Hand Knits

Below you will find great examples  knit items…sweaters, scarfs, socks, vests, coats, and hand warmers. Where ever possible I have included the URL to the knitting pattern. Photos were taken from Pinterest or directly from the web. I make no claim to any of the photos.


Brown shawl like scarf. See more @ http://www.unepouleapetitspas.com/matilda.


Grey shawl collar cardigan. See more @ www.pinterest.com.


Beautiful olive green caplet to keep you warm this winter. See pattern @ http://www.frenchpressknits.com/2011/11/my-legacy.


Knitted dark brown cardigan. See more @ http://countingstonesheep.tumblr.com/post/15729302136/rick-owens.


Lovely vintage sweater is figure flattering. See more @ www.pinterest.com.


Love this twist on a sweater, complete with cables. See more @ www.pinterest.com.


Love this light grey knitted scarf. Available at Esty. See more @ http://www.etsy.com/listing/38336659/nomad-alpaca-cowl-ash?ref=v1_other_2.


Legwarmers – these cable knit leg warmers are styled with floral appliques, fashion that’s both toasty and trendy!


From the front it’s a simple tunic with optional pockets, the back is open with straps that cross at the top. Pattern available @ http://store.cocoknits.com/products/maude.


Deep red carpet bag available for purchase. See more @ http://www.etsy.com/listing/69326186/25-off-sale-a-walk-among-trees-ooak.

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Wedding Cakes for Fall

Browse through some wedding cakes for fall, some elegant, some full of whimsey, all in the glorious  colors of autumn. All photos taken from Pinterest or directly from the web, I make no claim to the photos and have provided the link to the web where possible. Enjoy!


White three tier wedding cake decorated for fall with the oh so popular succulent plants. See more at www.flickr.com/photos/mycakebyalessandra.


Cream colored smoothly iced cake topped with wine rose petals and ribbon. http://www.lilyrosecakes.com.


Stunning square cake decorated with orange and white lilies, roses, and carnations. Visit scarsdale.everythinglulu.com.


Ivory and brown piping with chocolate fondant bows, center jewels, and ivory icing swirls. http://www.flickr.com/photos/designercakesbyapril.


Double layer chocolate wedding cake topped with orange sugar roses for an autumn wedding. http://www.craftsy.com/project/view/fall-wedding-cake.



“Top Hat” wedding cake decorated with leaves for fall. Visit www.flickr.com beauty by Alliance Bakery.


Tiered wedding cake with rolled white chocolate ‘cigarettes’ around the sides. Fresh flowers and grapes. www.flickr.com.


White wedding cake trimmed with brown frosting ribbon and chartreuse flowers. http://luvandido.com.


Fun and funky wedding cake. http://www.carriescakes.com.


Snow covered pinecones and trigs top an autumn cake. http://myinspiredwedding.com.

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Delicious Crockpot Recipes

When I think of crock pot meals, I think of stew or beef brisket, but there are so many more things that you can fix in a crock pot. I’ve included the recipes for yummy desserts, many one pot chicken meals, corn on the cob, savory soup, game day sandwiches, and creative dips.


Crust: 1 c. chocolate graham cracker crumbs, 2 T. brown sugar, 3 T. butter,melted
Filling: 12 oz cream cheese, 2/3 c. brown sugar, 2 eggs, 1/3 c. creamy peanut butter, 1T flour,1/2 t vanilla,1/2 c. chocolate chips, melted.
Istructions: Combine cracker crumbs with brown sugar; mix in butter. Pat into a 7-inch springform pan. Cream together cream cheese & 2/3 c brown sugar. Add eggs, beat 2 minutes. Add peanut butter, flour, & vanilla; beat 2 more minutes. Pour all but 1/2 cup of batter into prepared pan. Combine the melted chocolate chips with remaining batter & pour on top of the batter in pan. Cut chocolate batter with a knife to swirl. Place aluminum foil ring (so pan does not touch bottom of crock pot). Cover, cook on high for 2 1/2 hrs. Turn heat off & leave for 2 hrs. Cool completely & remove from pan. Chill before serving.






