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I Have Been Nominated For The Liebster Award!

Liebster AwardWhat an honor to be nominated for a blog award!

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

My nomination for this award comes from the lovely Kelley of Oceans Originals.  Kelley is a beautiful soul that loves the Ocean as you can clearly tell by visiting her blog.  She designs her own patterns and I have been fortunate enough to have been asked to test her patterns for her.  She has many free patterns on her site that are just gorgeous.  Please visit her site using the link above – you will not regret it and will feel the island vibe immediately. Thank you so much Kelley, for the nomination!

As a nominee I am to list 10 Facts about myself:

  1. I am left handed but crochet and knit right handed as that is how my Oma taught me.
  2. My first language was German but learned English at an early age.
  3. I live in an area where Peacocks run wild.
  4. I work as a Surety Broker but my dream is to one day open my own yarn shop.
  5. I do yoga everyday.
  6. I am gluten intolerant.
  7. I belong to an organization called the National Association of Women in Construction.
  8. I lived in Turkey for a few years.
  9. I am Italian and German.
  10. My family loves to go camping.

In addition to providing you the 10 facts about myself – intended for you to get to know me better – Kelley has presented me with several questions of her own:

  1. How/when did you start crocheting? I started crocheting at a very early age.  My Oma (German Grandma) taught me to knit and crochet most likely around the age of 8 or 9.
  2. What blog post are you most proud of?  I would say the blog I am most proud of is the one on how to clean a granite composite sink.  This one gets a view at least once a day.
  3. What is your favorite song? My favorite song is Happy by Pharrell Williams
  4. What is your favorite book? hmmm that is a tough one… I would say it is the one I recently read called: Present Not Perfect
  5. What is your favorite t.v. show?  My favorite TV show was Army Wives – so sad that ended.
  6. What is your ideal vacation? My ideal vacation would be a trip where I could be surrounded by nature – either in the mountains or at the beach.  I would be camping for sure!
  7. Do you have any pets? I do not have any pets, but we sure have a ton of peacocks.
  8. Do you have any advice for new bloggers? My advice for new bloggers is to just go for it.  Write about what interests you – chances are there are others out there with the same interests.
  9. Do you have any non-crafting hobbies? Most of my hobbies involve crafting, but I do like to cook as well.
  10. What is your favorite dessert?  My favorite dessert is a banana split – loaded with all the sauces, fruits and nuts…. Yum!
  11. Sunny days or rainy days? Definitely rainy days since I live in California and we welcome the rain.  Cuddled up by the fire  – crocheting or knitting.   

Now for the fun part…. I get to choose some nominees!  Drumroll please….

It’s A T-Sweets Day

Gifted Goodies

Sew RED-y


Sew Everything Blog

I do hope these bloggers will accept the nomination and play along.  I am now going to ask you a few questions of my own.

  1. Out of all the countries you have visited, which one did you like the most?
  2. Bike or Train?
  3. Apple or Samsung?
  4. Name the top 3 most beautiful beaches you have visited?
  5. Does blogging replace or enhance journaling?
  6. When do you find time to blog?
  7. Would you rather explore the deep ocean or outer space?
  8. Do you speak any other languages besides your native tongue?
  9. Left or right handed?
  10. If you could be any super hero, who would you be and why?                               I do hope all of the nominees decide to play along.  You can find the official rules here.   Have Fun!

I Opened an Etsy Store!

Hello all –

I have always had a dream of opening my own yarn store.  A place where creative people can come and grow.  A place to connect, knit or crochet, learn, drink coffee, chat, etc.  Since I am a bit away from fulfilling that dream, I thought why not start with Etsy.

I have actually had the shop since 2012 but never listed anything.  I have finally listed one item – Knit Russian Nesting Dolls.


I am pretty excited about the idea of having a shop – even though it is only virtual at the moment – but one day – some day – you may be able to visit me At Margareta’s Haus!

In the meantime, swing by the shop and see what you think.  Be on the look out for more items to be listed soon!


Click here if you want to stop on by!  Hope you will visit soon!!




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..


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!


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!



Triple Chocolate Brownies – Gluten Free with a Secret Ingredient

I have been gluten free for about 2 years now and always get super excited when I find a really good gluten free recipe.

The recipe for these brownies did not disappoint!  My son ate 2 and my hubby at 1 1/2.  They are not aware of the secret ingredient or else they would not have even tried them.  I took some to work and my coworkers loved them!

I came across the recipe on the You Tube Channel: Clean & Delicious.  Dani has some great tips for clean eating.  Click here to access her page and find out more about Dani and her other delicious recipes.

Here is her recipe for the Triple Chocolate Brownies:


3/4 cup flour ( I used all purpose gluten free flour)

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup sifted coca powder

15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed (this is the secret ingredient)

3/4 cup water

3/4 cup maple syrup

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

3/4 cup chocolate chips

a bit of oil to grease the pan (I used cooking spray)

Chocolate Icing:

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted

1/4 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350.  Coat an 8×8 baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder and sifted cocoa powder.

In a blender combine the black beans, water, maple syrup and vanilla extract.  Blend until everything is well combined and the beans are broken down.  This will be very liquidy.

Pour the bean mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until everything is combined.  Stir in the nuts and chocolate chips.

Pour the mixture into the greased pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the pan comes out clean.

Once the brownies have cooled completely, prepare your icing.  Simply combine all the icing ingredients and stir until combined.  At first I thought it was to dry, but keep mixing and have faith.  It will come together nicely.

Spread the icing over the cooled brownies and cut into squares.  Mine made 16.  These are so thick and dense they are almost like fudge!!!!




