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Baby Boy Blanket- Crochet

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

As of the writing of this post, the sweet little baby boy that made this gift for is still not here. That being said, I cannot wait to meet him and I am praying that he is born healthy and happy and that his mommy has a safe delivery and speedy recovery.

In addition to that little beanie and diaper cover, I also made this sweet baby a little blanket. This post is going to be incredibly short as I did not go by a pattern. I simply laid a chain, and half double crocheted in each stitch, for every row.

What makes this pattern a little bit different is that when I got to the length of the blanket I wanted, I decided that I did not care for the width. So, rather than ripping out all of the stitches and starting all over again, I chained one, rotated the blanket on it’s side and started working HDC’s all the way across the side of the blanket. I then worked four rows on that side, rotated my blanket back on the foundation side, chained one, and worked HDC’s along that side. I rotated again and worked four rows of HDC’s on the opposite side. Finally, I finished the blanket off with working HDC’s completely around the blanket and for my final pass around the blanket, I worked a reverse single crochet.

I loved how the blanket turned out and I adored that this blanket managed to have a nice border.

For the yarn, I used Bernat Blanket Brights in the color of Rainbow Shine Variegated. I used a 10.0mm crochet hook and this blanket took me about a week to work up.

This blanket was so much fun to work up and I loved that I wasn’t having to stay in my own little bubble while I worked on it. I was able to work up this blanket while still holding conversations and not having to remember what number stitch I was on.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, feel free to give this a like, comment, and share so others can join the fun as well. I would greatly appreciate it! Until next time,

Thank You!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

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Honey Garlic Pork Deliciousness

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

Food Post Alert!!

I am excited to share with you a little recipe that I had found years ago. When I say that I found this recipe years ago, I mean it is written down in a little binder that I have of recipes. I have no idea where this recipe came from or who to give credit to. So, if you recognize this recipe, feel free to comment below where I could have found this. I would love to thank the creator of this because this flippin’ dish is delicious and I would love to thank them.

Butterfly Pork Honey Fillets- The name that it is labeled as on the recipe page. Now, I am only going to post the ingredients without the measurements, like I normally do, because, I didn’t write any measurements down. Plus, I do remember when I wrote this recipe out, that it was calling for four pork chops. More often than not these days, I am only preparing meals for my son and I during the week. So, I would have had to alter the recipe anyways. So here we go,

Ingredients

Pork Chops

Honey

Worcestershire Sauce

Pepper

Garlic

Olive Oil

Steps:

1. Whisk the honey, pepper, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl.

2. Marinate the pork chops in that saucy deliciousness for a minimum of one hour. ( I typically marinate for three to four hours.)

3. In skillet, over medium high heat, add a small amount of Olive Oil. Cook pork chops, flipping occasionally, until the meat thermometer reads, 165*F

Typically with this meat, once it is done, I let it rest for about five to ten minutes and then serve it with two sides.

My little man is a picky eater when it comes to meat. He typically only eats chicken or shrimp. When I make this, he gobbles up every bite. This always makes me so happy.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, feel free to give this a like, comment, and share so others can join the fun as well. I greatly appreciate it!!!! Until next time,

Thank You!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

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Some Friendships Fail

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

I have been working on a lot of crafts that I will be sharing with you all soon! I cannot wait to show you all the little cards that I am making for Monkey’s class for Valentine’s Day! I am also working on some boxes to stash some candy in for the munchkins of his class. Recently, I visited My Favorite Things Boutique in Eustis, Florida and I am so excited to share my haul with you all.

Today, I wanted to talk about something that I have had to deal with over the years, losing friends. I never really thought that I would have to deal with this sort of thing often, but it does happen from time to time.

It is a very hard thing to cope with sometimes, especially when you were very close to this person. If you shared your life with them and told them everything about yourself, it makes the ending of the relationship that much harder.

One thing that I will never do is talk about that person in a negative light to anyone. My husband is a wonderful listener when it comes to things like this. If a friend or friends and I have an issue and the relationship fades, I make a point to only talk about it with my husband and that only happens after Monkey has gone to bed. I refuse to talk about the negative things about others with my son present. How he feels about someone in his life needs to be his decision, not mine. A few years back, I had fallen away from a friend and Monkey had only ever known this person as someone that was in his life. I simply told him that they would not be coming around as much. If he would have been old enough to fully comprehend that and it caused him any emotional pain, I would have comforted him and allowed him to share with me his feelings. In this case, he was only a couple years old at the time and didn’t really process anything on that.

