Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Double Stitch Crochet Newborn Cocoon and Hat

Double Stitch Newborn Cocoon:
J hook
1 skein Simply Soft yarn

-chain 3, slip stitch to 1st chain to create a small ring
1. ch 2, 12 dc in hole, sl st to top of 1st = 12
2. ch 1, 2 sc in each around, sl st to join = 24
3. ch 2, *2 dc next, 1 dc next* around, sl st =36
4. ch 1, *2 sc next, 1 sc next 2* around, sl st = 48
5-38. Alternate rows of 1 dc and 1 sc in each around until about 16" long, end with a sc row.
39. ch 1, sc around (so you're ending with 2 sc rows), fasten off, weave in ends.

*Total length will be about 17"
*Continue on to make the matching hat with the same hook and with the leftover yarn from the cocoon.

Double Stitch Newborn Hat:

J hook
remaining yarn from cocoon

-ch 3, sl st to form a ring
1. ch 2, 12 dc in ring, sl st to join = 12
2. ch 1, 2 sc in each around, sl st = 24
3. ch 2, *2 dc in next, 1 dc in next* around, sl st = 36

-Alternate rows of 1 sc or 1 dc in each around until at least 4" long.

-Finish with a sc row and repeat with 1 more sc row to finish, fasten off, weave in ends. 

**This is only my 2nd pattern so if I've made any mistakes please let me know! Also, feel free to share and recreate this pattern but please give credit where credit is due and don't claim this as your own. Thanks so much!**

Friday, January 15, 2016

High Altitude Brownies

Last summer we moved to a smaller town in southern Colorado so we are now living at 7,500+ ft elevation, quite a change from Texas and quite a bit higher than anywhere we lived in Utah.  I was always skeptical about elevation effecting baked goods but let me tell you, it REALLY does!  I've had to change all of my recipes and I'm still trying to figure out a few.  I am beyond happy to have figured out a wonderful brownie recipe, this results in the perfect mix between fudgy and cakey brownies and are soooo much better than any box mix I have ever tried, and, they are pretty darn easy, enjoy!!

Just before going into the's so hard to not eat the batter!

High Altitude Brownies:
1 C. all-purpose flour
1 C. sugar
4 Tbsp. baking cocoa
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
6 eggs
2-3 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 stick butter
2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips

-Preheat oven to 375 F & grease a 9x13" pan.

1. In a medium mixing bowl add the flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, and baking powder. Whisk until blended well.  Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla and whisk until just blended.
2. In a small saucepan, on medium heat, add the butter and chocolate chips and melt together, stirring often. Pour into mixing bowl and beat until mixed.  Pour batter into pan.
3. Bake 30-40 minutes, rotating pan half-way through, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Let cool at least 10-15 minutes before cutting and serving.

p.s. A plastic knife cuts through these like butter! 

Right after they came out of the oven.

My munchkins love these brownies, especially this guy!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Newborn Summer Sleeper Cocoon & Matching Hat (Crochet)

Here is my very first original crochet pattern! This is very simple and works up rather quickly, you could easily make a few of these for yourself or anyone you know! This is my very first pattern so it's very possible I may have made a mistake or two, feel free to let me know in the comments below and as always feel free to ask any questions, happy crocheting!

Newborn Summer Sleeper Cocoon:
Materials Needed:
Crochet J Hook
2 balls Sugar N' Cream yarn OR 1 skein Simply Soft yarn
Embroidery needle

-chain 4, slip stitch to form ring
1. ch 2 (counts as 1st), 11 dc in ring, sl st to join = 12
2. ch 2, dc in same, 2 dc in each around, sl st = 24
3. ch 2, *2 dc in next, 1 dc in next* around, sl st = 34
4. ch 2, *2 dc in next, 1 dc in next 2* around, sl st = 44
5-28. ch 2, 1 dc in each around, sl st = 44
(cocoon should be 17" long)
29-30. ch 1, sc around, sl st
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Matching Hat:
Materials Needed:
J hook
Remaining yarn from cocoon
Embroidery needle

-chain 4, slip stitch to form ring
1. ch 2 (counts as first), 11 dc in ring, sl st = 12
2. ch 2, 1 dc in same, 2 dc in each around, sl st = 24
3. ch 2, *2 dc in next, 1 dc in next* around, sl st = 36
4-8. ch 2, dc in each around, sl st = 36
9-10. ch 1, sc in each around, sl st
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Up close look at the contrast in stitching.

**This is my very own pattern, you are welcome to use it for personal use but please do not try to claim this as your own or use it for business/monetary interests without my consent. Thanks!**

Friday, January 1, 2016

DIY Baby Stuff!

I am so excited to share these tutorials with you! Between moving, settling into a new life/routine, getting pregnant with baby #3 and being horribly sick for months, and the holiday season, I haven't shared anything with you for quite some time! I'm currently smack-dab in the middle of making a tiny human and I have got the worst case of nesting fever! After doing a lot of online shopping, looking around at stores, and comparing prices I finally gave up on a few things and turned to Pinterest for some DIY ideas and I was not disappointed at all! I bought all of my materials at either Walmart or JoAnn (on sale of course!) and I was able to make 1 nursing cover, 2 flannel blankets, 5 burp cloths, and 10 bibs for only about $40! You really cannot buy that combo any cheaper, in fact, you would easily spend 2-3 times the money. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

***All photos are of my very own creations using these tutorials.***

Here is my absolute favorite, tried-and-true, tutorial for making your very own nursing cover! I made a few of these years ago for friends and I loved how simple and easy it was to make, you can easily get this done in an hour or faster and it's so easy you might as well make a few! Seriously though, you can make a few of these for cheaper than buying one, even the offer you'll find for a "free" nursing cover still means you're paying at least $15 for shipping (UGH), and for that price you could easily make 2 of these. 

I purchased my fabric at JoAnn and since I grabbed the last of that particular roll I got some additional fabric that I used to make a few bibs and burp cloths (see below) and I still have some left over...I think I may attempt making a crib quilt...I've got nesting fever soooo bad! I purchased the D-rings at WalMart for $0.88, they came in a set of 2 so it looks like I just might have to make another nursing cover in the near future.

Now, on to the easiest DIY baby project! Flannel receiving blankets are so simple to make and come together incredibly fast, here is my favorite tutorial on how to make your very own.

I've been searching all over the stores and internet for a set of bibs that I like and are reasonably priced...after a while I turned to my favorite place, Pinterest, and came across this tutorial (complete with printable pattern) for bibs and I couldn't believe how easy these were! It was a little tricky sewing around the curves but it was definitely doable. The only change I made here was that I used velcro instead of snaps, I purchased a couple boxes of fabric-adhering velcro dots from WalMart for just a couple bucks, I still may sew them in place later on but it was a lot easier for me to stick the velcro to the fabric that it is for me to deal with attaching the snaps.

These burp cloths are incredibly simple and come from the same site as the bib tutorial. The only change I made here was that I cut my rectangles to measure 10"x16" (instead of 18") and I think they turned out perfectly, the extra 2 inches just seemed too humongous to me - it has been 4 years since I've had a baby so my brain could be funky but I just don't remember having burp cloths that big - I think you could even go down to 10"x14" and be perfectly happy with your cloths.

I hope you enjoy these tutorials! I would love to see your results and to know if you found these to be as easy as I did, enjoy!