Month: May 2016

Cherry-Chocolate-Almond Coffee Cake

Get ready to bake this drop-everything-and-bake cherry cake! I used this recipe from my most trusted baking blog Sally’s Baking Addiction – hers calls for raspberries which is what I used the first time I made it! Delish! But I just had to make it again and I used up the berries.. So I turned to those cans of cherry filling in the pantry. πŸ™‚ I cut the sugar back to only 1/4 cup since the cherries are sweeter than the raspberry, and there’s sugar in the streusel as well. So here’s my cherries, after I rinsed all the sweet syrup off, plus batter and streusel. Not pictured is the bag of chocolate chips that my kids keep dipping their hands into… I followed Sally’s instruction perfectly as I’m not yet comfortable enough to “wing it” with cakes like how I’ve gotten with cookies. Speaking of cookies, see those gorgeous chocolatey giants below?! I baked them for my eldest daughter’s school carnival and oh boy they turned out great. I’ll make that my next Sunday …

VVCAL – Week 20

Welcome to the twentieth week of the Vibrant Vintage CAL! We’ve madeΒ 48 squares so far – I think! hehe I lost count… But not much more to go!! Loving the VVCAL and feeling generous? Help me support a dear friend of mine who is battling stage 4 renal cancer, while raising 2 toddlers (one recently adopted, and one surprise successful pregnancy!). Click here to donate – any amount will help, and I genuinely appreciate it! Link leads to http://paypal.me/VVCALdonate Related Links CAL Main info page – Please read thoroughly for fully-linked weekly schedule, design basics, and color selection Find the PDF version as a free Ravelry download here:Β WandaΒ | Emily– PDF includes: Full pattern, charted instruction, and a condensed, printable PDF version of the pattern Ravelry group – Join if you want to! Anyone can participate in this open CAL just by following along each week – subscribe to this site, or join the Rav group if you like Facebook Group – Vibrant Vintage CAL (official) – Join if you like! Basic USA crochet terms with …

VVCAL – Week 19Β 

Welcome to the nineteenth week of the Vibrant Vintage CAL! We’ve made 44 squares so far – I think! hehe I lost count… If you’re getting that overwhelming feeling also because you’ve just joined along with us, please don’t fret! take your time to catch up, and remember, you can always work a smaller blanket… Just tag progress in our social media links below, and you’ll find tons of support πŸ™‚ Loving the VVCAL and feeling generous? Help me support a dear friend of mine who is battling stage 4 renal cancer, while raising 2 toddlers (one recently adopted, and one surprise successful pregnancy!). Click here to donate – any amount will help, and I genuinely appreciate it! Link leads to http://paypal.me/VVCALdonate Related Links CAL Main info page – Please read thoroughly for fully-linked weekly schedule, design basics, and color selection Find the PDF version as a free Ravelry download here: William | Alma– PDF includes: Full pattern, charted instruction, and a condensed, printable PDF version of the pattern Ravelry group – Join if you want to! Anyone …

Pecan Sandies

My husband is the “cookies with coffee at 8pm” type, and he loves Pecan Sandies. In the pursuit of Sunday Baking happiness, I made these copy-cat cookies that I found last year. I copied the recipe down, and I changed it to suit my taste- then I changed it again, and again.. Now they’re perfect!  ———————— Copy-cat Pecan Sandies ———————— 2 sticks unsalted butter (1 cup), softened .5 cup granulated sugar 2 tsp vanilla extract (or 1 tsp each vanilla and almond extract) 1.5 tsp baking soda .5 tsp salt 2 cup flour 1 cup pecans (pieces, finely chopped, or broken up halves.. Your preference) ———————– Preheat oven to 330F Cream butter and sugar in a big bowl.. Add vanilla extract and mix in.. Add flour, baking soda, and salt and gently fold together with a wooden spoon. Don’t beat it up.. Just incorporate the flour in. Stop when you barely see little stripes of flour. Add pecans and gently fold in. It really will appear “sandy.” Scoop small amounts onto cookie sheet – I …

VVCAL – Week 18

Welcome to the eighteenth week of the Vibrant Vintage CAL! We’ve made 40 squares so far – I think! hehe I lost count… If you’re getting that overwhelming feeling also because you’ve just joined along with us, please don’t fret! take your time to catch up, and remember, you can always work a smaller blanket… Just tag progress in our social media links below, and you’ll find tons of support πŸ™‚ Loving the VVCAL and feeling generous? Help me support a dear friend of mine who is battling stage 4 renal cancer, while raising 2 toddlers (one recently adopted, and one surprise successful pregnancy!). Click here to donate – any amount will help, and I genuinely appreciate it! Link leads to http://paypal.me/VVCALdonate Related Links CAL Main info page – Please read thoroughly for fully-linked weekly schedule, design basics, and color selection Find the PDF version as a free Ravelry download here: Laura | Lupita– PDF includes: Full pattern, charted instruction, and a condensed, printable PDF version of the pattern Ravelry group – Join if you want to! …