November 9, 2016

The Honey Bee Sandwich



Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 pounds of beef pub style extra lean shaved steak
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of dried minced onions
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1 cup of barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup of spicy brown mustard
  • 3 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • lemon

October 4, 2016

Purl Into Fall Hat



Need: 

  • All In One Loom
  • Worsted Weight (4) yarn
  • Looming Tool 
  • Crochet Hook
  • Row Counter (optional)

Directions:
  • Set the All In One Loom for 84 pegs in a round.
  • Figure 8 Cast On (video) (Note: There will be two loops on the first peg with the working yarn still coming off the last peg because of doing the Figure 8 for the last peg. Knit the bottom loop loop over on the first peg. Now you can continue with Row 1 like you normally would do.
  • Row 1: Purl
  • Rows 2-6: Double Stitch  (video) (I refer to this as "tight stitch" at times.)
  • Rows 7-9: Figure 8 Stitch (Knit both bottom loops over when doing this stitch in this row.)
  • Row 10: Move loops on "odd" pegs over to "even" pegs. (ex. loop on peg 1 moved to peg 2, 3 to 4, etc.). Purl the even pegs as you work your way around. 
  • Row 11: Purl your way around, wrapping empty pegs as you do so, only purling the even pegs.
  • Row 12-15: K6 P6 *Repeat to the end

September 28, 2016

Broccoli Tuna Casserole




Ingredients:
  • 1 can of sweet peas (15oz) drained
  • Half of a 12 oz package of wide egg noodles 
  • 1 can (10.5 oz) of cream of broccoli
  • 1 can (10.5 oz) of cream of mushroom
  • 2 cans (5 oz each) of Starkist Albacore Tuna Fish, drained.
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 cups of broccoli cuts  *If you really like broccoli, add an extra cup or two. 
  • 1 tbs dried chopped onion
  • 1/2 tbs Italian Seasonings (pre-mixed blend)
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 

September 24, 2016

Lovely Washcloth



Directions:
  • Using worsted weight (4) yarn, Cast On 20 pegs with E-wrap Knit on the All In One Loom or Sock Loom 2  *Note: You can use 100% cotton yarn which is sugguested for washcloths.
  • Row 1 Purl
  • Row 2 Flat Knit *Remember when doing Flat Knit to not pull yarn too hard to help with process.
  • Row 3 Purl
  • Row 4 Flat Knit
  • Row 5 Purl
  • Row 6 Flat Knit
  • Row 7 K3 P2 K1 P3 K3 P2 K1 P2 K2
  • Row 8 P2 K2 P1 K2 P3 K3 P1 K2 P3 
  • Row 9 Flat Knit
  • Row 10 Flat Knit
  • Repeat Rows 1-10 6 times.
  • Crochet Cast Off with two chains in between but do not cut the yarn since you will be using it in next part.
  • Single Crochet around for one row with doing 3 single crochets in each corner as you work your way around.
  • Double Crochet for 2 rows this time doing 3 double crochets in each corner as you work your way around.
  • Bind off and stretch washcloth into shape. 

September 17, 2016

Yummy-Yum-Yum Applesauc-ium


My daughter tried it and decided to name it. Having her a part of the recipe, or recipe naming process, is always fun! (If she had her way more sugar would have been used in the recipe.)

Ingredients:
  • Roughly 3 pounds of Red Delicious Apples
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon of ginger
  • 2 tablespoon of sugar 
  • Optional: add a 1 cup of raisins once done and top with chopped walnuts as seen in picture above.
Directions
  1. Combine dry ingredients in small bowl.
  2. Pour water and lemon juice in slow cooker, stir
  3. Peeled, core, and cut up apples then place in slow cooker, stir
  4. Sprinkle dry ingredients over apples and gently stir
  5. Cook on high for 3 hours, gently stirring occasionally. 
  6. Switch to low for another 1 hour
  7. Carefully use a potato masher, or other device, to break up the apples to desire consistency. It will be very hot. I choose to keep it "chunky" by not mashing as much. 
  8. Optional: Once done, add in raisins and top with walnuts and sprinkle extra sugar if needed. 
Enjoy! 

August 29, 2016

Bring On The Yarn!!

As summer comes to a close where I live, the creativity bug is hitting me. Cooler weather means yarn will be my friend, not my enemy, as I settle in for nights in my home to create new, hopefully simple, projects over the next few months. I know I have apologized for the lack of patterns and videos over the summer but honestly, I try not to "force" the creativity out, instead allowing it to flow naturally.

This summer brought about changes as my daughter and I moved to a new place. With more room compared to where we had lived, I can already sense projects wanting to emerge and, now that all my yarn is in one location along with my looms and other tools of the trade, I will be able to really sink my teeth into making Simply Intertwined blossom when my daughter starts school soon.

I didn't realize I had this much! I'm thankful for the storage area.
I have found a couple projects that need finishing since we moved. I need to get my butt in gear! I might be tweaking my blog a little, as you might have noticed with the new header, and fixing any errors as well. If you have a project you want me to try create please contact me through the Simply Intertwined Facebook Page and I will add it to my list. Also, if you have asked me about something before please remind me to I can make sure it was put on my "to do" list. 


