Friday, September 13, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
Originally uploaded by mrhodes702.
I made this stethoscope cover for my sister, Gina. I have been making her (and her co-workers) all different types of covers over the years, mainly knitted ones. I wanted to do this one because I'm just getting used to my embroidery machine and thought it might be nice to personalize her cover. I saw a cover on Etsy that uses minky on one side and I happen to have a small piece left over from a baby blanket. I will still put her name on it. She can't wait to get them! Before I forget, Here are my notes:
2 pcs - 4 1/2" x 25" for body
2 pcs - 4 1/2" x 3" for interfacing (same fabric as body)
1 pc - 4 1/2" x 4" for tab
1 pc - 3" length of 1/4" elastic
1 snap set
I serged most of the cover except for making the tab, sewing the casing for the elastic, and the top stitching around the top of the cover.
First off, I embroidered her name on one body piece. Then I made the tab by folding each 4" side towards the middle, pressed, unfolded, folded 1/2" up from one 4 1/2" side then both pressed sides toward the middle. Sew along 2 long sides and one short side. Sandwich the tab between the front piece and one interfacing piece, right sides facing, along a short side and sew. Sew the 2nd interfacting piece to the 2nd body piece, right sides facing, along a short side. Now this part might be confusing: Lift up the interfacing pieces so you have two long flat pieces and, with right sides facing, seam along one long side. Now make the casing for the elastic by folding up 1/2" on the other short side and press. Sew with a 3/8" seam allowance. Thread elastic into casing using a safety pin. As soon as the non pinned end enters the casing, tack it down so it doesn't get sucked into the casing. As soon as the pinned end exits the casing, tack it down so it doesn't get sucked back into the casing. Sew the remaining long edge, turn right side out and tuck the interfacing down into the body and top stitch 1/8" from the edge. Add one side of the snap set to the end of the tab, centering it. Add the other side of the snap, so that it corresponds to the tab, on the body. Finis!
I'm still playing around with the construction. I don't know if the tab is absolutely necessary. I may just forgo the tab on the next one and just add the snap set to the top of the cover. We shall see!
Friday, August 16, 2013
Knitted & crocheted bun makers
Originally uploaded by mrhodes702.
Worsted weight yarn. Donuts shown were made in Red Heart yarn. Use a color that best matches your hair.
Size US8 needles. CO 28 sts. Join and knit in the round for 10". Bind off, roll down with stockinette side showing, sew bound off edge to body matching stitch for stitch all the way around.
To make a larger diameter, just cast on more stitches. To make a fatter donut, work more rows.
The bun maker on the right was crocheted. I used an H size hook and chained 28 sts. Slip stitch to join in a circle, being careful not to twist the chain. Ch 2 and work a dc in each remaining chain. End each round by slip stitching into the top chain of the starting ch2. Work 20-30 rounds in DC. Occasionally, you can roll the tube down to see if you want all 30 rows. Stop whenever you like the size of it. End off and roll into a donut shape. Sew top edge of last row to body of donut matching stitch for stitch all the way around.
I use the screw type hair pin to secure the bun to my head. I typically use three. They're made by Goody and sold in practically any drug store. One of the biggest benefits of using these knitted or crocheted bun makers over a sock bun is that they have natural holes into which you can insert hair pins and I feel it's much more secure this way.
To learn how to style your hair using a bun maker or bun donut, go to www.YouTube.com and search "sock bun" or "bun donut". There are several videos to choose from.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
I knitted my first pair of socks in 1999. I found I disliked double pointed needles (love them now) and moved on to do the Magic Loop method then the 2 circular method (a la Cat Bordhi). I prefer Magic Loop for socks rather than 2 circs for many reasons, but primarily because it's cheaper than having 2 circs in several sizes available at the same time and not hung up in another project.
Someone on a FB knitting page was having a hard time learning to make socks and I was reminded of the site that helped me tremendously in those early days. I had to go to the Wayback Machine to find it. Here is the link. Full of helpful pictures all along the way. I don't make socks like this anymore as I prefer toe up, but it's a great way to learn the anatomy of a sock.
