Slow Cooker Chicken a La King

 Chicken à la King originated in England and is like a casserole and a stew. It’s prepared with diced chicken in a creamy sauce with vegetables, such as carrots, green beans, and mushrooms, and served over rice or biscuits. Don’t let the fancy name or the “antique” nature of the dish fool you – it’s fairly simple to prepare, especially if you use our short cuts. This is a great recipe for busy folks who are looking for a hearty meal to feed a hungry crowd.

Chicken à la king can be made on the stove top, but for those of you who prefer the “set-it-and-forget-it” method – you know that’s our favorite way to make dinner! – this is right up your alley. We love a meal that is easy to make, easy on the wallet, and satisfying to the appetite. And mmm-mmm-mmm, is this one a keeper; the finished product comes out of the slow cooker so rich and creamy. Don’t forget to add biscuits or some crusty bread on the side – you’ll need something to help you scrape the sides of the bowl!

Need more chicken recipes?  Try my Chicken Souvlaki it’s amazing!

 

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INGREDIENTS

3 chicken breast
1 (26 oz) bag frozen mixed vegetables
( corn, carrots, peas, green beans)
1 yellow onion, diced
1 cup chicken broth
1 (10 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
Salt and pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

1. Use cooking spray to coat slow cooker.
2. Place chicken breasts in the bottom of slow cooker, then top with onion and add bag of mixed vegetables.
3. Stir together chicken broth and cream of chicken soup in a bowl, then pour mixture over chicken and veggies. For a slightly thinner consistency, add more chicken broth.
4. Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours. Prior to serving, remove chicken and dice or shred, then return to slow cooker; season with salt and pepper (to taste) and give a final stir.
5. Serve warm with biscuits or a side of crusty bread.

 

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DIY Halloween T-Shirts – Easy & Cheap

DIY Halloween T-Shirts – Easy & Cheap

It’s Fall!  That means Halloween is coming soon.  I think Halloween is my favorite holiday after Christmas.  I’ve always loved the costumes and decorations for Halloween.  It’s such a fun holiday for kids and adults.  I loved taking my kids trick or treating; these days I go with them to take the grandkids!  And when we’re not trick or treating I enjoy handing out candy from my witch’s caldron I keep on a table at the top of my driveway.  Of course we deck out the driveway with ghoulish props; we even set up a fog machine that spews fog all the way up the long driveway.  The neighborhood kids love it!

But in our family Halloween isn’t just celebrated on the last day of October.  We celebrate it all month long!  We start decorating at the end of September, play the neighborhood game “You’ve Been Booed”, make Halloween related crafts, go to a haunted house or two, throw a Halloween Party, and dress the kids in Halloween T-Shirts in the week leading up to Halloween.  Yes, it’s a month long celebration of spooky fun things!

This year I re-discovered the ease of iron-on transfers for DIY T-Shirts.  It was perfect timing.  Now that I’ve made Birthday Shirts for Jett and the twins, they have September birthdays, it’s time to turn my attention to Halloween. Since iron-on transfers are my current obsession why not combine it with my Halloween crafts.  So I’ve been busy designing and ironing on all sorts of ghouls, monsters, and Halloween stuff to just about everything I can think of.

One of my favorite projects are these Halloween T-Shirts.  They’re fun, easy, and very inexpensive to make.  Sure beats paying top dollar for Halloween T-Shirts the kids will only wear for a day or two.  In fact they’re cheap enough to make several Halloween T-Shirts for each kid, so he or she will have one to wear everyday leading up to October 31.

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halloween t-shirtsI’d considered making appliques tees, but decided against it.  I didn’t want to invest too much time making shirts that they’d only wear for a day or so; they’re sure to have outgrown them by the time Halloween rolls around next year.  That’s why iron-on transfer are perfect for this project!

You iron on anything you want on the t-shirts.  I made the Halloween Hello Kitty, and the witches’ feet for Harper, and the monster and jack-o-lantern for her twin brother, Sadi, and cousin Jett.

I even added their names to make their Halloween T-Shirts extra special. That’s what I love most about DIY T-Shirts, you can personalize them for free!  The letters fit on the same transfer sheet as the image, no waste!

Here’s what you’ll need to make Halloween T-Shirts for the children in your life.  They’ll love them!

Supplies:

T-shirt – They don’t have to be the best quality, remember they’ll only be used a few times.  I found the colored shirts on clearance at Walmart this summer.  They cost $2 each.  The white ones are actually Hanes undershirts, you can pick up a pack of 5 for less than $10 depending on the size.  In a pinch you can use any unprinted shirts you have at home.

