Fudge

Im sure I’ve got your attention now! Oh my gawd!! I found something you all must try! I made a run of the mill boxed cake today. No biggie, just felt like cake. Then I went searching for a frosting recipe.

Found one! Fudge Frosting! It was so easy to make, very simple to spread and after a quick 10 minutes or so not messy at all! I highly suggest you look it up and try it. You will not be disappointed. (Oh, and make sure to check out my awesome polish pottery aka my cake plate! I finally got to use it!) I’m off to search for the Chocolate Frosted Marshmallow Cookies mentioned at the end of the recipe now. YUM!

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Buffalo Pigs – A Recipe

Now for something a little different. It’s been quite a long time since I’ve shared some type of recipe. Last week I was going to make pigs in a blanket the way I saw my SIL do it. Easy. Crescent Rolls and Lil’ Smokies. You just cut small triangles of the cresent roll, wrap the smokie with it, and that’s all. Easy! I added my own little twist, but I swear it’s still easy!!
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Buffalo Pigs

Cresent Rolls
Lil’ Smokies Cheddar
Yancy’s Buffalo Wing Cheddar Cheese

Cut up your crescent rolls. I think I cut each triangle into 4. Cut up slivers of the buffalo wing cheese (you could really do this with ANY cheese though!). Put a lil’ smokie and a piece of cheese on each triangle of crescent roll, wrap and put on your cookie sheet for the oven. Follow the oven temp and time that the crescent rolls you bought tell you to use. When you wrap just try to stretch your dough around the cheese so you don’t have a mess to clean up. It will taste great either way though!! Enjoy!

A Conundrum

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I actually have a few NEW projects on the needles this week! A bit of startitis I suppose. Subway Knits QAL has to be given most the credit for giving me the motivation. The rest of the motivation has come from the fact that they are presents and the weather is beautiful. Something about knowing they are for someone else makes want to continue on with a small project. And having the windows open and breathing the nice fresh air also makes want to knit more.

I’ve cast-on a dishcloth with some bright orange Peaches & Cream cotton. It’s a nice quick project that was originally queued March 10, 2010. Did you know when you start a project from your queue it actually tells you the date it was originally queued at the very bottom of the project page? I never knew that before I started the QAL. Very cool! This isn’t just any dishcloth, it’s The Answer to the Greatest Question dishcloth. You probably only understand that if you are a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fan, which my husband is. Huge fan…read all the books. So basically that means it has the number 42 on it. I laughed when I looked at all the other project pages of the pattern because apprently I’m not as original as I thought. The pattern was made by someone whoo was a fan of some Nascar driver who was number 42. Well, every project has something to do with The Hitchhiker’s Guide.

Also new to the needles is an Argyle Golf Club Cover. This would be for my Dad. He picked the colors out around a year ago and I never touched it. So I went to cast it on this morning. Well, that’s where my conundrum came in…..I bought Knit Picks Palette yarn and the pattern calls for Malabrigo Worsted Weight yarn. If you know much about the yarn world, than you know these are two great yarns but one is a fingering weight and one is a worsted weight. Big difference. So what’s a girl to do? I checked the patterns to see if there was a golf club cover in fingering weight. Nope. Checked project notes to see if anyone had done it in fingering weight and that was a big no. So, although it will be hard with three different colors being used in the same round I’m trying doubling the yarn. I’ve done for worsted weight projects before but it will be a bit more complicated this time around. I would have just ditched the project, but golf season will be starting soon and I would love for my Dad to actually get some use out of it.

I’ve also got my Monkey Socks on the needles and still making progress. Check out other WIP Wednesday posts here. Oh and you must give me props because I typed this entire post with one hand because I have a baby sleeping in the other!!

Back At It

I have a few projects I’ve worked on this past week.  Two will be featured on Friday.  Because….well, they are finished!!!  So I’ll save those for later.  I’ve brought back my old Vanilla Socks I was working on a few months ago.  I sure do have alot of unfinished WIPs from before I got sick.  I’m just starting to pull them out one at a time to finish.  I can’t seem to just work on them though, because I seem to lose my knitting mojo.  It’s still all weird from the pregnancy.  They are the socks made out of Zauberball Crazy which I love, and it’s also my first attempt at the afterthought heel.  I must say I like how easy they are, but I don’t know if I like the fit.  I might have to try a 60/40 heel instead of 50/50.  Maybe that will work.

