Monday, March 2, 2020

What Are You Doing? March 2020 Blog Hop


Hey March! It's the third month of the year, and I thought it should jump back in to the blog hop. I might change the name though, since you can share more than blogs on this hop!

What have I been doing?


What are you working on? 

Got any current WIPs (works in progress) that you'd like to share? Have some vacation posts? Got any how-to videos posted this month? You can share whatever creative outlet your interest is in. Share a link from your blog, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, etc! 


 Enter your link information below:

  • Please link to a page or post of your blog/instagram/facebook, not just the main website.
  • Limit two links per person, please!
  • Everyone's links will be shared on my Pinterest page. Pinterest.com/saracraft




Monday, February 24, 2020

Easy Beef Stew in the pressure cooker


Sometimes it's a struggle fixing dinner when you get home from work. If I don't have an idea ahead of time, we might end up getting drive thru. But there are some instances that I get home, look in my fridge and create something with whatever I have. Last Friday night was that night. 

How easy is this recipe? So easy that I didn't have time to photograph the items or the steps!

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I have the Bella brand pressure cooker. I know it is different from the Instant Pot and other pressure cooking settings, so choose your preference. I've seen many recipes use the manual setting instead of the presets. 


Ingredients:

  • (1) lb stew meat - Or you could keep this recipe meatless.
  • (1/2) bag of potatoes - I had this half bag of potatoes from possibly a couple of months ago. They were already "growing" roots. I pulled the roots off and peeled the skin before adding them in. 
  • (2) bags of frozen vegetables - I used a stir fry and a california style vegetables. Since I did not have my usual seasoning blend of veggies (onions, red peppers, green peppers, etc), I cooked the onions, carrots and red pepper with the meat as it was searing. The california style veggies are broccoli, cauliflowers and carrots.
  • (1) small can of cream of mushroom soup
  • (1) can of diced tomatoes - I used the canned tomatoes with chilies
  • (1) can of water (after I added the tomatoes in the pot)
  • seasonings: smashed garlic, garlic powder, onion powder, pinch of paprika, McCormick grill mates in flavor Montreal Steak (contained salt), and salt and pepper to taste.


Instructions:

  1. Turn on pressure cooker and set to SAUTE. Cook meat, onions, peppers and garlic until the meat is almost fully cooked. 
  2. Add the diced tomatoes and cream of mushroom soup. I did not have any chicken or beef stock, so I added a can full of water. Make sure the soup and water are incorporated. 
  3. add the sliced and cut potatoes on top of the meat and diced tomatoes.
  4. Add the frozen vegetables on the top, and add more water until the veggies are covered.
  5. Change setting on pressure cooker to STEW or SOUP and cook for 15-20 min. Since the meat is already cooked, you want to make sure the potatoes cook. I left the cooker for 20 minutes and my potatoes were soft. 
  6. Quick release the pressure, and your stew is complete. 

There has been a couple times when I cook the vegetables a little too much. In this case, the peas came out of their pods, the potatoes were a little over cooked, and my cauliflower melted into the soup. I also wish I had some corn to add in. But I used what I had in my kitchen and saved these items from being wasted.



Do you have some quick go-to dinner recipes? Let me know!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

February: 11 Valentine Hearts Roundup


Happy Valentine's month! It's still Februray, so I can do a hearts roundup for the month!

I love looking at heart crochet patterns on Pinterest and on  Google searches. I created my first list of free crochet heart patterns in 2017. I wanted to add a few more ideas to the list. All these crochet patterns are linked to my Creative Hearts board on Pinterest, as well as paper crafts and decorative containers for Valentine's gifts. Take a look!


Heart Appliques


Boho Hearts
Pattern from Cherry Heart
1. These boho hearts from Cherry Heart are so cute and quick to make. They can be strung up as a banner or used as a decoration for a gift. Why not make a bracelet or a necklace out of them?