I also make a point to allow myself time to truly feel my feelings on the loss of friendship. Something about myself that I am not proud of is, the fact if I don’t have time or allow myself the time to truly feel my feelings on a situation like this, I develop some pretty harsh feelings toward that person. By allowing myself some time to process the friendship ending, I am able to look at things a lot more rationally and I am able to move on a lot easier. The absolute last thing I would ever want to do, is harbor any feeling that could cause that person any kind of distress.

Once I have had time to truly process everything, I turn to my letter burning. I write everything down about how I felt when it happened, how I feel in the moment of writing, and what I wish I could say to that person. Then I read it to myself and burn the letter. Again, there truly is something therapeutic about this practice. It is a technique that a therapist suggested to me years ago. I find it very helpful.

After I have truly purged myself of any negative feelings, I make a point to think about all of the good things I can about that person. I want to remind myself that even though our friendship is over, they are still good and they deserve to be thought of as such.

While all of this is easy to write down in this post, I can assure you that it is not as easy to practice. I know that things in life don’t always end so simple and that sometimes it is just a nightmare to address anything regarding some people. What I do when I find myself still fighting off the negative feelings, pray. I pray even harder than if it was simple. I make sure I ask God to remind me why I was friends with that person to begin with, and I ask him to remove the negative feelings that I had developed for that person. I always find that asking God for help is the best thing for me.

I know that losing a friend is a terrible thing to go through and I am speaking straight from the heart when I tell you that I am here for you. I know that sometimes when a relationship falls apart and the bitterness tries to set in, it is tempting to just allow it to do it’s thing. It’s easy to hate a person, it is hard to love them when they have wronged you. However, in my faith, I am told that you love the person, hate what they do. I have found that if I remind myself of that, it makes it easier to fight off those horrible feelings.

I hope you found this post to be helpful. I also hope that you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, feel free to give this a like, comment, and share so others can enjoy or learn from this as well. I greatly appreciate reading your feedback and seeing all of the shares, it truly warms my heart. Until next time,

Thank You!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

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Baby Gift of The Crochet Variety

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

As I mentioned last week with my Congratulations Birdie card, a neighbor is having a sweet bundle of joy! This makes me so excited to crochet!

I am still working on one more gift for this sweet woman and her wonderful baby boy. However, I thought I would share with you what I have done so far.

As you know, I have made the card. I really love that card! I also decided to make him a sweet little diaper cover. Now, I did not make up the pattern on this. I got the pattern from a book that my husband randomly threw in the buggy one day while we were in Walmart. “Hats and Diaper Covers, Book Two,” is the name of the book and it is written by, Leisure Arts.

Now, if you look in the book, you will see that neither my diaper cover, nor my little beanie matches any of the pattern pictures to the tee. That would be because, I chose to keep with a simple beanie, in black. Yes, I said it, you see it, I made this beanie in straight Caron Simply Soft BLACK yarn…have I mentioned that I really love babies!! I would love to have a house full of little tiny bundles of joy. I know I can’t and that is a blog for another day. So, I try to make as much as I can, as fast as I can for the lovely women getting ready for their little tiny angels of love.

For the diaper cover, I went with Caron Simply Soft, Taupe and the border, I worked in Black as well. I wanted the beanie and the diaper cover to at least match enough that both could be worn together.

I chose to make a diaper cover because I think they are handy. If you are at the house and it has already been a day with your other munchkins and you just need something to cover the diaper while family comes to visit, this is a fantastic little piece to have. I also love how adorable babies are in crocheted items.

I decided to go with darker colors, for obvious reasons. Babies make messes and with darker colors, it hides those stains a bit better than if I would have used white.

I am also currently working on one other gift for the sweet baby, but I have not finished it yet. When I do, I will be happily sharing it with you soon!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, it truly means so much. I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, feel free to give this a like, comment, and share so others can join the fun as well. Until next time,

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

KraftaholicMommy

PS If you wanted to purchase the book that I got the patterns from, feel free to click the link below.

Hats & Diaper Covers, Book 2 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1464712166/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_UOXuCbR8CX696

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More Yum Yum Chicken!

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

This year has already been interesting in the sense that I have been basically flying by the seat of my britches and that is including in the kitchen. The other night, my little man and I had a bit of an interesting dinner. I thought I would share with you our chicken recipe from last night.

Ingredients

Two Chicken Breasts (I used boneless skinless)

Rosemary (I used Dried)

Smoked Paprika

Cayenne Pepper

Lemon juice (Fresh squeezed is my favorite)

Salt

Pepper

Olive Oil

I thawed my chicken breasts earlier in the day and pat them dry with a paper towel.

In a small bowl I mixed all of the seasonings except the salt and pepper.

I coated the chicken breasts as evenly as possible with the seasoning mix and squeezed some of the lemon juice on top. I marinated the chicken, the refrigerator, for about three hours before cooking.

