Monthly Archives: April 2014

Last Volleyball Tournament and New Projects

This weekend was the last tournament of the season! It still feels like it barely started! Friday night I got to go to the Florida Region Volleyball Award Banquet. The guest speaker was Stacy Sykora!

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She went to the Olympics three times and won a silver medal! She was pretty great! I’ve watched her play for years, so it was really neat to get to hear about her experiences. She passed around the medal and I was beyond excited to hold it!

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I was also able to watch a little of the Florida Men’s Professional team play.  They were awesome! It made me miss BYU volleyball games so much!

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It is so crazy how high they can jump and how hard they can hit! It is so fun to watch!

My team did pretty well this weekend! We made it to the gold bracket, but lost early in the playoffs. My team has improved so much and it has been so fun to watch!

With volleyball season winding down, I will hopefully have more time to devote to the blog and new projects! I’ve been working on a few new things that I will share with you as soon as I can!

I’m working on something really neat with this yarn from KnitPicks! This is my first time using the Brava Worsted, and I really like it! Plus, there is a great color selection.

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I can’t show you what I’m making yet. It’s a gift and I don’t want to spoil the surprise!

I’ve also come up with another mandala pattern! I really like this one and I’m so excited to share it! Hopefully I can get it up for you within the next week!

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Spiky Mandala Tutorial!

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I guess you probably noticed that I’ve become a little obsessed with mandalas. I see why so many people love making them! So, I’m super excited to share another mandala tutorial with you! This one’s pretty simple, but I love it! It looks great with a bunch of different colors, and is completely customizable.

To begin, chain 5 and join with slip stitch in the first chain to form a ring. The first round will be worked out of it.

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Round 1:

1. Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), work 11 more dc in ring

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2. Join with slip stitch in 3rd chain of beginning ch3. Fasten off and weave in ends

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Round 2:

3. Join new color between any two double crochet stitches

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4. Work sc in same space, chain 1

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5. Work sc, ch1 between each dc of previous round

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6. Join with slip stitch in first sc. Fasten off

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Round 3:

7. Join new color in any ch1 space

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8. Chain 3 (counts as 1dc), dc in same ch1 space, ch1

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9. Work 2dc, ch1 in each of the remaining ch1 spaces of the previous round

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10. Join in 3rd chain of beginning ch3. Fasten off

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Round 4:

11. Join new color in any ch1 space. Work sc in same space, ch1

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12. Work sc between the next 2dc, ch1

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13.  Continue working sc, ch1 in each ch1 space and between the dc of previous round

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14. Join with slip stitch in first sc. Fasten off

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Round 5:

15. Join new color in any ch1 space, ch 4 (counts as 1dc and 1ch)

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16. Work dc in next ch1 space, ch1

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17. Continue working dc, ch1 in each ch1 space of the previous round

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18. Join with slip stitch in 3rd chain of beginning ch4. Fasten off

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Round 6:

19. Join new color in any ch1 space. Work 2sc in same space, ch1

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20. Work 2sc, ch1 in each of the ch1 space of the previous round

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21. Join with slip stitch in first sc. Fasten off

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Round 7:

22. Join new color in any ch1 space, work sc in same ch1 space, ch3

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23. Skip the next two sc, sc in the next ch1 space of previous round, ch3

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24. Continue working sc, ch3 in each ch1 space of precious round

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25. Join with slip stitch in first sc. Fasten off

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Round 8:

26. Join new color in any ch3 space, ch5 (counts as 1dc, 2ch)

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27. Work dc in same ch3 space, ch1

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28. In next ch3 space, *dc, ch2, dc, ch1*

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29. Repeat between ** in each ch3 space of previous round

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30. Join with slip stitch in 3rd ch first ch3. Fasten off

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Round 9:

31. Join new color in any ch1 space, ch5 (counts as 1dc, ch2)

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32. Work dc in same ch1 space, ch2

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33. In next ch1 space, work *dc, ch2, dc, ch2*

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34. Repeat between ** in each ch1 space of previous round. Join with slip stitch in 3rd ch of first ch5. Fasten off

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Round 10 :

36. Join in any ch2 space between 2dc, ch3

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37. Work 4 more dc in same ch2 space, sc in next ch2 space

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38. In next ch2 space, work 5dc, sc in next ch2 space

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39. Continue step 38 for the rest of the round

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40. Finish with a slip stitch in 3rd ch of first ch3. Fasten off

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And you’re done!

I hope this tutorial is easy to follow! I loved seeing some of the  mandalas you made with the other tutorial! (you can find it here if you missed it!) I’d love to see any more that you make! Please share your pictures with me on Instagram or leave your link in the comments below!

 

My Favorite Caramel Popcorn Recipe!

Caramel Popcorn

One of my favorite treats is caramel popcorn! I love making a big bowl and settling in to watch a good movie! This recipe is easy to make and tastes great!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup Karo Syrup
  • 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • popcorn

Ingredients

1. Pop your popcorn. I like to use an air popper, but you certainly can use microwave popcorn. Be sure to throw out the unpopped kernels! Once you mix the caramel with the popcorn, they’re almost impossible to see and very painful to bite!

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2. Combine butter, brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk and Karo Syrup in a saucepan.  Turn on heat to medium and stir every few seconds until everything is melted and smooth.

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3. Turn heat up a little, and stir frequently until it comes to a boil.

4. When it begins to boil, stir constantly for 3 minutes. Make sure you are scraping the bottom as you stir! It’s really easy to burn the bottom layer if it sits still for too long!

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5. After 3 minutes, remove from heat and let it cool for a minute or two.

6. Pour caramel in to bowl of popcorn and stir.

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This will be enough caramel for two or three big bowls of popcorn with enough to spare. The popcorn will keep for a few days, but it probably won’t last you that long! If you have any extra caramel, you can store it in the refrigerator and heat it up for ice cream or brownies! Or, if you love caramel like I do, it’s pretty great just eating it with a spoon!

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 I hope you like this recipe! I’d love to hear if you make it and how you like it! And if you’re in need of a great movie recommendation, I would suggest my all time favorite, That Thing You Do! I’ve seen it so many times, I think I can easily quote the whole movie! In fact, I may watch it again tonight!