• 1948 Striped Party Blouse

    From Woman’s Day Knitting Annual 1948

    Free 1948 Knitting Pattern Striped Party Blouse
    Free 1948 Knitting Pattern Striped Party Blouse
    Striped Party Blouse

    Materials: 3-ply fingering yarn, 5 (1-once) skeins of aqua for size 12, 6 skeins for size 14, 7 skeins for size 16 and 2 skeins of red for each size.
    Knitting needles, 1 pair No. 3 (3 mm. size)
    70 gold sequins, 3/8ths in diameter
    1 yard 1/4in. Ribbon

    Gauge: 7 1/2 sts measures 1″; 9 rows measure 1″

    Blocking Measurements
    Sizes
    12 14 16
    Bust
    32″ 34″ 36″
    Width Across Back on Front At Underarm
    16″ 17″ 18″
    Length From Top Of Shoulder To Lower Edge
    21″ 22″ 23″
    Length Of Side Seam
    13 1/2″ 14″ 14 1/2″

    BACK
    Starting at lower edge with aqua, cast on

    112sts 120sts 128sts

    And work in ribbing of k1, p1 for 4 rows. Now work in stockinette at (k1 row, p1 row) until piece measures 1″.
    Next row: Continue working in stockinette st, decreasing 1 st at both ends of next row. Work in stockinette st with aqua until piece measures

    1 1/4″ 1 1/2″ 1 3/4″

    ending with a purl row. Drop aqua and work next 2 rows in red. Break off red. Continue working with aqua in stockinette st, decreasing 1st at both ends of next row and every 4th row thereafter and working 2 rows in red after every 1 1/2″ of aqua until there remain on needle

    94sts 102sts 110sts

    Work straight until piece measures

    5 3/4″ 6 ” 6 1/4″

    Now continue working in stockinette st and stripe pattern throughout as established, increasing 1st at both ends of next row an devery 4th row thereafter until there are on needle

    120sts 128sts 136sts

    Work straight until piece measures

    13 1/2″ 14″ 14 1/2″

    Ending with

    2 rows 4 rows 6 rows

    of aqua

    To Shape Armholes: Bind off 8sts at beginning of next 2 rows. Now bind off 1st at beginning of every row until there remain on needle, ending with a purl row,

    68sts 74sts 82sts

    being sure to end with aqua. Break off. Attach red and work 2 rows in ribbing of k1, p1. Bind off in ribbing.

    Front: Work exactly as for back.

    Sleeves: Starting at bottom with aqua, cast on

    70sts 74sts 78sts

    And work in ribbing of k1, p1 for 4 rows. Now work in stockinette st, increasing 1st at both ends of next row and every 4th row thereafter until there are on the needle

    76sts 80sts 84sts

    Now work 2 rows in red.
    Next row: Work with aqua, increasing 24sts evenly across. There are on needle

    100sts 104sts 108sts

    Work in aqua for

    1 row 3 rows 5 rows

    To shape Top of Sleeves:
    Dec 8sts at beginning of next 2 rows and, keeping continuity of stripe pattern as before, decrease 1st at beginning of each row until there remain on needle

    46sts 50sts 54sts

    Being sure to end with aqua. With red, work 2 rows in ribbing of k1, p1. Bind off in ribbing.

    Finishing Touches:
    Sew side and sleeve seams and sew sleeves in place, matching stripes. Block to measurements. Trim aqua sections with sequins as desired. Tack each sequin in place with a short strand of red, tying ends of strand to form a bow. Make a beading at waist on wrong side and lace narrow ribbon through it. Tie ribbon through it. Tie ribbon to fit.



