Saturday, August 24, 2013

Cherry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Chewy. Chocolaty. Tarty.



Yield: ~ 3 dozen
Bake Time: 8-10 minutes per sheet

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened*
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (dark chocolate chunks would be delicious too!)

*So actually I was only planning on using 1/2 cup of butter but because I accidentally bought butter in 1 pound blocks instead of quarters, I wasn't thinking and cut the block in half for the recipe instead of in fourths. Oops. So if you'd like to make it with less butter, go for it! 


1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add both sugars, baking powder, and baking soda. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl as needed. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in flour. Stir in rolled oats, dried cherries, and chocolate chips. 

2. Drop dough using two spoons or an ice cream scoop (mine's size 40, 1.5 tablespoons), 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. I usually fit a dozen per sheet. Bake at 375F for about 8-10 minutes, until edges are golden brown. Cool on cookie sheet for a minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container.


Recipe slightly adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book 75th Anniversary Edition "Ranger Cookies" recipe.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Evie's Purple Zinnia Headband

Purple Unicorns. Purple Zinnia.







Evie's Blush Orchid Pink Headband

Can't stop after making Evie's first headband...! Here's headband #2! Thinking up #3 ... and #4 ....





Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Evie's Green & White Flower Pink Headband


After making the floral hair pins, I thought it'd be fun to make Miss Evie a little something too! The flower is crocheted with 3.75mm mercerized cotton yarn and sewn on the band with the tail end of the yarn. To finish it, I hot glued a circle of soft gray felt on the back, opposite side of the flower, to secure on the flower and for a more polished finish.


Crocheted Flower Hair Pins

New project! 

So fun. So cute. So functional. 





3.75 mm crochet hook. Mercerized cotton yarn. Colored hair pins. Glue gun. Felt.

Thank you Janice for the inspiration! Hope you love them!

Monday, August 19, 2013

White Sun Hats

I've been playing around with color combos in bands of colors on the canvas of white cotton sun hats! Below is a pink band sun hat and a pink teal band sun hat. Working on a blue hues sun hat and maybe a pink ombre one? If the ruffles were minimized to make it more of a bucket hat, do you think it these hats could go for little boys? I'm picturing lime green, cobalt blue, bright orange? Thoughts? 

White Sun Hat with Pink Band and the Most Kissable Cheeks

Pool Party

White Sun Hat with Teal Pink Band

Strawberry Baby Splashing at the Splash Pad


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Friday, August 16, 2013

Pink & Purple Beanie and Booties

This week has been unusually cool in the 70's and 80's when it's typically in the 90's and humid. No complaints here! It certainly has put me more in the mood for fall where there are rich and vibrant reds, oranges and purples everywhere. And that led to these (the orange inspiration shows up in another combo)!






Baby bootie pattern inspiration from Repeat After Me Blog.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Garden Baby Booties


While searching for baby bootie patterns, I was inspired by blogger of Repeat After Me. She has an easy to follow pattern that makes the cutest booties! I embellished mine with a shell trim on the cuff and a whimsical flower growing from the sole. Our little one loves looking at flowers, listening to birds playing in the trees, and running her fingers through the grass ("Mom, can I eat this?"). 




Friday, August 9, 2013

Sweet Lavender Mint Beanie & Booties

For the no-pink mama-to-be, what about these for her baby girl?







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Banilla Almond Scones

Fluffy. Nutty. Buttery. Banilla-y.


Banilla-what?! Imagine banana pudding's healthy cousin. That would be Stonyfield's low fat organic Banilla yogurt. No, I don't get paid to advertise or review this product - in general I refrain from mentioning any brands and products on my blog. However, in order for these scones to be Banilla scones, I have to mention the yogurt because as far as I know, there isn't another yogurt like it out there (and I'm not sure how easily it would be to re-create if I told you to go find "banana and vanilla flavored yogurt"...).

Anyway, on to the scones! Scones some times get a bad reputation for being tasteless, rock-hard, lumps. Oh no, these are quite the opposite. The buttery crumb, crunchy almond topping, and banana aroma make you want to eat the whole batch sit by the window with a cup of tea or hot chai and savor the flavors. These scones are probably the size of your palm so make them bigger or smaller as you please.

RE: top left photo of butter on scale: I never weigh ingredients for recipes but accidentally bought four pounds of "solid" butter in one pound blocks instead of "quartered" butter in four ounce sticks .... 

Yield: a dozen (each scone, the size of your palm)      
Total Time: 30-45 minutes (including clean-up!)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cold and in pieces (easier to cut through if it's in pieces)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup low fat organic Banilla yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 400F. 
  2. Stir flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut the flour mixture together with the cold butter and brown sugar until well blended.
  3. In a small bowl, beat yogurt and one egg together. Pour into pastry mixture. Stir just until mixed (Don't over do it! Over-mixing leads to sad scones.)
  4. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, drop dough onto ungreased nonstick baking sheet (line with parchment paper if you're nervous about them sticking, I didn't have any sticking on my ungreased, unlined, nonstick baking sheet). I fit 6-8 per sheet, give them some room because they'll try to grow into each other if you put them too close together.
  5. Beat the second egg an brush on top dough. Sprinkle with almonds.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes. Scones should have a beautiful golden color and your kitchen will smell of warm banana-nuttiness. Serve warm! Store in an airtight container (if you have any left!). To re-serve, pop them in the toaster oven for a few minutes to re-create that "right out of the oven" taste!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Garbanzo Bean Salsa


This garbanzo bean salsa is so versatile it can go in a wrap, on naan, on an English muffin, or with chips. This particular night we had it on top of garlic naan and hummus. So flavorful and light yet filling for a summer dinner. If you have a dinner party and have vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free guests, keep this salsa in mind to serve with corn tortillas or rice crackers!

Our Dinner

If you haven't used tomatillos before, these are a must! Tomatillos are also referred to as Mexican green tomatoes. They are covered with a thin parchment-like covering, similar to their cousin the cape gooseberry. Make sure you pick out green and firm tomatillos. Their flavor has hints of lemon and apple. Remove husk and wash before using. 

Tomatillos
The amounts for the ingredients are approximate. Adjust to taste (or based on what's in your fridge!).
  • 1 large tomato (I used a HUGE heirloom tomato), gutted (don't throw the guts away! drink up!), small chop (~ 1 cup)
  • 4 tomatillos, fine chop (~1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup sweet peppers, fine chop
  • 1 jalapeno, minced, no seeds (unless you like spicy!)
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion (~3/4 cup), fine chop
  • 1 lime, zest then juice
  • large handful of cilantro, fine chop
  • 1 can of garbanzo beans, rinsed
  • pinch of fine sea salt, adjust to taste
All ingredients go into a bowl, stir to mix well and enjoy! It's even better after an hour once the flavors have a chance to get to know each other.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Sweet Pink Buttercream Booties

A little sweet pink buttercream for your little cupcake?




 


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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Blush Pink Pullover Sweater with Flowers

Usually I shy away from making larger projects because they rarely get finished (like blankets and adult sweaters). However, with kids getting older, I suppose the projects have to get bigger! This pullover sweater is a custom order for an adorable toddler who's soon to become a big sister. It's made of soft 100% acrylic yarn and can be worn over a t-shirt or turtleneck depending on the weather making it perfect year round! I love it! If I had the patience, I'd make one for myself!




Red, White, and Blue Baby Booties

Fourth of July may have passed us by but being patriotic isn't for one day only! This pair of red, white, and blue booties is perfect for any day. Picture a red onesie, blue jean overalls, a toothless smile, and cheeks begging to be pinched!






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