Wednesday, April 30, 2014

This Stitchers Gotta Eat!!! Tortellini w/ Creamy Tomato Sauce

Today while browsing new pins on Pinterest I came across a Tortellini Soup recipe that made my mouth water by just reading the ingredients!!  But upon inspection of my cupboard I discovered very few of the needed I set to work creating my own version of the dish using what I had on hand.  My recipe ended up being more of a pasta dish than a soup of the original recipe, but was super quick to whip up and extremely tasty!!  Even Hubby liked it!!!

 I believe this would be great as a meatless dish....but I had some chicken breast left over in the fridge and decided at last minute to chop it up and add it to the sauce.  If you are an onion lover I would also suggest chopping up some onion and sauteing along with the garlic....unfortunately I was out :(

Tortellini w/ Creamy Tomato Sauce

8.9 oz dried Five Cheese Tortellini (refrigerated or frozen will also work)
12 oz can Evaporated milk
drizzle of Olive Oil
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
8 oz can tomato sauce w/ basil, garlic & oregano
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
Salt and Pepper to taste
*fully cooked chicken breast, chopped into bite size pieces (optional)

Cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain
In 10" skillet heat olive oil over medium heat, add minced garlic and saute 2 mins or until softened.  Reduce to low heat. Add tomato sauce, evaporated milk, Italian seasoning, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.  Cook until heated through and cheese is melted.  Add chicken (if desired) and cook on low heat until chicken is warmed through.  Add cooked tortellini and serve while still hot.  

Be Blessed!!!
Amy B

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Newborn Angel Wings and Peanuts the Elephant Hat Crochet Pattern Reviews

I've been doing lots and LOTS of crochet for little ones lately with having babies soon to be born into my family!!  And while I mostly design my own patterns, sometimes it's easier to purchase someone elses pattern.  I like to support others in the fiber arts as well, so when my niece found the patterns for the Angel Wings by MonkeyShine over at Craftsy and Peanuts the Elephant by LoveCityCrochet over at Etsy, I decided to purchase their patterns instead of designing my own.

Angel Wings by MonkeyShine
The Angel Wings are going to make such a BEAUTIFUL newborn photo!!!  They are made with Red Heart Clouds yarn and a size N crochet hook.  So it works up SUPER FAST!!!  I will warn you, if you have never worked with this yarn before PREPARE yourself as stitches are very hard to see!!  I did have a little difficulty with the stitch count on this pattern, and could not decide if it was the yarn being hard to see or the pattern being inaccurate.  I think the turning ch of each row is not counted in the row stitch count....but it does not specify.  She does however give GREAT pictures, it's easy to see what the next step is even if you can't verify your stitch count!!  I also like the option for adding pipe cleaners to the final round to make these slightly pose-able.  My great niece is going to look completely ANGELIC using these in her newborn photo shoot!!

Peanuts the Elephant by LoveCityCrochet
Don't you just LOVE baby elephants?!?!?!  My niece is going with an elephant theme for her new baby girl and this hat is just adorable!!!  She has designed this hat using Lion Brand Cotton Ease yarn and a size G hook.  I, on the other hand, used what I had on hand which was random brands of acrylic.  The pattern is a bit difficult to follow because it is not written in standard crochet terms.  Thankfully she has added LOTS of pictures to the pattern, so if there is a question about her written instructions you can just look at the picture and be able to figure out what she is saying.  Also, there is no gauge listed for the pattern OR finished dimensions for the four sizes that accompany this pattern.  I made the newborn size hat using the recommended hook size, but frankly unless this baby has a huge head it's likely she will not wear it for quite a while....but it's nice she will have something to grow into!!  I did make one major change to the pattern and that was for the Right Ear.  She does not give you separate instructions for each ear.....and that means the second ear is backwards :(  That bugs me.  But again....using her pictures I was able to easily modify the ear portion of the pattern so now I have two front facing ears :D

Happy Stitching!!!
Amy B

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Inspiration for the Stitcher [HQ] Lifehouse - Everything Skit Remastered High Quality

A few years back the kids in our youth department did this same exact skit.  It brings me to tears whenever I watch it.  There are so many things that we allow into our lives that consume us and take us away from our relationship with Christ.  He never leaves us.  He is always in the background waiting for us to come back to Him.  It's a battle.  We may have to fight our way through a line of people who SAY they have our best interest at heart.....or maybe we've become so consumed with work or an activity. But there He is.  He is waiting.

I hope you will watch this video closely and be blessed by the message it brings.