Rosy Heart
Pattern from Mia's Heartful Hands
2. This rosy heart pattern has been on the webs for a while, but it is still a great pattern. It would be nice to wear as a pin or brooch. There are also a few videos on Youtube to make a rosy heart, if you need more visual help. Looks liek the original pattern came from Mia's Heartful Hands.


Heart Skin Care/Beauty

Here's My Heart Scrubby free crochet pattern in Scrubby Cotton yarn. Crochet heart scrubbies for those you love! They will enjoy the texture when bathing or washing their face. They're easy to keep clean and fresh; just wash by machine.
Here's My Heart Scrubby
Pattern from Yarnspirations

3. Scrubbies are all the rage along with handmade soaps and scrubs. Did you buy some scrubby yarn and are not sure how to use it? You can download the pattern from the Yarnspirations website.

DIY mini granny square crochet baskets
Patten from guest blogger Vika Moka on This Little Street
4. Here's a cute idea for a crochet basket with granny squares from guest blogger Vika Moka from A Moka Day. She guest posted on This Little Street with this cute basket design. I know this doesn't have a heart on it, but you can make the granny square design into a heart shape with the alternate color. This basket is great to store beauty products or even your current wip. 

Heart Home Decor

Conversation Hearts pattern from Sisterly Studios
5. This next section is my favorite. I love me some decorative pillows, and these pillows from Sisterly Studios are so cute! (Paid pattern only on Ravelry)

Candy Heart Pillow FREE Crochet Pattern
Candy Hearts pattern from Once Upon A Cherrio
6. If you are looking for an equally cute free pattern, this pattern from Once Upon a Cheerio is it! I really like the cross stitch letters better, and she also has a free tutorial on how to cross stitch.

Heart C2C Sherpa Pillow Free Crochet Pattern
Heart C2C Sherpa Pillow
Pattern from Nana's Crafty Home
7. Another lovely crochet pillow, this heart corner2corner pattern from Nana's Crafty Home is a great addition to the creative hearts board. 

This free crochet pillow pattern with a modern heart makes a perfect DIY gift or dorm room decorating idea. Square cushion pattern includes written instructions, photo tutorial and a chart. | MakeAndDoCrew.com
Crochet Pillow pattern from Make and Do Crew
8. Here's another great pattern for a granny square style crochet heart from Make and Do Crew.

Heart Book Cover

Heart Notebook Sweater
Pattern from guest Little Things Blogged, posted on ClaireabelleMakes 
9. On my last post I listed a few bookmarkers. I found this beautiful heart notebook sweater notebook cover. Once I searched notebook covers on Pinterest, I fell into the depths of lovely book covers. This is a great way to personalize a notebook. You can find this crochet pattern on ClaireabelleMakes


Heart Kitchen


10. I found two dishcloths patterns that I really liked. The hearts dishcloth above are originally from Mailinn on Ravelry, but the pattern information is in Norwegian. Filetstueck on Ravelry created a inspiration and posted the pattern in English. 

BONUS! 11. The last item is a crochet heart doily from NotikaLand on Youtube. This doily is made with thread, but if you make it with cotton yarn it could be made into a nice discloth or placemat. NotikaLand on Youtube.



Check out more of my pins on the Creative Hearts board on my Pinterest! 

(One of my pet peeves is not having the correct link on my board or a link that doesn't work anymore. Sometimes the blogger changes their site and moves their posts to the new website. Please let me know if a link doesn't work!)


Monday, November 25, 2019

What Are You Doing? Nov/Dec 2019 blog hop


You know what time of year it is. It's the busiest time of year, and I forget to post last month's blog hop. But this is the best time because this blog hop will last until the end of the year. Florida is feeling the brisk air now, and soon it will be time to wear the scarves and hats I made for this year.

This is what I have been doing since last month. 
More pumpkins! I am loving pumpkins this time of year, and I have tried a few styles of free and paid patterns that I love. I am hoping to write a post about it soon.


What are you working on? 

