Friday, January 20, 2017

HandmadeQT: Marshall

Paw Patrol is Diego's favorite cartoon at the moment. I made this last month for his birthday beanie. His party was paw patrol them. This is Marshall, a dalmatian firefighter.

Red Heart Yarn in Bright Red
Red Heart Yarn in Bright White
Red Heart Yarn in Yellow
Red Heart  Yarn in Black
Joann's Brand Yarn in Light Grey
Joann's Brand Yarn in Dark Grey
Sewing Needle
A picture of paw patrol character

FoodQT: Chicken Eggrolls

I've been making veggie Eggrolls for a long time. I've never really liked the chicken Eggrolls from Panda Express or other restaurants. So, I decided to make my own with Sweet n Sour dipping sauce.

1 package of Eggrolls
1lb of chicken, chopped into small cubes.
1 tsp of oil 
1 Tbsp of plum, sauce, fish sauce, and soy sauce.
1/4c of chicken stock
1-2 stalks of green onions, sliced thinly.
1/2 shredded cabbage finely.
1 shallot diced small
2 cloves of garlic chopped finely.
Egg wash, 1 TBSP of water +egg, scramble.
Oil for frying 

1. Mix in a bowl, chicken, green onions, and sauces. Set aside.

2. Add Tbsp of oil, saute shallot and garlic. Then, add chicken. Break up chicken as it gets cooked. 

3. Add cabbage and Cooke a bit. Add a little chicken stock to keep egg roll filling wet. Don't add to much liquid. 
Salt and Pepper to taste. 

4. Prepare Eggrolls and seal with egg wash. Fry. Pat oil on dry paper towels. Serve along side sweet and sour sauce. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

HandmadeQT: Bath Sponge

I've ben wanting to finish up several projects from 2016. My bath sponges are made with several colors for my family, so we can switch out when needed. Just toss in the wash, and air dry, good as new again.


Cream N Sugar Yarn in Liliac
Cream N Sugar Yarn in Magnet
Cream N Sugar Yarn in Purple
Pattern found on Raverly

Friday, December 30, 2016

FoodQT: Cheeseburger Soup

When, it's winter you think of hearty meals. Burger and fries, is a summer staple, but in the winter it's a soup.

1lb of lean ground beef
5-6 potatoes, diced small
1/2 chopped onion
1/2 c kernel corn (thawed)
1 cup of Pepper Jack Cheese
1 cup of Cheer Cheese
3 Tablespoons of butter
5 Tablespoons of flour
Salt and Pepper to tastensure
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
1 tablespoon of burger seasonings
1 stock pot
5 cups of low sodium chicken stock
1/2c of milk
Sautee pan

1. In a stock pot add 2 tablespoons of butter, add potatoes, onion, and corn. Sautee on low until onion is transculent.

2. Add flour, mix well and let taste cook out.

3. In a Sautee pan, add hamburger meat with rest of butter and some seasonings, including hamburger seasonings.  Cook, meat until all brown. Drain oil.

4.  In Stock pot, slowly add chicken stock. Let simmer for 5 minutes.

5. Lower temp on stock pot and add meat and milk. Simmer until potatoes are soft.

6.  Add cheeses and mix well. Turn off soup.

7. Enjoy with parmigiano reggiano and some croutons. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

FoodQT: Chicken Parm Bites

What's better than having a spaghetti night? Adding crispy and crunchy chicken bites to your pasta. These are fast to make and super easy.

3 shallow bowls
Panko breadcrumbs
1 egg, whisked + 1 tsp of water (mixed)
Family pack of chicken breasts, cut medium size slices, pounds to thin
1/2 tsp of garlic powder
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of italían seasonings
1/2 tsp black peper
1/2 tsp of crush red pepper
1/2 c of flour
Oil to pan fry

1. Start dredge station. ONE bowl with flour, 2nd with egg wash, and third, with Panko crumbs.

2. Add seasonings in egg wash and on chicken.

3. Dredge chicken in flour, then in egg wash. Give a shake, coat in panko.

4. Pan fry until golden brown. Blot on a paper towel.

5. Enjoy with Marinara sauce and spaghetti.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Purple Ombre

A mixture of stiches to make this
simple infinity scarf. I used purples and magenta.

Red Heart Yarn in Lilac
Red Heart Yarn in Bright Purple
Red Heart Yarn in Magenta
Single Crochet
Half Double Crochet
Double Crochet 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

FoodQT: Thanksgiving Leftover Soup

Here's tonight dinner cooking away on the stove. I decided to give these ingredients a last goodbye from our thanksgiving meals. I added a couple of extras to give it a nice cozy comfort-food feeling.

1 package of real hash browns
1 shallot, diced
1/4 white onion, diced
1-2 carrots, chopped
1 stock of celery, chopped
3 Tablespoons of butter, separated
3 Tablespoons of flour, separated
1/2c of corn and peas
2 broccoli crowns, pulled apart
1/2lb of leftover hardwood smoked ham, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
4 cups of chicken stock +1 cup of water
2 cups of whole milk
1/4 c of Colburn or cheddar cheese, shredded

1. Sauté veggies together with 2 tablespoons of butter.

2. Hashbrowns go in last, quick stir.

3. Make a well and add rest of  butter and 2 heaping tablespoons of flour. Mix well, unto veggies.

4. Add liquids, stir slowly. Let simmer, for 10 mins. The cup of water and flour tablespoon are form making the soup thicken, but not necessary to add.

5. Enjoy with some shredded cheese and chives.