Amy B

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Newborn DINOSAUR BABY Hat and Diaper Cover Set AND a Pattern review for Monster/Dinosaur Booties

So if you follow me here you already know I will soon be a GRANDMA!!  and my first grandchild is going to be a BOY!!!!  YAY!!!  When my dear DIL told me they were going to decorate the nursery with dinosaurs I headed straight over to Pinterest and started pinning all things DINOSAUR!! The booties in the picture were one of the first things I pinned and almost immediately I purchased the pattern.  They were designed by Amie Hartman over at HookNYarn on Etsy.   But I just didn't find exactly what I liked for the rest of the Dinosaur outfit I wanted to make for a newborn photo prop.  So with help from my DIL in deciding the look she liked the best, I set to work designing the hat and diaper cover to go with the bootie pattern.  I also made a set in pink for my soon to be born great niece!!

The pattern for the Hat and Diaper cover is below!!

The dinosaur bootie pattern is just adorable!!!  Amie did a great job with these.  I did find an error in the sizing and contacted her about it.  She was very sweet and said she would be updating the pattern immediately.  If you are new to crochet this pattern may be a bit tricky to follow.....just pay very close attention to your stitch count and make sure to use a stitch marker and you will be just fine!!  I also made a slight change to the last round of the pattern.  If you follow the pattern exactly the last round will be a slip stitch on the inside of the last round.  I preferred the look of having the sl st on the outside.  Just my personal preference.  As a pattern designer I find myself doing this quite often with others patterns....and sometimes it's not because I mean to change....just because I go with a flow and it just happens.  Amie also has many other patterns over in her Etsy Store.  I've purchased her Baby Converse pattern....that is next on my list to complete!!  She also has another pattern that looks like little military combat boots!!! They are just adorable!!

Please remember that I am human and I do make mistakes sometimes.  If you find an error in my pattern please, please, PLEASE leave me a message in the comment section below.

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  Thank You!!! Amy B

Dinosaur Baby Hat and Diaper Cover Set

Bootie pattern (not included) by Amie Hartman

Size: Newborn

·         Worsted (medium) weight yarn, approx. 2 ounces of main color (mc) and small amount of contrasting color (cc)
·         Size G and F crochet hooks
·         One button 5/8” to ¾”, must fit between the dc stitches on row 2 of diaper cover
·         Finishing needle

Gauge: 4 hdc and 3 hdc rows = 1”

·         Ch – chain
·         Hdc – half double crochet
·         St – stitch
·         Sl st – slip stitch
·         Fphdc – front post half double crochet
·         Bphdc – back post half double crochet
·         Sc – single crochet
·         Dc – double crochet
·         Hdc dec – half double crochet decrease
·         Sc dec – single crochet decrease

Hat: Size G hook
Rnd 1:  Ch 2, hdc 8 times in 2nd ch from hook. DO NOT JOIN, hat is worked in continuous rounds. Place stitch marker in the last st of each rnd to mark your place.
Rnd 2:  2 hdc in each st around. (16)
Rnd 3:  [2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st] repeat around to marker. (24)
Rnd 4:  [2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts] repeat around to marker. (32)
Rnd 5:  [2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts] repeat around to marker. (40)
Rnd 6:  [2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts] repeat around to marker. (48)
Rnd 7-13:  Hdc in each st around. (48)  Join rnd with a sl st at the end of rnd 13.
Rnd 14:  Ch 1, [fphdc next st, bphdc next st] around.  Sl st in top of first fphdc to join.  Finish off.

Diaper Cover: Size G hook
Ch 45
Row 1: Working in the back ridge of the chain, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st across. (44)
Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as st), turn. Dc in each st across.  (44)
Row 3: Turn, sl st in next 10 sts. Ch 1, hdc in same st as last sl st and in next 25 sts, leave remaining 9 sts unworked
Row 4-6: Ch 1, turn. Hdc in each st across (26)
Row 7: Ch 1, turn. Hdc-dec over first two sts, hdc next 22 sts, hdc-dec over last 2 sts. (24)
Row 8: Ch 1, turn. Hdc in each st across. (24)
Row 9: Ch 1, turn. Hdc-dec over first 2 sts, hdc next 20 sts, hdc-dec over last 2 sts. (22)
Row 10: Ch 1, turn. Hdc in each st across. (22)
Row 11: Ch 1, turn. Hdc-dec over first 2 sts, hdc next 18 sts, hdc-dec over last 2 sts. (20)
Row 12: Ch 1, turn. Hdc-dec over first 2 sts, hdc next 16 sts, hdc-dec over last 2 sts. (18)
Row 13: Ch 1, turn. Hdc-dec over first 2 sts, hdc next 14 sts, hdc-dec over last 2 sts. (16)
Row 14: Ch 1, turn. Hdc-dec over first 2 sts, hdc next 12 sts, hdc-dec over last 2 sts. (14)
Row 15: Ch 1, turn. Hdc-dec over first 2 sts, hdc next 10 sts, hdc-dec over last 2 sts. (12)
Row 16: Ch 1, turn. Hdc-dec over first 2 sts, hdc next 8 sts, hdc-dec over last 2 sts. (10)
Rows 17-32: Ch 1, turn. Hdc in each st across. (10) DO NOT FINISH OFF

