Archive for May, 2009

Baby Asher standing!

Asher is four months old as of yesterday, and his mommy took this pix of him and sent it to my cellphone. I have to laugh everytime I see it! It is just adorable! Sad though, he has my knees and his granddad Daddy Bo’s tummy! LOL!


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Here are some sweet burp cloths for my friend’s precious newborn baby girl. Julia Grace came into her mom and dad’s life on May 21, and let me tell you, she is just adorable! I got to hold her today and I didn’t want to put her down!

I made these for little Julia, surely thinking she needed more PINK! Can any of us get enough pink? I sure can’t!

I first made a pattern out of scrap paper, then cut each panel out. You can cut several at a time if you choose… I’d stick with no more than four layers with the rotary cutter.

Use a 6 ply cotton diaper. I buy mine online at Target.

The edge of these diapers are uneven, so it is important to press, pin, sew slowly, and get it jusssstttt to the edge.
A nice, crisp edge.
Here are other fabrics I used.

I gotta tell ya, this is NOT my favorite one… I almost didn’t give it to my friend because it is really not snazzy at all… I gave strict instructions they are not allowed to say who made it, so you have to keep it a secret too!

The pink solid is super soft flannel and the letters are made with just a soft baby fabric. I sure wish it had turned out the way I envisioned it, but live and learn, as my mama always said!

They do look sweet all stacked up… and yes, I’m hiding the funky one on the bottom!

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A real live knitted baby sock. Oh yeah.

As the girls in my needlework group can attest, I have had a project on my knitting needles for two (yes) two years…. I have been determined to make a sock, preferably two. I first started with an adult sock, self striping yarn, but couldn’t tell my knits from my purls. I pulled it out many times, started over, dropped it for a while then tried again. Grandson was born and I was desperate to make him some baby socks.

Finally, just this week, I have made one. It isn’t perfect so don’t look too close! BUT I have started the next one and expect to finish it much, much, much sooner than this one! My sock-savy friends said I had an icky pattern, so that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!

I also found some cute-as-a-button Croc-like shoes for the little man-cub! I think I would have bought them even if I didn’t have a little one to buy for! They are tooooo cute!
I started with this self-striping Clown yarn. It baffles me how it knows how to stripe. It is magic, I am sure.

Here’s a closeup of my stitches.
All I needed now was the cutest baby toes on the planet.

Found ’em.

Here’s the sock in the knee-sock form. Ninja Man says boys don’t wear knee socks and I say patooie. Grandson AshMan can roll however he wants in this, the cool sock from his Mama Bo. Even more so when I finish sock #2!

Here’s the cute little shoes… they are just right!
Where’s the other sock? On my needles, dear one…. I’m hurrying!

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My “official” review of the Knit Kit:

I love it. At $20 it was pricey but the size of it, larger than the palm of my hand, makes it easy to find in my bag, with everything I need in one tool, and the clicker… ohhh the clicker… for me, it was almost worth it just to be able to count off each row without looking for that little thing that takes two hands to use. So I give it 5 stars out of five for functionality, 3.5 stars on price.

My price suggestion for this item in this day of cool gadgetry: $12 to $15.

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This is a new item my friend Angela shared with me. Check out the website here!

I went to the site and found a store in Georgia that I could order from. I ordered mine from The Whole Nine Yarns in Woodstock.

When it came, it looked like a gift! I love that! Wrapped in cute paper, I could have thought, “hey, this is a surprise!” But I paid for it, so I knew… still, it was fun to open!

Here’s their card:

Here’s the kit AND a thank you note!
Here’s what it does:

It has a tape measure that comes out looking like a fish with a tongue!

A crochet needle for those dropped stitches tucked into the side:

A counter on top… push a button to count stitches, then turn a dial to reset!

Open the back for folded scissors, point covers and stitch markers! All PINK! Yippee!

This is a neat kit, now I’m going to actually use it. I think it was a bit pricey but it might prove otherwise… will post on that later. The Whole Nine Yarns, however, gets my vote for best service, ever!

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All of you guys know I am NOT a cook. However, I do enjoy making summer dinners. These are veggie meals with little or no meat. Rumor has it I do make good fried green tomatoes and fried okra, but on this meal I had to choose okra. Can’t have too much fried, you know!

I cut up 3 squash and sauteed them in butter with a cut up Vidalia onion. If y’all haven’t had a Vidalia onion before, then you are missing out. They are incredible! We eat them all through spring and summer till they quit selling them at the store. Make sure the label says Vidalia or you’re not getting the “real” thing.

My fried okra is just cut okra dipped in egg then in a mixture of salt and pepper and flour. I put it in a gallon Ziploc bag and do the hokey pokey and I shake it all about… then it is good and ready for frying. Ninja Man tries to get me to use peanut oil but it really affects the flavor so I just fry it in canola…

The cornbread is just mixed from cornmeal with a tad of sugar, cooked in a heavy skillet. Our skillet is old and seasoned, just right for cornbread.

Cut up a fresh tomato and more Vidalia onions, spread a cloth on the table on the porch, pour up some sweet tea and it is slap-your-momma good!! YUM!

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Did you say Ice Cream for the pups?

Yep! A sweet and healthy treat for your favorite little four-legged wonders!

This is a recipe our neighbor Richard shared with us, and Kerby and Hoover are just thrilled!

Here’s the link if you want to go to the website!

Homemade Frosty Dog Treats

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 T. peanut butter
  • 2 T. honey
  • 32 oz. vanilla low fat yogurt

Preparation with an electric mixer –
In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe banana with a fork. Add the peanut butter and honey and mix at medium speed until smooth and well blended. Add the yogurt and mix again at medium speed until well blended.

Preparation with a food processor or blender –
Puree the banana. Add the remaining ingredients and process until smooth and well blended.

Pour or spoon the mixture into small disposable cups – about 3 to 4 ounce size. Ninja Man made this batch and spooned it up into equal portions.

Place the filled cups on a tray and freeze. Individual cups can be covered with foil or plastic wrap.

For small dogs, pour the mixture into ice cube trays. Cover with foil or plastic wrap and freeze.

I recommend serving this in their bowls, as we put them on the porch and they ended up in the yard! The dogs really love this treat! Thanks, Richard!

And here’s another one for your little ones!


Homemade Dog Treat Recipe
Frozen Peanut Butter Yogurt Treats

1-32oz. container of vanilla yogurt
1 cup of peanut butter

1. Put the peanut butter in a microwave safe dish and microwave until melted.
2. Mix the yogurt and the melted peanut butter in a bowl.
3. Pour mixture into cupcake papers (or little Dixie cups like I did) and freeze.

Bon Appetit!

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