Baking, Books, and a Few Random Things

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• I hope you’re having a great Monday! πŸ˜ƒ  No…I’m not being sarcastic – I really mean it.

But – just in case you need a little pick-me-up…here’s a little penguin doing the splits

Feel better? 😍 Ready for some shenanigans? πŸ˜‰

Here we go…

   1. This past weekend Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day hosted another ‘Fantastic Bake-Along’. πŸ˜ƒ
This month’s recipe was generously shared by Kate @ Life, Tea and Everything
She made some scrumptious cookies from a recipe her beloved Grandma used to spoil her loved ones.

I did not participate this month, because cookies in the house result in my eating every single one, which results in pants not fitting (true story!  πŸ˜œ ) which results in having to buy new pants…which I hate.  So I just enjoyed dreaming about the deliciousness, while reading the recipe  πŸ€” I hope you will make some, and let me know how you liked them.

Here’s the wonderful recipe

 Grandma Thompson’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 

1 cup shortening
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup boiling water
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped nuts
6 oz chocolate chips

Important: Follow recipe closely as results depend greatly on order of addition of ingredients!

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Beat shortening, sugars, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add flour and salt. Mix well. Dissolve baking soda in boiling water. Add to flour mixture. Stir in rolled oats, nuts, and chocolate chips.

Drop from teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Flatten with fork dipped in cold water.

Bake 10-12 minutes. Makes approximately 7 dozen.

Thanks again to Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day  for hosting this great event every month. If you like to join

Tami @ Tanglewood Knots

Kate@ Life, Tea and Everything

Brenna @ Crochet539

and other great bloggers in the Bake-Along just go to Tracy’s page, let her know, and she’ll include you in her list of bakers. I’m looking forward to future Bake-Alongs and hope you will join us.

     2. Books – Lately I’m having a really hard time finding books that grab (and hold) my interest. Especially new books in series I used to love are, more often than not, sleep aides. πŸ˜• Did you notice that too? Or am I becoming ornery? πŸ€“

A few weeks ago I did find a new (to me) series that I love. I read book 1 – 3 in less than 2 weeks. On some nights they kept me up longer than is good for me. πŸ˜› 

If you’re interested – the series is called ‘The Southern Ghost Hunter Series‘* by Angie Fox. If you don’t mind spooky, ghostly appearances you should give it a try. ☺️ The characters are very likable, the ghosts not too terribly scary, and it’s set in the beautiful South. 

I held off on book 4 only because I found a book by one of my favorite authors at a booksale. Somehow it had slipped through my radar…I hadn’t read it yet.

 Aaaaaaand …. I didn’t finish it. I’m not going to name author or title – but, oh boy, what a doozy. Repeating paragraphs – once or twice I thought I had lost my page because the same sentences kept appearing 😳 and booooring. 😴

I didn’t even skip to the end to find out who the killer was…’cause I’m convinced the ‘victim’ didn’t actually die. He faked his death to get out of this story. πŸ˜‰

Now off to some ghost hunting…Book 4 is waiting. 😁

    3.  ‘Feronia’ the Poncho is (almost) finished 😍 

I got a little carried away crocheting the squares, so it’s a bit too long…see 

 I’m horrible at ‘Selfie-taking’ πŸ˜† but you get the idea 

I actually had to add a wide border to the neckline so it wouldn’t slide down, and pool by my feet πŸ˜›

Then I added ‘Picots’ to the neckline and bottom edge – Thank you, Tracy, for the idea πŸ’•

 
…a drawstring….just in case πŸ˜‰ – and tassels 

Now I just gotta weave in the ends 😐 and I’m done! 

    4. I started another Poncho – this time I’m keeping the squares smaller. As soon as that one is done, and actual Poncho length, I’ll write out the pattern and share it with you. πŸ€—

   5. I did do some baking yesterday. Usually I bake a raisin bread on Sundays…for a quick breakfast during the week. We did get a little tired of it, so I thought something different is in order. From time to time I like to experiment in the kitchen – so- inspired by my favorite chocolate- I made a Chili/Chocolate Chip bread. 😁 

And it’s awesome (if I may say so myself…but hubby thinks so too πŸ˜‹) You don’t taste the Chili at first, just the chocolate, but it leaves kind of a pepper-y aftertaste. 

I will share the recipe within the next few days. πŸ€“

   6. I mentioned yesterday that I’m going shopping – for more yarn 😜 It was quite a successful trip 


And that is all for today 😊 Thank you so much for visiting and reading all the way down to here 😘

I’m sending you Love, Hugs, and Smiles πŸ’•

* I am not affiliated with the author/publisher/product mentioned here ☺️ I just really like the books and the yarn. 

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. brennacrocheter
    Sep 19, 2017 @ 11:55:26

    Missed you in the bake along, but that chocolate chili bread sounds amazing!

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  2. Tracy @ It's a T-Sweets Day!
    Sep 19, 2017 @ 14:49:05

    Tina it looks like you have been burning the candle at both ends! I would love to make some of that chocolate chili bread. Would you like to be the star baker next month with that recipe? It looks divine! I love your oversized poncho:). The picots are the perfect touch!❀️❀️

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    • Kristabella's Hodgepodge
      Sep 19, 2017 @ 15:21:23

      Oohh Tracy….I’m thrilled to bits 😍 I would love for my bread to be the “Star” of next month’s Bake-Along πŸ˜ƒ Thank you so much!
      I am really warming to the idea of making these oversized ponchos πŸ€“ The big advantage is that they cover the thighs…that’s where I get cold…long johns or not 😜
      I love the picots too…they’re a great alternative to fringes πŸ’•πŸ’•

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      • Tracy @ It's a T-Sweets Day!
        Sep 19, 2017 @ 15:35:13

        Yea! It’s going to be a HOT Bake Along next month:)❀️. I will remind you when it gets closer. Covering the legs is GENIUS! I will have to give this a try for sure:)! You are inspiring today:)!

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      • Kristabella's Hodgepodge
        Sep 19, 2017 @ 20:26:01

        Hehehe 😜 Love the pun πŸ€“ Nicely done πŸ˜†
        I’m happy to inspire πŸ€— btw – I used the Mandala yarn cakes…the yarn is super soft, and I love their color combos πŸ˜πŸ’•

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  3. Tami
    Sep 29, 2017 @ 12:24:50

    I love that poncho!!! I also love the mandala yarn – it’s been very very difficult to not buy a ton more of it!! πŸ˜€

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