Sunday, 31 July 2011

Free Crochet Pattern 6" Promise Square

6" Promise Afghan Square
Copyright Chasing Chickens 2011

Materials: Small amount of worsted weight yarn
Hook Size 5(H)
Finished Size: 6"

Row 1: ch 4, slip st to form ring. Ch4 (counts as first dc and ch 1) dc ch 1 7 times in ring.
Join with sl st to 3rd ch in beg ch 4.

Row 2. Sc, hdc, dc, hdc sc in each ch 1 space around. Join with sl st to beg sc.

Row 3: Ch 5 (counts as dc and ch 2 space), dc in same sp (beg. V-stitch made). *ch 3,
dc ch2, dc (V-stitch made) in sc between petals. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st in
3rd ch of beg ch 5.

Row 4. Sl st in next 2 dc and ch 2 sp. Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc (corner made) in same sp. *ch
2, dc in next sc, ch 1 [dc ch 1, dc] (V stitch made) ch 1, dc in next sc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3
dc, (corner made). Repeat from * around. Join with sl st in beg ch 3.

Row 5: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc (dc, ch 1, dc) in ch 2 sp, dec in next 3 dc. * dc in each dp
and dc across to corner, working 2 dc in each ch 2 sp. In corner sp, work dc, ch 1, dc.
Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to beg ch 3. Finish off and weave in all ends.


You're Kidding, Right?

It can't be true, it just can't!

After such a busy two to three weeks, after getting up super early every day and either being on the road going somewhere, or taking care of an 18 month old, after not getting any sleep or any time to actually do what I want, you're not telling me that I actually have a day to relax?

It can't be!

But it is.

I'm so happy!! I don't have anywhere I need to go, anyone I need to watch, or anything I need to do today. I can't believe it! I haven't had a chance to do anything I want for weeks. Literally weeks!

The possibilities open to me today are endless! There are so many things I want to do, I can't decide which one to do first.

I have an afghan I'm crocheting that I would like to work on (I'm thinking that I'll do this while watching Big Brother tonight)

I have a pattern for a coupon organizer (and the fabric too!) that I want to make. If it works as nicely as I think it will, I plan on making more to sell locally.

I have a quilt I want to work on.

My garden needs to be weeded.

I want to do some more work on my blog.

I want to watch movies and play board games with the kids.

What do I do? How can I fit all of that into one day? Help!

Saturday, 30 July 2011

First Harvest and A New Toy!

I am so excited to share this with you.

I went out this morning and lookie what I found!

It's the very first tomato from my garden. Isn't it pretty?


When we were at Upper Canada Village on Tuesday, I purchased a new toy.

We were in the tinsmith house, and he was working on these little rings. Of course, I asked him what he was doing, and he told us he was making muffin rings, like what would have been used in the 1860's. If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you`ll see a stack of rings on the table behind him.

They are individual tin rings that you simply fill with muffin or cupcake batter and cook them as usual. The nice thing is, unlike the muffin tins that we use nowadays, these are very easy to clean. All you do is pop out the muffin when you're done, drop them in the sink and voila! Nice clean muffin rings, ready to use the next time.

So, yesterday, I tried them out. I`ve been really looking forward to doing this!

I didn`t think to get a photo of them on the ring, sorry! I didn't think of it until after I had them filled and placed on the cookie sheet.

They are simply rings, with no bottom, so you have to be careful not to move them. If you look closely in the upper right hand corner, you'll see that's a lesson I learned the hard way! LOL!

I filled each ring about 1/2 way

And then cooked them until they were nice and golden brown.

Once the rings cooled a bit, I slid a knife along the inside of the ring, and popped out the muffins.

I have two children with very sore mouths right now thanks to new braces and wisdom teeth surgery, so these nice fluffy muffins were the perfect afternoon treat!

The rings were super easy to use and clean, plus I have something that I find very interesting and unique having been made by hand using the same technique they would have in 1860.

Friday, 29 July 2011

A Few Photo's For You.

As I mentioned in my last post, on Tuesday my daughter, my mother and I all went to Upper Canada Village. It was a wonderful day at a place the my family really loves to visit. You are able to walk around a 60 acre site filled with houses, businesses and farms depicted as they would have been in the 1860's in Canada. There are people in costume that speak to you in character to complete the feel of stepping back in time.

And of course we took lots of pictures! I'm only going to share a few with you, otherwise my blog would never open if I shared all the one's we took! LOL!

This is the grain mill. They grow, harvest and then mill all their own grain for bread that is made and sold right on site. 

 Also from the grain mill. These two boys are there on a summer camp. I couldn't resist snapping a photo, they looked so bored! LOL

 The grain is then sent to the bakery where it is made into dough, then into fresh loaves of bread. This amount of dough will make a small batch, approximately 50 loaves.

