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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

My hands can do this --- Crocheted Rainbow Zoe Pouch


Kids are excited to grow up and acting like they have grown already. Before they become teenagers, they are already fantasizing about their dreams, especially what they like to be when they grow up. They are so curious about what kind of world is out there and it must be colorful because kids really love colors. It is like seeing a rainbow and so curious to know what it is at the end of the rainbow trail. This beautiful, colorfully designed pouch is an example of expressing their kind of  rainbow-like world they are aiming to see when they grow up.  Guide and help your kids to achieve their dreams.  Dreams can come true with God's help.



RAINBOW ZOE POUCH


Materials:
(1)  Caron Simply Soft 4 ply, acrylic, 6 oz (sunshine)
(1)  Caron Simply Soft 4 ply, acrylic, 6 oz (limelight)
(1)  Caron Simply Soft 4 ply, acrylic, 6 oz (soft pink)
(1)  Caron Simply Soft 4 ply, acrylic, 6 oz (orchid)
(1)  Caron Simply Soft 4 ply, acrylic, 6 oz (light country peach)
       crochet hook size – F5 / 3.75
       fancy button

Level of Difficutly – easy

Stitch Abbreviations:
(ch)     chain                                                
(sc)     single crochet                                                
(dc)     double crochet
(sl st)  slip stitch

Instructions:    
Use sunshine yarn first.  50 (ch).  Always count the number of (ch), (dc), (7-dc), and (sc) in each round to avoid mistakes

FIRST SIDE 
Using Sunshine Yarn
1st to 2nd Rnd
(Dc) in 4th (ch) from.  (Dc) in next 47 (ch).  Next round, slip st and 3 (ch) in 1st (dc).  (Dc) in next 47 (dc).  Just leave the extra yarn hanging for attachment.
Result:   48 (dc) per round

3rd Rnd
Slip st and 3 (ch)  in 1st (dc).  (Dc) in next 2 (dc).  3 (ch).  Slip st in  3rd (dc) of previous rnd.  3 (ch).  [(Dc) in next 3 (dc).  3 (ch).  Slip st in next 3rd (dc) of previous rnd.  3 (Ch)]  14X.  (Dc) in last 3 (dc).  Extend yarn a little longer before cutting it.  
Result:   48 (dc) and 30 (3-ch)

Connecting Another Yarn (Orchid)
 4th Rnd
Tie both ends of 2 yarns once.  Hide extra yarn while crocheting.  (Ch).  (Sc) in 1st  3 (dc).  3 (sc) in 2  (3-ch).  [(Sc) in next 3 (dc).  3 (sc) in next 2  (3-ch)]  14X.  (Sc) in last 3 (dc).   Extend yarn a little longer before cutting it. 
Result:   138 (sc)

Connecting Another Yarn (Sunshine)
5th to 6th  Rnd
Tie both ends of 2 yarns once.   Hide the extra yarn while crocheting.  Slip st and 3 (ch) in 1st (sc).  (Dc) in next 2 (dc).  Skip 6 (sc).  [3 (dc) in next 3 (sc).  Skip 6 (sc)]  14X.   (Dc) in last 3 (sc).  Next round, slip st and 3 (ch) in 1st (dc).  (Dc) in next 47 (dc). 
Result:   48 (dc) per round

7th  Rnd
Repeat 3rd Rnd.
Result:   48 (dc) and 30 (3-ch)

Connecting Another Yarn (Soft Pink)
8th Rnd
Repeat 4th Rnd.
Result:   138 (sc)

Connecting Another Yarn (Sunshine)
9th to 10th Rnd
Repeat 5th  to 6th Rnd.
Result:    48 (dc) per round

11th Rnd
Repeat 3rd  Rnd.
Result:  48 (dc) and 30 (3-ch)

Connecting Another Yarn (Limelight)
12th Rnd
Repeat 4th Rnd.
Result:  138 (sc)

