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This month, I am telling you how to make one of my family’s favorite dinners.  This recipe uses a fry bread or scone.  I have used anything from Rhodes frozen bread dough (thawed and left to rise a bit) to white bread dough.  My current favorite is an Easy French Bread recipe.  This version is really close to the one I use.  To make the fry bread, you prepare the dough like you would for bread, but you don’t bake it.  After the dough has risen, you take a piece of dough about the size of a golf ball and roll it flat.  You want the dough to be about 1/4 inch thick.  I heat about 1 1/2 cups of vegetable oil in a wide, shallow saucepan over medium heat.  It takes about 10 minutes to get the oil hot enough.  Once your oil is ready, carefully put the dough in the oil.  Fry it on one side until it is golden brown.  This takes about 2 minutes.  I use metal salad tongs to carefully turn the dough over and fry the other side until it is also golden brown.  My saucepan can accommodate 3 scones at a time.  I usually fry the scones while I am preparing the toppings.  So, without further ado:

Navajo Tacos

For each Navajo Taco you will need:

1 scone

4 tbsp chili (I use Nalley’s Hot Chili)

1 tbsp shredded cheese

2 tsp salsa (I like to use fresh salsa)

1 tsp sour cream

1 tsp diced tomato

1 tsp chopped olives

1/4 tsp green onions

1 tsp sliced avocado or guacamole

1/4 cup shredded lettuce

Layer the toppings of your choice on top of the fry bread.  Enjoy!

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This is a pretty easy meal to put together.  I’ve listed the ingredients in the order that I like to put them.  Obviously, you can eliminate the toppings that you don’t like.  My kids won’t eat the tomatoes, lettuce, or guacamole.

A few tips: I heat the chili while the scones are frying.  Also, I have been trying to eat healthier and fried foods just don’t equal healthy.  For a healthier alternative, you can roll out your scones and bake them.  Try about 10 minutes at 350 and see how they look.  You don’t want them to be rock hard ;D  Another good alternative would be whole wheat pitas.  If you do use the fry bread, any leftover fry bread is delicious with a drizzle of honey, a sprinkle of powdered sugar, your favorite jelly, or some cinnamon sugar.

This is one of those dinners that the kids say “Yay!” when I make it.  I hope your family likes it as much as mine.   Have a great day!

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Today is Bethany’s Blog Party!  It’s a ton of fun so head over and play along!  This questionnaire is part of the party fun:

  1. What was your age when you first discovered your love of yarn?  What (or who) was it that introduced you to all that fibery goodness?  I was very young when I learned to love yarn.  My Mom was always making slippers, Christmas stockings, and toys for us.  One year she made this beautiful baby doll for me.  I loved that doll and took it everywhere I went.
  2. If you could sit down with anyone in the world to have a little knit along, who would it be?  I would absolutely love to have a knit along with my fabulous friends from Ravelry and the Yahoo groups.
  3. What is your favorite comfy place or position in which to work with yarn?  I always wind up working with my projects at the computer.  It’s not the best chair in the house but all of my patterns and things are just right where I need them and I can hop on the internet if I need to look something up or get help with a pattern.  But my favorite place to work with yarn is a hand me down pink chair in my front room.  It’s a comfortable chair and the cheeriest corner in the entire house 😀
  4. Like our heroin in the story below, do you ever dream about soft fuzzy goodness?  Or how to do a particular technique you’d never thought of while awake?  Unlike the heroin in the fun story on Bethany’s blog, most of my inspiration comes while I am awake.  I will say that I can get lost in an idea and daydream about it for awhile but when I sleep, I never dream about yarn fun.  😛
  5. What type of loomer/knitter/crocheter are you?  Do you like long involved projects, or quickies full of fast satisfaction?  I love the quick fun projects.  A lot of times, if I make one, I will need to make three more like it, lol.  So quick is good for now.  I do like the long involved projects too and really want to make some of those beautiful lace shawls I have been admiring.
  6. Have you ever guiltily postponed dinner due to your involvement with a project?  Oooh, I’m not going to tell.  Okay, yes, we’ve had a late dinner here and there because I was wrapped up in a project.
  7. What is your ultimate goal in your yarn life?   Learning broomstick lace and how to knit were high priorities for me but I did it!  Yay!  Now I still really want to learn to shuttle tat, I want to learn to knit lace, and I want to try entralac at least once.
  8. Do you have a favorite snack you like to munch while working with yarn?  I don’t usually snack when I work with yarn.  I guess that makes it a good hobby.  A yarnie day keeps the cheese puffs away ;D
  9. What is your all time most favorite yarn tool/accessory that you absolutely could not live without?  My very favorite yarn tool is my size J crochet hook that my Mom taught me to crochet with.  I lost it for a little while and was just sad about it.  I turned the house upside down looking for it and then the van.  I even emptied toy boxes.  It finally turned up in the playroom closet behind the bookshelf.  Some little imp…  I was giddily happy to have it back.  It’s a sentimental thing.
  10. What is your favorite movie?  If I had to choose a favorite movie, it would be The Lake House.  I need to just buy that one.
  11. What is your favorite book as an adult…and what was yours as a child?  My absolute favorite book is the Myst series.  There are 3 books and they are just so worth reading at least once.  When I was younger, I loved the Anne of Green Gables books.  I still do.  And you should totally read The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery.  Such a sweet love story.
  12. What are you working on right now with your yarn?  I just finished the June and July squares for the 2008 12″ Crochet Block a Month CAL group.  Yeah, I got a little bit behind.
  13. Is there a special project that you’ve been just dying for someone (or yourself) to design?  Oh, I have so many ideas but I have a really special one that I am starting work on and hope to be finished by October.
  14. Did someone invite you to join in on the party today?  Bethany invited me to join in the party today.  Thanks Bethany!  It’s been great fun!