Iron On Transfer Paper – There are several brands to choose from.  I use Avery Iron On Transfers; they’re available for dark and light colored material. When choosing which transfer paper to buy consider the color of the t-shirt.  For white and very light colors use the transfer sheets for light colored material; for dark colors use the dark colored transfer sheets.  Read my article on how to use iron on transfers for more details.  For my projects I used both types of transfer sheets.

Computer –  You can design your Halloween T-Shirt on the online software of the company who makes the transfer sheets or you can upload images from from phone or online photo sharing sites. Be respectful of copyrights, not all images on the internet are free.  You can find many images from sites like stockphoto.com, some are free others are not.  If you’re looking for some cool fonts check out dafont.com, they have lots of free fonts you can download and install on to your computer.

Printer – Once you’ve designed your shirt you’ll have to print it on the transfer paper.  Read my how to article for printing tips.

Scissors or craft knife

Iron – be sure it’s not on the steam setting

Hard Surface – NOT and ironing board.  I iron on my counter which I cover with a fabric remnant used only for this purpose.

Parchment Paper – most transfer paper comes with sheets of parchment paper for ironing on the transfer.  If yours doesn’t the parchment paper you have in the kitchen works just as well.

Directions:

Wash and dry t-shirt before you begin.  DO NOT use fabric softener.

Iron wrinkles out of the shirt and let cool completely before placing transfers on them.

Halloween T-shirtsDesign and print your transfer

Cut out images and letters they way you want to.  I used my Cricut Explore Air to design and cut my transfers, but if you don’t have an electric die cut machine you can use scissors or a craft knife to cut and trim your transfers.

Halloween t-shirts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re using dark color transfer sheets peel off the paper backing.

If you’re using light color transfer sheets DO NOT peel off  paper backing.

 

halloween t-shirtsPosition transfer on the cooled t-shirt.

For this shirt I used dark color transfer sheets so I peeled off the paper backing before I positioned it on the shirt.

It’s important the shirt is cool, otherwise the transfer will start to stick on and you won’t be able to re-position it without making a big mess!

I positioned the image and the letters on the shirt before I started ironing.

When I had everything placed the way I wanted I carefully placed a sheet of parchment paper on the entire transfer.  Be careful when you place the parchment paper on, make sure the edges of the transfer are flat on the t-shirt.  Otherwise the transfer will be wrinkled or its edges curled up after ironing.

halloween t-shirtsOnce you’ve done all that follow the manufacturer’s instructions; iron setting/temperature and time you need to press the iron on the transfer.

Be sure the iron is heated to the required temperature before you begin.

Starting on one end of the transfer press the iron firmly down on the shirt for the required time.  Do not more the iron around.  Apply as much pressure on the iron as you can to be sure that the heat goes thru the transfer.

Repeat this process until you’ve ironed the entire transfer.

Let the shirt cool completely before carefully peeling off the parchment paper (dark color transfers) or the paper backing (light color transfers).

If the transfer edges lift off the shirt replace the parchment paper or the paper backing and iron again.  NEVER place iron directly on the transfer.  You’ll  end up with a shriveled up mess.  Trust me on this!

When you’ve peeled off the parchment paper or backing you’re Halloween T-Shirt is ready to wear!

Halloween t-shirts

Have fun creating Halloween T-Shirts for your friends and family this year!  They make awesome favors for your Halloween party!

I’d love to see the designs you come up with.  Please share them with us!


Kimchi Vegetable Soup With Oysters

Different brands of kimchi, the traditional Korean condiment made with fermented cabbage, usually have different vegetables added to them. The brand used in this recipe includes carrots and peppers, which give the flavor of this easy soup added dimension. When choosing a kimchi, opt for one that is not too sour, so the oysters will not be overpowered. Taste the kimchi to assess its spiciness, and adjust the seasoning for this dish accordingly. 

I love cooking my own Kimchi Vegetable Soup With Oysters at home because aside from having the chance to enhance my cooking skills, I also get the opportunity to make oyster soup the way I like it to be and within my budget.

“Select” oysters are what you’ll usually find in the seafood department of grocery stores; the term refers to their size.

Make Ahead: If you plan to make this soup in advance, refrigerate it without the oysters or spinach. Once the soup is reheated, they can be added just before serving.