Connecting Another Yarn (Sunshine)
13th to 14th Rnd
Repeat 5th  to 6th Rnd.
Result:   48 (dc) per round

15th Rnd
Repeat 3rd  Rnd.
Result:    48 (dc) and 30 (3-ch)

Connecting Another Yarn (Light Country Peach)
16th Rnd
Repeat 4th Rnd.
Result:   138 (sc)

Connecting Another Yarn (Sunshine)
17th to 18th Rnd
Repeat 5th to 6th Rnd.  Do not cut the yarn yet.
Result:    48 (dc) per round


THE START OF MAKING THE FRONT COVER
Using Sunshine Yarn
19th  Rnd
Repeat 3rd  Rnd.
Result:   48 (dc) and 30 (3-ch)

Connecting Another Yarn (Orchid)  
20th  Rnd
Repeat 4th Rnd.
Result:   138 (sc)

Connecting Another Yarn (Sunshine)
21st   Rnd
Tie both ends of 2 yarns once.   Hide the extra yarn while crocheting.  Slip st and 3 (ch) in 1st (sc).  (Dc) in next 2 (dc).  Skip 6 (sc).  [3 (dc) in next 3 (sc).  Skip 6 (sc)]  14X.   (Dc) in last 3 (sc).    
Result:   48 (dc)

22nd Rnd
Slip st in 2 (dc).  3 (ch) in 1st (dc).  (Dc) in next 45 (dc).
Result:   46 (dc)

23rd  Rnd
Slip st in 2 (dc).  3 (ch).  (Dc) in next 3 (dc).  3 (ch).  Slip st in 5th  (dc) of previous rnd.  3 (ch).  [(Dc) in next 3 (dc).  3 (ch).  Slip st in next 3rd (dc) of previous rnd.  3 (ch)]  12X.  (Dc) in last 4 (dc).  Extend yarn a little longer before cutting it.  
Result:   44 (dc) and 26 (3-ch)

Connecting Another Yarn (Soft Pink)
24th Rnd
Tie both ends of 2 yarns once.  Hide extra yarn while crocheting.  (Ch).  (Sc) in 1st  4 (dc).  3 (sc) in 2  (3-ch).  [(Sc) in next 3 (dc).  3 (sc) in next 2  (3-ch)]  12X.  (Sc) in last 4 (dc).   Extend yarn a little longer before cutting it. 
Result:   122  (sc)

Connecting Another Yarn (Sunshine)
25th Rnd
Tie both ends of 2 yarns once.   Hide the extra yarn while crocheting.  Slip st and 3 (ch) in 1st (sc).  (Dc) in next 3 (dc).  Skip 6 (sc).  [3 (dc) in next 3 (sc).  Skip 6 (sc)]  12X.   (Dc) in last 4 (sc).   
Result:   44 (dc)  

26th Rnd
Slip st in 2 (dc).  3 (ch).  (Dc) in next 41 (dc).
Result:   42 (dc)

27th Rnd
Slip st in 2 (dc).  3 (ch).  (Dc) in next 4 (dc).  3 (ch).  Slip st in 6th  (dc) of previous rnd.  3 (ch).  [(Dc) in next 3 (dc).  3 (ch).  Slip st in next 3rd (dc) of previous rnd.  3 (ch)]  10X.  (Dc) in last 5 (dc).  Extend yarn a little longer before cutting it.  
Result:   40 (dc) and 22  (3-ch)

Connecting Another Yarn (Limelight)
28th Rnd
Tie both ends of 2 yarns once.  Hide extra yarn while crocheting.  (Ch).  (Sc) in 1st  5 (dc).  3 (sc) in 2  (3-ch).  [(Sc) in next 3 (dc).  3 (sc) in next 2  (3-ch)]  10X.  (Sc) in last 5 (dc).   Extend yarn a little longer before cutting it. 
Result:   106   (sc)

