Wednesday, July 1, 2020

What Are You Doing? July 2020 Social Hop


Hello everyone, July is here. This is month 7 of the longest year (I didn't mean to rhyme!)
The virus is keeping some of us home and others on the front lines. There are still tensions online and in the news. A reminder to be conscious of others and support one another in the things we post. 💞

What are you working on? 
Got any current WIPs (works in progress) that you'd like to share? Got any how-to videos posted recently or in the past couple of months? Have any interesting adventures of things you tried with your family? You can share whatever creative outlet your interest is in. 
  • Share a link from your blog, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, or other social media platforms. 
  • Link to a post or page of your blog, not just the main website.
  • Limit four links per person, please!
  • All links will be shared on my Pinterest board. See what other bloggers have been posting!

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What have I been doing?


This month, I have had an amazing opportunity to volunteer with my job at one of the testing sites in my area. I get to see first-hand what the swabbing process is like, and I get to experience it is the hot weather that is Florida. I'm so honored to be a part of the cause.

In crocheting, I had a plan to make a bag with this yarn I purchased from Target. I finally was able to complete it in one sitting. Here's to making more bags for the summer.

How is life going for you in this "stay at home" time? Start a conversation in the comments below or on my Hand Craft Love Instagram page! 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

What Are You Doing? June 2020 Social Hop


Oh hey, June. Half of the year has passed. So many things have happened, and there's a lot to process. Let us take this time on our posts to be conscious of others and show support.

This month will be open to all posts, but especially posts regarding #blacklivesmatter, including educational and informative posts. I know many small businesses are silencing their posting this week. I want my hop to be one of knowledge and understanding. I know my experience of racism does not compare to what other BIPOC have faced in the lifetime. 

Let us remember the importance of what this time in our lives will bring. Will the things we do and the way we respond bring equity to the lives of our future generations?

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! 
  • Please link to a page or post of your blog/Instagram/Facebook etc, not just the main website.
  • Limit four links per person, please!
  • All the links will be shared on my Pinterest board. See what has been posted!

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What have I been doing?


To be honest, I haven't been able to crochet as much over the past few weeks. We are still working from home, but are still busy working. This past week I have been thinking and reading and learning. 

How is life going for you in this "stay at home" time? Start a conversation in the comments below or on my Hand Craft Love Instagram page! 

Monday, May 4, 2020

What Are You Doing? May 2020 Social Hop


Hey hey it's May! Welcome to this month's social medial hop!

I am calling this a social media hop since we are including posts from all avenues of social media. Let's start with what you have to share!

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! 
  • Please link to a page or post of your blog/Instagram/Facebook etc, not just the main website.
  • Limit four links per person, please!
  • All the links will be shared on my Pinterest board. See what has been posted!

Enter your link information below:


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
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What have I been doing?

I am in the progress of making a large dog bed for our dog Baxter. You might have seen some of his photos on my Instagram. PS, he now has an Instagram because of quarantine and my husband having so many photos of him on his phone! Follow him at https://www.instagram.com/baxteroftampa/!

How is life going for you in this "stay at home" time? Start a conversation in the comments below or on my Hand Craft Love Instagram page! 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Earth Day 2020 - Loving the Planet

Happy Earth Day! I'm glad I didn't get to miss the day this year because this year is its 50th anniversary. In this interesting time of our lives, I always think about how different the world is right now. One of the bright sides of this pandemic is that there is less smog in the air. The air quality is improving. Residents can see buildings and mountains because of the increased air quality.
Source from The Washington Post 
I found this article from The Washington Post, and they show a map of the United States and a map of Europe. It shows a comparison of air quality from the beginning of 2019 verses what it is currently. I'm amazed that in a matter of months, the air quality has greatly improved. 


What else can we do for the planet? Along with recycling items, it is best to figure out ways to reuse recyclable and non-recyclable products. If you want to try your hand at gardening and growing your own produce, try reusing everyday containers. I created a seed growing pod with a wet mop cloth container and toilet paper tubes. You fold the bottom into itself, fill them up with soil and start planting.
 Once the plant is situated, you can transport the whole paper roll to a larger container or directly in the ground. The paper roll is biodegradable!
The new seeding is a snap pea plant! 


Are you more of the crafty type that wants to reduce waste? Yesterday I watched the Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird on Youtube. She reminded me about Earth Day! She gave a great talk about recycled yarns and reusing plastics bags to make plarn. Go check out the video below, and subscribe to Marly Bird's channel!



I also wrote a few blog posts about plarn and recycling t-shirts and jeans back in the day. Still good posts to remind me how to make plarn!

Part 1: How to Make Yarn out of PLASTIC BAGS
Part 2: How to Make Yarn out of T-SHIRTS
Part 3: How to Make Yarn out of JEANS


One final link! Sign up for TerraCycle.com to research their recycling programs and how to recycle various items that we are not sure how to recycle. You can order zero waste boxes and learn more about eliminating single-use products. They even have a section for DIY upcycling projects!

What are you doing for Earth Day?

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

What Are You Doing? April 2020 Social Hop


Wow, it's April. How weird last month has turned into. I am working from home now. I am surprised by how much I am enjoying my time at home. I don't have to drive anywhere. I can dress more comfortably. I thought I was more of an extrovert. But I am seeing real extrovert's reactions and how uncomfortable they are being separated from other people has made me realize that I am a homebody. 

On that note, I have been trying to improve the look of the blog. I finally created a new title header for this monthly hop. I am now calling this a social media hop since we are including posts from all avenues of social media. 

Since things have been changing everywhere, let's start with the social hop first!

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

Enter your link information below:

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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What else have I been doing?

I did find a pattern that I am focusing on at the moment. I am working on the Everygirl Sweater from Hooked on Homemade Happiness. I'm so happy that I am working on something for myself! The Caron cakes color Turkish delight was very close to the color she used. Hers is plum crisp.

Other than that, I'm trying to get used to this new way of working from home. I have done some new baking and cooking things, and I have created more DIY projects. I also have been taking care of my plants. I post more of my projects on my personal Instagram http://instagram.com/silvercchile.

How is life going for you in this "stay at home" time? Start a conversation in the comments below or on my Hand Craft Love Instagram page! 

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!

Image result for bella pressure cooker
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!

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