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Cabbage Patch Kids Hat

Cabbage Patch Hat 1A coworker heard about the cabbage patch hat from a family member and wanted one for her nieces first birthday. Well, I thought the hat was absolutely adorable, so of course I obliged. For those that are crochet challenged, you can find them for sale at various sites online, but for those who want to give this a try, it is a pretty easy pattern. Plus you can customize the colours more to your own taste. There are some patterns for sale, but I have found an awesome pattern that is free. Check out Jessica’s pattern here. I’m Cabbage Patch Hat 2
I didn’t do the bangs as wide across the front, and next time I would do the pigtails a little longer.

Again this is a really quick project. I think it took a couple hours while I was watching TVĀ – my favorite length of a project, done in a night or two. šŸ™‚

I also love the contract by doing the hair a different colour then the hat. Too bad my niece is too old for hats like this, because I’m pretty sure she would have a zillion of them.

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Hooded Cowl

IMG_00000455 This is a project a friend asked me to do after seeing the Burton Bear Hooded IMG_00000666Cowl by

The Velvet Acorn. Check out her Etsy site. She has really cool patterns and ideas. Since this is based a lot on her pattern, which is for sale on her etsy site, I’m not going to go into detail on how I made it.

This isĀ great for the fall nights, and I know my friend wanted it forĀ her niece around the fireĀ on cooler evenings. It will keep the little girls ears warm and head covered without a lot of excess bulk.

When I did mine, I goofed and made it too short, so I had to make an extension, which I think looks good, but I need to remember to had about 4 extra inches next time I make it. So, I warn you to make sure you measure well before starting and while knitting. It was a relatively quick knit once I figured out how I was going to do it.Ā  I’ve also found it does like to roll up at the bottom. Boo! I think it is the method I used to cast on, so I will def look at different options for the next one I make.

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German Pancakes

OK, so this is not my recipe. I found it at food.com. It is a delicious way to do pancakes if you aren’t a fan of the usual flour based ones. German Pancake Muffins

1 cup milk
6 eggs
1 cup flour, all-purpose
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup butter, melted
jam
powdered sugar
Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Blend first five ingredients in a blender. Be sure to smooth out any flour lumps.
Blend in butter a little at a time.
Grease muffin tins well and fill slightly less than half-full.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until puffy and golden on top. The crater will form on its own.
Add your favorite toppings and a sprinkling of powdered sugar

I find if you whisk it well, a blender isn’t needed and it goes really well with a fruit compote, which is super easy to make (take your frozen fruit of choice, put in a saucepan with a couple scoops of white sugar, heat through. as the fruit thaws, the sugar makes a nice syrup with the juices.)

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Pumpkin Caramel Latte Cookies

Pumpkin caramel latte cookiesIts fall and the Pumpkin Spice Latte is back! That means cozy sweaters, lots of starbucks, and the cozy fall smells. This year, Bath and Body works has a Pumpkin Caramel Latte candle – and it smells as amazing as it sounds. It made me really want a pumpkin caramel latte cookie. I found a pumpkin recipe at the baker chick’s website and adapted it. My original batch didn’t have enough caramel flavour, so I have adjusted and if you like a strong coffee flavour, I would double the instant coffee. So, here is the recipe:

Pumpkin Caramel Latte Cookies
2c All Purpose Flour
1/2c Cake Flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1/2c butter softened
3/4c canned pumpkin
1 egg
1/4c caramel
1pkg of Via instant coffee

Preheat oven to 350F
Combine flour, cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt and via pkg. Set aside.
Cream together butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg and caramel to mixture. Mix in dry ingredients.
Spoon onto baking sheets.
Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Makes approx. 3 doz cookies.

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