Connecting Another Yarn (Sunshine)
29th Rnd
Tie both ends of 2 yarns once.   Hide the extra yarn while crocheting.  Slip st and 3 (ch) in 1st (sc).  (Dc) in next 5 (dc).  Skip 6 (sc).  [3 (dc) in next 3 (sc).  Skip 6 (sc)]  10X.   (Dc) in last 5 (sc).   
Result:   40 (dc)  

30th Rnd
Slip st in 2 (dc).  3 (ch).  (Dc) in next 37 (dc).
Result:   38 (dc)

31st Rnd
(Ch).  (Sc) in next 38 (dc).  Extend yarn a little longer before cutting it.  Tie it once.
Result:   38 (sc)

Buttom Side (Sunshine)
1st to 12th Rnd
Insert new yarn in 1st (ch) of 1st Rnd.  Tie both ends of 2 yarns twice.   Slip st and (ch) in 1st (ch).  (Sc) in next 48 (dc).  [Next round, (ch).  (Sc) in next 48 (sc)]  11X.
Result:   48 (sc) per round

13th to 14th Rnd
Slip st and 3 (ch) in 1st (sc).  (Dc) in next 47 (sc).  Next round, slip st and 3 (ch) in 1st (dc).  (Dc) in next 47 (dc).
Result:   48 (dc) per round

15th  Rnd
Repeat 3rd  Rnd.
Result:   48 (dc) and 30 (3-ch)

SECOND SIDE
Connecting Another Yarn (Orchid)
16th Rnd
Repeat 4th Rnd.
Result:   138 (sc)

Connecting Another Yarn (Sunshine)
17th to 18th
Repeat 5th to 6th Rnd.
Result:   48 (dc) per round

19th  Rnd
Repeat 3rd  Rnd.
Result:   48 (dc) and 30 (3-ch)

Connecting Another Yarn (Soft Pink)
20th  Rnd
Repeat 4th Rnd.
Result:   138 (sc)

Connecting Another Yarn (Sunshine)
21st  to 22nd  Rnd
Repeat 5th  to 6th Rnd.
Result:    48 (dc) per round

23rd  Rnd
Repeat 3rd  Rnd.
Result:  48 (dc) and 30 (3-ch)

Connecting Another Yarn (Limelight)
24th  Rnd
Repeat 4th Rnd.
Result:  138 (sc)

Connecting Another Yarn (Sunshine)
25th  to 26th Rnd
Repeat 5th  to 6th Rnd.
Result:   48 (dc) per round

27th Rnd:
Repeat 3rd  Rnd.
Result:    48 (dc) and 30 (3-ch)

Connecting Another Yarn (Light Country Peach)
28th  Rnd
Repeat 4th Rnd.
Result:   138 (sc)

Connecting Another Yarn (Sunshine)
29th  to 30th  Rnd
Repeat 5th to 6th Rnd.
Result:    48 (dc) per round

31st  Rnd
(Ch).  (Sc) in next 48 (dc).  Extend yarn a little longer before cutting it.  Tie it once.
Result:   48 (sc)

Connecting Both Sides (Sunshine)
Invert the pouch.  Use sunshine yarn to attach the sides.  *Tie yarn in 1st (sc) of 31st Rnd.  Hide extra yarn while crocheting.  Slip st and (sc) in 1st (sc).  2 (sc) in  2 (dc).  (Sc) in (sc).  [2 (sc) in next  3 (dc).  (Sc) in next (sc)]  2X.  2 (Sc) in next (dc).  Have one end below in line with the 18th Rnd.  (Sc) in 1st (sc) and 2 (sc) in 1st (dc) of 18th Rnd.  2 (sc) in next (dc).  (Sc) in next (sc).  [(2 (sc) in next 3 (dc).  (Sc) in next (sc)]  3X.  2 (sc) in next 3 (dc).  (Sc) in next 6 (sc).  (Sc) in last (sc).  Extend yarn a.   little longer before cutting it*.  Use yellow yarn and big needle to sew the end side.  Spread out the end side in a triangular shape.  Start sewing in 1st  Rnd of the  Bottom Side  to  square the bottom side of the pouch when it is inverted.  Tie it twice.  Hide extra yarn in the holes*.  Repeat from * to * for the other side.


