The Recipe Folder: No-Knead Bread

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I love European bread! 😍The crunchy outside – not the slightly darker, ‘same-taste-as-the-bread’ outside, that the sandwich bread makers like to call “crust” πŸ˜… No, the real crust, where bits of it fly everywhere when you cut into it. And the soft, non sticky(!!!) crumb! With some airholes, and a taste that makes you swoon! 😊

And now, after all these years here in the States, I found a recipe that not only promises all that, but also delivers. πŸ˜ƒ

And all you need is 4 simple ingredients. We all have them at home…and they’re actually pronounceable πŸ˜‰

Just gather ✨Flour ✨Yeast ✨Water ✨Salt…that really is it!

For the recipe please visit Olga in the Kitchen πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³

A little tip from me – for the last 20 minutes (after you take the lid off), place an oven safe dish with ice cubes on a lower rack. The steam will make the crust extra crunchy.

And this is what you can look forward to…

Please let me know how much you enjoyed making and eating this wonderful bread. 😊

Happy baking! πŸ’•

Your Advent Calendar πŸŽ„ Day 18

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

If I stand on my tippy toes I can see Christmas from here πŸ˜πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌ

But – we have a few more doors to open. Let’s see what’s behind this pretty one…

Something amazingly beautiful from a very talented (and patient) lady 🀩

8 ft. β€˜Notre Dame’ in Gingerbread 😦 Jawdropping, isn’t it?

If you like to know more about who, where, how please click Here πŸ’’

I made an itsy bitsy Gingerbread village a couple of years ago. While it was (somewhat) pretty, and fun, I can’t even imagine taking on a project like this! πŸ™ƒ

I wish you a wonderful, fabulous, sparkly Holiday season πŸ’•πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Your Advent Calendar πŸŽ„ Day 13

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Today’s Door #13….

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…holds a delicious secret! 🀩

A recipe from my Cookie ~ Kitchen

Gingerbread Cutouts 

In the spirit of creating new traditions, hubby and I teamed up in the kitchen to bake some Gingerbread cookies. 😊

If you wanna bake along, here’s what you need, and need to do…

1/2 c Sugar
1/2 c Molasses
2 tsp. ground Ginger
1-1/2 tsp. ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground Cloves
1/2 tsp. ground Nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground Pepper
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c (1 stick) Butter, cut into pieces
1 large Egg, beaten
3-1/2 c all-purpose Flour
Frosting

1. In 3-quart saucepan, heat sugar, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and pepper to boiling over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in baking soda (mixture will foam in the pan). Stir in butter until melted. With fork, stir in egg, the flour.

2.  On lightly floured surface, knead dough until thoroughly mixed. Divide dough in half; wrap half of dough and set aside.

3. Preheat oven to 325Β°F. With floured rolling pin, roll half of dough slightly thinner than 1/4″.

Hubby hard at work πŸ˜…

 

4. With floured 3 to 4 inch cookie cuters, cut dough into as many cookies as possible; reserve trimmings.

The fun continues πŸ˜‰

 

5. Place cookies, 1/2″ apart, on ungreased large cookie sheet. Bake cookies until edges begin to brown, about 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool. Repeat with remaining dough and reserved trimmings.

6. When cookies are cool, decorate cookies as desired (we used vanilla frosting, colored with food dye).
Allow frosting to dry completely, about 1 hour. Store in tightly covered container up to 2 weeks.
Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

While ours don’t look very professional πŸ™ˆ they are definitely very colorful, and delicious 😁

 

Now go, and strap on that apron. Let me know how it went! 🀩

I wish you a wonderful, fabulous, sparkly Holiday season πŸ’•πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌ

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Fantastic Bake – Along: Scones

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Laaaast weekend was the ‘Fantastic Bake Along’ – and I missed it. πŸ˜•

It’s so terribly hot and humid here that the stove/oven is merely decoration right now.

We’re eating take out or sandwiches, the Birthday cake was store bought, and the delicious Maple Scones have to wait till later.

But…just because I didn’t bake them shouldn’t mean that you can’t! 😁

Don’t they look mouth-watering?

