Friday, December 31, 2010

Something is A-fowl



Today I am roasting a turkey. I know it is not Christmas Day or even Thanksgiving Day - the usual turkey days. But I have a 7 pound bird that my stepdaughter raised and slaughtered that needs to be cooked or frozen. Since I have no room in my freezer, I will have to cook it. So I asked my 23 yr. old son over for supper tonight to join in the feast. I looked up on the world-wide-web how to cook a turkey, since this one comes with absolutely no instructions. I gathered that a bird of about 7 lbs. (give or take a couple) should roast at 350 degrees for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. I will need to keep checking the internal temperature of the bird to make sure it is done. There is no convenient pop-up thermometer (darn-it!).

First I had to wash the bird real good and make sure all the feathers were disposed of. My stepdaughter had the gruesome job of de-feathering the birds at slaughtering time, but she did leave a few for me to pick over. :) Then I had to tie up the legs and tuck under the wings. I then buttered up the bird and salt and peppered it. I went ahead and put a little bit of water in the pan to keep the bird moist, even though some instructions say this is not necessary. My bird is just plain and simple. Salt, pepper and an oven. That's it. Clean-up was more work than turkey preparation. I had to use soap and water on everything the turkey touched - the sink , utensils, etc. I kept having to wash my hands before I touched something else or I would contaminate it. But it was all worth it - the bird tasted fantastic!




My side dishes are brussels sprouts, and homemade mashed potatoes with gravy. I made a COCONUT CREAM PIE (click for recipe) for dessert, which was very simple to make, and quite delicious I might add. Now you might think the fuss is all about cooking this darn turkey - but no!  What I want to know is....what do I do with all the darn leftovers???? 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I will be taking the next few days to work on the crochet Block-of-the-Month squares. I have about 8 of them done and am designing the rest. It is fun, but hard work.  There's still some time to make a gift or two. Just click here for Eleventh Hour Christmas Gifts.  I want to go ahead and wish you all a "Merry Christmas!" I hope you have a fun-filled weekend with much laughter and love. Happy Holidays to all!

From my house to yours,
MoCrochet - Melinda Miller

Monday, December 20, 2010

And the Winner Is................



We have 4 winners for the free pattern giveaway. With the number of entries, I decided to choose 4 winners instead of just one, so more people could share in the goodies. So, congratulations to those who were chosen, and try again next time to those who weren't. I'm sure I will do something like this again - it it so fun to do! Here are the winners, who were chosen randomly:

Gill Watson
Karol Ann Moore
Julie in Maryland
Clara, from Clara's Crochet Room
Your patterns will be emailed to you at the address that you emailed me. I hope you enjoy making them.

Happy Hooking to all!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Easy Crab Dip Recipe

Here's a giant goldfish that was caught in the south of France. The fisher needed about 10 minutes to get the fish to shore, but released it after the photo was taken. Other fishermen had been trying to catch it for the past 6 years. What a whopper!



Which leads me to a yummy recipe that my brother-in-law brings to our family get-togethers. It's his famous Crab Dip. We all love it and request it from him every time we have a special occasion, such as Christmas. I hope you will enjoy it too!

WALTER'S CRAB CREAM CHEESE DIP

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2 lg. bars cream cheese (softened)

1 pkg. imitation crab legs chopped up or 2 cans crab meat

1 jar cocktail sauce


Soften cream cheese and spread on serving platter. Layer chopped crab legs on top of cream cheese. Spread cocktail sauce on top. Serve with crackers to dip.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Eleventh Hour Crocheted Christmas Gifts

Don't despair - there's still time to crochet that last minute gift! We've all been in that situation where we want to give that certain someone something special, but we just don't have that much time left in our schedules. Hopefully I can help you out today with a list of simple, easy crocheted gifts that you can work up in a hurry. I'm sure that there are many out there, but these are some that caught my eye and seemed to be relatively easy to do. Some have interesting techniques and others are just plain fun! I hope you can utilize this list and solve all your last minute gift giving problems. If you have any other suggestions, be sure and post the links. So here's my list of

Eleventh Hour Crocheted Christmas Gifts: 

1. Lollipop Angel
2. Baby Clouds Booties
3. Mini Tech Totes
4. Coin Purse
5. Cotton Bath Puff
6. Snapdragon Washcloth
7. Heart Potholder
8. Curlicue Hair Bows
9. No-Sew Crocheted Towel Topper
10. Miniature Christmas Stocking

Happy Hooking!


Here's an extra bonus for today - a link that provides free printable Christmas labels and return address labels.  JUST CLICK HERE.   Very cool indeed!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

FREE GIFT FOR MY READERS!

 TANNENBAUM LACE SCARF
                           










LITTLE SUNGLASS CLUTCH


Here's a nice Christmas gift for you. I will have a drawing to give away TWO free patterns. This lovely Tannenbaum Lace Scarf is just the perfect Christmas gift this season! And the Little Sunglass Clutch will hold all your holiday essentials. You could work it up in glitzy holiday yarns. I thought I would reward some of my loyal readers with a couple of free patterns. I'm not sure how many I will give away - it depends on the response I get. Each winner will receive the TWO free patterns!!  Just email me at the address listed below and tell me 1) at least your first name and 2) how you like my blog/patterns. Example: I am MoCrochet from Texas and I especially like all of your dishcloth patterns. If you are a winner, I will email the patterns back to you at your same address. Tell all of your friends to stop by and drop me a line. Just remember to abide by the instructions listed above in order to qualify to be a winner. I will announce the winners in a later post. I will not notify you if you did not win. Deadline is December 19, 2010. Good luck to all!












