Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Ice Cream Cone Crochet Pattern


I'm still obsessed with ice cream. I have created an ice cream cone coaster and want to share my pattern:
Ice Cream Cone Coaster

Materials:
H hook
Small amount of yarn in the following colors:
Tan (cone)
White (scoop of vanilla ice cream)
Red (cherry)
Beads or sequins (optional)

Ice Cream Scoop
Beginning with white:
Chain 4
Round 1: Make 11 dc in 4th chain from hook. Join to 3rd chain from beginning.
Round 2: Chain 3, 2 dc in each dc around. (24dc)
Round 3: Chain 3, *2dc in first dc, 1 dc in 2nd dc*. Repeat ** around. (36 dc). Break off yarn and weave in end.

Cone
Using tan:
Chain 15.
Row 1-2: Sc across, chain 1. Turn. (14sc)
Row 3: Pull up a loop in each of the first two sc, YO, pull yarn though all 3 loops. Sc in next 10 sc. Pull up a loop in each if the last 2 sc, YO, and pull yarn through all 3 loops. Chain 1. Turn. (12sc).
Row 4: Sc across. Chain 1 and turn.
Row 5: Pull up a loop in each of the first two sc, YO, pull yarn though all 3 loops. Sc in next 8 sc. Pull up a loop in each if the last 2 sc, YO, and pull yarn through all 3 loops. Chain 1. Turn. (10sc).
Row 6: Sc across. Chain 1 and turn.
Row 7: Pull up a loop in each of the first two sc, YO, pull yarn though all 3 loops. Sc in next 6 sc. Pull up a loop in each if the last 2 sc, YO, and pull yarn through all 3 loops. Chain 1. Turn. (8 sc).
Row 8: Sc across. Chain 1 and turn.
Row 9: Pull up a loop in each of the first two sc, YO, pull yarn though all 3 loops. Sc in next 4 sc. Pull up a loop in each if the last 2 sc, YO, and pull yarn through all 3 loops. Chain 1. Turn. (6 sc).
Row 10: Sc across. Chain 1 and turn.
Row 11: Pull up a loop in each of the first two sc, YO, pull yarn though all 3 loops. Sc in next 2 sc. Pull up a loop in each if the last 2 sc, YO, and pull yarn through all 3 loops. Chain 1. Turn. (4 sc).
Row 12: Sc across. Chain 1 and turn.
Row 13: Pull up a loop in each of the first two sc, YO, pull yarn though all 3 loops. Pull up a loop in each if the last 2 sc, YO, and pull yarn through all 3 loops. Chain 1. Turn. (2 sc).
Row 14: Sc across. Chain 1 and turn.
Row 15: Pull up a loop in each of the last two sc, YO, pull yarn though all 3 loops. Break off yarn and weave in end.
Arrange cone over ice cream scoop and sew in place.

Cherry:
Using red:
Chain 4. Make 6 dc in 4th chain from hook and join to top of chain 4. Break of yarn leaving a long end for sewing. Arrange on ice cream scoop and sew in place.
You can sew on sequins or beads for sprinkles.
For a double decker: Before sewing on cherry, attach second color or flavor with a slip stitch to first white double crochet on the right side of the cone. chain 3 and repeat the following pattern around to the other side of the cone: 2 dc in first sc, 1 dc in 2nd dc. Weave in threads. Complete by sewing on the cherry.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Sweet and Simple Cupcakes for the 4th of July


Baking a batch of cupcakes for your 4th of July celebration is an easy way to make your holiday special! Cupcakes are easy to make and decorate, easy to transport, and look very festive on your table. They are also easy and fun to eat!

The easiest way to make cupcakes is to go to the grocery store and choose a cake mix and a couple of cans of white frosting and look for red, white, and blue decorations. You may be able to find red, white, and blue or star spangled cupcake papers, sugar cake decorations, and tiny flag spikes. You can buy blue and red sprinkles, colored sugar, jellybeans, M&Ms, Hershey’s Kisses, blueberries, maraschino cherries, strawberries, or raspberries to use for decorations. Be sure to buy some food coloring and cupcake papers if you don’t already have any. Remember, your theme is red, white, and blue.

Bake your cupcakes following the recipe on the box. (Hint: adding a teaspoon of vanilla to a store bought cake mix will make it taste more like homemade.) Use foil, plain white, or even themed cupcake papers. Cool, then frost with white frosting. Tint the remainder of the frosting blue and red and spoon into decorating bags or plastic bags with a small hole cut into one corner. Decorating ideas include: 1. Make an assortment of red striped cupcakes and blue stars. (Make stars in a x shape with an extra line drawn through it like an asterick.) 2. Red stripes with a large blue star in the center. 3. Make a huge daisy on each cupcake with a blue center and red petals. 4. Make red and blue plaid cupcakes. 5. Write USA on frosted cupcakes. 6. Make red or blue spirals. 7. Make red and blue polka dot cupcakes using blueberries and raspberries. 8. Add colored sugar, sprinkles, candy or fruit to plain white frosted cupcakes or to any of the above in any pattern you like. Arrange on a large tray or paper box. An assortment of different designs looks best. These ideas will also work if decorating sugar cookies.

