Crochet Cow Hat

When I came across this pattern, I knew I was going to have to make it.  (Please visit the link for the pattern!  Amy’s pretty creative!)

Crochet Cow Hat

I made the 6-12 month size, so I used a 5mm hook, and made 11 rows.  I made a few changes from the original pattern.  For one, I didn’t use buttons.  I’d be scared that the little babe would take it off in the car and find a button to chew on.  I just used black and white thread for the eyes and nostrils.  Secondly, the first first row I made, I did it in hdc instead of dc.  Lately, all of my hats have been cone-headed (just see any post that I’ve put up with a hat), so it was suggested to me to make the first round hdc, and it seemed to work pretty good here!  Thirdly, because this is a hat for a little one, I didn’t make the final round for the eye, to make the patch smaller.  I also only did four rows of the muzzle, as well.  For the muzzle, I ch 17, and instead of making 16hdc, I did an increase on the first and last stitch, to make 18.  This made the muzzle more round.  And finally, I made two additional pieces for the ears in white, so the ears would have a white back, and it would cover the mess of changing colours.

Have fun with your crochet!

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Ninja Turtles Revisited

I had another order for more Ninja Turtle Pops this weekend.  The order was just for a dozen, so I decided to try my cake pop pan again, and it worked beautifully this time!

Ninja Turtke Cake Pop

Here’s what I did a little bit different from the time before to get a better shape:

I filled each section of the pan up completely.  In fact, there was probably a little bit of spillage.  After they cooked and cooled, I removed the part that stuck out, and then ran my hands all around them to make them an even ball.

The only difference I found was because these are all cake, and not cake with frosting like the regular cake pops, it took a lot more chocolate to evenly coat them… or at least, it seemed to.  Anyway, they were a huge hit again.  Hope you enjoyed them, Mav!  Happy birthday!

How to Make Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cake Pops

The kitchen has been pretty busy this week.  First with the Hello Kitty cake pops, and then the TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) pops this weekend.  It was fun.  It brought me back to when my brother and I used to play with the action figures (we even had Michelangelo’s Pizza Thrower!!!).  I really don’t know if the Turtles today are the same ones that I grew up with, but the pops that I went for were those ones.  I also used this as an opportunity to use a birthday gift that I received from my brother and his wife: this cake pop pan.

Cake Pop Pan

After washing it, and spraying it with a non-stick spray, I began filling the cups with cake batter.

Batter

And then I locked the lid in place.

Cake pop pan

And cooked the pops for about 12 minutes, maybe 1 or 2 minutes more.  The packaging said that they would be uniform, but that I may need to snip off a ridge with a pair of scissors.  They did not turn out perfectly round.  I decided to leave the ridge, and incorporate that as the bandana (bad decision.  Will definitely cut it off next time.).

Cake pops

I think that they’d make great aliens… but definitely not uniformly round.  Anyway, the next thing to do, it to paint on a stripe around the head… make some orange (Michelangelo), red (Raphael), blue (Leonardo), and purple (Donatello).  I used a toothpick.

Ninja Turtle Cake Pops

After painting the stripe around, I made little ties for their bandanas.

Ninja Turtle Cake Pops

Next, using some white chocolate, add some eyes (again, I used a toothpick for painting).

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Finally, using chocolate (I didn’t have black… I’m not sure it’s available around here) and a toothpick, I added pupils and a smile.

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Your friendly Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are all set to party!!!

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Finally… after singing “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, heroes in a half shell, turtle power!” all morning, and snapping pictures, my little kitchen helper was saying “me, too, Mommy, me too!”  So he got to sample one… and get his picture taken.

Kitchen Helper

Hello Kitty Cake Pops

Hello Kitty has been popular since the new year at our house.  A few weeks ago, I made a cake for a friend’s daughter.  Last week, I was asked to make cake pops for a friend’s niece.  She also asked me to make some Ninja Turtle cake pops for her grandson’s birthday this weekend, so be sure to check for that in a few days!

For starters… Hello Kitty doesn’t have a round head, so you need to make a ball, and then flatten it, to give her a more oval shape.  Just be careful not to flatten it too much, because you still need to insert the stick.

Cake pops

Next, I attached white chocolate chips as ears with a little bit of the melting chocolate before I dipped them.

cake pops

Then I dipped the pops in white melting chocolate.

cake pops

For the bow, you could paint on a red bow with red melting chocolate.  However, because it’s close to Valentine’s Day, there are a lot of heart sprinkles around.  So I used to red heart sprinkles and one mini red M&M to make the bow, attached to the head with a little bit of melting chocolate.

Hello Kitty Cake Pop

For the face, I used a little bit of yellow melting chocolate for the nose.  You could use a yellow candy-coated sunflower seed, but I have a hard time finding them around here.  For the whiskers and eyes, I just used dark chocolate.  Which I tried to dye with food colouring, but turned into a gross clump of chocolate that needed to be promptly disposed of.

Hello Kitty Cake Pops

And there they are, all set to go to a birthday party!  Definitely an easy cake pop to do, not a lot of tricky details to add to it.

Easy Chicken Pesto Pasta

I’ve been craving chicken and pesto lately, so we had some for supper tonight!

Chicken Pesto Pasta

This is so easy to make, and it’s toddler approved!  My two-year-old son ate it up, saying “mmmm” every few minutes.

Easy Chicken Pesto Pasta

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 4 cups of pasta (we’d normally use penne or fettuccine, but we had rigatoni on hand tonight)
  • 1 cup of grated mozarella
  • 4 tablespoons of cream
  • 4 tablespoons of pesto (homemade or store-bought)
  • dash of red pepper flakes
  1. Cook chicken.  I did mine in a frying pan with a little bit of oil.  I added a bit of pepper.  Cook and drain your pasta.
  2. Stir in cream, cheese, pesto, and pepper flakes into your pasta.  Add your chicken, and serve immediately.

Serves 4

This sauce recipe is great with seafood.  I love it with scallops and shrimp.  It’s also great over my pumpkin cannelloni.  If you want it more like a sauce, rather than what I’ve got here, omit the cheese, and add more cream, more like 1/2cup to 1cup.  You’d want to cook the sauce in a separate sauce pan for that.

Chicken Pesto Pasta

And no… that’s not red wine.  It’s my pregnancy substitute, grape juice.

Peanut Butter Frosting

I meant to put this up over the weekend.  Oh well.  This frosting is one of my favourites,  and it’s really quick to make, and it tastes super yummy!

Peanut Butter Frosting

We had a bake sale for a local family this weekend, so I made a few cakes to sell.  Pretty pleased with the results!

Peanut Butter Frosting

  • 1/2 cup of margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter**
  • 2 cups of icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of milk

Cream together margarine and peanut butter.  **You may want to add more than 1/2 cup.  I always do, because I like my frosting to really tasty like peanut butter.  Gradually add in the icing sugar.  You may need more if you added more peanut butter.  Your frosting will appear dry.  Add a few tablespoons of milk, and beat until creamy.

For an extra-special peanut treat, you can make a chocolate cake to go with the recipe using a cake mix.  However, instead of the oil, put in 1/2 cup of margarine, and about 1/4 cup of peanut butter, and then add your other ingredients according to the package.