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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Mini Doughnuts

So we woke up to yet another rainy and gloomy day, to a little whiny little girl that hasn't been sleeping very well because of a stuffed nose. What did we do to make it better? Mini doughnuts! 

Yesterday while I was at Joann's I snagged a couple of chef hats ($1.99 each) thinking it would be fun for the kids to wear when were doing a cooking project together, but I seriously didn't think it would be this quick, but hey, that's OK with me. The kids loved their chef hats and kept them on the whole time, it was so cute, they just melt my heart.

Anyways, I got my little doughnut machine out of the cabinet and used a really simple recipe that doesn't require any special ingredients, just stuff we normally have at home.

Here is the recipe I used:

- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- confectioner sugar (option)

Mix the dry ingredients well, then add the milk, egg and after they are mixed well, add the oil and mix it for a couple more minutes - add the chocolate chips at this point, if you choose to. Drop the mixture into the sprayed doughnut slots and ta-dah!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Jell-o Gummy Snacks

The other day I decided to make some gummy snacks, I had a mold that I bought at ikea a long time ago and I was happy to finally use it!

I used 3 envelopes of unflavored gelatin, 3 tablespoons of jell-o and 1/2 cup of water. Mix everything well, warm it up on the stove top and pour the mixture in the mold, wait 10 minutes until it hardens in the freezer and ta-dah!

Little man was so thrilled!

He thought they were tasty. Yum! Yum!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Free Pattern: Crochet Wreath


‐ 10" Styrofoam ring
‐ Crochet hook US I (5.5 mm)
‐ Hot glue gun and extra glue sticks
‐ Scissors
‐ 1 skein red (Scarlet) Vanna's Choice yarn (or any worsted weight yarn)
‐ 1 skein pink (Poodle Pink) Vanna's Choice baby yarn (or any worsted weight yarn)
‐ 1 skein green (Fern) Vanna's Choice yarn (or any worsted weight yarn)

Stitch Guide:

Chain = ch
Slip Stitch = sl st
Double Crochet = dc
Half double Crochet = hdc
Single Crochet = sc

Pink/Red Cord:

With Pink Yarn:
Row 1: Ch 501, turn, Dc in the 3rd stitch from the hook (that will count as first dc). Dc all the way to the end of the chain.
Row 2: Attach Red yarn, ch 2 (count as first dc) and dc on top of the dc of the previous row. Fasten off and trim excess yarn.

*Make 6 red and 5 pink.

Round 1: Ch 3 counts as first dc,11 dc in 4th ch from hook. Join with sl st to beginning ch‐3 (12 dc total)
Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as sc, ch 2).*Skip 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 2. Repeat from * 2 times. Sl st in first ch of beginning  Ch3. (Four ch- 2 loops total)
Round 3: In each loop, work (sl st,ch 2,3 dc,ch 2,sl st).= 4 petals.

Round 4: Ch 2,*sl st in the back of 2nd dc in next petal, ch 4. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to first sl st (Four ch‐5 loops total).
Round 5: In each loop,work (sl st,ch 2,5 dc,ch 2, sl st). = 4 petals.

Round 6: Ch 2, sl st in the back of 3rd dc in next petal, ch 4,*skip next 3 dc, sl s st in the back of next dc, ch 4. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to beginning sl st.

Round 7: In each loop, work (sl st,ch 2,7 dc,ch 2,sl st). = 4 petals.
Fasten off. Trim excess yarn.
Note: each rose has 3 layers with 4 petals in each layer.

*Make 10.

With green yarn, ch 9. Sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next chain, dc in next chain, hdc in next 2 chains, sc in next 2 chains, 3 sc in last chain. Working on opposite side of starting chain, ch 1, sc in next 2 chains, hdc in next chain, dc in next chain, hdc in next chain, slip stitch in last chain. Fasten off. Trim excess yarn.

Monday, May 13, 2013

What I have been up to *crochet wise*

One thing I have learned from all of these years crocheting professionally is that I have to keep creating new things to keep my customers and the people that follow my work interested. Even if it's just the the same hat in a different color, people want to see options, so I am ALWAYS working, sending new items to the amazing photographers that I am so blessed to collaborate with.

Here are some recent pictures:

Madison Bonnet (in seafoam color) photographed by Laura Brett Photography:

Madison Bonnet (in mustard color) photographed by Pebbles and Polka Dots Photography:

Jute Crochet Basket photographed by Living Dreams Photography:

Pearl Tieback photographed by Stephanie Krupicka Photography:

Madison Bonnet (in rose color) photographed by Pebbles and Polka Dots Photography:

Pearl Tieback photographed by Amy Robertson Photography:

 Charlotte Bonnet (light pink color) photographed by Laura Brett Photography:

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Color Run Seattle

First of all, Happy Mother's Day!

Today I woke up at 6:30, got ready, made a cup of coffee to go and drove to Seattle to meet with a group of friends and participate in the Seattle's color run.

It was a cloudy day, but no rain, so it's a win in my book. I had a ton of fun, got really dirty and colorful.

And when I got home, my kids ran to the door to greet me, with homemade cards, a clean and picked up house and food ready for me. I really couldn't be happier, I have a really wonderful husband that makes sure to tell me how much I am appreciated and today I felt so special.

I hope you had a wonderful day, too!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Razor Clam Digging

It's razor clam digging time for the Just Be Happy Family!

My husband grew up doing that with his family and every Spring and Summer he takes us to the ocean to create our own memories as a family. {Look at my little boy in his hip boots... melts my heart!}

We have to drive 1 hour and 45 minutes to get there, but it's so worth it!

Our little boy had so much fun digging, he got the 15 clams he is allowed to get and our little sweet pea was just having a blast playing in the sand, running around, it really fills up our hearts seeing our kids having so much fun.

I am really enjoying the warmer weather and I am looking forward to creating many more fun memories with my husband and kids.

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