Friday, April 10, 2009

Football Facecloth - Dishcloth from BunnyStamping

Football Facecloth - Dishcloth from BunnyStamping

I made this for one of my grandsons that plays football for his high school team in Kansas. I used Lilys Sugar'n Cream in Warm Brown. I need to make several more of these for other grandsons. Except River, who is a die-hard soccer player. I can't find a soccer ball pattern so I guess I will need to design my own.

Get this cute pattern here

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Red Velvet Cake Balls

Little Bites of heaven. I found the recipe at allrecipes, with no instructions. The comments helped me get these together. I am going to try these with Wiltons White chocolate next time. Just to see the different flavor.

1 box Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Red Velvet Cake Mix ( prepared as directed on the package)
1 Can Duncan Hines Creamy Homestyle Cream Cheese Frosting
1 1/2 packages Plymouth Pantry Make Your Own Almond Bark Vanilla Flavored Coating
Candy Sprinkle (optional)
Bake your cake according to package directions. Let cake cool. I was in a hurry so I put mine in the refrigerator for a few hours.

Crumble your cake directly from the cake pan to a large bowl. I used a fork and just shredded it, into the bowl.
Add your frosting and mix well. You don't need a mixer, just use the same fork and it will blend easily.
Some people say to chill at this point but I didn't need to. I used my small cookie scoop and popped a scoop into my palms and rolled into a firm ball. One batch filled 1 and 1/2 cookie sheets. Put the cookie sheet with your cake balls into the freezer. I put one batch in for 30 minutes and the next batch in for 45 minutes. It didn't make much difference.

Melt your Coating in the microwave on defrost for 2 minutes, then stir and return for another 2 minutes on defrost. Stir again until all chucks are melted. I used a 2 Cup measuring cup with 6 Squares in it. It took 3 batches to cover all the balls.
I used a fork to duck my cake balls, tapping it on my measuring cup to catch the drips. Put these on wax paper by flipping your fork, and using it to seal the top. Sprinkle quickly if you want sprinkles.
The Cake Balls set up very quickly, I think they are much better the next day. I notice a few crumbs getting into the coating, but the red looked very pretty. For the holidays I would probably drizzle some melted chocolate over the tops.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Giraffe Cocoon Crochet

Giraffe Cocoon Crochet

I bought this pattern from Sandy's Cape Cod Originals. It uses Worsted weight yarn. I used I Love This Yarn! from Hobby Lobby for the gold ( #156 Sungold) and I used Caron Simply Soft ( #9750 Chocolate) for the trim. I didn'y like her spots so I made mine more like flowers, since this is for a little girl.

The Mary Janes are a free Pattern Designed by Abigail Goss. It's super quick from Worsted Weight Yarn, so matched perfectly.

You can find the pattern here.