Monday, February 24, 2014

In the Kitchen today with Chocolate Strawberry Muffins!!!

Today I woke up and decided I needed to spend some time in the kitchen BEFORE picking up my hooks or needles.  I've had frozen strawberries that I have been trying to figure out how to use up....right now I'm just not in the mood for a smoothie and that is my main "go to" when it comes to frozen strawberries.  I also wanted CHOCOLATE.  But covering frozen strawberries with chocolate coating can be DISASTROUS!!!  So I decided to take my basic muffin recipe and revamp it.  I've never done this before with a baking recipe.....and I have to say I was a bit worried about wasting all these ingredients!!! But I needed some adventure in my life today so this was the choice LOL!!!

Was is worth my time you ask???  YES!!!  The muffins turned out AMAZING!!!  The only foreseeable problem is that the frozen strawberries stay VERY moist....so these muffins may not keep for long...but that should NOT be a problem as they are extremely TASTY!!!  If you want to avoid that you could substitute dehydrated strawberries for the frozen ones.

CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY MUFFINS (makes 12)
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup cocoa (100% pure/unsweetened)
1 TBSP baking powder
½ tsp salt
4 TBSP butter, melted
1 large egg
1 cup evaporated milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ cup granulated sugar
4 whole frozen strawberries, chopped

TOPPING:
2 TBSP butter, softened
¼ cup oats
¼ cup brown sugar
1 TBSP cocoa


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Melt butter, set aside to cool.  Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt, set aside.  Beat egg in a separate bowl then add milk, vanilla and sugar.  Pour a small amount of cooled butter into egg mixture and stir it in. Repeat 3-4 more times until all the liquid butter is incorporated.  Add liquid ingredients to the dry ones and combine (mix) no more than 10 seconds.  Batter will be lumpy.  Stir in Chopped frozen strawberries. Divide batter into prepared muffin tins.  Mix Topping and sprinkle on top of batter.  Bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of muffin comes out clean. 

Can you see how moist the strawberry is....and can you see
the steam rising from this muffin!?!?   I just could NOT
wait to bite into one of these!!


Be Blessed and ENJOY!!
Amy B 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Hospitality.....Inspiration for the Stitcher

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Hebrews 13:2

Take the opportunity to bless someone today with a gift of your hands.  Do something unexpected for someone in need....whether it be a physical need or an emotional need.  You can't always tell by looking at someone that their heart may be breaking...or that they feel completely alone.....or that they MAY just be an angel sent from heaven to encourage you along.  God has given you gifts to use as blessings to others.  So BE a BLESSING!!!!

In His Name Be Blessed!!!
Amy B




Thursday, February 20, 2014

Cross Stitch Soap Saver Pouch Crochet Pattern


This sweet little soap saver pouch was designed because my hubby doesn't like to use soap once it gets to be what he considers "too small". He will go open a new box leaving the small pieces in the soap tray.  The small pieces are still perfectly good....but really hard to hold on to. But I just can't seem to throw away the PERFECTLY GOOD but very small soap.  So here is where I collect these small pieces and use them up to the last drop!!!  This pouch is also big enough to accommodate a full size bar of soap.

Give it a <3 or add it to your Ravelry queue here.


***Feel free to make as many as you want for personal use or for profit...but please remember to give credit to me, Amy B Stitched, and link back to this page***


CROSS STITCH SOAP SAVER POUCH

Materials:
  • approx 50 yards cotton yarn (I used "I love this Cotton" for samples)
  • size G crochet hook
  • finishing needle
Size: 4 1/4" x 3" finished size

Gauge: 4 dc or 2 dc rows = 2"

Stitches/Terms used:

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st (s) = stitch (es)
  • dc = double crochet

Rnd 1: Ch 10, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 7 ch, 3 sc in last ch. Working other side of ch, sc in next 8 ch, sl st in 1st sc to join. (20)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st. Sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 9 sts. Sl st in first sc to join. (22)
Rnds 3-8: Ch 2 (does not count as st), sk first st (same as join), dc in next st, dc in skipped st, * sk next st, dc next st (see view 1), dc in skipped st (see view 2). Repeat from * around. Sl st in first dc to join.
Rnd 9: Ch 4, *sk next st, dc next st, ch 1. Repeat from * around. Sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 4 to join.  Finish off.

