The Real Story Behind a Valentine’s Feast: Part 1

This all starts at 6:50 AM as I’m taking my husband to his train. (His truck is parked elsewhere because of winter. That’s a whole other story)

Me: I don’t think we have time to pick up the truck on the way to your train.

Him: I think we do.

Me: Not if you have to park and walk to your train.

Him: Oh. You’re right. But how are you going to cook and pick me up at the same time?

Me: I’ll make it work. (I’m a mom. It’s what we do. Like when you have to pick 4 kids up from 4 different schools at the exact same time)

So now it’s 9:30 AM. One batch of heart shaped brownies just came out of the oven. I had to guess at the baking time. For some reason the box didn’t have a baking time for heart shaped molds. Go figure. And yup! I used a boxed mix instead of from scratch. 🤷‍♀️

Heart shaped brownies in red silicone pan

You’ll notice on the counter a package of bamboo skewers and some chopsticks. That’s what I found first when looking for toothpicks to test them. (No. I have no idea why I even took the chopsticks down. It’s early. I’m not a morning person)

Tip: when trying to get batter into cupcake molds etc, use a scoop.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Make a fast and easy buffalo chicken dip to share with friends and family during the Super Bowl!


  • 12.5 oz can white meat chicken (drained and shredded)
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 c finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 c Franks Redhot sauce*
  • 14 c blue cheese crumbles


  1. Mix the chicken and cream cheese together in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Microwave for 1 minute, stirring every 30 seconds.
  3. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  4. Microwave for an additional 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds
  5. Serve with tortilla chips

*Add more or less hot sauce to taste

Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: 10 & 11

I finished blankets 10 & 11! Looks like I will definitely make my goal of 12. In fact there will be more than 12 blankets. My list kept growing.

Blanket 10 is Gloria Jean’s Coffee Throw. That is for my mother. She did not want any sort of graphgan.

Blanket 11 is for a dear friend of one of my daughters. The young woman is starting chemo so I rushed to get a special, soft, warm blanket done to send to her. I call that blanket Addy’s Sundae. One of my friends said the colors reminded her of ice cream. I used the colors that my daughter said she liked.

Both blankets were made out of Bernat Blanket yarn. I used an M sized hook and crocheted them in the waffle stitch.

There was a lot of love woven into both of these blankets but I am looking forward to getting back to graphgans.

Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: #9


I’m really cranking now! I might even get more than 12 done.

This unicorn blanket is for my niece. She saw a picture of an owl blanket on my phone and wanted that. Then when I got to her on my list of blankets I got to thinking. Hmm…Maybe she would like a unicorn! So I asked my sister if she liked unicorns or owls better. Unicorns was the winner.

I was a little nervous about making this since I had never worked with blanket yarn before and that’s what I decided to use. I LOVE BLANKET YARN! This worked up so fast and so easy.

The pattern was designed by MJ’s Off the Hook Designs and can be found here.

Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: #8


I’m getting back on track! This blanket was number 8. Only 4 more to go!!!!

This blanket is for a special little boy. Originally it was going to have a large pokeball in the middle and then 12 small, different Pokemon. I didn’t think I could get enough detail in them to be happy with them and the little boy didn’t really have 12 favorite Pokemon.

I talked to him about his blanket and we came up with this. Squirtle is his favorite Pokemon. So we have Squirtle and it’s evolutions! There is the pokeball, Squirtle, Wartortle, and Blastoise.

If you would like to make your own Squirtle blanket, you can find the pattern here.

Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: #7


I’ve switched from labeling my blankets with months to numbering them. This is blanket number 7. He is No Face from Spirited Away.

I was originally going to make a whole Studio Ghibli blanket for my daughter but instead decided to focus on No Face. No Face is her favorite character from all of their movies. I couldn’t get enough detail in the face in a smaller block.

This blanket was worked in mini c2c all in one piece. Usually I do smaller blocks and piece them together so this was a change for me.

Once it was done I had to decide how to border it and what color! I decided to make up a border pattern to replicate a gilt frame. That’s also how I chose the yarn color. Usually my borders use a color already in the piece. This border color is used only for the border.

If you would like to make your own No Face blanket, the pattern is available for free here.

These blankets have definitely been a labor of love. I still have several more to finish by the holidays! I’ve already made up the pattern for my next blanket. It will be worked in 4 large blocks and the first block is even done. I can’t wait to show you all that blanket once it’s finished and share the pattern!

Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: July

I recently got the chance to go on a crocation. I had two whole days in a hotel room with a suitcase of yarn and no interruptions!

Shout out to the Hampton Inn in Dearborn, Michigan. Our room was huge. The hotel was so nice and quiet and clean. There was always fresh coffee and breakfast was pretty good. 

Now on to blanket talk!

I finished July’s blanket!!!

This blanket was done in Oregon Ducks colors. It’s a gift for my inlaws. I’ll be honest, green and yellow isn’t a color combination that I would normally use but it is the school’s colors. It should look nice in their den with all the rest of their Duck decor. Like every blanket that I’ve made this year it was made with love. 

I used a mile a minute pattern. The first row of the border was the yellow to smooth everything out. Next I did a row of dc in green. The third row was in white and hdc stitch. The final row of the border was green dc. 

A Blanket from the Past

I was visiting my in laws in Ohio. Of course I had the blanket I’m currently working on with me. Everyone was interested in what I was making and what else I’ve made lately. Then my mother in law had a surprise for me. 

She left the room and came back a few minutes later. She was carrying this. 

I made this blanket for her. I forgot I had even made this blanket! It was one of the first blankets that I ever made. 

It was so wonderful seeing one of my earliest blankets and that she still had it. 

A break from blankets

I frogged June’s blanket so many times. I tried three different stitches. Finally I switched yarn and to c2c. The blanket WILL get done. Eventually. 

I needed a break from it so I made something for me. In fact I made two somethings for me. 

This is the first Cold Shoulder Coverup that I made. I sized it to go over a tank top and jeans instead of as a swimsuit coverup. 

I changed the pattern slightly for the second one that I made. I added the solid band just under the bust area and made the sleeves shorter. 

The pattern is available at:

I used cotton yarn and an I hook for both shirts. When I made the shoulder straps on them I had to make them much longer than the pattern designer’s. That’s the great thing about this pattern. It is totally customizable. 

I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July and enjoyed seeing my patriotic wear!

Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: May

Star Trek crocheted blanket
There is a story behind May’s blanket. It will be a gift for my dad. 

When I was a little girl, my bedroom was above the garage. It would be late at night when my dad would get home. I could hear the garage door open and close. I always ran downstairs and we would watch an episode of the original Star Trek on tv together. He knew it was late and that I should be asleep in bed. He still always let me stay up to watch that with him. 

Now I’m an adult and have children of my own. Most of my children are adults. I hope they have some special memory like that. I also hope that this lapghan keeps my dad warm on cold winter nights and that he can feel the love in every stitch.

The pattern for the blanket can be found at:

The instructions for the border can be found at: