Getting Ready For Company {My Favorite Thing}




I love having overnight guests and never tire of getting ready for them to arrive. ย My guest bedroom is simple and cheerful.

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  1. Sandi King says:


    My mother and my aunt always ironed the sheets. It somehow makes them more comfortable and if they were washed and then hung on a line outside to dry and then ironed, the smell of them was heavenly, and the feel was crisp and clean when you crawled inside. Heavenly, just heavenly. I may start ironing my own now that I have been reminded of this special feeling. Thank you for bringing to mind wonderful memories.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Sandi,

      I know… what is it about ironed sheets that are so comfortable? I just haven’t been able to figure that out. I love climbing into them at night! And I do not have a clothesline yet (one of the last things to be done on our hilltop) but I grew up with one and always have had one before and you are so right. Sheets dried on the clothesline are amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚


      – Dori –

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Oh, and your dish cloths are in the mail! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Esther says:

    I love your guest room and those pillow cases are so beautiful. Sweet picture of your grandgirls, how nice they can stay overnight every week!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hello Esther,

      I’m betting you iron sheets don’t you? ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a feeling your guest bedrooms are extremely special. Someday, we’ll come for a visit!


      – Dori –

  3. Cathy R says:

    Oh Dori, you are so very blessed with grandgirls living close by! They are beautiful! I like to iron but must confess I have never ironed sheets. What a treat for your guests! ENJOY!!!

    • Dori Troutman says:


      I do remind myself every week how lucky I am to have my little grand-girls down the road. This week they were telling me how they want to grow up and I said, “I don’t want you to grow up fast because I love having my little girls come spend the night”. They reassured me that they would always come and spend the time with us once a week – even when they are grown up! ๐Ÿ™‚ Of course I think grown up to them is when they are old enough to ride their bikes over! Ha!

      The next time you have company – iron your sheets! You’ll be hooked! ๐Ÿ™‚


      – Dori –

  4. Jo Gill says:

    I love your posts. I have made two dishcloths using your pattern. I’m not an expert at crocheting, but I am pretty happy with them. Thanks.
    I love getting my guest room ready too, and like to include some fresh flowers. I don’t iron the linens though.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Jo,

      I’m SO happy to hear you’ve made some dish cloths. I find that I love every one I make better than the last. There is something so relaxing to me about sitting down and making a dishcloth. I’m contemplating some lessons this winter so that I learn to make some other things. I think I’ve learned all that I can teach myself! I’ll keep you posted!

      I love including fresh flowers in my guest bedroom too. Especially in the summer from my flower garden! ๐Ÿ™‚ Try ironing sheets sometime… you’ll be hooked!


      – Dori –

  5. Vicki Gammon says:

    I also love ironing sheets/pillowcases!! Actually, I enjoy ironing period. There is something peaceful about it. As I iron out the wrinkles in the fabric, sometimes I am ironing out some wrinkles in my thinking as well! ๐Ÿ™‚ I enjoy your writing.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hello Vicki,

      Honestly I have to admit that I don’t really enjoy ironing. But, somehow ironing sheets is different! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love what you said about ironing out the wrinkles in your thinking. So, I’ve decided that I am going to learn to enjoy ironing and look at it as a time to take care of some wrinkles in my life that really need a good pressing! Thank you for the inspiration.

      Hugs –

      – Dori –

  6. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Dori, I grew up with my Mom ironing all of the bed linens, tablecloths, and other household items. We had one of these big irons where you sit down and mange the big roller with foot pedals in our basement. You are so right about ironed sheets just make a bed perfection!.. Alas, I did not get the enthusiastic gene for ironing sheets, but I do have a collection of vintage pillow cases and I always iron them and use them weekly on my bed. Maybe we are showing our ages?? Hehehe, my kids don’t even own an iron. Iron, what is that? And why would I ever need one? I can just hear them talking in my mind!! LOL!!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Winnie!

      I remember my grandmother having one of those big irons. They were amazing! I’m going to have to ask my Mom but it seems like I remember my grandmother ironing my grand-dad’s blue jeans in that thing! ๐Ÿ™‚

      You know what? After getting these vintage pillow cases from my friend, I’m thinking of starting my own collection. I LOVE THEM.

      Hugs to you!!