View 1

View 2


TIE: Leaving a 3" tail for beginning and end, Ch 50.  Thread tie through soap saver pouch according to pictures below.  Tie the ends of the Tie with an overhand knot and clip the tails to 1/4".

Thread the tail onto a finishing needle and weave the Tie in and out of the
last row of stitches.

Over lap the weaving so that the bag cinches shut.



Be Blessed!!
Amy B

Monday, February 17, 2014

New Etsy Listing!!! Mohawk Beanie Pattern



Two years ago I got the idea for this Mohawk Beanie.  I have made more than I can count and had SO much fun making them....but with relocating to a warmer region there is just not the demand for winter type hats.  SOOOOO  I decided to write up my pattern and offer it for sale.  You can find it here in my Etsy store



Be Blessed!!!
Amy B

Thursday, February 13, 2014

FIESTA SWIRLS DOILY PATTERN

Last week I was taking a look through one of my old design notebooks and came across this doily pattern I had designed many years back.  I had TRIED to get it published with a national crochet magazine....but it came back declined :(  I decided to change the pattern up a bit and also to change the color I used.  I had almost ALWAYS made this doily in white or some neutral color but recently I had picked up a really colorful variegated thread and thought I would give it a shot.  The results were BREATHTAKING!!!!  So much so that I had to change the name!!!  While in my mind the doily looks like the flower Zinnia, the new colors just needed a SPICY name!!  I hope you enjoy making this as much as I have had designing it!!  I would love to see pics of your finished doilies and all the different color combinations you come up with!!

This is an Original Design by Amy B Stitched.  Feel free to make for profit, but remember to give credit to me, and link back to my blog www.amysastitchatatime.blogspot.com












FIESTA SWIRLS DOILY
pdf version available here
Give it a <3 or add it to your Ravelry queue here.

SIZE: 10” before blocking

MATERIALS: 
  •  Size 10 crochet cotton approx. 150 yds (Aunt Lydias Classic 10 Passionata for colorful, OR  Red Heart Bamboo Crochet thread for white note: RH bamboo works up smaller and has more drape than regular size 10 cotton thread)
  •  Size 8 steel crochet hook
  • GAUGE: first 4 rows of pattern = 2 ¼”


STITCHES AND TERMS USED:
  • Ch = chain
  •  Sl st = slip stitch
  •  3dc cl = 3 double crochet cluster
  •  4dc cl = 4 double crochet cluster
  •  Sp = space
  •  Sc = single crochet
  •  Hdc = half double crochet
  •  Dc = double crochet
  •  Sk = skip
  •  St/sts = stitch/stitches
  •  Trc = treble crochet

SPECIAL STITCHES INSTRUCTIONS:
  •   3 double crochet cluster/3dc cl: *yo, insert hook in ring, draw up a loop, yo, draw through two loops, repeat from * two more times, yo draw through all loops on hook.
  • 4 double crochet cluster/4dc cl: *yo, insert hook in ring, draw up a loop, yo, draw through two loops, repeat from * 3 more times, yo draw through all loops on hook.



Ch 6, sl st to form ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 2, 3dc cl, * ch 6 **, 4dc cl, repeat from * around 4 more times and end at **. Sl st to top of 3dc cl to join. 

Rnd 2: Sl st in ch 6 sp. Ch 1, [sc, hdc, 5dc, hdc, sc] in each ch 6 sp around.  Sl st to first sc to join.

Rnd 3: Sl st in next 3 sts. Ch 1, sc, ch 3, sk next st, sc in next st, *ch 6 **, sk next 6 sts, sc in next st, ch 3, sk next st, sc in next st, repeat from * around ending at **. Sl st in first sc to join.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in same st as join. *5 sc in next ch 3 sp, sc in next st, 8 sc in next ch 6 sp **, sc in next st, repeat from * around ending at **. Sl st in first sc to join.

Rnd 5: Ch 5, dc in same st as join, *sk next 2 sts, [dc, ch 2, dc] in next st, repeat from * around. Sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 5 to join.