  • Sleeveless Cotton Tunic w/ Tassels

    1972 Sleeveless Cotton Tunic Free Crochet Pattern
    1972 Sleeveless Cotton Tunic Free Crochet Pattern

    Sizes
    To fit 32 [34:36] in bust
    The figures in brackets [] refer to the 34 and 36in sizes respectively.
    Length from shoulder, 26 1/2 [26 3/4: 27] in excluding tassels.
    Gauge
    22 sts and 11 rows to 4in over dc worked on No. C crochet hook.
    Materials
    5 [6:6] balls Coats & Clarks O.N.T. “Speed-Cro-Sheen”
    One No. C crochet hook
    Once No. E crochet hook

    Tunic Back
    Using No. C hook ch94 [98:102].`
    1st row Into 4th ch from hook work 1dc, 1dc into each ch to end. Turn. 92[96:100]sts.
    2nd row Ch2 to count as first dc, 1dc into each dc to end. Turn. The 2nd row forms pattern and is rep throughout. Work 12[12:13] more rows.
    Shape armholes
    Next row Ss over first 6[6:7] dc, pattern to last through folded loop and knot in place.
    Press seams. 6[6:7]dc, turn.
    Next row Ss over first 2dc, pattern to last 2dc, turn. Rep this last row twice more, then decrease one st at each end of following 6 rows until 56[60:62]sts remain.
    Continue in pattern until 20[21:21] rows in all have been worked on armhole shaping.
    Shape neck
    Next row Ch2, 10[11:12]dc, turn and leave remaining sts.
    Next row Ss over first 2dc, pattern to end. Turn.9[10:11]sts.
    Work 1 more row.
    Next row Ss over first 2{2:3]dc, pattern to end. 7[8:8]sts. Fasten off.
    Return to remaining sts, skip center 34[36:36]dc, attach yarn to next st, pattern to end.
    Complete to correspond to first side reversing shaping.

    Tunic Front
    Work as given for top back until armhole shaping has been reached.
    Shape armhole and neck
    Next row Ss over first 6[6:7]dc, pattern 38[40:41]dc, decrease 1 st by working next 2dc tog, turn and leave remaining sts.
    Dec 2sts at armhole edge on next 3 rows and one st on following 6 rows, at the same time, dec 1st at neck edge on every row. Continue to decrease at neck edge until 7[8:8]sts rem. Fasten off.
    Return to remaining sts, attach yarn to next center st, decrease this by working with next dc to make one dc, pattern 38[40:41]dc. Turn
    Complete to correspond to first side, reversing shaping.

    Border
    Using No. E hook ch66.
    1st row Skip first ch8 to form edging loop, *into next ch work 3dc, ch3 and 3dc, skip ch2, 1dc into each of next ch14, skip ch2, work 3dc, ch3 and 3dc into next ch, *, ch14, skip next ch18, rep from *to * once more. Turn
    2nd row Ch6, * 3dc, ch3, 3dc into ch3 sp between 3dc gr of previous row, ch14, rep from * twice more, 3dc, ch3, 3dc into next ch3 sp. Turn.
    3rd row Ch6, *3dc, ch3, 3dc into ch3 sp, 14dc into ch14 sp of previous row, 3dc, ch3, 3dc into ch3 sp, *, ch14, rep from * to * once more. Turn
    4th row Ch6, * 3dc, ch3, 3dc into ch3 sp, ch14, 3dc, ch3, 3dc into ch3 sp, *, ch7, 1sc around all ch4 loops of previous rows to gather them tog, turn, ch2, 7dc, into ch7, turn, ch2, 7dc, turn ch2, 7dc, turn, ch2, 7dc, rep from * to * once more. Turn.
    5th row As 3rd
    6th row As 2nd
    7th row As 3rd
    8th row As 2nd
    9th row Ch6, *3dc, ch3, 3dc into ch3 sp, 14dc into ch14 sp, 3dc, ch3, 3dc into ch3 sp, *, ch7, 1sc around ch4 loops of previous rows and into corner of diamond, turn, ch2, 7dc into ch7, turn, ch2, 7dc, turn, ch2, 7dc, turn, ch2, 7dc, rep from * to * once more. Turn.
    10th row As 2nd.
    11th row As 3rd.
    12th row As 2nd.
    13th row As 3rd.
    Rows 4-13 form border pattern. Continue in pattern until border is long enough to go around lower edge of top back and front, ending with a 9th row.

    Finishing
    Press each piece lightly under a damp cloth with a warm iron. Join shoulder and side seams. Work 1 row of sc around neck and armhole edges. Join border into circle, ss tog edge of diamond on last row to corresponding sts of first row. Attach border to top by sewing ch6 loops evenly around bottom edge of top. Make tassels by cutting 4 lengths of yarn 14in long for each ch6 sp along lower edge of border. Fold each set of 4 strands in half, thread through loop, pull cut ends.



