Sew a Crockpot Lid Cover

I love making my favorite desserts in my crockpot.  Desserts like dump cakes and crisps can be tricky in the crockpot though.  They tend to come out soggy.  But I have a little trick up my sleeve that makes them come out perfect every time.  My secret is the “tea towel under the lid” trick.   Never heard of it?  The idea is that the towel soaks up the moisture and the desserts are crisp and the toppings are browned.  I used that trick for many years until a friend shared a great little sewing project with me—a Crockpot Lid Cover.

Crockpot Lid Cover

Towel trick

The tea towel was a great idea but an even better idea is the Crockpot Lid Cover.  With this cute, fast little project my crockpot looks stylish and I can color-coordinate my crockpot with the holiday.  It takes no time at all to make and really dress up the ole crockpot. 

Today I thought I would share a quick tutorial for a lid cover for your crockpot so you don’t have to resort to the ‘tea towel under the lid’ trick again.


Toweling or terry cloth (the amount will depend on the size of the lid)

Main fabric in whatever 100% cotton print you like

¼ inch width elastic


I use terry cloth or a microfiber towel for my lid covers.  You can really use any cotton material for this.


Step One

Trace the crockpot lid and add 2 ½ inches all the way around.  This will give you your pattern. 

I needed to tape several sheets of paper together to make the pattern

Step Two

Cut one from the toweling or terry cloth fabric and one from the main fabric.

Step Three

With right sides together, use a ¼ inch allowance to stitch around the outside.  Leave a 2 ½ inch gap to turn it right side out.  Make sure to back-stitch at the beginning and the end.

I mark where I want to leave the gap by using double pins. 

Step Four

Turn it right side out right side.

Step Five

Sew a row of stitching around the edge, about 1/8″ from the edge. You will close up most of the 2 ½, leaving a small opening big enough to thread the elastic through.


Step Six

Sew a another row of stitching about 1/2″ from the edge.  

Step Seven

Use a safety pin to thread the elastic through the casing you just made.  Stretch the elastic around your lid to measure the length needed.   (You have to have it big enough to get the cover on.)  When the elastic is through the casing sew the ends of the elastic together.

I usually measure the elastic when I have it through the casing by trying it in the lid to be sure it fits

Step Eight

Sew the opening closed.  Easy Peasey!  Your Crockpot Lid Cover is done! 

finished lid

You can make one for every holiday

Wasn’t that just sew easy?

During the holiday season there always seems to be a lot of potlucks.  This little lid cover comes in handy.   I love taking my Crockpot Peach Cobbler to them.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

6 Non-Caffeinated Ways to Get Energy

I used to be a big, caffeinated soda drinker.  In my prime soda-drinking days I was guzzling 5-6 cans of diet Pepsi a day.  My doctor kept counseling me to ween myself off that “poison.’  (His word not mine.)  He told me a lot of my joint pain and my sleep disruption is directly related to my caffeine consumption.   So about 2 years ago I detoxed from it caffeine.

You’d think that I’d immediately begin to feel better, but I didn’t.  What I experienced was a lack of get-up-and-go.  I finally complained to my doctor that without my Pepsi, life was exhausting.  I told him I found it harder to concentrate, my patience was thin, and my frustration level was high even with the simplest tasks.  It was also hard to feel any enthusiasm for activities I used to love.

If this is starting to sound familiar, take heart. Energy zappers are all around us, some obvious, some hidden. The good news: There is a way around almost all of them.

I’m always trying to find ways to get an energy lift, so during the no-caffeine periods I’ve experimented with alternative ways to do so.


Drink More Water

I already knew that it's easy to confuse signals of hunger with thirst (we think we need food when we really need water).  But my doctor told that thirst can also masquerade as fatigue?  He said even slight dehydration could leave me feeling tired and lethargic.  Now I make sure I get at least 36 oz. of water every day.

