Update Post Re: All Projects

The Wordy BitIt's all wordy bit and pictures today. My life has been a whirlwind of projects, illness, wellness, craziness, and chaos since just before Christmas. I've got loads of projects going, and none of them seem to be getting done--at least, not fast enough! My baking experiments have been mostly failures, lately...which is very disheartening but! I'm learning. I'm trying new things even when I fail, and I'm making notes (extensive notes) so that I can track my successes and failures. I teased a sugar-free chocolate cake a while back and never came back around to was a mess, and I ate one piece. My husband didn't like it, and I wouldn't even dare give it to my toddler. 

I have a love/hate relationship with Devil's Food cakes, anyway**. This iteration is a modified version of my cupcake recipe. It didn't turn out well, so I made some notes on ways to alter the prep (not the ingredients) and see if that yields better results. However, t…

Ravioli - Baked, Not Boiled

All You Need:For the Ravioli:Bread Crumbs (Panko works best)
Italian Seasoning
1/4 cup butter, melted
10 ounces of ravioli (I use the premade refrigerated ravioli)
Dipping Sauce
Cooking Spray
Baking sheet

Dorian Baby Blanket

Materials:5.5mm Crochet Hook
3 skeins Lion Brand Basic Stitch in White
3 skeins Lion Brand Basic Stitch in Silver Heather 
Tapestry needle

All the Taste, Half the Carbs - Cheesecake

All You Need:For the Crust:
1/2 cup (approximately) Coconut flour
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
3 Tablespoons Splenda
1/2 cup butter, melted

For the Filling:
4 Blocks of Cream Cheese (8 oz per block), room temperature
3/4 cup Splenda
1/2 can Coconut Cream*
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla

Springform pan or cheesecake pan

Optional: 1/4 cup Key Lime Juice (I use this one)

* - instead of buying coconut cream, buy full fat coconut milk (like this) and refrigerate overnight. The cream rises to the top and semi-hardens. Use this and discard the liquid. What You Do:Preheat oven to 350°. In a medium bowl, mix the Splenda, cinnamon, and melted butter. Add coconut flour a tablespoon at a time until crumbly texture is achieved. (Coconut flour is highly absorbent and it doesn't take a lot. However, if you have an opened bag you may need to use more because it won't be as absorbent. Coconut flour is weird and finicky, but it is delicious.) Press crust mixture into the bottom of the cheesecake…

Scraps into Scrubbies

Materials:100% Cotton Yarn (I've used Bernat Handicrafter, Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton, and Lily Sugar n Cream Cotton)
4mm or 5mm hook (whichever size the yarn calls for)
Tapestry needle (for weaving ends)
Scissors (I picked these up off Amazon, and they are adorable and amazing!)
Abbreviations to Know: MC - Magic Circle Ch - chain SS - slip stitch HDC - half-double crochet DC - double crochet Pattern (written in US terms):Make a Magic Circle (or use my shortcut, written under the Wordy Bit, bc the Magic Circle never works for me)
HDC 6 into the MC; ss to join
Ch 2; HDC 2 into each stitch; ss to join
Ch 2; *HDC 2 into first stitch; HDC in next 2 stitches*, repeat around; ss to join
Ch 3; DC around; ss to join
Weave in ends

The Wordy BitSubstitute for Magic Circle:
Chain 3; HDC 6 in the 3rd loop from the hook; slip stitch to join. Pull the non-working tail tight to close the gap. Simple as that!

This pattern is a quick and easy way to use up any extra cotton yarn you have. Or, pick colors that coordinate…

Chicken Pot Pie for One or All

All You Need:

Knitting Update #1

Materials:I'm using the Kilim Blanket knitting kit from We Are Knitters. It comes with:

7 balls of The Petite Wool (My color selection is: Color A - Ochre; Color B - Blush; Color C - Olive)
8mm Knitting Needles
Tapestry Needles
Pattern booklet
The Wordy BitIt's official: I've started knitting! I have spent quite a lot of time since receiving my kit going over knitting videos and reading articles about technique and execution. I have practiced a long-tail cast on more times than I can count. But this past week, I went beyond my cast on and started making stitches!

As a crocheter, and as someone who's never seen someone knit in person, figuring out how to handle the yarn and needles took a lot of getting used to. In fact, I'm still not quite comfortable with it. I'm a member of a knitting and crochet group on social media, so I asked all my ridiculous questions to them. Thankfully, many veteran knitters understood the confusion about basic yarn questions like: How do I…