Knitted Triangle Shawl

A simple knitted shawl is always nice to have around to keep the shoulder’s warm.  This pattern is on a level of EASY.

Measures:  72 inches at the widest point and 24 inches at the longest point.

Yarn Used:  Red Heart Super Saver Ombre (I used the Baja Blue for the color)

Needles:  Circular knitting Needle US 8, 40 inches long.  Stitch markers.

Hooks:  for the trim Crochet Hook J (Optional)

Abbreviations:

k = knit; k2tog = knit 2 stitches together; tog = together; yo= yarn over; [] = work directions in brackets until the number of times specified; dc = double crochet (trim); sc=single crochet (trim)

NOTES:  This Shawl is worked back and forth in rows.  Utilizing a circular needle allows for the width as it grows.

Row 1: (Right Side):  k1, yo, k1, yo, place marker, k1, place marker, yo, k1, yo,k1 = 9 stitches.

Row 2: knit

Row 3: k1, yo, knit to marker, yo, slip marker, k1, slip marker, yo, knit to last stitch yo, k1.  = 13 stitches

Row 4: knit

Repeat rows 3-4 three more times = 25 stitches on the last row worked.

Row 11:  k1, yo, knit to marker, yo, slip marker, k1, slip marker, yo, knit to last stitch, yo, k1 = 29 stitches.

Row 12: k1, purl to last stitch, k1.

Repeat rows 11-12 two more times = 37 stitches on last row.

Row 17 (Right Side):  k1, yo, k1,[yo, k2tog] to marker, yo, slip marker, k1, slip marker, [yo, k2tog] to last stitch, yo, k1, yo, k1 = 41 stitches.

Row 18:  Repeat row 12.

Repeat rows 11-18 until there are 269 stitches are on the last row worked.

Next row (Wrong side):  Knit.

Next Row:  k1,yo,knit to last stitch, yo, k1 = 271 stitches.

Bind off on the last wrong side row.

For the trim:

Start on a corner: Attach using the loop method with your yarn.  Chain 3 (This is your first double chain. 3 more DC, chain one, 4 double chains in the same stitch on the corner. Skip 2 stitches and SC in the third stitch.

Skip 2 stitches, 4 DC in the next stitch skip 2 stitches, single chain in the next stitch.

Continue this shell pattern until the next corner.

On the next corner stitch:  DC 4 in the same stitch, chain one, DC 4 in same stitch skip two stitches, 4 DC in the next stitch skip 2 stitches, single chain in the next stitch.

Continue this shell pattern until the next corner.

On the next corner stitch:  DC 4 in the same stitch, chain one, DC 4 in same stitch skip two stitches, 4 DC in the next stitch skip 2 stitches, single chain in the next stitch.

Using a single chain attach to your original corner starting shell top.

To block, pin piece on board evenly and flat to remove “curl”.  Spray with a little water and leave to dry.

Then Wear and Enjoy!

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Until Next Time,

Kay L. Rice

 

 

Alphabet Soup Mix in a Jar

Meal-Prepping and filling your pantry doesn’t have to be a daunting task.  Utilizing dehydrated veggies and herbs works great to have a quick grab and prepared home cooked meal.  These also have a great shelf life to have on hand during emergency and disaster situations.

Today I am sharing a fun kid friendly recipe.  Alphabet Soup.  And it tastes so much better than store bought condensed.

First to prepare your jars.

  • 1 half pint canning jar with a tight lid.
  • 1 cup alphabet pasta
  • 2 tablespoons dried vegetable flakes
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granuals or powder
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

Directions for jars.

  1. Make sure your jar and lids are clean and dry!
  2. Layer 1/2 cup of pasta, then 1 tablespoon of dehydrated veggies, then the boullion and Pepper.
  3. Layer the second tablespoon of veggies then the second half cup of pasta.
  4. The layering just makes it “pretty”.
  5. Tightly screw on your lid and label.
  6. Alphabet Soup Mix
  7. Add 4 cups water + 1/2 cup of tomato pasta sauce.

When you are ready to use.

  1. Place water, pasta sauce and contents of jar in a large sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a boil on high heat.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, uncovered, or until pasta and veggies are tender.