All you have to do is hop over to Tracy’s amazing blog It’s A T-Sweets Day

There you find more scrumptious pictures, the link to the recipe, and a list of bakers that didn’t let the heat bother them and made these fabulous treats nonetheless. 😊

I hope you enjoy this deliciousness! I’m looking forward to hearing about your results!

Happy Baking! πŸ’•

The Fantastic ~ Bake ~ Along

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Last week/weekend it was time for our monthly fun and delicious Bake-Along. πŸ˜ƒ

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So here’s the post that falls in the category ‘She also ran baked’ πŸ†

I have been reading a lot of the wonderful baking posts…so, yes, I do believe I’m the last one!

The lovely Tracy, quilter, baker, author of It’s a T-Sweets Day hosted another Bake-Along.

This month’s star-baker was Tami over at Tanglewood Knots 😊Tami baked her devine looking ‘Chocolate covered Peppermint Patties’, and asked everyone for their favorite Chocolate recipe.

Well…Hello….Say ‘Chocolate’ and I’m there! 😜
Since most of you have already seen/bakedΒ my favorite chocolate recipe (Chili/Chocolate Bread ) I decided to follow Tracy’s Brownie delight!

Now, honestly, I had sworn to never make Brownies from scratch again. I was convinced that the only good Brownie is the one out of a box. But Tracy was very convincing, so I gave this one more try.
What can I say? By golly she is right! 😎Never again will I bake brownies using a mix!
These devilish things are sooooooo good! I can’t even begin to describe it!

Don’t believe me? Here’s the recipe…go ahead! Try it!

Ingredients:

β€’ β€’ 1c salted butter –not margarine

β€’ β€’ 5 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

β€’ β€’ 2c sugar

β€’ β€’ 3 eggs

β€’ β€’ 2 tsp vanilla

β€’ β€’ 1 1/2c flour

β€’ β€’ *optional 1c chopped nuts

Combine butter, sugar, cocoa, and eggs. Β Mix until smooth. Add flour, vanilla, and nuts. Β The batter will be thick and light brown. Β  Spoon into a greased 8Γ—8 pan . They will be thick. Cook on the middle rack of Β a 350* oven for 40-45 min. Β Start checking at 35 min. Β They are done when a knife comes out clean but just barely clean. Β Do not over cook.
I baked them for 42 minutes (convection oven).

They’re ready for the oven….

After 20 minutes the house filled with a wonderful chocolate-y fragrance. I could hardly wait to pull them out of the oven. After checking a few times, the knife finally came out (almost) clean.

Hubby and I nibbled on them all evening…until we agreed that we have to move them out of sight. Good thing we did or there wouldn’t have been enough left for a nice picture! 😁

If you’re looking for more chocolate goodness, please check out what all the other bakers posted for ya

Lucia @ Crochet, Knit, and more

AJ @ A Petite Slice of Life

Marcia @ Una Regiaen Bicicleta

Rebecca @ Twinklehook

Abbey @ Three Cats and a Girl

Susan @ Granny Smith’s Quilting

Kathy @ Sewing etc.

Brenna @ Crochet539

Emma @ Emma’s Crafts Design

Kate @ Life, Tea, and everything

I hope I can add your name to this list next month! Happy baking!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you will do so often!

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Wondering What I’ve Been Up To? πŸ˜

Keep reading and you’ll find out 😊

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

It feels like it’s been forever that I ‘talked’ to you. See – I’m going through an ‘obsessive’ crochet phase. I get that once in a while.

I thought about you and this little blog of mine often. I outline posts in my head, grab the iPad…then one glance toward the yarn – and that’s all she wrote. Or in this case – didn’t write. πŸ˜‰

But maybe the fact that you’re actually reading something I wrote is a sign that the phase is ending. 😊

Now back to why you’re here…you wanna know what I’ve been up to. Here you go

I made a few hats

I shall call them ‘Never get lost in a snowstorm again’ 😜

I found a great pattern on Pinterest – How to size and crochet the perfect hat/beanie.

