Elegant Toddler Girl Hat

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Well this is long overdue, and I apologize. What more can I say than life is hectic?! We have been busy with renovations, yard clean-up, expanding our farm, and adjusting to life on an acreage in Manitoba. Although it is busy, we absolutely love it here!

Now that colder weather is coming and life it settling down a bit, I have some time for hobbies again. WHOOT WHOOT! And two of these hobbies are, you guessed it, blogging and crocheting. So without further delay, here is the long awaited Elegant Crochet Hat pattern! ( For the Wavy Infinity Scarf pattern shown in the picture, click here . For the Overlapping Crochet Flower, click here )

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This pattern is a little more intermediate than the scarf.

Elegant Crochet Hat
Size – 2-6 years

Hook size – J(6.00mm)
NOTE: I like to use a 5.00mm hook on the rim.

*ch3 at beginning of round counts as 1 stitch.

Rnd 1: ch 4. 9 dc in first ch. sl st into the 4th ch. (10 sts)

Rnd 2: sl st into first dc. sl st into space between next sts. ch 3. 3 dc into same space. skip 2 sts. *4 dc into space between next sts. skip 2 sts.* repeat 3 more times. sl st to ch3. (20 sts)

Rnd 3: sl st into first dc. sl st into space between next sts. ch 3. 7 dc into same space. skip 4 sts. *8 dc into space between next sts. skip 4 sts.* repeat 3 more times. sl st to ch3. (40 sts)

Rnd 4: sl st into first dc. sl st into space between next sts. ch 3. 3 dc into same space. skip 4 sts. *8 dc into space between next sts. skip 4 sts. 4 dc into space between next sts. skip 4 sts.* repeat 3 more times. 8 dc into space between next sts. sl st to ch3. (60 sts)

Rnd 5-15: sl st into first dc. sl st into space between next sts. ch 3. 3 dc into same space. skip 4 sts. *4 dc into space between next ss. skip 4 sts.* reeat 13 more times. sl st to ch3. (60 sts)

Rnd 16, 17: (Don’t forget to switch hooks!) ch 1. sc into next st and every st around. sl st to ch1. (60 sts)

Fasten off. With yarn needle, weave in ends.

Attach your favorite crochet flower and you’re finished!

To make this hat smaller, I simply use a smaller hook. For a 12-24 month size I use a 5.00 mm hook for the hat and a 4.00 mm hook for the rim.

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size 2-6 years, left : size 12-24 months, right

Toddler Girl Infinty Scarf

  
Making a scarf for my daughter has been on my to-do list for well over a year. Now that fall has arrived, I decided she simply cannot go without a scarf this year! After looking at several photos of toddler scarves and reading through a few patterns, I came up with this one. I am thrilled with how it turned out!

For the hat pattern, click here

Wavy Infinity Scarf Free Pattern

This pattern is great for beginners.

Wavy Infinity Scarf
Size – Toddler

Hook size – H (5.00mm)

Row 1: Ch 22

Row 2: hdc in third ch from hook, *hdc in next 2 ch, 3 hdc in next ch, hdc in next 2 ch, skip 1 ch, reapeat from * twice, hdc in last ch, ch 2, turn.

Row 3: in back loops only – hdc in same st as ch 2, *skip 1 st, hdc in next 2 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, skip 1 st, repeat from * twice, hdc in last st, ch 2, turn.

Row 4-112 (or until desired length): repeat row 3.

Using a yarn needle, join the last row to the first row to form a loop.

Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

For alternating colours, this is what I did:
main colour – 6 rows
second colour – 6 rows
main colour – 2 rows
second colour – 2 rows
I followed this pattern 7 times.

You can definitely switch up the colours in whichever order you prefer; have some fun with it!

TIP – if you don’t like weaving in all the ends after changing colours, simply carry them up the side of the scarf. Then go around the edges afterward in sc to make a border.

Wavy Infinity Scarf Free Pattern

Our Forever Home

Anxious – a very appropriate word to describe how I’ve been feeling lately. There are so many things to be done but none of which I can start on until we take possession of our new home.

