Patriotic Crocheted Dish Cloth

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Patriotic Crocheted Dish Cloth

This patriotic crocheted dish cloth takes no time at all to whip up! I am not the most experienced at crocheting and my projects aren’t always perfect. But I do like to keep my hands busy while watching television or traveling in the car. And small projects like this dish cloth are quick and easy! If you need directions on how to half-double crochet, check out this great tutorial by Lion Brand Yarn.

If you are looking for other patriotic items, check out these patriotic stickers!

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Patriotic Crocheted Dish Cloth

Materials:

Lily Sugar N Cream Cotton Yarn

1 ball of each – red, navy and white

size (US) J crochet hook

Directions:

Row 1-2: using red, chain 36, turn and starting in 3rd chain from hook, half-double crochet to end of row. Chain 2, turn and starting from 2nd stitch half-double crochet across (35 stitches)

Rows 3-4: using white chain 2 at end of row 2, turn and starting in 2nd stitch half-double crochet across. Repeat for row 4.

Rows 5-6: using red chain 2 at end of row 4, turn and starting in 2nd stitch half-double crochet across. Repeat for row 6.

Rows 7-8: repeat rows 3-4 (white)

Rows 9-10: repeat rows 5-6 (red)

Rows 11-12: repeat rows 3-4 (white)

Row 13: Switch to red, chain 2 then turn. Half-double crochet 17 stitches across. Switch to navy and half-double crochet the rest of the way across (18 stitches). Chain 2 then turn.

Row 14: Half-double crochet 18 stitches across with navy. Switch to red and half-double crochet the rest of the way across (17 stitches). 

Row 15: Switch to white and chain 2 on the end of row 14. Turn and half-double crochet 17 stitches. Switch to  navy and half-double crochet the rest of the way across. Chain 2 then turn.

Row 16: Half-double crochet 18 stitches across with navy. Switch to white and half-double crochet the rest of the way across. 

Repeat rows 13-16 two more times. Then do row 13-14 one additional time.

You should have 7 red stripes and 6 white stripes. 

Switch to white and single crochet all the way around your project to finish it off, crocheting 3 single crochets in each corner.

To Finish:

Add stars in the navy section by using white yarn and a yarn needle. I just sewed 3 lines for each star.

Weave ends in using yarn needle.

*If you find any errors in this pattern, please let me know. I am obviously not experienced at pattern writing!

 

July Fourth Stickers

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July Fourth Stickers

Are you ready to celebrate the Fourth of July? Parades, festivities, picnics and fireworks are the activities that take place in my area. How about you – what types of activities do you like to participate in for the Fourth? I’ve created these July Fourth Stickers for you to use for your celebrations or to help decorate your planner. If you click on the picture it will take you to the file that has both png and pdf files. They are also sized for the Create 365 planner as well as the Erin Condren Life planner. This sticker paper works great and is one of the best priced packages I have found.

If you would like a full size print of the “Oh Beautiful for Spacious Skies” sticker, that comes from Julie at My Busy Beehives. She always has such great printables!

You can also check out my June stickers here.

Enjoy!

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July Fourth Stickers

Crock Pot Ribs

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Crock Pot Ribs

Summertime is full of barbecues, watermelon and lemonade. But sometimes it’s just too hot outside to cook on the grill. Which means it’s also too hot to have the oven on for any length of time.  Well, at least in Texas anyway! That’s where a recipe for Crock Pot Ribs comes in handy! While you’re busy having fun in the sun, these ribs are cooking away in the crock pot. Add a few baked potatoes to the crock pot  or make this potato salad to go with your ribs. So, enjoy your summertime activities and come home to a deliciously cooked meal!

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Crock Pot Ribs

Since it is just my husband and myself, I usually only cook 1/2 the slab of ribs at a time.  I love using these crock pot liners which makes for easier clean up!

Crock Pot Ribs

 

If you’ve never used liquid smoke before, it is usually sold in the seasoning aisle near the worcestershire sauce.  And because I don’t use any refined sugar I use sugar free barbecue sauce. I found this brand (G. Hughes) at my local Walmart and it is some of the best of I have tasted!

Recipe:

Delicious Barbecue Crock Pot Ribs
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 slab of pork ribs
  2. bottle of liquid smoke
  3. 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  4. 1 teaspoon onion powder
  5. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  7. 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  8. barbecue sauce
Instructions
  1. Begin by laying ribs meat side up on a plate or pan to season.
  2. Then mix all the dry seasonings together in a bowl.
  3. Sprinkle the meat with liquid smoke seasoning to cover with liquid.Then sprinkle the dry seasonings on top of the liquid smoke.
  4. Place ribs meat side up in the crock pot.
  5. Pour barbecue sauce over the ribs.
  6. Cook on low for about 8 hours.
Notes
  1. If you are home while they are cooking, I usually pour a little more barbecue sauce on the ribs about halfway through cooking.
  2. Also, the dry seasonings are just an estimate. I generally just sprinkle them directly from the shaker bottle onto the ribs to cover them to my liking.
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Crock Pot Ribs

