Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Nesting Crochet Baskets

It's been a while, a long while, since my last post.  Life has changed quickly for me once my infant became a toddler.  Less time to crochet, redo furniture and of course blog.

I saw a picture of 3 crocheted nesting bowls and thought they were so cute.  I wanted something a little more sturdy and decided to go with a flat bottom basket style instead.  The original pattern came from

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Granny square toddler blanket

My first granny square blanket! Made this blanket for my little girl for Christmas.  I used a combination of patterns and stopped when I got to a size I thought was good for her. 

I used a square pattern I found here. But I'm sure this pattern is everywhere and you can make it unique by switching colors every round for a checkerboard effect or use all one color for a solid square.  I also used a flower pattern which I can't seem to find right now but I'll add that on if I come across it. I used 6 squares across and 8 squares long.  All my yarn was Caron Simply Soft and I used a G hook size.  Quick tip to make your blanket 1000% easier....WEAVE IN ENDS AS YOU GO! I learned this the hard way...

Joined all the squares using a youtube tutorial.


I think she likes it :)

Soft Pretzels

I have made these several times since finding the recipe a few weeks ago and they have turned out amazing each time.  Definitely delicious and worth the couple extra steps it takes to make pretzels.  

After you've mixed up the dough and let it risen a while cut into 8 equal pieces and roll out into a long snake shape.  * I had some trouble getting my dough to rise this last time and I think it was because my kitchen was too cold.  If you suspect this is your problem you can place in a slightly warm oven or I placed my bowl on the mantel with the fireplace on. Worked like a charm. 

Fold each side over to make the pretzel shape or roll the dough into small balls to make bites.
A little helper can make this task so much harder easier.  At least she is adorable!
Dip pretzel into the baking soda and water mixture

Now to find some delicious dipping sauces!

Soft Pretzels

2 C. Flour (can use all white flour if desired use 2 1/2 C white and omit the 1/2 C whole wheat) 
1/2 C. Whole Wheat Flour 
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 pkg instant yeast
1 C warm water (110 degrees F)

Before placing in the oven:

1/2 c  water
1 Tbsp Baking soda
Pretzel Salt or just regular salt works too!

Dissolve the yeast in the cup of water.  Combine all other ingredients and mix just until blended.  Knead with your mixer or by hand.  I use a mixer to knead and it takes about 3 min to get a smooth ball.  You want your dough to be soft and not sticky.  Flour the ball of dough and let rise about an hour.  I usually just let the cover the  mixer bowl with a towel and leave to rise.  

Combine water and baking soda and microwave 1 min.  Mix thoroughly and set aside.  Grease your cookie sheet. Cut your dough into 8 equal pieces.  Roll each piece into a long strand and form into a pretzel shape.  Dip the pretzel shape into the mixture of baking soda water and place on a greased pan. Sprinkle salt or topping of your choice over the pretzels.  Place pan into your oven and turn to 450 degrees.  (Placing them in the oven without preheating just allows them to rise for a few min before baking.)  Bake for 12-14min or until golden brown.

Adapted from original recipe found here:  http://busy-at-home.com/blog/hot-buttered-pretzels/