That’s right! We bought a house. It is a 1970’s home with 40 acres of land, a bunch of old barns and sheds, and lots of beautiful trees. We are so excited that we have found the property of our dreams! We are now anxiously waiting to move in and make it our forever home!

We have so many ideas for upgrading and renovating our new home, it is hard to sit here and wait until possession. A few projects we hope to accomplish over winter are the kitchen, the main floor carpets, and painting. Lots and lots of paint! In the spring we look forward to starting a veggie garden, pulling out some overgrown shrubs and bushes in the front yard to make room for flower gardens, and perhaps starting on the exterior appearance of the house. We also plan to seed about 30 acres for hay next year and possibly get an animal or two! The kids are constantly asking when we can get a puppy and kittens and some cows!

The kids and I have driven by a few times a week just to see the property again and dream about the future. I have no pictures of the house to share with you, but the current homeowners allowed to walk through the yard and the barns – so beautiful!

This is the largest barn on the property and we are thinking about painting it!

This is the largest barn on the property and we are thinking about painting it!

There are a total of four old barns/sheds. We are very excited to go sifting through the items the current homeowners choose to leave behind!

There are a total of four old barns/sheds. We are very excited to go sifting through the items the current homeowners choose to leave behind!

I hope to take before, during, and after photos of our renovations you can expect a few of those in the future! We can hardly wait to make this our forever home!

Hungarian Goulash Soup

This fantastic recipe has somewhat of a long story.

When the Hubbs and I were first married, he would happily eat anything I made without one word of complaint. He would definitely still praise and compliment the meals that he DID like, which of course was much appreciated by myself the ‘chef’. But after a few months of noticing certain meals he made no comment on, I decided to try something different.

So one night, after yet another unsuccessful meal, I asked him what some of his favourite meals were growing up. After all, my cooking is no comparison to the scrumptious meals his mother makes 🙂 So the Hubbs listed off a few meals he liked, but one of them sounded particularly intriguing to me. Evidently, is was Hungarian Goulash. Now, being the proud ‘chef’ that I am, I decided to browse on the internet for a recipe. Seeing none that looked overly tasty to me, I thought I would try combining a few to come up with my own creation! The result?!?! Well, it looked appetizing enough…

So I called Hubby to the table, hoping for the best! When he looked at the meal, I could tell instantly that something wasn’t quite right; he looked slightly confused. His first comment “Uhm, did you get this recipe from my Mom?!” So I admitted to him that I was too proud and tried it out on my own first. So, we daringly took a bite. The REAL result?!?! An absolute FAIL! It was MUCH too powerful a flavour and served over mushy noodles 😦 But thinking back now, the expression on Hubby’s face was quite hilarious!

So the next day, I caved in and asked his mom for the recipe. The NEW result?!?! AMAZING!!!!!!

Hungarian Goulash Soup

So without further delay, I give you…..HUNGARIAN GOULASH SOUP! (with a few minor adjustments to feed our small family)

Hungarian Goulash Soup

8 slices Bacon, chopped
1 large Onion, chopped
1 Green Pepper, chopped
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 pound Ground Beef
2 Tbsp Paprika
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes
3 1/2 cups beef broth
3-4 med Potatoes
Sour Cream

Directions:

In a large pot, at medium high heat, cook bacon until almost crisp. Add pepper, onion and garlic; cook until tender. Add ground beef and cook through. Sprinkle in paprika, salt, pepper and sugar. Stir thoroughly. Add tomatoes and broth. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Add potatoes and return to medium heat, cook until potatoes are soft (about 20 minutes). Dish it up and serve with sour cream 🙂 Serves roughly 4 adults.

This is Home…for now

As many of you know, we recently packed up our home in Central Alberta and made a big move! With our camper fully packed and our Expedition putting along, we set out to a new province, a new home. Eighteen hours in a vehicle with three bored and uncomfortable kids was quite the adventure! I was VERY happy my Hubby agreed to pull over at a rest stop for the night. With only 14 hours of actual driving time, we finally made it to our destination.