Alright, if you haven’t already been over there, hop over to Bethany’s blog and have a lot of fun!

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Hackie Sackie

Hackie Sackie ❤

This hacky sack is worked on a large gauge loom as a flat panel. There are 5 sections. For each section, use two strands of yarn held together as one. You can change colors at the start of a new section.

Quick Tip: You can reduce the number of yarn tails if you carry your yarn up the edge of your work. Also, leave two sets of your yarn tails from color changes about 7″ long for gathering the top and bottom of the hacky sack.

How to make one:

Cast on 12 pegs from left to right. I used the Knifty Knitter Flower Loom and the Double E-wrap Cast-on.

Sections 1, 3, and 5:

U-wrap and knit pegs 1 – 12. (12 stitches)

U-wrap and knit pegs 11 – 2. (10 stitches)

U-wrap and knit pegs 3 – 10. (8 stitches)

U-wrap and knit pegs 9 – 4. (6 stitches)

U-wrap and knit pegs 3 – 10. (8 stitches)

U-wrap and knit pegs 11 – 2. (10 stitches)

U-wrap and knit pegs 1 – 12. (12 stitches)

Sections 2 and 4:

U-wrap and knit pegs 12 – 1. (12 stitches)

U-wrap and knit pegs 2-11. (10 stitches)

U-wrap and knit pegs 10 – 3. (8 stitches)

U-wrap and knit pegs 4 – 9. (6 stitches)

U-wrap and knit pegs 10 – 3. (8 stitches)

U-wrap and knit pegs 2 – 11. (10 stitches)

U-wrap and knit pegs 12 – 1. (12 stitches)

Once you have completed 5 sections, remove the hacky sack from the loom using the flat panel removal method. You will want a 30″ yarn tail for the flat panel removal and seaming. Weave in all ends. You may need to snug up some of the yarn tails before weaving them in. Also, I leave a yarn tail at each end and one side to sew up the sack with. Sew the cast on and cast off edges together. Gather one end of the hacky sack closed. Lightly stuff the hacky sack and gather the other end closed.  If you are going to use pellets in the hacky sack, you will want to sew an inner sack to put inside so that pellets don’t escape the yarn casing.  Weave any remaining ends in. Now go have some hacky fun! 🙂

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I have been having such fun with the knitting needles! I have learned to knit, purl, basic bind off, 1×1 ribbing, ribbed bind off, M1A increase, and K2tog decrease. After just two swatches, I felt ready to try an actual project. I chose the Easy Knitted Booties on the Bundles of Love website. It was a fun, quick pattern and who doesn’t love little baby booties? Here they are:

Aren’t they sweet? I think I am going to embroider little flowers on the toes. Then I will donate them. After I finished the booties, I started working on a headband pattern that Isela wrote for the very cool Keepsake Loom. I don’t have the Keepsake Loom yet so I converted the pattern for needle knitting. I’m still getting a feel for how much yarn needle knitting projects will need (ask me about a crochet project and I can easily estimate amount of yarn needed for a project) and I soon found I didn’t have enough to make a headband. I made good use of the knitting time and materials by making the project into a bangle for my little gal.

She loved it! She kept putting it on and saying “pretty!” I love making things for my kids. Even simple projects still impress them 🙂 Have a great night!

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