Shell Stitched Easter Hat

Shell Detail

Spring is diligently working to conquer the Beast of Winter, and what is more Springy than a floppy-brimmed Easter hat?

So, doing my part to aid in Spring’s arrival, I sat down and designed such a hat for our youngest.

Using Caron Simply Soft yarn in Orchid and a US size H crochet hook, I came up with this pattern.

May your little ones look just as cute in their new hat. :) Smile for Spring

Shell Stitched Easter Hat Free Pattern (Size 6-9 months):

  • Ch 3 counts as 1 DC

Begin: Ma...

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Shredded Beef Flautas


These flautas are amazing! And very reminiscent of the ones served at the Mario’s Restaurant where I grew up in So Cal. Yum! Not only are they amazing, they are ridiculously simple to make! It was my first attempt and my guessing provided a better result than I had hoped for. These will be on our table again–soon!


  • 1 lb. cross rib steak
  • 1 onion – sliced
  • 1 (4 oz.) can green chilies
  • 3/4 – 1 cup beef broth (just enough to cook the steak in)
  • Root beer (...
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How to Render Lard – For Cooking & Crafting

Ready to UseIn our image-obsessed society, fat has become a taboo and a no-no. Many people are unable to distinguish that there are good fats (which we need) and bad fats (which we eat way more often than we should). Examples of good fats include: avocados, fish oils, and lard from pasture-raised hogs. (As fat tends to be the store house of toxins, it is important to make sure you’re purchasing from a clean and, preferably, organic source.)

I use the largest quantities of la...

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Clay Facial Mask

Not looking my best has a way of making me feel crummy. I can be all “blah” about myself and my appearance, desperate for a change, but not knowing what… so I start thinking extreme…electric blue hair, maybe a shocking purple?

Turns out that more often than not, all I need to do is reshape my eyebrows, But, that’s a rather boring and simple solution so it tends to be much lower on my “check list” than dying my hair some crazy neon color.

Well, as of late, I’ve be...

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Easy Ribbed Baby Beanie

This darling baby beanie is one that I altered to fit size 3 – 6 months from a free pattern over at CroCreations. The original pattern offers directions to make hat sizes for 3 and 5 years. Look at the original pattern, then see the changes for the smaller hat in this post.

FPDC Baby BeanieMaterials used and directions to changes…

Yarn: Carnon Simply Soft

Hook Size: H

Main Color (MC):
Light Pink

Contrast Color (CC): White

Ribbon: 5/8″ Pink Satin

Fabric Glue:
(to keep the bow per...

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Bison Stuffed Taco Shells

These Bison Stuffed Tacos Shells are sure to be a family favorite!


We were first introduced to the recipe as a potluck dish at our church. We’ve since added and adapted to make it the perfect fit for our taste buds. They never last long at our house.


  • 1 pound ground bison (or grass-fed beef)
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground oregano
  • jumbo pasta shells
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • salsa
  • grated cheese (cheddar and pepper jack are great options)


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Faggot Stitch Lacy Knit Scarf

Faggot Stitch Close Up

This scarf whips up in just a few hours and it feels SO light and fluffy on your neck…like wearing a warm cloud.

It is a simple free pattern I dreamed up one day and loved the results! Using the Faggot Stitch (K1, YO, K2tog), the scarf is worked in multiples of 3 plus 4. This is one of my absolute favorite knit stitches!

Using size 11 needles and worsted weight yarn:

Cast On 13

Row 1: K13

Row 2: K2, *K1,YO, K2tog* repeat until 2 stitches left, K2

Rows 3+: Repeat...

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SUPER Long-Tailed Elf Hat


Looking for a fun weekend project? Well, look no further! This baby hat is the perfect weekend craft! It doesn’t work up as quickly as the average baby beanie, but is still quick enough to enjoyably finish in a weekend.

Making this hat was surprising. Even though I knew it should be long, because I hadn’t seen pictures of it with a baby, it just never processed correctly.


So, here you go...

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Fun & Fancy Crochet Wig


Our oldest daughter absolutely loves to play dress-up!

But, we all know dress-up is WAY more fun with different hair.

So, this is my gift to her.

…and to you! Find the free pattern below.


Fun & Fancy Crochet Wig

1 skein Red Heart Super Saver
1 I (5.50 mm) hook
1 tapestry needle

Work only in the back loops.
Ch 3 counts as 1 DC

  1. Magic Circle
  2. Ch 3, 11 DC, join in top of Ch 3 (12)
  3. Ch 3, 1 DC in same st, 2 DC in ea st, join (24)
  4. Ch 3, ...
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Quick & Cute Crochet Baby Beanie

Smile!If you need a cute, easy baby hat that works up in no time, this is the one you’re looking for! Perfect if “life” has happened and you’ve just realized that you still don’t have a gift for that baby shower you’re going to this afternoon! Grab a J (6.00 mm) hook and rush to your stash because this free pattern has just saved you from an immediate trip to the store!

Start to finish ran me about 45 minutes for the 3-6 month size (the flower added a bit more time, bu...

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