      – Dori –

  7. Susan says:

    Love vintage as it reminds me of simpler times when my mother used to make such beautiful pillow cases . I used to, too. But as you age your ability to do such things wanes with time. Love embroidery on pillow cases. Love your color choices. The pillows make the bed cone alive!
    As for ironing sheets. …I used to iron sheets before polyester cane jnto my life. Now i just fold them as soon as I take the sheets out of the dryer. Or put thrm on the bed ss soon as they come out of the dryer. But I used to love sleeping in a bed with the smell of sheets thst dried out in the sunshine. Love thst smell of fresh sunshine on sheets….with the softness and coolness i feel on my feet. It used to be a comforting sense of if security, because my mother always tucked us in. Its what i miss about the sheets.
    I love that hotel feeling of sleeping in a well made bed after being on the road traveling. Loved it when friends offered us a nice cozy invite and warm bed when we visitted….hate having to go to a cold hotel room and a bed thats been skept in….and you never know how clean it is.
    Your guest will enjoy a good nights sleep, Im sure!
    I love yoyr lovely touches…,abd i think its do nice I f you to even leave a gift f I r them….im curious as to egst I t cou I d be…a nice vintage nightgown for the females? Cool. Your granddaughters are so beautiful….will bet they loved the bed sheets too! So cute! Love ghe giraffe. I have a similar one, hugs.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Susana,

      Yes, vintage definitely brings back those memories of simpler times! Any drying sheets in the sunshine is most definitely the best! ๐Ÿ™‚

      – Dori –

  8. Susan says:

    P.s. no your not weird, judt thoughtful and very caring and hospitable to yoyr guest….so Greek…love Greek hodpitality! Your such an encourager….its nice to know there are people in the world who know h I w to be hospitable. …and go the extra mile . Your a Queen of caring! Susana

  9. Deb Bosworth says:

    Hi Dori,
    This is such a darling post! I adore vintage pillowcases too! When I had my booth a couple of years ago in the Antique Mall I carried several sets of vintage pillow cases. Some were embroidered, others had edges adorned with delicate crochet. They sold very quickly and I gave some sets a way to visiting farmgirl friends who came to visit me in Plymouth. Before I put them in my booth, I washed and ironed them and I loved it! It felt good to take my time and think about who might have made them. I also made a beautiful pillow from three single pillow cases that came in a lot of linens that I purchased. One day, maybe I’ll be lucky enough to stay in your cheery guest room! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Hugs my friend!
    Deb ,
    Beach Farmgirl

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Deb,

      Oh how I would love to have you as a guest in my house! ๐Ÿ™‚

      My friend, Luanne, that gave me the pillow cases also collects vintage tablecloths and when she was talking about the many, many ones that she has (like so many you can’t imagine!) I actually thought of you because I remembered reading your blog post on making pillows from vintage tablecloths! But I’m going to go back and read it again. And I love your idea of making a single pillow cover using multiple pillow cases. I’m going to read that and ponder my next project! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Hugs back,

      – Dori –

  10. Krista says:

    Your guest bedroom is absolutely gorgeous! I am in love with your rug. I must admit that I fall into the category of younger people that hardly iron anything unless itโ€™s absolutely necessary!! So I have never ironed sheets before. But, the way you girls explain how wonderful the sheets feel once they have been line dried and ironed sounds so inviting. I may just have to give this sheet ironing a shot. And in no way do I feel that you are crazy for doing it. Keep up your passion, its inspiring!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Krista,

      Okay, you absolutely MUST iron some sheets and let me know what you think!!!! The sheets I have are 100% cotton and they come out super wrinkled from the dryer (although from the clothesline they lose some of those wrinkles so that helps). So it makes it really rewarding to iron them. But, honestly I do feel that cotton sheets have a much softer feel than the polyester/cotton blend that is so popular today. Just my opinion maybe? Anyway, please try it and let me know! ๐Ÿ™‚ But beware… you’ll be hooked!


      – Dori –

    • Dori Troutman says:


      One more thing. That rug is from Target. I got it on sale and it was very inexpensive. It doesn’t exactly suit the old fashioned look of the bedroom, but it works for now! If I could, I’d give it to you and that would give me an excuse to look for something else! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Deb Bosworth says:

    One more just for fun! Pillow from a pretty vintage table cloth

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Okay, so I went back and re-read this post and I love it all over again. I’ve got several vintage tablecloths but the problem is? I LOVE THEM on my dining room table, so I’m not going to cut into them. BUT, I’m going to be on the look-out! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Deb, these are SO pretty. I just love them. What a great idea.