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INGREDIENTS

7 cups water
1 tablespoon dashi powder (available at Asian markets and at Whole Foods Markets)
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon peeled, finely grated ginger root
1/4 cup oyster sauce
1/4 cup gochujang (Korean spicy chili paste), such as Annie Chun’s
16 ounces medium spicy cabbage kimchi, such as Sunja’s (see headnote)
2 cups (6 ounces) sliced shiitake mushroom caps
4 cups packed baby spinach, coarsely chopped
1 quart shucked select oysters and their liquor (see headnote)
2 scallions, white and light-green parts, chopped (1/2 cup)

DIRECTIONS

Combine the water, dashi powder, fish sauce, ginger, oyster sauce, gochujang, kimchi and mushrooms in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce the heat to medium, cover and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, to let the flavors meld.

(At this point, the soup can be cooled, covered and refrigerated for 1 or 2 days.)

Stir in the spinach and oysters; cook uncovered for about 4 minutes, so the edges of the oysters begin to curl.

Ladle among individual bowls. Garnish with the chopped scallions; serve immediately.

 

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10 General safety rules that your child should know

10 General safety rules that your child should know

Children are but vulnerable to a lot of things, and often it is a result of carelessness that they land up in situations a parent wouldn’t want them to. While children learn and pick up things as they grow, there are certain rules that need to be imbibed within them at a rather early age – or let’s just say, the sooner they know these rules the better it will be.

As parents, it is only natural for them to worry about their kids, and if only there could be certain ground rules that they were made to follow, you’d be much more relieved yourselves!

Here’s our list of 10 general safety rules that your child should know!

1. Contact information!
It is mandatory for your kid to be well versed with his/her own name, your contact number and home’s address. In case any emergency crops up, or the kid might have lost his/her way, they should be capable enough to help someone elder track their way down to home. For starters, help them memorize the details, and once they are thorough with it, have a second number memorized too.

2. Their approach towards a stranger
Irrespective of how old one gets, parents always have instructions with regards to how one should deal with strangers. Set strict ground rules for this one. They shouldn’t let any stranger touch or hold them without consent, never eat something given by a stranger, or, never let them believe that they are here on behalf of you. Set safety words that ensure the kid can trust whomsoever is visiting them on your behalf, or, let them know who else would ever come to pick them up or to drop them off if not you.

3. No one but you as parents are allowed to touch them
Once the kid is old enough to understand the difference between a good touch and a bad touch, they should be made aware that no one can touch them and no one should touch their body unless it is you.

4. Say no to secrets
It is essential that the communication between you and your child is crystal clear, so as to even if there is something that they shouldn’t have done, they can confide in you when something goes wrong. It is important for them to know that you have got their backs.

5. When lost, stay still and do not wander
While it is only true that no parent would let their kid out of sight, certain circumstances aren’t all that simple. If in case the kid gets lost, you must instruct him from well before hand to not go wandering around. Or, at the most, go visit a cop/get help from officials.

6. Help them identify peer pressure
Kids are the most influenced by the company they keep, and hence it is essential that you teach them not to do something that they would regret, or something that they know you won’t approve of. Even if not doing it means stepping aside from rest of the peers, teach them to not let anyone force them into doing anything they don’t want to, or, are not comfortable in doing it.

7. Teach them a mantra: No fire play, or wandering alone or, going off the limits
Set certain borders beyond which your kid is supposed to take you along with him. Teach them to follow the boundaries created, and abide by it. Explain to them how fire is dangerous and that they need to be away from it.

8. Keep them safe while on the road
You could be driving or just walking, you must ensure that the necessary protection has been taken. Ensure the child locks are locked during your drive or don’t forget to watch both the sides while crossing the road and hold their hands firm.

9. Don’t give out personal information
It is necessary for the kid to remember the information you made him memorize, but he must also be taught that it isn’t for everyone to be taken and he shouldn’t be the one giving it out to random strangers or anyone he doesn’t want to.

10. How to call for help!
Not always can you come to their rescue, and so it is a must to teach them the basics of getting to a police official and when should he get to a police official. Tell them the probabilities, and explain to them how to get through it.

DIY Crochet Elephant Snuggly – FREE Pattern

DIY Crochet Elephant Snuggly – FREE Pattern

Elephant Snuggly

I have twin grandbabies, Harper and Sadi.  I made them these cute elephant snugglies.  They are very simple to make, they’re basically an over-sized granny square with a stuffed elephant head attached to the middle.  It took me just a few hours to make each one.