New Year, New You – Resolution Number 3

Greetings my lovelies!  How are your new habits coming along?  Are we still drinking enough water and incorporating movement into our days?  If not, then be kind to yourselves and be forgiving.  Start where you are and make better choices today than you did yesterday.

I have continued drinking water and am now to the point where I get thirsty and that is my reminder to stay hydrated.  If you need a nudge to remember hydration, then set a timer on your phone to remind you.  

The same goes for movement.  Set a reminder on your phone to get up and move around during your day.  Today is the start of Daylight Savings time for most of us which means it will stay light longer.  Go for more walks – enoy the outdoors!  I have been taking my hot yoga classes faithfully – usually 3 times a week – and catching walks with Hubby whenever I can.

So now I am ready to share my new habit with you – be mindful of what you eat!  Do not eat and watch TV or eat at your desk.  When you eat, only eat.  Pay attention to the flavors and how the food tastes.  Is it spicy?  Is it smooth?  Is it comfort food?  Really enjoy what you eat and pay attention.When we partake in other activities while we eat, we can quickly overeat as we are not paying attention to our body’s signals that we are satisfied and it is time to stop eating. 

Also notice how the food makes you feel.  Did it give you indegestion?  Then maybe the food was too spicy and you should avoid eating this item in the future. Were you hungry again a few hours later? Perhaps you need to incorporate more protein into your meals.  Pay attention to your body and its signals to you.  

Try, if you can, to make your noon meal your largest meal.  Your body has more time to digest a large midday meal.  Eating a large meal a few hours before going to bed means your body will store these calories longer. During sleep you do not burn as many calories as during waking hours where you are moving about more.  If you follow my blog then you know I cook alot.  My suggestion is to  cook dinner, eat a smaller portion, and then take the rest for lunch the next day for your larger midday meal.

I have incoporated this and am seeing results.  I feel better and I am naturally eating less as I pay attention to my body.  In addition, I am enjoying my meals more.  Try not to focus on weightloss here.  Just focus on eating healthier and mindfully. 

I hope you find this post helpful.  I would love to hear how you are doing.  Remember this is your journey – enjoy it!

Hugs to you all,


Sweet Haus CAL – Sunday Shawl, Making Progress

Tracey of It’s A T-Sweets Day and I are making real progress on our shawls.  I must say that the beginning of the shawl took me a bit to get the hang of.  Maybe because I missed the part of the insructions that said to crochet in the space between the stiches.  So after one round of ripping out the stiches, I am finally working on the trim.



I love how vibrant the colors look next to the neutral grey.  I also like that the pattern rows are different stiches and give it a unique style.


I still have many more colors to add to the trim and am excited to be able to show you my completed shawl next week, before the blocking begins.  Until then, be sure to stop by Tracey’s to check her progress!

Thanks for stopping by my Haus.


2 Week Menu Plan for the Weeks of February 13 – February 17 and February 20 – February 24

I am getting used to planning my menu for 2 weeks at a time.  Since I did such a large Costco Haul 2 weeks ago, I did not need to buy any meat this week.  I have seen a drop in my grocery bill as well, since I am trying to use items I still have on hand.

So here is what I have planned for the next two weeks:

2/13/2017 – 2/17/2017

Monday: Schinken noodle and cucumber salad

Tuesday: Valentines Pizza, salad

Wednesday: Bacon and Potato Soup, rolls

Thursday: Chicken Pesto Pasta, salad

Friday: Hungarian Goulash, noodles, green beans


2/20/2017 – 2/24/2017

Monday: Spaghetti Cabonara, salad

Tuesday: Cabbage and noodles with sausage

Wednesaday: Asian Garlic Noodles with beef and green beans

Thursday: Taco Skillet

Friday: Chicken Burritos

I hope you enjoy these two weeks of menus.  Until next time, Happy Cooking!!!







New Year, New Habits, New You – resolution #2 – Movement

Greetings all!!! We are now well on our way into February and I just wanted to check in with you to see how your “resolutions” were coming.  Have you incorporated a new habit in the month of January?

My new habit was to drink more water.  I am happy to report that I have kept up with this and pretty much – except for 1 or 2 days drank my entire mason jar full of water.  I am at the point now that if I don’t have my water, I really do miss it.  I am also surprised that at times I reach for more water only to find that I am already finished with  my jar of water – and so I just make more!  Give your body what it needs and you will feel much better.

For February I am incorporating the habit of movement.  We all know we need more exercise in our lives, but labeling it exercise makes it sound so much like work.  Did you know that gardening and housework count as movement?  Even dancing is movement.  If you find something you truly enjoy it is much easier to stick with the movement.

I really enjoyed the Hot Yoga studio when I first joined last year.  Then life gets busy, we get lazy, and you know the rest…  I went back to the Yoga studio and plan on attending at least one day a week.  I go on Mondays for sure and if time allows on Friday as well.  During the week, I do a little housework daily = movement, and now that it is staying light a wee bit longer – will add a mid week walk after dinner.

My movement entails – something I enjoy (Hot Yoga), something I do anyway (housework -maybe a little dancing as I flit around doing my cleaning) and an after dinner walk with my hubby (smile – a time for us to catch up and chat).  I can do this!!!

Are you with me?  What moves you?  How can you incorporate more movement in your day?

Let me know your plans – and I will check back in with you next month!





Taking a break…

Greetings!  I wanted to write a brief post to let you know I will be taking a blogging break.  I will return in 2017 and may change things up a bit here on the blog.  Seems like my blog has become more recipe and cooking related.  I may move a bit away from that and focus more on crafting, health, helpful tips, etc.  If you have any particular wish for me to focus on or a specific request to not change – please let me know.

In the meantime I wish you and yours a very blessed Christmas and a happy new year!!!


(This is my 2016 Christmas Card – I make my own cards every year.)