  12. Marilyn Collins says:

    Your granddaughters are adorable and beautiful. They look so cute and contented snuggled in bed together.

  13. Nicole Christensen says:

    Hi Dori,

    I love your guest room! I especially love your white and yellow. Vintage linens are a favorite of mine, too. I have a guest room that is decorated “vintage”, and I have two special pillowcases that a farmgirl (who is my ol’fashioned pen pal)hand embroidered for me.

    My guest room is always ready for company, but like you, when I know someone is coming, I iron the sheets so they are crisp! I don’t always iron my family’s sheets every week because of time, except for the pillowcases, so I’m with ya on ironed sheets!

    Lovely post…can I come stay in that guest room? It looks so inviting!

    Farmgirl Hugs,
    (Suburban Farmgirl)

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Nicole,

      I’m ready for you to come any day! ๐Ÿ™‚ Bring your darling farmgirl daughter too!

      Hugs back,

      – Dori –

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A Farmgirl Can Learn Anything… And A Gift To You!



I don’t crochet. ย I don’t even really know how to crochet.


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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    You did great Dori with your first crochet efforts!! Your dishcloths turned out so pretty and bright. My first crocheted dishcloth pattern came from MaryJane’s Ideas book. Then, like you, I added some shell borders. Over at the Chatroom, I joined the monthly dishcloth swap for about two years. The, I got the idea from one of MJF magazines to have them made into an afghan. Last winter, I had someone, who can crochet way better than me, put them all together into an afghan. Now I have my Farmgirl dishcloth afghan to wrap around me any time I need a Farmgirl Hug. Crocheted or knitted dishcloths have so many uses!! I would love to toss my hat in the ring for the drawing of your dishcloths.

  2. Barb P says:

    Another delightful blog post! If I’m chosen as a recipient for your dishcloths, please select another name – I taught myself to crochet forty-five years ago with the help of my left-handed mother-in-law, and have since taught two daughters and one granddaughter to crochet. One year I made seven afghans for relatives for Christmas but didn’t mail them out until the following May! Yarn is reason enough to learn to crochet. The colors and textures offer visual and tactile therapy when Life becomes muddled. Crochet pattern books are another good reason to learn to crochet. On top of a bookmarked mystery thriller on the nightstand is a good place for a stack of pattern books. Please don’t ask for suggestions on how to store accumulated yarn – I’m still working on that. Enjoy your new pastime. It won’t be long before you are teaching granddaughters to crochet!

  3. Linda Busby says:

    thanks for the post. I too grew up never knowing how to crochet, my mom on several occasions tried to teach me, but the directions would never make me understand how to. I can do a basic stitch now by learning on my own and have tried a wash cloth pattern (which did not turn out like I like them). I plan on taking your directions and try again. They are so pretty in bright colors.
    Thanks for sharing

  4. bernie kemp says:

    I do not crochet or knit or sew-I did not inherit the knack for such craftiness-that is why I cherish any gift I get that someone made from their own hands—–you did a beautiful job and I enjoyed that you taught yourself-keep up the good work-I do use crocheted dish cloths I have received and love the texture and thickness of them. I enjoy your other articles as well

  5. Karen says:

    I love these! I don’t have any crochet dish towels but would love to try them and I may try to learn how to make them too!!!! Thank you for sharing!

  6. june says:

    I sympathize, I also cannot sit still. I’m able to knit in the car, (while being the passenger, of course) but do counted cross stitch and crochet while porch sitting here in NJ

  7. Rebecca Thomason says:

    I love crocheted dishcloths. I’m so impressed that you taught yourself to crochet! Until she developed arthritis, my mother crocheted all sorts of wonderful items from sweaters to afghans. She was very talented. I enjoy all that she made but never picked up the needles myself. I might just try your pattern!

  8. Judith Stout says:

    I love your never be still attitude. Unfortunately – or fortunately – I have the same problem and have tried repeatedly to make a decent dish cloth. I have bought Amish made cloths and tried to duplicate the stitches unsuccessfully….so thank you for sharing the pattern – I shall do my best. Thanks

  9. Bonnie Ellis says:

    Dori: I think it so awesome that you taught yourself crochet. Those dish cloths are beautiful and so practical. They make really great gifts too. Congrats farmgirl!