Sunday, July 07, 2013
Saturday, July 06, 2013
That's just something we say in Hawaii, kind of like "don't sweat the small stuff". Tonight's dinner is beef curry made with a chuck roast, Japanese S&B curry in medium hot, & typical curry veg: onions, carrots, potatoes & celery. Missing was the bell pepper. I've been craving this for days! Time to get my grind on!
All of those aches and pains I've been suffering on and off for a couple of years made me truly believe what my kids were saying. Getting old sucks! I just tried to accept it and deal with it. Finally, last week I decided to go see my GP just for shits and giggles. I actually told him when he walked into the examining room that I didn't know why I was there and that he probably couldn't help me. He asked me questions, gently poked and prodded, and said, "You have fibromyalgia". I almost burst out laughing because all I knew about fibromyalgia is that you hurt all over. My husband and I have been joking for a couple of months because after watching me walk painfully after getting out of my chair I exclaimed one night that I must have fibromyalgia, haha. I was somehow relieved that there is a reason for my pain and it's not just me getting old. He put me on a combination of vitamins and minerals plus something called Tangy Tangerine that I had to buy from Amazon.com to see if that would help and wants to see me back in 6 weeks. I'm not relieved to have fibromyalgia. It sucks like an open chest wound. Especially what happened next. The very next day I was in so much pain from my left shoulder that I really wanted to die. You would just not believe how many movements you make involve your shoulder! That was on Sunday. Aleve didn't touch the pain, 800 mg of Motrin didn't touch it and I was looking through my husband's mini pharmacy for some oxycodone but didn't find any. By 5:30 am on Tuesday I had had enough. Three days without sleep and I was in tears. I begged him to take me to the ER. Did I tell you that my husband doesn't believe in fibromyalgia? He doesn't have a clue! Luckily, at that time of the morning I was the only one in the waiting room so I was taken back and immediately given IV morphine. I was in heaven! After 5 hours there I was sent home with prescriptions for oxycodone, Motrin 600 mg, and I think doxepine for sleep (which I didn't need, thankfully). I mostly slept for the next two days. I finally felt more like myself on Friday and feel pretty great today. I made an appointment to see my doctor again on Wednesday because I wanted him to know what happened. He said that after 6 weeks on the supplements, if they didn't help he'd prescribe a pharmaceutical for treatment. I think the options are something like Lyrica, Cymbalta, or Savella. We shall see! I also made sure that my husband's appointment coincides with mine so our doctor can tell him that yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as fibromyalgia! Argh!
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Before I got this, I used one of my son's sport water bottles with a wide mouth, dropped two green tea bags into it, a bit of agave, and filled with water. I put it into the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes and it was ready to drink. As I got close to empty, I just refilled with more water and set it back into the fridge. I think I infused the same bags at least 3 times before I threw them away.
Cold brewing tea is a really great way to make delicate green and white teas. When I first got into teas, I complained to my tea purveyor that I didn't like green teas because they tasted "fishy". She couldn't tell me what I was doing wrong. I figured out that I was trying to brew them at too high a temperature. I was still convinced that they weren't my favorites until recently. With all of the wonderful loose leaf teas that I have, I preferred the taste of Lipton Green Tea with Superfruit. It is still my go-to green tea.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Oh my! I am such a sucker for a good biscuit and have made a few that I thought were good but this one knocks them all down. The ingredients are very surprising. My friend, Steph, told me about these today. A recipe she saw on Pinterest by plainchicken.com.
