Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Crock Pot Sloppy Joes

Quick, easy, flavorful, and inexpensive! Can't beat that, right?! I've never been a fan of the canned sloppy joe sauce but this homemade crock pot version is tasty and uses fresh ingredients without much more work.

- 2-3 pounds lean ground beef
- 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup ketchup
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon chili powder

1. Brown meat and onions together in skillet, making sure to drain off the excess fat.
2. Mix all other ingredients in bottom of crock pot. Add in meat/onion mixture and stir.
3. Cook on low for 5-7 hours. (I cooked mine for 5 1/2 hours and stirred it a couple times during the cooking process).
Serve on hamburger buns or on smaller slider buns! 
Serves 6-8.

Brown meet and onions.

Mix all other ingredients in bottom of crock pot.

Add in meat mixture and stir.

Cook on low for 5-7 hours.
Done and delicious!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Pipe Cleaner and Cupcake Liner Ballerinas

My 3 year old and I had a fun little craft date yesterday morning. We made ballerinas out of pipe cleaners and cupcake liners! And everyone was excited about the Elsa and Anna versions since Frozen is a popular movie in our house... and I'm sure it is in yours as well :)

These cute little ballerinas are so simple to make a great craft to do with kids of all ages!

You will need:
- Pipe cleaners (also called fuzzy sticks). I got mine at Craftprojectideas.com
- Cupcake liners or Coffee filters
- Watercolor paints
- Yarn for hair

Fold your cupcake liners in half and paint them with your watercolors. Let dry.

Take one pipe cleaner and create a loop at the top for the head. Poke through the middle of your cupcake liner.

Fold the bottom into an upside down heart shape.

Pinch to shape it into ballerina feet.

Cut a piece of another pipe cleaner off and curve ends to make arms.

Twist it around the middle of the ballerina body.

Cut 5-10 strands of yarn. Fold in half and loop through the head like in the picture below.

Pull tight and style! 

Get creative! Use different colors and experiment with different hair styles. Have fun!

Friday, July 25, 2014

50 Shades of Grey Crochet

The 50 Shades of Grey movie trailer was released yesterday and while everyone is watching and talking about it, it got me thinking about all the crochet projects that could be made with grey yarn! Here is a round-up of 50 FREE crochet projects that all use a shade of grey!

50 Shades of Grey Crochet: 
50 free crochet patterns that use grey yarn!

Lets start with the patterns you can find right here on my blog :)

1. Crochet Lamb by Sarah @ Repeat Crafter Me

2.  Shark Hat by Sarah @ Repeat Crafter Me

3. Sock Monkey Hat by Sarah @ Repeat Crafter Me

4. Baby Elephant Hat by Sarah @ Repeat Crafter Me for All Free Crochet

5. Crochet Lamb Hat by Sarah @ Repeat Crafter Me

6. Crochet Cuffed Baby Booties by Sarah @ Repeat Crafter Me

7. Urban Granny Throw, a free Caron crochet pattern designed by Margaret Willson

8. Crochet Crocodile Clutch Purse by Sara @ My Merry Messy Life

9. Cuddly Cat Crochet Scoodie with Pockets by Tamara @ Moogly 

10. Eloise Baby Sweater also by Tamara @ Moogly

11. Crochet Kiss by Kara @ Petals to Picots

12. Broomstick Lace Cowl by Kara @ Petals to Picots

13. Elephant by Stephanie @ All About Ami

14. Knotted Headband by Stephanie @ All About Ami

15. Crochet and Braid T-shirt Scarf by ChiWei @ One Dog Woof

16. Wood and Hemp Crocheted Trivet by Kadie @ Seven Alive

17. Honestly Simple Crochet Boot Cuffs from Amy @ One Artsy Mama

18. Baby Boat Booties from Bethany @ Whistle & Ivy

19. Slouchy Crochet Hat Pattern by Rebecca @ Little Monkeys Crochet

21. Elegant Hat by Kim @ CrochetKim.com

22. Circus Elephant Lovie by Dedri @ Look At What I Made

23. Inspired by Taylor Beret/Tam by Kathy @ Elk Studio

24.  Sunset Slouchy Hat by Elisabeth @ Calleigh's Clips & Crochet Creations

25. Winter Waves Chevron Cowl by Lorene @ Cre8tion Crochet

26. Ingrid Scarf by Jennifer @ Fiber Flux

27. Black and Silver Dog Collar by Sara @ Posh Pooch Designs Custom Dog Clothes

28. Weight Set for Toddlers by Corina @ Stitch11

29. Ripple Baby Blanket by Lauren @ Daisy Cottage Designs

30. BF Beanies by Heidi @ Snappy Tots

31. Granny Ripple Baby Afghan by Amy @ The Stitchin' Mommy

32. Mommy & Me Woven Purse Set by Amanda @ MNE Crafts

33. Rose Bud Tea Cozy by Debi @ Dearest Debi

34. Chic Shells Infinity Scarf by Stacey @ Busting Stitches

35. One Hour Fingerless Gloves by Nichole @ Niccupp Crochet

36. Starlight Summer Shawl by Rhondda @ Oombawka Design

37. Faux Cable Hat by Sara @ Ball Hank n' Skein  

38. Giant Crocheted Doily Rug Pattern by Sara @ Creative Jewish Mom

39. Koala hat by Niki @ cRAfter Chick

40. Chubby Teddy Rattle by Aisha @ Is it a Toy

41. Grey Toro Amigurumi by Lucy @ Lucy Ravenscar Crochet Creatures

42. Versatile Earflap Hat by Micah @ Micah Makes

43. Spikes Yarn Basket by Julie of Gleeful Things 

44. Little Grey Mouse by Sharon @ Amigurumi To Go

45. Grey Bear by Jaimai @ K and J Dolls Blog

46. Duffle Purse by Dedri @ Look At What I Made

47. Black-White-Grey Flower Square by Color N' Cream

48. Crochet Kitten Toy by J Pisani @ Full of Knowledge

49. Dolphin Pattern by Jackie @ Amidorable Crochet

50. Autumn Hat by Janette @ The Green Dragonfly