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Lazy Girls Gnocchi

Lately I’ve been having major gnocchi cravings, but I always find rolling the gnocchi a pain. I even have a pasta maker and was desperately hoping for a gnocchi. No such luck for me. Then I happened to come across a cleaver trick on Food and Wine, which I decided to give a shot. First time I used to suggested bakers twine with some sweet potato gnocchi dough. Either the baking twine was too thick, the dough was too moist, or I simple couldn’t get the angle down the gnocchi came out “fun shaped.” That didn’t discourage my attempt at being able to make gnocchi without rolling. So the second time I tried out my lazy gnocchi recipe and tried the same technique, but with unflavored dental floss. While it was far more effective the steam caused the dental floss to lose its tension. So far the most effective method has been using fishing line of all things.

 The next key factor for me was finding an easy recipe to use and a resourceful thought popped into my head, “there’s leftover mashed potatoes in the fridge maybe that will make good gnocchi.” With that thought I managed to create easy delicious gnocchi from leftovers.

  Lazy Girls Gnocchi Recipe 
Serves about 2
2 egg yolks
1 cup flour (may need a little more depending on mashed potato moisture)
13oz leftover mashed potatoes (I used Simply Potatoes garlic mash)
  1. Place mashed potatoes in mixing bowl, slightly heat up if stiff.
  2. Then add egg yolks and flour. Gently mix and add extra flour till dough is no longer sticky to the touch. Then place in gallon or pastry bag.
  3. String your fishing line (twine or dental floss) across the handles of your shallow pasta pot and secure. Place water in a few inches below string. Bring water to boil.
  4. Once the water is boiling bring down to medium heat. Cut a hole in the tip of your bag.
  5. Place the bag perpendicular and to the side of the string. Start pushing the dough out and cutting at the desired length on the string. Don’t over crowd the pot. CATION: Be careful of the steam and any hot water that may splatter as the gnocchi drop.
  6. Wait for the gnocchi to rise to the surface then pull out with a slotted spoon. Repeat steps 5 and 6 till all dough is gone.
  7. Lastly top with gnocchi with something yummy.

Topping wise for my gnocchi I like to toss them in a pan to get them a little crispy then add my favorite tomato sauce, spices, and cheese on them.

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Giving Stitch Fix a Try

When it comes to shopping my internal feelings tend to butt heads. Getting new clothes gives me the same warm fuzzy feeling that yarn or fiber gives me, however I hate the actual act of clothes shopping. Endlessly looking through racks hoping you’ll find something you like and even if you do there’s no guarantee that they’ll even have your size. Plus over crowded shopping areas drive me up a wall like nothing else. My love-hate relationship to shopping ended up pushing me to give Stitch Fix a try.

The general idea of Stitch Fix is to have someone else do the styling and shopping for you. Plus the only work you have to do is decide on what to keep. When you first create an account with Stitch Fix you create a style profile so to speak. It’ll ask for your usual size, what you want to flaunt or hide, what style palate speaks to you the most, and how much you’d like to pay for each item. All you have left to do is schedule when you’d like your Stitch Fix to arrive. Once your box arrives you can try everything on in the comfort of your home and anything you don’t like just send it back in the prepaid envelope. What you keep is what you pay for plus an initial styling fee, which is applied as credit to anything you purchase from that box. What I find really nifty is that they send along a little styling sheet on what to pair with everything in the box.

For my first box I received an orange and pink striped maxi dress, while I loved the fit of it I just couldn’t get into the colors.

The second item was an off white clutch, which again was lovely I however avoid white clothing and accessories due to how easy it is to get them dirty.

 From the box I got two tops one being a minty turquoise dolman printed top and the other being a dark navy tab sleeved blouse with white tulips on it. The dolman again fit me wonderfully, but the pattern didn’t fit me or my styling. The tulip top however was possibly my favorite item out of the box. A little low with the v neck for my personal taste other than that it was comfy and versatile.

 Lastly I received a pair of black skinny jeans, which are amazingly comfy and a little miracle fit wise. Like 

most people finding pants that fit well is a challenge. For myself I have a hard time finding bottoms that fit my curvy hips and the drastic change to my small waist. Thankfully theses pants have fit the best in that area. The pants were a little long, but looked cute cuffed and most of the time hidden in riding boots.