It’s a written pattern, and really easy to follow. If you want to make a hat or two…take a look

It doesn’t get easier than that. 😍

The only thing I changed, I added the ribbed edge using alternating fpdc/bpdc to give them a tighter fit. 😊

A scarf and another hat

For this scarf I recreated one of my jewelry designs The two ends wrap around the neck, then get tucked through a loop behind the flower. That way you can wear it tight for extra warmth, or, if that gives you a ‘choking’ feeling, loose for looks. 😊I do plan to write the pattern over the weekend, so you will see it within the next few days. Pinky swear 😘The matching hat

My New Purse

I really love how this one came out 😊 And it’s so much fun to make…I see a few more of them in our future 😁

A Puzzle Sweater

I made a little progress on this sweater. I took the pieces that were joined together apart, and started over. There is an idea behind the madness 😜 You’ll see!

I’m currently working on a Puzzle Poncho for a constantly shivering friend. That poor girl is always cold, and since we are expecting another arctic blast 😩 she needs something warm and yarny asap. 😊 By next time I’ll have a picture…hopefully of her wearing it! 😍

Oh….one more thing! Last weekend was the Fantastic Bake-Along, hosted by Tracy on her blog It’s a T-Sweets Day

On the menu this weekend were ‘Mary Berry Gingersnaps’. Rebecca was kind enough to share her amazing (sounding) recipe. Rebecca is the author of a fabulous blog – Twinklehook

If you don’t know them – you should hop on over to their blogs. Tracy and Rebecca are both awesome and inspiring crafters and wonderful friends! 😍

I did not ‘bake along’ this week πŸ˜• I knew if I baked those cookies, and have them in the house, then any chance of wearing my jeans, which I accidentally shrunk in the wash πŸ˜‰, any chance of wearing them in the near future would just be gone.

So I lived vicariously through the success stories of all the other bakers – while gnawing on a carrot πŸ₯•

Now I’ll go back to wielding the crochet hook so my lovely friend will be cold no more πŸ˜ƒ

Have a lovely weekend!

I’m sending you Smiles πŸ™‚ Hugs πŸ€— and Love πŸ’•

Your πŸŽ…πŸΌ Advent πŸ•― Calendar πŸŽ„ ~ Day 9

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• I hope you’re enjoying the beginning of a fabulous weekend! πŸ˜ƒ

The surprise behind Door # 9 combines two of my favorite things 😍

Books and Gingerbread…take a look at ‘Hogwarts Castle’ made entirely out of Gingerbread

Breathtaking, isn’t it?! 😍

Have fun today πŸ˜ƒ

Fantastic ~ Bake ~ Along – Apples!

Hello my lovely friendsΒ Β πŸ’• It’s that time again…Time for the ‘Fantastic Bake Along’ hosted by our lovely friend Tracy over at It’s a T-Sweets Day Every month Tracy inspires a long list of friends to do some baking. Usually we all bake one thing….but this month she just gave us a theme: ApplesΒ Β Β πŸ˜ƒΒ  ~ inspired by Connie’s @ Connie’s Creations Applesauce Cake. I decided to follow Connie’s recipe for the Applesauce cake…and I strongly advise you to do the same. That cake is absolutely fabulous! We had some for dessert last night, and right after hubby was already planning the size of the slice for breakfast! πŸ˜‚

Doesn’t it look amazing?

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Throughout the weekend I saw a lot of mouthwatering Apple Recipes…Tracy’s Award winning Apple Pie, Apple Waffles, Apple Scones, Apple/Prosciutto/Parmesan Wraps…just to name a few.

Take a look…

Brenna’s Apple/Proscuitto/Parmesan Wraps Kathy’s Apple Waffles Kate’s Apple Scones AJ’s Gluten- and Dairy Free Applesauce Cake Abbey’s Apple Coffee Cake *There are more wonderful bakers – but thanks to the Shenanigans of either WordPress or my Laptop – or maybe it’s a combined effort –Β  the links show up as weird letter combos and hieroglyphs. Pfft…
y and Brenna have the full list posted if you wanna check out and enjoy the whole Apple deliciousness of this month.

Everything looks so delicious that I will definitely bake my way down the list. Meanwhile,Β this cake will definitely be a staple in this house, and once you make it (just follow the ‘Applesauce Cake’ link up there  ⬆️ ) you will feel the same. I promise!