I used the free pattern from DenDennis Amigurumist but added my own border.   For the blue border I used a simple slip stitch/chain 1 pattern all the way around; for the pink one I used a picot type pattern to make it look lacier.

All the parts start with a “magic circle”.  Click here to learn how to make a “magic circle” from Crochet Me.

The Granny Square is made with clusters of 3 double crochet stitches with a chain 1 in between and chain 2 for the corners.  The Elephant head is an amigurumi using single crochet.  Instructions for granny square and elephant head are from DenDennis Amigurumist.  Lacy border trim is optional, instructions are at the bottom of this post.

Click here for basic instructions from DenDennis Amigurumist.

Elephant Snuggly

Blue Border Trim:

The border trim is the 14th. round and is repeated all the way around the square.  Complete granny square as instructed but do not fasten off.  Instead proceed to round 14.

Round 14:  slip stitch into first sc on round 13; *chain 1, slip stitch into next sc; Repeat from * all the way around; slip stitch to first slip stitch on this round.  Fasten off.

Elephant Snuggly

Pink Lacy Picot style trim:

Complete granny square as instructed but do not fasten off.  Instead proceed to round 14.

Round 14:  slip stitch into first 2 sc on round 13; *chain 3; go BACKWARD and slip stitch into first sc on round 13; go Forward skip stitch (this would be the 2nd. slip stitch made before you went backward); slip stitch into next 2 sc on round 13; Repeat from * all the way around; slip stitch to first slip stitch on this round.  Fasten off.

Elephant Snuggly
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Cluster Stitch Crocheted Baby Blanket

Cluster Stitch Crocheted Baby Blanket

cluster stitch crochet baby blanketMy sixth grandchild was born just a few days ago.  As I’ve done for my other five grandchildren I made this grandson a crocheted blanket, actually I made him a couple of blankets.  This one is a simple Cluster Stitch Crocheted Baby Blanket.

I found this free pattern by Leelee Knits.  It’s simple and easy to make, easy enough for beginners!

For this Cluster Stitch Crocheted Baby Blanket I used 3 skeins of  Lion brand Ice Cream yarn in Cookies and Cream color.  I love the variegated colors of that yarn!

I pretty much followed the pattern, but I used a size K 6.5mm hook instead of the size J 6mm hook the pattern calls for.  I wanted the stitches to be a little bigger and a bit looser.  I tend to make my stitches tighter and I find that using a larger sized hook makes my stitches looser.  But really you can use any size hook to make your cluster stitch crocheted baby blanket.

I also added 2 extra rounds for the border so my cluster stitch crocheted baby blanket came out just a bit bigger than the one in the pattern.  Really you can make this blanket whatever size you want using any color you want.

cluster stitch crocheted baby blanket

 

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Mushroom Shelf-life: How to Tell When Mushrooms Go Bad

Mushroom Shelf-life: How to Tell When Mushrooms Go Bad

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Mushrooms are delicious, nutritious, and versatile veggies people love to have around and toss in a myriad of dishes for surprising taste and texture. The only problem with mushrooms is that you have to use them while they are still fresh. Spoiled mushrooms may lead to health problems or ruin your perfect recipes. Today, we will focus on the telltale signs of mushrooms gone bad and offer you some quick tips on how to make the best out of your beloved fungi.

Understanding Mushroom Shelf-life
In our case, we will talk mostly about mushroom’s shelf life in the fridge, as we hope nobody keeps mushrooms lying around in the kitchen. If you want to find out how long do mushrooms last and tips for increasing their shelf life at home check out the linked article about the topic.

As for mushrooms’ longevity, here are some things you should consider:

  • Not all vegetables come with an expiry date on the label; therefore, you need to assume they are fresh in the store and calculate their shelf life in the fridge starting from that point on. Fresh and healthy mushrooms look neat, have no wrinkles or dark spots, and are not squishy when you hold them;
  • Once you brought the ‘shrooms home, put them in the fridge, but do not forget about them!
    Here are some guidelines on how long you can keep the mushrooms safe until you get to cook them:
  • Fresh whole mushrooms (fridge): 7 to 10 days; some experts claim that you can keep mushrooms for up to two weeks, but we recommend that you do not pass the 10-days threshold;
  • Freshly sliced mushrooms (fridge): up to 7 days; since they have their inside exposed, it is better to cook them as soon as you get the chance;
  • Roasted mushrooms: up to 10 days in the fridge, but up to a few weeks in the freezer;Frozen mushrooms (freezer): check the label for expiration date.

