Feb 25, 2009

Have a Blessed Ash Wednesday

“Yet even now,” declares the LORD,“Return to Me with all your heart,And with fasting, weeping and mourning; And rend your heart and not your garments.”Now return to the LORD your God,For He is gracious and compassionate,Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindnessAnd relenting of evil."
Joel 2:12-13

Joel 2:12-13

Feb 24, 2009

Special Day!

Today is my son's 24th birthday. Seems like just yesterday he was a baby...

Happy Birthday, Joe!

WINNERS of my first Giveway!

The winning numbers generated by Random.org are:

41 and 9

janetfaye and sallyanne03

I'll be emailing the winners today.


Feb 21, 2009

Crocheted Cable Scarf

I recently finished a scarf for my youngest daughter, that came out much better than I expected. I had to look for a tutorial on Utube in order to figure out how to do the tricky front post and back post stitches (I'm a visual person.) I found the Free pattern at the Coats and Clark website.
Here are a few of pictures. My daughter is very happy with her sparkly scarf! :)

Feb 8, 2009

YUMMY Biscotti..mmmmm.....

I wanted to bake a chocolaty treat for Valentine's Day, so I made some of my favorite Espresso-Chocolate Chip Biscotti. These babies pack a chocolate-coffee punch! If you eat very many, don't be surprised if you get a caffeine buzz. I'll try to post a picture later, but right now the camera is dead and I can't find the charger :(
Here's the recipe:

Espresso-Chocolate Chip Biscotti
(adapted from Cooking Light Magazine)

2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup regular or mini semisweet chocolate chips
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup powdered instant espresso or 1/2 cup instant coffee (YES, 1/4 CUP!)
2 teaspoons hot water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 large eggs
Cooking spray (or line cookie sheets with a Silpat or Parchment Paper)

The coffee and chocolate make these perfect for dunking in milk or cafe au lait.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Lightly spoon the flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (flour through salt) in a large bowl. Combine espresso and water; stir well with a whisk. Stir in oil, vanilla, and eggs, and add to flour mixture, stirring until well-blended (dough will be dry and crumbly). When the dough gets too difficult to stir, finish mixing with floured hands, kneading it several times, until it holds together. Divide the dough in half. Shape each portion into an 8-inch-long roll (may need to flour your hands to do this). Place the rolls 6 inches apart on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray, and flatten each roll to 1-inch thickness.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Remove rolls from baking sheet, and cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Cut each roll diagonally into 15 (1/2-inch) slices (Use a good, sharp serrated knife to do this). Place the slices, cut sides down, on the baking sheet. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees, and bake for 10 minutes. Turn the cookies over (be careful, as the chocolate chips can be very hot!), and bake an additional 10 minutes (the cookies will be slightly soft in center but will harden as they cool). Remove from baking sheet, and cool completely on wire rack. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen (serving size: 1 biscotto).

If you like, you can dip the cooled biscotti in some melted chocolate chips, then allow to dry on waxed paper or parchment. Enjoy!

Feb 3, 2009

My latest Crochet Project

I always try to crochet a blanket for any new babies in our family, and my niece had her 2nd baby girl recently, so I made a blanket for the new baby, and a stuffed bunny for the "big-sis".

I found the bunny pattern on the Lion brand yarn website. It was one of the most challenging projects I've completed, not because the crochet stitches were at all difficult, but stuffing the tiniest parts (The bunny is only about 6 inches high) while finishing crocheting them, and sewing it all together was not like anything I'd ever done before. I don't know if I'll make another bunny, but I'm told my niece was thrilled with it, so it was definately worth the effort.