Easter For Two

For us, it was a quiet Easter.  We didn’t cook the traditional ham and sides; we dined (here at home) on pork tenderloin, roasted potatoes and green bean amandine/almondine.

Since it is just the two of us, I had in mind to make a small batch of homemade peanut butter eggs.  Knowing that I would have some chocolate leftover, and since I had a can of sweetened condensed milk sitting in the cupboard, I made dulce de leche (caramel) from the can of milk.

Dulce de leche

The milk caramelizes in the can by simmering the unopened can (label removed) in a pot of water.

You can find the complete instructions at Serious Eats.

After I made the peanut butter eggs,  I made chocolate covered, salted caramel wafers using the homemade caramel and leftover chocolate.

chocolate candy

I just dropped chocolate onto a piece of waxed paper (smoothing the chocolate down with the back of a spoon), chilled and then spread caramel on top of those and dropped and spread melted chocolate onto the caramel (sealing in the caramel) and added a pinch of kosher salt to the tops.

Easter for two!

Enough With The Crocheted Items, Already!

I had forgotten that last year I crocheted snowflakes and some other little ornaments for our tree. Before we put up our tree, I crocheted more little ornaments. I do this mostly because I am bored and can’t decide what to crochet.

I found the direction for this little heart…

Heart tree ornament

…and this little heart online over at Aristo Hats.

Tree Ornament Heart

Then I crocheted these circles I made up as I went along.

tree ornaments

I took a break from crocheting and made a little felt chicken hanging on some gold jewelry wire.  I found the pattern online, but I don’t have the link.

chicken

Tada!

The 2013 collections of Christmas ornaments!

crochet ornaments

Pfft!

Now what!

Oh, yeah!   A few weeks ago I crocheted some apple coaster without a net pattern.

Apple Coasters

And, I crocheted this sunflower without a net pattern for no particular reason.

sunflower

Frankly, I don’t know what else to crochet. I did manage to knit a dishcloth the other night and frogged (rip it, rip it) the other one I was working on.

As Christmas is closing in and the new year is near, I am hoping to make some changes in my life.

Notice, I said hope.

Ho-hum!

santa-box

Easter Tussie Mussie

I wanted to make something handmade for Easter.  So, I made this tussie mussie reminiscent of the Victorian era.

Easter Tussie

While searching the internet for ideas, I saw some crocheted Easter eggs, and some tussie mussies made from paper.

Happy Easter Tussie Mussie

To make this tussie mussie, I used designer paper and other materials that I had on hand.  Designer paper is perfect to use as it is stiffer than paper, but not as still as cardboard.

Tussie Mussie-Easter

All nestled atop a bed of moss-

I crocheted the eggs, flowers, and lace border (chart here) using crocheted thread.  The ribbon is sewed on using little buttons.  Then to make the sign, I used my trusty PSP7 program.   The little bunny is a computer graphic that I had made years ago.

Paper tussie back

I used a cone template, for the tussie mussie, that I found online.  Here is where you will find all kinds of cone templates.  To hold the tussie mussie together, I glued and then used brads for added security.

crochet lace border

You can find the chart for the lace edging here.

This was a cute, easy and quick little Easter project.

liz_bunny

Pizzelle Tradition

I haven’t been much into baking lately. I feel bad that I didn’t bake any Christmas cookies, but I did manage to make some pizzella.

Pizzelle

Homemade anise pizzella I make every year around Christmas.

Pizzella

Only thing missing this year is my daughter, Carrie,  and two of my grandchildren because they live so far away.   Carrie has made them every years since she was a little girl.  It has become a family tradition.

Once the pizzella is made, then we know that Christmas is near.

Crochet Owl Ornaments For Tree

Found a pattern for these cute owl ornaments over at Hopscotch Lane

crochet owls

They are a happy addition to our little Christmas tree-

Our Little Christmas Tree

Along with the owls, this year, I also crocheted some little stockings

Owl & Stocking

I think that handmade ornaments add a homey touch to a tree.

Stocking & Owl

I love these cute little owlettes…

Tiny Owl

…and it’s all thanks to talented people around the web who share their little creations.
angel-liz

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