Friday, June 8, 2018

Pressure Cooker Pineapple Orange Mandarin Chicken

Pineapple Orange Mandarin Chicken and Rice

I wanted something different for dinner tonight so I whipped this together in my 6qt. #Cosori electric pressure cooker. This is my first original recipe and I will definitely be making it again.  This was enough for 2 meals for myself. I'll have to cook more rice for the leftover sauce though.

I used pineapple and mandarin oranges in juice not syrup to cut down on sugar.

You can add more or less of the sweet chili sauce but it gives it a little kick without being too spicy.

I used prepared garlic in a jar. You can use more if you're a garlic lover.

I used the tall trivet that came with my #Cosori. The handle unscrews, and I keep the handle in a drawer in case I'll need it. A fork  inserted into one of the holes does a great job of lifting the trivet. 😉


1 small can crushed pineapple with juice
1 small can Mandarin oranges with juice
2 Tbs prepared garlic
1/4 cup Teriyaki sauce
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 Tbs. Thai sweet Chili sauce
1 or 2 chicken breasts cubed into bite-sized pieces.

Put above ingredients in pressure cooker liner and stir. Place trivet in liner and place 1 stacking pan or bowl on trivet and measure rice into it. Being single, I used 1/2 cup rice to 1 cup chicken broth and added a Tbs of butter. You can make more rice if desired. Set lid on pressure cooker and seal. Set time for 6 minutes at high pressure. Natural pressure release for 10 minutes. Release any remaining pressure, remove lid. Stir rice to fluff, test for doneness and carefully remove rice pan then the trivet from the pressure cooker. Take 1 Tbs cornstarch and 1 Tbs water and combine in a cup or bowl to make a slurry. Turn cooker to Saute. Add slurry to pot with ingredients and stir for aaminute or two to thicken. Sauce will thicken more as it cools. Serve over rice. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Baby Afghan and more

I have been busy crocheting a few different things. Here is a plant hanger that I made for myself.

It's crocheted with cotton yarn and my plant loves hanging out near the window.

I have been crocheting squares to make a huge afghan for my bed. These are just half double crochet squares, I'm putting a contrasting border around each of them to make it easier to join them when I have enough made. Here are some of the squares.

The next photo is of a baby Afghan that I made for my granddaughter as a gift for her boss, who is due in April. I also made 2 other items with the same yarn for her but I can't show you those yet. 😀  Her boss knows about the blanket and has seen photos of it but doesn't know about the other items.
This is the first baby Afghan that I have ever made. I used Bernat Baby Sport yarn and I crocheted it in the baby bean stitch. It's a real easy stitch and works up quickly. I hope she likes her baby gifts.

We have been getting some warm days lately and the flowers are popping up out of the ground and leaves ready to bust open on some of the trees. I need to start walking again on the warm days, so I made a water bottle carrier for myself. It'll make it easier to walk without having to carry my water bottle in my hand. The strap is long enough to wear "cross body" so I don't have to worry about it constantly sliding off my shoulder. I used cotton yarn for it as well. Here it is with my bottle in it.

This is what it looks like by itself. I hope to be using it soon, if the weather permits.

Well that's all that I've been working on since my last post. It's supposed to be raining off and on the next few days so I guess walking won't be feasible. Back to work on these squares for now.

Until next time! Happy hooking!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas Gifts

I had a wonderful Christmas, I hope ya'll did too. I can finally show some of the gifts that I made. Whew, I sure crocheted alot of beanies. I crocheted 4 beanies for one daughter's family, 3 for another, and 4 for another. Plus I made 2 for myself. Here are some of the beanies that I crocheted.

My granddaughter K had recently claimed her mom's Reindeer that I made a couple years ago so I made K one of her own. She loves it.

I also made my little Marty a new sweater. I had to bribe him with a treat to get him to sit still for this photo. Isn't he adorable?

I'm currently working on a pair of slippers for myself. I like how they are turning out. One is done except for the trim. I'll update on those later. 

