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

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!


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!

Until thenย  img_2242-2


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˜˜


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’•

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— 

Baking, Books, and a Few Random Things

Hello my lovely friends  ๐Ÿ’• I hope you’re having a great Monday! ๐Ÿ˜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? ๐Ÿ˜ Ready for some shenanigans? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here we go…

   1. This past weekend Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day hosted another ‘Fantastic Bake-Along’. ๐Ÿ˜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!  ๐Ÿ˜œ ) which results in having to buy new pants…which I hate.  So I just enjoyed dreaming about the deliciousness, while reading the recipe  ๐Ÿค” 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. ๐Ÿ˜• Did you notice that too? Or am I becoming ornery? ๐Ÿค“

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. ๐Ÿ˜› 

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. โ˜บ๏ธ 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 ๐Ÿ˜ณ and booooring. ๐Ÿ˜ด

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now off to some ghost hunting…Book 4 is waiting. ๐Ÿ˜

    3.  ‘Feronia’ the Poncho is (almost) finished ๐Ÿ˜ 

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

 I’m horrible at ‘Selfie-taking’ ๐Ÿ˜† 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 ๐Ÿ˜›

Then I added ‘Picots’ to the neckline and bottom edge – Thank you, Tracy, for the idea ๐Ÿ’•

…a drawstring….just in case ๐Ÿ˜‰ – and tassels 

Now I just gotta weave in the ends ๐Ÿ˜ 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. ๐Ÿค—

   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. ๐Ÿ˜ 

And it’s awesome (if I may say so myself…but hubby thinks so too ๐Ÿ˜‹) 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. ๐Ÿค“

   6. I mentioned yesterday that I’m going shopping – for more yarn ๐Ÿ˜œ It was quite a successful trip 

And that is all for today ๐Ÿ˜Š Thank you so much for visiting and reading all the way down to here ๐Ÿ˜˜

I’m sending you Love, Hugs, and Smiles ๐Ÿ’•

* I am not affiliated with the author/publisher/product mentioned here โ˜บ๏ธ I just really like the books and the yarn. 

๐Ÿ’ฅWIP ๐Ÿ’ฅ Wednesday ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• Happy Hump-Day …well, I hope you had a happy one ๐Ÿค“ I’m almost too late (again) with my WIP post. I have to stop starting a project in the morning – so I have something to show you – and then not finish ’til it’s done ๐Ÿ˜œ

The idea for this brand-new project came to me last night while I was making dinner. I was browning meat, and walked away with ‘Grease Splatter Freckles’ on my hand and wrist…that happens a lot ๐Ÿ˜•

My oven mitt is so bulky that I can’t really get a good grip on my spatula. That got me thinking of this…

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I love Folk-Art – so, of course- it had to be the house ๐Ÿ˜ƒ All that’s left now are the outlines of the windows and the door. 

I tried it tonight…and it does work ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Of course I forgot to take a dinner picture – so I took one while making some scrambled eggs for the dogs ๐Ÿ˜

Not the greatest picture, but you get the idea ๐Ÿ˜Š

It can also be a “hideaway” for your dish soap, oil – or vinegar bottle, etc ๐Ÿ˜

What do you think? Is this anything you would use? Please let me know ๐Ÿค“


Now that autumn is right around the corner I’m always on the lookout for more Sweater/Poncho/Scarf Yarn. So I was thrilled to find this here in our Walmart*

It is 100% Acrylic ๐Ÿ˜• Not necessarily my favorite…but it’s supersoft and comes in really nice color combos 

I bought two each of my favorite colors – not an easy decision let me tell you ๐Ÿ˜‹ and started the first poncho panel. I’m using the Granny Square stitch, so it went pretty fast. One ball is enough for one panel. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I did play some ‘Yarn Chicken’ ….and lost 

Oh well, I wasn’t too thrilled anyway when the turquoise/blue turned into green – not the best color/combo (in my opinion) ๐Ÿ˜‰

See… ๐Ÿ˜‘

These are the latest projects. You already know all the other ones…and I’m afraid there’s not much happening in that department ๐Ÿ˜…

Since it’s going on 8 – I’ll let you get back to what you were doing ๐Ÿ˜Š Bye for now 

Take care ๐Ÿ’•

*I’m not affiliated with the store /product mentioned here 

The Fantastic Bake ~Alongย 

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• Today you’re in for a real treat! A delicious bread is on the menu for this weekend’s ‘Fantastic Bake~Along’ ๐Ÿ˜

 Don’t you just love baking your own bread? The fantastic smells coming out of the kitchen spell love and comfort ๐Ÿ’œ I love how everyone gathers around aiming for that first slice. ๐Ÿค—

Doesn’t that look delicious? I bet you can’t wait to get started! ๐Ÿ˜‹

Here is the recipe:
Whole Grain Bread โ€“ makes 1 loaf

Recipe by Kathy Reeves @ Sewing Etc.

Bread Machine Instructionsโ€“ Use the dough setting. Add the ingredients in this order

8 oz. tepid water

1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons butter  ~ I used Sunflower Butter 

2 Tablespoons honey

2 Tablespoons wheat bran  ~ I used steelcut oats 

2 Tablespoons wheat germ

2 teaspoons flax seed  

ยผ cup whole wheat flour

2 ยผ cup white flour

1 package or 2 ยฝ teaspoons yeast

Optional: Raisins or chopped nuts (This is not part of the original recipe…it’s just what I do ๐Ÿ˜)

Punch down the dough, roll into a rectangle, and roll up from the short end like a jelly roll, pinching the ends and edge to seal. Place, seams side down in a greased loaf pan. Cover; let rise in warm, draft free place until doubled in size, about 45-60 minutes.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes or until done. Remove from pans; cool on wire rack.

Hand Mixing Instructions-
In a large bowl mix very warm water (105 degrees), butter, honey and salt until dissolved. Add yeast, set aside for 5 minutes to proof.

Stir in wheat bran, wheat germ, flax seed and whole wheat flour.
Stir in enough white flour to make a soft dough, then turn out and knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic. You will probably use all of the white flour as you knead for 8-10 minutes. Place in a lightly greased bowl, cover and let rise about one hour.

Punch down the dough, roll into a rectangle, and roll up from the short end like a jelly roll, pinching the ends and edge to seal. Place, seams side down in a greased loaf pan. Cover; let rise in warm, draft free place until doubled in size, about 45-60 minutes.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes or until done. Remove from pans; cool on wire rack.
**How do you know when the bread is done? Knock on the loaf, and if it sounds hollow, it is done or nearly there! 

This time I added the raisins, and the yeast worked some of them to the top…and, I guess, the moisture turned them back into grapes ๐Ÿ˜‚

I had to pick them off – they tasted a bit burned ๐Ÿ˜

But the rest of the wonderful loaf was in fantastic shape ๐Ÿ˜†

If there’s any left we’ll have it with a layer of honey for breakfast tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜

If you wanna join us next month, visit Tracy’s Blog to sign up. We’re looking forward to having you! ๐Ÿ˜
Here’s her invite…

Alright…..clean-up time ๐Ÿ˜ฃ Then I’ll get your ‘Weekend Chuckles’ posted ๐Ÿ˜† I hope you can make time and stop by again later. ๐Ÿ˜€

Until then ๐Ÿ’•

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