Baking season, I love you.

Baking season, I love you.

Hello!  It’s been a while since I posted, and the last time we were in the middle of a HUGE move back to our hometown of Ottawa.  We are back now… it’s been about 2 weeks and we’re happy about it 🙂  M has started work and I’m looking for work.. in my free time, I dabble in the things I love most.  Zoe, knitting, baking and shopping!? (I need to furnish AND decorate my new house after all).

Anyway, we got here around Halloween time, and although we didn’t go out, we did carve pumpkins! YAY! no photos though, fail on my part.  With pumpkins around comes baking, and I’m happy to say I (for the first time) peeled and boiled pumpkins to make purée to be used in recipes (yay!)  While I was peeling them, I thought countless times how bad I felt for my mother who peeled and cut 5 BIG pumpkins every year to make pies after halloween festivities.  I promise to not complain when I start doing them for our kids, HA!

Today, I made delicious (looking) chocolate-chip pumpkin muffins.  They JUST came out of the oven and I can’t wait to taste them… yumm….but it’s dinner soon so I have to wait at least until dessert comes around!

Here’s the recipe, it’s based on 2 different blogs and I made a few changes they are noted in BOLD in the recipe below.

Low-Fat Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins
(Source: Adapted from Heather Drive / Things I love)
– 1 cup canned pumpkin / fresh pumpkin puree
– 1/2 cup applesauce (no sugar added/ unsweetened)
– 1/2 cup sugar
– 1/4 cup Splenda brown sugar blend
–  3 tbsp Splenda
– 1/2 cup water
– 2 eggs
– 1 2/3 cups flour
– 1/2 tsp. baking powder
– 1 tsp. baking soda
– 1 tbsp. cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
– 1/4 tsp. ginger
– 1/4 tsp. cloves
– 1/2 tsp. salt
-1/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray your muffin cups with cooking spray.
2. In the bowl of your electric mixer (or you can whisk by hand), mix together the sugar, pumpkin, applesauce, water and eggs and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients (including chocolate chips)
3. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring well to combine. Spoon into prepared muffin cups, filling about 2/3 full. Sprinkle with chocolate chips (optional).
4. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the pumpkin muffins comes out clean.
Makes 12 (for me.. the other says 16)
Try them, I dare you!

Holy packing!



So we’ve started our packing process and it’s going fairly well… other than all the stressed involved!

The other day.. I packed ALL my yarn and OMG I’m not lying, the box is 3X3X3feet (huge!) and it was FULLLLL of yarn. I even missed some and had to stuff it in my OTHER huge box filled with scrapbook and other craft materials. Also, I haven’t even packed my beading gear. MY GOD.

On a more positive note.. we are moving back and I will have a craftroom! YAY I am the luckiest crafter bride EVER! Thank you my love.

Will post photos of our mess soon.


New blog design!



I have decided to switch to a general ALD blog where I can put EVERYTHING on 🙂  It’ll be linked from my business website and will showcase all that I’m up to, whether it be crafts, jewelry, photography or design! 🙂 Exciting!

I’m still trying to figure out how to use wordpress vs. blogger but I’m getting there! It seems I can do way more, but we’ll see… I may end up going back to blogger!

Wish me luck!

New project – Sweater for Zoe :D


On another note… this weekend was a cold one – even in the middle of August! I made our baby girl Zoe a little green sweater with beautiful flowers and a pretty pink button. I made it based on a pattern off the Lion Brand Yarn website with Lion Brand Yarn – Wool-Ease Chunky in Citron and Scarlet 🙂

Here it is! No pics of flowers yet but they’re on… I will take pics soon 🙂

Maya’s pink and grey sweater

Maya’s pink and grey sweater

I finished the dress for Maya the other day (previous post) and decided I would make her a matching sweater. Mostly because I found this pattern I wanted to try and who doesn’t need a sweater!?

So the pattern is called – Bombay Love and it’s found on Ravelry for free here.

I made it with Bernat Satin and Patons Silk Bamboo yarn. The only problem with this combination is that it doesn’t have the same care instructions.. so it’ll have to be washed by hand and laid flat to dry instead of machine washed!

It’s SOOO cute. I still have to make a tie, which I will make from this pattern. I didn’t really like the tie that the Bombay Love had for the type of sweater I wanted for Maya. I was looking for something more ‘formal’ and this new one fit the bill!

I will finish the tie and post the photos soon!


Here are the photos! I still have to make the tie.. but am deciding if I actually DO want to make it.

Summer Knitting (continued)


Welll summer is sadly almost over.. well not quite but it’s mid-August! ahhhh

Work has been very slow so I’ve been filling up my time by knitting and crocheting up a storm! My cousin and his wife received their baby items and LOVED them (which makes me ever so happy because I love creating).
Since then, I have been busy creating a comfy shawl for my grandmother who is in the hospital at the moment. I used Loops and Threads yarn and created a very quick and easy shawl to keep her warm. I am sending it to her today, hope she loves it!
On my crochet hook right now is a cute little pink sweater to match a cute little party dress I made for my step-sister’s new bundle of joy, Maya. She will join this world at the end of November and they are very excited! So why not create a wonderful handknit/crocheted wardrobe!
Here are some photos of my items so far 🙂
It is called: Party Dress and is for 6-9month old babies!
It crocheted it up very quickly – only took a couple days! I still have to work on my crocheting in the round without having a noticeable ‘seam’, but I think it looks great!
Sweater pic to come 🙂