  • Long Tunic in Granny Squares Sunday, July 06, 2014

    Long Tunic in Granny Squares Free Crochet Pattern
    Long Tunic in Granny Squares Free Crochet Pattern

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    Size
    To fit 34/36
    Length to shoulder, 46in

    Gauge
    Each square motif measures 4 by 4in worked on No. G crochet hook.

    Materials
    4 balls Unger Les Bouquets in main color, A 1 ball each of 14 contrasting colors
    One No G crochet hook

    Motif
    Using No. G hook and first contrast, ch6. Join with ss into first ch to form circle.
    1st round Ch3 to form first dc, 2dc, (ch1, 3dc into circle ) 3 times, ending with ss into 3rd of first ch3.
    Break off first contrast.
    2nd round Attach 2nd contrast into a ch loop, ch3 to form first dc, 2dc into sp, ch1, 3dc into same ch sp – corner formed – ch1, (into next ch sp work 3dc, ch1, 3dc, ch1) 3times, ending with ss into 3rd of first ch3. Break off 2nd contrast.
    3rd round Attach 3rd contrast into corner sp, ch3 to form first dc, 2dc into sp, ch1, 3dc into same corner, ch1, (into next ch sp work 3dc, ch1 into corner sp work 3dc, ch1, 3dc, ch1) 3 times, 3dc into next ch sp, ch1, ending with ss into 3rd of first ch3. Break off 3rd contrast.
    4th round Attach A to corner loop, ch3 to form first dc, 2dc into sp, ch1, 3dc into same corner, ch1, (into each of next ch2 sps work 3dc, ch1, into corner loop work 3dc, ch1, 3dc, ch1 ) 3times, 3dc, ch1 into each of next ch2 sps, ch1, ending with ss into 3rd of first ch3. Fasten off.

    Work 63 more squares in the same manner, varying the colors for first 3 rounds but always keeping 4th round in main color A.

    Finishing
    Join squares as shown on chart by sewing or crocheting them tog on WS. Join shoulder squares to squares at either side of top back. Press garment lightly on WS under damp cloth with warm iron.

    Border
    Using No. G hook and first contrast, RS of work facing, beg at lower edge of left front and work across motifs as following:
    1st row Into corner sp work ch3 to form edge st, 3dc into same sp, ch1, *into next ch sp work 3dc, ch1, rep from * 5 times in all in each square to end, 1dc into end sp to form edge st. Fasten off.
    2nd row Attach next color into first sp, ch3 to form edge st, * into next ch sp work 3dc, ch1, rep from * until 1 sp rem, 1dc into end sp. Fasten off.
    3rd row Attach next color into first sp, ch3 to form edge st, into same sp work 3dc, ch1, * into next ch sp work 3dc, ch1, rep from * to end 1dc into same end sp to form edge st. Fasten off.
    Rep 2nd and 3rd rows changing color each time until all 15 colors, including A have been used. Fasten off.

    Edging
    Using No. G hook, A and with RS of work facing, beg at back neck and work a round of sc all around tunic working 1sc into each dc and ch and turning corners by working 3sc into same st, edges of border to have 3sc worked into each edge st. Fasten off.

    Arm edgings
    Using No. G hook, A and with RS of work facing, beg at underarm and work a round of sc all around armhole working 1sc into each dc and ch. Fasten off.



  • Triangular stole with knotted fringe to crochet

    Triangular stole to crochet in cotton
    Triangular stole to crochet in cotton

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    This pattern is for a delicate triangular stole made up of separate motifs and crocheted in cotton.

    Size
    Triangle measures about 68in across top with 48in sides plus 11 3/4in fringe
    Gauge
    Each motif measures 4 by 4in worked on No. C crochet hook.
    Materials
    14 balls Coats & Clark ONT “Speed Cro Sheen”
    No. C crochet hook

    1st Motif
    Using No.C hook ch7. Join into circle with ss.

