There are so many beautiful patterns I want to try and so many gorgeous yarns I’d like to work with, that sometimes I worry that I won’t live long enough to try them all. Or that I’ll alienate my family and friends by pushing crocheted items onto them over and over again as I gradually work my way through the list. Or that they’ll make a television show called, Hoarders: Crochet Addicts, and I’ll be featured surrounded by my stash and piles of patterns, hook in hand, trying desperately to complete one more UFO before they come and take me away.

Mostly, though, I worry that if I don’t get some time to myself to crochet today I may actually kill someone.


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At Margareta's Haus

Tonight’s dinner was very tasty.  The recipe was originally in the February Edition of the All You Magazine and was submitted by Shannon Nelson.  I have added a few ingredients and altered it a bit.  The result was wonderful and we even have leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch.


2 cups white rice

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 green bell pepper chopped

1 onion chopped

12 ounces cooked andouille sausage, sliced into 1/4 inch slices

1 – 10 ounce can diced tomatoes

1 sliced jalapeno pepper

1  small can tomato sauce

I can of Beans ( you can use black, kidney or pinto – I used Pinto) drained and rinsed

Salt to taste


Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat.  Stir in the rice, cover and reduce heat to low.  Simmer until tender and water has been absorbed.  In the mean time…

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Cooking and Crafting on a Budget

It doesn’t get much easier than this. With 6 ingredients (plus salt and pepper to taste), it’s pretty cheap. Not to mention surprisingly filling. And though it looks like its sitting in a fat-rich cream sauce, it’s not. Very sneaky. Very sneaky indeed. Note that this does required roasted garlic, so add about 45 minutes – hour to your prep time if you don’t have it on hand. I used that time to do some laundry/dishes.

Makes: About 8 servings


15 oz ricotta cheese (I used part skim)

1 head roasted garlic

16 oz pasta shells

1 pint cherry tomatoes

1/2 bag baby spinach

Salt and Pepper (to taste)

Grated Parmesan (opt)

How To:

1. If you don’t have roasted garlic, prepare it. It will need to be minced for this recipe.

2. Cook your pasta according to package directions.

3. While pasta cooks, slice…

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What a great idea!

Cooking and Crafting on a Budget

I tend to be cold. Always. Not sometimes, not occasionally. Always. On top of this, my feet and hands feel cold. Literally. My man goes to hold my hand and its like they’ve been in a refrigerator. So I thought I’d make a hand warmer. And since I am the way I am, I wanted it to be dinosaur shaped. This craft cost me $1. I had felt and needle/thread lying around. I just had buy some rice. Cheap and functional. Boom biscuit.


1 piece green felt

1 piece red felt




How To:

1. Cut two hand-sized squares out of your green felt. This will help make sure you make your hand warmer big enough.

2. Sketch the shape of a dinosaur onto one of the pieces of felt. Cut Out. It doesn’t have to be pretty. Also, I would advise NOT drawing a tail. It…

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What I’m working on now.

What I'm working on now.

Romantic Pineapples Doily designed by Jo Ann Maxwell. This is a finished one made in Ecru. I am currently making one in white. I will work a few more rounds and post a pic of the one I’m working on later today. Once completed it is about 2′ wide.