Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Apple Slice Pancakes

While browsing on Pinterest the other day (which I am always doing), I came across a yummy picture and recipe of something called Fried Apple Pancake Rings. I really wanted to make them for breakfast, but after reading the recipe I did not have all the ingredients and so I decided to make it a bit easier and use what I had on hand. Also mine did not come out looking like rings because the pancake batter would stay in the holes or while cooking the batter would spread to the hole and cover it up, that is why I decided to call mine apple slice pancakes. These things were yummy and I felt they were healthy because they were more apple than pancake. I will be making these again soon especially when I have some apples that need to be eaten up. 

Apple Slice Pancakes

Pancake Mix
Ground Cinnamon 
Green Apples, peeled, sliced into rings, and cored

Make pancake mix according to the package then add 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon. Depending on how much batter you have will depend on how many apples you will need. I used two small green apples and had a small amount of batter left to make a regular pancake. Dip the sliced apples into the batter and using a toothpick or chop stick take the apple ring out and place on a warm skillet. Cook just like a pancake until golden brown. Serve with syrup or sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon and sugar on top. Serve warm and enjoy. :)  
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Monday, August 13, 2012

Knitted Elephant

This is Barbri. Barbri is the elephant I hand knitted while Tomas studied for the bar using a study program called Barbri. Everyday Tomas would come home and talk about what he studied that day and what he learned from the lectures he watched from Barbri that day. Therefore since I always heard the name Barbri while I knitted my elephant, I only saw it fit that I name my elephant Barbri. 

Barbri was the first knitted stuffed animal I made, the knitted bunny I just posted about recently was the second. For a while I wanted to knit a stuffed animal, but I was a little intimidated because they look so hard. After looking at a bunch of animal patterns my mom showed me one on Ravelry called Elefante. After looking over this pattern I saw that it wasn't going to be too hard, therefore I gave it a try. After a few days of knitting all the parts and piecing them together I had myself a cute little hand knitted elephant stuffed animal. I was extremely proud of myself and Tomas was too. Because this was the first stuffed animal I knitted I became attached and could not give it away, Tomas agreed with me too. We decided that we would hold on to it for the day we have kids. So for now Barbri sits on a shelf in my room until the day that there is someone to play with her.  :)

The pattern for the elephant  is called Elefante and can be found on Ravelry
The pattern I used for the ears I found on The Rainey Sisters Blog. I made four ears instead of two though. I made two pink and two grey that and then stitched them together. I did that because i wanted both sides to be in a stockinette stitch as well as I wanted the inside of the ears to be pink and the outside to be grey.

The needles I used were size US 5
The yarn I used was from my stash
The Grey yarn was Patons Canadiana in Medium Grey Heather
The pink yarn was Bernat Satin Satin Breast Cancer Yarn in Flamingo
The black eyes was Embroidery Floss in Black

Isn't she just the cutest <3 br="br">

 Her standing on all fours as well as her nose :)

  A side shot including her tail.

Of course I needed to take a butt shot. Just look how cute it is :)
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Friday, August 10, 2012

London Knitting Charms

I am a little late posting these London Knitting Charms that I made, and when I say late I mean months. I made these charms for my friend Laurie back in January and some how I forgot them so their photos ended up forgotten in a file on my computer until now. With the London Olympic games going on right now it will make this post that much better, so maybe it is a good thing the pictures were forgotten until now. 

Now let me tell you a little on why I made these London Knitting Charms to begin with. Laurie, my friend and coworker loves everything London. Every time something with the Union Jack flag comes in I run over to show her. Well while I was shopping at Michael's when I noticed these cute London charms in the bead section. I instantly thought of Laurie and decided that I would make these into knitting charms for her. When I gave them to her she loved them, she even said she was going to take them to her knitting group that night.

To make these charms follow the instructions that I gave for the Pearl Stitch Markers.

And if you are giving homemade knitting charms as a gift tie them to some scrap yarn for that extra nice touch.  :)
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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Pepperoni Pizza Pinwheels

While walking through the isles of the grocery store last night something caught my eye, mini pepperonis by Hormel. Once I saw those cute mini pepperonis my mind started thinking of all the possibilities that can be done with them. The first thing that popped in my head were pinwheels made with canned crescent rolls. When I was younger and my mom would throw parties we would make crescent pinwheels with ham and cheese or turkey and cheese as her hours d oeuvres. So I decided that the first thing I will make with the mini pepperonis would be pepperoni and cheese pinwheels just like the ones I made for my mom. 

As I was making them for dinner Tomas kept asking me what I was making and I just kept telling him it was a surprise. As they were cooking he asked again because he said it smelled good and I still would not tell him. As soon as they were done he came into the kitchen and said "those look amazing." I then proceeded to pour him some marinara sauce, which he then doctored up with some garlic and spices, then he took one of the pinwheels and gave it dip. It was love at first bite. He loved these little flaky pizza bites and lets just say they were so good that they on lasted a few minutes until we devoured every last one. I will have to make more the next time I make these instead of the little bit that I did.  :)

Pepperoni Pinwheels  
1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
Shredded Cheese
Hormel Mini Pepperonis
Marinara sauce

Preheat the oven to 375*F. Take two of the crescent triangles and piece together to make a rectangle. You should get four rectangles per can of crescent rolls. Sprinkle some cheese on top of the rectangle and then sprinkle some pepperonis on top of that. I really don't have a precise measurement for the cheese and pepperoni, just put however much you want, just don't over fill or they will become to hard to roll up. After you put the cheese and pepperoni on the crescent dough start rolling from one short end to the other. Press the end to seal shut. Take a knife and cut the roll four times to make circle pinwheel shapes. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. As soon as you remove the pinwheels from oven, use a spatula to remove from pan before the cheese causes then to stick to the pan . Enjoy while hot and use marinara sauce for dipping if you like. Enjoy :)   

