This is my best friend, Alice. We got together for lunch and after almost two weeks since we had seen each other, we had lots to share. Some things are better in person than through social media.
I love this little gadget that lets me make cute curly que potatoes so easily! I got it free … and spent $40 on the complete knife set, but I really like them. I haven’t needed to cut any coke cans in half yet, but if I do these knives will work well.
I cheated and did a very simple version of this with clearance sale plastic mason jar knock offs from Deals for $2 each. The one with the ribbon works very well without ever getting tangled. The one with yarn can only be used with small amounts, but using it just for wrapping presents works very well.
I’ve been making our Christmas tree skirt for this year. I didn’t really follow this pattern completely, but the part I used in underneath and I included a link to the pattern also. I decided I liked the skirt plain since we never have a tree without presents under it right away.
Row 1: Dc in 5th ch from hook, * 1, dc in next ch; rep from * across; turn.
Row 2: Ch 4, skip ch-1 sp, * dc in next dc, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp; rep from * to last st; dc in 3rd ch of ch-4; turn – 12 groups of 4 dc.
Row 3: Ch 4, skip ch-l sp, * [dc in next 2 dc, ch 1] twice, skip next ch-l sp; rep from * to last st; dc in 3rd ch of ch-4; turn.
Row 4: Ch 4, skip ch-l sp, * dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next sp, dc in next 2 dc, ch 1, skip next sp; rep from * to last st; dc in 3rd ch of ch-4; turn – 12 groups of 6 dc.
Row 5: Ch 4, skip ch-1 sp, * [dc in next 3 dc, ch 1] twice, skip next sp; rep from * to last st; dc in 3rd ch of ch-4.
Row 6: Ch 4, skip sp, * dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in sp, dc in next 3 dc, ch 1, skip sp; rep from * to last st; dc in 3rd ch of ch-4; turn – 12 groups of 8 dc.
Continue in the manner of the last 2 rows: adding a ch-1 sp at the center of each of 12 groups on right side rows and working 2 dc in that same sp on wrong side rows, until there are 12 groups of 44 dc on last row. The last (wrong side) row would be worked as follows: Ch 4, skip sp, * dc in next 21 dc, 2 dc in sp, dc in next 21 dc, ch 1, skip sp; rep from * to last st; dc in 3rd ch of ch-4 – 12 groups of 44 dc. Fasten off.
Lower Edging-Row 1: With right side facing and larger hook, attach one strand each CB and CC in top of last dc; ch 3, dc in next sp, dc in next dc and in each dc across (skip all other ch 1 sps), dc in 3rd ch of ch-4; turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, (sc, ch 3, sc) all in first dc, * skip next dc, (sc, ch 3, sc) all in next st; rep from * across. Fasten off.
Center Opening Edging: With right side facing and larger hook, attach CB/CC at opening; ch 1, sc evenly up center opening edge, across opposite side of beg ch, and down next edge. Fasten off.
Tie: With larger hook and CB/CC, ch 150. Fasten off. Weave through the ch-1 sps of Row 1. Knot each end. Trim.
One Dog Paws Christmas Stocking done and one to sew together. Are they not adorable?!
Another Christmas gift I completed this week is for my best friend’s coffee table. Open the book and
Scripture Stones for her to write her favorite scriptures on! Lovely bags of etched stones from Hobby Lobby for $4.99, minus my 40 % off coupon from the Hobby Lobby app.
I also completed my own coffee table display of Scripture Stones
Rotisserie Chicken Dinner from Pinterest was delicious and easy!
with Banana Bars for desert as well as delivering a tray full of bars to Ben’s school for the teachers dinner. Parent/Teacher conferences were Wednesday night. A lady, Carolyn T., I use to work with gave me this recipe and I’ve never found a more delicious banana bar recipe. The sour cream is the secret.
Frosted Banana Bars
Cream together in large bowl: 1/2 cup softened butter and 1 1/2 cup sugar. Add 2 eggs, 1 cup sour cream, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. In separate bowl whisk together 2 cups flour, 1 tsp. baking soda, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Gradually add to butter mixture. Stir in 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed. Spread into greased 15x10x1 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes. Cool completely then frost with cream cheese frosting. Store in refrigerator.
I also tried a recipe from Pinterest for leftover mashed potato soup that was good! I added bacon bits and 1/2 tsp. Celery Salt to this recipe. It was soooo creamy and thick!
And finally, Izzy has been in training to be a gift wrapper?
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Because you’re so special,
the things inside these gift gloves
have a special meaning too!
Put them all together and they say,
We really appreciate
all that you do.
Lotion: Thanks for helping our day run smoothly!
Nail Polish: You help our students shine and add a sparkle to our day.
Emery board: Things would be rough without you.
Packet of Kleenex: You soften my load. Thanks for wiping tears and noses.
Disinfectant: Thanks for promoting a healthy attitude.
Gum: Thanks for “chew”sing to help us! We appreciate it more than you know.
Chap stick: Your help is soothing.
Mentos: You are worth a mint!
Rollos: Thanks for rolling with us. You help to make things fun.
Chocolate Bar: You are so sweet, bar none!
Candle: Thanks for brightening our day and filling it with the warmth of your smile.
Bracelet: Love is sharing & caring like a circle without end. Thank you for being our classroom helping hand and friend.
Gloves: When you slip your hands inside feeling the soft cozy warmth that makes you smile, know that’s how you make us feel. We appreciate you and wish you a very Merry Christmas; filled with everything and everyone you love the most.
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