Friday Finds 4.18.14

 

Crochet At Play
I couldn’t pick only five today so you get six crochet freebies.

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1. Hounds Tooth Scarf from Elk Studio

2. Darling Newborn Hat & Bow from Hopeful Honey

3. Sock Monkey Shoulder Bag from Craft Foxes.com

4. Lorelei the Lady Bug from Lion Brand Yarns

5. Sassy Ruffle Bag from Adventures of KT and the Squid

6. Lil’ Moustache Easter Eggs from Little Yarn Friends

 

Knitting At Play

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1. Ruffled Wrist warmers from KnitPicks

2. Serpentina Mitts from Knitting and So On

3. Easter Chick from Linda’s Crafty Corner

4. Compatto Cowl from Ewe Ewe

5. Meet the Hoppers from Ewe Ewe

 

Crafts At Play

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1. Bunny Trail Mix from The NY Melrose Family

2. Easter Peeps Cupcakes from Yesterday on Tuesday

3. Macaroni and Cheese Waffles from Serious Eats

4. Kaleidoscope Easter Eggs from Sparkle

5. Coconut Bunny Cake from Mom Endeavors

6. Spring Wreath from The Pin Junkie

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8 free Knitted and Crochet Bunny Patterns

Easter is just around the corner so I wanted to high light some of the great FREE bunny patterns you can find in our Crochet and Knitting databases. Here are 8 of my favorites.

Check out our full collection of Crochet Bunny patterns here and the Knitted Bunnies here

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1. Baby’s First Bunny from Hodge Podge – Crochet

2. Rabbit from Spud & Chloe – Knit

3. Sleeping Bunny from Craft Room - Crochet

4. Bunny from Craftbelle  – Crochet

5. Sugar Bunny from Knitted Toy Box  – Knit

6. Vintage Rabbit by Sara Elizabeth Kellner on Raverly  – Knit

7. Spring Bunny on Make: – Crochet

8. Bunny Balloon Animal from Lion Brand Yarns  – Knit

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Friday Finds 4.11.14

Here are your Friday finds. Don’t forget to check out the recently added section on each site to see all of our new tutorials for the last three weeks. You don’t want to miss any.

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Crochet At Play

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1. Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blanket from Moggly – Cute baby blankets are so hard to find, but I love the color choices and design in this pattern.

2. Baby Chicks in Eggshells from Red Hot Fibers – These are so cute and they look quick so you still have time to make up a few before Easter.

3. Beach Bunnies from Tales of Twisted Fibers – These little bunnies are so sweet

4. Tiny Eggs (in a nest) from Planet June – Look how quick you could make these and they use scrap yarn too!

5. Eggy Bunny from A Crafter xD – Love these little guys apparently I am in full  blown Easter mood today.

Knitting At Play

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1. Pieces of Eight Mitts from Knitting and so on – Look at these amazing fingerless gloves. I love them so much they almost look too cool to wear.

2. Mini Skirt from TheKnitderpartment – It’s a skirt and it’s knitted, enough said.

3. Dog Finger Puppet from Knitting by Post – This little puppy is just so tiny and adorable.

4. Woven Stitch Cowl by Knits by Britt – I love the design and texture on this one so much.

5. Nana’s Favorite complextion washcloth from The Knitting Buzz – I need to make up some face cloths this pattern might be on my list.

Crafts At Play

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1. Pretty Peeps Treats from Yesterday on Tuesday - These are full of sugary goodness.

2. Peanut Butter Cup Pie Pops from The Gunny Sack – These horribly amazing. I need one, immediately.

3. Easter Garden Patch Dirt Cake from Uncommon Designs – Go and look at the pictures of this cake. It is just amazing.

4. Purple Chocolate Dipped party Oreos  from Mom Endeavors – These look so easy even I could make some.

5. Easter Muddy Buddies from the Country Chic Cottage - Ok, this just looks too good to be true. Marshmallows, yes please.