I heat a pan over medium high heat and put a bit of olive oil in the pan. Once the oil was nice and hot, I dropped my chicken in the pan top side down. I cooked each side about 5 minutes per side. My chicken breasts were not all that thick, because I did whack them a couple of times with the meat mallet. Once my chicken temperature was 165F, I took my chicken out of the pan, put the tiniest amount of salt and pepper on top and covered with aluminum foil to rest for about five minutes.

I sliced the chicken and added one more squeeze of lemon on top and it was then time to enjoy that dish.

It was actually pretty good and my munchkin ate every bite. He loves chicken and he loves lemon, so this dish was really a hit with him.

This is definitely a dish that I will be making again in the future and hopefully the husband will enjoy it as much as Monkey and I.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, feel free to give this a like, comment, and share so others can join the fun as well. I definitely appreciate it! Until next time,

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

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Mom Funny’s: Bedtime Routine

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

Night time rituals, we all have them. Especially, those little angelic monsters that we call our children. Allow me to take you through our nightly routine.

6:30 pm

“Monkey, it’s time to go brush your teeth and get you PJ’s on.”

*Throws himself on the floor, screaming bloody murder*

“But I want to watch TV!!!!”

“Not now buddy, you already had your TV time, now it’s bedtime.”

This is a back and forth that will continue for a good ten to fifteen minutes, until I threaten punishment. At which point, he will stomp to the bathroom, mumble a gurgled mess, while brushing his teeth, and finally he will get into his PJ’s.

At this point, I go to his room, lay in bed with him and read his AR book three times. We talk about his day some more and we follow that by night prayers and kisses. I turn off his bedroom light, leaving his room illuminated only by the seven thousand nightlights he just can’t live without and the fan blowing from the ceiling.

I never take this moment for granted, that blissful thirty seconds of silence as he contemplates exactly for which reason he will get out of bed first. This moment of silence is the calm before the storm. I am able to just make it to the couch and begin to look at my crochet bag, when this three foot tall bundle of insanity peaks through his bedroom door. On this night, he decided to start with his absolute need to use the bathroom, AGAIN! The four times he went during AR book reading time, just wasn’t enough.

He goes back to his room, for about ten minutes this time. Ten minutes of silence, at the end of which, I hear the rustling of the covers on his bed and movements that he is making on the springs. I get up, go to his room, and discover that three quarters of all of the legos that he owns is now in the bed with him. After a quick reprimand and fifteen minutes of helping him clean his mess, he is once again tucked in and quiet.

This is only met with immediate, retaliation on his part. He begins screaming from his room five hundred questions, none of which involve him going to sleep. However, even though he is asking these questions he is not technically out of bed. So, I have to change my tactic, I have to inform him that he will be grounded if he doesn’t close his eyes and go to sleep. Usually his response is a scoff, followed by a scolding from me, and eventually, he goes quiet.

I can’t let this newfound silence fool me. While I desire with all my being for this kid to go to sleep, the chances of this battle for sleep to being won so soon, is slim. I begin to hear the mumbling, he’s starting to talk to his stuffed Chase dog, and I quickly tell him it is time for sleep. Finally by 8:30 pm, two hours after the first shots of battle, I have won. The kid is asleep and I am free to crochet in silence.

Funny thing is, this only happens Monday through Thursday. When the husband is home, Monkey tries this tactic and all Daddy has to say is for Monkey to go to bed. Immediately, the kid goes right to bed and we don’t hear another peep from him all night. Why, you may ask? Because my husband had that Daddy voice, once he uses said voice, Monkey is unable to disobey. I do not have a Daddy voice, I don’t think the husband would appreciate if I had a Daddy voice.

Truth of the matter is, every night we have the fun job of putting our kids to bed and it can be frustrating. We want them to just go to sleep and get their rest that their tiny bodies so desperately needs for growth. At the same token, each night, once that little bundle of joy has fallen asleep, we check on them and linger just a minute longer to watch them sleep peacefully. We ask ourselves how did we get so lucky to have such a wonderful human being to raise. We wonder how on God’s green Earth do they sleep so sound.

The absolute best ten minutes of my day is actually at the end of my day. When I crack that bedroom door open and I watch him sleeping. I get a weepy just thinking about it. Each night, I realize that he will be another day older tomorrow and that he will be that much closer to the age that he won’t need me as much. Closer to the age that he won’t want to play with his legos with his mom. That his mom isn’t as cool as she used to be. So, I take in a couple of extra minutes of watching him sleep and thanking God, that day wasn’t today.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, feel free to give this a like, comment, and share so others can join the fun as well. I greatly appreciate it! Until next time,

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

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