  10. Susabelle says:

    I have crocheted my own dishcloths before. I have also crocheted scrubbies out of onion bags! I have several projects for when I am “sitting,” including crochet and quilting. I cannot “sit” without having something to do. Even in front of football games…I need my hands to be busy!

  11. Wendy says:

    Hi Dori – I love every thing you do! My grandma taught me to crochet when I was a little girl. I remember sitting with her and trying to crochet, and listening to her stories. Thank you for the memory. Wendy

  12. Adrienne says:

    How sweet of you! Congratulations on learning this wonderful skill. I don’t knit or crochet but I do embroider and create needlepoint and crewel work. My friends who knit trade with me and I have two bright yellow hot pads hanging on my kitchen wall (my kitchen is always filled with yellow because I like to start the day on a sunny note even in the darkness of a winter morning). I never thought of using a crocheted dishcloth but I would certainly like to try. Thank you!

  13. bonnie b says:

    Dori, I love the fact that you didn’t like the “plain old square” and added your own scalloped border. Lovely! I will be trying your pattern soon.
    I have been making a really simple crocheted potholder for years that you might like to compliment your dishcloths. Here’s the link:

    I usually use more than one color yarn to make it pop and I use Sugar ‘n Cream for them also. They wear like iron and wash up well. Hope you give them a try.


  14. Gail says:

    I have been making dishcloths for years. They are the only ones I use. Even my girls took to making them & giving as gifts. My son in law won’t use it as a dishcloth as he says it’s too pretty. It sits on their buffet as a doilie.
    I knit mine on the diagonal & I knit 2 then yarn over & knit the rest of the row which creates a decorative edge.
    I keep a set of needles & yarn in my car so while traveling to church or anywhere I can do a few rows.
    Thanks for sharing.

  15. Sandy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. Looks like you’ve learned to crochet beautifully.

  16. Linda Olivera says:

    Congratulations on teaching yourself to crochet! I love the bright colors you chose for your dishcloths. I have crocheted several and love using them. The soft cotton cloths are also great to use in the shower.

  17. denise says:

    I have not used them but I know a lot of people who do and love them. congrats on teaching yourself to crochet!! I used to a long time ago but haven’t not done so in years.

  18. Maggie says:

    Thanks for the pattern. I make a lot of things for charities, and this will be a perfect size to accompany a bottle of dish soap.

  19. Dorie Cothren says:

    I’m anxious to see if I can learn to make these! I love these dishcloths…I try to find them every year at the bazaar’s in my hometown. By the end of the year, I’ve worn them out! Thanks for sharing the pattern. I enjoy your blog!

  20. Tess S. says:

    The dishcloths you’ve made are very similar to some my Mom has made. They were some of her favorites, but, unfortunately, when we moved to New Mexico and moved in together, they were accidently given away! She now has neuropathy in her hands along with arthritis and is unable to crochet anymore. She has tried to teach me to crochet many times over the years but it just doesn’t stick! At any rate, they are quite pretty, and VERY functional. You’ve done a beautiful job. Thank you for the chance to win some!

  21. Kathy Carpenter says:

    I learned to crochet the basic stitch when I was about twelve but that is all. I put down my needle and got about being a teenager. When my son was born, I was determined to make him a blanket. I was overwhelmed! So I decided that a little sweater would work better. I made one but the stitches were so tight that he couldn’t wear it. By accident, it got into the laundry basket. When I pulled it out of the dryer, it was the size of a Barbie sweater. My daughter who came next, played with that sweater for years with her dolls. I never did another stitch that didn’t end in disaster. I would love them! Thanks!

  22. Mary Pitman says:

    OH! I LOVE home-made crocheted dishcloths…………..they are so nice. so glad you have decided to make your own. It’s so rewarding to learn to crochet, too.

  23. Jan Anthony says:

    Oh, bless you, Dori! I am encouraged by this post! My favorite dishcloth is a crocheted one my aunt made, but I have been wanting to learn to crochet and make some dishcloths myself, plus other things! We have to remember that just because our mother or grandmother didn’t teach us these things, we CAN learn for ourselves, and it’s never too late to learn! Thank you!

  24. Ann says:

    I love crocheted dish clothes, too, and have finally purchased some at a local craft show this summer. They are wonderful to use and look so cute folded over my kitchen faucet. I don’t crochet either but I may just give this a try – along with the many other projects I have waiting for me since I retired. I enjoy your column each month. Keep up the good work!

