Thursday, July 23, 2009

It's important to accessorize while your making dinner!

I decided today to make something similar to rice pilaf on a whim. It turned out fairly good, I was kinda surprised, even though there were a couple road bumps in the way. Here's the recipe:

3/4 c.- 1 c. Rice
1 Can stewed tomatoes
1/2 Bag frozen veggies
1 1/2 c. Water
1 T. Butter
Garlic powder
Salt
Italian seasoning

Put rice, water, stewed tomatoes and veggies in 9" pie pan. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and Italian seasoning (I would say roughly about 1-1 1/2 t. of each...for those of you who prefer exact measurements) and add butter. Mix and put in 350 degree oven, covered, for about an hour. Check and stir every 15 minutes. It is done when rice is tender and liquid is gone. If you prefer, instead of adding Italian seasoning, add cumin or chili powder. Or add broth instead of water. Good as a side or meal.

I also made a hair tie....if that's what you call it. I got the idea from this website (http://www.crochetme.com/Feb_Mar_2005/patt_barrettes.html) but made it my own. I used some twine-like string I had and a size "G" hook. I ch. 6, dc in 3rd from hook, *2 dc in next 2 st. ch 3, turn*. Repeat * to * 4 more times and tie off. Tuck in your strings. Take an 8" section of the same material and tie a knot in one end. String desired beads and thread through front of hair tie, in the middle of the first row. Thread through the same spot, but on the opposite side, and string desired beads. Tie knot. The beads should hold the string so it does not slip out of your hair tie. To wear, put your hair through the loop that the 8" string made and pull the two ends tight and tie in a square knot.
I have also used things such as kite string (similar to tatting) and raffia to crochet. So don't limit yourself to yarn. Experiment....you can always take it apart!

I have also been very busy looking for baby patterns and found some rather cute ones (and some really scary-looking ones too!). Hopefully I will be able to start on them this weekend, especially because I found out that she is a little less than 7 months along, and is planning to have a baby shower soon. Yikes! I will keep you posted on my progress :)

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