The Fantastic ~ Bake ~ Along

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Last week/weekend it was time for our monthly fun and delicious Bake-Along. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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So here’s the post that falls in the category ‘She also ran baked’ ๐Ÿ†

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 Knotsย ๐Ÿ˜ŠTami baked her devine looking ‘Chocolate covered Peppermint Patties’, and asked everyone for their favorite Chocolate recipe.

Well…Hello….Say ‘Chocolate’ and I’m there! ๐Ÿ˜œ
Since most of you have already seen/bakedย 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!ย ๐Ÿ˜ŽNever 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:

โ€ข โ€ข 1c salted butter โ€“not margarine

โ€ข โ€ข 5 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

โ€ข โ€ข 2c sugar

โ€ข โ€ข 3 eggs

โ€ข โ€ข 2 tsp vanilla

โ€ข โ€ข 1 1/2c flour

โ€ข โ€ข *optional 1c chopped nuts

Combine butter, sugar, cocoa, and eggs. ย Mix until smooth. Add flour, vanilla, and nuts. ย The batter will be thick and light brown. ย  Spoon into a greased 8ร—8 pan . They will be thick. Cook on the middle rack of ย a 350* oven for 40-45 min. ย Start checking at 35 min. ย They are done when a knife comes out clean but just barely clean. ย 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! ๐Ÿ˜

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 Iโ€™ve Been Up To? ๐Ÿ˜

Keep reading and you’ll find out ๐Ÿ˜Š

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

But maybe the fact that you’re actually reading something I wrote is a sign that the phase is ending. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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’ ๐Ÿ˜œ

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. ๐Ÿ˜

The only thing I changed, I added the ribbed edge using alternating fpdc/bpdc to give them a tighter fit. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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. ๐Ÿ˜ŠI do plan to write the pattern over the weekend, so you will see it within the next few days. Pinky swear ๐Ÿ˜˜The matching hat

My New Purse

I really love how this one came out ๐Ÿ˜Š And it’s so much fun to make…I see a few more of them in our future ๐Ÿ˜

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 ๐Ÿ˜œ 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 ๐Ÿ˜ฉ she needs something warm and yarny asap. ๐Ÿ˜Š By next time I’ll have a picture…hopefully of her wearing it! ๐Ÿ˜

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! ๐Ÿ˜

I did not ‘bake along’ this week ๐Ÿ˜• 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰, 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 ๐Ÿฅ•

Now I’ll go back to wielding the crochet hook so my lovely friend will be cold no more ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Have a lovely weekend!

I’m sending you Smiles ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugs ๐Ÿค— and Love ๐Ÿ’•

Your ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ Advent ๐Ÿ•ฏ Calendar ๐ŸŽ„ ~ Day 9

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• I hope you’re enjoying the beginning of a fabulous weekend! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

The surprise behind Door # 9 combines two of my favorite things ๐Ÿ˜

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

Breathtaking, isn’t it?! ๐Ÿ˜

Have fun today ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Fantastic ~ Bake ~ Along – Apples!

Hello my lovely friendsย ย ๐Ÿ’• 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: Applesย ย ย ๐Ÿ˜ƒย  ~ 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! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Doesn’t it look amazing?

image Oh…btw…I didn’t put icing on…I was a little too generous with the flour when I prepared the pan. ๐Ÿ˜

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 –ย  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,ย this cake will definitely be a staple in this house, and once you make it (just follow the ‘Applesauce Cake’ link up thereย ย โฌ†๏ธ ) 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 spoilย  her with her favorite peanutbuttery Doggy-licious cookies๐Ÿ˜

Happy Birthday, Lorelai!

She keeps looking at me – I think she knows what’s coming! ๐Ÿ˜

Thank you for stopping by today! ๐Ÿ’•

I wish all of my US friends a happy, joyful, peaceful Thanksgiving Celebration! ๐Ÿ˜

Sending Smilesย ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugsย ย ๐Ÿค— and Loveย ๐Ÿ’œ your way! ๐Ÿ˜˜

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Fantastic Bake-Along – Chili/Chocolate Bread ๐Ÿ˜

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

It’s that time of the month again ๐Ÿ˜ 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 ๐ŸŒŸStar๐ŸŒŸ of this month’s event. ๐Ÿ˜Š
If you missed my post on Tuesday…you can find it and the recipe here ๐Ÿ˜Š

Tracy already posted her baking result…and even her recipe for hand-mixing/oven baking ๐Ÿ˜Thank you for that, Tracy! ๐Ÿค—

I just saw that Emma from Emma Crafts Design is already done baking ๐Ÿ˜Š and it looks like she loves it! ๐Ÿ˜

Hold on….Lucia is done too ๐Ÿ˜ƒ You have to see what her little helper did when Mom wasn’t watching ๐Ÿ˜…

