Sunday, April 14, 2013

Preview of New Pattern Plus a Soup Recipe!

Here's a quick sneak peak at my latest pattern that I'm working on.  The yarn is amazing.  It is Malabrigo Rios in Playa, which is a nice worsted weight soft as can be washable merino wool that is hand dyed.  Can you believe these colors?  I just love it!

Would you believe that the stitch I use for this is a very simple variation of half double crochet?  Yup!  I get so many people that ask me if my patterns are Tunisian or knit.  Come on peeps, it's me!  I'm all about easy whip up, no fuss, no muss enjoyable crochet.  It just looks hard.
Now to the recipe . . . 
In March I ate carbs, sugar, lots of bread, dairy up the wazoo, and very little fruits and veggies.  To put it mildly, I felt awful.  I had low energy, looked a little bit grey in the face and my mind felt foggy and slow.  So it just dawned on me that I really need to get my act together and eat better if I want to feel good.  First step was to detox and get all the yucky yucks out of my system.  Solution: make a fabulous veggie soup.  Even if you aren't planning on changing up your diet, you will love this, it's so good!  It's very similar to a Russian borscht soup but no cabbage and lots more flavor.  It's very tasty, very healthy, very filling and will help kick start any healthy eating plans you may have.  I liked my invention so much that I decided to share it here on the blog. Enjoy!

Detox Soup

1 T olive oil
1 large onion chopped
1 large carrot chopped (or 2 small carrots)
1 large unpeeled sweet potato chopped (substitute regular potato)
1 large beet peeled and chopped
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 32 oz box of vegetable stock (substitute water)
1 large bunch of kale chopped (substitute chard)
Salt and pepper to taste

InstructionsIn large soup pot heat up oil on medium high heat.  Saute onions until they are tender. Add carrots, sweet potatoes and beets and stir for about 30 seconds until veggies are coated with oil.  Let veggies cook for another minute or so until soup pot gets back up to temperature. Add vinegar and cook until vinegar has reduced down (about a minute or so).  Add vegetable stock (or water).  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and let simmer covered for about 10 minutes.  Add kale and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Let simmer until potatoes are just soft, about another 5 to 10 minutes.

I feel healthier just looking at it!!!


  1. OMG, that stitch pattern looks amazing! Can't wait to see what you are making :)

  2. The recipe is great, but the crochet stitch looks incredible. I just love it!


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