Shrimp Chowder

My purpose for this blog is primarily to discuss crafts, but I will also include some recipes that I want to record in a digital format.  For lunch this afternoon, I made a soup my mom makes that started out as potato soup but has morphed into what I will call a shrimp chowder.

Shrimp Chowder

Yield:  8 servings, serve with cornbread

Ingredients:

For an ease of use standpoint, most of the ingredients are frozen.  Feel free to substitute fresh ingredients.

  • 4 fist sized peeled and chopped potatoes
  • 1 cup frozen chopped onions
  • 1 cup frozen chopped carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 3 tablespoons of flour
  • 11 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 6 cups of milk
  • 3 chicken bullion cubes
  • 1 small bag of precooked frozen shrimp without tails
  • Shredded cheddar cheese for topping
  • Bacon for topping

Directions:

  1. Thawing all ingredients before starting will reduce cooking time but is not required
  2. Over medium heat put 3 tablespoons of butter and olive oil in pan
  3. Add onion and carrots and cook until onions are clear
  4. Add flour and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly
  5. Reduce heat to Medium-Low, add milk, stir
  6. Add potatoes and bullion cubes, cook until potatoes are done stirring often
  7. Add 8 tablespoons of butter, corn, and shrimp, return heat to medium and bring to boil stirring often
  8. Remove soup from heat
  9. Serve soup with cheddar cheese and bacon sprinkled on top

Hello Kitty Scarf

My 15-year-old sister is OBSESSED with Hello Kitty.  When I stumbled upon a crocheted Hello Kitty scarf on Pinterest, I knew that was going to be part of her Christmas present.  The pattern was written by Made by K.  The pattern is quick, easy, and looks just like Hello Kitty.  The only drawback is that it is very long.  Karin of Made by K included multiple sets of alternate instructions for different parts of the scarf.  I found this fun because I had choices, but others might find this confusing.

The scarf turned out adorable.  Below you can find my alterations from the written pattern (although the written pattern is really made for alterations):

  1. Karin made her scarf for a child and included seven regular granny squares (four white center and three grey center).  Since my scarf was for a very tall (5’10ish) teenager, I made 11 regular granny squares (6 white center and 5 grey center).
  2. There are several methods for joining the granny squares.  I used the join as you go method described in the pattern.
  3. Karin gives easy border and harder border instructions.  The connected squares tend to dip in where they are joined (see picture below from Karin’s blog).  After completing the first row of the harder border, which is supposed to give a smooth border, my project was still dipping in at these locations.  (I wasn’t planning a blog at this point or I would show pictures.)  I accounted for this in Row 2 of the border.  Row 2 asks the crocheter to single crochet all the way around the scarf.  I followed this except I half double crocheted in the double crochet stitches from Row 1 (see picture below).
  4. I added the flower detail to both Hello Kitty squares instead of just one.

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Here is my (almost) fiance (at that time) modeling the scarf.  It really brings out his…something.

Craig Hello Kitty

My sister loved the scarf.  She modeled it with all of her other Hello Kitty Christmas items.

Difficulty:  Easy

The pattern may be a little hard to follow since it is quite long.

Time Required:  2 Movies

Overall Experience:  Excellent