How to Tell if Mushrooms Went Bad

It would be a real shame to buy mushrooms and forget about them in the fridge. Being one of the few veggies that contain vitamin D and packing a potent punch of minerals and protein, mushrooms can provide us with tremendous nutritional value and can turn any recipe into a work of art. For this reason, you should cook them while they are still fresh. However, if you do not know how to assess their freshness, here are the main signs that your fungi have joined the dark side:

  • You can remember when you bought them and realize you are past the 10-days deadline; you can still cook them,but you should be careful.
  • The heads are slimy: touch the mushroom heads and see if they got a muddy, sticky surface; while they are not a health danger at this point, it is good practice to toss them; if you want to salvage them somehow, peel them off thoroughly, wash them with care, and fry them at high temperatures;
  • They have wrinkles: look at the ‘shrooms and search for lines; some mushrooms do not get a slimy cover but dry up and become wrinkly. Do not consume them if they look shriveled and give you a bad feeling; if there’s too much month at the end of your money, you can eat them if you hydrate them in some water and cook them at high temperatures, but otherwise you should better not;
  • They went to the dark side or are training to become Sith lords: dark colored mushrooms are a big no-no; dark spots and dark surfaces are a sign they are not safe to eat anymore;
  • They have a funky odor: mushrooms smell like mushrooms, but if you open the bag or the container and have to turn your head away– you should toss them.

How to Keep Your Mushrooms Safe and Fresh Until You Cook Them
One of the best advantages of cooking with mushrooms is that they need little to no preparation: a thorough wash and you can turn them into anything you want. Moreover, a mushroom-based dish – such as the Mushroom & cheese stuffed chicken breasts in a creamy sauce–looks and feels fancy, like you have worked half a day in the kitchen to make art. So, having mushrooms nearby is always a good idea. But how do we keep them in the best conditions? Here are some tips:

  • Keep them in a paper bag in a clean and disinfected fridge; they need some fresh air, a safe environment, and a container that does not retain moistureor allow mold to grow;
  • If you want to store them in plastic bags, line the bags with paper towels to remove excess moisture;
  • Keep them in their original sealed wrap, but no longer than two weeks – supermarket containers are plastic and prolonged plastic storage can lead to moldy spoiling;
  • Freeze them in parchment paper and store them in airtight or vacuumed bags/containers; the best way to freeze mushrooms is to cook them first and seal them in airtight containers or bags – whichever has less air inside.

Enjoy your mushrooms and keep them fresh for as long as you can as these delicious ingredients can turn any recipe into a gourmet work of art!

A Family That Works Out Together Stays Together

A Family That Works Out Together Stays Together

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that children aged between 6 and 17 years of age should participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity every day. However, research has shown that the typical child spends more than 7 hours a day on electronic devices. As a result, experts have warned that this must be cut back to a maximum of 2 hours for the sake of the nation’s heart health. Therefore, it’s time for parents to take charge by getting their family outdoors and getting fit.

Preparing for your new lifestyle

The great news is that you don’t need any special equipment or access to specific locations to work out together. Simply playing a game of tag at your local park, jogging up and down your street or playing hopscotch on the driveway is enough to get the blood pumping around your bodies. However, the one thing you must ensure is that you’re all dressed appropriately for the occasion. Lightweight, loose and breathable materials are a must and you should always opt for good quality footwear which supports your feet. If you are heading away from home, take a spare set of clothes so your walk home is more comfortable.

Physical and psychological benefits

A vigorous 60-minute workout daily can help you and your family to lose as much as 10 lbs each in just a month. And, while losing pounds and shaping up will leave you looking great, the resulting benefits are much more significant. By losing just 10 lb, you reduce your risk of developing serious conditions, including heart attack, cancer, stroke and dementia and your blood pressure will also be positively supported. Moreover, stress and anxiety levels within family members will reduce and you’ll see your kids sleeping better as a result of the additional energy burned off.

Strengthens the family unit

Health professionals state that parents who exercise alongside their children are healthier and have a stronger family bond. This is because their attachment, social development, and emotional management skills are boosted as a result of spending quality time together doing an activity which releases feel-good endorphins throughout the body. Exercise also shows your children that you are someone they can look up to, as research conducted by the University of Cambridge has revealed that children whose parents are physically active are 10% more likely to work out themselves.

