Friday, August 19, 2016

17 Outrageous Wind Chimes


Summer isn't over just yet! There are many good days and nights, especially now that it is almost fall. There will be a nip in the air and sitting outside will be delightful. I am not a fan of heat and humidity, my hair doubles in size and it curls in some unnatural ways. I must say I love fall! I do hang out outside a bit more in the fall so I like to add a little color. Wind Chimes are a good way to add color and some of these are a work of art, so, let's take a look. Some of them you can use as inspiration and some you will just have to droll over on pinterest.


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Until we meet again,
Claudia

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Chunky Ripple Blanket

Winter is coming and I looked up the forecast for the US and according to the Farmers Almanac it is going to be winter from December 20 to May 20. And for most of the US it will be cold, so, let's get crocheting. The first afghan is a ripple afghan. This isn't a new pattern and your mother or grandmother probably have a few afghans like these hanging on the backs of their sofas. I love them because they look very difficult and they aren't. You can use this pattern from a baby blanket to a Christmas blanket. The count is the same.

Here is a pattern from Zoey from Zoey Makes.

Her pattern looks as though it will keep you very warm on those cold winter days:


Zoey uses a 5MM and 8ply yarn.

Here is her pattern

Special Stitches: Double crochet three together dc3tog: Yarn over, hook through stitch, pull up a loop, pull through two loops (2 remain on hook). Yarn over, hook through next stitch, pull up a loop, pull through two loops (3 remain on hook). Yarn over, hook through third stitch, pull up a loop, pull through two loops, then through 4 remaining loops.
Double crochet two together dc2togyarn over, hook through stitch, pull up a loop, pull through two loops (2 remain on hook). Yarn over, hook through next stitch, pull up a loop, pull through two loops, then through 3 remaining loops.

Row One: ch 146. Skip first 2 chains, dc into 3rd chain. *Dc into next 6 chains. Work 3dc in next ch. Dc in next 6 chains. Dc3tog over next 3 chains. Repeat from * to end, working dc2tog in final two chains. Ch2, turn.

Row Two: 
Skip first stitch (where the 2ch comes from), dc in next 7 stitches. Work 3dc in next stitch (this will be the middle of your dc cluster from the previous row, and will form the peak of your ripple). *Dc in next 6 stitches. Dc3tog over the next three stitches (the second of these three stitches will be the top of your dc3tog from the previous row, and forms the concave of your ripple). Dc in next 6 stitches, work 3dc in next stitch. Repeat from * to end, working dc2tog in final two stitches. Ch 2, turn.

Repeat row two until your blanket is at desired length! I do two rows in each colour, then change. In the rows where I introduce a new colour, I work into the back loops only. This gives a layered texture, and is definitely my preferred ripple style. The second row of each colour I work into both loops.
To finish the blanket 

  of course use the colours of the blanket and try to count the number of stitches that you should use on the side of the blanket. If you are confused watch a video on you tube. They can explain what can happen if you use too many or too few stitches.

Until we meet again,
Claudia


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Julia Childs' Famous Beef Bourguinon

 Beef Bourguinon




The first time I ever had Beef Bourguinon was in Bermuda during the winter. My step-mother at the time was Gill Butterfield (Reiss at that time) She is a wonderful gourmet cook  I love it and it sounded so French that I just had to learn how to make this wonderful dish. Well, then came the children and all of that wonderful cooking went down the drain. I literary  mean down the drain. My kids hate mushrooms and One can't make Beef Bourguinon without mushrooms. Anyway, here is Julia Child's recipe for this wonderful dish! Impress your friends with this simple but absolutely fabulous tasting dish.

INGREDIENTSNutrition

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, salt and ground black pepper.
  2. Coat the beef cubes with this mixture.
  3. Melt the butter in cast iron pot over medium high heat. (Or if not worried about fat fry 3 bacon slices till browned remove and use the fat in place or with the butter).
  4. Add the meat and brown well on all sides.
  5. Add the onion, carrots, mushrooms, red pepper, and garlic to it.
  6. Saute for 5 to 10 minutes, or until onion is tender.
  7. Add the wine, bay leaf, parsley, and thyme.
  8. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for 2 1/2 hours.
  9. Remove cover and bake for 30 more minutes.
  10. If needed add more wine, chicken broth, or water.
  11. Garnish with parsley and crumbled bacon
  12. Serve over plain white rice and enjoy!!
Until we meet again!
Claudia
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