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Crocheted pot scrubbers- different version

I bought some more netting this week and have been playing around making different pot scrubbers with the netting. I am in the process of testing out one of the latest scrubbers I made today and once I find out what I need to know, I will be posting up that pattern shortly.

Until then, here is a fun one to try.

Strips of netting cut 5 inches wide. You can choose to knot the pieces together or connect the strips as you go according to the "Original pot scrubber" pattern I posted awhile back. I prefer the latter for this method.

Now, all you need to do is get a size Q hook and chain 4.

Then, you simply put 20 sc in the fourth chain from the hook. You will eventually put the latter stitches over the first stitches that you made. This is normal. It makes for a nice round puffy scrubber.

This makes a dense heavy 3 inch diameter scrubber.

have fun!
until next time!

How to make a rectangle crochet pot scrubber

I bought some red netting the other day to try making a different crocheted pot scrubber. I was talking to a friend of mine about a scrubber I had made her before I learned to do the kind that I posted the pattern for. I don't really remember how I made it, but I'm pretty sure I just made it like my facial scrubbers. I was shocked to learn that it's still going strong after all this time. I think it's been almost a year that it's still scrubbing away! 
The difference is that I didn't connect the strips the same way. I just used a square knot and stuffed the netting inside. Honestly, I expected over time for the netting to fall out of the holes, but she said it does not do that!

I decided to try making a rectangle scrubber the other day.

To make this scrubber, I took my crochet hook size "K" and chained 12 stitches.

It measured 5 inches long, so if it takes you more or less chains to get 5 inches, that's fine. I tried not to pull too tightly when …

Easy Mexican Meal

I'm making this recipe tonight but substituting chicken instead of beef. I've made it with the beef and it's super too!

1 pound ground beef or chicken breasts sliced into cubes
1 package Knorr Fiesta Sides Mexican Rice
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cups water

Brown ground beef or chicken in skillet. Drain (if necessary). Stir in Mexican rice, black beans and water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, about 7 minutes or until rice is tender. Let stand about 2 minutes. Serve with warm tortillas and your favorite toppings.

This recipe was found on the back of one of the first packages I'd ever tried of this brand. Unfortunately, it is no longer on the back of the current pouches I buy. I wanted to post this recipe here so I could always find it.

Recipe for snickerdoodles without cream of tartar.

I made some snickerdoodles the other day. I had found this recipe years ago when trying to find a recipe that did not call for cream of tartar. This recipe makes the best snickerdoodles in the world! (at least to us!) :-)

Click here for the recipe.

Chocolate Crinkles

This is one of my favorite cookie recipes from Betty Crocker's: "Cooky book". I found a vintage copy at my local flea market for under $5! I remember this book when I was growing up. Lots of fond memories. We made the gingerbread house in it each Christmastime.

*I hardly keep unsweetened chocolate in my pantry so I substitute cocoa and butter for the chocolate squares. For each square of unsweetened chocolate called for in the recipe, substitute 3 Tablespoons of cocoa plus 1 Tablespoons fat.

To make:
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, melted and cooled or use substitution above.
2 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
4 eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup powdered sugar (set aside in separate bowl for later.

Mix oil, chocolate, and sugar together. Add vanilla and eggs and beat until smooth. Then, add flour, baking powder and salt. Put in refrigerator for at least one hour or overnight.

Drop dough by teaspoonfuls…

"Grandma's Favorite" dish cloths

Nick bought me a cone of Peaches and Creme yarn awhile back and I decided to knit dish cloths with it. I kind of regret getting rid of all my pattern books, but have always enjoyed knitting the Grandma's favorite dish cloth pattern, so that's what's on my needles at the moment.

So far, I've made 4. and wondering how many I can get from one cone of yarn. I like the idea of buying a new cone each month assuming it only takes me a month to finish it. Each of the Walmart's I've been to all seem to carry their own colors. There isn't such a wide variety of colors this way but enough to keep me busy for awhile.

I like the fact that I can pick up this at anytime and work on it. No need to count stitches until the decreasing part.

Here is the pattern again in case you are interested: This is the first thing I ever learned to knit and a friend shared this pattern with me.

Needle size: 7 or 8
53 yards with #8 needles

Cast on 4 sts.
K2, yo, k to end of row.
Repeat unt…

Bias tape, finished socks and Trixie

I was talking to a friend of mine the other day that wanted to find some cones for making a braided rug with. I called the quilt store to see if they had anything like it. The owner mentioned a bias tape maker. I had never heard of such a thing but as soon as she spoke of it, I knew I had to have one! lol
I saw them on amazon but planned to buy mine through the quilt store. (until...)

I went to a friend's house yesterday who told me that she had just ordered the same bias tape maker but accidentally bought it in the wrong size. So, I offered to buy it from her and did. Now, I've got to learn how to use it! The directions seem easy. I love using bias tape, but it's expensive if you use gobs of it. I've always wanted to make my own but just never did. That sounds like a fun project for the month of March...
I sewed this crochet hook case up this morning using some scrap material. I didn't even have to press anything since the piece that I found was already folded! I…

Brothers, Breadsticks and Boxy bags

I was filling up water outside and caught Mittens and Freddie snuggling up for a nap on the old front porch. I ran back inside to get my camera and snapped this picture of them. Usually it's Freddie and Trixie taking a nap together. They seemed to have found a nice warm place to take a snooze!

I made some bread sticks to go with our spaghetti the other night. I used my favorite bagel recipe found below. I halved the batch and it made 5 decent sized ones. I brushed them with melted butter mixed with salt and garlic powder before baking while they rose and after they came out of the oven. They turned out awesome!

I finally sewed the "No guts" box style bag even though I have lots to learn when I sew my next one. I like how it turned out though. I recommend having a clear ruler like she suggests!  

As promised, here is the recipe for the bread sticks:
The original recipe is called Vegan Bagels. This is the full recipe not halved like I did.
I used my bread machine to mix the dou…

Soda pop cupcakes and other 2 ingredient recipes

Chocolate Pumpkin cupcakes

1 can pumpkin  1 box chocolate fudge cake mix
Just mix these TWO ingredients together. Nothing else! And spoon into greased muffin pans, or use some cupcake liners. It will be thick but don't worry. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes clean. Frost if you wish. I like them plain. Don't expect these to look "normal" but  delicious because they are!
I heard you can use yellow or white cake mix, but I've never tried it before. 
Angel Food Pineapple cupcakes
1 box  Angel Food cake mix 1 can 20 ounce crushed pineapple in HEAVY syrup. 
Mix together. The batter for these won't be as thick. Spoon into greased muffin cups, or use some cupcake liners. I once made this in a 9 by 13 pan and it overflowed in the oven. So, if you use a cake pan, use two. They rise up while they bake but fall back down a little. Depending on how high you fill the pan, determines how many it will make. I made these smaller and it made 48! Just don't fo…