Sunday, August 2, 2009

Zuchinni Parmesan from


1/2 to 1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a large skillet, saute garlic in oil. Add zucchini; cook and stir for 4-5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Stir in the tomatoes, seasoned salt and pepper. Simmer, uncovered, for 9-10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and mixture is heated through. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts
One serving:1/2 cup
Calories: 81
Fat:3 g
Saturated Fat:1 g
Cholesterol:3 mg
Sodium:581 mg
Carbohydrate:10 g
Fiber:2 g
Protein:3 g
Diabetic Exchange:2 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

baby blanket

The Addictive Baby Blanket
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Designed by solmama April 2009

After knitting Mimi Davis’ One Row Blanket De La Harlot and finding out that a good number of my friends have babies on the way, I was inspired to write my own baby blanket pattern. I wanted an easy stitch pattern to remember that looked pretty with both solid and variegated yarns, so I looked at all of the beautiful ravelry FOs for my Slide Step Rib Cloth. This blanket pattern was born. Knit by my fantastic test knitter and editor Anne You can check her out on ravelry as annesknitting. She gave me the best compliment by test knitting the pattern more than once because she liked it so much. Thanks Anne!

Bulky yarn or two strands of worsted weight held together as one
Anne knit the pictured test knit with 2 strands of Caron Simply Soft – Plum Wine held together as one. She used six 6 oz skeins to create a blanket about 38 inches by 48 inches.
US 13 circular needles 29″ long or so to accommodate for all of the stitches
tapestry needle

Special Instructions:

Slip all stitches purlwise

yif = with yarn in front

yib = with yarn in back


Cast on 120 stitches or # of stitches divisible by 6
Do not connect in the round. Knit back and forth as you would on straight needles.

Row 1: *P3, yif, sl 1, yib, K1, yif, sl 1, repeat from * to the end of the row

Row 2: *P3, K3, repeat from * to the end of the row

Row 3: *P3, K1, yif, sl 1, yib, K1, repeat from * to the end of the row

Repeat these 3 rows until desired length.

BO on a Row 2 in pattern.

Weave in Ends.

Anne’s decorative edge edit:
cast on 122 stitches
every row – slip first stitch purl-wise, work in pattern to last stitch, knit last stitch.


Pictured below is the version I knit with Hobby Lobby I Love this Yarn! in Meadow Ombre. I used six skeins.

baby blanket

Skill level: Beginner
Designed by Marilyn Coleman.
Cute as a button and soft as a cloud. Easy knit afghan is the perfect gift to wrap your little one in snuggly warmth and comfort.

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free pattern instructions (pdf)


RED HEART® “Baby Clouds™”, Art. E710 (6 ounce/148 yard solid color and 4½ ounce/110 yard multicolor skeins): 18 Ounces No. E710.9638 Baby Green.

Knitting Needles: 10mm [US 15].
Yarn needle to weave in ends.


* : repeat whatever follows the * as indicated
K : Knit
mm : millimeters
P : purl
rep : repeat

Stst : Stockinette stitch (K 1 row, P 1 row)

st(s) : stitch (es)
tog : together

yo : yarn over


Blanket measures approximately 36½" square.


8 sts = 4"; 15 rows = 4" in pattern. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.


Cast on 73 sts.
Marking first row as the right side, work in pattern as follows:
Rows 1, 2, 3, and 4: Knit.
Row 5: K3, * yo, K2tog; repeat from * to last 2 sts; K2.
Repeat Rows 1-5 until approximately 36" from beginning, end by working pattern Row 5.
Knit 4 more rows.
Bind off.

Hints& Tips:
Use a short length of contrast color yarn to weave into the first row of stitches to “mark” that row as the right side.
- The pattern row (Row 5) is alternately worked on right and wrong side rows to keep the blanket square: first the pattern row is worked on a right side row, then 4 rows later it is worked on a wrong side row.
- To keep track of the number of rows you have worked between pattern rows, count the number of ridges formed by the knit rows – there should be 2 ridges above the pattern row on both sides of the blanket; then you are ready for the pattern row.

baby blanket

FREE PATTERN Heaven Mini Baby Blanket

Materials: 4 balls Heaven
Size: approx. 24 x 24”
Gauge: 8 sts = 4” over g st. Needles: Size US 15 circular needle, 24” or longer.

With size 15 needle, loosely cast on 4 sts. Knit 2 rows.
Increase row: K2, *yo, knit to end.
Repeat increase row to 62 sts Work 1 row as: K1, k2tog, yo, knit to end.
Decrease row: K1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, knit to end.
Repeat decrease row until 5 sts remain.
Last decrease row: K1, k2tog, k2. Knit 1 row even.
Bind off. Weave in all ends.

ABBREVIATIONS: K = knit, P = purl, sts = stitch(es), g st = garter st, k2tog = knit 2 sts together, yo = yarn over.

Designed by Anita Closic

baby warmers


by Alana Dakos

These are the perfect cool weather accessory for the "little legs" in your life. I love to put my 2 year old in those cute short skirts and dresses for spring, but I worry about her little legs being too cold. These are great for chilly mornings because they are so easy to slip off when the sun comes out. She also wears them over tights for added warmth on an extra cool day.
Legwarmies are practical and a fun and funky fashion statement. You can knit them to match all your favorite outfits. They make great last minute gifts because it only takes a weekend to whip up a pair. Legwarmies stretch to fit most children from about 3 months to 3 years old. This yarn is wonderfully soft and warm against your little ones skin and, guess what moms, you can even machine wash them!

