I was rummaging around the pantry and I came across two things I love. Chocolate and coconut. Really a match made in heaven. Some people think it is chocolate and peanut butter but it is actually chocolate and coconut.
So I decided to mix them them together and see what happens. I prepared the brownie mix according to the package, added about 1/2 cup of the cream of coconut and 1/2 cup of shredded coconut.
I spread the mix in the pan and cooked until a toothpick came out clean. I am a big fan of this section pan. You get a perfectly cut brownie every time. I am pretty sure I bought mine from QVC quite a while ago. You can look there or I see they have them on Amazon.
You can see here, I just popped them out. The coconut toasted up a bit but I just added some fresh coconut on top when I served them.
I have been working on these flower discloths. I was delayed because while washing the dishes I cut the tip of thumb on one of the barbeque tools and everytime I was crocheting it would reopened and start bleeding again. But it is healing now and I was able to finish the flowers.
The picture above the kids and I were waiting for the bus and decided to draw some stems for the crochet flowers.
The pattern is from Lily, Sugar’n Cream Bright Ideas book that I have. Here is their website http://www.sugarncream.com/
Here is the pattern:
I used a 9 (I) crochet hook. The pattern called for an 8 but I didn’t have that. I used two different colors from the Lily Sugar’n Cream line. (Stitch glossary: ch=chain; dc= double crochet; rep=repeat; rnd=round; sc=single crochet; sl st= slip stitch; st=stiches)
With 1st color, ch 2.
1st rnd: 10 dc into 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to first dc.
2nd rnd: Ch 2. 2 dc in each of next 10 dc. Join 2nd color with sl st to first dc. 20 dc
3rd rnd: With 2nd color, ch 2. *1 dc in next dc. 2 dc in next dc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first dc. 30 dc.
4th rnd: Ch 2. *1 dc in next dc. 2 dc in each of next 2 dc. 1 dc in next dc. 1 sc in next dc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first dc. 42 sts.
5th rnd: Ch 2. *1 dc in each of next 2 dc. 2 dc in each of next 2 dc. 1 dc in each of next 2 dc. 1 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first dc. 54 sts.
6th rnd: Ch 2. *1 dc in each of next 3 dc. 2 dc in each of next 2 dc. 1 dc in each of next 3 dc. 1 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with 1st color with sl st to first dc. 66 sts.
7th rnd: With 1st color, ch 2. 1 dc in each of next 3 dc. 2 dc in each of next 4 dc. 1 dc in each of next 3 dc. 1 sc in next sc. Join with sl st to first dc. 78 sts.
If you want you can make loop: Sl st in each of next 6 dc. Ch 8 (for loop). Join with sl st in same sp as last sl st. Fasten off.
These discloths make cute gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week, Mother’s Day or a hostess gift. I like to use bright colors or match the to someone’s kitchen color.
The pattern and yarn I used for these is from Lily Sugar ‘n Cream. The pattern I used is from a book that have and I have added it below. But you can check their website as well: http://www.sugarncream.com/
Hook Size I or 9
1st row: (RS) 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. *Ch 1. Miss next ch. 1 sc in next ch. Rep from * to end of ch. Turn. 31 sts.
2nd row: Ch 1. 1 sc in first sc. 1 sc in next ch-1sp. “Ch 1. Miss next sc. 1 sc in nect ch-1 sp. Rep from * to last sc. 1 sc in last sc. Turn.
3rd row: Ch 1. 1 sc in first sc. *Ch 1. Miss next sc. 1 sc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from * to last 2 sc. Ch 1. Miss next sc. 1 sc in last sc. Turn.
Rep last 2 rows until work from beginning measures 9 inches.
I am working on some other discloth patterns so stop back and check in!
I have just let my crocheting get away from me but I am working on a project now and hope to have something crocheted for later in the week. Saturday night we went to a Beefsteak Dinner Fundraiser… for those of you who don’t know what this is it is a dinner where you get all the sliced tenderloin beef on sliced french bread that you can eat. There was also a Tricky Tray (I didn’t win anything), raffle and a DJ. It was alot of fun!
Since I ate so much meat on Saturday, we had a meatless Sunday. I made Fusilli with Vodka Cream Sauce. Always a favorite, easy and delicious.
Here is what you need:
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 shallots, minced
- 1 cup vodka
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 can crushed tomatoes (32 ounces)
- course salt and pepper
- 16 ounces pasta, whatever your favorit is
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- fresh basil, shredded or torn
Heat a large skillet over moderate heat. Add oil, butter, garlic and shallots. Saute for 3 to 5 minutes. Add vodka. Reduce vodka by half, this will take 2 or 3 minutes. Add chicken stock and tomatoes. Bring sauce to a bubble and reduce heat to simmer. Season with salt and pepper.
While sauce simmers cook pasta. Once pasta is ready stir heavy cream into sauce. Return sauce to a bubble then remove from heat and toss with cooked pasta. Add shredded basil to top.
Let me know if you give it a try, enjoy!
