Homemade herb and garlic infused butter

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Our beautiful herb garden has really taken off which means we have more herbs than we need right now. After some research I decided to harvest some of the coriander and some of the parsley to make our own infused oil and butter.

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Garden fresh Coriander.

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Garden fresh Parsley.

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I whizzed the coriander up by itself and added it to half a batch of homemade butter. I then whizzed some Australian garlic up with the parsley.

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I put some in an old baby food freezer tray with some quality olive oil.

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The rest went into the remaining butter. I placed it on some plastic wrap and wrapped it up nice and tight to make a butter log.
It was delicious on fresh coriander.

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Depresso

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Feeling rather depresso lately.
We have been having trouble with our MAP coffee machine. It has basically been worn out (just out of warranty). So it has been a long time between decent coffee.
Those that know Marty and I would know that this is just NOT an option we can live with.

This time last week, after three of the coffee capsules exploded and I still didn’t get myself a coffee! We decided enough was enough. Popped down to our local Harvey Norman to find coffee machines on sale. After spying an awesome machine, with a to good to be true price tag we bought it. They didn’t have one out back but promised it would be in on Friday.

It wasn’t.

So on Sunday we found ourselves staring at a full bag of beans lustfully. For those interested you can brew coffee in a teapot.

Yes, in a true despresso moment I made coffee in my teapot and it was AMAZING! Haha.

Another trick for Capsule machine lovers is to put a small hole in the back of the capsules before using them. I don’t think the coffee tastes awesome that way but you do get coffee. 😉

Crossing fingers our machine arrives soon because I’m feeling despresso today and this instant isn’t cutting it. I dislike instant but when a tired mum needs a caffeine kick it is desperate times. 🙂

How to Crochet a Granny Square: Round 2 (and beyond)

This is where you should have ended after following round 1.

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To start round 2 make 3 chains.

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Make a yarn over and poke your crochet hook through the hole below the chain you just made.

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Hook the yarn and pull it back through the hole to start the first double crochet.

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Complete 2 double crochets. You should now have 1 set of chains and 2 double crochets.

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To move across make a chain then double crochet into the next hole along. You will need to do 3 double crochets on this edge.

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Just like in round 1 you will need to make 2 chains to form the corner. Complete 3 double crochets to fill the hole in that corner. You will then need to make one chain to jump the gap so that you can double crochet in the next corner. Keep following this pattern until you get back to the start of the round. Once again end with one chain before you join the round. Like you did in the first round end with a single crochet by locating the third chain stitch and poking your crochet hook through it

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Hooking the yarn and pulling it back through to close the round (single crochet).

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Continue repeating this basic pattern in each round.

Remember:
– To start a round make 3 chains upwards then 2 double crochets for the first hole
– one chain to jump every gap
– 3 double crochet increases across every hole (the more rounds you crochet the more holes to fill)
– 2 chains to turn a corner
– one chain and a single crochet to join the round.

Keep doing all these steps until you end up with a granny square in the size of your choosing.
Make sure you always increase by starting with the 3 chains, shown below.

How to make a Granny Square: Round 1

I have recently learnt to crochet so I thought I’d write a quick tutorial to share what I have learnt.

What you will need
1x crochet hook
1x ball of yarn
Scissors
Measuring tape
(I recommend 4mm crochet hook and 8ply yarn)

First step is to create a slip knot on your hook watch this

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Next make 4 chain stitches (watch this to learn how to make a chain)

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Once you have made the chain turn it over. On the back you will see 4 raised loops. Insert your crochet hook into the very first loop hole.

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Like so… Push the crochet hook through, twist the yarn over the hook and pull it through both loops.

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See where I am pointing? For future reference it is known as the centre loop.

To start round one Chain 3 upwards.

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The next step is to create a double crochet.
Yarn over.

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Stick the crochet hook through the centre loop like so…

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Yarn over.

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Pull the yarn through.

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It should then look like this. Yarn over and pull through the first 2.

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Yarn over again and pull the yarn through the 2 loops.

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Repeat the double crochet and it should look like this.

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Then to move around the loop you need to make 2 chains, these two chains will be the corner. Yarn over the hook and poke it back through the centre loop to start your next double crochet. On this side you need to do 3 double crochets. Then another 2 chains. It will then look like this.

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Continue around in the circle another 2 times to make the square. Instead of making 2 chains, to get around the corner, end by making only 1 chain.

You will now find yourself next to the chain of 3 that started crochet round 1 off. Locate the third chain loop and push your crochet hook through it. Hook the yarn and pull it through. This is known as a single crochet. It should now look like this…

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Congratulations on completing one round. 🙂

(FYI I taught myself using this tutorial)

Garden City Scarf

It took me a fair while to knit this and I had a few challenges along the way. This is my third knitting project so I am pretty proud. It was a fun knit which taught me some pretty big knitting musts. It is a Garden City Scarf which you can read more about here.

I made it with a hand dyed gorgeous Sparkle DK called “Mother of Pearl” yarn which I purchased from Never Ending Obsessions.
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DIY Face Scrub

Not long ago my Mummy group and I were chatting about face products and my gorgeous friend recommended this homemade face scrub on this blog. I finally got around to buying olive oil and making it tonight.
It is truly BLISS. I’m loving how beautiful my skin feels right now. If you are in a DIY skincare mood then I highly recommend it.

Here is what you need to make it:
-A small container to keep it in
-Two tablespoons of sugar (I only have raw coffee or caster sugar so I used caster sugar)
-Two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
-A tiny tiny drop of vanilla essence (for the smell)
All you have to do is mix it up, wet your face and scrub away. Rinse and enjoy super soft skin.
Next time (since I am super obsessed with coconut oil atm) I will try it with coconut oil instead of olive oil. Here is a link on using coconut oil for gorgeous skin.
 
Enjoy. xxx