    1st round Ch3 to form dc, * ch2, 1dc into circle, rep from * 10 times more, ch2, ending with ss into 3rd of first ch3. 12 spaced dc.
    2nd round Ch 3 to form first dc, *ch3, 1dc into both loops of next dc, rep from * 10 times more, ch3, ending with ss into 3rd of first ch3. 12 spaced dc.
    3rd round *Into next loop work 1sc, 1hdc, 1dc, 1hdc, 1sc, rep from * 11 times more, ending with ss into first sc. 12 shells.
    4th round Ss across next hdc and into dc at top of shell, *ch7, 1sc into both loops of dc in next shell, rep from * 10 times more, ch7, ending with ss into first of first ch7 instead of 1sc. 12 loops.
    5th round *Into next loop work 4sc, ch11, 4sc to form corner, into each of next 2 loops work 4sc, ch3 to form picot, 4sc, rep from * 3 times more, ending with ss into first sc.
    Fasten off.

    2nd Motif
    Work as given for first motif until 4th round has been completed then join to first motif as following:
    5th round Into first loop 2nd motif work 4sc, ch5, place WS of both motifs tog and join by working 1sc into 11ch corner loop of first motif, ch5, return to first loop of 2nd motif, work another 4sc to complete corner join, *into next loop work 4sc, ch1, 1sc into matching picot of first motif, ch1, 4sc into same loop of 2nd motif, rep from *once more, then into next corner loop work 4sc, ch5, 1sc into 11ch corner loop of first motif, ch5, another 4sc into same loop of 2nd motif to complete corner joining, work remainder of motif as given for first motif.
    All further motifs should be worked as second motif and joined in the same manner and in same sequence as shown on the chart, noting that corner loops are joined with 1sc on RS whether these are 2,3 or 4 corners meeting.
    When all 66 motifs have been worked and joined, work 12 half motifs as following:

    1st Half Motif

    Using No. C hook, ch7. Join into circle with ss.
    1st row (RS) Ch3 to form first dc, *ch2, 1dc into circle, rep from * 5times more. Turn. 7 spaced dc.
    2nd row (WS) Ch3 to form first dc, * ch3, 1dc into next dc, rep from * 4 times more, ch3, 1dc into 3rd of first ch of previous row. Turn. 7spaced dc.
    3rd row Ch1, *into next ch3 loop work 1sc, 1hdc, 1dc, 1hdc, 1sc, rep from * 5 time more. Turn. 6shells.
    4th row *Ch7, 1sc into dc of next shell, rep from * 5 times more, ch7, ending with ss into last sc of last shell.
    Turn. 7 loops.
    5th row (RS)- worked with 11th motif – ch1, 4sc into loop of half motif, ch5, place WS of both motifs tog, 1sc into corner loop of 11th motif (marked A on chart), ch5, 4sc into same loop of half motif to finish corner, *4sc into next loop of half motif, ch1 1sc into ch3 picot of 11th square, ch1, 4sc into same loop of half motif, rep from * once more, 4sc into next loop of half motif,ch5, 1sc onto corner loop of 11th motif (marked B on chart), ch5, 4sc into same loop of half motif to finish corner, **into next loop of half motif, 4sc ch3, 4sc, rep from ** once more, then into rem loop work 4sc, ch11, 4sc to form 3rd corner.
    2nd-122th half motifs
    Work as given for first half motif and then join in same manner and in sequence as shown on chart.
    Edging
    Using No. C hook, beg at first corner of half motif No.12 with RS facing and work as following:
    1st round Into center ch of ch11 loop work 1sc, *ch10, 1sc into ch3 picot, ch5,1sc into next ch3 picot, ch10, 1hdc into sc joining corner loops tog, rep from *along edge to last corner of 1st motif where instead of 1hdc work 1sc into center of ch11 loop, then rep from * along other side to last loop on first half motif, ending with 1sc into center ch of ch11 loop, then work across half squares as follows:* 5sc into rem half of corner loop, 1sc into each of next 4sc, **3sc into next loop formed by side of st **,rep from ** to ** once more, 2sc into center ring, rep from ** to ** twice more, 1sc into each of next 4sc, 5sc into first half of corner loop, rep from * 11 times more, ending with ss into first sc.
    2nd round *10sc into ch 10 loop, 5sc into ch5 loop, 10sc into ch10 loop *rep from * to *along first side to point, work 3sc into 1sc of previous round to turn corner, then rep from * to * along other side to end of first half motif and work along half squares as following: ch4, **skip 1sc, 1dc into next sc, ch1, rep from ** to last sc, ending with 1dc into last sc. Turn.
    3rd round Top edge only – WS facing, ch1, *into next sp work 1sc, ch3, 1sc, thus forming a picot, rep from * to end of top edge. Fasten off.

