Enjoying…

crochet million diamonds blanket

Hi friends!

How are you doing? I hope everything is fine in your lives.

I am having a really great week. I feel relaxed, energized, happy. And I am thankful for everything being really nice in my life right now.

In addition, there are a few little things that I am enjoying immensely at the moment.

Like the project I am working on that is shown in the picture above. It has to stay a little secret for now, but more details will be revealed really soon… 🙂

 

crocheted hearts

These crocheted hearts. They were used in one of my previous projects and now I kind of can’t stop making them. I am trying to figure out another project for them to be used in. Maybe they could decorate a flower pot.

 

handful of crocheted hearts

Or they could look lovely if turned into a garland…

 

variegated yarn

And this new variegated yarn that I found in my favorite local store. I am still not sure what to use it for. Perhaps a baby blanket would be a fine idea. Those will be much needed around here in the near future. Do you have any suggestions?

Wishing you a great week!

Love,
Petra
 

A Great White Show

snow and trees

We had a big snowstorm here in the heart of Europe a couple of days ago.

It was magnificent!

The snowflakes were so huge, possibly the biggest I have seen. Ever! I’ve read that it had something to do with the air humidity. And what I loved about this nature’s show the most was that I could watch it from behind the window of my warm home office, without even letting my nose out. I really adore the view here.

I snapped a few pictures to share with you…

Enjoy!

 

snow and trees

snow and trees

snow and trees

Take care!

Love,
Petra

Double Chocolate Banana Bread… And Some News Too

double chocolate banana bread recipe

These days, for some strange reason, I have been craving chocolate like never before. Maybe I am just trying to find energy in all the possible places. Maybe January does this to me. Maybe it’s just hormones that are playing games with me these days (8 months preggers, have I mentioned? Oh, yes… Sorry for being so quiet about it for so long.). 🙂 Well, who knows… Maybe it’s all combined.

So, given the fact stated above, I knew my fate was sealed the moment I saw a recipe for Double Chocolate Banana Bread.

Double Chocolate Banana Bread?

Can a recipe possibly sound any more tempting and delicious?

Without any hesitation I gave this thing a try and what I realized was that I have never ever tasted a banana bread so good and my place has never been filled with a better scent than the one that was coming out of the oven while this chocolatey miracle was baking. Absolutely heartwarmingly amazing!

This recipe is really gorgeous and if you are into chocolate, you must, must, must give it a try…

Enjoy!

With lots of love,
Petra

(This recipe was adapted from www.smittenkitchen.com.)

Double Chocolate Banana Bread
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Serves: 1 loaf
 
Ingredients
  • 3 bananas (very ripe)
  • ½ cup (115 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup (145 grams) brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (45 grams) cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 cup (170 grams) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chunks or chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
  2. Butter a 9×5-inch (1.9 l) loaf pan or spray it with a nonstick baking spray.
  3. In a larger bowl, mash the bananas.
  4. Whisk in the melted butter, then whisk in the sugar, egg and the vanilla extract.
  5. Place the baking soda, salt, cinnamon, flour and cocoa powder in a sifter or fine-mesh strainer and sift over the wet ingredients.
  6. Stir the dry and wet ingredients until just combined.
  7. Stir in the chocolate chunks or chips.
  8. Pour into the prepared loaf pan.
  9. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out batter-free.
  10. Cool in pan for 10 to 15 minutes, then run a knife around the edge and invert it out onto a cooling rack.
  11. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  12. Enjoy!

 

New Pattern – The Easiest Crochet Baby Slippers (Age 0-3 Months)

the easiest crochet baby slippers pattern - age 0-3 months

Hi friends!

I am stopping by to show you my newest project, the thing that has been keeping me busy for the past few days. It’s baby slippers, designed to fit little feet from 0 to 3 months.

As you can see, I made many. Especially because they are so easy to whip up. And once I made a pair in one color combination, another one popped up in my mind immediately so I just had give that one a try as well. To my astonishment, this process led me to 12 pairs altogether. Haha. I love them all.

If you’d like to make these crocheted slippers too, you can find all the necessary details and step-by-step pictures in my pattern shops here or here.

And here are a few more pictures I took for the inspiration…

 

the easiest crochet baby slippers pattern - age 0-3 months

the easiest crochet baby slippers pattern - age 0-3 months

the easiest crochet baby slippers pattern - age 0-3 months

the easiest crochet baby slippers pattern - age 0-3 months

the easiest crochet baby slippers pattern - age 0-3 months

the easiest crochet baby slippers pattern - age 0-3 months

the easiest crochet baby slippers pattern - age 0-3 months

the easiest crochet baby slippers pattern - age 0-3 months

Happy crocheting!

With love,
Petra

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