I want to see some Fall crafts and home decor! 
Are you renovating your home? I need some home inspirations! 
Got any current WIPs (works in progress) that you'd like to share? Have some vacation posts? Got any how-to videos posted this month? You can share whatever creative outlet your interest is in. Share a link from your blog, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, etc! 


 Enter your link information below:

  • Please link to a page or post of your blog/instagram/facebook, not just the main website.
  • Limit two links per person, please!
  • Everyone's links will be shared on my Pinterest page. Pinterest.com/saracraft




Monday, October 7, 2019

What Are You Doing? October 2019 blog hop


Just as quickly as my birthday has come and gone, September is over! Here's to a new month of crochet and crafty things! I love this time of year because people decorate their homes in fall themes and festive colors. Although Florida doesn't get the fall-feeling weather until November-December, I still like to craft and create all the fall things! 

I just posted these Tunisian crochet pumpkins on Instagram that I tested for Knitter Knotter. This tunisian pattern is free on her website www.knitterknotter.com, and it is an easy pattern to follow with plenty of video tutorials. Check out this pattern and other free patterns on her website!



What are you working on? 

I want to see some Fall crafts and home decor! 
Are you renovating your home? I need some home inspirations! 
Got any current WIPs (works in progress) that you'd like to share? Have some vacation posts? Got any how-to videos posted this month? You can share whatever creative outlet your interest is in. Share a link from your blog, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, etc! 


 Enter your link information below:

  • Please link to a page or post of your blog/instagram/facebook, not just the main website.
  • Limit two links per person, please!
  • Everyone's links will be shared on my Pinterest page. Pinterest.com/saracraft


For the fiber artists, you can also join the Linky Ladies Party bi-weekly to share crochet and knit finished projects!

The Linky Ladies Party

Monday, August 26, 2019

What Are You Doing? Aug/Sept 2019 Blog Hop


Well, it looks like I almost missed August! I might as well just combine it with September's blog hop. I want to see all the autumn decor and colors! I hope you can join us for this month's blog hop!

Still on my WIP's is the tapestry crochet project from Hooks, Yarns and Loops and the boho tank top pattern from Hooked on Homemade Happiness. At least I have the pieces together. I just nee to add fringe!

My current project is a Tunisian crochet pattern testing. I completed it within the month, but my pieces were crocheting crooked! I had to start over again. If you want to see the tunisian crochet pattern, it's the Tunisian Lace Top Pattern from Cosy Crochet. You can purchase her pattern now!


What are you working on? 

I want to see some Fall crafts and home decor! 
Are you renovating your home? I need some home inspirations! 
Got any current WIPs (works in progress) that you'd like to share? Have some vacation posts? Got any how-to videos posted this month? You can share whatever creative outlet your interest is in. Share a link from your blog, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, etc! 


 Enter your link information below:

  • Please link to a page or post of your blog/instagram/facebook, not just the main website.
  • Limit two links per person, please!
  • Everyone's links will be shared on my Pinterest page. Pinterest.com/saracraft


For the fiber artists, you can also join the Linky Ladies Party bi-weekly to share crochet and knit finished projects!

The Linky Ladies Party

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Crochet inspirations: clutches and storage baskets

Over the years, I have taken pictures of crocheted items I have found at stores for inspiration and to see if I can replicate it for my personal enjoyment. There are many of free a paid crochet patterns that look similar to the items I wanted to make, so this post is for those items.

Recently, I found this simple crocheted clutch that was apparently made of 100% paper. It looked more like raffia.



Here is a similar clutch that you can make from Yarnspirations: Crochet Clutch free pattern. I was also thinking to try making this with raffia.


I have seen the hanging baskets at Ikea, and I've been meaning to make myself a few of those. 



Here's a similar hanging storage free crochet patterns. First one is from Hooks and Habits. I would make myself a longer version for my bathroom wall. 
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And here's a free pattern from Red Heart for hanging baskets on a dowel. I love the look of these, and you can make them in any length.


Another great looking hanging basket comes from Counting Crafty Sheep's hair tool hanging basket pattern: 

Do you know of any other great clutch or storage basket patterns?

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