    Fringing
    Cut 4 strands of yarn 40in long, fold in half and thread through both loops of first sc at top of side edge from WS to RS, pull ends through loop thus made and knot. Rep this every 5th sc along both side edges, except at corner loops either side of triangle point where knots should be made every other sc thus making 5 knots on each side of the point with 1 knot in the middle of the 3sc. When all strands have been looped through, separate strands from each knot into grs of 4 and tie every 1 1/2in to the adjoining strands first on one side and then the other to form diamond shapes. Make 6 rows of knots, then trim fringe to measure 11 3/4in from edging.

    Finishing
    Run in all ends. Pin stole out to required measurements and press under a damp cloth with a warm iron.



  • Free Vintage Dainty Lace Blouse

    I love crafts.

    I really Love crafts and crafting.

    I love crafts of all kinds, and I have tried a lot of different kinds of crafts and  ways to creatively express myself - weaving, knitting, crocheting, painting, working with wire, stamping….  You get the idea.

    I know you’re out there, others, like myself that break into a sweat when they enter a craft store, or  that love the hunt of the thrift store jungle and the quest for that outrageous garage sale find.  Those of you looking for the  treasures others have purchased but didn’t get the chance to complete.  Those that need to try your hand at everything.

    Identifying our problem is the first step right?

    Well, I have wanted a way to feed my craft supply need with my passion to make a great score at a garage or thrift store and not feel too guilty about it (because we all know I am not going to be making all of the things I have patterns for, even if I could.) And I think I have a great idea I am just going to copy the vintage patterns I have and post them here for anyone that would like them.  This blog has been a challenge and I still have a lot to learn and a long way to go before it’s what I want but I think this will be a fun part of the process.

    So there you have it.  My goal for the near future is to post as many of the fantastic vintage knitting and crocheting patterns I have collected. I hope to make this an easy process for anyone that will actually make any of the patterns, some of them are so cool, and for those of you like me that just love the hunt and appreciate the creativity.

     

     

    1948 Dainty LaceBlouse 

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    Free Vintage Pattern Vintage Kitting Pattern 1948 

     

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  • Relax

     

    You need to relax.

    I’m a laid back kind of gal.

    Things have always just rolled off my back and I move on.  There is nothing for diner?  No problem, I could stand to lose a few pounds and I bet there are some leftovers in the fridge that can be reengineered into a fabulous meal.   Ok, maybe just a filling and satisfying meal.  The car has broken down on the highway, and the cell phone is dead. It’s not the end of the world, I have two legs and a good sense of direction, and the walk will do me good.  Kid suspended from school.  Ok,  so it’s hard to get over this one but you just have to deal with it day by day, pray he doesn’t become a dead beat then make him do lots of stuff around the house while he’s home.

    I have almost always tried to not let life’s circumstances dictate my attitude.  I am not a Pollyanna type, I do not walk around with a smile on my face at all times and I do see gray sky’s at times.  But I don’t completely lose it when things are a little tough.  I can take a lot before the world crashes down on me.

    But, as chill as I have believed myself to be these many years I have often noticed that way too often I need to push my shoulders down away from my ears.  Or, sometimes my jaw is super tight and all of the muscles in my face feel tense and this is not a flattering look.

    Slowly, I have begun to see that what I have been trying to do is will into being the things that I have been working on.  For example- I want to lose weight, I want to make more money, I want to be a better mother, better massage therapist, better  person….you get the idea.  I am trying to make all those things happen by thinking about them, a lot, trying to wish them into being while wishing I knew how to make them happen.  And not much is happening.  But recently a dear person gave me the gift of a book called “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young.  Now I do not claim to have come to any great understanding or enlightenment but this little book of daily devotions has been well –a God send.

