26 September 2016

Snowflake Monday

What a crazy, awesome, wonderful, hectic and draining trip this year's MS-150 was! I'm still trying to ease back into my normal routine, but the seasons are changing, the days are shorter, we're headed into fourth quarter at work (the busiest time of the year), and fresh chilies, peaches, tomatoes and onions have been redirecting a lot of my time into the kitchen.

Can't complain though; with a bushel of freshly roasted hot Hatch chili peppers, we made homemade salsa, homemade mole (first time ever, and The Lizard loves it!), chicken enchiladas, chicken stew (the best I've ever made; I'll have to write it down so I can use the same recipe for the next Super Bowl chili cook-off!) and Mexican wedding cookies with no white sugar but featuring cinnamon and roasted Hatch chilies. Another first! I can't stop eating them!!!

We loved the cookies so much, I made a second batch for one of my bosses' birthday today. Then we made flatbread pizza with fresh tomatoes, fresh spinach and fresh onions from my garden, topped with chicken, roasted Hatch chilies and fresh mozzarella. Oh, my heavens, I think we've found a new favorite meal...

We still had more chilies after all that, so we packaged them in freezer bags, six at a time, and I think we will be able to enjoy chilies every two weeks or so for six more weeks.


You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell or republish the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!

Finished Size: 1.75 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 7 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, water soluble school glue or desired stiffener, water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

Whirlwind Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 11 dc in ring; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2. Don't pull magic ring too tight.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in same ch as sl st, ch 3, * sk next dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 3; repeat from * around 4 times; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
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Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), [in next ch 3 sp work 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 tr] 6 times, omitting last tr of final repeat; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3; bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: Tape wax paper or plastic wrap to top of empty pizza box. Pin snowflake to box on top of wax paper or plastic wrap.

If using glue, mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture or desired stiffener. Sprinkle lightly with glitter. Wash paintbrush and container thoroughly. Allow snowflake to dry at least 24 hours. Remove pins. Gently peel snowflake from wax paper or plastic wrap. Attach 10-inch clear thread to one spoke, weaving in end. Wrap fishing line around tree branch (or tape to ceiling or any overhead surface) and watch the snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.


  1. Sure sounds like you are eating well indeed at your feed as the snowflakes show too

    1. Too much hot stuff can take a toll, Pat, but I'm loving every bite!!!

  2. All hail the pepper gods! Good stuff!

  3. I think this snowflake should be re-named "The Post So Full of Wonderful Food Descriptions It's Making Mrs. M's Stomach Growl Snowflake".



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