Rnd 6: Sl st to first ch sp. Ch 5, dc in same sp *, [dc, ch 2, dc] in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around. Sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 5 to join.

Rnd 7: Repeat Rnd 6.

Rnd 8: Sl st to first sp. Ch 5, [dc, ch 2, dc] in same sp *, [dc, ch 2, dc, ch 2, dc] in next ch 2 sp. Repeat from * around. Sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 5 to join.

Rnd 9: Ch 1, sc in same st as join. Ch 6 *, sk next 2 dc of previous rnd, sc in next dc, ch 6. Repeat from * around. Sl st in first sc to join.

Rnd 10: Ch 1, sc in same st as join. * Ch 7, sk next ch 6 sp, sc in next st. Repeat from * around. Ch 3, trc in first sc to join. 

Rnd 11: Ch 1, sc in top of trc. * Ch 7 **, sc in next ch 7 sp. Repeat from * ending at **. Sl st in first sc to join.

Rnd 12: Ch 1, sc in same st as join. * 9 sc in next ch 7 sp, sc in next st. Repeat from * around. Sl st in first sc to join.

Rnd 13: sl st in next 5 sts, ch 1, sc in same st. * Ch 7, sk next 9 sc on previous row **, sc in next st. repeat from * around ending at **. Sl st in first sc to join.

Rnd 14: Repeat Rnd 12.

Rnd 15: Repeat Rnd 13.

Rnd 16: Repeat Rnd 12.

Rnd 17: Sl st in next 5 sts, ch 1, sc in same st.  * Ch 9, sk next 9 sc of previous rnd **, sc in next st. Repeat from * around ending at **. Sl st in first sc to join.

Rnd 18: Ch 1, sc in same st as join. * 11 sc in next ch 9 sp, sc in next st. Repeat from * around. Sl st in first sc to join.

Rnd 19: Sl st in next 6 sts, ch 1, sc in same st. * Ch 9, sk next 11 sc **, sc in next st, repeat from * around ending at **. Sl st in first sc to join.

Rnd 20: Repeat Rnd 18.

Rnd 21: Sl st in next 6 sts, ch 1, sc in same st. * Ch 11, sk next 11 sts **, sc in next st. Repeat from * around ending at **. Sl st in first sc to join.

Rnd 22: Ch 1, sc in same st as join. * 13 sc in next ch 11 sp, sc in next st. Repeat from * around. Sl st in first sc to join.

Rnd 23: Sl st in each st around.  Finish off.



Be Blessed!!
Amy B

Monday, February 10, 2014

Chain of Hearts Knit Headband Pattern


I'd like to reveal my newest pattern in my Etsy Store....the Chain of Hearts Knit Headband Pattern!!!  This pattern includes two SEPARATE pdf's.  One written for knitting on straight needles....the other for double point needles.  There are also 3 variations to this one pattern.....see the pics below.


Variation #1 is a solid heart pattern

Variation #2 is an open heart pattern

Variation #3 gives you the instructions to extend the other
variations into a beanie

So order your pattern TODAY and make one for EVERYONE
on your list!!

Thanks for stopping by to take a look at my newest design!! Click on the link below and it will take  you straight to the new pattern!!!
 https://www.etsy.com/listing/178934761/chain-of-hearts-knit-headband-pattern?ref=shop_home_active_1

Be Blessed!!
Amy B

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Gifts from God.....Inspiration for the Stitcher


Exodus 31:6b "...and I have put wisdom in the hearts of all the gifted artisans..."


If you look to the top of the screen (in my header) you will see this verse.  WOW!!!! God has given ME the gift of creativity.  His Word says that HE placed it in my heart!!! What a HUMBLING feeling!!!  


Colossians 3:23 
 "And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men."

Remember to give God the glory in all you do!!!

Be Blessed!!
Amy B

Monday, February 3, 2014

YOU'RE MY HEART Knit Headband Pattern

As you all know February is the month for LOVE!!  Valentines ads and displays BOMBARD us at every turn.

 What many of you may NOT know is that February is also "American Heart Month" and the first Friday of the month (the 7th this year) is "National Wear Red Day" to raise awareness about heart disease.

