Bella Rue Cardi....

I am so happy to have this pattern out, it has definitely been my labor of love. I made my first version a couple years ago just for myself, but then due to popular demand, decided to write the pattern.  So, now just a couple of years and three sweaters later, it is now available here in my pattern shop!! "Bella Rue" was named after a couple of my favorite little girls!


I am teaching a couple of sweater classes during the next couple of months down at my LYS, and this will be one of them, "Owls", super cute and well written pattern by Kate Davies.  I've had my eye on it for awhile now, so I was happy that everyone wanted to make it, and the yarn,  Blackstone Tweed Chunky , love it! 

Insanely Easy and Decadent Toffee Candy......

Stumbled upon this recipe on Flickr a few years ago, but now can't find exactly who from. So, thank you to the anonymous donor of this recipe. 

1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) butter, divided
35-40 saltine crackers
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 can (14 ounces) Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 1/2  cups (9 ounces) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels (or 2 cups, who's counting?)
3/4 cup finely chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 425˚ F. Line 15 x 10 jelly roll pan with parchment paper.

MELT 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter in medium saucepan. Pour into prepared jelly roll pan. Arrange crackers over butter, breaking cracker to fill empty spaces.

MELT remaining butter in same saucepan; add sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes.  Remove from heat, stir in sweetened condensed milk. Pour over crackers.

BAKE for 10 to 12 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and slightly darkened. Remove from oven; cool for 1 minute. 

SPRINKLE with morsels. Let stand for 5 minutes or until morsels are shiny; spread evenly. Sprinkle with nuts; press gently into chocolate. Cool in pan on wire rack for 30 minutes. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until chocolate is set. Remove from parchment paper and cut into pieces. 

Now wrap most of it up and share with others, because you definitely don't want too much of this stuff hanging around the house too long, it is extremely dangerous!!

Memoriam to Geraldine Doyle aka Rosie the Riveter.....

Geraldine Doyle, the face behind the iconic WWII poster, "We can do it!", died this month. Here's a bit of history about those times.
"All the day long,
Whether rain or shine
She’s part of the assembly line.
She’s making history,
Working for victory
Rosie the Riveter"