Edging: Ch1, do not turn. Sc evenly around entire diaper cover with 3 sc in each outside corner and sc-dec over every inside corner (see image 2 to determine outside and inside corners).
Fasten off, securely weave in all ends.
Sew button to the center of the front panel. Close diaper cover by slipping button between the dc stitches of row 2 on the flaps of the diaper cover.  (See image 3 for reference)

Dermal Plates: Size F hook
For HAT make 1 small, 1 medium, 2 large and 1 x-large.
For DIAPER COVER make 1 small and 1 medium.
Rnd 1:  Ch 2, 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook.  DO NOT JOIN, dermal plates are worked in continuous rounds.  Place stitch marker in the last st of each rnd to mark your place.
Rnd 2:  (2 sc next st, sc next st) twice. (6)
Rnd 3:  (2 sc next st, sc next 2 sts) twice. (8)
Rnd 4:  (2 sc next st, sc next 3 sts) twice. (10)
Rnd 5:  (2 sc next st, sc next 4 sts) twice. (12)
Rnd 6:  (2 sc next st, sc next 5 sts) twice. (14)  Stop here for small dermal plate. See finishing below.
Rnd 7:  (2 sc next st, sc next 6 sts) twice. (16)  Stop here for medium dermal plate. See finishing below.
Rnd 8:  (2 sc next st, sc next 7 sts) twice. (18)  Stop here for large dermal plate. See finishing below.
Rnd 9:  (2 sc next st, sc next 8 sts) twice. (20)  Stop here for x-large dermal plate. See finishing below.

Finishing Dermal Plates: Leave a 12” tail for sewing.

HAT: Flatten the hat evenly and stitch the dermal plates to the hat using Image 1 as reference.  DIAPER COVER: Stitch small centered directly under row 2, leave small gap and then stitch medium underneath using Image 2 as reference.

Image 1

Image 2
Image 3

Be Blessed!!!
Amy B

Friday, April 11, 2014

Boot Scoot'n Boots and Boot Scoot'n Cowboy Hat Pattern Review

Earlier this year I received a message from my niece requesting this set for the sweet baby girl that she is due to deliver in the very near future.  I FINALLY remembered (last week) to pick up the yarn needed to complete them.....and thankfully we still have time before the bitty cowgirl arrives!!!

I found the pattern at The Lovely Crow over at Etsy.  She has PAGES of the cutest bootie and hat patterns!!!  She also has some deals on multiple pattern purchases.  You should go and check her out!!!

Now on to the review.  When I first opened the pattern (it was an instant download pdf) I was sort of like "WHOA"!!!  The bootie pattern was SIX pages and the hat pattern was SEVEN pages....and the font was in all sorts of crazy colors!  This was NOT your typical pattern!!  LOL

 Please don't let that scare you off!!  I found she needed that many pages because she gives you 4 different sizes of booties and 5 different sizes of hats!!! And the font first it really threw me off....but when I actually sat down to complete the pattern I found that she changed colors within the same row to make it easier to follow between steps on the same row!  GENIUS!!!!  I always write my patterns in boring old black font and them make it BOLD if I want to emphasize something.  She also adds multiple pictures to explain what she think may not be clear in writing. I for one really REALLY appreciate that!  And for the Cowboy hat pattern....she gives you a full sheet photo tutorial with "Shaping Instructions" AND she gives you permission to print and include not only for gifts....but for selling the item also!!!  This is a FULL SERVICE pattern designer!!!!

Although these are the only two patterns I have worked up from The Lovely Crow I would highly recommend purchasing her patterns!  If you don't believe me just head on over to her shop and read a few of the 2,097 four and five star reviews!!!

Be Blessed!!!
Amy B