Lily Cowl


Devilishly Good Brownies

What You Need:1 cup butter (I use salted) 2 cups granulated sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla 4 eggs 3/4 cup Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt nuts (optional) A brownie pan An oven What You Do:Preheat the oven to 350°, and line brownie pan with parchment paper. 
Melt the butter either in a pan or in the microwave. Stir in the sugar until the sugar melts, then add vanilla. Allow to cool (if needed) until just warm, then add the eggs one at a time (mixing between). Carefully add and stir in the cocoa. Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir until just combined (here's where you'll add the nuts, if you're using them). Pour into brownie pan and bake for 30 minutes (until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean).

The Wordy BitThese brownies are the result of a very happy accident. You see in the ingredients list where I specify Hershey's Special Dark? Well, it wasn't always there. I used to use regular co…

Squishy Bathmat


Oven Baked Ribs

All You Need:Rack of ribs (uncut, and 3-6lb works best) Your favorite barbecue sauce  Salt Pepper An oven Baking sheet (with raised edges) Aluminum foil

The Noro Cowl

Materials:Noro Hakone, 1 skein (or any super bulky weight yarn)--roughly 108 yards Size P crochet hook Tapestry needle (for weaving ends) Pattern (written in US terms):Loosely chain 18 Row 1: starting on the 3rd chain from the hook, DC across (16 sts). Chain 2. Turn Row 2: DC across (16 sts). Chain 2. Turn. Repeat Row 2 roughly 28 times until 24 inches long (or desired length). Hold starting chain and final row together and line up stitches. SC ends together. Weave in ends.
NOTE: Using the SC will create a thick seam on the inside of the cowl, which I wanted. If you'd prefer little to no seam, I'd suggest using a slip stitch to join the rows together.

The Wordy BitIn 2018, I had the privilege of joining a crochet community that offers online classes and patterns for a monthly subscription. Part of the sign-up was an opportunity to receive a box of luxury/designer type yarns. Now, to be perfectly honest, these are not the type of yarns I would have ever thought about buying. But the pr…

Soul Soothing Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup, Stage 11 3-6 lb whole chicken (either frozen or fresh, depending on method) 4 medium carrots, roughly chopped 1 lb baby Bella mushrooms, cleaned and roughly chopped 1 quart chicken broth 3/4 cup water 2 Tablespoons dried thyme 2 Tablespoons dried parsley 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper 1 bay leaf