Monday, February 1, 2016

Squares CAL Week One

We got our feet wet this year with a nice fingerless mitts CAL/KAL in January.

February, being a short month, has me thinking of fun projects that can be made quickly! 

So let's start a SQUARES CAL. I'll post a crocheted square pattern every other week, for the next few months. There will be a total of 12 squares - enough for a nice sized blanket IF you just make one of each. 

Here's the great part - each of these squares can be made in a night or two, so you can make a bunch! Set aside one for your CAL blanket (or 2 or 3 if you want to make multiple blankets) and then use the others for some fun side projects!

Basic Needs:
Yarn - I am using 5 skeins of Caron One Pound for one set of squares, and some Oatmeal yarn for another. Both set are worsted weight.
Hook that matches the yarn you are using.

The squares as written will be 12", but feel free to use other yarn weights to get the blanket that you want. There are no hard and fast rules, and everyone's blanket will be unique! 

I made this square the other night, during The Kids nap, in a single color. The pattern has instructions for 4 colors, and a picture of the pattern in 3 colors. Check back later this week for a pic of this square in my big blanket colorway!
Windmill Square Single Color

Pardon the coffee stains, The Kid got a hold of my mug, and poured the last drips out onto the couch... and this square.

The front post stitches give this square a nice texture, while not being too fiddly. Do keep an eye on the instructions, since they switch between front post doubles, and front post trebles.

Ravelry Link:

I'll be making a full blanket in a 5 color set - white, grey, blue, green, black. I'll also be making each of these squares in oatmeal (like above). Then I'm going to try making a few other blanket combos in car seat/stroller sizes.

Other fun side projects to try:
Granny Square Bag (2 squares)
Another Granny Bag (1 square)
Wallet/Pouch (1 square- Note: this is in german, but all you need are the pics)
Granny Basket (5 squares)
Granny 'hobo' bag (3 Squares)

All the squares we will be making are perfect accents to go against a basic granny square, so if you want to end up with a blanket bigger than 3x4 squares, you can whip up some quick basic grannies along the way.

All Squared Up,
Joyful Darkness.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Weekly Round Up #4 and 5 : Snowzilla, Stranded, and Soup

These past two weeks really felt like one really long week. The Kilted One had to take a class in Michigan for work, he left Tuesday the 19th and was supposed to return Saturday morning (23rd). This was his first trip away since The Kid was born.

As you may already know Winter Storm Jonas arrived Friday afternoon (22nd) and shut down a good portion of the east coast - stranding TKO in Michigan, and me at home (with The Kid). He finally was able to get home on Tuesday the 26th. 

Snowzilla 2016

Thankfully I made my weeks food ahead of time, before TKO headed out, so I was set with Paleo breakfast muffins, Beef Vegetable soup, apples, celery, peanut butter, and hummus. I also made some delicious S'mores Rice Krispie treats, which were spot on.

I can never make a small amount of soup. For some reason soup always ends up being at least twice as much as I need it to be.


Beef Vegetable Soup is one of those things that I just toss together with what ever veggies are left in the freezer, plus a few others staples, it's a great way to use up the last bits and pieces left from other recipes - and clean out the freezer. This time I used:

1 box Beef Broth
1 can diced tomatoes (2 would have been better)
1 bag frozen spinach
1 can beans (I think I used kidney this time)
1 zucchini
1 yellow squash
1 yam
2 white potatoes
frozen mushrooms
rest of the bag of lentils

Paleo Breakfast muffins are simple, and quick. I cooked some loose sausage (about 1/2 a package) on the stove, tossed in a bag of frozen peppers and onions until they were thawed. Then I divided that between 12 muffin cups. I put 6 eggs in a bowl and whisked them together and poured them over the sausage mix in the muffin tin, until each cup was just full, I ended up needing to wisk a 7th egg in order to fill all the cups. Then I baked it on 350 until the tops were dry - about 10-15 minutes (while I assembled the soup).

I divided the muffins into 2 muffin servings, and took them to work for breakfast. I did sprinkle some cheese on them a few days, which is not paleo but it is delicious - kind of like a ChickFilA sausage burrito, without the burrito.

Smores Rice Krispies
There are a lot of these recipes out there, this is what I ended up with:
3/4 cup gluten free graham cracker crumbs
5 cups crisped rice cereal (Wegmans brand is GF)
1 bag mini marshmallows
some butter (2 tbsp?)
marshmallow fluff
chocolate chips
a handful or two of mini marshmallows

melt the butter and marshmallows together either in a pot on the stove or in the microwave.
add the cereal and crumbs (worked best when I alternated 1 cup cereal, some crumbs, repeat)
spread cereal mixture onto a jelly roll pan. Let cool a bit. Preheat oven to 200
spread some marshmallow fluff on top, sprinkle a handful or two of mini marshmallows on top. Press in lightly.
Sprinkle one bag of chocolate chips evenly over top
Pop in oven for a few minutes (until chips melt, took me almost 8 minutes)
take pan out of oven, quickly spread melted chips with a knife or spatula. Let cool overnight on counter, or in fridge for an hour - if you have no will power like me.

Eat, enjoy, they are gooey and delicious.

A bit snowed over
Joyful Darkness.

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