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Bethany's Flower Congrats Cake

When my friend Bethany had her baby Jasey I decided that I should make her a Congrats cake. I actually had this idea planned when I made her baby shower cake, so I pre-made the flowers and leaves using royal frosting. I did the flowers on this cake using the color theme of her baby shower. Since the flowers were pre-made it made decorating this cake a lot easier. As soon as the cake cooled I covered it in butter cream frosting and then I placed the flowers in spots that I thought would look good. I brought Bethany this cake when I went to go see her and Jasey for the first time. It was unexpected nice surprise for Bethany and she loved it :)       

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Easy Knit Bunny

I was going to meet Jasey, my friend Bethany's new daughter, for the first time and I wanted to bring something for Jasey. So I decided that I would knit her something nice that she can cherish and keep for a long time. Well while browsing on Pinterest one day I came across this cute pin of a knitted bunny that my mom repinned from her browsing on Pinterest. When I clicked the link on the bunny it took me to my favorite knitting source called Ravelry, which I love, and the pattern was on there for free. Looking at the pattern I was amazed on how simple this pattern was. It was basically a knitted washcloth that when sewn up a certain way makes a cute bunny. So I pulled out some nice yarn from my yarn stash and got started right away. When it came to the tail I saw that others did a pom pom so I wanted to do one too. I never made a pom pom before so I went straight over to YouTube and watched a how to video on how to make the pom pom. I finished off the bunny by sewing some eyes on and tying a coral color bow around its neck. This bunny was so easy to make and took no time at all to make. I think I will be making more of these bunnies for all my friends that have babies that way they all can have a nice little had knitted bunny.  :)

If you decide to make your own knitted bunny the pattern can be found on Ravelry
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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Elephant Baby Mobile

 In my previous post on Bethany's Baby Shower Gifts I gave a sneak peak of the baby mobile I made her. Well after a long wait, here it is. Before I get into detail on how to make it, let me start of by telling you how we came up with the idea. It all started with Pinterest. I was browsing through pins when all of a sudden this cute elephant baby mobile popped up. I clicked on it thinking there would be instructions on how to make it, but instead it took me to someones Etsy account that sells them. Well knowing that Bethany was having an elephant theme as well as the colors grey, coral, and peach I took a picture of the mobile and sent it to her. She text me back right away saying that it was exactly what she wanted. That is when I told her that it cost a lot, but I think I could recreate it for very little. So I went and bought all the materials which cost me under $10 and got started making the mobile. At first I almost gave up because the original one was made of wood on the top, but that was to difficult for me because I didn't have the necessary tools. That is when I came up with the idea of buying a metal ring at Joann's and wrap it in ribbon. After hours and hours of making the elephants it was finally time to put it together. To tell you the truth I had no clue what I was doing, but some how it all worked out in the end and Bethany loved it and I hope Jasey does too.

Below I will give the instructions on how to make the elephant mobile the best way I can. If you have any questions let me know and I will be happy to help. I have included a few photos showing the process on making the elephants.

1) Use an elephant template to cut the elephants out of the felt

2) Cut out ears from the felt.

3) Sew on an eye on all of the elephants.

4) Next sew on the ears.

5) Now sew the two elephants together and stuff them as you go before closing them up.

Materials Needed

Felt in at least two different colors
Matching thread
Pillow stuffing
Clear fishing line
Metal ring
1 small ring or key chain ring
Hot Glue
 First start off by sketching out an elephant on a piece of paper and cut it out. Then use that paper as a template to cut out elephants from the felt. I wanted to have 7 elephants, 4 in gray and 3 in cream, so I had to cut out 14 of them. Do the same for the ears 14 total. Next sew on black eyes on all the elephants keeping in mind that you sew the eyes on have of them on the opposite side (refer to image 3 and 4). Next sew on the ears in the color that is not the same color as the elephant. Now its time to sew the elephants together. While sewing together make sure you stuff the elephant as you go before closing it up. Next glue a couple of buttons on to the elephants. Besides elephants I also did felt hearts on the mobile. When it came to the hearts I kept it simple. There was no sewing involved, instead I glued two hearts together on the fishing line. I would suggest not doing the hearts until after the elephants are connected to the line first.

Now it is time for the assembly part. I really did not know what I was doing on the assembly, I would just try things until it worked. To attach the fishing line to the elephants I took the line and tied it in a knot a couple of times around a stitch on the top of the elephant. Next I would glue the hearts to the line. Repeat this steps until all your elephants and hearts are all connected to fishing line. The next thing I did was tie the eight strands of elephants at different levels onto the metal hoop and put a drop of hot glue on the spot I wanted the strand to stay. Then I took the ribbon and wrapped it around the hoop until completely covered. Then I cut out 8 strands of ribbon and glued them over a small metal ring one by one. Then the last thing to do is glue the ribbons one at a time to the hoop where each of the strands of elephants hang.

If you decided to make this mobile for yourself I wish you luck. I tried my best to describe how I made it and hopefully it makes some since. I would suggest looking at the photos when possible in hopes that it will help make since of things. If you  do decided to make the mobile you will be happy with your finished product :)  

Here is a close up of the one of the elephants hanging on the strand with the hearts.

Here is a close up of the top of the mobile. You will also see I made a moon at the top. To make the moon do the same thing as the elephants and stuff the two pieces of felt.

And here is one last look at the mobile hanging from my ceiling :)
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