Free February Planner Stickers

Happy early Valentine’s Day! Celebrate with these Free February Planner Stickers! As everyone knows, February is the month of love and romance.  People go to great lengths to show how they feel. The average amount spent per person is $147. Furthermore, in 2016 Valentine’s Day sales reached an all time high of 18.9 billion dollars! That’s a lot of money! 
In addition to celebrating Valentine’s Day in February, be sure to celebrate the Random Act of Kindness week which starts February 12. The Random Act of Kindness day is February 17.  Share a smile or give a compliment because “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” (Aesop)
Printing these free stickers on this sticker paper  is one way to share your love and kindness with others. Click on the links below to download these stickers. I’ve shared both a pdf and a png file so you can cut by hand or use with your cutting machine. Enjoy!
How will you show a random act of kindness in February?

Free February Planner Stickers

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No Sew Fleece Blanket Without The Knots

No Sew Fleece Blanket Without Knots

A No Sew Fleece Blanket makes a great Christmas present for anyone who is always cold like I am. It is quick, easy and fairly inexpensive (the NFL fabric is a little more expensive than a regular print). This version does not have knots but instead loops the strips to make it almost look braided from the back. The fleece fabric used is always going on sale at Joann.  Or if it is not on sale just download their app - they are always putting out great coupons.  Walmart is where I found the backing for this blanket. It was on clearance for $2 a yard. You can't beat that! And just an FYI - I am not a Dallas Cowboys fan. I made this blanket for another family member who happens to love the Cowboys. No Sew Fleece Blanket

Materials:

2 yards printed fleece 2 yards solid color fleece Scissors

Directions:

  1. Lay the print fabric, right side up, on top of the solid fabric. Trim around the edges to make sure they are all even. Once everything is even, cut a 4 inch square from each corner.
No Sew Fleece Blanket

2. Around all 4 edges, cut 4 inch long strips about 1-2 inches in width.   No Sew Fleece Blanket

 3. Fold the strips up onto the blanket. No Sew Fleece Blanket

 4.  Where the fold is in the strip, cut a small 1/2 inch slit in each strip. No Sew Fleece Blanket No Sew Fleece Blanket

 5. Grab both pieces of fabric on a strip, loop the strip under then push the edges through the slit. Or you can reverse the loop and the "braided" part will be on the front.  Pull strip all the way through. Repeat for every strip all the way around. No Sew Fleece Blanket

 6. It should look like this from the front. No Sew Fleece Blanket

 7. It should look like this from the back. No Sew Fleece Blanket

The finished blanket! No Sew Fleece Blanket Without Knots from www.thisautoimmunelife.com #fleeceblanket

Crocheted Newborn Hat and Slippers

Every month a group of bloggers are challenged by C'mon Get Crafty to create a new craft or project from their own stash of goodies! I've decided to join up with this group. After years of
collecting craft and sewing supplies I figured it was about time to try to put them to good use.  So when my step-daughter told us she was pregnant I knew my yarn stash would come in handy. A crocheted newborn hat and slippers was my project of choice. I just didn't know what color to make them until she had her gender reveal party a couple of weeks ago. 

Crocheted Newborn Hat and Slippers

Crocheted Newborn Hat and Slippers from www.thisautoimmunelife.com

A baby girl - so glad I had pink yarn left over from a project I had made for my daughter when she was in high school! I also had some white yarn for the flower as well as little pink rosettes (which were probably from when my daughter was a baby!).

Crochet supplies

For the hat I used this pattern using a v-stitch from the website Lacy Crochet. She has a lot of pretty patterns so be sure to check out her site!

                               Newborn baby crocheted hat from www.thisautoimmunelife.com

Then I made the flower from this pattern from the See Jenn Do website. Here are her very easy to follow directions:
1. Ch 27
2. Skip first 4 ch, sc in 5th ch from hook, (ch2, skip 1 ch, sc) accross.
3. Turn piece, (sc, ch1, 3dc, ch1, sc) in each ch2 space accross, and also in ch4 space at the end.
4. Finish off, leaving a long tail, and threading tail through a needle.
5. Form flower by holding short beginning tail and turning the petals around.
6. Using the long tail, sew petals in place, beginning with outer 2 layers of petals, and finishing with a few stitches to hold all layers together.

 And finally the slippers were made from this pattern at the Loganberry Handmade website.

Crocheted Slippers 
I finished the project by using a little hot glue to attach the pink rosettes to the slippers as well as the center of the flower. I can't wait to give these to my step-daughter for Christmas!

