Monday, December 29, 2014

Cluster Stitch Baby Blanket with Pom Pom Edging

I've been working on this baby blanket for awhile and finally had the free time to finish it up.  I started out wanting to knit something cute, but crocheting is a bit easier for me and I don't have to concentrate so hard on not making mistakes or slipping a stitch.  So I found a pattern for a cluster stitch on Pinterest (links are at the bottom of this post).  When I finished it up, I wanted a different sort of border, so I found this pom pom border that looked amazing.  

Here is the end result!

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The color is bright - not your traditional baby blanket, but maybe it'll be the one that is used for a trip to the park or the grocery store without the fear of getting it dirty.  Or maybe it'll be the blanket that the baby will love because the pom poms are just fun to handle!  Either way, it was made with love (and three skeins of yarn)!

Cluster stitch pattern is from and can be found here.

Pom pom border is from and can be found here.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Oreo Cheesecake Cookie Dough Bars

I'm not a good "bar" maker.  My last attempt could have been featured on the Pinterest Fail page.  Big time fail.  Sweetened condensed milk and I do not get along.  Well, that and I substituted M&Ms for bite sized York peppermint patties - that may have had something to do with it.  Anyway, I decided to try again because it's Christmas Eve and I wanted something that will surprise my son-in-law, the resident chocolate expert.

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I must admit, these are yummy!  I'm not a bar fan in another respect - I don't like to eat them.  Too much going on in one piece of dessert.  But, I like these!  Maybe it's the crispy chocolate chip cookie dough on the top... maybe it's the Oreo crust... I can't decide.  Maybe I should have another one....

If you're planning to make these, give yourself a little time. There are three steps - the crust, the cookie dough, and the cheesecake filling.  It took me about an hour (I took a little break to run to the store in between steps for something I forgot so I could finish the recipe).  This recipe comes from Two Peas & Their Pod and the link can be found here.

Well worth the effort!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Cinnamon Bun Cookies

Can you believe it?  It's that time of year again!  I swear, days have just flown by!  I'm getting ready to host our family Christmas Eve dinner (all six of us!) and wanted to have some yummy treats handy.  In addition to the Spritz pressed cookies and the David's Dollops, I decided to try something different.  If you know me, you know cinnamon rolls are my weakness.  Just search "cinnamon rolls" on this blog or on my Pinterest page, and you will see that I'm a tad addicted!  Well, I found this recipe from the Cooking Channel and it is amazing!!  You can find the recipe here.

I was at work one day and my son-in-law sent me a link to some sugary sweet dessert recipes.  This was one of them.  I've made it several times, and I must admit, you have to practice a bit to get the right swirl thickness.  In the end though, it really doesn't matter how thick or thin the swirls are (I'm not a Cooking Channel cook, so it's never going to look like their picture!) just know that they are delicious! 

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The recipe calls for some orange zest (my orange trees are still producing fruit!) which gives these treats a little bit of a zing!  The glaze is made with Karo syrup and powdered sugar - something I've never used before.  Great with a cup of coffee for dessert (or even in the morning!) I think you'll enjoy these cookies!