    I have taken to heart the simple thoughts that are within this little book and from time to time would like to share some of the simple truths that have been helping me chill out.  One such passage is as follows, “Whatever occupies your mind the most becomes your god. Worries, if indulged, develop into idols.  Anxiety gains a life of its own, parasitically infesting your mind. Break free from this bondage by affirming your trust in Me and refreshing yourself in My Presence.”

    I think that I have developed my owe idols through my worries and insecurities and they start to take over not only my brain but my body as well.  It may seem to be a stretch to say my anxiety is an idol but when my worries and even my dream and desires are all consuming then it fits the definition of idol.  I forget that God has given me the desires of my heart and it is He that knows my every thought.  I really don’t need to remind Him and then worry about the how or when.

    I love God and thank him often for the miracles he performs in my life; out loud I will often say “Thanks God”.   I have many times seen the hand of God protect me and keep me safe, and I notice the miracles he performs for me and my family daily.  I believe if I had been left alone in this world I would not have lasted very long (just between you and me I’ve done some dumb things.)  So by being stressful and worrisome I am trying to control, and be in control of everything.  I want to stop.  It may take years but I want to give it all to God so I can relax for real and just chill and love this life.  Want to join me?

     



  • Welcome 2014 It’s good to be over 21!!

    1515024_687957987903686_498240652_nThe new year offers so much excitement. The opportunity’s that open up before me are almost overwhelming and all of them are up to me and I am excited.  A lot of responsibility on my shoulders but I never feel that I am ever alone.  Dreams and goals are nothing without action and that is my resolution for 2014, to follow through with action on some of my top dreams and goals.  This blog is one of my dreams and my goal is to put something in writing at least once a week.  I want to share what I am learning, and maybe be of assistance to others as I continue to take action on my goals.

    Top 5 goals

    • Grow my mobile massage business, be able to support my family, no less than 1000.00 a week. Stay healthy and pain free while doing massage.
    • Develop and grown an online business to take place of massage. Become computer literate.
    • Manage my finances better-save more, spend wisely, and frugally.
    • Plan weekly menu’s , spend less on food but eat healthier and make several freezer meals to have on hand every week.
    • Be a healthy weight 160lbs by March 2014. Shape up and be strong.
    •   Ok one more but this one is the main reason for all of the others.  Be there for my family pray for them and support them in any way I can.

     

     

     



  • Living the easy life

    December 8, 2013

    For more than a few years now I have had a simple dream. Besides wanting to live off the grid in my dream home by the water/mountains, living a self sustaining life by growing our own food raising chickens, bees and weaving warm, soft stylish clothes from our Llamas. Of course I’d be a great conversationalist on all topics and, well, the life of the party. But for now, I have thought that if I could just have a meal plan, and then make several of those meals ahead of time I would be able to save myself a lot of time, money and stress. And, who has any of those to waste?

    In just the last two weeks I have been to the store for food 8 times. It seamed that there was always one or two things that I needed for diner and of course I had to pick up a few other things while I was there. It was ridiculous and I am going broke.

    Today was the day that I started my revolution against spending too much money on food and being stressed out way too often over what to make for diner. I found a couple of recipes that I had all the fixings for and set about putting it them together.

    Guess what? It worked!! I managed to put together three meals and a pineapple upside down cake.

    The next challenge, will they eat it? Well, for today I am very satisfied.

    Let me share with you some of the things I did to help me accomplish my goal;

    • Plan – I had a good idea going into the day what I wanted to make and what ingredients I needed and what I had on hand. Remember for me the idea was to NOT run out to the store for anything.

    • Prep work – I spent a good bit of time cleaning, chopping, and cooking veg. Instead of throwing all of my veggies into one pan to sauté I decided to cook them up individually. It may have taken a little more time but I thought it gave me more options.

    • Time – I gave myself most of the day to make sure I had oops time. Time to prep, time to mix, and then time to cook. And if you are like me time to change things up a little or fix something that went wrong.

    • Stay Focused – This might be the most important. I don’t know about the rest of you but I can be so easily distracted I don’t know how I get anything done. But my goal was not to just start the work but to stay focused all day to make sure I accomplished my goal.