Easy peasy!

Place in a cool place to store that isn’t prone to high humidity, your pantry.
Until next time!

Kay L Rice

Rabbit Stew

Rabbit is a wonderful lean meat.  Whether domestic or wild rabbit makes a wonderful meal.  This is a very basic stew recipe which uses a whole rabbit and lots of mushrooms.  I use my Dutch oven for this stew.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole rabbit. (Cleaned and cut up into pieces)
  • 3 cups of mushrooms your choice (my favorites are baby Bella’s, oyster, morales) cut up in large pieces.
  • 2 small turnips, peeled and diced
  • 1 parsnip peeled and diced
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup cooking Sherry
  • 2 small onions diced
  • 8 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh or dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon of ground black pepper

Directions

  1. In your Dutch oven, melt your butter.
  2. While Butter is melting, dust your rabbit pieces (yes leave the bones in the meat) with flour.
  3. Brown your rabbit in the butter.  Just brown the outsides.
  4. In a separate skillet, sauteed your onions, garlic and mushrooms in olive oil.
  5. Add in your sauteed ingredients over your rabbit pieces.
  6. Add in your parsnip and turnips.
  7. Sprinkle in your herbs and pepper.
  8. Add in your chicken broth.
  9. Move your stove eye heat to medium.
  10. Add in slowly while stirring your cooking Sherry (white cooking wine works nice too, just don’t mix the two).
  11. Simmer for 1 hour.
  12. Turn down to low.
  13. Using some of the broth (take out about a half a cup) stir in a spoon or two of flour to make a rich gravy and stir back into your stew.
  14. Turn on low until ready to sit down to enjoy.
  15. Yes the bones stay in the entire time.
  16. Serve and enjoy with some sourdough biscuits.


Enjoy!

Until next time,

Mrs. Kay Rice

Christmas Cards

Bear with me with me on this little blog post.

I miss getting Christmas Cards.  Oh, I get plenty on social media, you know, the generic ones with snow and a dancing snowman.  What I miss is real, paper, delivered by the postman, Christmas Cards.  I miss birthday cards, letters and stuff in the mail other than bills and ‘junk’ mail.  I miss Carolers coming to the house and singing.  I miss singing traditional songs at Christmas.  In fact, here lately I cringe at some of the Christmas songs I hear on the radio.

carolers

I miss the celebration, the deliberation and the honesty behind all of the things now deemed old-fashioned or out-dated.  Perhaps I’m out-dated, don’t care, I am am who I am.   I admit I have fallen into the techno mentality myself, I’m working on a computer as I write this right now.  But what really hit me was when I sent a text to my husband, who was downstairs, last night as I was upstairs in my office.  REALLY???? NO!  At that moment I wanted to throw my cell phone out the window.   Honestly, I almost cried.  Why?  Because I consider myself very blessed to have a very close, honest and loving relationship with my husband, and the last thing I want is to put technology between us.

I woke up early this morning, with a lot on my heart and mind.  I spent extra time in prayer over a morning cup of coffee and I am almost finished with my Christmas Cards.  I sat this morning putting in a letter in each one to be sent to family and friends who I rarely hear from anymore, but still, it’s a Christmas Card and it will be delivered through the postal service and I hope it brings a smile.

Take the time to sit down and play a game WITH a person AT a table and enjoy each other’s company.  Take the time to write a letter and send a smile to someone.  Most of all, unplug.

Until Next Time,

Mrs. Kay L. Rice

A Basic Sunburst Granny Square

I’m starting a new section here since I’ve had so much recent interest.  Tonight I’m going to share with you a pattern for a Sunburst Granny Square.  Granny Squares are great because they finish quickly and can be stitched together like a quilt to make blankets, baby blankets, scarfs, bags, ponchos, lots of cool things.

Ready? Here we go!

Your crochet hook size depends on the yarn and size you want for the square. I think a 4mm works best. I used a bit larger hook for the one in the picture so you could see the stitches best.  As for yarn I like Red Heart or Big Twist economy.

Stitches

Half double crochet (hdc): yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull loop through stitch (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook.