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Friday Finds for 4.4.14

It’s another Friday which means it’s time for another 15 favorite finds from the databases this week. Which one is your favorite?

 

Crochet At Play

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1. Eternal Love Hugs and Kisses Headband from The Crochet Lounge – I love the detail on this headband, you don’t see that a lot with crochet.

2. Buzzzzz Hat from LuLu’s crafts – 2 bee patterns this week, I guess I relaly am feeling spring.

3. Little Monster Easter Egg from One Dog Woof – He’s way too cute to be considered a monster.

4. Rings from Hands Occupied – We don’t see rings very often in crochet so I always fall in love when I do.

5. Bee Girl from Tales of Twisted Fibers - I am seriously in love this Bee Girl. Why oh why doesn’t Owen like to play with dolls so I can make one… or ten?

 

Knitting At Play

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1. Knitting with two colors tutorial by Ewe Ewe – If you’re looking to advance your knitting skills by adding more colors check out this tutorial.

2. Crisscross Lace Shaw from Lion Brand Yarns – This looks so elegant I don’t think people would guess it was homemade.

3. A Malabrigo Rasta Afghan from 4 You with Love – I love the detail on this afghan but I don’t know if I’d have the patience to make one.

4. Chick-in-an-egg from The Purl Bee – I think I love every creation they come up with but these little egg chicks might be one of my favorites.

5. Happy Baby hat by Creative Knitting Magazine - I love the look of knitted hats and this pattern looks like it will be super cute

Crafts At Play

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1. Confetti Tiered Planter by The Country Chic Cottage – I am so ready for spring and so is this planter.

2. Cat in the Hat cookies from Made to be a Momma – These snack cookies are obviously simple to make yet look awesome.

3. Carrot Cookies from Nutter Butters by The Country Chic Cottage – Two from the Country Chic cottage this week but I just couldn’t pick. I love these cookies.

4. Marshmallow Cottontails on a Stick from Rook No. 17 – Ok the tail on this bunny is what seals the deal. These are on my must make this year list.

5.  DIY: Animal Key chains from Ginger Snaps – I have so many of these little animals all over the house. I know exactly what I’m doing with them once Owen outgrows them.

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Working on it Wednesday – Learning Letters & link up

It’s another Working on it Wednesday, what have you been working on?

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I don’t know about other Mom’s of three year old kids, but I am ready for Owen to head off to pre-school this fall. We’re hoping to get him enrolled in a very awesome duel program in our city, but this particular program only has 23 seats open and they utilize a lotto system which mean we basically just cross our fingers until July when we find out if we made it or not. Everyone cross your fingers with me. Anyway, not wanting Owen to be behind any of his classmates we’ve been working hard on certain topics, fine motor skills etc.

Recently I saw on pinterest where someone had written the alphabet on a piece of paper and used small letter magnets to match them up. We can’t do anything little in this household so I had to blow the project up a bit. I used a $.50 piece of poster board from the dollar store then hand wrote in permanent marker the alphabet.

Owen Letters

Then together Owen and I sit down and take time to match up the letters going over what each one is named before putting down the corresponding letter. I try to keep activities to four minutes or less when they involve learning (the amount of time most research says kids his age can focus on a given task) and so far we’ve had a lot of success with it.

So now it’s your turn to share….

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    • When asked for your name feel free to include the name of your blog and/or the name of the project you’re working on.
    • Remember to link to your actual project with a direct link and not your homepage. (or this week a post about our current giveaway)

 

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Southwest Baked Chicken Spaghetti Recipe

I’ve been working on making a designated rotating meal plan for the house. It keeps things a bit more controlled because I don’t find myself frantically searching for a meal come 5pm each day. I know what we’re making for the week and my grocery list is all ready to go on Sunday. We’re still working out some kinks, but once I get it completely figured out I’ll share here. Until then I wanted to share some of the recipes I’ve been adding to our meal plan.