Healthy Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

With cooler weather comes the desire for comfort foods. And who doesn't love a casserole? Most casseroles have cream of chicken soup as one of the ingredients. But the ingredients listed on the canned version are certainly something I can do without: modified food starch, soy protein concentrate, yeast extract and sugar! Why do they need to put sugar in soup?
 Why not make your own healthy version? It's really easy and doesn't take much time at all. This recipe is for a gluten free and dairy free version. And the best thing is you will know what all the ingredients are!

                                        Healthy Cream of Chicken Soup from www.thisautoimmunelife.com #creamofchickensoup #healthy #glutenfree #dairyfree

Healthy Cream of Chicken Soup

Ingredients:
3 Tablespoons gluten free flour (no xantham gum)
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
3 Tablespoons olive oil
¾ cup chicken broth
¾ cup dairy free milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)
½ cup chopped chicken breast (or you can add celery or mushroom depending on what type of soup you want)
Directions:
Mix the 3 tablespoons of gf flour with the rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Add the 3 tablespoons of olive oil to a small pan and begin to heat over medium heat. Slowly add the flour mix, stirring to mix it into the oil.  Continue cooking for about 2-3 minutes. Then slowly add the chicken broth into the pan, stirring as you add it. Then add the milk and mix well. The chicken is added in last. Cook the mixture until it thickens, about 5 minutes. This makes 12 oz of soup which is a little more than the canned version which is 10.5 oz.

Healthy Cream of Chicken Soup #creamofchickensoup #healthy #glutenfree #dairyfree

Tortilla Warmer Tutorial

Tortilla Warmer Tutorial

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo I've created this Tortilla Warmer Tutorial. Simply slide your tortillas inside then pop in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Your tortillas will come out nice and warmed!   
Tortilla Warmer Tutorial from www.thisautoimmunelife.com 

Materials:

1/3 yard of print fabric ( I used this chili pepper fabric)
1/3 yard of muslin
1/3 yard of cotton batting
 matching thread *
*Make sure you use 100% cotton fabric, batting and thread as polyester can catch on fire in the microwave I used bright yellow fabric for the back of my tortilla warmer because I already had some in my fabric stash. However, you can make the front and back from the 1/3 yard print fabric.

Steps:

Trace circles on your fabric.  I used one of my dinner plates which are 11" in diameter to trace the circles onto the material with a marking pen. Then cut out all of your circles.        - 2 from your print fabric        - 2 from your muslin        - 2 from your batting   Tortilla Warmer Tutorial Tortilla Warmer Tutorial

Pin fabric, muslin and batting together in this order:  batting, print fabric right side up, then muslin on top. Sew around the circle with a 1/2 inch seam. Be sure to leave a 2"-3" opening for turning the fabric.


 Tortilla Warmer Tutorial

 Next, trim the seam then clip the curves. I used my pinking shears to trim the seam then I clipped around the circle at about 2" intervals right up to the seam line. This helps the fabric lay flatter after you turn it. Be sure not to cut the stitching!

Tortilla Warmer Tutorial

 Reach inside the opening and turn it right side out so that the muslin and print fabric are on the outside and the batting is on the inside. Then you can either stitch the opening by hand or machine stitch it closed. Since this was just for myself I wasn't worried about making it look all nice and neat!



Tortilla Warmer Tutorial

Repeat all of the above steps with the second piece of fabric, muslin and batting. Your will then quilt each finished piece by marking 1 ½" intervals on the fabric then sewing along those markings. Since my fabric was dark, I had to use a white marking pencil to make the lines.


Tortilla Warmer Tutorial

 Be sure to quilt both the front and back pieces.  
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Finally, sew the front and back pieces together with a ¼ inch seam, muslin sides together. You will sew about ²⁄3 of the way around leaving an opening to slide your tortillas into.  


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Crock Pot Brisket

This recipe for Crock Pot Brisket is great for when the weather is too rainy or hot to be making brisket on the grill or in the oven.  Although you won’t get the great smoky taste of the grill, this brisket is flavorful and moist. Just throw it in the crock pot along with some baking potatoes, go enjoy your activities for the day and have supper ready when you return. Serve with your favorite barbecue sauce along with a plate full of veggies for a great meal!
Crock Pot Brisket 

Crock Pot Brisket
Serves 4
A flavorful and moist brisket.
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Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 3-5 pound brisket
  2. mesquite flavored liquid smoke
  3. smoked paprika
  4. onion powder
  5. garlic powder
  6. celery salt
  7. salt
  8. pepper
Instructions
  1. With meat side up, sprinkle with liquid smoke.
  2. Then use remaining seasonings to sprinkle lightly over the liquid smoke.
  3. Use your hand to rub the seasonings into the meat.
  4. Turn the meat fat side up and place in the crock pot.
  5. Repeat seasonings on fat side.
  6. Turn crock pot to low and cook 6-8 hours or until tender.

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