Double Crochet (dc): yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull loop through stitch (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through two loops on hook (2 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through 2 remaining loops on hook.

Puff Stitch (ps): *Yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch and draw yarn through stitch* 3 times (7 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook. Chain 1 to lock.

Cluster Stitch (cs): *Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops* 4 times (5 loops on hook).  Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook.

Treble Stitch (trbl): Yarn over hook twice, insert hook in next stitch.  Yarn over hook and draw yarn through stitch (4 loops on hook).  Pull yarn through 2 loops (3 loops remaining on hook). Yarn over and draw through 2 loops (2 loops remaining).  Yarn over and pull through last 2 loops on hook.

Round 1:

Chain 5 join with a slip stitch.  Gives you a ‘magic circle’.  Chain 3 to count as your first double crochet.  Work 15 more double crochet stitches around the ring. Join with a slip stitch.  You can fasten off to change colors here if you want, I didn’t in my sample.

Round 2:

Attach the next color with a slip stitch to any dc, chain 1, puff stitch in the same stitch and in each dc. Join with a slip stitch to the first puff stitch. 16 puff stitches in all.  Fasten off.

Round 3:

Attach the next color with a slip stitch in the chain 1 space of any puff stitch, chain 2, (cluster stitch, chain 2) in the same space and in each chain 1 spaces around. Join with a slip stitch in the beginning cluster stitch. 16 cluster stitches in all.  Fasten.

Round 4:

Use the same color for round four on all your squares if making a blanket.  Attach your color with a slip stitch in any chain 2 space.  Chain 4 to count as the first treble stitch and then 2 more treble stitches. Chain 1 now on the same stitch create 3 more treble stitches. This creates a corner. We are changing the circle into a square.  In your next 2 chain space crochet 3 treble stitches, chain 1.  Do this 2 more times. Create a corner ( 2 sets of treble in the same stitch) repeat until you have 4 corners.

Round 5: 

Repeat Round 4. Fasten off.

Now you can stitch your granny squares together.

Here is another one with a smaller size hook and thicker yarn. A huge difference in the outcome.


Until next time,

Mrs. Kay L. Rice

The Secret to Happiness

There is one simple step that I have found that leads to happiness.  Acknowledge that happiness does not rely on a person, place, thing or even a circumstance.  It depends on your choice.  Yup, its that simple.  It all depends on how you look at everything, how you react to situations and people.

It seems more and more the ‘world’ pushes that happiness can only be gained by being tied to things, people, position and money.  Prestige and placement in life are preached to our children so heavily at a young age that it’s no wonder we are seeing so much depression and and stress in our youngins.  The constant flood of being plugged in is always screaming at us what the world says we have to be, have to do, have to go.  It’s time to turn it off.  School is important but college is not a necessity.  There is nothing wrong with having a career based on skill and talents, working with your hands or with the land.  Technology has its uses, but more often than not, it seems to have more misuses.

Here are some basic rules for embracing the now, for finding happiness.

  • Live well beneath your means.
  • Don’t give away what you can’t give at home.
  • Return everything you borrow.
  • Serve with your talents and your heart, not out of obligation or guilt.
  • Stop blaming other people for your bad choices.
  • Pray Daily (sometimes every second if need be).
  • Have daily walks and talk with God.
  • Admit it when you make a mistake.
  • Give unworn clothes to charity.
  • Give outsized clothes to charity.
  • Do something nice for a total stranger (and don’t post it on social media).
  • Listen more; talk less.
  • Find a reason to be outside.
  • Strive for excellence, but not perfection.
  • Be on time.
  • Don’t make excuses.
  • Organize your day in the morning.
  • Don’t argue or insist on being right or having the last word.
  • Be kind to unkind people.
  • Let someone ahead of you in line.
  • Take time to be alone with God.
  • Always incorporate good manners.
  • Don’t lie.
  • Be humble.
  • Realize and accept that life is not fair, but it is all in God’s plan.
  • Enjoy your time for rest and sleep.
  • Know when to keep your mouth shut.
  • Practice not criticizing others.
  • Turn the TV/Computer/phone off.
  • Learn from the past.
  • Live every day to its fullest.
  • Always give a kind word.
  • Make due with what you have.
  • Focus on the good, not the bad.

