Friday, June 12, 2009

Gluten and Corn free Spicey Hamburger Rice Dish

We are always looking for ways to change up what we eat because I have to not eat any gluten or corn. My husband came up with this recipe and we really like it. It can be used by itself or with a salad or as a filling for stuffed green bell peppers.
Ingredients are:
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 jar Jumping Jacks Mild Salsa ( you can use any salsa of your choice this one is gluten and corn free and is made by my brother)
10 oz of long grain white rice ( we used Rice Expressions organic white rice that is microwaveable)
Shredded cheddar cheese to your liking

Brown the ground beef in a skillet and drain. Cook the rice as it says to. Now to ground beef add the rice and jar of salsa and cook till salsa is warm and ingredients are mixed well. Add the shredded cheese to taste stirring until melted. Serve up and add more shredded cheese to top. Makes a large serving for two if you are hungry. It is a great way to change things up. Hope you like it.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Crocheted Hot Pad Pattern

This pattern is my own. My grandmother taught me how to do this by using a washcloth and folding it then crocheting around but I changed to make the cloth too because it is a thicker hot pad then. Hope it isn’t confusing they way I explain it.

With 100% cotton and a G hook
Row 1 with cotton and G hook ch 47. hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn
Row 2 ch1 hdc in each hdc across turn
Row 3 – 40 repeat row 2 At end of last row fasten off
You may have more or fewer rows depending on how tight you crochet. What you want is a rectangle

Now comes the folding. Take the cloth just made and fold in half. Pin to help hold in place to keep it from slipping when you start to crochet the border.
Starting at the top left corner
attach 100% cotton ch 3 do 2 dc in same space ch 2 skip one space dc in next sp ch 2 skip one space 3dc in next space ch 2 skip a space and in next space dc. Continue around in this pattern.
Go down the left side across the bottom and up the right side

Shown in this picture

Now take and fold to meet the top left corner to the meet with top right corner in the middle pictured below.

Pin to hold and then slip stitch right corner to left.
Now pin the sides and they will be squares on each side like the picture below

This will be square on both sides when you pin them.
Ch 2 and continue pattern where you left off across one side and top opening, down the side and across the bottom up the other side and across the top opening. Now all sides should be worked and you are back to the top. Slip stitch to the stitch on the other side across from last stitch made. Ch 10 sl st to form a ring and this is your hanger.

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Crocheted Cross Bookmark

I know it has been awhile since I wrote anything but I have been busy. I have been crocheting dish clothes and potholders for a place that provides a home for the homeless families to help them get back on their feet. I also have been crocheting these Cross Bookmarks that I designed to sell and the money going to our missions at our church. Right now we have homes in South Africa, Thailand, and India and we also help local organizations. I am giving all the money made from these to our missions department to help in any way it can. This is a simple design but really following Christ is simple and it is simply important to love and help others and so that is why I kept the design simple. This is one way I hope to be able to do something to help. If you are interested in getting any of the crosses you can contact me at