Making and Attaching the Cord (Sunshine, Orchid, Limelight, Soft Pink, and Light Country Peach)
[Cut 62 inches of sunshine, orchid, limelight, soft pink, and light country peach yarns each 4X.    Make 2 groups.  Insert 1 end in 1st hole of 1st end of the  pouch.  Tie it twice.  Just leave both ends unbraided.  Insert 1 end in 2nd hole of the 1st end of the pouch.  Tie it twice.  Combine the 2 groups and tie it once.  Braid them.  Tie the other end once.  Make 2 groups.  Insert 1 end in 1st hole of the other end of the  pouch.  Tie it twice.  Just leave both ends unbraided.  Insert 1 end in 2nd hole of other end of the pouch.  Tie it twice.  Cut both ends to make it even.
  
Flower Making
1st to 2nd Rnd - (Sunshine)
Extend yarn longer before making (ch).  12 (ch) and slip st in 1st (ch).  Leave the extra yarn hanging.  20 (sc) and slip st in 1st (sc).  20 (dc) and slip st in 1st (dc).  Next round, 6 (ch) and slip st in 1st (dc) below.  [3 (ch) and (dc) in next (dc) above.  3 (ch) and slip st in next (dc) below]  19X.  3 (ch) and slip st in 3rd (ch) of  6 (ch).  Extend yarn a little longer before cutting it.  Tie it once.  Use extra yarn to attach in the middle hole for insertion of the button.  Attach fancy button.


Rainbow Zoe Pouch (without flip cover)
This pouch shown in the picture has no front cover.  If you wish to do this, just skip doing 19th to 31st Rows (The Start of Making the Front Cover) and make 48 (sc) as the last row. Then do the Bottom Side and Second Side and the rest of the instructions.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

My heart says... A Short Tale of Motherhood


                                                            
Motherhood entails a lot of meaning because not all mothers are equal in terms of how to be a mother.  In addition, mothers don’t have the same attitude towards children, especially each has her own way of bringing up their respective children.  It will depend on how the mother was brought up before or what kind of family environment she had before she became a mother herself.  To give a brief background of ourselves, there are always two factors that mold our very own “being,” namely – nurture and nature.  Our experiences in the family and environment everyday are continuously molding each one of us as an individual. 

Motherhood is a vocation and very complicated in the sense that full responsibility in caring for a child must be met whether physically, emotionally, socially, educationally, and spiritually.  I’m not disregarding that fatherhood is a vocation, too.  I know that rearing up children should be a joint responsibility of both parents. 


In this case, I’m just going to tackle about motherhood. There are lots of mothers in this world who might have the same thoughts as I do.  I just want to share these thoughts about motherhood and it can be defined in many ways.  Take note of the questions I asked in every definition and you can answer them yourself.

Motherhood is getting up early in the morning to prepare breakfast, while everybody is in a hurry to go to school and work and not even finish their food.
(Note: Do mothers like wasting of food? Yes or No)

Motherhood is getting up every night to change baby’s diaper or prepare milk, while her husband snores.  
(Note:  Do mothers like / hate this?  Yes or No)

Motherhood is reminding her kids everyday to stay out of trouble and talking non stop about anything she thinks of her kids, as she drives them to school. 
(Note: Are mothers nagger? Yes or No.)

