Monthly Archives: January 2013

Crochet Heart Pocket

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A crochet heart… so sweet and simple.  I love the way even a humble picot edge can make anything more “frilly”.

In preparation for Valentine’s Day, I decided to crochet a lovely little heart pocket, perfect for storing a special message for a special someone.  The PDF link can be found below.  Happy crocheting!

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You are free to make the heart pocket for your own personal use.  Please do not sell the heart pocket or the pattern.  If you wish to share the pattern, please provide a link back to this page or to my etsy store.

PDF: Crochet Heart Pocket

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Baby Mittens, Made with Love

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Baby, it’s freezing out there!  Today’s temperatures in Montreal reached – 22oC … without the windchill!

I created these mittens using some worsted weight yarn I had in my stash.  They were quick and easy to make, and they’re just the thing  to keep my niece’s little hands warm and toasty!

I have included the pattern below and you’ll need some basic knowledge of crochet to complete the mittens ( PDF link below).

BabyMittens Made with Love

PDF:  Baby Mittens,  Made with Love!

You are free to make the mittens for your own personal use.  Please do not sell the mittens or the pattern.  If you wish to share the pattern, please provide a link back to this page or to my etsy store.

Crochet Cotton Slippers, Made with Love

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I have a confession to make.  I dislike footwear.  If I could I would walk around barefoot all day, just to enjoy the freedom of feeling the cool floors on my skin.  That’s one of the reasons I love summer, when I can get away with walking outdoors in the grass with nothing between the soles of my feet and that fresh green grass….

But winter is not a very friendly season when it comes to being barefoot.  So what’s my solution?

Cotton.  I love the comfort of cotton.  So I decided to make us some cotton slippers.  I figured that the benefits are two-fold.  One, the cotton is more comfortable than acrylic.  Two, it will be less slippery than the acrylic too.  However— cotton does stretch more than acrylic, and so to ensure them staying put, I made the trim using acrylic yarn.

I have included the pattern below and you’ll need some basic knowledge of crochet to complete the slippers ( PDF link below).

You are free to make the slippers for your own personal use.  Please do not sell the slippers or the pattern.  If you wish to share the pattern, please provide a link back to this page or to my etsy store.

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PDF: Cotton Slippers, Made with Love

Crochet Scarf: Chunky Twists & Cables

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When I saw this rich, green yarn at the store (RedHeart Soft: Dark Leaf), I knew it was destined to be mine.  I bought enough to make my littlest one a sweater:

Green Leaf Sweater

And then I had to have something pour moi!

I loooove this scarf!  The lovely twists and cables worked up quite nicely, and although it make look complicated, it’s really a series of treble (triple) crochet stitches.

You’ll need some basic knowledge of crochet to complete the scarf using the pattern PDF (link below).

You are free to make the scarf for your own personal use.  Please do not sell the scarf or the pattern.  If you wish to share the pattern, please provide a link back to this page.

PDF: Chunky Cables Scarf

Pizza Saturday

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ImageIs there anything more deliciously beautiful than a home-made pizza, fresh out of the oven?

Today the girls and I decided to make some pizza from scratch!

The recipe is quite simple and the toppings can be anything really.

Our pizza was a half-and-half: one half potato-onion, and the other half was tomato-onion-sausage-cheese.

Dough recipe:

  • 3 1/2 C flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 tbsp yeast
  • 1/2 C warm water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3/4 C warm water
  1. In a small bowl, add yeast to 1/2 C warm water and sugar.  Let rest for 10 minutes, until yeast is activated.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour and salt. Make a well in the center.
  3. Add yeast mixture and oil to the flour.  Add remaining water, 1/4 C at a time until the dough starts to come together.  If dough becomes too sticky or soft, add more flour.
  4. Take dough out of bowl and knead for approximately 10 minutes.
  5. Let dough rest in an oiled bowl for approximately 1 hour until it doubles in size.
  6. After 1 hour, punch dough down, and spread out into a pan (I used a jelly roll pan) lined with parchment paper.

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Potato Pizza Side

  • 3 medium onions, sliced
  • salt, oregano, rosemary, thyme, black pepper
  • 4 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 3 medium potatoes, thinly sliced

It’s  important to cook the onions first, since they contain  a lot of water that can make the pizza too soggy later on.

  1. Heat 2 TBPS of the oil in a pan on medium-low and cook the onions until they are translucent.  Add the salt, pepper and herbs as the onions cook.  Set aside to cool. (You will use the onions on the sausage pizza too.)
  2. Toss the sliced potatoes with 2 TBPS vegetable oil and the same spices and herbs used for the onions.
  3. Spread the cooled onions on the entire pizza.
  4. Layer the potato slices over one another so that they cover half of the pizza.

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Sausage Pizza Side

  • 3 Italian sausages, casings removed
  • 1/2 C tomato sauce
  • 2 C shredded cheese
  • seasoned onions
  1. With fingers, break up the sausage and spread pieces of it over the onions.
  2. Spoon the sauce over the sausage.
  3. Place the shredded cheese over the sausage half.

Bake the pizza on the bottom rack of  a 450 F oven for 20 minutes.

The colour of the bottom of the pizza is a good indicator to its “doneness”; it should be golden.

Let the pizza rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing, or the toppings might slide off!

Now… which one first?

Potato? Sausage?

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