Saturday, November 28, 2009

Mocha Chocolate Chip Muffins

Mocha Chocolate-Chip Muffins

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, and more for sprinkling on top
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup strong coffee, room temperature
1/3 cup, plus 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Sift all dry ingredients together in a bowl.

In a large measuring cup, mix all wet ingredients.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir ONLY till moistened. It's very important not to over-mix or they can get very tough.

Line a muffin tin with paper liners and fill with batter. Sprinkle with some of the remaining chocolate chips and then baked for 18 minutes in a 400 degree oven.

Makes 12 good size muffins

Saturday, November 21, 2009

My new sock design

Oblique Sock with Round Toe. This is an easy to knit sock with an 8 row pattern repeat. Easy to memorize but not boring. Featuring a Dutch heel, and a round toe. Knit on size 1 DPN from the top down.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Sunset hand dyed, handspun yarn

Have you ever enjoyed a Beautiful golden sunset? That time of day when the sun begins to fall below the horizon. I tried to capture the beautiful colors of the sunset in this yarn. I hand dyed this yarn with blue, gold, purple, and burnt orange dyes to get the look of a beautiful sunset. Then I hand spun this wool into 122 yards, of DK weight yarn at 13 WPI. This is a 2 ply yarn.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Mommy's Little Girl by Diane Fanning

This is a True Crime story about the Casey Anthony case. I watch the Nancy Grace show almost every night, so I am very familiar with this case and was not sure that I would learn anything new reading this book.
But I did. It is a very interesting book. Read it.

Baking with Kairi

My sister RoxAnn brought my great niece Kairi out to visit today.
She is just the sweetest little girl.
We baked cookies.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Rooster Hand dyed, Handspun Yarn

The Rooster is King of the chicken coop. A rooster is often more colorful then a hen. As in this case with this Beautiful Rooster yarn. I hand dyed this soft Merino wool, to capture the red, black, gold, and brown color of the rooster.
This is a 2 ply yarn that is 10 WPI, making it a worsted weight wool yarn. At 124 yards, I can see this knit into a lovely scarf, hat, or a pair of fingerless mitts.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Star-Shaped Baby Afghan

My nephew and his girlfriend are going to have a baby. A great reason to buy yarn, and to crochet a baby afghan. I choose the Star-Shaped baby afghan pattern to knit for them. I think that it turned out so very cute. I used Bernat Softee Baby yarn for this afghan. I used a pink, a blue, and a green. Perfect baby colors. This yarn is sooo soooo very soft. Perfect for a baby.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Mortal Danger by Ann Rule

I love True Crime stories. And Ann Rule told the terrifying tale of Kate Jewell, and how she survived living with John Branden. But another women was not so lucky and lost her life at his hands. A Good read.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Brownie Pan

I bought this yesterday
and tried it out today.
I sprayed the heck out of it with cooking spray to make sure that my brownies would come out of the pan nicely.
I have to say that it was difficult getting my brownies out of this pan. I even put them in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to make sure that they were very cool.
I think that you need to flour and spray this divider thing.
But I did get nice square shaped brownies.
Be sure to use a cookie sheet when you bake with this brownie pan, because some of the batter did leak out of the bottom of the pan.

Handspun Yarn Giveaway Winner

I want to Thank everyone for entering my Handspun Yarn Giveaway. The winner of the Handspun Giveaway is momof2grls. She has a Knitting and Family blog at