Chocolate Chip Muffins


As soon as I saw this chocolate chip muffin recipe, I knew I had to make them. And they did not disappoint at all. I love a simple recipe with a short ingredient list that yields amazing results. This definitely meets the criteria, and it it satisfied the chocoholic in me.

I wrapped several muffins individually in saran wrap very tightly, and then placed them in a ziplock bag before freezing them. After thawing in the refrigerator overnight, microwaving one for about twenty seconds yielded the perfect result. It is nice to have a stash of treats in the freezer…and it also prevents me from eating all twelve muffins too quickly!

Chocolate Chip Muffins


Birthday Banner

My sweet girl turned one in January. The past year has flown by, and I am still adjusting to the idea that my baby is now technically a toddler.

We had a small family party for her in our home. For decorations, I sewed two fabric banners by following this bunting tutorial that I found via Pinterest.



I chose an orange and pink theme, and probably the hardest part for me was selecting the combination of fabrics. The rest was quite simple, and mostly I followed the tutorial. The only things I did differently were that I sewed 3/8″ around the sides of the triangles (instead of 1/2″), and I used a pinking blade on my rotary cutter (instead of pinking shears).

Birthday Banner

My husband suggested re-using them for subsequent birthdays. The crafter in me would prefer set these aside as keepsakes and then make something different every year, but time will tell whether I am ambitious enough to make that happen.

Boot Camp Socks

I started this pair of socks in March 2010. Taking almost two years to complete a pair of socks is probably a record low for me. In fact, I forgot how to graft the toes and had to look it up!

This colorway isn’t one I would have purchased, but I think I swapped with someone because I like Claudia Hand Painted Sock Yarn more than whatever I was trading away. Nevertheless, the socks are cozy and I am always happy to add to my collection.

Yarn: Claudia Hand Painted Sock Yarn, Boot Camp, 2 skeins
Pattern: My generic 52 stitch top-down sock with 30-row slip stitch heel
Needles: US #2 / 32 inch for ribbing; US #1 / 32 inch for all other parts

Super Easy Baby Blanket

My kind and generous friend Mari gifted me with the Super Easy Baby Blanket kit from Purl. It was an absolutely lovely gift – the yarn is a luxurious and supersoft superwash merino, and the colors are my favorite. This garter stitch baby blanket was exactly the kind of knitting I needed this year. I started the blanket in February, and just finally finished it last week.

Thank you, Mari! I think Munchkin will love it.

Holiday Gifts

Last year, I finished all of my gift sewing by the end of May. This year? I didn’t even start until October. Granted, I have a new little someone keeping me busy this year, so perhaps I should not have attempted handmade gifts. But I love doing it, so I blazed ahead anyway. Fortunately I finished!

Door Knob Organizer

I came across a door knob organizer on Pinterest, and was inspired to make my own version.

Door Organizer

Door Organizer

The back has a slot for outgoing mail or coupons.
Door Organizer

I am trying to decide what to make as Christmas gifts for my colleagues, and am debating between this organizer and a mini Moleskin journal with a reusable fabric cover (from this pattern, which I have already tried). Which would you prefer to receive as a gift?

Sesame Chicken Pasta

When deciding what to bring to a potluck or barbecue, I look for a dish that is easy to make, yields a large amount, and doesn’t need to be piping hot to taste good. Enter this Sesame Pasta Chicken Salad.

Sesame Chicken Pasta

I have come across this at two gatherings (made by two different people), and we have made it ourselves three times in the last couple of months. It is a total winner. Here is my version, modified slightly from the one at Allrecipes.

1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 (16 ounce) package bow tie pasta
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 teaspoons sesame oil
3 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 rotisserie chicken, meat shredded
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro (or more to taste)
1/3 cup chopped green onion (or more to taste)

1. Cook pasta until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water until cool. Transfer to a large bowl.
2. Combine vegetable oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, sesame seeds, ginger, and pepper in a bowl, jar with lid, or large ziplock bag. Stir or shake well.
3. Pour sesame dressing over pasta, and toss to coat evenly. Gently mix in chicken, cilantro, and green onions.
4. Cover and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for several hours. Adjust seasonings to taste.