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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 TV – my favorite length of a project, done in a night or two. 🙂

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 is great for the fall nights, and I know my friend wanted it for her niece around the fire 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.  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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WIP… Blanket?

WIP 1I started this project yesterday while my sister, niece and I were watching Sound of Music and Oklahoma!. I wasWIP 2 thinking of making a throw blanket, but I’m not 100% sure that is what it is going to be just yet. I know eventually it will contain panels of different colours, maybe 2 or three more. It will probably take me a while to complete, but that is OK. I’m sure it will eventually turn out awesome.

I’ll post updates as progress is made.

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Summertime Necessity

ImageSummer has arrived in Southwestern Ontario! School is out, the weather is perfect for pools, lakes or beaches, and the nights are staying warm. That means it is time for bon fires and S’mores.

If you’re like me, being outside at night during the summer also means bug bites and lots of them. So, instead of sitting by a fire to roast marshmallows, I enlisted the help of my trusty assistant/co-conspirator (A.K.A. my cousin Midge) in making S’more bars. It was an interesting experiment that turned out AHMAHZING! We tried it with marshmallow fluff, but that didn’t work out the best, so I would use minimarshmallows (saves prep time too!).

S’more Bars:

Ingredients:
Graham crumbs
Butter
2.5 bags of chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, and milk chocolate/white chocolate decadent swirl)
Mini marshmallows
Graham Crackers broken into pieces

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 350F
Melt butter and combine with graham crumbs. Make sure there is a decent covering on the bottom of the pan.
Bake crust for 10 minutes
Top with 1.5 packages of chocolate chips
Bake until melted
Top with Marshmallows and remaining bag of chocolate chips
Bake until golden brown
Smoosh and swirl marshmallow and chocolate chip layer together
Top with graham cracker pieces
Let cool slightly and ENJOY!

These are delicious warm and cold, and are perfect for events with lots of kids.

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Baby Booties 2

HDC bootiesIn the Baby Booties post, I showed 1 option of the baby booties I made. Here is another option, very similar, but with different stitching. Again, I started with the pattern from Repeat Crafter (see here). This time, I followed the pattern until Row 3.

At end of row 3, join and chain 2.

Row 4: In back loops only, HDC in each stitch. Join and chain 2.
Row 5: HDC in 12 Stitches, (HDC dec, HDC)x4, HDC in 12 stitches. Join CH2
Row 6: HDC in 10 stitches, HDC dec x2, DC dec x4,  HDC dec x2, HDC in remaining stitches. join and CH 2
Row 7: HDC in 9 st, HDC dec x2, HDC in 2 St, HDC dec x2, HDC in remaining stitches. Join. Cut yarn and wrap in.

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Baby Booties

BootiesI don’t know about you, but it seems like everyone I know is having babies. Off the top of my head, I can name 24 people who are having babies or had babies since December. It is absolutely insane the amount of babies being born.

I decided to make a couple things for a few of the babies close to me – family, coworkers, close friends. I will try and post the different inspirations and patterns used for the items.

IMG_00000329The baby booties I made for one little guy, the pattern came from Repeat Crafter’s Crochet Cuffed Baby Booties Pattern. I followed the pattern until row 10, but didn’t want boot booties, but more slippers.

Row 11: SC 8 (HDC dec) x 4 sc to the end

Cut and tie off.

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Baby hat with flower

imageI was asked by a coworker to make a hat for her neice’s baby girl. The hat needed to cover the ears, because it may be May, but that wind can be brutal. After googling some options, I came across a crochet baby turban pattern, and it was ADORABLE! Thank fully there was a tutorial, so I didn’t have to try and figure it out on my own. Find the pattern from this momma makes stuff here.

Because the pattern is for a really small baby, and the baby I am making this for is almost 1 year, I adjusted the size by increasing the hook size to 5.50 and adding two extra DC to the initial row. It worked so well and is adorable!

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As per the mom’s request, I added a flower to the front. This was actually a really small flower (made with a super tiny hook) placed in the centre of a larger flower (made with a 5.50 hook).

I love how this hat turned out, so I am making another one for the same coworkers daughter. This time in purple. I will post how it turns out.

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One of the best things I’ve ever created

Think of a food so good that there isn’t enough of it. Its got everything you like in your desserts – chocolate, cheesecake, caramel, cake, coffee or peanut butter. When you eat it, it is pretty amazing.

imageWell, I wish I could be exagerating the hype, but my “Mouthgasmic Cupcakes” really are that good. I know the name probably makes you giggle, but it was created after I first made these over a year ago, and a friend said the cupcake was almost orgasmic – thus Mouthgasmic.

The name is great, but the best part is HOW EASY this recipe is. It is simply mixing chocolate cake (and yes it has to be chocolate, vanilla or white cake just isn’t the same, and not fancy chocolate cake, just plain chocolate cake) and cheesecake in mini muffin pans and baking. The mini muffin pans are important too, because these are REALLY sweet and decadent and a big muffin or peice of cake is too much at once. You should probably enjoy these with a coffee. The full size cupcakes in this picture are too big, but still delish.

Also, I’ve made peanut butter caramel chocolate cheesecake and caramel chocolate macchiatto versions. Both are AHMAZING and the only change is replacing the peanut butter with cold coffee.

Ingredients:

1 box chocolate cake mix
2 Eggs
1 8oz cream cheese room temp
3/4c. white sugar
chocolate sauce
caramel sauce
Peanut butter or cold coffee

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Prepare cake mix as per instructions on the box. Preheat oven to temperature on box – usually 350F.
In a seperate bowl, combine eggs, cream cheese and sugar. Once blended, add caramel, chocolate and either peanut butter or coffee. Add as much as you feel like of the caramel, chocolate and peanut butter. If adding coffee, be careful if doesn’t get too runny.
Scoop the chocolate cake mix into the muffin tins, until they are all about 1/2 full. Then add a small amount of cheesecake. Place in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes for the mini cupcakes, 20-25 minutes for normal size cupcakes.

Now this can make up to 10 dozen mini cupcakes, so I HIGHLY recommend sharing with loved ones, coworkers, neighbours, friends, enemies, whomever you can, because that is a lot for one person to eat. 🙂

Enjoy!

 

 

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