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. ๐Ÿ˜

Let me know if you baked/liked this bread  ๐Ÿ™‚ 

I’ll be back later with the ‘Weekend Chuckle’ ๐Ÿ™ƒ

Until then ๐Ÿ’•

A Bug, ย Two Hats, and Three Squares ๐Ÿ˜

Hello my lovely friends  ๐Ÿ’• 

Word of advice….if you’re squeamish – scroll by the first picture real fast ๐Ÿ˜ 

Okay – you have been warned ๐Ÿ˜‰

A Bug 

This weird, but somehow very fascinating, creature was hanging out by our front door yesterday ๐Ÿ˜ณ


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. ๐Ÿ˜ Just the feelers – moving frantically- gave it away. 

Two Hats 

I love Pixie Hats ๐Ÿ˜ 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’ ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰) 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 ๐Ÿ˜Š 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. ๐Ÿ˜„ 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 ๐Ÿ˜– Nothing seemed to work

No green-ish, no purple, no teal…I now have enough triangles to make a separate cardigan ๐Ÿ˜‚

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

Nope ๐Ÿ˜• 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 ๐Ÿ˜œ


See it there…on the right…on top of the couch. ๐Ÿ˜‚

I’m not giving up though. Something will come to me. ๐Ÿ˜

Alrighty – that’s all for today ๐Ÿ˜Š 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 ๐Ÿ’• 

I’m sending Love โค๏ธ Smiles ๐Ÿ˜ƒ and Hugs ๐Ÿค— your way, and hope to see you tomorrow for the ‘Fantastic Bake Along’s Chili/Chocolate Bread’! 

Attention Chocolate Lovers ๐Ÿ’• Chili/Chocolate Bread Aheadย 

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• Are you ready for some baking? ๐Ÿ˜Š Then I have a treat for you! 

No tricks, just some deliciousness ๐Ÿ‘ป

I love to experiment in the kitchen. So when I was ready for a new breakfast bread – the Raisin Bread got a bit boring – and came across a Chocolate/Chili bar at a store…it all came together.๐Ÿ˜I picked up some chocolate chips (Ghirardelli Bittersweet) – that’s all I needed, everything else is always in the house. ๐Ÿ˜

That was a few weeks ago. I mentioned it in a post here, and the lovely Tracy – awesome quilter, fabulous blogger, and all around a wonderful person – asked if I would like this bread to be the ๐Ÿ’ซStar๐Ÿ’ซ of this month’s ‘Fantastic Bake-Along’. ๐Ÿ˜Š Needless to say, I was thrilled to say ‘Yes!’ 

If you don’t just wanna bake this bread, but also share it with the rest of the ‘Fantastic Bakers’, please let Tracy know, and she’ll include you in the list. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ She will even send you a reminder every month – like I said…a wonderful person! ๐Ÿ˜ All you have to do is head over to her blog It’s a T-Sweets Day and let her know. ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope you decide to join us, and share your beautiful baking results with us. ๐Ÿค—

Alrighty…now to the recipe for the 

Chocolate/Chili Bread 

I made it in my bread machine. If you do the same, place all the ingredients, in this order, in the bread pan fitted with the kneading paddle 

For a small loaf (1 lb.)

Milk, room temperature  –   3/4 cup

Unsalted Butter, room temperature, 1/2″ pieces  –    1/4 cup 

1 egg

Salt.  –  1/2 tsp.

Granulated Sugar  –  2 Tbsp.

Bread Flour   –  2-1/4 cups

Chili Powder   –  1-1/2 tsp. 

Yeast, active dry, instant, or bread machine   – 1-1/2 tsp.

Select the ‘Basic/White’ program, 1 lb., and your desired crust color, and start the machine. When the mix-in tone sounds, add 1 cup chocolate chips. 

Note: The Ghirardelli chips have a very intense chocolate taste. The Chili therefore is just an aftertaste…a mild ‘burn’. To intensify the Chili flavor you might wanna use Milk Chocolate Chips. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Cool completely on a wire rack before slicing. 

I wish I could give you Hand Mixing Instructions here, but I have no experience in yeast-bread baking outside my bread machine ๐Ÿ˜Œ I looked through all my cookbooks…none of the recipes has the needed ingredients listed. 

So…fellow bakers…if you have a trusted recipe that can be used here, please let me know. I will gladly include it. โ˜บ๏ธ

Happy baking! I’m looking forward to seeing your bread, and can’t wait to hear what you think of this concoction  creation ๐Ÿ˜

Now head over to Tracy’s blog, and tell her you wanna join us! ๐Ÿ˜˜

Sending Love โค๏ธ, Smiles ๐Ÿ™‚, and Hugs ๐Ÿค— 

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