I know that so many people have a reading device rather than an actual book. While I love the feel of books, love going to the book store and looking at the books, a couple of years ago I got a Kindle. I love it! I love not having so many books laying around that I try to give to people, donate to the local library, etc. Of course the year after I got my Kindle they came out with the Kindle Fire and now there is the iPad. Perhaps one day I can get an upgrade!
That being said… I crocheted some cute heart bookmarks. I am going to give them to my daughters Brownie Troop. I am pretty sure that most of them still read ‘real’ books!
Here is the pattern: http://www.crochetspot.com/crochet-pattern-heart-bookmark/
I finished the baby blanket and hat I was working on. They are real simple and can be made with any yarn, any color. I chose a multi colored gray and white and then a darker gray yarn for an edging.
Here is a close up of the hat. I threaded a white ribbon through it.
Here are some variations with different ribbon.
The pattern for the hat is found here: http://cbraden7.blogspot.com/2010/12/quick-little-hat.html
This is how I made the blanket:
I used crochet hook size 8 (h) and chained 111. *First row, single crochet across, chained 2 and turn. *Second row, half-double crochet across, chain 2, turn. *All remaining rows are same as second row until you reach the size you want. *I then added an edge and used a half-double crochet and at each corner I chained 2 before turning to make corners. I did 4 rows of the border, but you can keep going around until you like the thickness.
This is an easy pattern and you can make your chain longer than 111 to make it a larger blanket.
Give it a try!
I have been working on the below crochet project but have yet to finish it. So I made some Truffles to talk about.
I made Truffles last week with a recipe that used cream cheese, but they weren’t really chocolately enough for me. So this week I tried a different recipe that uses brownies, Grand Marnier and Champagne…. they are GOOD!
This is what you do:
Start with yummy ingredients. How can you go wrong with Grand Marnier, Champagne and chocolate! Combine sugar, eggs and vanilla. Melt butter and chocolate.
Put batter in 8 x 8 pan and bake for 25 minutes.Chill for 1 hour, scoop and roll in sugar, cocoa powder or whatever you like.
Here is the recipe:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease 8×8 inch baking pan. In a bowl, melt chocolates and butter in microware for 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Let cool.
In large bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt. Stir in chocolate mixture. In medium bowl, whisk togehter flour and cocoa powder. Stir it into the chocolate mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes, brownies will be slightly underbaked. Let cool.
Cut brownies into pieces and mix in food processor, along with Grand Marnier and Champagne until creamy. Chill for at least 1 hour. Using ice cream scoop to make truffles, roll into balls and roll in sugar or cocoa powder.
Let me know if you try these.
Valentines Day is this week and I came across some great free printables at Skip To My Lou, http://www.skiptomylou.org/. So I printed some off and made this for my kids.
I think they will enjoy it but I am sure they will enjoy the candy they get more…. I mean who wouldn’t! I am kind of addicited to candy and chocolate. It is taking alot of will power not to rip into the chocolate hearts I bought them.
Russell Stover is a tradition from my childhood. We always had a box of Russell Stover Chocolates at all holidays and my mom always gave my sisters and I a heart box of Russell Stover Chocolates. The roman nugget and coconut are my favorites. I just checked out their website and you can create your own box with only the ones you like, CHA-CHING! I need to do that or hint to someone that it would be a good idea. Check it out: http://www.russellstover.com/jump.jsp?itemID=4&itemType=CATEGORY
I printed out the heart printables which you can find here: http://www.skiptomylou.org/2013/01/15/heart-attack-printables-from-whipperberry/
Then I cut them out and taped them to some pencils and then covered an empty can with some felt.
You can also use the Crochet Jar Cover that I posted about last week. Here is that post: http://penny-hill.com/category/jar-cover/.
Hope you enjoy!
Wow… I can’t believe it is Febraury 1st! January flew by. I haven’t been crocheting as much as I like these last couple of weeks. So I went through my stash of past projects and I came across these jar covers that I crocheted.. You can use an old jar or go to the craft store and get a plain vase.
I made some for our house and we keep pencils, rulers, erasers for school. In another one I keep crocheting supplies.
I made some other ones for the kids teachers. I found cute flower pens and added pencils, hand sanitizer, mints… the possibilities are endless.
This would make a nice hostess gift with fresh cut flowers or if you do red, white and pink yarn for Valentines Day. The pattern can be found here: http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/crochet-jar-jacket.html
My sister gave me home made body scrub at Thanksgiving and I have been wanting to try making my own. It was super easy and there are so many variation that can be done. I decided to make a coconut oil body scrub.
First, the coconut oil smells great and I added vanilla which made it smell even better! I added just regular white sugar, but you can use brown sugar as well. I wanted to use vanilla essential oil but it is very hard to find locally. The essential oil would probably make it even better. But for a first attempt, I was happy. My kids were intrigued by this and they made their own batch and used it in the shower that night.
I used: 1/4 cup coconut oil / 1 cup sugar / 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
The coconut oil is solid, so I just microwaved it for a few seconds until it was soft. Then I mixed in the sugar and third I added the vanilla.
I then put the scrub into small mason jars and added some ribbon.
These would make great gifts for Valentine’s Day, teachers, friends.
I have some lemon and orange essential oil that I will be experimenting with next. Hope you give this a try. Let me know.