A Celebration of Maine


I usually make some sort of celebration meal when I finish a blanket. To celebrate finishing the Iron Giant blanket I made Maine themed foods. The movie takes place in the fictional town of Rockwell, Maine. The Iron Giant blanket is for my 20 year old son. He requested that I make lobster rolls. 

We dined on my version of lobster rolls and had homemade blueberry buckle for dessert. 

The recipe for lobster rolls is available here. These lobster rolls are NOT recommended if you’re on a diet.  They sure did taste good though! You can make them healthier by removing the butter and halving the amount of mayonnaise. If you have lobster tastes but a hamburger budget, substitute cooked shrimp. It will still be plenty tasty. (In fact that’s what I’m going to do next time I make them.) I’m not usually a fan of iceberg lettuce but it adds a nice cool crispness to these sandwiches. 

I used the Taste of Home recipe for classic blueberry buckle. You can find that recipe here

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My Universal Studios Orlando Annual Pass Story

I’m going to start this by saying that I love my annual pass. There’s a bit of a story behind how I got it. Bear with me. 

My husband and I help our son run his gourmet fusion egg roll business. He sells mostly at farmers markets. That means every Saturday during market season we are up and out of the house before 7am to load up gear, drive to the market and set up, rain or shine. 

He went out of town with his girlfriend and missed two Saturdays. He works hard. He is entitled to a vacation. That did mean my husband and I were on our own for those two Saturdays. Well guess what? We decided we needed a vacation too! 

So I found a great airfare sale and we were off to Orlando. He stayed with the younger boys. 

The first day we had a great time wandering around Disney Springs. The next day we went to our first park. The first park we went to was the Magic Kingdom. We had fun but were sadly underwhelmed. I grew up 20 minutes from Disneyland. That could be why. 

The next day we went to City Walk. The official plan was to wander around and buy our Universal ticket for the next day. I had already downloaded the Universal app and favorited everything we wanted to do. I knew there was no possible way we could do it all in one day. 

I looked at prices for different passes and had a brilliant idea. We should just buy annual passes and go right in. Then we could also come back and bring all the kids.  That’s what we did. The next day we spent a full day at Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios. The final day, we checked out of our hotel and then spent one last morning at Universal and Islands before we had to leave for the airport to catch our flight home. 

We went back again last fall with a friend. Then in January we took all the kids. My sister, brother in law, niece, and my parents all went with us in January. 


Next week my husband and I are going back again for a several day date. Our eldest has agreed to stay with the youngest two and the dog.  This time we’re thinking about catching a showing of Blue Man Group. 

Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: March

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You are who you choose to be.

My journey to create twelve blankets in twelve months is still on track. March’s blanket is an Iron Giant blanket for one of my sons. The Iron Giant was his favorite movie as a small child. He watched that movie enough times that I used to have it memorized.

 

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The first square is a coffee cup. It represents the espresso Hogarth drank the night he hung out with Dean.

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The second square is the iron giant falling through the sky into the ocean off the coast of Maine.

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The third square is Hogarth.

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The fourth square is a squirrel. When Hogarth first met Dean he was trying to show his mom the new “pet” he found.

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The fifth square is the “S” that Dean places on the giant to disguise him as a sculpture and hide him. Or it stands for Superman.

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The sixth square is the screw that the general sends to Hogarth. It was the part of the giant that the military was able to find.

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The sixth square is a tank that attacked the giant.

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The seventh square is the power lines that Hogarth rescues the giant from.

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The eighth square is the Iron Giant himself. The best part of this square is the eyes. They were crocheted in glow in the dark yarn.

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The banner contains what might be the most important quote from the whole movie, “You are who you choose to be.”

After joining all the squares, I decided to keep the border simple and did 1 row of sc all around followed by a row of dc, chain 1.

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The pattern for this blanket is available for free. Download here.

 

Yarn Storage

We have a bonus child that has been living with us for about a year and a half to two years. So I’m a little short on room. Eventually I’ll be able to shuffle bedrooms around and get my crafting room. Just not anytime in the next month. 

I had been storing my yarn in laundry baskets. And on the floor next to them. And under the dresser. And in a backpack. I’m sure you’re getting the picture. 

I really didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something that’s going to be temporary. My husband wanted it more organized. 

This is what we came up with. The bins came from Menards. I have a few finished projects, my current wip and tools in the top bin. The yarn is organized in a way that makes sense to me. I can just glance at it and see what I have. Because the bins have depth they are all stacked several skeins deep. 


It’s not pretty but it is functional, was reasonably priced, and I can live with it until I get a permanent space to set up how I like. 

Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: February 

I finally bit the bullet and finally finished February’s blanket. I couldn’t have March’s blanket done first now. That just wouldn’t be right. 


February’s blanket was actually the first blanket that I started this year but the second finished. I started mid January then took a break to make the Ravenclaw blanket in January. So the Ravenclaw blanket got finished first. Then I needed a break from my last square so I started March’s blanket. Well it’s getting toward the end of March so I figured I’d better go back and finish February’s blanket. 

This blanket was crocheted in mini c2c. I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn. Each small square takes about 4 hours if you don’t have interruptions like children or a dog. I have both. The large square is equal to 4 small squares. So it should take 16 hours. I wish! It took a bit longer. Finishing the Hogwarts crest felt like a big accomplishment. 

This is the blanket that started my quest to make twelve blankets in twelve months. I saw the pattern on www.twoheartscrochet.com and fell in love. If you’d like to make your own Harry Potter blanket, go visit their wonderful website. 

I love how the blanket came out. It will be hard not to drag it with me to Florida and take pictures with it all over Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure on my next trip. I could get the coolest pictures on the Hogwarts Express. 

My husband was awesome and spent yesterday weaving in tails I missed. I’d also like to thank the baristas at my local Starbucks for being so encouraging. They have been so excited to see my progress on this blanket and kept me supplied with caffeine to keep working. 

Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: February Update

I broke down and finally finished the last square for February’s blanket. I’ll assemble it tomorrow. I figured that I should probably finish February before March and I’m almost done with March. 

(I just have to crochet the banner and attach it to March. I’ve already assembled everything else on March.)
Something about this square took what felt like forever.

The pattern for February’s Harry Potter blanket is available at www.twoheartscrochet.com

I wonder how I should celebrate finishing my second Harry Potter themed blanket. I think I’ll celebrate by going to Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade and get myself a butterbeer. 

Happy St Patrick’s Day



I baked Irish soda bread for the first time. Hopefully it came out. If not, there will be plenty of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots. Then there’s desert! A mint ice cream pie with fudge, whipped topping and Andes mints in a chocolate cookie crumb crust.


Or there’s always candy.

If you want something different for St Patrick’s Day you can always try my shepherd’s pie with Guinness.