June 2015 archive

Easy Thick Crochet Wash & Dishcloths

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Easy crochet dishcloth pattern

Easy Thick Crochet Wash & Dishcloths

It’s almost the end of the school year and I’ve been thinking about what sort of thank you gifts to give my daughter’s teachers and instructors (school, piano, dance, baseball, etc.). I’m all about homemade gifts when at all possible so I settled on making a crochet dishcloth. There are lots of free crochet dishcloth patterns online, but I wanted to make my own unique one.

For the past 2 months, I’ve been taking pottery classes, learning how to use the potter’s wheel. I’ve also started making handmade soap on a regular basis which we now use every day in our household (check out my post on how to make Natural Calendula Soap here).

I’m giving them each a beautiful handmade soap dish with my own soap and a thick durable crochet washcloth. They’re made using the single crochet stitch, which forms a tight thick fabric. This stitch is great for a crochet project like this.

This crochet dishcloth pattern is about as easy as it gets – a perfect crochet pattern for beginners. You only need to know 2 easy crochet stitches, the chain stitch and how to single crochet.

Hopefully, these handmade crochet gifts will reflect my gratitude to all the people who help teach and shape my daughter.

Easy Thick Crochet Wash & Dishcloths Pattern

Materials:

  • Cotton Yarn x 2 balls (yarn is held together) approx. 60 yards each – Bernat Handicarfter yarn used for this project (swimming pool, aloe vera and country stripes)
  • Crochet Hook – US L/8 mm.
  • Scissors
  • Yarn or tapestry needle

Directions:

Ch = chain, sc = single crochet (U.S.)

Holding both ends of yarn together (you will be crocheting with them as if they are one the entire time), make a slip stitch and chain 20 stitches together, keeping tension even through the chain (feel free to make the cloth bigger or smaller just by increasing or decreasing the number of chains in your foundation chain).

Row 1: 1sc the second stitch from the hook and then in each stitch along the chain until the end. Once you reach the end, chain 1 and then turn.

Row 2: 1sc in every stitch until you reach the end. Chain 1, turn your work.

Repeat row 2 until you’ve made a square (you can tell if you’ve made a square by folding the cloth in half diagonally.

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Looking for more great crochet patterns:Easy Striped Baby Hat, Lily Cowl Crochet Pattern, Crochet Fingerless GlovesDone In A Day Baby BlanketEasy Crochet Can CozyTulip Textured Crochet DishclothEasy Cozy Crochet BlanketCrochet Beach BagOmbre Textured Blanket, Light Crochet Wrap

easy to make crochet dishcloth

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

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Healthy and delicious Butternut Squash Soup

Healthy & Delicious Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Healthy & Delicious Roasted Butternut Squash Soup – After all the camping and socializing we’ve been doing lately I’m trying to eat healthier meals during the week. Soup is always one of my favorite lunch choices – especially since I freeze individual meal size packages for a quick and convenient lunch. I have a few “go-to” soup recipes but this has recently become one of my most frequent picks. This recipe is really flavorful and the rich, creamy texture helps to make you feel really full and satisfied.

Healthy & Delicious Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

INGREDIENTS

1 large squash
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 can coconut milk
1 tsp oil
1/2 onion chopped
3 garlic cloves
1 tsp fresh ginger chopped finely
1/2 tsp curry powder (or paste)
juice of 1/2 a lime (or more if you like your soup more tangy)
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (or more if you like it spicier)
cilantro or parsley for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Prepare and bake squash in over for 1 hour. Once the squash is cool, scoop all the squash meat out of the shell.
  2. Saute onions, garlic, ginger & curry powder in oil until soft and well combined.
  3. Put all ingredients from the first two steps into a bowl and using a wand blender, mix until smooth. Place mixture in a large pot on the stove over medium heat.
  4. Add chicken broth, lime juice and red pepper flakes. Heat until it reaches a boil and then turn down to simmer on low for 10 minutes stirring regularly.
  5. Garnish with fresh cilantro or parsley and serve while hot.

Download your Roasted Butternut Squash Soup recipe here.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe. Check out some of my other recipes including: Double chocolate pecan cookiesThe ultimate rice krispie squareBest salad everNo bake energy balls,  the best chicken soup you’ll ever eatBailey’s dipped toasted marshmallowszucchini quinoa pattiesperfect chocolate chip cookiesmarinated feta cheesemediterranean humus.

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