Happy Memorial Day to All...I hope everyone has an amazing kick-off to summer!
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This has been a busy month on the blog...
     It's been a fun month of preparing for Memorial Day and barbeques.  I've also enjoyed getting back into the garden and getting my hands into the soil.  There's nothing more satisfying then a day of hard work out in the fresh air.  I've also introduced a few new loom knitting patterns on the Etsy Store; a swimsuit cover-up pattern, 2 bag holder patterns, (7) wash cloth patterns and a market bag.  All were designed as summer knits, made out of 100 % cotton.

     Now let's have some fun...If your email starts with angelinamaria, you have won a free pattern from our Etsy Loom Knitting Store.  Just contact me at the email address at the top of this page and let me know which pattern you would like and it will be emailed to you!  Patterns must be valued at $5.99 or less.  Just follow the link on the right of this post to the Etsy store.  Remember you only have 30 days to claim your free pattern.

     Below is a new Free Pattern for a Patriotic Loom Knit Mug Cozy.  It was inspired by the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday.  I've seen these all over Pinterest and wanted to make one myself for a long time.  I LOVE my coffee in the morning and like it piping hot.  These cozies are a perfect, cute addition to my coffee addiction. I hope you find this pattern useful...I think it would make a great hostess gift.  Just fill the mug with a gourmet coffee/tea or candies.


  • Yarn:  100% Cotton (4-ply); Colors:  Red, White, and Off White
  • Any medium/large gauge loom with atleast 11 pegs (blue knifty knitter was used)
  • Knitting Tool
  • Crochet Hook
  • 2 Buttons
  • Optional:  Pins for blocking
  • Measure around mug, leaving out handle area.  Write measurement down.
  • Chain cast on 11 pegs with 2 strands off white.  Use more or less pegs if your mug is larger/smaller. Peg #'s determine height of cozy. This pattern fits a large mug measuring 4 1/2" inches in height.
  • Rows 1, 3, 5:  knit
  • Rows 2, 4, 6:  purl
  • Change to red.  Cut off white.
  • Repeat rows 1-6.
  • Change to blue.  Cut red.
  • Repeat rows 1-6.
  • Keep repeating above until knitting measures above measurement or a little less (less if your mug narrows dramatically at the bottom).
  • Chain one bind off.
  • Weave in all ends.
  • Now make a loop with yarn at the bottom of mug cozy, knot and secure.  Do the same with top of mug cozy.  Note:  if your mug narrows at the bottom then make the bottom loop smaller than top loop.  Your cozy will lie better on the mug.
  • Block Cozy, if desired.  Sample was blocked by wetting and pinning to an ironing board.
  • Sew buttons on opposite side of mug cozy.  Placing buttons where the loops will have to stretch to reach over buttons so mug cozy remains secure on mug when in use.

Enjoy Your New Mug Cozy and As Always, Thank You For Reading!

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This Southwest style crock pot chicken is delicious & easy! 

 Let me first say that I usually hate Southwestern style food.  It's either too smokey or sweet for me, all the things my husband loves.  Today I decided to make something we both would like...I knew I hit a home run when my husband said "this is really good!  Make sure you write it down."  He said that because I have a bad habit of forgetting my recipes.  I'm an optimist and think, of course I'll remember what I did.  Recently I've started to listen to him and write down a good recipe as soon as I make it.  I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we did.  It's easy...just fix it and forget it!

#southwesternchickenrecipes #southwestchicken #crockpotchickenrecipes #recipes 
#slowcookerchickenrecipes #slowcooker #crockpotrecipes


  • 1/2 jar Southwest style black bean salsa
  • (1) 14 ounce can Stewed Tomatoes
  • (1) 14 ounce can Black Beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Taco Seasoning (I make my own so it's lower in sodium)
  • 1 small can chopped Green Chilies
  • 3 Frozen Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley
  • 1 small can sliced Black Olives
  • Egg Noodles
Place chicken breasts at the bottom of the slow cooker.  Place all remaining ingredients on top of chicken except olives and egg noodles.  Set slow cooker to low and cook for 6 hours (or more if chicken is not done).  Add black olives right before serving.

15 minutes before serving, make egg noodles as directed on package.  Place noodles at the bottom of bowl and ladle chicken mixture on top of noodles.  Serve and Enjoy!


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We always look forward to Memorial Day weekend.  Whether we go camping or barbecue at home, it's always a fun time for us.  It's also the weekend we celebrate our daughters birthday.  This year we are planning a small family barbecue at our house.  I wanted to have all the preparations done a week in advance.  We have another family barbecue that weekend which will require about 5 hours driving. 
#patrioticdecomeshwreath #patrioticwreath #memorialdaydecorations #springgarden #4thofjulydecorations

     I spent the morning making the Patriotic Deco Mesh Wreath you see above.  I decided to keep it simple, with just a flag in the center.  Then I planted more annuals in pots and placed them on my porch.  I also put a few impatiens in an old watering can that I've had in my garden for years.  I added a flag to one of the pots and a country cottage sign I found in my travel trailer and I was done with the porch. 
     Our garden is in full bloom right now...I always get distracted from my "to do" list and start wandering around looking at my plants and planning my next gardening project.  The hydrangeas and ajuga are in full bloom next to our porch.  The phlox is thick and spreading nicely under one of our remaining Oak trees in the front yard.  Sadly, we lost most of our big Oaks during the storms here in New Jersey over the last few years.  The Day Lilies and Irises are waiting to bloom next to the Azaleas.  Spring is such an exciting time for a gardener.  No wonder I get so distracted!
I ended my day with a trip to the dollar store to get some more small flags and decorations for my mailbox.  I'll post more pictures in a later post!


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Happy Mothers Day To All!

It's a yearly tradition for my husband and I to spend Mother's Day weekend getting back into our garden and getting the yard spruced up for summer.  This year we worked on a project I've been wanting to do for 15 years!  I'm beyond excited...We finally put in drip irrigation to the window boxes and hanging baskets on the porch.  No more daily watering these hard to reach places. 
#gardening #windowboxes #dripirrigation 

Annual Flowers, Hanging baskets, My husband installing Drip Irrigation, Pottery

     One of my favorite things are window boxes.  I love when the flowers spill over the sides and the plants grow high enough to be seen from inside the house.  As much as I love the look of window boxes, I hate watering them.  Our window screens do not open so you can't do it from inside.  I had to direct the hose up at them and hope some of the water actually got in the boxes.  The plants would soon become stressed from drying out or my forgetfulness.  Not to mention that it was a colossal waste of water doing it that way. I looked into getting drip irrigation kits but they were between $200 and $300.  Needless to say, I didn't want to spend that much.  

     Today we took a trip to Home Depot and looked in the plumbing section and found all the supplies we needed to do it ourselves;  1/4" clear hose, fittings and a timer.  It cost less then $70.00.  I already had a husband brave enough to climb up on a ladder and run the line to all the boxes.  He put 4 drips to each box for even watering.  I planted all the annuals in the boxes and pots while he did this.  Four flats of annuals were enough to fill 3 window boxes and all the pots you see.  I even have some plants left but did not get them planted because a storm came through.  I try not to over fill my boxes and pots.  I like them to have room to grow.  I wished I'd known years ago how easy, fun and cheap this project could be!

     I hope everyone has a Happy Mother's Day and you get to spend the weekend doing something you love!

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