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How to Crochet Infinity Scarf Video

Infinity Scarf Weve Tried It

How to Crochet Infinity Scarf Video: I know we have been posting lots of scarf stories lately, but I just learned how to crochet and I am pretty dang proud. Although I only know how to make infinity scarfs, I like to refer to myself as the ‘queen of crocheting.’

So, after making my first infinity scarf I was on the search for more patterns that I could try out. I am not able to look at a pattern book yet… so it’s YouTube tutorials for me. And yes, I pause and rewind the video 100 times.

For me this video seemed easy to follow and I was thrilled with my finished project. Adding the buttons made it all fancy!

Supplies: 3 skeins of thick yarn, P hook, 2 buttons and a needle. If you decide to try out this pattern please post a photo of your scarf on Weve Tried It Facebook page – we want to see!

Last week we used a different pattern for our crocheted infinity scarf – link here and we also made a no sew t-shirt scarf – link here.

What should we crochet next? I am thinking about tackling mittens. How hard can it be? Leave us a comment below!

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Let’s talk boobs. There should be no shame in talking about mammograms and self checks. I went in for my mammogram, did you?

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. It is important to know that only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be cancer, but they should NEVER be ignored. This disease is not just for women, each year over 2000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Because of a self check I was aware that I had a few lumps in my breasts. I should note that I have had them in the past and they were just cysts and I had nothing to worry about. Losing a grandmother to breast cancer it definitely leaves a fear in the back of my mind: will I too get breast cancer?

At my recent visit I underwent a mammogram which turned up several lumps. I immediately was sent in for an ultrasound which showed many more lumps. Because I have had this before I knew what to look for on the ultra sound machine. I call them black holes. They were everywhere…I was panicked.

The doctor came in and gave me a few options, two of the lumps which she called masses, were larger than the others and suggested that we biopsy just one (the biggest one.) Although she didn’t feel that they were cancerous we still needed to be precautious.

I waited 3 days for the results, for the most part I wasn’t worried. Every now and then my mind would wonder – what if. My doctor called to tell me everything was good and they were just cysts.

For now I will go in every 6 months to be rechecked and have the lumps measured to make sure they don’t change shape or size.

Did you know that if breast cancer is detected early and is in the localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is 98%.

We encourage you to make an appointment today to get yourself a mammogram. If you don’t have insurance there are medical facilities across the country that provide free mammograms through the National Mammography Program. You can find a clinic near you here.

Here’s to good health!

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Mashalot Shopping App Review

[caption id="attachment_1894" align="aligncenter" width="500"]John Marino and Missy Germain Weve Tried It John Marino and Missy Germain[/caption]

Mashalot Shopping App Review: We must admit that we are iPhone junkies and love downloading a great app! Think shopping, travel, eating, latest trends and finding out where to get the best deals all in one place.

Over the weekend we met up with Mashalot founder John Marino to get first hand info on how this cool iPhone shopping app works. And what better place to meet up than Minneapolis’s hot new fashion forward concept store OOTN Magazine.

I hate to use the words holiday season before Halloween… but, this seems like a great place to post all of the items you want for gifts and then your family and friends can just follow you and see what you have been eying up.

How does it work? See something you like, open your Mashalot app, take a pic of whatever it is: shoes, lipstick, food…tag a category, add your location and give it a brief description. Simple!

Mashalot is a mix of Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Foursquare all combined in one location. Want to know what is trending and where to find it – download the app now.

Follow me: Missmissea on Mashalot – I plan on heading to the Mall of America soon and will be posting the best deals that I come across.

Mashalot app

Thanks to Desean Mills founder of OOTN Magazine for allowing us to film at your beautiful store. We will be back very soon!

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Easy How to Crochet Infinity Scarf

Weve Tried It Infinity ScarfEasy Infinity Scarf Pattern

Easy How to Crochet Infinity Scarf: I will admit that I am challenged at times when it comes to DIY projects. When my daughter asked me to make her an infinity scarf I searched out the easiest pattern I could find.

Some patterns I checked out were misleading (their idea of easy and mine differ.) One that I found was how to make an infinity scarf in 30 minutes with your hands. It took me twenty minutes just to figure out step 1. Moving on…

This YouTube video ‘Easy Crochet Infinity Scarf’ was just what I was looking for. In the video she said that it would take one to two hours to make. I finished my first one right at the 2 hour mark. The second scarf I made went way faster.

