Friday, January 22, 2010

Taco Seasoning

I have been making my own Taco Seasoning for many years now. I first ran across a recipe in Veggie Life magazine many years ago, and adapted my own from it.

Taco Seasoning
In a clean, glass pint jar, place

6 T paprika
2 T (each) cumin, oregano, garlic powder and
onion powder
1 T cayenne red pepper (or chili powder)
1 tsp sea salt

Place lid on jar and shake well to blend. Shake again before
each use!
I usually use about 1 or 2 tsp for a pound of hamburger. You can
experiment on your own.


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Monday, January 11, 2010

Fingerless Gloves

I have been working this weekend on a pair of fingerless gloves. The 2nd one is about half finished. This is the first pair I've made, and am not sure how I'll like them. The yarn is a wool (Garn) that I've had around here for ages, and the pattern is by Plymouth (actually I bought the pattern for the socks, also included). This cold weather has affected most of the USA, and I don't hear anyone saying anything good about it. Well, maybe the power companies, and the greedy petroleum people. Also, an year ago this month I stopped biting my fingernails. Being a life-long nail biter (nerves, I guess), one day I just decided not to, and haven't. I'm still amazed, and look at my hands and say "wow! fingernails". Not a big thing to most, but it is for me. Hoping and praying that this cold goes away soon. I'm tired of still seeing the snow piled up around here!!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Vintage Afghan

Vintage Afghan with Earl Grey's help

The past several days I have been working on an afghan pattern I found in a Ravelry group. The official name is Vintage Vertical Stripe Crocheted Blanket Pattern, and it can be found at
It is slow-going, and takes about a baseball sized scrap of yarn. I'm using the Clover Soft-touch size I hook, and am getting used to it now. Somehow, this afghan looks better in person than in the photo. I'll be glad when it gets a little bigger, so I can cover up with it while I work on it. It's been bitter cold here, and shows no sign of warming up. More snow predicted tonight. Ugh!! I'm enjoying this project.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year

I am working on a little afghan for Earl Grey. I make one for all our kitties. This time I am using just scrap yarn, and changing colors as I run out. I'm using a new crochet hook. It is a Clover, size I. It is easy on the hands, but splits the yarn. Very disappointing. I prefer my Susan Bates hooks. Earl Grey continues to eat well and grow, and he has become a real "wild cat". This morning he got me up at 6AM, by running across me repeatedly like a race track!! He loves yarn, and likes to "help" while I knit or crochet! Sheesh! I do appreciate Shizuku more and more these days. She and I understand each other, as we are both getting old. There is still snow on the ground, it is bitter cold here, and the wind is about to blow us away. Like I said, "Happy New Year".