Happiness is how you view your life.  I like to tell people that every day is a good day as long as I wake up and my feet hit the floor and my face doesn’t.  I figure that leaves the rest of the day wide open for great things to happen.

Until Next Time,

Mrs. Kay L. Rice

 

Russian Tea

There are certain times of year that I crave a special hot drink my Momma would make for me.  Those times are; Autumn, Winter and when I have a head cold.

With November being here, that memory and desire came back.  Now, I have no idea why this is called Russian Tea.  There is no Vodka in it, not any alcohol at all, but it sure can warm you up head to toe and completely inside!  It also feels great on a sore throat and stuffy head and nose.

This is my Momma Kathy’s recipe.

Russian Tea

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups sugar (I use half sugar and half stevia)
  • 3/4 cup of Instant Nestea no sugar no lemon
  • 18 ounces Tang Powdered Orange Drink (You know, the breakfast drink that went to the moon…. I just aged myself, I know.)
  • 8 ounces powdered lemonade. (1 lg package of Wylers lemonade)
  • 1 tsp of ground cloves
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. In a large bowl thoroughly mix all the ingredients together.  (Be careful, it will make you sneeze)
  2. Put mix in Mason Jars or glass storage containers that can be sealed tightly. It will fill a quart jar and about a pint jar.
  3. Put caps on tightly.
  4. Store in a dry place.

To Serve:

  • Heat water until boiling.
  • Put 3 tablespoons of mix in your favorite 12 ounce coffee mug.
  • Add hot water and stir.
  • Enjoy!

Until next time,

Mrs. Kay L Rice

Sourdough Flatbread (& Sourdough Starter)

Rarely will you walk into my kitchen and not see a quart (or gallon) mason jar tucked away on the dark part of the kitchen counter filled with sourdough starter.  I use this starter for everything from breads, biscuits, pancakes pretty much anything bread based.  Wheat and raw flours work much better than bleached white flour but you can use that too.

If you don’t know how to make your own sourdough starter:  Here you go.

BASIC SOURDOUGH STARTER

In a mason jar (gallon or quart, nothing less), add in 1 tablespoon of plain real greek yogurt (this is your cultures), 1 cup of your flour (I like wheat), 1 cup of warm room temperature water.  Stir but do not whip. Cover with a cheesecloth over the top, and screw on a mason jar ring.  Tuck away in a nice warm dark spot on your counter.  NOW Here is the important stuff  EVERY DAY at the same time you MUST FEED your starter, kinda like a pet.  It will die if you don’t.  To feed it you add in 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of warm (not hot, not cold) water.  Stir do not Whip, put the cheesecloth and ring back on set aside.  Do this for 7 days.  You should see “bubbles” and it should expand a tad and have a nice ‘sour’ smell to it.  It’s ready to use in your sourdough recipe of choice. If you have to let it go to sleep (aka not feed it for a few days) put it in the refrigerator where it will go to sleep.  To wake it up, bring it out of the refrigerator and start feeding it again (you do not need to re add the yogurt).

Now onto the FLATBREAD.

But today, I thought I would share with you how to make flatbread.  I love flatbread, it can be used as a soft sandwich shell, you can dip it in hummus or other dips, or use as a “slice” of bread with soup, stew or eggs.  My favorite are whole wheat, and honestly from what I’ve seen in the stores around here, it’s expensive for all it is.

NOTE:  Make your dough the night before, it needs to “rise” at least 8 hours to be perfect.