Bisquick 7Up Biscuits
2 c. Bisquick
1/2 c. Sour cream
1/2 c. 7 Up
1/4 c. Butter, melted
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. I also preheated my cast iron skillet but the recipe doesn't use one of these. Stir sour cream into Bisquick then add 7 Up and stir until well mixed. The batter will be very soft. The recipe says to flour your board with more Bisquick and pat out the dough then cut out biscuits but I didn't do that either. I took my hot skillet out of the oven and melted my butter in it. Then I used a large ice cream scoop and dropped the dough onto the butter. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. This made 8 biscuits.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Pressure cooker pork roast
2 1/2 to 3 lb pork loin roast
1 pkt ranch dressing mix
1 pkt Italian dressing mix
1 pkt mushroom gravy mix
Pat pork roast dry & season w/salt & pepper, garlic & onion powder & brown in oil in your pressure cooker. Mix dry mix packets with 1 1/2 cups water and our over pork loin. Cover and cook at high pressure for 45 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 170 degrees.
Serve with garlic & parsley mashed potatoes & your favorite veggie!
Monday, April 15, 2013
I love storing my onions in panty hose with a knot between each onion. When I need one, I'd just snip off the bottom onion. The panty hose allows air to circulate around the onions, which keeps them fresh longer. What does one do when they have a few onions and no panty hose? If you're me, you crochet a solution! It works for potatoes as well.
Start with a circle of 12 dcs and increase 12 sts in each round of the next 3 rounds for 48 sts total. To make the mesh portion start with a ch5 (counts as 1 dc + ch2), sk2 sts then dc in next st. Continue to *ch2, sk 2, dc* around then join in the 3rd st of the ch5. Work to desired height. I worked 25 rounds then worked sc all the way around the top, ch6, sk 2 mesh squares & join with sl st then turned and worked 10 sc to reinforce the loop.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I adapted a biscuit recipe I found on the back of a Crisco can to make a great scone. I have changed it up so many ways by substituting different extracts, adding fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, etc. Whatever I add, I usually use about a 1/2 cup. This recipe makes 8 or 9 scones. Here it is:
Friday, March 29, 2013
I am absolutely obsessed with frothed milk. I have a Breville espresso machine which makes great froth but since I've been using the Keurig more, I don't want to turn it on just to froth my milk. I have been using an inexpensive hand held wand-type frother that I bought on eBay and it works well but when I saw how quick the Aerolatte froths (thanks YouTube) I had to have one. I decided on the stainless steel version with stand from Amazon.com. I am in love! It makes easy work of my other new love, So Delicious Barista Style Coconut Milk Creamer.
Friday, March 15, 2013
3 egg whites, aged in fridge 3 days
180 g powdered sugar
100 g almond flour (Bob's Red Mill)
I filled with cream cheese frosting and jam or cream cheese frosting and Nutella.
Please follow the video for instructions.
I'm really excited because I was led to believe these cookies were hard to make. They were not.
Friday, March 01, 2013
Monday, January 07, 2013
9 - thin sliced pork chops, cut into pieces
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 onions, sliced thin
2 tsp crushed garlic
1 diced tomato
3 Tbsp Hungarian sweet paprika
1 1/2 cups water
1 Tbsp chicken bouillon
1 cup sour cream
1 Tbsp flour
Heat oil in large caldero or chicken fryer over medium to medium high heat. Trim excess fat from pork chops and cut into 3" pieces. Salt and pepper the pork. Brown the pork in oil in batches and set aside. When all of the pork is removed from the pan, add the onions and saute until translucent. Add garlic and tomato and saute for a couple of minutes. Add the pork back to the pan with the water and chicken bouillon. Set the heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes. Once pork is very tender and onions are nearly disintegrated, add flour to sour cream and add approximately one cup of sauce to sour cream/flour mixture to temper and pour over contents of the pan. Mix thoroughly. Serve over nokedli or spaetzle. I'm sure rice or egg noodles would work too!
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
3/4 c milk or water
Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Using a spaetzle maker, drop dough over boiling salted water. Cook until the dough rises to the top. Drain but don't rinse. Serve with paprikash on top. Yum! I also like to make spaetzle and after it has drained, I will saute in some lightly browned butter and top with Parmesan cheese. YouTube has many spaetzle/nokedli videos. I bought my spaetzle maker from Amazon.