I’m also back at knitting preemie hats.  Not another big project or anything this time though.  I’m part of the Due In January 2012 group on Ravelry.  Well one of the members has a friend who just had a baby boy at 28 weeks gestation.  That’s only 2 weeks older than my little angel nieces so I wanted to do something.  I asked and some of the members are going to try to get a hat or two made and in the mail by Sept. 12 so this little boy and mother can benefit from the love and comfort of the hats.  As I understand it, the mother is also a knitter but has been too sick and now of course recovering from the C-section that she hasn’t been able to knit anything.  Her friend said that some hand knits would be so appreciated by her.  Right now I’m just making a simple rib hat with the black yarn.  It’s a bit big though, so I think I’m going to try to make something a bit smaller too.  At the very least I want to get two hats sent off.

On the reading front, not much has changed.  I plowed through the last book, and now it seems that I’m a snail.  Even with a really, really good book.  I’m STILL reading The Help.  Yes, I’ve been reading it for maybe a whole month, or more now.  But according to my Kindle I’m 87% of the way through so I should finally finish tonight or tomorrow.  I have to say this book is excellent.  It definitely shows how people’s ethics and morals were challenged in the time frame.  So many changes were happening that weren’t necessarily “safe” to support.  There’s many points where I feel bad for the narrators (all three different perspectives) but there are also times I just want to yell at them.  Then I have to sit and think about how different things were then.  Kathryn Stockett has a great writing style too, and I will be looking up other books by her.

If you want to read more WIP Wednesday posts head on over to Tami’s Ami’s and Other Creations.  If you are more interested in the knitting and reading then take a gander at Small Things blog.

Oh, I also have this in the oven.  Be jealous, and wish you could smell it!  Applesauce bread by Paula Deen.

 

 

More Joys of Germany

There are so many reasons I love living here.  Personally I haven’t been too much more of Germany, but I think Bavaria is just perfect!  My two favorite things about this gorgeous place I live in?

#1.  The views and scenery.  They are just breathtaking.

#2.  The food.  Not only the traditional cooking you will get, but the food that’s also available in the stores.   You can’t buy those products in the states!

So a bit of week in review that led me to these conclusions.  Last week a few friends of mine decided to get together and walk to this castle that is town.  Not my town, but the town one of them lives in: Kallmunz.  And the Naab River runs right through her town.  Let’s just say she lucked out because her apartment is just in the most scenic area I have seen in a long time!  Talking about it really doesn’t do it justice, so just look at the pictures!

This brings me to my next love of Germany.  The food.  There are so many types of food, and candy that taste so good, and different!  One of my favorites is Nutella.  Yes, I know, I know.  You can get it in the states.  But it’s much cheaper here!!  And I had a recipe I was given by a friend a few months back and never tried.  We were hanging out with some friends Friday night and I knew it was the perfect time to try out the recipe.  I guess you could say that these people were my guinea pigs.  Believe it or not, I have never made homemade brownies!  I don’t think I was aware there was a such thing since making a box is SO EASY!  But lo and behold, making homemade Nutella brownies is almost just as easy!  Of course there are a few steps here and there that are a little more involved than cracking an egg and stirring but I’ve tackled much more intense baking recipes than this.  And they were so good!!  My husband said, and I quote “They are so good, I don’t need to put ice-cream on top”.  I think all brownies are that good, but he was impressed.  So, here’s the recipe!

NUTELLA BROWNIES

1 cup Butter
2 cups Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
4 large Eggs
1 cup All-Purpose Flour
3/4 cup Cocoa
1/8 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 cup Nutella
1/4 cup Chocolate Chips

Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. (I don’t have a sifter.  Stirring well worked fine) Set aside.On a low heat, melt the butter and add in the sugar and vanilla while stirring to combine. Remove from heat and cool completely, you don’t want it warm enough for the eggs to cook in the mixture. Once cool, add the eggs one at a time and mix well to combine after each addition.

Add the egg mixture very slowly to the flour mixture until completely mixed in.

Heat the Nutella in the microwave for a little bit until you get it to a runny consistency. Add the Nutella to the batter and mix well. Now add the chocolate chips and mix to combine.  Pour into a square baking pan and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting.  (I don’t have the patience to cool completely, so do what I do!  *Helpful Hint*  Use a plastic knife!  Works perfectly!)