20 Minute Crafter - Blanket Scarf

This is my go-to gift this year and it's so easy, anyone can do it! Not only that, but any lady on your list will love LOVE to have one! I've already made a few so far this season and I'm sure I'll make a few more before the year is out!

Want to make one?  You only need two things:

Sewing machine capable of straight lines.
Two yards of good quality, cozy flannel.

Totally walk the aisles of Joann or your local fabric shop for the softest most cozy flannel you can find.  It has to be yarn dyed as well, meaning it looks the same whether it's the front or the back.  Use a coupon, watch the sales.  This time of year you can get a good deal at Joann if you try!
 Step one: Using the pattern of the flannel as a guide, even up the two raw ends with a rotary cutter or scissors.  You won't have to do anything to the selvedge edges but leave them alone.

Step two: sew along both ends parallel to the cuts you made, about an inch in from the ends. Trim thread.
 Step three: gently begin to fray the edges a few strands at a time. 
 Continue until you get the look you like.
Wrap them up pretty and give them away! :) Easy, cozy, beautiful and very affordable.

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"Simple Fancy Appetizers" Two Keepers!

Last night I had a friendsgiving of sorts and challenged myself to go outside of my "crock pot of meatballs" comfort zone and take my contribution up a notch. 

I love to cook food, I just hate to fail at new recipes so that usually keeps me going back to my old standbys.

This time, I really stretched myself.  I hunted all over for "fancy" but "simple" and not expensive recipes and found TWO amazing winners that I plan to use over and over again.  The ingredients can be as cheap as you find them OR you can splurge on a higher quality of one or all of them. 

Here are the two versions I made:

Pear Crostini 

--2 ripe pears (you can tell a pears ripeness by feeling around the stem. If it feels as mushy as the pads of your fingers all the way around stem, it's ripe!)  I bought two varieties. 

--1 cup of ricotta cheese (I know, I didn't think I would like it either but trust me!)

--Crostini (slice a baguette into 1/2in slices, drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper them.  Bake for ten minutes on each side at 350). 

--Walnut pieces (you can buy the smallest bag you can find)

--Honey for drizzling.  (This was one of my splurge items.  I bought a really good honey.)

Spread ricotta onto crosstini, top with pears and a couple pieces of walnuts, drizzle with honey and serve immediately.  

A scrumptious little bite of heaven. 

Here's the other variety I made.  I honestly don't know which I love more.

Prosciutto Crackers

You could serve this on the same kind of crosstini as above. 

I used a good quality cracker.  

.15lb of shaved prosciutto

1 cup of ricotta (add 1 1/2 tsp of fresh garlic.  I buy prepared garlic found in a tube in the refridgerated section.  Add salt and pepper to taste). 


Top crackers with a smear of prepared ricotta, top with a small piece of prosciutto, drizzle with honey. 

Simple but AMAZING.  I promise you that these are delightful.  AND you can eat a plateful and they won't hurt your stomach because they are good, simple foods!

Make them!

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