Take My Vitamins in the Afternoon

My doctor suggested taking my vitamins (plus a B12 and iron supplement) in the afternoon.  Like most of us, I used to take my vitamins in the morning.  He explained that not really when my body needs it.  I need them when my natural vitality starts to fade.  So now when my energy starts to drain in the afternoon, I take my vitamins.  They aid with stamina.

Don’t Skip Breakfast (or Any Other Meal)

My doctor said studies show that people who eat breakfast report being in a better mood, and have more energy throughout the day.  It gives your body a jolt of fuel for the rest of the day.  He advised me to eat smaller meals and add snacks especially those rich in magnesium.  I’ve found snacks are actually perfection for slumps.

Nuts make a simple magnesium-rich snack.  I often eat a handful of nuts around the 3 PM dead zone when I take my vitamins.  I especially enjoy almonds, hazelnuts or cashews.

Walk Around the Block

While it may seem as if moving about when you feel exhausted is the quickest route to feeling more exhausted, the opposite is true.  My doctor (and other experts) say that increasing physical activity—particularly walking—increases energy.

I like walking because it's accessible, easy to do, doesn't need training or equipment and I can do it anywhere.  I found a brisk 10-minute walk increases energy and lifts my mood.

Go outside

Studies have found that being outside in nature makes people feel more alive.  And that sense of increased vitality exists above and beyond the energizing effects of physical activity.  Just 20 minutes outdoors is enough.  Head into the great outdoors—even if some woods aren't nearby, a green park will do.  Don’t forget your SPF!


Laughter is a proven stress-buster, but studies suggest laughing can boost energy levels, too. (Feel free to use this as permission to go on YouTube for the next 30 minutes.)

These changes didn't happen over night.  It has been gradual.  I'm not going to say I haven't had a caffeinated drink in the last two years but it is so infrequent that I can count the times on one hand.  Am I feeling better?  Yes!  Do I have more energy?  Yes!   I sleep better, I concentrate better, and I'm happier.  I’m all about feeling as energized as possible.  I recommend it to everyone.

What tips do you have?  Please share!

Best Laid Plans and Hurricane Matthew

You know the old saying about “best laid plans.”  When I flew to East Coast earlier this month for a family wedding I built in time to visit the Nation’s Oldest City—St Augustine.  But as I said sometimes vacation plans don’t turn out as we expected. 

The morning my sister, Pat, and I flew out the Sacramento airport we learned that St Augustine was in the path of a huge tropical storm.  US Air Force bases were being closed and planes were being moved inland.  The East Coast (from Florida to North Carolina) was preparing for a potential hurricane.  As the days passed the tropical storm was upgraded to a category 4 then a category 5 hurricane.  (To put this in terms a California girl can understand—this hurricane compares to 7.0 magnitude earthquake.)  We cancelled our reservations in St Augustine and prayed for the safety of those in the path of the hurricane.

Matanzas Inlet Beach - photo courtesy of

The weekend of the wedding Hurricane Matthew ravaged the coasts of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas.  Lives were lost, homes were flooded, and businesses were closed.  We were inland Georgia and we were missed by the storm.  While Hurricane Matthew was beating up St Augustine we were at a lovely outdoor wedding in Valdosta, Georgia.  The Old City St Augustine was closed following the Hurricane and I flew home to California without visiting St. Augustine. 

But St Augustine is still standing.  Hurricane Matthew gave it his best shot, but St Augustine didn’t get to be the Nation's Oldest City without weathering bigger storms than that. I made a quick check with the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & the Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau I’m happy to report that Florida's Historic Coast is up and running and welcoming visitors as always.  Lodging, restaurants, tours, attractions, nightlife — it's all there.  Sadly I am back in California and my vacation in St Augustine will have to wait.   St Augustine remains on my bucket list and I encourage all of you to visit, too.   

For information on St Augustine visit their website Florida’s Historic Coast.


The City Gatesare open - photo courtesy of

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