Until next time!
Happy hookin

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Christmas Wreath for My Door

I have been working off and on, crocheting a Christmas wreath for my apartment door. My door is a dark red so I didn't want any red in the wreath. I used several different shades of green yarn and a variegated white and green yarn to crochet it with.  I then had to think on what decorations I was going to use. I decided on gold because it would stand out. After a trip to our local dollar store, spending only $3, I came home with gold glittery poinsettias and shiny and satiny gold tiny bulbs. I fooled with the placement a bit and came up with this arrangement, thanks to an Instagram follower. I can't decide if I like it better with all of the poinsettias on the side or on the bottom. Maybe I'll move it around, have it one way for awhile and turn it the other for a few days or so.
Here is my wreath, hanging on my door.

Here it is turned with the poinsettias on the side.

I've been working on some Christmas stockings and some small wreath ornaments for the tree. I'll have to update on those later.

Until next time!
Happy hooking!

Monday, November 6, 2017

New Bluetooth Keyboard and Crochet Update

I haven't been able to update the blog from my tablet, the touchscreen isn't the greatest for writing alot with. I am just too used to using a keyboard. After all, I learned to type in high school and have used a typewriter or computer ever since. Old habits are hard to break. Swiping on my tablet just isn't as easy as typing to me. I searched for and found a Bluetooth keyboard for my tablet and it arrived today. I absolutely love it!! It's SO nice to be able to type again!!

I have been busy crocheting. I just finished crocheting a wreath for my door. I have to take it to the store when I go to buy the embellishments for it. I'm thinking gold bulbs and maybe gold pinecones or something.

My wreath hanging on my door.

I made these little wreath ornaments. They are fun to make and make great gifts or decorations for presents.

I made this duster refill for my youngest daughter. These sure are handy and a money saver. 

I also made 3 dishcloths and a dog blanket and sent those up to my middle daughter in PA.  Here's the blanket.

This is one of the dishcloths with another one in progress.

We all love using these big cotton dishcloths. They are great for washing dishes and wiping down counters. I will never use a store bought dishcloth again.

Here it is the beginning week of November and before you know it the holidays will be upon us. I better get busy! I have alot of things I want to make.

Until next time!
Happy hooking!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dead Laptop Slow Progress

My laptop has died. It won't connect to the internet. It's old as the hills and not worth spending the money to replace the network card and it needs a sound card too. Thank goodness I bought this new 10in. tablet a few days before the laptop died. At least I can do almost everything with the tablet that I could with the laptop.

I have been giving my hands a rest from crocheting as much as I was, but I have been working off and on. I currently have 3 projects going. My scrapghan, which I haven't touched, my cotton top and one new project, a dishcloth.

Here's what the top looks like so far.

The dishcloth is something quick to finish, I get bored easily with big projects.

I hope to have a new laptop in a few months, but until I get one I'll be using this tablet. Until next time!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Popsicles, Blankets and More

It's been really hot here in Virginia. This week the highs are going to be in the mid 90's. I can't stand anything hotter than 80 so I'll be hiding in the air conditioning.

My youngest grands are redheads and they are more sensitive to heat and cold. They love those freezie pop popsicles, the kinhd in the plastic sleeve, but have to wrap a washcloth around them so their fingers don't freeze. My daughter mentioned it to me last week and I knew of a pattern that would take care of that problem.

Here are the popsicle cozies that I made, well one completed anyway. I made 2 green and 2 red ones.

I had a couple skeins of baby blanket yarn and decided to make a blanket for my dog's bed. It's so soft and warm. He loves it.

Here's a video of him under the blanket, snagged off my Facebook page.

I'm currently working on a scrapghan and a new project, a tank top, although it may morph into a different type of top.

Here's what the scrapghan looks like so far.

That will be a work in progress for a long time I'm sure, as I'm using scraps to crochet it and keep getting distracted with other projects LOL.

Here's what the tank top looks like so far. I've only worked on it a bit for the past 2 days.

