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1  Full Sleeve in Crochet: Completed Projects by thereissomuch on: March 08, 2011 07:10:37 PM

Jars are quite possibly the best travel mugs. They seal completely so they don't spill. They fit the perfect amount of water for a cup of tea. They're designed to withstand hot temperatures. You probably have a million of them in your recycle bin. The only problem is that the glass gets hot! So without further ado, I introduce to you the jar sleeve!

This crochet pattern was my inspiration for making the jar sleeve in the first place and where I got the motif. I made everything so much more complicated by only following the pattern for the motif and making the rest up as I went along. What I did was crocheted the motif, then set it aside.  Next I crocheted a circle in single crochet that was roughly the same diameter as the jar.  After this I attached the motif by crocheting one side of it into the next row on the circle, but not increasing anymore.  Then I worked my way up the height of the jar, attaching the motif to each row as I went.  So no sewing, but attaching as I went took a little bit of figuring out.

I wanted to crochet an elastic into the final round to keep the sleeve tight on the jar, but the only elastic I had was far too thick and stiff.  Instead I made space for a drawstring by doing a final row of double crochet, chain one.  The drawstring breaks up the monotony of the single crochet on the back, so all in all a success.

And this is the happy recipient!

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2  The Moldy Peaches* in Dessert by thereissomuch on: August 26, 2009 09:42:50 AM

What better to do with a-few-days-too-old peaches than make a peach crisp? Possibly make a peach cobbler, but I didn't want to get that involved yesterday afternoon and only had three peaches. This recipe could also be made vegan really easily by replacing the butter with something like Earth Balance. No messy eggs to replace! However, I was feeling indulgent and used real butter.

Peach and Blueberry Crisp

3 peaches, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup water

1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350. Peel and slice peaches. Mine were a bit old, so the skin just came right off. I've read that you can stick them in boiling water for a minute and the skins will also come right off, but I've never tried this. Dump the peaches and blueberries in your pan, mix the sugar, flour and cinnamon together and pour them over the peaches (I left a little of this mixture out), then pour the water over that.

Mix your crisp topping together and crumble that over the peach mixture. Bake for half an hour et voila!

I thought this might come out too sweet because I adapted the recipe from an apple crisp recipe, but it was just right. This morning I ate it cold over some french toast and that was just as delicious!

*Also the name of a band. If you liked the music in Juno, the woman who made most of it also made this. In fact I think there are some Moldy Peaches songs in Juno. I wasn't the biggest Juno fan, but I like the Moldy Peaches.
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