each of the 5 sts on row 22, sc along the side of the heart in the hdc of each row; join with a sl st to the first dc. (61 sc) Fasten off.

Repeat round 1 of edging on the second heart.

Round 2: With wrong sides of hearts together and matching, sc through each sc of both hearts to join. (61 sc) Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Round 3: Using size F hook, attach CC with a sc in the sc at the bottom point of the heart, (ch 2, sc in the next sc) 29 times, skip next sc, sc in the next sc, ch 15 for hanging loop, sc in the next sc, skip next sc, (sc in the next sc, ch 2) 29 times; join with a sl st to the first sc.

Round 4: (Sl st in the next ch 2 sp, ch 2, dc in the same ch 2 sp) 29 times, skip next sc, sl st in the next sc, sl st in each of the 15 chs of the hanging loop, sl st in the next sc, skip the next sc, (sl st in the next ch 2 sp, ch 2, dc in the same ch 2 sp) 29 times; join with a sl st to the first sl st. Fasten off.

Weave in ends.

Hot Pad Instructions
Work as for potholder, substituting a size G hook for the size F hook, and a size H hook for the size G hook, and eliminating the ch 15 for the hanging loop in the edging.

Dishcloth Instructions
Make only one heart. Work as for potholder, substituting a size H hook for the size F hook, and a size I hook for the size G hook. Skip round 2 of the edging, and and eliminate the ch 15 for the hanging loop in round 3 of the edging.

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Creamy Potato Soup

Lately I have been really into soups.  What with the cold weather, the fact that I don’t want to go to the store to get groceries, and that the bf really likes it, how could I not be!?  My favorite lately has been this Creamy Potato Soup.  It seems like every other week or so I make a batch of this on Sunday night and we eat it for lunch throughout the week.  You can use this ‘base’ and then customize the spices however you would like.  Personally I keep my little shaker of red pepper flakes handy, because I like mine a lot spicier than he does, so I just shake some into my bowl.

One of the great things about this soup is how inexpensive it is to make!  Potatoes, onions, flour, chicken broth or milk (or water and chicken bouillon!) and you’re good to go.  Everything else is pretty optional.  I’m thinking about adding some canned corn in the future, too.  I think that would be pretty tasty!  It makes quite a bit of food for having such simple ingredients.

My sister thought that I was crazy for cooking my potatoes in the soup from raw.  Apparently she precooks her potatoes and adds them mostly done to her potato soup.  You can do that, too, if you’d like, but I don’t see why I would dirty another pan :-).  I also like the consistency it adds to the soup, since some of the potatoes break apart.  It’s super creamy and delicious!

Creamy Potato Soup

5 medium sized potatoes, peeled and diced into 1″ pieces

1/2 lb bacon, sliced into 1″ pieces

1 medium onion, diced

4 T. flour

6 C. chicken broth or milk

Creole seasoning, to taste

Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

Garlic salt, to taste

Optional toppings- shredded cheese, extra bacon crumbles, diced green onions

In a large pot over medium heat, cook your bacon until it is brown and crispy.  Remove from pan and set aside.  Add your chopped potatoes and onions and cook until your onions are translucent.  Sprinkle with your flour and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring pretty often.  Add your seasonings now.  I just do a few shakes of each, then stir it and taste a potato to see if I like it.  Add your liquid, making sure to stir it really well to mix in the flour.  Cook over medium heat until your potatoes are soft, stirring often.  It will thicken up as it cooks.  Right before serving, stir your cooked bacon in.    Add any desired toppings.  Serve.

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