Infinity Scarf Yarn

I used a P hook 11.5 mm and 142 gram yarn. Bulky yarn works best. It took 3 skeins of yarn to make one scarf. Check out the video.

If you decide to make an infinity scarf using this pattern we want to know how it went for you. Be sure to come back and let us know or post a picture on our Facebook page.

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Hearty Split Pea and Ham Soup Recipe

Hearty Split Pea and Ham Soup

Hearty Split Pea and Ham Soup Recipe: One of the things we love about fall is making soup. We have plenty of soup recipes that we plan on sharing with you. Let’s start with our favorite.

Ingredients:

Ham Bone or 1 1/2 cups of diced ham

1 large onion diced

2 tbs. minced garlic

4 – 14.5 oz can of chicken broth

16 oz bag of split green peas (soak overnight)

3 large potatoes peeled and diced

3 medium carrots peeled and diced

3 stalks of celery diced

Directions: In large soup pot sweat out your onions and garlic in butter until tender. Add ham bone and chicken broth and half of your pre-soaked split peas to the onions and garlic. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 hour. Remove ham bone to cool. Once cooled debone your ham.

Add your potatoes, celery and carrots and the second half of the peas and ham to the pot. Simmer for 45 minutes or until the veggies are tender. It is ready to serve.

If you like a thinner soup you can add water. You shouldn’t need salt because of the ham, but feel free to add some pepper to your soup.

Split Pea and Ham Soup

Grab a loaf of fresh crusty bread and enjoy!

If you are looking for a great dessert to serve with your hearty split pea and ham soup, try this yummy Pumpkin Poke Cake Recipe.

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Chicken Pot Pie Recipe: There is nothing better than comfort food! We have made this chicken pot pie recipe time and time again and it’s delicious.

Ingredients:

2 pounds boneless chicken breasts, cubed (we used a rotisserie chicken shredded)
1 bag frozen mixed vegetables
3 potatoes, peeled and diced
1/3 cup butter
2/3 cup yellow onion diced
2/3 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp celery seed
1/4 tsp poultry seasoning
3 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 1/3 cup milk
2 deep-dish frozen double pie crusts

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium pot, combine the chicken, veggies, and potatoes. Add  enough water to cover and boil for 12-15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove from heat, drain, and set aside.  If you use a rotisserie chicken just add it to the drained veggies and potatoes.

In a large saucepan, cook onions in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, celery seed, and poultry seasoning to form a paste. Add chicken broth and milk. Stir and bring to boil for one minute or until sauce thickens. Remove from heat and set aside.

Combine chicken mixture with sauce and pour into the pie crusts. Cover with top crusts and seal the edges. Make a couple small slits in the top.

Bake for 45 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

If you decided to try out this recipe, be sure to come back and let us know what you thought. Enjoy!

It seems like everyone is using an Instapot these days, so why not make a pot pie? You can find a large amount of recipes on: Instant Pot Recipes Finder: The Best Search Engine for Instapot Beginners.

President-Obama

The White House ‘It’s On Us’ Campaign Launch

President Obama

The White House ‘It’s On Us’ Campaign Launch: I received a call last Thursday saying that I would be attending the It’s On Us campaign launch at the White House in less than 24 hours with Danni Starr from HOT 99.5 The Kane Show. Excited is an understatement.

President Barack Obama joined Vice President Biden to launch the “It’s On Us” initiative. An awareness campaign designed to help put an end to sexual assault on college campuses.

The campaign asks men and women across America to take a pledge to step off the sidelines and be part of the solution to campus sexual assault.

President Obama stated: “An estimated one in five women has been sexually assaulted during her college years. Of those assaults, only 12 percent are reported, and of those reported assaults, only a fraction of the offenders are punished.”

The Obama administration has taken steps to help bring an end to campus sexual assault by:

  • Sending guidance to every school district, college, and university that receives federal funding on their legal obligations to prevent and respond to sexual assault.
  • Creating the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault to work with colleges and universities on developing best practices on how to respond and prevent sexual assault.
  • Reviewing existing laws to make sure they adequately protect victims of sexual assault.

Watch President Obama and Vice President Biden address It’s On Us:

We encourage you to not only take the pledge, but to also spread the word. Share these important links with any and all college students, upcoming college students and parents that you know. Campus sexual assault does not only affect women – it happens to men too.

