Thursday Fun!

Hi Friends,

It was just too good to be true!  Cute little (and big) children came to my door tonight all smiles and happy to be dressed up and receiving candy.  🙂 Most of them even said thank you.

I added a bonus gift to their treat bags: A bookmark with an amazing truth on it and an invite to join me at church where we have “great kids and youth programs”. Well, Jesus IS the sweetest gift.  And I wasn’t sure if they knew that or not.

I love this night where I get to love on my neighbors by being friendly, giving them treats and oohing and aahing over their cute or cool outfits!

What fun things did you do today?



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My Soft & Sweet Wednesday View


Hi Friends,

Today I crocheted this soft and sweet baby hat.  Isn’t that a yummy color combination?  A friend/customer requested yellow and gray, but there was no yellow to be had so I showed her the “squash” colored yarn and she loved it.    It is so soft!  And I can just imagine that her little man will look adorable in it.  (The button looks more burgundy here, but it is more of a brown tone.)

And I wanted to report back on my first teaching assignment.  🙂  The “crochet class” last night went really well.  These ladies picked it up quick!  There were the usual tension issues, but they were remarkably well with the mechanics of the stitches and even their tension improved from the beginning to the end of the session.  There were a few missed stitches here and there, but overall I give all 3 students an A+.  And they were a bunch of fun too!  Lots of laughter mixed with crochet:  You can’t beat that!  But did I get any pictures?  Who had time?!  Lol.

Tonight I am helping dear daughter with her mermaid outfit when she gets back from exercising 🙂 and I also need to make more pecan treats for dear son (since I ate the leftovers at work today-oops).   So, yes, the pecan treats were good.  Just be sure and follow the update that I added to the recipe.

Well, I guess I better hush and mush…as in dog mush – Alaska term – see what I did there?  😉



Teachable Tuesday & A Yummy Pecan Treat

Hi Friends!

I am pretty excited about tonight!  Here in just over 2 hours 4 lovely ladies are coming over to learn how to crochet!  I’m not sure my house is ready, but my heart is!  🙂

I Googled “how to teach someone to crochet” and I found what I needed.  Yay!  Click HERE to see the teaching guide I am going to follow.  Some of you are certified to teach, and it is a goal of mine to do the same.  But today is the day they are coming, so that will have to wait a little longer.  🙂  I am going to give each lady a copy of the basic stitch graphics and crochet a swatch, like the guide says.

I am also going to make this yummy treat tonight so I decided to include it here as well.  I like that it uses pure maple syrup instead of white sugar and I have all of these ingredients on hand.  So here we go:

pecan treat recipe

Coconut Maple Cinnamon Pecans

2 cups pecans
1/2 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
2 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch cayenne pepper
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tbsp coconut oil (optional)

*UPDATE* – Roast the pecans for less time than indicated here.  Check them after 5 minutes and every 1 or 2 minutes after that.  Mine were pretty brown, and on the verge of being overdone, but thankfully they were still tasty.  🙂

Preheat oven to 350°.  Place pecans on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and roast for 8 minutes. While the nuts are roasting, heat the maple syrup, coconut oil, cinnamon and cayenne pepper in a small sauce pan. Bring to a simmer and stir, then reduce to low heat to slowly reduce.
Remove the pecans from the oven, then add them to the sauce pan. Add shredded coconut to the sauce pan as well. Stir well to coat all of the pecans and coconut in the maple mixture.
Pour the coated nuts onto the parchment lined baking sheet, and spread out over the sheet. Place them into the oven and roast for 13 minutes.
Remove from oven, and allow the nuts to cool for about 30 minutes. Break them apart and serve.

I found it HERE on the “Sweet Potato Soul” blog.  I will be doing some more snooping over there to see what other yummy recipes I can find!

I’ll check in again soon to report back about my first crochet class.  🙂



Monday Reflections

Hi Friends,

Yesterday was passed in pleasant ways. First, a short work day, then home in the pouring rain which led to building and enjoying a cozy fire in the wood stove, receiving a special package(!), making and consuming some yummy chicken-rice-vegetable-pumpkin soup, light house cleaning and last and longest – working on crocheting, photographing, writing and listing my next pattern. Woot! 🙂

This lovely photo of the Thanksgiving Table Runner is my aforementioned special package! I just purchased it from a fiber artist in California (on Etsy).  Isn’t it gorgeous?!  I absolutely love it!

It inspired me to do a little more Autumn decorating. So fun! How about you? How do you decorate for Autumn? I mostly sprinkle autumn leaves and candles here and there with a couple of pinecone turkeys the kids made years ago. And I might add in some miniature squash or pumpkins. But now I have this table runner to bring it all together! 🙂

Have a blessed day!




Here she is! 🙂

Crochet Hodgepodge



A fun and rewarding experiment with this yarn!

Autumn Beauty!


Another cup cozy order on it’s way!

crochet fingerless gloves - charlotte's yarn

Crocheted 3 pairs of these gloves this week in black, purple, and light blue. Didn’t get a good photo of any of them!

crochet 2 in 1 - first

Adding these to post this afternoon. Just remembered that I also crocheted these this week. 2 in 1 boot cuffs. 🙂

Hi Friends,

I didn’t get a good picture of all my projects this week, but here are a few that I had fun with! This little heart was especially rewarding (it’s the small things) because I was never quite sure what to do with this particular “yarn”. Have you used it before? What have you made with it?

I would love to stay and chat some more, but I have to get it in gear since I need to run to the post office before it closes for the day.

I will check in again soon, though.

Happy Saturday!



