Coffee Jelly with Cinnamon and Vanilla

We are down to only a few more things we want to make for our Christmas Preserve Baskets for this year!

One of them is the Coffee Jelly (with Cinnamon and Vanilla) that I made this morning! I LOVE coffee, so this just seemed the ultimate in jelly making lol!  As with most jellies, that are made with juice/liquid, I just used freshly brewed coffee to make this one.


I also have my turkey for Thanksgiving in the oven.  It is the first time that I am cooking it using the convection setting on my new oven.  I am documenting how it goes and will hopefully post it tomorrow!

For the rest of today, I am hoping to spend it at the sewing machine, getting a few more Christmas gifts off my To Do list!


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Fast & Easy Cranberry Sauce

I know that our Thanksgiving is still a week and more away, but I like to get everything… and I mean everything done ahead of time so that I can enjoy the day.  Nothing worse than hearing about your own gathering, because you were stuck in the kitchen all day cooking.

This recipe is very simple, and takes less than 15 minutes to make your own Cranberry Sauce and not the cylindrical blob of jelly “stuff” that comes out of a can!

We usually make jars of this to add to our Christmas baskets too!



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Crocheted Diaper Cover for Baby

Okay, I did end up deciding to make a Diaper Cover to go with the Teddy Bear Hat and the Baby Socks for a gift for someone I know that is expecting.

I still had some of the matching wool and the pattern I found just looked so cute!

This is how the diaper cover turned out!  Isn’t it adorable?  It is going to make a great addition to this new baby gift!

I found this quick and easy FREE pattern for the diaper cover at  Thank you to them for an awesome pattern.

Here is the full link to the pattern:

And this is the whole set, ready for gifting!



Fresh Dill Dinner Rolls

I wanted to try out a dinner roll recipe before Thanksgiving to make sure it is one I would like to make for our dinner.

These go together quickly and taste DELICIOUS! They are soft and flaky and Dillon and I have already taste tested them!



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Crocheted Baby Socks 

I wanted to make a few little things to go with the Teddy Bear hat I made, so when I found this pattern on Pinterest I just had to try it!

The pattern was easy to follow and they make up very quickly 
If you are looking for a really cute addition to a baby gift, these are it!

I’m still considering making a little diaper cover to go with them.

You can find the FREE pattern here: 


Teddy Bear Baby Hat

I made a cute little baby Bear hat for someone I know that is expecting.  They aren’t due for a while so who knows what else I will end up making. I’ve already started a pair of baby socks from a pattern I found on Pinterest!

You forget how small baby items are until you make them again, and as an added bonus, how quickly they are to make lol!



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Whole Wheat Bread

Today I finally decided to try my hand at making some Whole wheat bread for us.  I have been meaning to try it for ages but always, always forget to pick up some whole wheat flour.  I remembered Friday, at long last and this is how it went!

Doesn’t it look delicious? It slices wonderfully and would be great for sandwiches for school lunches!  What’s better than homemade bread and knowing what is actually in the bread we are eating?



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Tim Horton’s Pumpkin Spice Muffin Copycat Recipe

I am definitely going to have to try this. I love Tim Horton’s Pumpkin Spice Muffins!
Thanks to chrisincanada for the recipe!

Chris In Canada

Not too long ago things were looking a little like this:

And I was inside making something that looks a lot like this:


You guessed it: Tim Horton’s Pumpkin Spice Muffins!  This recipe is a mixture of other pumpkin and/or spice muffin recipes I’ve found and tweaked a little bit to make it a near-perfect Timmie’s knock-off.  The muffins are moist and spiced and the crunch of the toasted pumpkin seeds is the perfect adornment atop a muffin filled with a fluffy cream cheese frosting.

These are perfect for a fall morning!  (And since winter doesn’t officially begin until after the 21st of December, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy these muffins this fall.)

Without further adieu, I present to you…

My copycat recipe for Tim Horton’s Pumpkin Spice Muffins:


For the Muffins:

  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground…

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Repurposed Ceiling Fan Blades 

When we replaced our ceiling fan blades last year or the year before, I decided to keep the actual blades for a possible craft project.

Last Christmas that project presented itself!

I decided to make some ceiling fan blade chalkboards for everyone.

Well, it didn’t happen last year.  I got the decorative parts done no problem.  The problem was the chalkboard paint.  We tried a spray version of it. It seemed to go on just fine but when it dried, it bubbled in places.

It was so close to Christmas and as usual I had way too many projects on the go, that we just left them.

I had completely forgotten about them until this past weekend when I happened to go to the storage unit with Chris.  There they were, sitting on a workbench.

I decided to bring them home, sand them and try repainting them with a brush on chalkboard paint I already had.

Here is a picture of them part way through my attempt at saving them.

And this is them after I redid the chalkboard paint.


Once they were fully dried, I tied some twine on for hanging and another piece to hold a piece of chalk!

Finally I can gift them!