You can make a flag cupcake centerpiece by arranging 24 cupcakes into 4 rows. The bottom row should be frosted red and the next row up should be frosted white. The third row should have 3 red frosted cupcakes and 3 blue with the blue ones to the left. The forth row will need to have 3 white frosted cupcakes and 3 blue. Add some frosted stars to the blue cupcakes and you will have a lovely flag decoration!

These cupcakes are a simple, delicious, decorative, easy, and inexpensive holiday treat!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Summer Ice Cream Cake



It has been a very hot and humid spring here and summer has just begun. I can’t stop thinking about the cool, creamy taste of ice cream.

I love to run through McDonald’s and get a vanilla ice cream cone. I just looked up the calorie content and it is not too bad: 150 calories and 3.5 grams fat. All in all it is not a bad little snack.

I have an easy and delicious recipe for Ice Cream Cake. My family loves it. You can use any combination of ice cream and cookies and you can decorate the top with any kind of toppings, sprinkles, candies, or frostings.

Ice Cream Cake

Ingredients:
½ gallon ice cream
1 stick of butter
1 package of cookies

Put ½ gallon of ice cream out to soften.

Crunch up a package of cookies in a zip lock bag with a rolling pin and pour into a 13X9 inch pan using enough to make a crust. Save some to put on top of cake if desired.

Melt 1 stick of butter and pour over cookie crumbs.

Press into a crust. Spread softened ice cream over crust.

Cover and freeze overnight.

Cut ingredients in half for a 9X9 inch pan.

I am just thrilled that the USA Soccer team won the other day. We have an awesome team! They will be playing again on Saturday against Ghana. Go USA!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

World Cup Soccer Excitement




I can’t remember being this interested in World Cup Soccer before. It only takes place every 4 years for one short month. It began June 11th of this year and will end July 11th. I love watching it. There is so much action and the men are so hot!

Today at 10 am ET, the fate of the USA soccer team will be decided. They will play against Algeria. GO USA!!!! I still cannot figure out how the scoring works. You get 3 points for a win and 1 point for a tie. How do you get a negative number? Beats me, but I love watching these cute guys:

Lucas Neill is a hot, sexy, Australian. He is 32 and has gorgeous eyes. Australia plays today at 19:30 BST against Serbia. His shirt number is 2.

Joe Cole plays for the England team. He is 28, married, and a father to new baby Ruby. England plays Solvenia today at 1500 BST. Joe is number 11.

My favorite is Cristiano Ronaldo who is on team Portugal. He is the most interesting of my five favorites. He is a skilled player who has scored one goal for Portugal and received a yellow card. He is only 25 and has appeared in commercial ads for Coke and Armani underwear. Portugal takes on Brazil on June 25th at 1500 BST. Ronaldo is number 7.

France had a lot of cute players but they were eliminated yesterday. What a shame! There are many other hot men to watch on almost every team. Oguchi Onyewu on the USA team is pretty awesome. Check out all the players at: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/players/index.html .


I just made a new batch of soccer bead bracelets yesterday and they are for sale in my EBay store. I will be wearing a USA one today.

GO USA!!!!!

Monday, June 21, 2010


Today is the first day of summer. It has been so hot and muggy here that you almost miss winter! I fear my electric bill. Due to the weather and my hot flashes, I keep turning the thermostat down, down, down……. We finally got our pool opened but after 5 days, the water is warm as bathwater. I am thinking of making some huge ice cubes for it. I could fill some clean, empty coffee cans and milk cartons with water and put them in the pool after freezing them. That might cool it off a little!

I am addicted to strawberry lemonade. I had my first glass at O’Charleys a few weeks ago and have been trying out recipes. This is the one that I like so far:

STRAWBERRY LEMONADE
Printed from COOKS.COM

1 10oz. pkg frozen strawberries
1 6oz can frozen pink lemonade concentrate
1 1/2 cups water
1 16 oz bottle soda water or ginger ale
dash of grenadine syrup (optional)

Thaw strawberries for 20 minutes or until they begin to soften slightly.
Place all ingredients in blender and serve as-is or over ice cubes.

Are you watching World Cup Soccer? It is very interesting although I haven’t quite figured out the scoring yet. There is a lot of action and a lot of cute guys to watch. I am making some team bracelets and I really like them.

Summer is finally here!