  25. Kristy says:

    This is for me, maybe. Since my philosophy is much like yours I tried learning to knit at a craft group that met at my local library. The first project was a cotton dishcloth. Well either there were too many enthusiasts there or I’m not very dexterous. It was an horrible experience.
    I really want a couple of cotton dishcloths. The relative who used to keep me supplied is no longer available. You may feel I should have asked her to teach me when she was available, but at the time I wanted her to feel a vital part of my life.
    So I promise to get back to learning. This time I’ll try crochet.

  26. Vivian Monroe says:

    Yay, dont you just love sitting and crocheting? I do. I can only do very limited things, as I cant really figure out how to read all patterns but I am getting better. haha. I make dishcloths for all of my family and friends, once you use these cotton dish rags, you never want anything else. Also, I make a double thick one with some little hands and legs (really just extra rows no shape to them haha) and I gave to my new grandbaby and he cut all his teeth on this and never had any trouble teething. You just throw in the wash everyday they hold up super great. And then I made smaller rags for baby wash cloths they were a huge hit, and then my neices liked them for makeup remover pads, so I made small round ones for them. Everyone loves them and always request more when I go home for a visit, so I do alot of crocheting while visiting. ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for sharing. Be Blessed. Neta ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Linda Cox says:

    Hi, I just found your magazine within the last few months & joined your email. I enjoy reading your blog full of info. I’m an older lady & live in a fairly large city. I did start out living in the country. I crochet but not like I use to. My mother and I are left handed, so she taught me. It’s not fancy but nice. I think your dishcloths are pretty in design & color.

  28. Denise says:

    Your dish cloths are beautiful! Once I get my life on a simpler living mode I want to learn how to crochet these beautiful cloths. Please enter me in your gift drawing for these dish cloths.
    Thank you!
    Denise from Michigan

  29. Beverly says:

    Hi Dori….I’m inspired that you are learning a new skill!! Maybe, just maybe, I can learn too!! As I come upon my retirement I’m looking for something new to try. I’m not a television watcher and I can only read so many books in a given week before my eyes glaze over :-). Keep inspiring me to get out of my comfort zone! Happy autumn!!

  30. Amanda Travis says:

    Wow. This is really neat. I have never thought about borders like that on a washcloth before. It probably adds some stability to your washcloth. I imagine that it doesn’t unravel or get stringy as easily with the borders on there. Great idea.

  31. Rebecca West says:

    Those dishcloths are adorable. I would love to win them. Also, I am like you, even when I am relaxing I feel like I need to be doing something with my hands.

  32. Christine Erdman says:

    Your dishcloths are absolutely beautiful… I am going to try to make some with your pattern. I love the shell border edge, it makes them look so cute. I hope I win some of your bright, pretty dishcloths. Also I am glad you decided to take life slower and start making these. Your farmgirl sister, Christine

  33. Nancy Hawks says:

    I have tried to knit and crochet several times. I am left-handed so I have a difficult time following patterns. You have inspired me to try again. You dish clothes look really pretty, so I am going to download your pattern and try again. Thanks.

  34. Joan Collins says:

    Lovely giveaway. Thank You

  35. Marion Collins says:

    I think these dish towels are so pretty. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

  36. Marilyn Collins says:

    Thank you for the lovely towels and the generous giveaway.

  37. Rosanne Mulhern says:

    What a wonderful post, Dori. I have always wanted to learn how to crochet and your pattern looks great. I am going to try my hand at them…thank you.
    My Aunt Helen used to make these for me and I really miss them as they were so useful. I can totally relate to Rosetta’s attraction to them. When my girls were young, they loved it when Aunt Helen gave me a new set and used to use them for doll blankets and tea parties. A few of mine were always in the toy box, too!

  38. Christine says:

    Hi Dori,

    My sister that has had a stroke and is paralyzed on one side uses the cotton crocheted dish cloth to roll up and squeeze into her clutched paralyzed hand. It wicks away all moisture, especially in the hot summer and it keeps the hand from getting sores etc. She also needs the smaller size for her hand and your nice edges makes them even more attractive. I love your choice of colors. You always do such a beautiful job on the tasks you attempt. Keep up the great work.