P.S.  You can click on “little heart” or HERE and reach the pattern.  The only thing I did differently was to use a magic circle instead of ch4 at the beginning.  I then did 4 tr instead of 3 to start.  Continue on as described in pattern. (All stitches are either stitched into the 1st chain of ch4 or the magic circle.)

Also, click HERE for shop listings.

Warmth & Beauty


Hi Friends,

This week has been a busy one – in a good way! I have had a number of items to crochet and this turquoise cowl was one of them.  I absolutely love the soft, silky yarn and color! This is actually one of my daughter’s favorites. She thinks anytime I make something in her favorite color, it must be for her. Lol!

I also crocheted some boot cuffs, 3 sets of fingerless gloves and am finishing another 2 piece cup cozy order.  Oh, and I have a baby beanie to do.  I get to go to the yarn store for that one!  🙂

I will try to post some more photos of the other items soon.

Did you craft or crochet this week? Whatcha working on? I’d love to hear.

Blessings and happy Friday!


Healthy Brownie Delights

Click on photo for original post and recipe.

Click on photo for original post and recipe.

Hi Friends,

Reblogging this so I don’t lose it (and because you might like it too)!  Looks so yummy.  I am definitely going to make these.  Thanks for sharing the recipe, Abby! 🙂



100 & Counting!

Hi Friends!

I’m back after a 3 day blogging lapse – Lol!  I’ve been crocheting quite a bit and will highlight a couple of projects later in the week.

But I’m back and today, yes, this very day, is my 100th blog post!  Woohoo!  🙂  I just want to say that it has been so much fun to connect with so many of you wonderful people from around the world!  Thanks for reading and for stopping by!

Since I haven’t posted any Alaska photos lately, I decided to add a few more from my summer day trip that I first blogged about HERE.  This was part of a train and boat adventure that our children’s ministry team from church went on and it was filled with breathtaking scenery, yummy food and great fellowship!  So, without further ado, here they are:












6jAnd until next time I will leave you with my favorite verse:

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” {Romans 15:13}



These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things…



Hi Friends,

One of my family’s all time favorite movies is Sound of Music.   We’ve watched it with the kids since dear daughter was the same age as the youngest Von Trapp daughter and now she is older than the oldest one!  Through the years it’s been fun for her to relate to each girl closest to her age.  She would even sing and dance like Maria and throw the curtains around her head during the scene where she had decided to make the children play clothes out of her old drapes.  Sadly, ours were a lot like Maria’s only in oranges and browns!  We inherited them when we bought our house years ago. They are gone now, thankfully!

One of the great songs in the movie is Maria’s “Favorite Things” song when all the children are huddled on her bed frightened from a nighttime storm.  That’s what gave me the idea for the blog post title.   🙂

Today I am posting a few of my favorite things:  Things I collect or have received as gifts, actually.

  • The figurines are Willow Tree pieces.  Most of them were given to me by my sweeties.  I also have the Nativity that I display on the shelf at Christmas time.
  • The beautiful little glass goblets are heirlooms from my husbands side of the family.  They are so delicate that I am afraid to drink out of them so I use them for candle holders here.
  • The shelf holds my salt and pepper shakers that Grandpa gave me when Grandma passed away (on my mom’s side).  She had collected way over 1,000 pairs!  We loved to go to their house as kids and gaze at all the different ones and she could tell us where each one came from and who had given it to her.  Special memories!
  • I also love quilts and dear hubby surprised me with this one after a trip to help a friend in Missouri one time.
  • The two special photographs are of my parents (in the tall frame) and hubby’s parents on their wedding days.

I guess you can tell by this little grouping of special things that I am a sentimental girl that likes to decorate in a homey, warm style.

So, what are some things you cherish or like to collect?  Do share!





carrots on tray

Hi Friends,

Dear hubby went to Costco the other day.  I think he went on an empty stomach. He brought home a large bag of organic carrots for our family of 4.  This bag probably had 40 huge carrots inside!  So funny!  So we have used them in a pot roast, eaten them raw and some will go in a chicken and veggie soup I’m planning.  The trouble is we still have close to 30 left.  And yet, it has helped me to be creative.

I decided 2 days ago that I am going to eliminate refined sugar and some natural sugars (from juice and dried fruit) from my diet (because of weight and pain issues).  That got me to thinking of different food choices for snacks.  It hit me that I should try to make carrot chips (or shavings)!  I found a recipe and then adapted it.  Here is my recipe:

carrots dried - chips



  • 3 carrots, shaved into thin peels with a vegetable peeler
  • ½ – 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil (enough to lightly coat)
  • 2 – 3 pinches of fine sea salt


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Combine all ingredients and toss.
  • Arrange carrot shavings in a single layer on baking sheet lined with tin foil.

Bake for 12 minutes @ 425F, checking every few minutes and tossing if needed (they can burn easily).  If not yet crispy, turn oven down to 300F and bake for another 5 to 15 minutes.  Keep checking until desired crispness is achieved.

Enjoy!  I really like them and have made them twice since yesterday.

anne_of_green_gables-sitting on suitcase

The word ‘carrots’ also got me to thinking about ‘Anne of Green Gables’.  Do you know the story?  If so, you know exactly what I’m talking about.  🙂 If not you definitely need to read the book by L.M. Montgomery or watch the miniseries from Sullivan Entertainment (with Megan Follows as Anne)!  It is a wonderful, heart warming story that we have watched over and over since the kids were little.  Our whole family enjoys it.

Word of advice on the miniseries:  ‘Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel’ is also excellent, but ‘Anne of Green Gables:  The Continuing Story’ is awful and does not follow the books at all.

Do you have a favorite carrot recipe (or healthy snack recipe) or favorite Anne of Green Gables scene?  If so, please share!



carrots sign frame