    I want to share with you the main recipe I made, it is from a small cookbook I picked up several years ago called
    “Lighten Up” by Ginny Clark Low-Fat Cooking In 15 Minutes.
    If you see this little book I strongly recommend it. It is packed full of easy flavorful recipes many of them vegetarian. I hope to share many of them with you.

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    Chicken Pineapple

    2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 4 pieces
    1 can (20oz.) pineapple
    1/2 cup pineapple juice from can of pineapple
    1/4 cup catsup
    2T brown sugar
    4t apple cider vinegar (I only used 3t)

    Sauté chicken in nonstick skillet over medium heat along with 4 slices of pineapple (I had a can of pineapple chunks that worked great) 5-10 minutes each side. I then cut chicken into pieces.
    Mix and stir into chicken pineapple juice, catsup, brown sugar and cider vinegar. Simmer and stir 5 minutes.
    I also added sautéed red pepper and broccoli.

    I hope you try this simple yet delicious chicken dish.

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  • Breaking the comfort zone

    December 5th, 2013

    Hi, I’m back.
    So many changes need to be made in my life and one of the main changes is to be dedicated and accountable to this blog. Doing this is exciting to me. This is not easy for me but I have a quiet bubbling excitement within me when I think about what I would like to do next with this blog and I love it. Today, my second day was a bit of a challenge. I had typed everything up in OneNote and was ready to just copy and past to this website. I opened a WordPress web site on google but couldn’t find where to sign in. What I did find were options, way too many options. On the top of the wordpress web site there were these options, showcase, themes, plugins, mobile, support and the option to download wordpress (I had already done that). There were many other options that didn’t pertained to me and I spent way too much time looking. First I looked on WordPress.org, then WordPress.com, next Bluehost.com and finally Mojo? No luck finding a sign in page. I was getting frustrated and I thought I must have messed up. I thought this was going to be easy. Then I thought I should check to see that my blog was even up and running. To my relief my blog was there. Then I saw it, the words Log in right there on my blog. Yay!!! I clicked on it and tada!! WordPress sign in. I happily, although carefully typed in my email and password and nothing. It took me several try’s and finally resetting my password to get back on this lovely web site. Moral of the story and what I want you to make sure you do – double check your password, make sure you are sure there are no typo’s. And paste the sign in page to your favorites page. Being a beginner is a bit overwhelming and I am tired now. There are sooo many options on so many sites and starting off simply seems hard to do.
    I truly do hope that somewhere in this adventure that I am undertaking I am able to touch someone else’s heart, spark a bit of creativity that is within them or inspire someone to do something they have dreamt of doing and now they have that bubbling excitement to give it a try.
    I just learned this morning while listening to the radio (I often have the radio on ) that a researcher has studied the effects of exercise on creativity. The conclusion, start walking, exercise sparks creativity.



  • My first post! Learn how to set up your own blog

    My first post! I am very excited to be here and thank you so much for stopping by and looking. I don’t know what I am doing just yet but I will be learning and sharing what I have learned as I go.
    So far this had been an all day project. I was not expecting it to take so long but I guess I am a slow learner.

    I want to thank Pinch of Yum.com who inspired me to get my own blog going and who’s creators provide so much help and information. I highly recommend everyone take a look at pinchofyum.com for fantastic recipes and a wealth of information including step by step instructions for starting a blog.;

    For those of you that are looking to take the plunge and start a blog I too have a couple of my own thoughts and suggestions;
    1) Have more than one name for your blog prepared just incase the first has already been taken.
    2) Be prepared to spend some money setting up your blog. I was expecting a monthly billing along with a couple of one time fees. To show you the cost options Bluehost breaks down the cost of their account plan into months – 12month plan 6.95 a month and then it becomes less expensive per month for a longer commitment 24months or 36month but more expensive for a one time charge. As I said I was expecting to see a monthly charge for the account but was charged for all of it upfront. Glad to do it but a bit of a shock.
    3) Be sure to check you email through the set up process. Information for connecting to your hosting site is listed in the email so go to your email first.
    Those are just a few thoughts so far. I do hope that someone else can benefit from my trial and errors today.
    It’s been a good day.
    Next I need to change the date and time on this blog. Wish me luck!