  39. Meredith Williams says:

    Hi Dori! I think I need to learn how to crochet these dishcloths, and since I knit only in squares and rectangles, they are right up my alley! I would love to win a dishcloth, but if I don’t I will learn how to make one! I love the colors you chose!

  40. Kerrie H says:

    Hi Dori- love it ! I own our local quilt shop and am teaching a young woman who works in the barbar shop a few doors down to crochet. We did a baby afghan and this will be the best next project for us. Thanks so much ! ~~Kerrie

  41. Lois Versaw says:

    What lovely dish cloths!
    I never was very good with a needle, but my bad wrists and hands have retired me from crocheting… Very pretty, though! (I will pass your beautiful pattern on to my niece). Thank you!

  42. Debbie A says:

    I love the dish cloth. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  43. Sherri Myronenko says:

    I love your crocheted dish cloths. Beautiful colors and I would love one or two of my own. I don’t crochet and miss having homemade ones like I’ve had in the past. All the best to you as you enjoy some down time.

  44. Phyllis Young says:

    These are beautiful! I love home crafted items. I have never tried crocheted dish cloths. It is inspiring that you taught this skill to yourself.

  45. Marilyn says:

    Dori, I really love your posts and I, too, am not a sitter, so I understand the need to make sitting time productive! I’m a recently retired teacher and one of my colleagues would buy yarn for her Mom, who has Alzheimer’s, and her Mom would knit dish clothes that were then donated to certain causes. This gave pleasure to many people as well as my friend and her Mom. Thank you for such constant inspiration and love of family!

  46. Amy Stong says:

    Thank-you for the Dishcloth pattern! ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to learn how to crochet! A skill that I’ve tried numerous times but I definitely need to try again! Your dishcloths are beautiful! Love the colors! ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Jan Sturgill says:

    Great job! Last fall, I took a class at a local church called ‘Arm Knitting’. Nope! I don’t knit OR crochet…I got so confused and mixed up, I think that my eyes were really crossed by the time I left! I came home and watched a YouTube video and started and stopped it MANY times. TaaaaDaaaa! I know know how to make an eternity scarf. I am now collecting simple projects involving crochet! Who knows?!? I might even try to make a dish cloth ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Eveline Packer says:

    Thank you so much for your comments…I have always wanted to learn how to crochet and now I will. Never thought of crocheted dish towel, what a great idea. Thanks again!

  49. Judy aka:herblady says:

    Hi Dori, I am like you(were), I can’t crochet either. My sister is good at all that but I don’t seem to have that gift. I would love to win some of your dishcloths.
    ….an who knows…maybe I’ll check out YouTube and see if I can’t learn the craft too.
    Just because I’m 60 doesn’t mean ALL the gray-matter is dead. Right?lol
    Thanks for your encouragement Dori!

  50. Anne Wampler says:

    I have tried to make the crochet dishcloths and have not been successful. I have the yarn you recommend and an instruction book you described but they all are different sizes and shapes. I hope I can accomplish a dishcloth that is more in resempblence to yours.
    Will let you know!!!!

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How Do You Spell Green Chile?



There are certain times of theย year that I miss New Mexico, the place of my childhood, so much. ย This is one of those times… green chile time!

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  1. Esther says:

    Love this post, those green fields of chilies are beautiful! We sometimes get them here, our supermarket roasts them on a big grill in the parking lot.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Esther!

      Those green fields of chile’s really did look marvelous! I’m kind of wanting to go back to New Mexico about now!

      – Dori –

      P.S. I received your letter in the mail. Thank you SO much. It really made my day. xo

  2. Laura says:

    Love the info about chiles – so what do you use them in? You said your parents have the chiles for almost every meal. Recipes, please!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Laura,

      My Dad puts either green chile or jalepenos on his eggs every morning, his sandwich or burrito for lunch, and probably 75% of the time my Mom fixes Mexican food at night since that is what they love and the part of the country they live in! ๐Ÿ™‚ But you want to know one of the best things my Mom puts green chile in? Grilled cheese sandwiches! Oh how I love that! And of course it is wonderful in a hamburger. Or with a pot of pinto beans. Or on top of your scrambled eggs!

