DIY Burp Cloths


Our group of friends have caught baby fever and I’ve been making all kinds of goodies for little babies all summer.

And these adorable burp cloths are a hit!

DIY BurpCloths |

I learned with my twins that the only burp cloths that work are cloth diapers, everything else was too thin and left my shoulders covered in spit up [times two!!].

These are simple to make; just add fabric in your favorite patterns to the middle…

Here’s how I did it:

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Spicy Chicken & Pesto Panini


I wish I would take credit for this warm and delicious panini, but I sadly I can’t. Its my husbands creation and its a great one. We’ve been making this for years and its always been a crowd pleaser. Can be made quickly for a group of house guests or even a special lunch while you watch your favorite team during Sunday Football.

Spicy Chicken Pesto Panini |

I paired this with an IPA Beer and some potato chips.

We sure enjoy Sunday Football during nap time :)

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DIY Knitted Flower & Bow Accessories


DIY Knitted Flowers & Bows Patterns |

Last week I shared with you the Scarf I made for my two year old, since then I’ve been making different colored bows and flowers to accessorize her scarf.

I mean doesn’t every little girl need matching accessories?

Both are quick patterns to make.

First you’ll need to make this scarf.


Use same yarn weight as your scarf & same size needles.

Cast on 12 stitches

Bow Base
Rows 1-25: K2, P1

Bow Middle

Cast on 5 stitches

Row 1: K5
Row 2: P5
Row 3: K2, Bind off 1, K2
Row 4: P2, Cast on 1, P2

Rows 5-15: Work in stockinette stitch

Bind off.

Attach middle piece to center of the bow base and sew together. Make sure the small hole is in the back of the bow so you can attach it to the scarf.


Use same yarn weight as your scarf & same size needles.

Cast on 6 stitches

Row 1: Knit
Row 2: K6, Cast on 6
Row 3: Knit across 6 new stitches, turn
Row 4: K6, Cast on 6
Rows 5-10: Rep [Rows 3 & 4] 3x- 30 total stitches
Row 11: K1, [K2tog] 14x, K1 across
Row 12: [K2tog] across

With tail end thread into a yarn needle and draw through all stitches on needle and pull tight. Sew first and last flower pedals together.

Attach flower to button on scarf. Enjoy!

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Sausage & Pumpkin Barley Risotto


I love fall.

Lets be honest, its really the pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING that I’m really in love with…
Pumpkin Risotto |
I mean pumpkin spice in my coffee? Yes Please!
Pumpkin desserts? Of course!
I keep pumpkin on hand from October through January so I’m sure this will not be the last pumpkin recipe I share this season.

This dinner came to be because I had leftover pumpkin from some pancakes…[yummy] and a I had made version of this that I made earlier with Sweet Potatoes.

I think this one is even better than the last!
1 can of pumpkin
1 small white onion [finely chopped]
1 package of Italian Sausage
1 1/2 cups pearl barley
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 tbsp EVOO
1/2 Applesauce
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ginger
1/3 cup chopped walnuts

1. Heat the EVOO in  a large skillet over medium.

2. Add your Italian Sausage and break into small pieces. Cook until sausages are browned and cooked through.

3. Add the onions and sauté until onions are softened.

4. Add garlic, rosemary, salt, pepper & Italian seasoning. Stir together for about a minute.

5. Add white wine, stir together for about a minute.

6. Add chicken stock and barley, bring to a boil, stirring often.

7. Simmer for about 30-40 minutes or until barley is soft, stirring often.

8. Remove lid and add pumpkin, applesauce, cinnamon, nutmeg & ginger

9.  Simmer a for about 3 minutes.

Salt to taste if needed.

Top with a chopped walnuts and enjoy!

My twin toddlers each ate a whole bowl of this!! Yay! They are so picky at this age I consider them my toughest critics.

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DIY Knitted Toddler Scarf


Its that time of year; pumpkin flavored everything is out and the weather is starting to get that amazing crisp chill to it.
Well, ok maybe not a chill… I do live in southern CA but it is starting to cool off.
I’m in my winter time knitting mode and I’m having so much fun with it!

My little girl loves being a princess and playing dress up, so I’ve made her this cute scarf that we can accessorize to match her outfit. I just love having a little girl.
DIY Toddler Scarf | Easy Pattern |
Here’s how to make it.

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