Sunday, April 5, 2009

Favorite Easter Jello Salads

These are just a few of my favorite salads to make for Easter, Christmas, or any holiday. Most of them have Jell-O and Cool Whip in the ingredients and serve better after being refrigerated overnight.

Orange Gelatin Salad

Ingredients:
1 - 3 oz. Pkg. Orange Jell-O
2 – 3 oz. pkg. Vanilla Tapioca Pudding
3 cups water
6 oz. Cool Whip
3 small cans Mandarin Oranges

Cook jello, pudding, and water in large saucepan until mixture boils and thickens. Add Cool Whip and oranges and mix well. Refrigerate.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Ingredients:
1 1/3 cups crushed pretzels
½ cup sugar
½ cup melted margarine
8 oz. cream cheese
8 oz. Cool Whip
½ cup powdered sugar
2 – 3oz. pkgs. Strawberry Jell-O
2 cups hot water
16 oz. frozen strawberries

Mix together: crushed pretzels, sugar, and melted margarine in greased 13 X 9 inch baking pan and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool. Cream Cool Whip, cream cheese, and sugar until well blended and spread evenly on top of pretzel layer. Stir boiling water into jello until well mixed. Blend in frozen strawberries. Let sit in refrigerator for 30 minutes or until partially set. Spread strawberry mixture on top of cream cheese mixture and refrigerate.


Green Salad

Ingredients:
15 ½ oz. can crushed Pineapple
1 pkg. instant pistachio pudding
8 oz. cool Whip
1 cup colored mini marshmallows

Mix pineapple and pudding until dissolved. Stir in Cool Whip and marshmallows. Refrigerate.


Fruit Salad

Ingredients:
1– 20 oz. can of pineapple chunks with natural juice
1 -20 oz. can of peaches or pears or mixed fruit
2 sliced bananas
1 small can mandarin oranges, drained
1 small jar of maraschino cherries, drained
1 – 30z pkg. lemon instant pudding

Mix fruit together and fold in pudding.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Free Bunny Crocheted Coaster Pattern


Free Bunny Crocheted Coaster Pattern
I think bunnies are the cutest Easter decoration. I have them everywhere in my house. My kitchen tablecloth and towels have bunny motifs. I have made bunny potholders and coasters. I have bunnies sitting on my bathroom sink and tabletops. I have a row of bunnies sitting on my fireplace mantle with some very pretty, very good smelling pink and lavender candles.
I have been crocheting bunny coasters this week and I would like to share the pattern I have been using. I haven't written down very many patterns but I think I have everything written as I do it.
Easter Bunny Coaster
Materials:
For each bunny you will need:
Small amount worsted weight yarn, ( White)
Small amount worsted weight yarn, (Pink)
Small amount worsted weight yarn, (blue)
2 - 8 mm. black beads
1 – 5 mm. pink pom pom
white quilting thread and needle
Stitch mark or safety pin
Crochet hook, size F
Finished size: approximately 4 X 6 inches.

Head (using white)
Rnd 1: Ch 4; 11 dc in 4th ch from hook (first 3 chs skipped count as first dc); join with a sl st to 4th ch of beg ch 4. (12 dc. )
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in joining; * (2 dc) in next dc; rep from * around; join with a sl st to first dc: (24 dc.)
Rnd 3: Ch3 (counts as first dc), dc in joining, dc in next dc; *(2dc in next dc, dc in next dc; rep from * around; join with a sl st to first dc. (36 dc.) Place a maker in last stitch.

Ears: (Using pink)
Row 1: Join yarn with a sl st in the 2nd dc after the marker on the head.; ch 1, sc in joining, sc in next 2 dc (3 sc).
Row 2: Ch 1, turn work; (2 sc) in first st, sc in next sc, (2 sc) in last sc: (5 sc).
Row 3: Ch 1, turn work; sc dec in first 2 sc, sc, sc dec in last 2 sc. (3 sc).
Row 4-6 : Ch 1, turn work; sc in each sc. (3sc.).
Row 7: Ch 1, turn work; sc dec over first 2 sc, sc in last sc. (2 sc).
Row 8: Ch 1, turn work; sc dec over last 2 sc: 1 sc. Fasten off, secure ends.

Opposite Ear: (Using pink)
Row 1: Skip the next 2 dc on bunny head from last ear and join yarn to next dc with a sl st; ch 1, sc in joining, sc in next 2 dc: (3 sc).
Rows 2-8: Rep rows 2-8 for first ear.

Edging: (Using white)
Rnd 1: Pick up marked stitch and evenly sc around bunny ear, placing 3 sc in tip of ear, sc in next 2 dc (between ears), sc evenly around next ear, placing 3 sc in tip of next ear, *(sc in next 2 dc; 2sc in next dc), repeat from*around head.; join with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off, secure ends.

Finishing:
Sew a pink pompom in the center of the head for a nose. Sew on two black beads for eyes. With blue yarn, ch 45 and tie into a bow. Sew bow about an inch under the nose.