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Free Father’s Day Printables

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Free Father’s Day Printables

As Fathers Day approaches we need to honor and celebrate  the man who contributes so much to our lives. Remember to tell him how much you love him and how much he means in your life. My father passed away 13 years ago this month and as I reflect on our time together I wish I had told him these things more often than I did.  I’ve created these Free Father’s Day Printables so you can share with your dad how much he means to you. Just click on the picture to get your free download.
Ephesians 6:1-4
“1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. ”
 
As a little child for some reason I always drew pictures of bees for my dad.  Then as I got older my dad always encouraged me and reminded me how much he believed in me. This printable is in honor of that memory.
 
Father's Day

 

When I was a sophomore in high school my English teacher gave us an assignment to write about our hero. While most other kids wrote about football players and movie stars, my paper was about my dad. Oh how I wish I’d shared that paper with my dad! Here’s a printable so you can let your dad know he is your hero!

Father's Day

This last printable is to honor the love my dad had for not only his family but all those he came in contact with. He definitely knew how to let his light shine!

Father's Day

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June Planner Stickers

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June Planner Stickers

This is the last week of school for our school district – yay! I’m not sure who is happier on the last day of school – us teachers or our students! The relaxing pace of summer is definitely welcomed around here!  I know that I don’t use my planner as much in the summer but these June Planner Stickers remind me of everything summer should be – sipping on lemonade and sweet tea, eating popsicles and just generally enjoying life!

How about you? Does your life slow down during the summer or is it filled with all kinds of activities and events? Whatever you do this summer I hope you enjoy using these stickers to decorate your planner. Just click on one of the links below. There is a png file for the EC Life planner and another one for the Create 365 Happy planner.

June Planner Stickers

                                      EC Life Planner      

                                      Create 365 Happy Planner                                      

 

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Lemon Herb Chicken

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Lemon Herb Chicken

Lemon Herb Chicken uses fresh rosemary and thyme to provide a moist and flavorful dish. I love growing herbs that I can use to give recipes fresh flavor.  Fresh herbs can usually be purchased in the produce section of your grocery store. Although if you’ve never tried growing herbs before, here is a great selection of seeds to get you started! Herbs are really easy to grow! Garlic is something else I grow in my garden which adds great flavor to many dishes. Now all I need is a lemon tree and I’ll be set for this recipe! I hope you enjoy this (mostly healthy) chicken!

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Lemon Herb Chicken

Recipe:

Lemon Herb Chicken
Serves 5
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
Marinade
  1. 1/2 cup lemon juice
  2. 2 Tablespoons lemon zest
  3. 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  4. 1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary
  5. 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
In Addition
  1. 4-5 chicken thighs or small breasts (skin on)
  2. oil or melted butter
Instructions
  1. Remove the rosemary and thyme leaves from the stems. Then combine all marinade ingredients in a shallow dish or ziploc bag and mix well.
  2. Place the chicken pieces in the marinade and refrigerate for several hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 425.
  4. Remove chicken from marinade and place in baking dish with the skin side up. Reserve marinade. Baste chicken with oil or melted butter.
  5. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes then use reserved marinade to baste. Let chicken cook an addition 20-25 minutes or until skin browns.
Notes
  1. I like to get everything ready the night before then I put the chicken in the marinade before I go to work and let it marinate all day.
Adapted from Annie's Eats
Adapted from Annie's Eats
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Gluten Free Strawberry Crisp

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Gluten Free Strawberry Crisp

If you have some strawberries you would like to use up, this Gluten Free Strawberry Crisp is a quick and easy dessert. In addition to being gluten free it is also sugar free and dairy free! It is best served warm right out of the oven. And if you happen to have some left over you can refrigerate it and warm it up the next day. I served it with a scoop of the dairy free/sugar free vanilla ice cream by So Delicious.

Gluten Free Strawberry Crisp

Ingredients:

1 ½ – 2 pounds strawberries, hulled and quartered

¼ cup Splenda

2 Tablespoons cornstarch

1 cup almond flour

1/2 cup old fashioned roll oats

1/3 cup Splenda

½ teaspoon powdered stevia

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup coconut oil, melted

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F
  2. Spray an 9 x 9 inch square pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. In a bowl mix together the strawberries, ¼ Splenda and cornstarch.
  4. Put strawberry mixture into baking pan.
  5. Mix almond flour, oats, 1/3 cup Splenda, stevia, cinnamon and salt in a bowl.
  6. Add coconut oil and mix well.
  7. Spoon oatmeal mixture over the top of the berries.
  8. Bake for 35 minutes or until topping is golden and berries mixture is bubbling.

Gluten Free Strawberry Crisp

 

Enjoy!

 

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