Now I’m off to the kitchen…got some more baking to do. See – it’s Lorelai’s Birthday – and every year I spoilΒ  her with her favorite peanutbuttery Doggy-licious cookies😍

Happy Birthday, Lorelai!

She keeps looking at me – I think she knows what’s coming! 😁

Thank you for stopping by today! πŸ’•

I wish all of my US friends a happy, joyful, peaceful Thanksgiving Celebration! 😍

Sending SmilesΒ πŸ™‚ HugsΒ Β πŸ€— and LoveΒ πŸ’œ your way! 😘

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Fantastic Bake-Along – Chili/Chocolate Bread πŸ˜

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

It’s that time of the month again 😁 Time for our ‘Fantastic Bake-Along’

The lovely Tracy, host of the baking weekends and the fabulous quilter/writer of the awesome It’s a T-Sweets Day blog, picked one of my bread recipes to be the 🌟Star🌟 of this month’s event. 😊
If you missed my post on Tuesday…you can find it and the recipe here πŸ˜Š

Tracy already posted her baking result…and even her recipe for hand-mixing/oven baking πŸ˜Thank you for that, Tracy! πŸ€—

I just saw that Emma from Emma Crafts Design is already done baking 😊 and it looks like she loves it! 😍

Hold on….Lucia is done too πŸ˜ƒ You have to see what her little helper did when Mom wasn’t watching πŸ˜…

If you like to join the fun next month….just visit Tracy’s blog, and let her know. Go ahead – you know you want to. 😁

Let me know if you baked/liked this bread  πŸ™‚ 

I’ll be back later with the ‘Weekend Chuckle’ πŸ™ƒ

Until then πŸ’•

A Bug, Β Two Hats, and Three Squares πŸ˜

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• 

Word of advice….if you’re squeamish – scroll by the first picture real fast 😝 

Okay – you have been warned πŸ˜‰

A Bug 

This weird, but somehow very fascinating, creature was hanging out by our front door yesterday 😳


I had never seen one in ‘real life’ …just photos. They really do look like sticks, especially since this one had a leaf stuck to it. 😁 Just the feelers – moving frantically- gave it away. 

Two Hats 

I love Pixie Hats 😍 So this week I gathered up my courage, and finally gave it a try…

First I made a Toddler size one…using an easy pattern from Two Little C’s

The yarn is ‘Fruity Stripes’ from Red Heart’. Not usually my choice for wearable accessories/clothing, but I love the colors. And like my daughter pointed out…’It definitely is water-repellent’ πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

For the second one I wanted to use a yarn from my stash – Lion Brand ‘Landscapes Tropics’

It is an acrylic yarn, but looks and feels like wool (without the scratchy-ness πŸ˜‰) and it’s machine washable. 

I knew I didn’t have enough for the pattern, so I started at the band, and worked my way up. I decreased as I saw fit…and am proud to report that it worked on the first try. 

If I ever manage that again 😊 there will be a written pattern. 

Three Squares 

Two, three weeks ago I started on a new ‘Gypsy Cardigan’. I always use the ‘Mandala Cakes’. It was a struggle from the beginning, because the colors/lengths didn’t match from one cake to the next. But somehow I made it work. πŸ˜„ So I had matching squares

On to the contrasting triangles. Ha – you’d think ‘yellow and grey…pretty neutral colors. Easy peasy’. Well, no! Not true πŸ˜– Nothing seemed to work

No green-ish, no purple, no teal…I now have enough triangles to make a separate cardigan πŸ˜‚

I took everything apart, and thought ‘I’ll make a shawl’. A quick border, seams – done! 

Nope πŸ˜• Colors look ok…but there’s a lot of puckering going on 

I’m beginning to think that these squares don’t wanna be anything …except maybe a pillow in a ’70s german living room 😜


See it there…on the right…on top of the couch. πŸ˜‚

I’m not giving up though. Something will come to me. 😁

Alrighty – that’s all for today 😊 Oh, one more thing…I’d like to send you into the weekend with a little chuckle 


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Have a fabulous Friday πŸ’• 

I’m sending Love ❀️ Smiles πŸ˜ƒ and Hugs πŸ€— your way, and hope to see you tomorrow for the ‘Fantastic Bake Along’s Chili/Chocolate Bread’! 

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