 

Baked Southwest Chicken spaghetti

This week I wanted to share one of my super simple recipes, Southwest Baked Chicken Spaghetti. I’ve run the numbers and from my calculations (which I am not a nutritionist) each serving comes to about 460 calories. So not only does it taste delicious but it’s not that bad for you either. I showed my quick calculations below the recipe.

Southwest Baked Chicken Spaghetti Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Calories per serving: 460 calories per serving

Southwest Baked Chicken Spaghetti Recipe

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 2 cups grilled chicken cubed
  • 1 can (10 3/4) cream of Chicken soup
  • 1 can (10 3/4) cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mexican-blend cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Boil pasta per box directions and drain
  3. Mix chicken, soups, Rotel, and sour cream together in separate bowl
  4. Add and mix in cooked pasta
  5. Put mixture into 9"x13" baking dish
  6. Cover with foil and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle Mexican-blend cheese over top and return to oven.
  8. Dish is ready to serve once cheese is melted
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See how simple that is?

And here is my quick calorie break down. Your calorie count will be different depending on ingredients and brands used.

Cream of Chicken – 175 calories
Cream of Mushroom – 150
Daisy Sour cream – 480
Spaghetti – 320
Grilled Chix – 440
Rotel – 50
Cheese – 220

Total = 1835
Meal makes 4 servings – 1835/4 = 458.75  (rounded to 460)

 

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Friday Finds 3.28.14

I can’t believe it’s almost April!

I’m 50% excited and 50% in a daze that the year is going so quickly.

 

Crafts At Play

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1. Apple Candy Dish from Make Life Lovely – Another teacher appreciation gift idea. I love how this one incorporates apples

2. Sumo Wrestler Plastic Bottle Bowling Pins from Hello Mess – Such a cute game and way to recycle your bottles.

3. St.Patty’s Day Mint Oreos from A Whisk and a Prayer – These say they are for St.Patty’s day but I would eat them at any time of the year.

4. No-Bake Thin Mint Cookie Truffles from Six Sisters’ Stuff - These look super yummy

5. Toilet Roll Airplanes from Pink Stripey Socks – A template is included in this tutorial.

6. Teacher Appreciation Highlighter Roll Gift from Club Chica Circle  – The closer we get to the end of the school year it’s time to start thinking of those end of year gifts.  This would make a great one.

 

Knitting At Play

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1. Duckie Mittens from Knit Wiki – I love seeing vintage patterns done in new bright colors.

2. Butterfly Garden Sock from KnitPicks - Love this bright green color

3. Robyn hat from Gina Jones – This pattern comes in three sizes, baby, child, and adult.

4. Trilobite from Oddknit - I LOVE trilobites. I don’t know why I’ve always been a bit obsessed. I keep saying i’m going to buy one but haven’t yet so maybe I can knit one instead.

5. French Letter Baby Sweater from Gina Jones - Another great pattern from Gina Jones. I love this little sweater.

 

Crochet At Play

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1. Bunny Head Applique from A Crafter XD – Get started on your Easter stuff now so you’re ahead of schedule.

2. Amazing Grace Hat from Beatrice Ryan Designs – It’s still ab bit chilly out there, and this would make a great spring hat.

3. Haley Beanie from RAKJ Patterns – Such a cute little photo prop.

4. Big Flower Baby hat from Niftynnifer’s Crochet & Crafts – I love this colorful and springy hat.

5. Green Lantern Superhero Logo Beanie from cRAfter Chick – Seriously, one of these days I’m going to start making some of the awesome super hero stuff from this site.

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Friday Finds 3.21.14

There have been so many new patterns and tutorials added to our three databases this week it was extremely hard to pick.
Make sure and click on the link above each graphic to visit the recently added page for that database. Let me know which one is your favorite.

Crochet At Play

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1. Chunky Doily Rug from Craft Foxes.com - For some reason i am obsessed with crochet rugs like this even though I’ve never made one. some day some day.

