Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sweater Knitting and Baking with Kahlua

It feels like forever since I've knitted finished a sweater and it feels Good!
The Longboard Pullover is a very wearable and comfy sweater that will follow me into Fall when worn with a long sleeve tissue tee.  The texture of the Rowan Panama fiber (55% viscose, 33% cotton and 12% linen) is most desirable and adds a lot of attitude...Oh Yeah!
The drawstring at the bottom of the sweater is so cute whether you tighten it around the waist or simply wear it loose allowing for a true tunic to be enjoyed with leggings and boots.  
The cowl collar has an eyelet row at the base of the collar and one that is encased at the top for the drawstring. Once you put this sweater on you find the drawstrings allow for several interesting neck options.
L.O.V.E.

 
Up next is yet another sweater, Coco!  The back is completed and  now I have moved on to the fronts of this V- neck cardigan with the cute little set in pockets.

 
KD'S Kitchen Karma

I have an infatuation with all things Fall so it's only natural that the Annual Local Fair excites me.  Doesn't matter if I get to attend or not, I get a rush seeing it on the news, seeing pictures of friends on Facebook with their kids or reading of the festivities in the local newspaper (yes, the Gardener still has his daily ritual of reading and actually holding the news in black and white print)!

Every year there is a section in newspaper showing the recipes of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for baked good.  Of course I'm all Over That and normally bake at least one of the winning recipes.

This year I baked the 1st place winning cookie:

Kahlua Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
1 cup butter-flavored shortening                                              11/2 teas baking powder
1/2 cup sugar                                                                            2 eggs
1 cup dark brown sugar                                                            1 Tbls Mocha Kahlua liqueur
21/4 cups cake flour                                                                 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon salt                                                                          3/4 cup crushed Heath Bars
 
1.  Heat oven to 375 degrees
2.  Cream shortening, granulated sugar, brown sugar and Kahlua (in an electric mixer) until light and fluffy.
3.  Sift together cake flour, salt and baking powder; set aside.
4.  Add the eggs one at a time to the creamed mixture; increase mixing speed until well mixed.  Slowly add the dry ingredients (on low speed) and combine well.  Stir in the chocolate chips and Heath Bars.  Cover and chill the dough 24 hours to allow the ingredients to blend.
5.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.  Scoop large scoops (about the size of a golf ball) onto lined cookie sheets. 
6.  Bake 11 minutes or until golden brown and puffy.  Rotate the baking sheet after 5 minutes for even browning.
7.  Cool and store in an airtight container.
 
It is easy to understand how this cookie won The Blue Ribbon! It is a chewy, delightful cookie that will be baked at my house again! The recipe resulted in 4 dozen Fabulous Cookies!
 
(those shiny flakes are the melted Heath Bar pieces...........BE STILL my Heart)
 
Wishing you a day filled with many Blessings and hope you enjoy everything that is Fall-Like in your life!
 
Hugs and Purls!
Dawn

3 comments:

Mereknits said...

Love your new sweater, it is so beautiful you did a great job and you look great in it.
Meredith

Linda said...

Beautiful sweater! And the next one is looking good also!! And those cookies - me want them NOW!!

Linda in VA

Dawn Sparks said...

It is very pretty, and looks great on you!

Dawn