First of all, I would like to apologize for using the ‘C’ word so early in the year. But as all crocheters and crafters know, getting ready for Christmas takes some time. And what a sweet time it is!
The thing I would like to let you know about today is this… quite often I receive a question from some of you asking me whether I offer a crochet pattern pack containing Christmas patterns only. A pack that you could buy for a better price than if you bought all patterns individually.
You asked, I listened and today I am very happy to present a collection of my favorite Christmas patterns all in one bundle.
So yes, if you like the patterns in this package, you no longer need to buy them separately, all you need to do is click one button and they will all become yours (they will be sent to your email address, to be more precise).
Well, at least for me, they definitely are great. Since I finally, and I mean FINALLY, finished my newest project. I named it a Polka Dot Blanket. And I am smitten.
Of course, the project comes with a pattern too. If you want, you can definitely experience some sweet crocheted polka dot fun yourself.
The pattern is explained quite thoroughly and includes 40 step-by-step pictures. I’ve tried to make the project as easy to follow as possible. If you are interested, you can find the pattern HERE or HERE.
Right now, I am very tempted to make this blanket in at least a few more color palettes, especially bright ones for a change. Or all circles in different colors. If I do make that, I will surely show the result to you.
I hope you’ll have as much fun playing with this pattern as I have.
I have a dessert idea for you today. The simplest, easiest, quickest dessert in the whole universe. And it might be the most delicious one as well… It’s Baked Apples with Brown Sugar and Cinnamon – a very sweet way how to welcome the first days of Autumn.
1. To make the recipe, first cut an apple in half and core it. You can peel the apples beforehand but it’s not necessary really, the decision depends solely on your preference. I like all the good and healthy stuff that the peel offers, so I decided to keep it.
I am using Gala apples here because they are one of my favorites. Of course, any other kind of apple can be used for this recipe.
2. Next, slice each half into very thin slices – approximately 20 slices for each half.
You will end up with a rather large pile of apple slices.
3. Working in layers, place the slices in the center of an aluminum foil rectangle (make sure that the foil is big enough to wrap around all the apples), sprinkling each layer with brown sugar and cinnamon.
Just like this. Looks promising already.
4. Gather each corner of the foil up and pinch it together to keep all of the gorgeous brown sugar and cinnamon sauce in the packet while baking.
5. Place the packet on a baking sheet and bake at 400 °F (200 °C) for about 30 minutes or until nicely cooked through.
And here we go!
The smell? Pure Fall! Just amazing!
I really loved how the brown sugar and cinnamon combined with the juices of the apple making their very own divine sauce.
I recommend serving this delightful dessert immediately, while still warm. It can be served as is or with a some vanilla ice cream. Mmmmmmmm, so good!
After making this tomato sauce a couple of days ago, all I can say is that I am really thankful that I have found another wonderful and delicious pasta sauce recipe.
This sauce offers the purest tomato taste which is wonderfully accompanied by some luscious cream and seasoning. Truly yummy! Just try it, you’ll love it!
1. Pour 2 tbsp olive oil in a saucepan. Place over medium heat.
2. Chop up 1 shallot, 1/2 onion and 2 cloves of garlic. Brown them in olive oil for about 5 minutes.
3. Add the canned tomatoes and the peeled fresh tomatoes in the pan (if you wonder how to peel tomatoes, you can find the steps in one of my recipes here.)
4. Add the seasonings – crushed red pepper pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 – 10 minutes.
5. In a separate bowl, combine the cream with about 1 tbsp of flour and whisk together. Then add the creamy mixture to the saucepan, stirring constantly. Cook for another 5 – 10 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly.
6. Remove from the heat and add more salt to taste, if necessary.
7. Finally prepare your favorite pasta and serve all together while still warm.
As a bonus, I added a little sauteed mushrooms and a few chopped spinach leaves in my sauce. We loved it. In fact, you can stir in any vegetables that you like in your sauce, I am sure it will taste just lovely.
Pour 2 tbsp olive oil in a saucepan. Place over medium heat.
Chop up 1 shallot, ½ onion and 2 cloves of garlic. Brown them in olive oil for about 5 minutes.
Add the canned tomatoes and the peeled fresh tomatoes in the pan.
Add the seasonings – crushed red pepper pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 – 10 minutes.
In a separate bowl, combine the cream with about 1 tbsp of flour and whisk together. Then add the creamy mixture to the saucepan, stirring constantly. Cook for another 5 – 10 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly.
Remove from the heat and add more salt to taste, if necessary.
Finally prepare your favorite pasta and serve all together while still warm.