For nine weeks we will be living in our camper. So far, we have made it through one week. We are currently parked right next door to family and friends! Matteah has spent more time outside during this one week than she did in an entire summer when we lived in town! Her cousins keep her busy with exploring and playing on the tire swing 🙂

Ethan on the other hand, has been a little bit more challenging. I’m thinking that is probably because I decided to start potty training! Life in a camper doesn’t leave you with a whole lot to do, so I figured what better to do with my time than get him potty trained?! Ethan is also enjoying being outside a playing with cousins; he is getting a good lesson in sharing!

Our little Logan is almost 3 months old and doing great! The most difficult adjustment for him was learning to take naps without a baby swing! We have discovered that he loves his soft cow blanket tucked up against his cheeks 🙂

I myself have always loved camping, but I’m a little nervous that after these two months, I will dread it! I have been busy searching Pinterest for ideas in our new home, washing load after load of laundry from the kids being outside, and trying to find the easiest, healthiest meals to cook in a camper with little storage space. I also ventured out yesterday for my first trip to Winnipeg! I was quite proud of myself for finding Superstore without a GPS 🙂

Hubby and I are also very thankful to have family and friends close to visit in the evenings and answer our many questions about life in Manitoba!! We look forward to starting life on an acreage and doing renovations, but for now, this is home.

Whipped Peanut Butter Dessert (THM-S)

Whipped Peanut Butter Dessert

Everyone needs a go-to snack that never gets old. For me, this was definitely it. Hit every other THM dessert I had tried WAY out of the park! Not only does this Whipped Peanut Butter Dessert taste AMAZING, but it is also quick and easy to make. I love that all of the ingredients I often have on hand; so whenever that craving hits (which is often!) me and my KitchenAid are ready and waiting for it!!

Whipped Peanut Butter Dessert

1 cup Whipping Cream
1/3 cup Peanut Butter
3 Tbsp Cream Cheese – room temp.
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Stevia
Peanuts
85% Dark Chocolate

In a stand mixer, prepare the whipping cream. Add cream cheese, peanut butter, vanilla, cinnamon and stevia. Mix well. Divide into two or three bowls and top with peanuts and chopped chocolate. Devour!

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Now please excuse me while I go make this for the THIRD time this week 😉

Daily Quiet Time Bins

Quiet Time Bins

One of the most brilliant things I have ever done for my toddler, is make these Daily Quiet Time Bins. They are so handy! She has a different bin for every day, Monday thru Friday. This way she won’t get bored with the toys and activities in each bin, as she only gets to play with them once a week. She also loves these bins because they contain smaller toys that my 15-month old is not able to play with. So they are special toys for her use only.

I have set aside one hour a day for my daughter to use these bins. For us, it is from 3-4PM, during my sons afternoon nap. But of course you can set aside any amount of time throughout the day that works for your family. I love that my daughter is occupied while my son is napping so that I also have some time to myself – because even adults need quiet time!! (Or just time to catch up on laundry, dishes, or getting supper started!)

Here are a few photos of my daughter using the bins. (Please forgive the horrible quality. I am definitely no photographer!)

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So here is a list of the toys and activities that are in my daughter’s Quiet Time Bins, in case you wish to try some out for your own toddler 🙂 I have included items that are educational, improve fine motor skills, and of course some are just for fun 😉

Monday:
– magnetic letters
– little farmer and farm animal set
– tracing lines and numbers

Tuesday:
– puzzle
– Lego
– colour flash cards

Wednesday:
– stickers
– foam cube puzzle
– tracing letters and names

Thursday:
– magnetic numbers
– sewing card practice
– Memory Game

Friday:
– puzzle
– strawberry shortcake dolls
– number and letter flashcards

Saturday:
– today’s quiet time is movie time!

I hope this list gave you some ideas! If not for Quiet Time Bins, then hopefully at least to keep your toddler entertained for a while 🙂

If you have any other ideas of what I could add to these bins, please let me know! (My daughter would be thrilled to have a few more items included!)