Motherhood is getting into fight when her child is being bullied by other kids at school or anywhere.
(Note: Are mothers war freak when it comes to protecting her child?  Yes or No)  

Motherhood is sacrificing not to buy anything for her, just to be able to provide for the needs of her children. 
(Note:  Do mothers have a priority mindset for their kids? Yes or No)

Motherhood is having hard time in doing two jobs to provide for her kids’ needs, while her husband is jobless.  
(Note:  Do mothers have a sacrificial mindset for the family? Yes or No)

Motherhood is taking time to attend the Parents and Teachers Conference, while her husband is so busy in his work or doesn’t want to attend. 
(Note: Do mothers care more about her kids’ education than her husband? Yes or No)

Motherhood is leading her family to have a prayer time, though how short it can be, as long as it comes from the heart. 
(Note: Can the mothers’ spiritual beliefs and practices be the source of religious differences in the family?  Yes or No)

Motherhood is being emotionally attentive to her kids’ emotional behavior, especially when punished or reprimanded by the father due to misbehavior. 
(Note: Do mothers have always emotional balance when kids misbehave or have tantrums?  Yes or No)

Motherhood is being judged for what you have done or what you have failed to do by your own children. 
(Note: Do mothers deserve to be judged?  Yes or No)

There are still lots of definitions that you can think of about motherhood.  The children are the ones who can give their own description of their own respective mothers.  How their mothers show their love and care for them is the most important in their life. 

Blessed are those children who have both parents take part in their life’s activities. Likewise, blessed are those children with single parent who takes the whole responsibility of taking care of them.    

If a mother fails in her responsibility, it will be like the whole world falls apart on her head.  But what does it take to be a good mother?  Does it rely on being a homemaker only? Or being a career woman and a mother at the same time?    

A mother whom I've known for years has her child only five years after her marriage.  She underwent several physical and laboratory test, so she could get pregnant.  When her child was born,  the child has a congenital heart defect that needs to be operated on. Financial problem caused them to borrow money for the child's operation. How terrible was it to feel that your own child would suffer this much after several years of waiting!!! But at the end, with constant pray for God's mercy, her child has grown into a beautiful daughter. 

Another mother who gave birth seven months prematurely to her child.  The baby needs to stay in an incubator for two months, but the health condition of the baby became worse when  he got pneumonia and diarrhea.  They, too, suffered financial difficulties because of this,  aside from having two small children to feed and take care of also.  The husband is the only one working and they don’t have family relatives who can be able to lend money to them.  God works miraculously in many ways because at the end,  they were able to survive these trials.

Another mother, a single parent, has three children and all are grown ups already.  After so much sacrifice for her children to support their needs and studies, one of her children turned her back on her when she went abroad and got a good job already.  She doesn’t even care to call her or talk to her while abroad, even though how many times the mother tried to reach out to her daughter.

There are still many heartbreaking instances in a mother’s life.  How mothers are able to survive these trials are great stories to share to others.  Her children will always have a soft spot in a mother’s heart, no matter how they turn out to be or no matter how they treat her when they grow up.   Our life is a continuous education.  We must learn a lesson each day, whether from good or bad experiences,  that should help us, in one way or another, become a better, strong person. For mothers, learn to stand up every time you stumble in life.  Don’t falter in your love for your children.  For children, honor your father and mother, as God commanded you to do.  Love them more in their old age.
                  
                           

                                                             
MOTHERHOOD (a)


           EVERY LITTLE PART OF YOU

Once when you were born,,
So intense the pain I felt,
Tears of joy shedding in light,,
While gazing you at my sight.


Every little part of you,
Beautifully formed and grown,,
As what God always wants to be,,
A precious gift you are to me.


Every little part of you,
Softly I touch and kiss,,
Need the strength to have,
A motherly care can only give.


Every little part of you,
My heart you have sought,
Gives warm embrace and kisses,
Instills you always with graces.

Every little part of you,
Angelic smile every time I see,
Lifts my spirit and always be ,
Never a dull moment with you can be.


Every little part of you,
Innocent and fragile as you are,
Childish being you have shown,,
Worth remembering as time has flown.


Every little part of you,
Well being always a mother’s desire,
Hope my love for you is perfect,
In time can you only reflect on it.


MOTHERHOOD (b)

video

American Greetings

This video was sent to me by my eldest daughter in Facebook. This is a very cute Happy Mother's Day greetings from American Greetings and I love it. 

