Star Wars AT-AT crochet figure 

It took me a while just catching 20-30minutes a few times a week but I finished it! 


My friend Carol posted the pattern on Facebook (https://www.etsy.com/listing/463377288/crochet-pattern-at-walker-by-krawka) and asked who was going to make it for her. I asked her what it was worth to her, she offered a real amount and booyah, I made a sale! (My second!)

It was easy at first, just straight forward single stitches. 

But then I had to make round things. I learned what a magic ring is. (I love YouTube btw! I found this tutorial from planetjune.com most helpful, https://youtu.be/sLUaywX0-WE)


Then I had to sew the pieces together. The pattern designer didn’t really say how to though. Just to do it. I took things apart a couple times to get it right. But I got it.

Headed in the right direction.
Then the legs. I sewed on the screws.

Only after I put them together did I realize I should have sewn the little strap thing on before sewing the feet on. Oops.

But he came together in the end. 


And I realized I needed a signature so I used my butterfly photo as inspiration and voila, a logo.




Thanks Carol for the challenge!

Hoshi wanted to “help”. ūüėČ

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Hubby’s Dungeons & Dragons birthday cake¬†

So Hubs said he wanted a D&D cake this year. Um…sure I can do that. You may remember last year he wanted a Star Wars cake. I used a Wilton sugar sheet and cut out basic shapes with scissors. But the D&D logo is way more complicated. So I thought about printing it out and tracing it with chocolate candy melts. The idea was daunting but I went for it. I think it turned out well. 

Hubs like it. He didn’t want to eat the candy. We ate the cake though. There’s a theme, he got a matching shirt.

What I did was print the logo the size of the cake. (It’s an ice cream cake from Cold Stones) and taped it under a piece of wax paper. 

I put a cookie sheet in the freezer to chill it while I melted some chocolate. 

Then I put the melted chocolate in a storage bag and snipped the corner and prepared to trace the image. My first attempt didn’t work so well so I ate them. Ha. Then I got a new bag and snipped a smaller hole and tried again. It went much better the second time. I chilled each piece and removed it before making the next one. By the time I got to the dragon head I felt like an expert. 

As a bonus I surprised hubby at our D&D game at Mythic Card and Games with dice petit fours on Saturday. I thought of it but paid Publix to make them.

Suburban Woman Chocolate Chip, Reese Chip Brownies 

So yesterday my friend told me about this recipe http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/knock-you-naked-brownies/ from the pioneer woman that used cake mix to make gooey caramel brownies. I happened to have chocolate cake mix in my pantry. I was feeling kinda down and so I looked up the recipe. It sounded good. Except I don’t have the same kind of cake mix, caramels, or evaporated milk. Or nuts. But I do have Reese peanut butter chips. 

This is what I did. 

I used my cake mix. Devil’s Food mmm.

Then I mixed it with a 1/2cup unsalted butter, melted, and 1/3 cup regular old 1% milk. It makes a stiff dough instead of batter. I patted half of it into a greased 9×9 glass pan and baked it for 8 minutes. The recipe called for 350 but my oven runs cold so I set it to 375. Then, since I didn’t have caramels to melt I checked Facebook and put some laundry in. 

Time for these goodies. 

After 8 minutes I pulled the pan out of the oven, and added half a bag of peanut butter chips and some chocolate chips, enough to cover the brownie in an even layer. I didn’t measure. 

Then I patted down the rest of the brownie dough to put on the top. I apparently didn’t divide it evenly and I didn’t have enough to cover the whole top. Oh well. I baked it for 20 minutes. 

The house smelled so good.

The recipe calls for letting it cool in the refrigerator but what I’m making doesn’t  have caramel, so this one you want to eat warm. But I did have to let it cool some and I had to wait. Like Cookie Monster:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CCbWyYr82BM

Oh though the wait was worth it! Melty chocolate peanut butter goodness in a warm brownie with a glass of milk was sooooo yummy. Hubby loved it to. We were both down today so it was a nice moment to share with him. 

Recipe:

Preheat oven to 350

Grease 9×9 pan well

1 chocolate cake mix

1/2 cup melted butter

1/3 cup milk

1/2 bag Reese chips

Chocolate chips, enough to cover area.

Mix cake mix, butter, and milk into a dough, divide. Pat half into greased pan, bake 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven, spread each kind of chips evenly. Pat remaining dough over chips. Return to oven and bake 20 minutes. Let cool a few minutes. It’s good warm…