My beautiful yellow roses! 🙂
Eeyore Crocheted Stuffed Animal November 14, 2013
I recently found the pattern for this little cutie and couldn’t help myself. Luckily, I had suspected one of my closest friends of being ‘with child’…and on the night I put the finishing touches on my little friend, I got a delightful call telling me she was, in fact, carrying a little lima bean. I will add the pattern with pictures shortly, please stay posted to get it. This was possibly the most simple pattern I have ever done and one of the easiest stuffed animals I’ve made to piece together properly after. It really only took me a few nights in total to complete this and was not difficult to complete. You can find the original pattern here.
I finally have a chance to add the pattern for Eeyore! I hope everyone enjoys making him as much as I did! Good luck, and if you need any help or have any additional questions feel free to ask!
Row1: Ch2, in first stitch, sc6.
Row2: *Inc. x 6* (12)
Row3: *Sc, Inc.* x 6 (18)
Row4: *2Sc, Inc. x6 * (24)
Row5: *3Sc, Inc. x 6 * (30)
Row6-15: Sc around (30)
Row16: *Sc13, Dec. x2 * (28)
Row17: *Sc12, Dec. x2 * (26)
Row18: Sc around (26)
Row19: *Sc11, Dec. x2* (24)
Row20: Sc around (24)
Row21: *Sc10, Dec. 22 x2* (22)
Row22: Sc around (22)
Row23: *Sc9, Dec. x2 * (20)
Row24: Sc around (20)
Row25: * Sc8, Dec. x2* (18)
Row26: Sc around (18)
Now you should stuff the body.
Row27: * Sc4, Dec. x3* (15)
Leave a very long tail for sewing later on.
Row1: Ch2, in first stitch, Sc6 (6)
Row2: *Inc. x6* (12)
Row3: *Sc, Inc. x6 * (18)
Row4: * 2Sc, Inc. x6* (24)
Row5: * 3Sc, Inc. x6* (30)
Row6: *4Sc, Inc. x6* (36)
Row7-11: Sc around (36)
CHANGE TO BLUE
Row12-13: Sc around (36)
Row14: *Sc4, Dec. x6 * (30)
Row15-18: Sc around )30)
Row19: *3Sc, Dec. x6 * (24)
Row20: *2Sc, Dec. x6 * (18)
Row21:*1Sc, Dec. x6 * (12)
Row22: Sc around (12)
You may need to add more stuffing at this point. Leave long tail for sewing later on.
Row1: Ch2, in first stitch, Sc6 (6)
Row2: *Inc. x6 * (12)
Row3: * Sc, Inc. x6 * (12)
Row4: *2Sc, Inc. x6 * (24)
Row5-13: Sc around (24)
Row14:*2Sc, Dec. x6 * (18)
Row15-16: Sc around (18)
Row17: *1Sc, Dec. x6 * (12)
Row18-20: Sc around (12)
Fasten off, lave tail for sewing later on.
Row1: Ch2, in first stitch, Sc6 (6)
Row2: *Inc. x6 * (12)
Row3:* Sc, Inc. x6 * (18)
Row4-14: Sc around (18)
Row15: *4Sc, Dec. x3 * (15)
Row16-17: Sc around (15)
Row18: *3Sc, Dec. x3 * (12)
Row19-20: Sc around (12)
Fasten Off, leave long tail for sewing later on.
Row1: Ch2, Sc 4 in second stitch from hook (4)
Row2: *Sc1, Inc. x2* (6)
Row3: *Sc2, Inc. x2 * (8)
Row4: *Sc3, Inc. x2 * (10)
Row5: *Sc4, Inc. x2 * (12)
Row6: * Sc5, Inc. x2 * (14)
Row7-14: Sc around (14)
Row15: *Sc5, Dec. x2 *(12)
Row16-18:Sc around (12)
Row19: *Sc4, Dec. x2 *(10)
Row20: *Sc3, Dec. x2 * (8)
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.
Skip 6, sl st back through all stitches and fasten off.
Cut black yarn and fasten to end of tail without loop.
Tie pink ribbon around the tail and then you will use the loop to attach to the body.
Now you will need to attach all the limbs to the body. This is simple. You can sew them on with the extra yarn you left at the end of each set. Good luck!
I’ll be making another one soon, I’ll be sure to add plenty of photos so that you can easily see how everything should look. Thanks for reading!
Photo Of The Day! November 7, 2013
The photo of the day is my Margarita from last night. I fully intend to indulge myself again in T-minus 1 Hour and 37 Minutes.
