Sunday, March 29, 2015

Indian Fry Bread

I have a feeling there is some politically correct term for this, but if so I am not sure what it is.  Anyway, growing up we always had Fry Bread night at our annual church camp.  Everyone waited patiently for Donna to show up and to sit over the campfire patting out piece after piece of Fry Bread before dropping into hot oil.  The bread puffed up and turned golden before Donna quickly flipped the dough over ensuring a nice even golden color...and just as quickly as she pulled it out of the hot oil it would disappear into the hands (and shortly thereafter) the mouths of any of us filthy kids who had spent the days swimming in the lake and playing in the woods.

So here's Donna's recipe for Indian Fry Bread.

5 lbs. Self-rising flour
2 TB baking powder
1 palmful salt
1 1/2 palmfuls sugar
cold water

Mix dry ingredients well, cut in cold water until mixture resembles coarse pie crust.  Knead until no longer sticky, roll into balls slightly larger than golf balls.  Roll balls out (or pat out) into discs.  Drop into hot oil  Heat until golden brown on each side (Just a few seconds really).

That's it!  Really! That's all.

My kids love Indian Taco night, but it's not something we have often.  It's a lot of work.  And we generally have to take turns rolling the balls out into discs.   All we do is load 'em up like a taco and eat away.  (And if you get one while it's hot, top it with powdered sugar!)

(This recipe makes about 40)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Easy Slouchy Beanie

My daughter asked me to whip up a couple of slouchy beanies the other day.  The problem? I really wanted something SUPER easy.  Something that didn't require a ton of time and thought on my part.  And this pattern met my rules, it was soooo easy I could make it in my sleep.

In fact above are just a few I have whipped up:

  • For the stripes on the first few hats I simply replaced on of the DC rows with two SC rows (not together) so I still wind up with 16 rows before the brim.  (For example: 2 DC is the same as 1 SC, 1 DC, 1 SC)
  • The second dark stripe hat (Second row) has a spike stitch working into one of the rows.
  • The green hat is following the pattern exactly only I sewed a large button onto it.
  • The blue hat is following the pattern also, but for the 13th and 14th rows I replaced the yarn with ribbon.  

  1. simply ch 3, 12 DC in first stitch, join
  2. ch 3 (counts as first DC), dc in same stitch, 2 DC in each st. around, join (24)
  3. ch 3 (counts as first DC),*2 DC in next st, DC in next st, * DC, 2 SC  * repeat around, join (36)
  4. ch 3 (counts as first DC), DC in next st,  2 DC,* DC, DC, @ DC *repeat around, join (48)
  5. ch 3 (counts as first DC), DC in next 2 stitches, 2 DC in next st, *DC, DC, DC, 2 DC *repeat, join (60)
  6. ch 3 (counts as first DC), DC around X 59, join  (Repeat through row 16)
  7. ch 1, SC FLO around, join (repeat for 3 rows)
  8. finish off
On a side note, I only recently realized I have been crocheting BLO all this time, so I am working on retraining myself to crochet properly.

I also made this one:

This follows the same idea as the pattern above but there are some variations.  In fact I really need to type it all out (And make a few more just to catch all of the ifs, ands or buts that I always seem to find.  

Friday, March 27, 2015

Happy Birthday beautiful!

18 years ago this beautiful girl came into our lives.
17 years ago someone began buying copies of “The Strong Willed Child” for Mike and I.

To call Madi strong willed would not only be a incorrect it is a grave misnomer.

Madi unapologetically and resolutely stands for herself, against all that is wrong in the world, and for all that is right. 
She is a free thinker and an original through and through.  She was born with a strong mind, a stronger soul and the strongest heart of all.

She is exactly who God meant her to be.  She is so much more than who we wished, hoped and prayed for.  She is the most fantastic, artistic, beautiful, kindest, funniest, most genuinely compassionate girl we have ever met.

And we are so glad she’s ours.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Life series #18





I've always believed what goes around comes around.  I suppose that's Karma.  Sometimes it takes a long while for it to come around and then strangely enough the sense of relief is tempered with a sense of sadness.  Because part of me really hates that someone is feeling the pain they dished out for oh so long.

And then I remember these verses:

And truthfully, they give me a lot of peace.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

One Thousand Gifts 1352-1371

1352.  Lunch with friends

    1353. Had a great time with Linda and Jeri
    1354. Ladies I used to work with at the library
1354. Realizing I really don't miss the library
    1355.  Not that I just realized that, I knew that.
    1356. Because working without those two and a couple others would have been torturous.
    1357. And you know, my current job is pretty cool.
    1358.  I kind of even like the graveyard shifts.
1359. Crocheting cute little bags
    1360. Covered in appliqued flowers
    1361. Which are covered in beads
    1362. And spangles
    1363. And which I keep making because they are addictive
    1364. And fun
    1365. And funky
1366. Sunny days
1367. Warm evenings
    1368. Playing frisbee at sundown
    1369. And horseshoes
    1370. And cartwheeling contests 
    1371. And winning said cartwheeling contests