I took the pledge – please take the pledge here —-> ItsOnUs.org

The video below are photos that I took of my day at The White House:

I took the pledge:

Missy Germain Its On Us

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Photo Credit: Missy Germain/WeveTriedIt

Chicken-Poppers

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Jalapeno Popper Recipe

Chicken Poppers

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Poppers: Looking for a great appetizer to make for the football games today or an upcoming party? Look no further! These poppers are seriously amazing and addicting.

We have made these many times and no matter how many we make, there are never enough. Your guest will want the recipe for sure.

Ingredients:

3lbs. Chicken breast or Tenders
3-4 jalapeños diced
1/2 C. or 4oz cream cheese
Bacon, approx. 8 strips cut in half

Directions:

Pound out the chicken breasts or strips flat and then cut into 2” strips. Spread about 1Tbs of cream cheese on one side of chicken and then sprinkle 1/2 Tbs of diced jalapeños on top. If you like really spice, switch out the jalapenos for something with a stronger bite.

Roll up chicken and wrap tightly with the strips of bacon and secure each piece with a toothpick. Bake in oven @350 or cook on grill approx. 20min. Be sure to turn them often. When bacon is crispy they are ready to serve.

If you decide to try this bacon wrapped chicken jalapeno poppers be sure to come back and let us know what you thought! Enjoy!

Need a dessert for your party? Try this Pumpkin Poke Cake recipe, it’s always a hit! Recipe Here

Mozzarella-Cheese-Recipe

How to Make Fresh Mozzarella Recipe

Mozzarella Cheese Recipe

How to Make Fresh Mozzarella Recipe: We love mozzarella, so when we saw that our friend Melissa Clymer was making fresh mozzarella we immediately asked her if she would share the recipe and photos of the process with us.

Let me just say that just looking at the recipe and process I felt overwhelmed and fairly certain that I would continue buying my cheese from the market. We asked Melissa how long it took, “About 3 hours but I have kids that are hungry, etc. It was easy, just a lot of waiting.”

Melissa found her recipe on Instructables.com and called it, “Fun, easy and fabulous!”

What you will need to get started:
* 8 quart pot (use enamel or stainless steel only)
* Digital thermometer
* Small containers to dissolve the citric acid and rennet or buy liquid rennet
* Large strainer for the curds from the whey
* Sharp knife to cut up the curds
* Slotted spoon to stir the curds and dip them out with
* Large glass bowl for the drained off whey
* Small glass bowl to put the curds in
* Microwave Oven

Mozzarella Ingredients

Ingredients:

1 gallon of whole milk. Let the milk set out either in the gallon container or in the pot until it gets to about 50 degrees. At room temperature, it took about 2 hours.

1 Rennet tablet crushed. (The Rennet tablet is used to coagulate the milk. You can also use liquid Rennet if you can get it. I got liquid rennet at our local co-op, organic food market. 1 tsp of liquid rennet equals 1 tablet. You can get The Rennet tablets at a lot of specialty or smaller stores and it is usually in the pudding aisle or in the Ice Cream section with the chocolate, nuts and stuff. About $2.00)

2 teaspoons Citric Acid divided. 1 teaspoon is dissolved in water and the other one is sprinkled directly into the milk. (The citric acid is what gives the cheese it’s stretch. Get it at some health food stores for around $4.00 for 4 ounces or at a pharmacy which can cost $12.00 to $14.00)

1/2 cup water divided in 2

¾ – 1 teaspoons salt

Let’s get started: Pour 1 teaspoon Citric Acid into 1/4 cup unchlorinated water and stir. Crush the Rennet tablet and pour it into the other cup of unchlorinated water if you don’t have the liquid version. The Citric Acid should be dissolved by the time you have to use it. Most of the Rennet will be dissolved but there will still be some residue left.

Pour milk into your pot. Make sure the milk is around 50 degrees when you pour in the Citric Acid. Pour the dissolved Citric Acid in the milk and stir for 1 minute. Sprinkle the other teaspoon of Citric Acid in the milk and stir for another minute. My milk took about 10-15 minutes to curdle, if yours is faster, that’s great.

