Saturday, February 22, 2014

Baking Dark Chocolate Cookies, Pop- a - Doodle, and Crocheting

 Hey all!
Hope the weekend is fun and enjoyable for you!
Today thought I would share what I was doing a few days back when it was raining cats and dogs here on the Oregon coast ( excuse the silly joke)  Any whooooo! now I sound an owl
I decided to do some baking while we were getting the 8 inches of rain and I found I had a box of dark chocolate cake mix that was for Christmas time; that I did not use so I thought make dark chocolate cookies!
I took the box and mixed one cup of butter and one egg to get the dough for cookies and I think you can still get dark cake mix in the store, this mix just happened to be for Christmas but I think there is a dark chocolate cake mix in stores all the time, that's what I am trying to say in a round about way.  Next I used some Raspberry Jello and sugar and mixed the sugar and dry jello together.  I rolled about 1 1/2 balls, then rolled them in the sugar mixture and mashed them down slightly with a fork and baked at 325 degrees for 25 minutes or until done. I used about a 1/4 cup of sugar and 2 table spoons of the jello for the mixture.  My hubby just loved the cookies.
 I just had to share a picture of Pop a Doodle on the rainy day! he was just watching me crochet away as we were watching a really good spooky movie! Don't he look all nice and warm!
This is what I was working on while watching the movie and waiting for the cookies to bake!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Working on Some Spring Time Projects

 I just finished this pretty crochet project a large doily that I designed on my very own.  Its made with no patterns but just an idea I have in my head.  I used a double stitch and chained some stitches along with a few decrease stitches.  It measures 17 inches so its a large doily and I will be starching shortly.  Its a white cotton yarn I am using with small glitter sparkles in it.  the hook was a 4.25 mm hook.
This Chicken bowl or Boat I have not quite decided what to call it yet but I am thinking hard about it, is all my very own idea.  I created the pattern, choose the fabric and sewed it all up on my sewing machine.  I am using some wonderful heavy cotton quilting fabric with some really bright designs on it.  the head is quilting batting like warm and natural and there is a bit of fiber fill in the head.  the rest is felt and a bit more cotton fabrics that made a good contrast.  There are 2 little eggs in or on the back of the chicken and they are also quilting batting, filled with fiber fill.  So yup I have finally gotten busy crafting, there just has been so much going on, a wedding that will be Dec 11th and another grand baby is on the way plus some really strange weather on the Oregon coast, which I am sure most of you all have been in some wild weather too... seems its going on all over.  Today my hubby is home early because they all got rained out I think we have gotten about 8 inches of rain in 2 days and finally just a bit ago the wind finally calmed down enough that the Internet is staying on.
Right now I am doing some more crocheting, and yes its going to be another really large doily or decor for a chair I will have to see how far I can get with the yarn and I share that with you all a little later.  I am sorry I did not get a thing done for Valentine's day but I am working on a few things for next year and I am working towards Easter!! and Spring.