2. Shrek Ear Costume Beanie Hat from cRAfterChick – We have a love hate relationship with Shrek in this house (it’s a long story) but I am seriously loving this hat and it’s little green ears.

3. Easter Bunny by Nifynnifer’s Crochet & Crafts -  Easter will be here sooner than we know it. now is the time to start on all those bunny projects.

4. Mochi the Bunny from Little Muggles – I just love this little bunny. He’s so tiny and cute.

5. Despicable Me Minion from Little Things Blogged – I love the fingers and hair on this minion.

 

Knitting At Play

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1. Fred, the Frog a bookmark from Stana’s Critters Etc – I love bookmarks and this froggy is just adorable.

2. Fitted Cable Pullover from Lion Brand Yarns – I really like the pattern on this pullover.

3. Margarete Fingerless Gloves from Knitting and So On - I know how our readers love fingerless gloves so I had to include these in this weeks listing.

4. Hug Me Mug Cozy from Yarnspirations – Mug cozies are still the big thing and this little one is super cute.

5. Argyle Felted Pillow from Knit Picks – I have a soft spot for argyle things, it’s an issue. :)

 

Crafts At Play

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1. Jersey Knit Bracelet from V and CO - Trust me no real knitting skills needed, just your fingers.

2. Caramel Apple Dip from i heart nap time – What a great gift idea or if you’re like me you make some for a gift but eat it all yourself.

3. Easy DIY Wood Slice Serving Board from ManMade – No this isn’t just a slice of tree, it’s a serving board and looks incredibly easy to make.

4. Homemade Kit Kat Bars from A Beautiful Mess – These look delicious.

5. Wooden Mosaic Wall Art DIY from A Beautiful Mess - The second tutorial this week from A Beautiful Mess, I try to not let that happen but I couldn’t pass up either of these tutorials this week.

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Working on it Wednesday – Gallery Wall Additions & Link up

I don’t craft as much in the winter but I’m trying to get a few last minute projects done before it gets warm and I start spring cleaning.

This weeks project; adding to our gallery wall. I’ve wanted to add this piece for months but couldn’t find just the right option. I finally came up with something I like and went ahead and had Matt hang it up this weekend. I don’t love the placement but until we move and redo this picture wall it will have to stay.

So can you find the addition?

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gallery wall

 

Did you find it?

I added a duel bell alarm clock hanging from a hook on the upper left hand corner of our wall. The clock is set 9:23, the time that our son was born and since most of our wall is pictures of him it seemed very fitting.

Our clock is from Ikea but if you’d like do to something similar you can find quite a few options on amazon. Here are a few of my favorites. Just click on their image to be taken to a page to purchase.

 

What have you been working on this week?

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    • Please make sure and link back to us. You can either do a text link or copy and paste the html for either of our Wednesday images from the following page HERE.
    • When asked for your name feel free to include the name of your blog and/or the name of the project you’re working on.
    • Remember to link to your actual project with a direct link and not your homepage. (or this week a post about our current giveaway)

 

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Crock Pot Taco Chili Recipe

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One of my favorite things about this ‘job’ is all the amazing patterns and tutorials I get to see before I enter them in the database. Last week I was going through new recipes when I came across this amazing recipe for Taco Chili from Shugary Sweets.

We love chili around here so after I made sure this recipe made it’s way into our crock pot recipe page I emailed the link to Matt and told him we needed to try it. He’s the one in charge of making all chili related meals in this house.

Taco ChiliWe substituted the beef for venison and just use a taco seasoning packet while making the recipe but the other ingredients held true to the original recipe.

Rather than use corn bread after the chili was done I layered tortilla chips on the bottom of my bowl then topped with cheese and sour cream.

This meal was amazing. It might now be my favorite chili recipe out there. We will definitely be eating it again.

If you’re like us and love chili check out these Amazon chili cook books. You can never have enough chili.
                      

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