Thursday, December 2, 2010

Block-of-the-Month CAL

I am pleased to announce that I will be designing 12 all new 8" blocks for a Block-of-the-Month Club for the year 2011. I will be teaming up with the ladies at The Unique Sheep , pairing their hand-dyed yarns with my patterns to make up monthly kits for sale. Each month you will receive one new pattern and enough yarn to crochet two blocks. By the end of the year you will have made 24 eight inch blocks; enough to make a very nice afghan. I have designed 12 brand new blocks especially for this project, so I hope you sign-up and join in on all the fun!!! Further details can be found by clicking the link below:



Sensational Sampler Square #12

Here is the last square - Square #12! Just use an H hook and block to 8". Add a dc border around it to make it 9". Now that you have all the square patterns, let's see what you've been up to. Email me (mocrochet@yahoo.com) pictures of your projects, and with your permission, I'll post them here on my blog. Christmas is just around the corner, so get busy and get hookin'!!!!!



Square #12:



With Color C, ch 3.


Rnd. 1: In 3rd ch from hook, work (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc), ch 2, in same st work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc), ch 2, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3. Pull beg tail to close middle hole.


Rnd 2: Sl st into next ch-2 sp, (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) ch 1, *in next ch-2 sp work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) ch 1, repeat from * twice more, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3.


Rnd. 3: Sl st into next ch-2 sp, (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) ch 1, *in ea ch-1 sp work 3 dc, ch 1, in corner ch-2 sp work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) ch 1, repeat from * 2 times, in next ch-2 sp work 3 dc, ch 1, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3.


Rnd. 4: Repeat Rnd. 3.


Rnd. 5: Repeat Rnd. 3.


Rnd. 6: Sl st to corner, in corner work (ch 1, 3 sc), *sc in next 3 sts, sc in ch-1 sp, repeat from * 3 times, sc in next 3 sts, in corner work (3 sc), repeat around square, join with sl st to beg sc. Fasten off. (19 sc on each side and 3 in each corner).


Rnd. 7: In BLO, join Color B to middle st of any corner, (ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), *1 dc in each of next 21 sts, in middle st of corner work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), repeat from * 2 times, 1 dc in each of next 13 sts, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3. Fasten off, weave in ends, block. (25 dc on each side)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sensational Sampler Square #11

Square #11 is here for the Sensational Sampler. Use an H hook and block to 8". I used a contrasting color of ecru and added a border of dc around it to make it a 9" block. This one is really pretty! Hope you like it.


Square # 11:



With Color A, ch 4; join with sl st to form a ring.


Rnd. 1: Ch 3 (RS) (counts as first dc now and throughout), 15 dc in ring, join with sl st to top of beg dc. Finish off. (16 dc)


Rnd. 2: Join Color C with sc in any dc, ch 4, skip next dc, *sc in next dc, ch 4, skip next dc; rep from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (8 ch-4 sps)


Rnd. 3: Sl st in first ch-4 sp, ch 4, 4 dc in same sp, ch 1, (5 dc in next ch-4 sp, ch 1) around, join with sl st to top of beg dc. Finish off. (40 dc)


Rnd. 4: Join Color B with sc in any ch-1 sp, ch 4, skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, *ch 4, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 4, skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, rep from * around, ch 1, dc in first sc to form last ch-4 sp. (16 ch-4 sps)


Rnd. 5: Sl st in first ch-4 sp made, ch 4, 6 dc in same sp, ch 1, sc in next ch-4 sp, (ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp) twice, ch 1, *7 dc in next ch-4 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch-4 sp, (ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp) twice, ch 1, rep from * twice more, join with sl st to top of beg dc. Finish off.


Rnd.6: Attach Color D to 4th dc of any 7-dc cluster, ch 3, in same st work (1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), *1 dc in each of next 3 dc, 1 dc in next sc, (3 dc in next ch-4 sp) twice, 1 dc in next sc, 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, in next dc work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), rep from * twice more, 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, 1 dc in next sc, (3 dc in next ch-4 sp) twice, I dc in next sc, 1 dc in ea of next 3 dc, join with sl st to top of beg dc. (18 dc on each side)


Rnd. 7: Ch 3, * dc in ea dc to corner, in corner work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), rep from * around square, join with sl s t to top of beg ch-3. Finish off, weave in ends, block.

Copyright - This Sensational Sampler Square #11 Pattern and the pattern photo are copyright 2010 by Melinda Miller. Free for your own personal use only. Per copyright law, do not redistribute (with or without charge) in any form. (Redistributing to others includes by photocopies, scanning, emailing, putting on a CD, posting in Internet forum messages, putting on another web site and any other manner of distribution.)

Sensational Sampler Square #10

Square #10 for the Sensational Sampler is here! Isn't it nice? Just use an H hook, and block it to 8". Then you can work a round of dc around it to make an even 9" block. What a pretty square it makes. I wonder how many squares you have worked up so far? I'd love to hear how you are coming along. I will have all the squares posted shortly, in time for you to make something lovely for Christmas!


Square #10



With A ch 29.


Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next ch, *skip next 2 ch, dc in next ch, ch 3, 3 dc around the post of last dc made, skip next 2 ch, dc in each of next 3 ch; rep from * across, turn.


Row 2: Ch 3 (count as dc), skip first dc, dc in each of next 2 dc, *ch 2, sc in next ch-3 loop, ch 2, skip next dc, dc in each of next 3 dc; rep from * across, ending with last dc in 3rd ch of tch, turn.


Row 3: Ch 3 (count as dc), skip first dc, dc in each of next 2 dc, *skip next ch-2 sp, dc in next sc, ch 3, 3 dc around the post of last dc made, skip next ch-2 sp, dc in each of next 3 dc; rep from * across, ending with last dc in 3rd ch of tch, turn.


Rows 4 – 13: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 (5 times more).


Row 14: Repeat Row 2, Finish off, weave in ends, block.