 I loved the way the people who work here act like they would in the 1860's. This bike is amazing!

A closer photo of the bike

The gardens were incredible. This was the largest one there, by the home of a prosperous farmer. 

It was so big, I had to take two shots to get the whole thing in. I photoshopped them together so you could see how big it really was. You'll have to click on this photo to get the full effect.

One of my favourite parts of the day was a show that was put on by three members of the staff, called the Travelling Tiltons.

 This is the advertisement that was made for the Travelling Tiltons, right on premises in the printing press.

 The Travelling Tiltons, singing a song.

 My daughter loved this guy. I loved his facial expressions.

Here are a few random shots that we took, that I just love. 

 A gravestone beside the church, with a hand pointing to heaven. 

A really interesting looking hatrack.

 A groundhog that came out to say hi. 

 A barrel of flour.

 A 150 year old bible.

 A stool in the restaurant.

 Storm clouds from a wicked thunderstorm that moved through and drenched us all.

And finally (thank goodness, right? LOL!) a couple of the quilts that I loved. 

 This was a little girls bedroom in the (I think) pastors house

This quilt was being made by a couple of ladies that you can't see in the photo. Each block represents one of the 50 quilts that can be found in the different houses.

I hope you enjoyed (and weren't too overwhelmed by) the photo's of our day. I tried to choose just a few that represented out day well. It was a fantastic day and I'm happy I have a chance to share them with you. :) 

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

What A Wonderful Surprise!

Yesterday was our trip to Upper Canada Village. It was an amazing trip and later today I will be back to show some photo's of it.

But, before that, I just have to say thank you and welcome to all my wonderful new followers! I came home to quite a few new friends! Isn't that fantastic? So, a hearty welcome to all of you! I hope you find my blog interesting and somewhere you would like to visit often. :)

There was another surprist waiting for us when we got home yesterday.

Chasing Chickens

There are six adorable little grey kittens. I just knew she was waiting for all of us to leave for a few hours to have them.

Some of you already know, but for those that don't, Mama cat, Lucy, showed up on our doorstep about a month and a half ago. I was feeding her outside while I looked for her owner, as she was obviously a pet. Eventually, I realized she was pregnant, so in her best interests and the kittens, I brought her inside earlier this week, since her real owner didn't show up. I couldn't have the kittens outside in danger of predation and disease. Not to mention that I didn't want an entire litter of kittens turning feral on me, I'd never find homes for all of them! So, in Lucy came.

Now we have a litter of gorgeous little grey babies. I can't believe their all grey! I thought for sure there would be a variety of colours, but no, they all look like Mama.

Here are a couple of pics we took last night when we got home and found them. Behind my washing machine of all places!!

Chasing Chickens

Chasing Chickens

Chasing Chickens

Chasing Chickens

Aren't they just the cutest?? I just love the little guy with the white nose. He looks like one of our other cats, Oscar. If I didn't know better, I'd say that Oscar was the daddy, but that's not possible.

Oh, and before I go, one last photo. I haven't had a chance to get online to post photo's of my son's new braces! He's so happy and proud, although very sore. :)


Chasing Chickens

And after....

Chasing Chickens

As I said, I'll be back later today to share photo's from our journey back in time. See you then!

Monday, 25 July 2011

Monday Planning

As I mentioned in my last post, this week is going to be a very, very busy one.

Today, although the morning will be long, is one my son is very much looking forward to. Today is the day he get's his braces!! He has a very severely recessed lower jaw, and his top teeth are protruding and crooked. We don't even notice it anymore, but he does and he begged us for braces. It was a bit of a financial hit, since braces cost $5200, but of course, for our children, we'll do whatever we have to, right?

Well, much to our surprise and delight, hubby's mom and dad paid for the braces! They went in Friday and paid the whole bill in full! This means, that not only do we not have to pay for the braces ourselves, we are going to be able to keep the money from selling hubby's truck to buy a small car for him! We were going to use the money from the truck to pay for the braces, but thanks to this, we don't have to. The truck still has to go, it's an absolute gas hog (approximately $400/month just in gas to run it!!!) but now there's not as big of a rush on it.

Here is a photo of my son playing piano with a little guy in my daycare

It's a bit hard to see unitl you click on the photo to enlarge it, but if you do, then you can see how his top teeth stick out. When he closes his mouth, one of his teeth actually juts out over his bottom lip.

He has to wear the braces for 18 months to 2 years, then a retainer for 6 months to a year. After that, the orthodontist will be putting in a permenant retainer, which is a metal bar that will be glued to the back of his front teeth and will stay there for the rest of his life.

Like I said, he is incredibly excited about this. He's been looking forward to it for about a year now.

So, that's today. It will take about 2 hours to put the braces on. Afterwards, I need to go to WalMart for dog food, then home for a quiet afternoon, just in case his mouth is sore.

