Category Archives: Favorite things

Picture Tutorial of Kombucha Home Brew

Here is how I do my kombucha. I don’t really have a recipe, but this is what I do each time, this is for the first fermentation. Once this is done and I start the second fermentation I will make a post about that.


I add 4 cups of tap water into a pot, i use tap but you can use filtered


Bring it to a good boil and add like 5-6 organic black tea bags (other people use other ones this is just what i use)


I shut the burner off and let it brew for 6-8 minutes

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I give it a few good stirs


I use this sugar




pour 1 cup into the tea and stir it really well, it needs to be dissolved completely


I pour the tea into a gallon glass container, NOT plastic, not metal, nothing metal should touch the scoby or the tea the scabby will touch


I fill the container 3/4 the way full with cold filtered water


leave enough room at the top for the scoby and the starter tea

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Add the scoby


add the starter tea (about a cup or so )


Cover with an old t-shirt, coffee filter or fabric, secure tightly with a rubber band.


I let it is for like 8-12 days, but really just use a plastic straw, stick it below the scoby and taste it, when its as tart as you want or sweet as you want it is done.

Stay tuned for the second ferment tutorial!!





Crochet Bear Cowl “Pattern”

I cant really make a pattern for this because it is so easy.


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Chain enough to wrap around the persons shoulders. I lay my kids shirt out and chain the width of it laid flat and then double it.

Join with a slip stitch, be careful not to twist it.

Chain 2

Place one double crochet in every stitch around, at the end of the row slip stitch into the first double crochet and chain two,

double crochet again around and repeat until it is long enough…..however long you want it.

Secure it and weave in your ends.


For the ears, I of course make 2.

I chain 4 and join to form a circle.

crochet 7 double crochets in the circle, chain 2 and turn

then I make 2 double crochets in each stitch, chain 2 and turn

then I make one double crochet in each stitch and am done!


Sew the ears on!

Easy peasy lemon squeezy

Minion Crochet Hat Pattern



9mm hook

fits 6-10 year old


Chain 4

Join with a slip stitch for form a circle

Chain 2 and make 9 double crochets in the circle, place a stitch marker and move it up with each row.

Make 2 double crochet in the chain space and in every stitch around for 22 stitches in that row

in the next row make one double crochet  in the first stitch and then 2 double crochet in the 2nd stitch and repeat that pattern around for 33 stitches

the next row is one double crochet, one double crochet, 2 double crochet, and repeat that pattern around for 43 stitches

the next 7 rows are just one double crochet in each stitch around (all of this is with yellow)

next you will make 2 rows of black, all double crochet like the previous 7 rows

next will be five more rows of the yellow like the last 9 rows and that hat part is done! You slip knot the yarn and secure it. weave in the tail


Now you need to make the eye, one or two. If you are making two use a smaller hook

With black
Chain 4, slip stitch join to form a circle
make 7 double crochets in the circle
slip stitch into the first double crochet and cut and secure

with brown
make 2 double crochets in each stitch around for 16 stitches

with white
one double crochet in the first stitch, two double crochet in the second stitch, repeat around for 24? (I lost count)

with gray or silver I did one double crochet in each stitch around. Leave a long tail on this one.


Sew in all loose yarn except for gray, use that long tail to sew the eye on to the hat.


cut 8 piece of black yarn 6 inches or longer (you can always cut it) slip knot it on to the top if the hat for the hair and trip it to the length you want it.




I am not one for following patterns I just make them as I go so I hope that this makes sense to you!!



These are a few of my favorite things

Just a few of my favorite things from the Pacific Northwest…..people and places. Just a few. The next trip we take back there I will have a lot more to add.

Some Texas favorites will come soon!


Mountains!! You don’t realize how much you take for granted until you move somewhere FLAT!! Texas is gorgeous in its random quirky ways, but where we are is so flat. When we flew into Portland I almost cried seeing the mountains. They are just awe inspiring and majestic……living there, you tend to overlook them, but once they are gone, you realize just how amazing they are and how lucky you were to get to grow up with them!


PORTLAND!! Portland is just a hot mess but I adore it. it is fun and funky and so so weird. The most favorite store of mine is Powell’s bookstore. It is like 3 levels, HUGE and CHEAP!! You can get a brand new book with a dime size coffee stain for just a few dollars. Pennies basically. They have sheet music (my husband loves) and all kinds of other things.  Another radness is COFFEE of course 🙂


When we went to Oregon a few years ago the Powell’s parking garage was full and we could not find a spot so we found this rad yarn store. It was the highlight of my day!! I love funky yarn shops. I also love the yarn bombed tree 😀 Makes me want to yarn bomb things. I think I just love Portland because everyone is themselves and no one judges you.





The most awesome daddio EVER!! My dad, he is Pacific Northwest forever. My dad is strong and smart, funny and wise, patient and positive. He hunts (and calls Texan hunters pansies) and loves to go pick amazing chanterelle mushrooms. He can grow anything, he has a garden and loads of fruit trees and so many gorgeous flowers. And my gorgeous sisters ❤ I miss them but am so proud of how good they are all doing.



Family!! I have ten aunts and uncles just on my dads side. That equals a crap ton of cousins and second cousins. they all live in the Pacific Northwest. I just adore my family and am always so proud of them. We don’t keep in touch very well but we can always pick up where we left off, even if we hadn’t seen each other in years. Family is oh so precious!!




Pastor Ken, he gets his own shout out. Pastor Ken was my grandpa’s pastor at Robert Gray Baptist Church, when my grandpa died I decided to get my life together and get my butt back into church. Pastor Ken was the one and only person that I told about the drugs and partying I was doing. he held me accountable and didn’t judge me. When I met Matthew and we wanted to get married he counseled us, when we lost our first son Ryley to a miscarriage at 13 weeks, he consoled us. He is an amazing listening ear and advice giver, he is super funny and patient, he is wise and fun and laid back, he is so easy to be around. Oh I miss Pastor Ken!!


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I have more pictures to add but I will close with this. My son. Ryley J. Our first pregnancy. Our first baby. He is buried up on a hill at a cemetery in Kelso, WA. I think of him often. I always wonder if he would have been the baby that ended up actually looking like me. I wonder what his laugh would have sounded like. If he would have loved gaming like Trevor, or sports, or outdoors, or what. Anyways a huge piece of my heart will always lie in the Pacific Northwest because my precious child is buried there.

The Pacific Northwest is rainy and gray, but the coffee is good and the people will welcome you into their family. The relationships are deep and lasting once you can break through peoples hard shells. The scenery is to die for, the coast will leave you speechless. There is so much to see and do, you will never get bored. Except for in the rainy season. If you can find successful work there, it is a place to set roots and never leave.