Crochet Baby Flower Headband

Yes, a baby item lol!  Now that Christmas is behind us/me, we can start to concentrate on the soon to be grandbaby and working on the craft room!

Today I made a quick little headband with a flower on it.  It was easy to make and very quick, I don’t think it even took a half hour to complete!



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A Must Try in the New Year

Here is a Cinnamon Roll recipe thanks to:

These are something I have been meaning to try for a long time.  I used to make them all the time in my bread machine but when I got the KitchenAid, I chucked the bread machine and haven’t made any since!!!  I am definitely going to try this recipe in the New Year.

We are off tomorrow to our 2nd Annual Family Bowling/Dinner Event.  Last year was so much fun that we want to keep the tradition up as our family grows! Last year Dillon beat me during the final game so I am looking for revenge this year lol!  Wish me luck!


These are from a copycat cinnabon recipe that’s been floating around the web since forever.

via Cinnamon Roll Pr0n — What’s 4 Dinner Solutions


Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Doesn’t this look delicious? Thought I would share.

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Carbonara is a classic pasta dish from Rome, and probably the most misunderstood dish in Italian cuisine.

The carbonara sauce is really typical of roman cuisine because it’s incredibly simple and uses only 4 main ingredients: eggs, pork, cheese and black pepper – NEVER cream! The American and British versions made with double cream are pretty awful and have completely misunderstood the point. Carbonara is not a general term for a creamy pasta sauce, it’s a specific dish. So despite popular belief and current advertising from Philadelphia cheese, there is no such thing as a ‘carbonara-style’ sauce. You cannot add cream, soft cheese, garlic, onions, peas or mushrooms and still call it a carbonara. Adding cream is completely pointless – it just washes out all the flavour and makes it really unhealthy. A proper carbonara should feel creamy and indulgent, but this comes from the egg rather than cream, and is balanced by the salty…

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My Singer Knitting Machine!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

I took Boxing day off as an “On Strike” day, the same as I always do. I did nothing but sleep, read and feed Chris and Dillon leftovers lol.

Today however, I was playing with the Singer Knitting Machine that Chris got me  (because of a rather large hint) for Christmas.  I am having so much fun!

This is what it looks like out of the package, it even came with a couple of skeins of yarn to get started!

The first thing I made was a cute little baby hat! It took me about 15 minutes! 15 minutes!!!

And then I made a pair of socks.  If you have ever knit socks before you know how time consuming it can be.  I made this pair in a half hour! Guess what everyone is getting for Christmas next year lol?

I anticipate having a whole lot of fun with my new “toy!”


P.S. I also got a combination grinder/pasta maker/sausage stuffer, so stay tuned for recipes and ideas when I start “playing” with it!!!

Bird Nest Ornament (Old German Tradition)

I wanted to make a special ornament for my mother-in-law because she has been under a lot of stress lately… just a little pick me up.  I scoured Pinterest for some old German traditions, something she might remember from her childhood, and came across the tradition of placing a bird’s nest in the Christmas tree and ran with that!



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Cranberries & Cream Trifle

I feel like I keep typing this…. but I saw this recipe on Pinterest and decided it was what I would make to take with us on Christmas Eve, when we celebrate with Chris’ family.  It just looks so delicious and festive!

I found the recipe at:

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Christmas Baking… from the non-baker!

If you’ve been following our blog for any amount of time, then you’ve heard me say before that I’m not a baker. And growing up eating all the delicious treats my mom makes means store-bought cookies are never going to satisfy the need for baked treats, especially during the holidays. That means not baking, at least at Christmas time, is not an option.  So, every Christmas I try, often with supervision and assistance from my mom or hubby, to make Christmas cookies.

There are rare occasions when I get it right. My hubby’s favourite cookies are Crinkles. I’d honestly never heard of them before we got together and the first time I made them, we baked them together. They’re delicious! Hard on the outside, soft on the inside… and many, many years later, I can still make them for him (now without assistance). If nothing else, it’s one baked treat my children will get to enjoy year after year. And of course, they’ll be spoiled with grandma’s baking just like I was.

Now, don’t get me wrong, baking is fun. And it’s not the oven that baffles me, in fact, I bake lots of things in the oven (most recently a delicious maple salmon). It’s the damn flour! It doesn’t seem to matter what I do, every time I try to bake it tastes floury. I’ve resolved to the fact that I’m cursed.

My curse may be broken because I’m happy to share that this year… I did it!!!! Three non-flour tasting cookies!


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Pearly Christmas Ornament

I had some plain glass Christmas ornaments that I had great intentions for but never actually got around to doing anything with until the other day.  I had a few containers of strand craft pearls I bought at the dollar store, so I decided that was what I would do with a couple of the ornaments.



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