INGREDIENTS (Makes 7-8 flatbreads):

  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of lard (yes, I use lard, you can use crisco or coconut oil if you prefer)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups of sourdough starter

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Fold all of your ingredients together.
  2. Form into a large “ball” in a large greased bowl.
  3. Cover with a “bread towel” and set in a warm place in your kitchen (not on direct heat) and leave it alone overnight (or 8 hours).  Overnight is best.
  4. The next morning, Punch your dough down and form a new ball and let it sit for about 5 minutes or so.
  5. Take a mess of dough about the size of a small fist and form it into a ball.
  6. Place on your rolling mat with a sprinkle of flour (as to not stick to your board or rolling pin) and roll out with your bread rolling pin until round and about 1/4 inch thick.
  7. Carefully lift your dough and place it on a HOT skillet (a cast iron skillet greased is best).  Cook for 30 seconds, flip over and cook for another 30 seconds, flip again, cook for another 30 seconds, and flip a final time and cook another 30 seconds.
  8. Do steps 6 and 7 until all of the balls of dough are done.
  9. They are great to eat immediately, or store them in a bread bag and eat throughout the week.

Enjoy!

Until Next Time,

Mrs. Kay L. Rice

 

 

Pickled Brussel Sprouts or Cauliflower

With the growing season coming to an end there seems to be an abundance of brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, squash.  The Autumn veggies.

Cabbage always gets put into fermentation crocks to become saurkraut, but what to do with brussel sprouts and cauliflower? Pickling.  This recipe will give you great treats to enjoy all winter as a side, salad or snack.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups of brussel sprouts or Cauliflower (I don’t mix these two together in the same jars).
  • 5 cups white vinegar
  • 5 cups of water
  • 6 tbsp canning salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 5 cloves garlic spit
  • 1 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes
  • 5 sterluzed pint jars with canning lids/rings

Directions

  • Split your sprouts in half and remove the end ‘nubs’. Soak in water. About 5 min.
  • Split your cauliflower into small florets. Soak in water. About 5 minutes.
  • In a large pot bring your vinager, water, salt, sugar and pepper flakes to a rolling boil.
  • In each (hot) sterilized jar place one whole garlic clove split (2 halved).
  • Pack each jar with your brussel sprouts or Cauliflower leaving 1/2 inch head space.
  • Fill with hot vinager solution leaving 1/2 inch headspace.
  • Use spacer tool to work out air bubbles.
  • Clean rims of jars.
  • Apply lids and rings.
  • Water bath can for 15 minutes after reaching canning temperature.
  • Cool.  Wait for the “pop”.  Make sure they seal.
  • Let set for 24 hours before moving to storage.

Enjoy!

Until next time,

Mrs Kay L Rice

Napolito Soup

The one thing I absolutely love about Autumn and Winter is that it is SOUP SEASON!

I can have soup every dinner and lunch and not get tired of it.  Luckily my husband enjoys it as well.

This is a favorite of mine because of the intense flavors and warmth.

These ingredients are in measurements that may or not be common to you as I home can everything in while it’s in season (except the cactus, I buy it from the Mexican grocery).

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • 5 cloves of garlic diced
  • 1 quart of chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp lard
  • 2 jalapeno peppers diced
  • 1 pint of camned pork (you can also fry up 1/2 pound of fresh pork roast)
  • 1 half pint of tomatoes with jalapeno peppers
  • 1 quart of halved or whole tomatillos
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp of lime juice
  • 1 quart of canned napolitos (cactus) drained
  • 1 pint of white kidney beans
  • Fresh cilantro diced
  • 1 pint of hominy
  • 1 pint of yellow corn
  • 4 tbsp of corn flour
  • 2 quarts of water

Directions

  1. In a very large soup pot, melt your lard.
  2. Add your onion, garlic and diced jalapeno peppers.
  3. Cook until just a little “limp”.
  4. Add in your hominy and corn.
  5. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring with the onion mix.
  6. Add in your (cooked) pork.
  7. Cook for about 5 minutes stirring into the mix.
  8. Now add everything else EXCEPT the corn flour and cilantro.
  9. Cook soup on a low simmer for 2 to three hours.
  10. Taking about a cup of the broth out in a bowl, mix in your corn flour to make a roe (paste).
  11. Stir the corn paste into the soup.
  12. Let cook for another hour, stirring often so your paste doesn’t turn into corn marbles, if they do, just call them dumplings.
  13. Just before serving stir in a handful of cilantro.
  14. Serve and sprinkle a bit of fresh cilantro on top in the bowl for extra flavor.

I hope you enjoy this as much as we do.

Until next time,

Mrs. Kay L Rice 🌶️