Happy Mother’s Day – the big Demelza Blanket Reveal

My passion for overlay crochet started with the Mandala Madness.  It blossomed as I crocheted the Peacock Tail Bag, but became an obsession with the Demelza CAL.  When the yarn kit for the Demelza CAL arrived I knew right away it would be created for my Mom.  Her favorite color has always been yellow and the color yellow in this blanket can be seen throughout.  I could hardly resist the temptation to give it to her, but I maintained patience and waited until Sunday.

She was so excited to open the box..

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She knew I had made the blanket for her and had seen some of the squares here and there.  I quit posting on the blog as the blanket started to take shape so as not to spoil the surprise.  I am glad I did as the look on her face was priceless.

We have been having some cooler weather here in So. Cal so I am hopeful she will be getting a bit of use from it now.  I love you Mom!

Margareta

Weekly Menu For The Week Of May 1 – May 5

Hello  all!  I hope this post finds you well and eager to cook!  Friday is May 5 – or — Cinco de Mayo.  Those of you who live in Southern California know we all enjoy the Mexican Cuisine and of course the Margaritas on this day.  At my Haus, we will be celebrating all week – as this is the theme for this weks menus.  My son absolutely loves Mexican food and of course is the source of this weeks menu ideas. 

So from my Haus to yours – enjoy!!!!!

Monday: Beef tacquitos

Tuesday: Cheese steak quesadillas

Wednesday: Frachos (french frie  nachos)

Thursday: Asiago chicken pasta (managed to squeeze one Italian meal in the line up)

Friday: Enchilladas, rice and beans

Margareta

Weekly Menu for the Week of April 24 – April 28

Hello!!! How was your Easter?  Ours was lovely and we were honored to be able to have my Sister, my cousin and her two sons here to celebrate with us.  They all live in Germany so the time we get to spend together is very precious.  I hope your Easter was filled with celebration, love and peace.  

I did not post a menu last week as we petty much were winging it all week and eating what we had on hand.  This week I am ready to go and am sharing my menu with you.  Hope you enjoy it

Monday: Sweet & Sour Carrot and Cucumber Salad, Porkchops, rice

Tuesday:  Porkroast, twice baked potatoes, green beans

Wednesday: Garlic butter and asparagus rice, frikadelen, cucumber salad

Thursday: Lime cilantro chicken with black beans and corn

Friday: slow cooker cashew cicken, rice, green beans

Hope you find something on the menu you may enjoy cooking as well.  Happy week to you!!

Margareta

New Year, New You – Resolution #4

Did you know that a resoulution does not have to be something hard or something you feel you need to fix, it can be something fun.  Let’s have some fun with this month’s resolution.  This month lets start a journal.  It is not a Diary type journal that many of us kept as children, but instead a more reflective, creative or organized journal.  

     
I had started a Crochet Journal a while back to keep track of all the crochet alongs I wanted to partake in but never added my completed projects or continued adding projects.  Michelle of the blog Gifted Goodies not only takes photos of the completed projects, she also adds notes, yarn samples, and the yarn band when available.  All awesome ideas and an inspiration to me to revamp my journal.

In addition to this journal,  I am playing around with a more creative journal.  I searched Pinterest and they have many resources for Journaling Prompts.  Some prompts are for art journals, or for telling your life story, prayer journals, travel journals, etc. 


Just start where you are!  Don’t stress about making it perfect.  Don’t over think this – remember this is to be your fun resolution.  So grab some supplies …


whether you start with a blank page and find journaling prompts to inspire you,


or find a book that provides prompts –


just start where you are and enjoy the journey.  Here is a sample of one of my pages.


Hope you enjoy this months resoulution.  No matter what form your journal or journals take: art, food journal, excercise tracker, motivational quotes, poetry, life, travels, etc.  Enjoy your journey!

Margareta

                        

Toasted Coconut Almond Rice Crispy Treats

Yesterday I posted about finding inspiration on Pinterest.  The recipe for these Crispy Treats were found there and were posted by Beaming Baker.  You can click here to link to her original post.

I changed the recipe a bit and added some chocolate chips.  This recipe came together so easily and is gluten free, dairy free and vegan.

Ingredients:

Dry Mixture 

1/3 cup unsweetened coconut shreds or flakes

1/3 cup sliced almonds

3 cups vegan gluten free brown rice crisp cereal

Wet Mixture

1/3 cup natural almond butter

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions 

Line an 8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper.

Bring a small skillet to medium heat and add the coconut to toast.  Stir often and in about 3-5 minutes coconut will start to tan.  Remove from heat and add to a large mixing bowl.  Add in the almonds and crispy cereal and stir until well combined.

In a small saucepan over medium low heat add the almond butter and the syrup.  Wisk together until well blended and warm until mixture starts to bubble.  Add to the dry ingredient mixture.  Stir and fold until well combined.  Add the chocolate chips if desired and stir to incorporate.

Pour into the prepared pan and flatten out into an even tightly packed layer using a spatula.

Chill in the freezer for 30-40 minutes.  Remove and slice into 16 squares.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer for up to one week.  I packaged mine in snack bags so they are ready to pack in lunches.

Here they are – ready to go.


Enjoy!

Margareta


Weekly Menu for the Week of April 10 – April 14

It seems that I have resorted back to planning menus one week at a time.  Though I do still make a monthly Costco run, I find it easier to plan one week at a time.  Lately I seem to be in a menu planning rut.  I don’t seem to have to many fabulous recipes in mind to make, so this week I spent some time on Pinterest.  

I love Pinterest for inspirations on crafting, decorating, even camping.  I am sure you all have Pinterst boards as well.  I have pinned several new ideas to my “Recipes to Try Board” so this week – lets give a few a try!

Monday: Crockpot Bacon, Mushroom Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Salad (How can anything containing Bacon not be good! Can’t wait to try this one)

Tuesday:  Baked Beef Tacos

Wednesday:  Hamburgers and French Fries (I have a dinner meeting so I am keeping it simple for the boys)

Thursday:  Slowcooker Beef on Rice

Friday:  Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce and green salad

I hope these menus give you some inspiration.  If you try them, please share with me!  

Where do you get your menu inspirations?

Have a GREAT week – 

Margareta

Menu for the Week of April 3 – April 7

Hello my lovelies!  Can you believe it is April 1st today?  Where you pranked or tricked today?  If you were, then I hope it was all in good fun.  

Here is the menu for the week which got a resounding thumbs up from my son.  I hope you enjoy it as much as he will.  

Monday:  Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

Tuesday:  Cashew Chicken

Wednesday: Meatballs Subs and Salad

Thursday:  Pizza

Friday: Sloppy Joes and French Fries

Today was our Costco run so I really don’t need to buy to much at the market tomorrow.  

Enjoy the menu and enjoy your week.  Until next time…

Margareta