Heat milk to 88-90 degrees stirring occasionally. This is not an error. You are not trying to pasteurize the milk. If you get it too hot or too cold, the Rennet will not make curds. Use a low heat so it doesn’t go past the 88-90 degrees. It should take about 10-15 minutes.

mozzarella process

At 88-90 degrees turn off the heat and remove from burner, stir in the Rennet solution for 15-20 seconds. Cover the pot with the lid and LEAVE IT SET UNDISTURBED FOR AT LEAST 15-20 MINUTES until you can get a clean break. I usually let mine set for 15-30 minutes. Time is not critical here as long as you get the clean break.

Wait for a clean break. When you poke your finger into it and move for an inch or so and lift it out, the curd and Whey should separate shortly. If it is still liquidy and sticks to your finger let it set a while longer.

Cut the curds into 1/2 inch cubes from top to bottom. Then do the same thing at a 45 degree angle. Let the curds set undisturbed for 5-10 minutes. Just let them sit there.

Apply low heat and heat to 108 degrees, stir the curds occasionally to keep them separated until they reach 108 degrees. This will take about 15 minutes. The curds will shrink and start to sink as the Whey is expelled from them. Turn off the heat and continue stirring every few minutes for an additional 20 minutes. The curds will keep shrinking.

Drain the curds into a strainer or colander and let set for about 15 minutes. Pour into the big bowl through the large strainer. Let the Curds drain until no more Whey comes out of them. This might take 10 – 15 minutes. You can either dump the Whey or save it to make Ricotta.

drain curds

Pour the Curds into the smaller bowl and break them up with your hand a little bit. Then heat the curd. OK here comes the tricky part. Place the curds in the microwave on high for 30 – 45 seconds. If you have it on too long you will cook the curd and it will turn to mush. Better a couple shorter cycles than one that’s too long. The Curds will start to separate from the Whey. I have an 1100 watt microwave. If yours is a different wattage you might have to adjust the time.

Squeeze the Curds. Using the slotted spoon or your hand GENTLY squeeze the Whey from the Curd. Pour off the Whey.

mozzarella curds

Microwave again. Microwave again for 15 – 20 seconds and pour more Whey off. As you are gently squeezing the Whey out work it into a ball also.

Stretching. Microwave again. Put back in the microwave for another 20 seconds. Add Salt. At this point if it’s warm enough it should start to become pliable and stretchy. Grab 1/3 to 1/2 and lift. It should start to stretch under its own weight. If not put it in the microwave for a few more seconds. As you work through the stretching process also knead it like bread a couple of times. If necessary microwave occasionally until your cheese looks like the last picture.

stretching mozzarella

Work into a ball. At this point knead it like bread dough into a ball. If it breaks apart on you just put it in the Microwave again for a bit. As soon as it is nice and smooth and shiny it’s done.

Now you have fresh mozzarella cheese! Wrap in plastic or put in a Zip lock bag and refrigerate if you don’t eat the entire batch immediately. It should keep in the refrigerator for at least 6-10 days.

DIY mozzarella

Next up, Melissa is making fresh ricotta cheese – recipe coming soon! Feel free to pin the photo below to your Pinterest board and share it with your friends…

Fresh Mozzarella Recipe

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Pumpkin Poke Cake Recipe

Pumpkin Better Than Sex Cake

Pumpkin Poke Cake Recipe: Some call this recipe Pumpkin Better Than Sex Cake, either way we think you will agree that it is incredibly good and it will leave you wanting more.

Ingredients:

1 box yellow or spice cake mix and any ingredients it requires.
1 can of Pumpkin Puree
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup caramel topping (jar)
1 – 8 oz container cool whip thawed (best at room temp)
1/4 cup of crushed Heath Candy Bars

Directions:

Make your cake according to directions on the box and add 1 can of pumpkin puree. Mix thoroughly and then pour it into a 9×13 pan. Use the cooking instructions on the box.

Once done let the pumpkin cake cool for 5 minutes.

While still warm poke holes in cake with the handle end of a wooden spoon. Slowly pour sweetened condensed milk over the top of cake making sure some gets in all the holes.

Next drizzle the caramel topping evenly over the cake, making sure some caramel gets in the holes as well. Then spread your cool whip over the top evenly. Sprinkle with Heath candy topping.

Put in the refrigerator until ready to serve. It is best when chilled overnight. ENJOY!!

Tell us what your favorite pumpkin dessert is in the comment section below.