Posted by: tgonzales | January 23, 2012

January 21-22, 2012 Weekend, Wiggley Crochet Trivet, Hanging out with my Mom, Dolls, Doggie Sweaters, and Afghan, and Chili Rellenos

Wow what a weekend, I don’t even realize that I do so much in one day until I actually start writing it down here. First of all I started off my weekend with dinner at home and a movie from Netflix called “The Secret Life of Bees”. Man I’m glad I didn’t see this one in the theater, because I cried out loud quite a few times. I’m such a cry baby and always have been and always will be I suppose. It was a good movie and I would recommend it to anyone who hasn’t seen it.

Saturday morning I was able to finish up correcting Daisy’s dog sweater, and I remade Rocky’s on Thursday and Friday morning. After that I wove in all my ends on another wiggley crocheted trivet, and I sewed the buttons on the two pairs of Little Mister Loafers that I showed you on Friday. It really made me feel good to finish up a few things.

Then I was off and running to have breakfast with my beautiful Mom at one her favorite little family restaurants called Emilia’s. After we left Emilia’s we went to Aldi’s, then stopped by Hancock Fabrics to pick up a marking pen so that my Mom could finish hand quilting the second quilt that she’s quilting for me. I can’t wait to show them to you and tell you what I’m going to do to them when I get them back. Hint: a little crochet never hurt anything.  😉

Anyway while we were at Hancock’s I couldn’t help but look at the yarn and I found this beautiful yarn by Bernat called Mosaic and the color is Ambrosia. This yarn reminds me of Noro except this kind is 100% acrylic and it was 30% off, which makes me very happy. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it but I think it will be very pretty crocheted up.

After we left Hancock’s we headed to the place that we have been waiting to see for over 2 weeks. First of all let me tell you that my Mom and I like some of the same things and one of them is dolls. Mom had read an article in our local newspaper about a new store that opened west of the Delano district on Douglas and the woman who owns the store loves dolls too. She loves them so much she decided to open a store where people can buy collectible dolls and dolls that can be played with.

So that’s where we ended up on Saturday morning after running all of our other errands. My Mom had spoke with the owner whose name is Connie and her shops name is C. Marie’s Collectibles located at 2514 W. Douglas Ave., in Wichita, Kansas. When my Mom talked with Connie she mentioned to her that she would like to sell some of her dolls that she has collected and repaired over the years. Connie was very interested in helping my Mom and has decided that she will be my Mom’s broker. We all agreed that Connie would come and take pictures of Mom’s dolls and post them on a bulletin board in her shop and if anyone was interested my Mom will take the dolls to the shop at that time.

Connie is a doll herself to be so helpful and understanding about my Mom’s needs.

As my Mom and I browsed the shop and looked into the dolls faces we could see some similarity in their expressions as they seemed to look a lot like many of my great nieces and nephews.

I couldn’t help but mention to Connie that I crocheted and I made little shoes that would look really cute on her dolls.

Connie mentioned that she had had several requests for accessories for dolls and would love to see some of my crochet pieces. So when I arrived back home I grabbed up my basket of shoes and basket of sweaters and headed back to C. Marie’s to show Connie the items. Long story; short, C. Marie’s is now carrying Crochet by Tamara’s shoes and sweaters on consignment. We have agreed that Connie will keep them in her shop and see if there’s any interest; so please if you are in Wichita or are planning on visiting any time soon check out C. Marie’s collectibles and tell Connie that I sent you.  🙂

After I returned home I had time to take a little nap and then I made a cute little sock monkey cup cozy.

Then it was time to deliver Rocky and Daisy’s sweaters to them; Ta-Dah I’m so glad to announce that the sweaters worked out this time and oh my gosh both of them seemed to love them.

Sunday was nice and quiet, I cooked a little and worked on my afghan that I have had put away for a couple of months. I really like this pattern; it seems to work up fairly quickly but just like most afghans once you learn the stitch pattern it goes pretty smoothly. That’s what I like about making this afghan; I don’t have to think very much. 😉

Now let’s talk about Chili Rellenos. I used to watch them being made by a Mexican chef that I learned a lot from on how to prepare Mexican dishes. Although John always tells everyone that I learned it from him. LOL I would like to fill some of you in on the process of making them. First of all you have to roast the peppers to get that hard layer of skin off of the outside of the pepper so that the batter will stick to it.

After taking the peppers out of the oven you can place them in a brown paper bag to finish steaming the skins off.

After the peppers have cooled you take them out of the paper bag and start peeling the hard layer away from the flesh of the pepper; this part looks easier than it is and most of the time the hard layer doesn’t come off without peeling some of the flesh of the pepper along with it.

Then you pull the seeds and vein out and stuff a stick of cheese inside and roll the pepper around the cheese as best as you can.

Then you dredge the pepper in flour and then dunk it in egg mixture, then dredge it back in the flour before

gently placing the floured pepper into a hot skillet with a small amount of olive oil. Fry one side until golden brown and then very gently turn it onto the other side and brown it as well. Even though Chili Rellenos are time consuming; John and I really think they are very tasty. Does anyone else like Chili Rellenos? So what’s frying in your skillet and/or flying off your hooks this last weekend?


  1. My goodness Tamara! It seems as though you do more in a weekend than a lot of people do in a week! So happy though to see that you’re getting your crocheting into more places to purchase it. I do love to see what you’ve made. Have a great week!!

    • Hi Barbara!

      I’m so glad that you still like hearing about my weekend, after all these years.

      Love and Hugs,

  2. I love hearing about anything you do especially the things you do with your Mom. She seems to be doing very well for which I am thankful. I really miss my Mom and some of the things we used to do together. Jerald always grows pabalano peppers and loves to make his own chili rellenos. I will have to show him your version which is very similar to yours. Love you girl. sue

    • Hi Sue,

      Thanks for stopping by and yes Mom is doing well for what she’s been through. I think about your Mom with fond memories. I always had a good time when we went to visit.

      I would love to hear how Jerald makes his chili rellenos.


  3. Oh, I’ve never been a big fan of peppers, although one dish I don’t mind them in is my homemade chili, if they are diced small enough, and well cooked and mixed into the chili from there… But I must admit your Chili Rellenos DO look very good!!.. LOVE your sock monkey cup cozy. I have never made anything of a sock monkey nature, but I’m so tempted to. They are just so DARN CUTE!!!… As for what I HAVE been working on? I just finished my first round ripple afghan; and feeling rather adventurous, apparently, I am now starting a Wool-Eater afghan!! It was my hope to use up scraps, but I have a feeling I’ll be BUYING more yarn than using up scraps on THIS afghan! But I’m making this interesting, at least to myself (ha! ha!), to add colors according to my mood or some specific event at the moment or time. I MIGHT post about it tomorrow.. We’ll see. It’s kinda pretty, I think, so far anyways!… Hope you’re having a good day! ((hugs))

    • Hi Tina,

      Thank you so much for stopping by to tell me about your likes and what you have been working on. I saw your round ripple afghan and I do love it. It looks very nice on your bed. I think I would just drape it on the end of mine if I had one. Your wool-eater afghan sounds like fun too. I know it will be beautiful just like your other things are.

      Love & HUGS!

  4. What kind of peppers do you use? They must be big to fit only 4 in a pan. You’re right about that movie – I saw it in the theatre and many people were crying. It’s hard to aaccept that anyone would be inhumane to another person but it happens all the time. Love your babie booties and boots and am glad you’ve found a possible outlet for them. I’m glad the women seemed to have fun with the Wiggley Crochet, several were working on it at Thursday group. The sun’s shining so I better make hay:) See ya later.

    • Hi Kaye,

      I’m not sure what kind of peppers they were, but I think 2 of them were pablano and the other 2 were Anaheims? Thank you for the link to those really cute crocodile booties on Etsy. I might have to purchase that pattern also. 🙂


  5. Hi Tamara!

    Your mom looks great! So glad you two had that excursion — and now you will surely be selling more of your Crochet by Tamara items. Awesome!

    Love the colors of your Bernat Mosaic. It looks very soft.
    Looking forward to seeing what you create with it.

    The faces on the blonde & brunette dolls …. W*O*W !!!

    I have to giggle at your Sock Monkey Cup Cozy. 🙂

    Your afghan-in-the-making looks very nice. I finished my lapghan a couple days ago. One of these days, I will transfer pics from my camera to my computer & share with you. Now I started a basket-weave lapghan … with Lion Brand Jiffy (Rose Spray Twists). Definitely a different ‘ghan than any of my others.

    I’m not into chili peppers (or any cooking – LOL), but you make anything look scrumptious. Ha! Ha!

    Have a fast week!
    Hugs ~ Kat

    • Oh Kat,

      You make me smile and thank you so much for being you. I knew you would get a kick out of the sock monkey cup cozy. It’s funny how big it looks in comparison of what size it actually is. 🙂 I can’t wait to see your lapghan, I know it’s beautiful since you made it. If you don’t cook, what do you eat? 🙂

      Love you,

      • I eat what Frank cooks, which is simple meals. LOL!
        I used to cook, when our daughters were young & at home, and even after our first one married. I think it was one summer when Frank grilled outside more than usual. …. I just got out of the habit of cooking. Crazy, I know, huh?

  6. Oh my how I do love those peppers. I didn’t get to cook with them when Molly found out because she always said that peppers weren’t meant to be eaten. They were meant to get revenge on people you don’t like 😉

    I will try this recipe but I think the meat, seeds and other parts are all to be consumed. And again, Molly would disagree and eat her peaches….

    • Hi Jay,

      You are just like my husband; he always wants me to leave the seeds and membranes in the peppers. He says that I’m taking the best part out. I hope you enjoy making the peppers and hope you don’t burn your mouth too much with all the seeds.

      Hugs & Love,

  7. I absolutely LOVE chili rellenos, so thank you so very much for the recipe link. I’ll be making this for sure.

    • Hi Heather,

      I hope you enjoy making the chili rellenos. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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