That's the front of it, it's Lily Sugar & Cream cotton on the big spool. I'm doing this without a written pattern, just going by my measurements. I've got some wrapping paper that I'll use to draw the pattern on once I get to where I need to start the armholes. To be continued at a later date.

Until next time, happy hooking!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Crocheted Water Balloons

Yes, you read that right. Crocheted water balloons. They are eco-friendly because you don't have little bits of busted balloons to pick up AND they are washable. These are made with blanket yarn and they are soft and squishy. How do you use them? You soak them in water and once they are wet you let the kids have a ball throwing them at each other. I'm taking this bunch to my grands today, hopefully I'll get some pictures and video of them having fun with them.

I'll continue this after the water balloon battle....

Well, the water balloons were a hit! The grands had a blast and the neighbors kids joined in as well. I'll have to make them some more so they have loads to toss at each other. Here's a couple photos of my 2 youngest grands having a battle.

That's my youngest grandson, he's 4 & 1/2 years old. He's getting ready to sling one at his sister, who's 8. Notice her stance, she's ready to run LOL.

Here's one more photo.

Now here's a link to a video showing the fun. I'll definitely have to make more of these for the kids.

Until next time! Happy hooking.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Ripple Afghan is Done!

I finally finished my first ever ripple afghan last night. It measures approximately 42 inches wide by 58 inches long. It's the perfect size for snuggling up on the couch or easy chair.
This morning, I took photos of it and cropped & re-sized them in Paint Shop Pro. Here it is.

Another view.

Another photo of it.

One last photo of it.

I really love how it turned out and will definitely be making more ripple afghans in the future. Maybe the next one I'll do with one of those self-striping yarns.
Now that I'm done with the ripple afghan I'll have to find another project to work on.
Until next time, happy hooking!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Secret Project Revealed

On an earlier post I mentioned that I was working on a secret crochet project. I was testing a new pattern for an awesome designer, Meredith of Mostly 
Stitchin'. The pattern that I was testing is her new lion pattern, which can be found here in her Etsy shop, or here on Ravelry. My lion is no way as cute as hers is, but I'm pleased with how he turned out. Here's a few photos of him.

I used different colors of yarn than Meredith did so mine is a little darker in the face, mane, feet and tail.

I also combed out his mane and tail and it made him look a little wild.

This is the first time I've worked with Meredith on a project and I hope to work again with her in the future. Don't forget to check out her links to her shop on Etsy and Ravelry while you're there. She has some adorable patterns!

I'm on the last row of my ripple afghan, then I'll have a mess of ends to weave in and a border to put on it. I hope to have it finished by next weekend. More on that later.

Until next time! Happy hooking!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Dog Collar for Marty

I've been looking at my dog Marty's collar for awhile now. I never liked it much, I only bought it because it was red and thought it would look good on him. He's had it awhile now. I didn't want to buy him another one because I can never find one that I like, so I thought that I'd just make him a new collar. I picked up the supplies that I needed on my last Walmart excursion and today I thought I'd just whip it up for him. Of course I used cotton yarn so that it would be nice and soft around his neck. I took off his old collar and used it for a guide for the length. I also cut off the D-ring with his little bone tag on it so that I could incorporate it into the new collar. I crocheted the collar in half double crochet stitches and I think it turned out pretty good. Here are a couple photos of it.

Of course, Marty is extremely camera shy and with nobody else handy to bribe him with a treat it was near impossible to get a decent photo of him wearing his new collar. He just won't sit still for photos, he tries to run away. After about 30 pictures, I kid you not, I managed to get these 2 halfway decent ones.

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to test an amigurumi pattern for a great designer. I can't say anything more about it or show you the finished item until she publishes it, so more on that in the near future.

After finishing that project I started back on my ripple afghan. It's getting longer, I'm about halfway done with it now. I'll update on that later. I best get back to working on it. I've been watching OITNB new season & crocheting.

Until next time! Happy hooking!

Pressure Cooker Pineapple Orange Mandarin Chicken

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