Favorite Finds Friday, June 12

Here are a few of the most interesting, fun, practical, weird, frivolous, informative, creative, yummy, etc. finds I have found on the internet this week. Let me know what you think!

glutenfreedumpcakeGluten Free Blueberry Dump Cake from Gluten Free on a Shoestring

While I don’t need to be gluten free, my sister-in-law and her two daughters do.  So for holidays and family gatherings, this has to be taken into consideration.  It is nice that we can still have yummy treats and everyone can partake.  And we all love blueberries!  Although this recipe is not dairy free, I would think that using non-dairy milk and oil, and fresh whipped coconut milk whipped cream would work.  This recipe also links a recipe for gluten free vanilla cake mix, which is also not dairy free.   I don’t know a dairy alternative to cultured buttermilk blend powder or whey powder, but the Betty Crocker gluten free yellow cake mix is dairy free.

Achillea_millefolium__Common_YarrowUses for Yarrow from Urban Prepper Chicks Herb of the Week

I have yarrow growing in my garden.  I got it a few years ago because it was an herb and I thought the flower was pretty.  To he honest, I had no idea about what it was or how to use it.  I’ve since researched it and have found that while it doesn’t have a lot of use as a cooking herb, it’s a very useful medicinal herb.



cucumbersaladGrandma’s Cucumber Salad from Lauren’s Latest

I TOTALLY understand this post.  I have several childhood favorites that my grandmother made and never wrote down the recipe.  I did convince her one time to give me one of her recipes and while she told me what she put in it, she had no idea about measurements because she did it.  Even with her directions I couldn’t make that recipe.  Anyway, I love cucumbers and I think my guys will LOVE this recipe.  I can’t wait to try it once my cucumber plants start producing…I hope.  Last year my cucumber vines grew really well…and not one cucumber.  Not one.

15HerbsforHeadaches15 Herbs for Headaches from The Homestead Garden

I suffer from frequent headaches.  While I used to suffer migraines, I am very thankful that I haven’t had one in several years.  What I mainly suffer from is sinus headaches.  And I’m always on the lookout for something natural that will help.  I am certainly going to check these out.

 Shabby-Chic Inspiration Crochet Doilies from Anabelia Craft Design

These are beautiful.  And the gift package idea is so elegant.  Everything on this blog is beautiful.  Such talent.  There is a link to the pattern toward the end where you can get the PDF.  I can’t wait to try a pattern or two, but I have really enjoyed browsing.  But these doilies are next in line on my project list.  Next after all the other projects that I have yet to finish.  Well, there is always room for one more….

That’s all my finds for this week. More next time! If you come across something you think I might be interested in (or maybe you posted it yourself), leave me a comment and I’ll check it out.

Colossians 3:23 – And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.


Crochet Project – Afghan

I love to do all sorts of hand crafts.  I especially love crochet.

One of the main problems I have is that I spend so much time making things for other people, I don’t always make things for myself.  I made the hat below for a relative that was just diagnosed with cancer and going through chemo.


One day while I was making the bed, I starting thinking about all the afghans I had made as gifts. And I realized that I haven’t made any afghans for our home. Not for hubby, not for our son, not for me. None. Nada. The big zero. So I sat down and started playing with yarn to try and come up with something. I got nothing. Nada. The big zero. It wasn’t until I had come across a picture of a granny square sampler afghan that had started building my idea. At first I considered making a variety of granny squares, but as I was making them, I didn’t like how they came out. I frogged most of them except for one…the solid granny square.

I liked it. I made up a few more and set them together to see what they would look like. I liked it. But if I wasn’t going to make different squares, I wanted a little something to create a visual contrast. I added an off white border. I liked it.

I made more.  I liked it.

I measured it out, to make an afghan for my bed I need a total of 108 granny squares. I don’t know how I am going to put it all together yet, whether to sew the squares or crochet them.

But I will keep you updated on my progress.  I am also working on another hat for a good friend.  I love to do all sorts of hand crafts.  I especially love crochet.

Proverbs 31:13 – She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands.