Apple Butter BBQ Sauce

I searched for a good apple butter BBQ sauce that I could make and store in the fridge or freeze. I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for (I wanted something that wasn’t too hot/spicy so that everyone in my family could enjoy it). So I just went ahead and did some trial and error to make what I wanted for pulled pork.

Here is the recipe:

1 – 500mL jar of apple butter (or 1.5 cups of homemade)
1/2 cup low-sodium ketchup (or homemade)
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground pepper
3/4 tsp. onion powder
3/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar

Mix!

This is super easy and you can keep it in your fridge to use again! If you use homemade apple butter just be mindful that it will only keep for a week or so.

Amigurumi Cat Pattern – Artemis

Arms and Legs – make 4
Magic Ring 4 stitches [4]
Increase around [8]
Stitch 1, increase [12]
Stitch around 3 times
Cut and tie off – on the 4th leg do not cut and tie off

Body
Join together 2 legs by stitching into a stitch on a tied off leg from the leg that is not tied off
Stitch around each stitch 8 times [24]
Stitch 3, decrease [20]
Stitch 2, decrease [16]
Cut and tie off

Head
Magic Ring 5 stitches [5]
Increase around [10]
Stitch 1, increase [15]
Stitch 2, increase [20]
Stitch 3, increase [25]
Stitch 4, increase [30]
Stitch around 5 times [30]
Stitch 4, decrease [25]
Stitch 3, decrease [20]                                                                                                          (If you are using safety eyes, now is the time to put them in and stuff your head)
Stitch 2, decrease [15]
Stitch 1, decrease [10]
Continue to decrease until you cannot do anymore then stitch close hole and tie off

Ears – make 2
Magic ring 3 [3]
Increase around [6]
Stitch 1, increase [9]
Stitch around 1 time [9]
Cut and tie off

Moon
Chain 6
Slip stitch into second stitch, single crochet, half-double crochet, single crochet, slip stitch, tie off

Assemble! I like to sew on the head first and then the arms, ears. Add the details to the face. Don’t be afraid to use some fabric glue or hot glue to help you shape facial features.

I hope you enjoy this pattern and please tag me in any postings of your finished project!

Copyright: Emily Hoefler’s patterns are intended for personal use. Please contact me if you wish to sell SMALL quantities of any of my patterns. Please credit me as the designer if you make one for personal use and post it on social media, your blog, anywhere public and please link back to this pattern or tag me.

Luna Headband Pattern

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Headband
Chain 17 – turn
Stitch in 2nd stitch and single crochet row – turn [16]
Single crochet row and turn for 70-74 rows [16]
(This section should cover both your ears when you place it around your head)
Slip stitch 4, single crochet 8 – turn [8]
Single crochet 8 – turn – repeat for 10-14 rows [8]
(Crochet back and forth until it can stretch around your head)
Sew ends together – as shown in the video

Ears
(Make 2)
Magic Ring [5]
Increase around [10]
Stitch 1, increase [15]
Stitch 2, increase [20]
Stitch 3, increase [25]
Stitch around 4 times [25]
Stitch 3, decrease [20]
Tie Off

Moon
Chain 10
Slip stitch 2nd stitch
Stitch 2 in next 2 stitches
Half-double in next 3 stitches
Stitch 2 in next 2 stitches
Slip stitch last and tie off

Copyright: Emily Hoefler’s patterns are intended for personal use. Please contact me if you wish to sell SMALL quantities of any of my patterns. Please credit me as the designer if you make one for personal use and post it on social media, your blog, anywhere public and please link back to this pattern or tag me.

Polar Bear Kickstarter News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

First Nations Mum Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Culturally-Inspired Plush

Ottawa, Ontario – January 14, 2016  Emily Brascoupe-Hoefler started drawing animals and creating stories to tell her son based on her First Nations culture. From her drawings she was inspired to create plush stuffed animals based on traditional teachings, stories and names. The Polar Bear Rice Ball plush is inspired by her son’s traditional name, which means polar bear, and her love of all things kawaii (Japanese for “cute”). Emily has written some short stories, one of which will accompany the plush, about a mischievous, tiny polar bear that helps her son. Emily has been working with a professional plush company in the United States and has already developed the prototype of her plush.

Creating professionally made plushies is expensive; especially with the Canadian dollar being so low, crowd-funding is necessary to bring these plushies to life.

Kickstarter campaigns are “all or nothing”; if Emily cannot meet her funding goal she will not be able to make this culturally-inspired plush a reality. Emily has created affordable backer rewards which include buttons, keychains, stickers and the Polar Bear plush to help her meet her $10,800 funding goal.

Emily Brascoupe-Hoefler studied visual arts at the University of Western Ontario. She loves creating new pieces of art and crafting. The Polar Bear Rice Ball will be the first First Nation inspired plush of what she hopes will be a line of professionally made plushies.

For more information please contact Emily.

Kickstarter Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/emilyhoefler/polar-bear-plushie-onigiri-kuma

Other Links:  https://www.instagram.com/sailormoonkawaiicrafts/

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Kickstarter Campaign Underway!

Polar Bear Onigirin Plush

My first kickstarter campaign is underway and I am very hopeful that it will get successfully funded. I am still working on my video for the campaign but a flu has slowed me down a little.

I have 6 backers so far and I still have more than a month so hopefully it continues to go well and I will keep you up to date on all the progress.

xoxo