Working out as a family promotes a positive and healthy lifestyle for your children. It also shows your kids that you’re a positive role model who is keen to boost your family’s physical and psychological wellbeing, as well as the family unit.

LECHE FLAN WITH CREAM CHEESE

LECHE FLAN WITH CREAM CHEESE

 

Leche flan with cream cheese  is my family’s all time favorite dessert. Every time we’re together, this decadent dish topped with the sleek caramel is such a delight to the eyes and to the palate.

Leche Flan is a very traditional Filipino treat, very much like a Creme Caramel only sweeter and denser.  It’s a rich and creamy custard made with evaporated and condensed milks,egg yolks, and sugar.  The addition of cream cheese takes this standard Filipino sweet to a different level.

The sugar is caramelized in a pan on the stovetop then set aside to chill for a bit. The rest of the ingredients are mixed and subsequently poured over the hardened sugar then steamed for one hour and twenty minutes. This creamy and dense dish with caramel glaze is overwhelmingly delicious. Indulge!

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INGREDIENTS
1 cup granulated sugar
5 large eggs
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 can (370 ml) evaporated milk
1 can (300 ml) sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Place sugar in a 5X9 inch loaf pan over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally until sugar has dissolved and caramel in color. Remove pan from heat and set aside to cool for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a blender, combine and process eggs, cream cheese, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla until smooth.
Pour mixture into prepared pan. Place it in another, larger, shallow baking pan and set it in the middle shelf of the oven. Pour enough hot water in the bigger pan to come halfway up the sides of the loaf pan.
Bake for l hour and 20 minutes or until top is set. Allow to cool to room temperature before refrigerating for several hours or overnight. Run a clean knife around the edge before inverting onto a serving plate.
Serve and enjoy!

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Chunky Yarn Baby Blanket

Chunky Yarn Baby Blanket

chunky yarn baby blanketI’m in Vicenza, Italy welcoming my sixth grandchild.  Of course I had to make him a baby blanket,  just like I did for all my other grandchildren.  This time I decided to work with this lovely 100% cotton yarn made here in Italy.  I choose a dark gray color to coordinate with his solar system themed layette set from Crate & Barrel.  The yarn is so soft and silky that I decided the yarn itself should be the the focus of this Chunky Yarn Baby Blanket.

In short I wanted a simple design so that one could focus on the look and feel of the yarn.  So no fancy stitches for this chunky yarn baby blanket! Just a plain double crochet with a single crochet border.

This Chunky Yarn Baby Blanket is so easy to make and it because the yarn is so thick it works up pretty quickly.  If you have the time you can actually finish this project in a day!

The only down side, sort of, to this  project is that the cost of the yarn can quickly add up.  I used very good quality 100% cotton machine washable yarn that came in 100 gram balls that cost more than $10 each.  I used 12 balls so this blanket cost me about $120.  But the cost is easily cut by either using a less expensive yarn like Bernat Blanket yarn that is sold in 10.5 oz. skeins for about $7 a skein.  Or you can make the blanket smaller.  Mine measures 36″ x 24″.  Because of the yarn weight it’s actually a good idea to keep this chunky yarn baby blanket on the smaller side, it can get heavy!

chunky yarn baby blanketHere are the directions to make this Chunky Yarn Baby Blanket.

Supplies:

Size  K 6.5mm crochet hook ( I use a wooden bamboo hook but use a hook you’re comfortable with.

Chunky Yarn – any brand any color

You’ll need about 6 skeins minimum, more for larger blankets

Yarn Needle

Scissors

 

Directions:

Stiches:   CH – chain

SC – Single Crochet

DC – Double Crochet

SL – Slip Stitch

CH 63

Row 1:  Double Crochet in 4th. CH from hook (CH counts as first DC of this row), DC in each stitch across, CH 3, turn.  60 DC

Row 2: DC in each stitch across until you get to the 3CH on the row below, DC in the 3rd. CH, CH 3, turn. 60DC

Repeat row 2 until the blanket is the length you want it to be. Then the next row will be the beginning of the boarder.

Border Round- CH 2 (counts as 1 SC), *SC to the the last stitch, (SC, CH 2, SC) in the last stitch of the row, this will be your corner, Turn work and SC evenly down the side until you reach the last stitch,  (SC, CH 2m SC) in last stitch of the row, this is your next corner*, Turn work Repeat between **, SL to the top of the CH 2 at the begining of the boarder round.

Repeat – Border Round 2 times, fasten off.

Weave yarn ends and joins into the blanket using the yarn needle

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