Because the week will be so long, the menu isn't much to brag about. LOL! I scheduled easy meals that are quick to make up.

Monday - one pan chicken (this is by request of my son. It's soft and very easy to chew if his mouth is sore)
Tuesday - nothing. We won't be home
Wednesday - inside out ravioli's (by request of my daughter. She won't be eating much after her wisdom teeth surgery on Thursday and this is her favourite meal.)
Thursday - pizza and fries. (easy meal, just put it in the oven. DD won't be eating so it will be just ds and myself)
Friday - beans and weiners with homemade bread. (something soft and easy to chew if dd feels like eating. And it's something different and fun for ds)
Saturday - pork stir fry (Saturday will be the first day I have to just sit back and relax all week. I'm really, really looking forward to this day!)

I'm not sure how often I'll be able to get online this week. It's going to be so busy. But I am going to try to share some recipes at least.

If I don't talk with you all again, have a great week!

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Oh No! Now is NOT the Time

This is not good.

I woke up this morning and I'm sick. Not horribly sick, just icky sick. Sore throat, stuffy nose, no energy. A summer cold.

Normally, it wouldn't be a big deal at all, these things come and go. But, I have such an incredibly busy week coming up, I seriously can't afford to be sick right now.

Here is what I'm looking at next week:

Sunday - grocery shopping
Monday - ds gets his braces on
Tuesday - trip with my mom to Upper Canada Village
Wednesday - daycare is open from 5:30 am  - 6 pm
Thursday - dd gets her wisdom teeth removed
Friday - daycare is open again, same times

I have my daycare baby today as well, from 7 am to 12:30 pm. After he leaves, I need to run into town to do part of my grocery shopping for the week. Some of the items I need are only on sale today, so I have to go get them, otherwise my budget is blown.

Why, oh why did it have to be now that I get a summer cold? I can't be sick next week, I have too many people to take care of. Sigh...It never fails, does it?

Friday, 22 July 2011

My First Award!!

Ok, I'm crazy excited about this.

TJ from Measuring Flower has awarded my blog the Butterfly Award!

Here is what I have to do to accept it:

Accepting the Award
  1. Link to the person who awarded you.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
  3. Answer the questions below.
  4. Award this to 15 bloggers. 
Woo hoo!! It's my first award and it's from a blog that I just love! If you haven't been to the Measuring Flower blog, you really, really need to visit. Right now. LOL! is a blog for frugal moms who love their families! Discover tried and true recipes, menu plans, frugal tips, couponing, awesome reviews and giveaways, and much more creativity for everyday!

Thank you so much TJ!!

7 Things About Me
  1. I have been a SAHM for 11 years now (where has the time gone??)
  2. I love animals. LOVE them! 
  3. I am an admitted Star Trek and Stargate fan. I'm not ashamed to admit that I watch both those franchises every single day.
  4. I love to read, especially fantasy or romance
  5. I run a home daycare, although right now I only have one little fellow that I watch.
  6. I can't start my day without at least one cup of coffee.
  7. I am teaching myself how to quilt.

  1. Name your favorite color. Definitely pink. Anyone who knows me, knows that I love pink!!
  2. Name your favorite song. Oh, I just don't know! I don't really have one favourite. I love country music, but my fave changes with the countdown. LOL! Although, oddly enough, I do love the song Time of Your Life by  Green Day. I can't post the video here, but if you've never heard it, it's a beautiful song that has always spoken to me for some reason. 
  3. Name your favorite dessert. Hmmm..I'm not a big dessert eater. I do like chocolate cake, though, so I guess if I have to choose one, that would be it. 
  4. What wizzes you off? Meanspirited people. The type of person who needs to bring people down by insulting their appearance especially. 
  5. When you're upset you _________? Sit and brood for a while. I'm normally a very positive person, but like anyone else, I have my days. :)
  6. Your favorite pet I love all my pets, but I have to admit that my chihuahua Sammy is my baby. He's such a sweet little guy. He has the best personality, and everyone loves him, just not as much as me. 
  7. Black or white? I guess white? 
  8. Your biggest fear? spiders! I can't stand the creepy crawly little things. Ugh!!!
  9. Best feature? I don't put any stock in physical features, but I've been told I have nice eyes. Your physical features are what you have, and there's not much you can do about them. It's what's inside, the way you conduct yourself that really matters. 
  10. Everyday attitude? Generally positive, although, like I said earlier, everyone has those days.
  11. What is perfection? There is no such thing in people. Physical appearance is too far overrated and no one will ever have a perfect attitude.
  12. Guilty pleasure? Reality shows, especially Survivor and Big Brother. I can't stay away from them!
And now the really fun part

Passing on the Award

A Side of Sanity


Cajun Bombshell

Happy Housewife Designs

Learning to Limit

Smart and Trendy Moms

Big congrats! You're all amazing!!!