Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tasty Recipe - Cabbage Vegetable Soup

This soup is VERY low in calories & is normally used by people who are dieting.  BUT it's very good for you, it's filling & quite tasty.  You could most definitely add stuff to it... meat, spices, more veggies... whatever you want.  If you follow the recipe as it's written, one cup of soup is about 50 calories.

1/2 head Cabbage
1 packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mix
2 Beef Bouillon Cubes (you could also use chicken, or leave them out)
2 cans Diced Tomatoes
Green Onions (I used 8)
2 small-medium Zucchinis
1 Red Bell Pepper
3 stalks of Celery
salt & pepper to taste

In a large soup pot, Chop/slice all the vegetables, cover with water, add soup mix & bouillon cubes.
Bring contents of pot to a boil, then reduce to low heat for about an hour (or until veggies are soft, but not mushy).  Yields about 12-16 cups.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

CROCHET PATTERN - Textured Soap Saver

If you've been following my blog for a while, or are a fan of my FB page, you've no doubt heard me singing the praises of these wonderful soap savers.  They're convenient, "green", money-saving, and comfortable.  They're great for ALL people... babies, grandparents, mommy... even my husband & his soldier buddies like using them!  It's a quick & functional project!  Enjoy!

Soap Saver Pattern

Materials: approx. 1 oz cotton yarn, H/8 hook, yarn needle, scissors

Finished dimensions:  approximately 3" x 5"

Row 1:  Ch 10, HDC in 2nd ch from hook & across. (9 HDC)
Row 2:  Ch 1, turn, HDC across. (9 HDC)
ROUND 3:  Ch 1, turn, SC across, work 1 SC in the end of each row, SC across unused loops of starting chain (and crochet over tail), work 1 SC in the other end of each row, do not join. (22 SC around)

Rounds 1-10:  Work 1 SC and 1 DC in first SC (you may want to mark this stitch), skip next SC, *Work SC and DC in next SC, skip next ST* continuously around for 10 rounds. SL ST in next SC. (If you want your soap saver longer, work additional rounds here.)
Round 11:  Ch 2, DC in every ST around, join & fasten off. (22 DC)

Ch 35 – 40, fasten off. Use needle or hook to weave drawstring through the last round. Tie ends securely. Enjoy.  :)

 © 2010 Danyel Pink.  You may sell what you make, but please credit Danyel Pink Designs for the pattern. You may NOT resell the pattern, distribute it in any form, post it elsewhere online, or alter it to claim it as your own. Please provide a link back to my blog instead.  Contact me with any questions or for pattern support.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Battery Powered Bubbles: Genius... or Lazy?

I bought these battery-powered bubble blower wands for my kids.  You dip them in the bubble solution, push the button... and Voila!  Bubbles!  Hundreds of bubbles! 
My daughter is 19 months... so the "old-fashioned" bubble wands end up going straight into her mouth.  My son is 3 1/2 and can sometimes blow the bubbles, but most of the time he chooses to wave the wand wildly & flings soap everywhere.  These magic bubble wands are much less messy.

So, I'm thinking these magic bubble wands are genius... but then I started feeling like a bad mom.  Like I'm turning my kids into lazy little bums.  Sure, this is easier & the results are better... who doesn't love instant gratification??  But isn't part of the fun actually blowing them yourself?  There are so many other electronic toys out there... should BUBBLES be powered by batteries too?  Ugh.

Maybe I should just enjoy the satisfaction of watching them play outside instead of watching TV.... AND my golden retriever won't fetch worth a crap, but he'll chase bubbles all day long. 

More bubbles + more fun for the kids + more exercise for the dog = more quiet time for me. 

My vote = genius.  But what do I know?