      – Dori –

  3. I would love a tasty, basic recipe for pork green chile that you eat with tortillas. A friend of mine used to make it and I forgot the recipe.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Diane,

      Oh my goodness. I love pork green chile and fresh flour tortillas. I’m pretty sure my Mom has a great recipe for that too. Maybe I need to write a post on a few green chile recipes! ๐Ÿ™‚

      – Dori –

      P.S. I will ask Mom about a recipe and let you know!

  4. Joan says:

    You have totally whetted my appetite, we love ‘Hatch’s’ the most and fortunately we live close enough that they are sold in our area – already roasted too. So the chile will get made soon. Thanks for the web site – interesting. God bless

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Thanks Joan!

      Buying them already roasted would be great! Oh don’t you just love that smell in your car driving home with roasted green chiles? ๐Ÿ™‚

      – Dori –

  5. Victoria Hall says:

    Oh Please….the recipe for Green Chile Enchiladas!!!!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Victoria,

      I will get going on some green chile enchiladas and maybe get a post done sometime soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

      – Dori –

  6. Nicole Christensen says:

    Hi Dori!
    I learned something new with this post! Being from Texas, I love, love, love anything with green chiles but never gave them much thought. I bet fresh ones are amazing! Your photos made my mouth water. I make a few recipes here but can only find canned, kinda mushy ones. When I go “home” I order my favorite Tex Mex…”green” enchiladas! Great post.
    Farmgirl Hugs,

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Thanks Nicole. Oh boy I bet Texas has some of the best Tex Mex ever! I’ve been to Texas many times but can’t say I’ve had the privilege of any Tex Mex food… going to make that a priority the next time I go! ๐Ÿ™‚

      – Dori –

  7. Susan Coley says:

    I grew up eating Hatch green chiles before they were famous. Now they are everywhere. We eat the in everything. I find that the flavor gets hotter the longer you leave them in the freezer.

    • Dori Troutman says:


      I did not know that about them getting hotter the longer they are in the freezer. That is good to know! Thanks for sharing!

      – Dori –

  8. Rowena Philbeck says:

    Thanks for the tutorial on Hatch chiles. I will have to do that next time we get them. Great way to freeze them. Thanks so much!!

  9. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Dori, my husband and I returned recently from visiting New Mexico for the first time. Neither of us had ever been there, but we had seen photos of such amazing beauty. We spent the week going from one state/national park to another and enjoyed seeing so much diversity. What a beautiful and different landscape!! I think two of my favorite places were White Sands and Carlsbad Caverns. Amazing!! The green chili in lots of foods was new to me. It was way hotter than what I am used to. LOL!! But I am sure a person gets use to the heat and then looks forward to having it in recipes.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Winnie!

      Yes… it is all about what we get used to isn’t it? I think the little New Mexican babies are given green chile in their bottles! Ha Ha! ๐Ÿ™‚

      I bet your New Mexico trip was amazing. White Sands is just about the most incredible place. It’s been years since I’ve been to Carlsbad Caverns but it is quite phenomenal.

      Big hugs to you… thank you for always reading and commenting. It means a lot.

      – Dori –

      P.S. I missed the Apple Pie Sunday!!!! I was SOOOO bummed. ๐Ÿ™

      • Winnie Nielsen says:

        HI Dori~ I am sorry you missed Apple Pie Sunday here at MJF!! HOWEVER, in my humble opinion, Tennessee Apple pickin’ is still on and I just betcha there are some apples at the local farm stand begging to come home with you for a pie. Besides, Apple Pie is good anytime you make one!! I am particularly fond of it for breakfast. LOL!! In my opinion, apple pie with some sharp cheddar cheese for breakfast IS the true blue Farmgirl Breakfast of Champions!!

  10. Yum ! green chile is in oour blood as New Mexicans! I love your John Deere illustration. We have saved many old farm equipment from the scrap yard…and vehicles…and rusty treasures.
    We are in the Datil mountains, ranching country.

  11. Cindy A. says:

    Ditto! About the only reason I miss Albuquerque is the food and the weather. If I miss NM at all it’s during the fall when the chiles are being roasted everywhere, and Christmas time when there are luminarias everywhere. We were there almost 8 years, and I learned to love green chile along with way too many other great New Mexican dishes, not to be confused with Mexican food for those who have never lived in NM. Even though we moved back to TN in 1995, we still tend to cook a lot of New Mexican cuisine. I find that interesting since I grew up in the south on beans, taters, and cornbread. I think including recipes in your posts is a wonderful idea! I vote YES!

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