I’ve noticed in the ever popular Cheeseburger Soup recipes that each has some odd ingredients. I don’t recall ever eating a cheeseburger with carrots or celery in it. I am aware of the fact the the potatoes are not in a normal Cheeseburger either, however you do typically have a side of fries…In saying this, I feel that potatoes are not an odd addition to an otherwise delightful bowl of soup. I wouldn’t eat this without potatoes because they definitely make it better. Celery and Carrots, on the other hand, do not sound appetizing to me in this so I removed them and added Bacon. I feel like Bacon is an excellent addition to a cheeseburger. This soup is delicious, at first glance I was a little bit leery of the ingredients, but decided to give it a shot. Since then, I’ve made it four times and I’m delighted to say it’s the best soup, (next to Olive Garden’s Zuppa Tuscana, of course) I have ever had.
Bacon Cheeseburger Soup
1-2 lbs Ground Beef
1/2-1 lb Bacon
2 Large Onions
4-6 Red Potatoes
64 OZ Chicken broth ( I use one 32 oz box of Swanson chicken broth and then mix one more with Better Than Bouillon)
1 Large pkg Velveeta Cheese
1/4 C Milk
1/4 C Flour
4 TBSP Butter
Approx. 1 TBSP each Onion Powder and Garlic Powder
Red Pepper, Salt and Pepper to taste
Chop onions, break up beef, and chop bacon finely. Cook all together in large pan until beef is browned and bacon is crispy.
Cube potatoes and boil until soft.
Turn crockpot on high for 4 Hours and add cooked beef, onions and bacon. Add chicken broth, spices, and cubed Velveeta. I usually use a whole package, this is entirely up to you as to how cheesy you like it. I usually start out with half of the package and go from there.
Let heat until potatoes are done and then add potatoes as well. Let Velveeta melt and then add milk. Continue to add Velveeta as desired, Then make a roux in a smaller pot with 1/4 flour and 4 TBSP butter. (To make a roux, melt butter, add flour, boil and stir until thickened.)
Once the roux is thickened, add to soup and then let soup sit until all cheese is melted. Stir occasionally. I like to serve this soup with some really good bread and garlic butter. I usually get either french baguette or ciabatta bread. Many people add a dollop of sour cream to each bowl. If I have it on hand I do and if not I eat it as is. This is entirely up to you, it’s fantastic either way! Enjoy!
Papa’s Famous Chili October 9, 2013
When we were little my grandfather watched us a lot while my parents tended to the restaurant. He was always burning memories into our brains. Of the many wonderful memories I keep of him, his Chili is among the favorites. I always requested his ‘special’ Chili when I had friends over and even in the dead of summer. He added rice, which a the time seemed incredibly unusual, and taco seasoning. The flavor was so wonderful and rich and everybody always loved it. Unfortunately, I never did get the exact recipe since I was so young when he passed away, but luckily I remembered his secret ingredient and my grandmother conjured up the rest of the recipe as best as she could remember. I’ve never heard of anybody using taco seasoning in Chili, but man does it add some serious flavor!! Everybody knows Chili is a Fall favorite. As soon as the leaves start to change and the chill of Fall starts to move in, everybody starts craving warmth. It seems like as soon as it cools down Chili starts becoming a popular item at every restaurant and in every home. I thought this was a good recipe to add to my collection since I’ve made 2 batches already since Fall started and now that I am thinking about it I might just have to make another! I hope everybody will enjoy this Chili as much as my family always has, and will continue to.
Papa’s Famous Chili
3 Cans Hunts Sauce
1 Small Can Hunts Diced Tomatoes
1 Can Red Kidney Beans
2 Cans Black Beans
1-2 LBS Ground Hamburg ( However much you like, I used 1 1/2 lbs for mine)
2 Large Onions Chopped to desired size
Approx. 2 TBS Minced Garlic
1 Package Old El Paso Taco Seasoning
Red Pepper Flakes to desired Heat level
Approx. 1 TBS Each Garlic and Onion Powder
I also added some hot sausage, your preference what other meats and veggies you add.
2 Cups Rice
Cook meat, garlic, and onions. Add remaining ingredients to crockpot. Add in small amounts each to be sure it is mixed well and not too much for your crockpot. I think I have a 7 quart, and this recipe was right to the top and difficult to stir well. I left it on medium heat for 4 hours. Season to taste, feel free to add any other seasonings desired throughout cooking. I like to experiment a little with my Chili!
Cook rice on side, add to crockpot before serving or serve separately.