I enjoy my job as a teacher on Youtube and the interactions I have had with everyone. I will do my best to continue doing what I love as I hope you continue to watch. Now excuse me while I go have a serious conversation with my yarn to make sure it behaves this fall. 

Have a great day!! 




July 12, 2016

Booster Seat Arm Rest Covers


My daughter rides in a booster seat and every time she complains about how hot the arm rests are in the summer. An idea finally hit me. At the end of each school year, I cut 2-3 pairs of my daughter's pants into Capri pants for summer and I am left with two "tubes".

July 10, 2016

Kickin' Berry Kiwi Smoothie



My daughter helped in the creation of this recipe and I received a thumbs up!

Ingredients:

June 25, 2016

I Have Never Baby Shower Game


The excitement of a new life entering the world is always a magical time and baby showers are typically the way we celebrate the arrival of a new little bundle of joy. Baby shower games range from Bingo to Guess How Much Toilet Paper Goes Around Mom's Belly.

When I gave a baby shower for a friend years ago, I came up with this game of "I Have Never" which was, honestly, a play on the drinking game that was popular then. I picked up a cheap piggy bank, or you could make one, and provided change or asked guests to bring some coins with them.

June 19, 2016

Pepperoni Chili


To me, this has a little more spice to it than the others I have made. First time trying a Green Cubanelle Pepper which is mild but not as mild as a Green Pepper, have you tried it before? Also, first time adding brown sugar to chili. I hope you like it!

You will need:

June 16, 2016

Thrifty Find: "Group Hug"

I picked up some cute shirts and more today at my local Salvation Army Boutique. I hope my daughter likes these shirts as much as I do. 


"One World Many Stories" Price $1.99 then 25% off

June 5, 2016

Creamy Chicken with Rice



Ingredients:
  • 1 pound chicken tenderloins
  • 1 -14.5 oz can of petite cut diced tomatoes-drained
  • 1/2 cup Lite Ranch Dressing
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • Cooked white or brown rice. 
  • Salt and pepper 

May 26, 2016

"Nothing's Fair".....Thrifty Finds

I am a sucker for books for my daughter. These were $0.49 a piece with one being 50% off. I know I may have gotten them cheaper at a garage sale but I happened to be at my local Salvation Army Boutique. Do you know of any children that have read any of these and if so, what did they think? One I read when I was a kid, the Nothing's Fair In Fifth Grade, which makes me feel old.

May 19, 2016

Short and Sweet Bag



You will need:
  • Yarn
  • 36 peg loom (Knifty Knitter small pink loom was used.)
  • Looming tool
  • Scissors
  • Crochet Hook

April 28, 2016

Raise A Paw....

Today I found a cute fabric for my daughter who loves animals! I was at Walmart and there was some clearance on fabric. Now, I do not sew very often, still learning, but I can do some basic items. When I saw the fabric I thought of simple curtain for her window and maybe a couple small blankets for her stuffed animals. When my daughter arrived home from school I showed her the fabric and she loved it! Course she asked me to make pj's for her animals too and I told her I wasn't sure.
Here it is:

April 24, 2016

Cereal for $0.99 A Box! Sweet!

Couponing does not have to be done on a large scale, it is not about being "extreme". There has been many times I have gone in with a few coupons at a time. When you do that you become less overwhelmed and can focus more on the task at hand. The other day I went in with a mission to get four boxes of cereal, ten pasta sides and one reusable bag from my local Price Chopper. Keep in mind that sale prices and coupons vary from store to store and location to location in the USA. I was able to view the store's weekly flyer as well online and create my shopping list from it.
Kellogg's cereal was on sale for 2 for $5.00
Knorr Pasta Sides was on sale for 10 for $10.00
One type of their reusable bags was $0.99 
I noticed online on their site they had downloadable store coupons I can put on my store loyalty card for the Knorr Pasta Sides to save $3.00 on buying ten. There was also a coupon for saving $0.75 on a reusable bag. Make sure to check local stores in your area to see if they offer downloadable coupons. From here I noticed that there was an "iSave" coupon as well that would print in the store to make the cereal $1.99 a piece if you bought four. This was a "store" coupon and Price Chopper coupon policy allows you to combine it with a manufacturer's coupon. Price Chopper also doubles coupons up to $0.99 which means a coupon for $0.99 would be doubled to $1.98. This is where understanding your store's coupon policy is important.

April 15, 2016

Quick and Easy Tuna Salad



Ingredients:
  • 1 pouch of Tuna Fish 
  • 1 Roma Tomato
  • Half a peeled and cut up medium size cucumber
  • Half an orange pepper
  • 1 cup of pasta (cooked al dente)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Lite Kraft House Italian Dressing
  • Dash of salt and pepper (optional)
Directions:
  1. Cut up all veggies to desired size
  2. Cook the pasta as instructed on the box to get "al dente" or preferred texture
  3. Run cold water over pasta and drain before mixing ingredients
  4. Enjoy!


      



January 12, 2016

Spring Mountain Baby Blanket


You will need:
  • 5.5 MM crochet yarn
  • Two yarn colors
Videos that will help: