Monday, December 10, 2007

Knitting and baking, baking and knitting

Lots of baking and knitting this weekend....

I finished a scarf for Addison. We went to the yarn store on Thursday, and he picked out this soft, white yarn, that I loved! He was so excited about it because it wasn't itchy! I would love to take credit for the hat too, but we got it at Old Navy last year. The scarf matches so well, I swear it is made out of the same yarn!

He loves it! It was another wake up gift that was waiting for him at the bottom of his bed on Sunday morning...I could not wait until Christmas!
I just did a random pattern of knitting and purling in rows to create the stripe effect. No rhyme or reason to it at all. Perfect for a beginner (like me) to pratice those stitches.

I made some more cookies and bars from my favorite recipe stash. This is Hershey's double chocolate mint dessert. So yummy, and when it is cut into squares it looks very impressive!

I c. flour
1 c. sugar
1/4 c softened butter
4 eggs
10oz. can of chocolate syrup
Heat oven to 350, grease 9x13 pan. Beat together above ingred. until smooth, pour into pan and bake 25-30 minutes. Cool completely, then spread with mint cream
Mint Cream:
combine 2 c. powdered sugar, 1/2 c. butter softened, 1 T. water, 3 drops green food coloring, and 1/2 tsp mint extract.
Cover and chill, then top with chocolate topping.
Chocolate topping:
melt 6 T. butter and 1 c. choc. chips, stir until smooth.
This recipe is easier than it sounds. I almost put red food coloring in the frosting instead of green, but decided to wait until Valentines day instead...

Another family favorite, chocolate crinkles ( um, I don't waste much time on Christmas cookies that are not chocolate, as you can tell)
1/2c. plus 3 T. oil
3/4 c. cocoa
2 c. sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 c. powdered sugar ( to roll dough in )
Mix oil, cocoa, sugar. Blend in eggs, add vanilla, stir in dry ingred. Chill several hours, or overnight.
Heat oven to 350 drop spoon fulls on dough into powdered sugar, and form into a ball. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes.
Hope you have a chance to try one of these recipes!
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Kate said...

Love the scarf and hat!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Addison has the most beautiful eyes - those lashes!

Good job on the scarf - it looks great! The cookies look yummy too.


latree said...

I love the hat...

K said...

can I just say..........I love your blog!! You are uber talanted. I wish I knew how to knit, but I am a slow learner, so I may be ready for net year :)

a friend to knit with said...

fabulous scarf!
great job....i love when i am so excited to give them something i made! :)

thanks for the recipes! those look fabulous.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful boy!! He must take after his Grammie Red!!!:)

What I really want to know is, are you bringing any of those luscious looking treats to knitting circle tomorrow night??????? Inquiring minds want to know!


Casey's trio said...

You are a baker after my own heart! My mom used to make chocolate crinkle cookies when I was growing them:) I might have to add those to my Christmas baking list!