Everything that was picked out fit me great, if not perfectly. Anything that I decided to send back came down to color or style. That’s to be expected with your first box, but the more boxes you get the better your stylist will be at picking out items you like. In the end I decided to keep the navy tulip top and the black skinny jeans. When everything was decided upon I simply checked out on the Stitch Fix website on what I was or wasn’t keeping and why to better help the stylist for future boxes. Overall this was a wonderfully exciting and fun experience. Sure there weren’t things that spoke to my style soul, but it was nice to try a few items on in the comfort of my own home without having to put in all the shopping effort.

 

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Beehive Honeycomb Knit Boot Cuff Pattern

Beehive Boot Cuff Pattern

  • Bulky yarn about 100 yards and up depending on size

  • 4 Double pointed US size 10 1/2 needles

  • scissors

  • tapestry needles

CO 38 (44, 50, 56, 62…etc depending on desired size) divide evenly and join in round

Round 1-4: *(K1, P1) Repeat

Round 5: K all, add 4 stitches evenly throughout by kfb

Round 6: P all

Round 7-12: *(K4, slip 2) Repeat

Round 13: K all

Round 14: P all

Round 15-20: K1 *(slip 2, K4) Repeat. End round 20 with K3.

Round 21: K all

Round 22: P all

Repeat from Rounds 7-22 till desired length. End on either round 12 or 20.

Round 23: K all

Round 24: P all

Round 25: K all, decrease 4 stitches evenly through by k2tog

Round 26-28: *(K1, P1) Repeat

BO in *(K1, P1) fashion

Weave in ends and enjoy! 🙂

Notes: Following these instructions 38 stitches fits up to 13 inches around.

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Hedgehog Pattern


Hedgehog Pattern

  • 4 US 5 (3.75 mm) DPN

  • 60 yards of worsted weight yarn MC

  • 20 yards of worsted weight yarn CC

  • scissors

  • stuffing

  • tapestry needle

Ears (Make 2)

CO 8 sts in CC join in round

Rnd 1: KFB (16)

Knit every round till it measures about 1/2 inches then BO weave in top end and attach to hedgehog.

Back of Body:

In MC CO 4 sts

Row 1: KFB, K2 , KFB (6)

Row 2: PFB, P4, PFB (8)

Row 3: KFB, K6, KFB (10)

Row 4: PFB, P8, PFB (12)

Work in St st for about 10 rows 2 inches from cast on, end after a purl row.

Decreasing

Row 1: SSK, K8, K2tog (10)

Row 2: P2tog, P6, P2tog (8)

Row 3: SSK, K4, K2tog (6)

Row 4: P2tog, P2, P2tog (4)

Body:

Continued from back of body

Knit the 4 sts on the needle, on same needle, pick up 10 sts around back of body, continuing around till there are 42 sts, 14 per needle

Rnd 1: * KFB, knit to the last st on needle, KFB; repeat for each needle: 16 sts per needle (48)

Repeat Rnd 1 again 18 sts per needle (54)

Knit every round alternation between pulled curl stitch and knit round till about 1 1/2 inches long. May do 1 pulled curl stitch round and 2 knit rounds for less work, doesn’t create as full look. Determine the belly of your hedgehog and always knit that needle. To make a curled stitch knit into a st and pull it to about 2 inches long, twist around finger then place back onto needle. Knit normal and curled stitch together.

Decreasing Rnds continue alternating between normal knit and curled stitches

Rnd 1: * K7, k2tog repeat 16 sts per needle (48)

Rnds 2-5: K all (4 rounds total)

Rnd 6: * K6, k2tog repeat 14 sts per needle (42)

Rnd 7: * K5, k2tog repeat 12 sts per needle (36)

Rnd 8: K all

Rnd 9: * K4, k2tog 10 sts per needle (30)

Rnd 10: K all (end on curled round)

Rnd 11: Switch to CC and stop curl stitches K All

Rnd 12: *K2tog, knit to last 2 sts on needle, K2tog repeat 8 sts per needle (24)

Rnd 13-17: K all (5 rnds) Begin stuffing as you go

Rnd 18: *K2tog, knit to last 2 sts on needle, K2tog repeat  6 sts per needle (18)

Rnd 19-21: K All (3 rnds)

Rnd 22: *K2tog, knit to last 2 sts on needle, K2tog repeat 4 sts per needle (12)

Rnd 23: K all

Rnd 24: K2tog all 2 sts per needle (6)

Finish stuffing. Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail. Pull the end through the remaining sts, gather up tight to close the hole, and stitch to secure. Weave the end to the inside and trim. Sew on nose and eyes. This cute fellow comes out to be about 5 1/2 inches long, 3 inches tall, and 3 inches wide.