Happy Mother’s Day
To all beautiful mothers
of this world!!!


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“Whatever your heart feels and says, it is the essence of who you are, what you are, and how you are.  Your heart is the engine of your body.  Maintain a good, healthy heart and be glad you did."  





Sunday, May 1, 2016

Mom's Oven --- Garden Blend Salsa


Having your own garden with different kinds of vegetables planted on it can provide you almost all the nutrients your body needs.  What can you ask for?  For us, it’s worth all the time, effort, and most important – the Great Gardener’s love to plant.   That’s why I made this recipe – Garden Blend Salsa - a combination of everything  what the Great Gardener has in his heart.  Enjoy this tasty, hearty recipe to serve with your favorite chips or other snacks.  


BELL PEPPERS
They are a good source of *Vitamins A, C, and E that provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory  benefits, enhance our immune system, and make our skin and hair looking youthful, respectively.  They also contain Vitamin B6 which is essential for the health of our nervous system and helps renew our cells.  They are low in calories, can reduce bad cholesterol, and control diabetes.


Please see  Mom's Oven for a recipe - Venison Stuffed Bell Peppers



They are *low in calories , but high in Vitamin A and C that can help protect from heart disease and stroke and maintain a healthy blood pressure. They contain manganese that helps in the breakdown of carbohydrates and glucose, while potassium balances the body fluids, as well as, provides the muscles the energy they require.   Its fiber also helps promote colon and prostate health and has been linked to cancer prevention.  That’s why they are always included in my recipes. 


                                 http://healthbenefitsofeating.com/vegetables/health-benefits-of-zucchini/

Please see Mom's Oven for some recipes:
     All Summer Squash Mini Bread


They are a good sources of *Vitamins A, B6, C, E, K, potassium, folate, magnesium, phosphorous, copper, potassium, manganese, and dietary fiber. They are also very low in saturated fact, cholesterol, and sodium.  They can reduce the risk of heart disease  and cancer, maintain healthy skin and hair, improve bone health, and reduce inflammation.


Please see Mom's Oven for a recipe - Seasoned Tomato Sauce


GARDEN BLEND SALSA

Ingredients:
10 lbs   ripe tomatoes
1 c        golden egg summer squash, diced
1 c        saffron summer squash, diced
1 c        zucchini, diced
4 pc      garlic cloves
3 pc      onions, medium
3 pc      bell peppers, medium
1/3 c     extra virgin olive oil
2 cans   tomato paste, 6 oz
10 tbsp  sugar
3 tsp      Italian seasoning
3 tsp      basil, dried
3 tsp      salt
2 tsp      ground black pepper

Preparation Time:  approximately 2 - 3 hours

Cooking Time: approximately 1 ½ hours
Instructions:
1. Wash tomatoes, golden egg, saffron, and zucchini summer squashes, bell peppers with fruits and vegetables wash.  Rinse thoroughly and drain. Cut and remove the seeds of the tomatoes and bell peppers. Cut the other vegetables as directed above.
2. Set a large sauce pan over a medium heat . SautĂ© garlic in olive oil until slightly brown.  Add tomatoes first and continue stirring until the volume is reduced by one half. Raise the temperature to a high heat.
3. Add all the summer squash vegetables. Continue stirring to avoid sticking. Simmer for another 20 minutes.  
4. Add the onions, bell peppers, tomato paste, sugar, salt, and all the spices.  Continue stirring and simmer for another 10 minutes.
5. Remove from heat.  You can store it either in a freezer plastic containers or can it like what I did as shown below.    
(Note:  There is a reduction in its volume after the process.)

Servings -  approximately 15 servings (1 cup per serving)
Yield – 5 quarts (when canned)



Canned Garden Blend Salsa

Please see  about planting other vegetables and trees  - The Garden (2012) and The Garden (2013) and other canning recipes shown below:
      Bitter Melon Pickles                   
       How to Make Fig Jam                
     SeasonedTomato Sauce




  
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