Cuff Circumference: 5 inches unstretched, 10 inches stretched
Length: 9 inches (This measurement can be adjusted by lengthening or shortening St st panel.)

Version A (Solid Color): Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino [55% Merino wool, 33% Microfibre, 12% Cashmere; 137yd/125m per 50g skein]; color: #600, Dusty Pink; 1 skein
Version B (Thin Stripe): [MC] Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino [55% Merino wool, 33% Microfibre, 12% Cashmere; 137yd/125m per 50g skein]; color: #503, Apple Green; 1 skein [CC] Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino color: #013, Grape; 1 skein
Version C (Wide Stripe): [MC] Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino [55% Merino wool, 33% Microfibre, 12% Cashmere; 137yd/125m per 50g skein]; color: #007, Magenta; 1 skein [CC] Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino color: #101, Off White; 1 skein
#1 set US #3/3.25mm double-point needles
Stitch Marker
Tapestry Needle

28 sts/36 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch

2x2 Rib (Worked over a multiple of 4 sts)
Round 1: [K2, p2] to end.
Every round is the same.

Elizabeth Zimmerman's Sewn Cast off:
(This produces a nice stretchy cuff that won't be too tight and cut off circulation!)
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail onto tapestry needle. Insert needle purlwise into first stitch then move it to be the last stitch on the final needle. It will then become the final stitch to be cast off. This gives a neater finish to the end of the round. Continue with the following instructions:
*Sew purlwise (right to left) through 2 stitches, leave the stitches on the needle. Sew knitwise (left to right) through the first stitch and then remove stitch from the needle. Repeat from * for the entire circumference. You will have one stitch remaining. Insert needle purlwise into last stitch and remove from the needle.

With [MC] loosely cast on 44 stitches. Divide stitches evenly between 3 double pointed needles. (15 stitches on needles 1 and 2, 14 stitches on needle 3.) Join into a round being careful not to twist your stitches. Mark first stitch for beginning of round. Work 6 rounds in 2x2 Rib.
Version A (Solid Color): Switch to St st and work until piece measures 8 inches from cast on edge. Work 6 more rounds in 2x2 Rib. Loosely cast off using Elizabeth Zimmerman's Sewn Cast off method.
Version B (Thin Stripe): *Drop [MC] switch to [CC] and work 2 rounds in St st. Drop [CC], pick up [MC] and work 2 rounds in St st. Repeat from * continuing in this manner until you have 35 stripes total ending with a [CC] stripe. Cut [CC] leaving a long tail to weave in the end. Pick up [MC]. Knit one round. Work 6 rounds in 2x2 Rib. Loosely cast off using Elizabeth Zimmerman's Sewn Cast off method.
Version C (Wide Stripe): *Drop [MC] switch to [CC] and work 4 rounds in St st. Drop [CC] pick up [MC] and work 4 rounds in St st. Repeat from * continuing in this manner until you have 17 stripes total ending with a [CC] stripe. Cut [CC] leaving a long tail to weave in end. Pick up [MC] Knit one round. Work 6 rounds in 2x2 Rib. Loosely cast off using Elizabeth Zimmerman's Sewn Cast off method.

Weave in ends using a tapestry needle. Block lightly.

By the way, my daughter has been wearing these a lot lately and they look super duper cute on her and everyone comments on them!

Posted by NeverNotKnitting at 10:47 PM
Labels: Legwarmies

Friday, April 17, 2009

Instant Potato Soup

Cooking with Basic Food Storage: Delicious Instant Potato Soup Recipe
I promised that I would provide more potato flakes recipes and this one's a keeper:

• 4 slices bacon, diced
• 1 medium onion, chopped fine
• 1 carrot, sliced fine
• 2 ribs celery, chopped fine
• 1 (10 ½-ounce) can chicken broth
• 2 ½ cups milk (or equal parts milk and cream)
• 1 ½ cups instant mashed potato flakes
• Salt and pepper
• 2 green onions, thinly sliced (optional)

Place the bacon in a 2-quart Dutch oven or saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon pieces with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add onions, carrots and celery; cook over low heat until vegetables are soft, stirring occasionally.

Add chicken broth to the pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add milk. Gradually stir in instant potatoes, blending smoothly. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Gently heat soup to desired temperature; do not boil. Add more milk if soup seems too thick, more flakes if too thin. Serve topped with green onion and reserved bacon. Makes 6 servings.
Per serving: 152 calories (32 percent from fat), 5.4 g fat (2.7 g saturated, 1.7 g monounsaturated), 14.9 mg cholesterol, 7.9 g protein, 18.2 g carbohydrates, 1.7 g fiber, 480.5 mg sodium.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

No-Bake Cookies

2 tbs. cocoa
2 c. sugar
dash of salt
3/4 c. milk
1 t. vanilla
3/4 c. peanut butter
3 - 3 1/2 c. oatmeal

Mix cocoa, sugar, salt, and milk in saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook 3 minutes on medium.

Turn off heat and stir in vanilla and peanut butter.

Add cocoa peanut butter mixture to separate bowl with oats already in it. Mix well and drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper.

Makes approximately 18.

Refrigerate until hard and enjoy!