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Raindrop Pattern


Have some extra yarn that you don’t know what to do with? Try this simple raindrop pattern then! It knits up amazingly quick and needs less than 10 grams of worsted yarn. This pattern can be used to make a cat toy, amigurumi raindrop by adding a cute face, or even part of a baby mobile. It’s all up to you so happy knitting 🙂 They come out to be about 3 1/2 inches tall by 1 1/2 inches.

Raindrop Pattern

  • 4 US 5 (3.75 mm) DPN

  • 10 grams of worsted weight yarn

  • scissors

  • stuffing

  • tapestry needle

CO 9 divide onto 3 needles and join into round

Round 1: KFB all (18)

Round 2: K all

Round 3: (KFB, K1)* Repeat till end (27)

Round 4: K all

Round 5: (KFB, K2)* Repeat till end (36)

Round 6-12: K all (7 rounds)

Round 13: (K2tog, then K till last 2 stitches on needle K2tog)* Repeat on each needle

Round 14-15: K all (start stuffing as you go)

Round 16-24: Repeat rounds 13-15 x3

Round 25: K2tog all

Round 26-27: K all

Round 28: K2tog all

Cut a yarn tail and pull yarn through remaining 3 stitches and weave ends in.

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Nutella Mug Cake

For awhile now I’ve been trying all sorts of mug cakes and cookies in a mug just to satisfy my occasional sweet tooth. Though none were truly that satisfying. They either had a bland taste or would have the consistence of a sponge, yuck! After a bit of searching I came across a recipe that looked yummy, but needed a bit of adjusting to fit my needs. Some testing and plenty of tasting later I’ve found a wonderful and quick sweet fix, a nutella mug cake. The cake is soft and creates a gooey nutella pudding at the bottom.

Nutella Mug Cake Recipe

Serves 1

Takes under 5 minutes

  • 1 Large mug

  • 1 egg white

  • 2 Tb flour

  • 2 Tb sugar

  • 1 1/2 Tb cocoa

  • 1 1/2 Tb milk

  • 1 1/2 Tb vegetable oil

  • 1/4 ts salt

  • 1/4 ts baking powder

  • 1/4 ts vanilla

  • 1 Tb Nutella

  1. Place the listed ingredients into a large mug.

  2. Mix ingredients together till smooth.

  3. Place mug and contents into microwave and cook for around 1 minute 20 seconds. Contents will be hot and a bit gooey at the bottom.

 

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Healthier Super Yummy Pizza


This is a personally recipe for pizza that I use all the time! It’s delicious and healthier for you due to the whole wheat flour. I know whole wheat flour can rub people’s palettes the wrong way, but I swear you won’t even notice that there’s any there. I’ll even admit that I’m a picker eater and I can’t tell that there’s any there. Anything that has a funny texture or after taste I’ll stay a mile away from, but this recipe is so yummy I have to keep myself from eating it multiple times in one day. So please enjoy 🙂


Pizza Dough Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cups warm water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast
I know you must be thinking why whole wheat pastry flour? I choose whole wheat pastry flour since it has been finely ground removing the chance of the pizza dough having a gritty texture. I also like my pizza rolled out super thin and the low gluten content in pastry flour allows me to easily roll out the dough without it shrinking. I also don’t let the dough rise mainly because I like thin pizza, but mainly because when someone wants pizza they’d much rather have it now 🙂
Honestly I usually just throw all of these ingredients into my bread maker and just let that do the work while I get everything set up. A standard mixer will work just as well.
While you’re waiting for the dough to come together set your oven to 475 degrees F, oil up a pan of your choice, flour a surface and rolling pin, and get your toppings.
Once the dough is done roll it out on a floured counter to your desired size and thickness. Place on the oiled pan and slather on your tomato sauce of choice. Don’t put any cheese on yet. It’ll burn and the sauce won’t cook down to deliciousness.
Place the pizza in the oven for about 8 minutes or until the edges start to lightly brown. At that point pull it out and put your toppings of choice on. Place back in the oven for 3-5 minutes or until the cheese starts to slightly brown. Pull the pizza out, cut it up, and enjoy.
For my pizza I decided to put on some basic cheese, fresh basil, and some white truffle oil. YUM! Mine did get a little burnt, but still oh so delicious. So please enjoy! 🙂