Ingredients: 2 pounds beef sirloin, cut into 2 in strips, garlic powder, to taste. 3T veg. oil, 1 cube beef bouillon, 1/4 c hot water,1T cornstarch, 1/2 c onion & 2 bell peppers, chopped. 1 (14.5 oz) can stewed tomatoes, with liquid. 3T soy sauce, 1 t sugar, 1 t salt
Directions: Sprinkle strips with garlic powder. Brown beef strips in oil. Transfer to slow cooker. Mix bouillon cube with hot water until dissolved, mix in cornstarch. Pour into the slow cooker with meat. Stir in onion, green peppers, stewed tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar, and salt. Cover & cook on high for 3-4 hrs, or on low for 6-8 hrs.


Ingredients: 6 corn on the cob, broken in half ,4 T butter,1 T minced garlic,
1 t Italian seasonings
Instructions: Shuck the corn. Mix last three ingredients. Place corn on foil. Drizzle each cob with a spoonful of the buttery mixture. Finish wrapping corn in foil & place in slow cooker. Cook on low 4 hours or 2 hours on high.


Ingredients: Crust: 2 c graham crackers, 1/2 c melted butter, 1/4 c sugar
Filling: 6 tablespoons fresh Key lime juice, 1 envelope unflavored gelatin, 2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided, 10 (1oz) squares white chocolate, chopped
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened, 1 c sugar, 1 1/2 T lime zest
Instructions: Combine graham cracker crumbs, butter, & sugar. Press into bottom & 1 inch up sides of 10-inch springform pan. Combine lime juice & gelatin; Bring 1/2 c cream to a simmer. Remove from heat, & add white chocolate, stirring until smooth. Stir in gelatin mixture, cool. Beat cream cheese, sugar, & lime zest. Mix white chocolate mixture into cream cheese mixture. Beat remaining 2 c until soft peaks form. Fold into white chocolate mixture, and pour into pie crust. Cover, and freeze overnight. Remove from pan. Garnish with white chocolate curls & Key lime wedges.


ingredients: 2T olive oil, onion, chopped, 2 cloves garlic, sliced, 6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, 2 canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, chopped, plus 2T adobo sauce, 6 c chicken broth, 1/2 cchopped cilantro, juice of 2 limes, salt & pepper, 1avocado, sliced into 12 pieces, crushed tortilla chips
Directions: Heat olive oil. Stir onion & garlic, cook until brown. Push the vegetables to the side, add the chicken & cook until golden. Stir in the chipotles & adobo sauce, stir in broth. Simmer 15 minutes. Stir in the cilantro & lime juice; season with salt & pepper. Place 2 avocado slices in each bowl. Pour in the soup. Top with the tortilla chips.


Ingredients: 2T olive oil, 1 lb sirloin steak (thinly sliced), 8 oz fresh mushrooms (sl1 green pepper, 1 onion(all sliced), 10 slices provolone cheese, 1 loaf french bread, 14 oz beef broth, 1/2 t salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/2 t garlic powder, 2T worcestershire sauce, 1/8 t red pepper flakes, 14 c. dry red wine
Directions: Heat the oil in skillet. Add the beef, & cook until browned. Add the mushrooms, bell pepper & onion; cook until starting tender. In a slow cooker, combine the beef broth, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper flakes & red wine. Transfer the beef & vegetables to the cooker, stir. Cover & cook on high for 3-4 hrs, until beef is tender. Heat oven to 425 F. Drain the liquid from the slow cooker, and save for dipping. Slice the bread & top both sides with cheese, fill with the beef & vegetables. Close bread & wrap sandwich with aluminum foil. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in oven.


Crock Pot Beer Chicken
Ingredients: 2lbs skinless, boneless chicken breasts, 1 can beer, 1 t salt, 1 t garlic powder, 1 t dried oregano, 1/2 t black pepper
Instructions: Place all ingredients in crock pot. Cook on high for 4-5 hrs, or low for 6-8 hrs.

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Paris night life

Hello, I’ve just had a great trip to Paris, although I did not attend any fashion shows, I’ve put together a collection of Paris style gowns. Enjoy.


Fabulous cream gown



Stunning green dress


Cream halter top


Shoes with bows


Green high low gown


Short dress of pink lace 

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French Style

I’ve just spent the last ten days in Paris, France. And had a wonderful time. Sometimes tourists get a bad rap from Parisians. Making fun of their white tennis shoes, capri pants and crossover bags. Today in my post I’ve put together some wonderful outfits that even a tourist could pull off in Paris. Enjoy your travels.


Great black and white striped skirt


Simple jeans and white blouse dressed up with a green wool coat


Cropped jeans, white tee add a great bag and a ever so Parisian scarf


Jeans, blouse navy sweater and pearls make a classic outfit

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