Photo Of The Day! October 6, 2013
Today I merged a photo of fireworks I took recently. I just think this picture is fantastic. I usually take the shittiest pictures of fireworks, but these came out pretty cool. I thought I would share. Also, I would have gotten this up earlier had I not spent the entire day trying to figure out how to merge a picture with “no similar areas”…
Photo Of The Day! October 5, 2013
Today I’m sharing a photo of the beautiful fall foliage in Maine. Right in my back yard is the lovely and vibrant colors. My favorite time of year is fall. The air is crisp and cool and the scenery is bright and colorful. My aunt lives in Hawaii and when we were little she made us collect the prettiest and brightest leaves we could find so she could bring them back and show her students because they had never seen leaves change colors. I was shocked and upset, at that time I was still blissfully unaware that other parts of the world weren’t just like mine. Hopefully this will reach someone who doesn’t have a backyard full of beauty like mine.
We Got Chickens… October 3, 2013
This summer Andrew and I had the bright idea to get chickens. They are meat birds and would only take us 8 weeks to raise and then we slaughter them and we feast. I have to say, worst 8 weeks if my life. Not only were we completely unprepared both mentally and physically, but we also were not prepared for the stench that would wreak havoc on our home forever. We really never got rid if the stink, partially because we were stupid enough to put them inside until they were old enough for the outside coop and partially because the bottom of the homemade brooder was made of Chip board/osb and the piss and shit that accumulated over the few weeks was heavy and broke the bottom right out of it. This in turn allowed it to seep into the laminate flooring. Not to mention the feather dust that gets all over EVERYTHING and never goes away. We also misjudged the distance of the heat lamp and temperature of the room and almost cooked the poor little guys alive! Once we got them outside we attempted to clean the room up, however months later I’m still haunted by large amounts of feather dust in unexplainable areas of my home. As cute as they were, it wasn’t worth the trouble. If we do it again we will be keeping the little bastards outside. Their cuteness never made me even the slightest bit sad to slaughter those bitches as soon as possible. We were happy to see them go. Outside wasn’t much better. The coop was built in the middle of our yard and we planned on moving it, however it weighed much more than we had anticipated and were not able to move it. Now we had a giant chicken coop smack dab in the middle if the yard stinking up the whole damn place. The fatter the chickens got, the more unbearable the stench. Then that fateful day finally came and a were packing the fuckers into the truck for slaughtering. Happiest day of our lives. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I was excited to try the meat and get rid of them. We get to the place and back up to the lean to on the side if the building. Watching the lady take the chickens out if the truck was both disgusting and shocking. She reached over the side, muckled onto the scrawny little legs and hauled them over the side, all the while flapping and screeching and shit flying everywhere. It was not a pretty sight. She then proceeded to hang them upside down by their feet over something that can only be described as a giant tub. Once the rack was full of hanging chickens a gigantic man covered in blood hobbled over, picked up an electric saw, similar to a sawzall, and in one swift motion sliced each chickens neck. Blood poured out into the tub. It was ridiculous. After draining for a few minutes they unhooked them and threw them into a big 55 gallon drum. All the while we stood and watched completely unable to walk away from the situation. When all of our chickens were done, we went around to wait for them to be plucked and bagged before we could pay and leave. As happy as I was to see them go, I didn’t necessarily want to watch. Although, I’m glad I saw how it happens, I probably won’t watch next time. When we left for home we put them directly into the freezer, completely unaware that they needed to hang for 24 hours to tenderize. We ate our first chicken that night and I have never in my life had anything that tough. It was horrible!!! We were nervous that all of our chickens would be that tough, so I went out and purchased a crockpot so that I could cook them low and slow with a lot of liquid. I was hoping this would save our 25 chickens and at least make them fairly edible. Next time we will do a lot of things differently, if there even is a next time. We had them slaughtered months ago and our yard still stinks!
Look at that little guy. Don’t be fooled by his cuteness. He’s the devil.
I found this irrationally hilarious. With all the mustache paraphernalia popping up everywhere, it was especially pleasing when I spotted this sucker. I was walking down the street, minding my own business, when I noticed a mustache on the front of this persons car. I was surprised and delighted and I immediately thought of my best friend Katie, who has, for some reason, chosen me as a target for mustache themed gifts. Lame, yet still awesome in her own twisted way. I decided it would be a crime to pass by this car without snapping a quick picture for her. I hope this is a enjoyable for everybody else as it was for me. I can imagine the owner of this car offering random passersby “mustache rides”. One can only hope…