Just so you know.....I am not an expert or even remotely close to a medical professional.  But I do have family and friends that suffer from one heart condition or another.  So PLEASE take a moment and do some research.  You may be at risk for heart disease and not even know it.  You may have a heart attack or stroke looming in your future and there may be something you can do NOW to be ready for it or maybe even prevent it.

http://www.cdc.gov/women/heart/
http://www.womenheart.org/
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

Now is a perfect time to knit up one of these headbands in honor of a loved one or just to show your support and bring awareness to Heart Health!!

Give it a <3 or add it to your Ravelry queue here.

***Feel free to make as many as you want for personal use or for profit...but please remember to give credit to me, Amy B Stitched, and link back to this page***



“YOU’RE MY HEART” KNIT HEADBAND PATTERN

Materials:

  • Size 5 double pointed knitting needles (set of 5)
  • Worsted (medium) weight yarn (I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease to complete the headband, it took less than a skein)
  • Stitch marker
  • Finishing needle


Finished Size: Large 19” x 3 ½”, Medium 18” x 3 ½”, Small 17” x 3 ½”

Gague:  9 sts = 2”, 13 rows = 2”

***Instructions are written for the large size with other sizes in parenthesis***

Cast On: 96 stitches (84, 72). Divide onto 4 needles, 24 (21, 18) on each.
Rnd 1: Purl around (place stitch marker at end of round)
Rnd 2-4: Knit around to marker.
Rnd 5: K11, P1, K around to marker.
Rnd 6: K10, P3, K around to marker.
Rnd 7: K9, P5, K around to marker.
Rnd 8: K8, P7, K around to maker.
Rnd 9: K7, P9, K around to marker.
Rnd 10: K6, P11, K around to marker.
Rnd 11: K5, P13, K around to marker.
Rnd 12-17: K4, P15, K around to marker.
Rnd 18: K5, P6, K1, P6, K around to marker.
Rnd 19: K6, P4, K3, P4, K around to marker.
Rnd 20-22: Knit around to marker.
Rnd 23: Purl around to marker.
LOOSELY Bind off Knitwise.  Finish off by weaving ends in securely.  The finished headband WILL curl up on itself, so washing, blocking and drying flat is recommended.


I hope this blog entry has encouraged at least ONE person to take a look at Heart Health seriously and to help bring awareness to it!!

Be Blessed!!!
Amy B

Sunday, February 2, 2014

TRUST......Inspiration for the Stitcher

Proverbs 3: 5-6 
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.  

Have you ever had something happen that just made you go WHAT????? In the WORLD was THAT???? You might have had feelings of anger, depression or be just down right indignant.

Well, this past week I had one of those moments. I discovered someone had borrowed one of my pictures from my Etsy store. They were using it in their own Etsy store to take orders for this custom piece of crochet.  My first reaction to seeing it was disbelief.  My second was ANGER!  I was SEETHING!!!  I was soooo close to sending the NASTIEST, accusatory message I could think of at the moment.  But........as I sat thinking about it....prayerfully considering the best way to go about this....I was prompted to seek the advice of others in the professional crochet community.  They were quick to give me sound advice in how to handle this situation with grace!!  I took the advice and gracefully confronted the borrower.  She quickly apologized and removed the photo and listing from her store.

I was relieved that it had been taken care of so quickly.  And I am ashamed to say I was so close to losing my testimony and credibility as a Christian.  I spent the next day scouring my Bible for scripture to help me come to grips with what had happened.  I came across two verses to help remind me of how I should behave.

Colossians 4:5-6 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

James 1:26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless.

These verses brought me to my knees because I was SOOOO close to throwing so much away in my fit of anger. But then this morning as I sit pondering the situation God brought a verse to my mind.  The very one I started this post with.  It has been very special to me for many years.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart (do I do that daily??)
And lean not on your own understanding (sometimes God will give me words from the scripture...sometimes He will send me to someone else for His wisdom in how to handle something)
In all your ways acknowledge Him (Do I give him the praise and glory for giving me what I need?)
And He will make your paths straight. (and He DOES...not in my time...but HIS!!)
Proverbs 3:5-6

God's promises never fail if we just trust Him and seek Him when we are lost in a situation and do not know which way to turn.  He will always direct us in the way to go.

Be Blessed,
Amy B