Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Chocolate Brownie Pancakes...mmmmmmmmmmm

Okay, admit it...there are times when you want chocolate and ONLY chocolate, right?  Well, for me, it happened one day at supper time...not good, wanting chocolate for dinner when you have a family to feed!  So, we were having 'breakfast for dinner' and having pancakes and my usual chocolate chip pancakes just weren't gonna do it for me.  So I did some thinking...

...and came up with CHOCOLATE BROWNIE PANCAKES!!  A compromise of healthy and chocolate...they're suddenly a family favourite :)

Want to make your own?  Here's what I did:

Use your usual pancake batter (homemade or boxed)...I didn't have any wholewheat flour to make scratch batter, so I cheated and used a 'complete' box type but added fresh eggs and milk rather than just water.  

Melt a 'family size' bar of dark chocolate and let it cool until about room temperature...meanwhile let your batter warm to room temperature.  Then, stir the chocolate into the batter.  If the temperatures are too far apart, the chocolate will seize and you'll have parts of your batter without chocolate.  It's still usuable, though :)  A thicker batter will get more of a brownie texture; it'll rise more and require more cooking, so the pancakes are more a brownie should be!

Here are my favourite add-ins, if you have them on hand:
- chocolate milk instead of white
- powdered hot chocolate mix
- big splash of cold coffee (or teaspoon of instant granules) to bring out the chocolate flavour

Start cooking, serve hot with jam or syrup...and enjoy.  Don't forget to share!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Okay, so I'm excited :)

I've opened a shop at come over and visit me at  You can buy the scrubbies from my last post :)

And I'm also on Artfire...

I'm still on Etsy, just trying to expand my audience a little.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

What the H*ll Are These For??

For those of you that have ever wondered what the h*ll you do with those square and round 'things' sold on etsy...prepare to be enlightened.

Commonly labelled as coasters, scrubbies, scrubby, mug rugs, washcloths, and whatever else, they have a wide range of uses.

If they're made of acrylic they have fewer uses, in my opinion, since acrylic is much less absorbent than cotton.  Acrylic scrubbies (my favourite term) are best for coasters and pot scrubbers.

Cotton scrubbies, on the other hand, have way more uses (again, this is my opinion).  Small or mini sizes are great for those tiny wash-up jobs such as silverware polishing or makeup removal.  They're also cute to have a pile together in a basket, since they're usually about an inch across.

Medium sizes (up to about 4" across) are the most general-use.  They are coasters, dishcloths, bath scrubbies, facecloths, pot scrubbies or just 'swipe the table with one.'  They look great bundled with some fabulous handmade soap from Etsy as a gift.  Plus, the added bonus is that all the ridges created by the handmade stitches produce a super lather!!

The largest scrubbies are ideal as pot holders, table squares, dishtowels and supersized scrubbies for dishes or the bath.

Now, for the BIG SECRET!  If you can knit or crochet at all, you can make them.  They're so easy it's criminal.  All you do is make a square or circle as big as you want.  The mini circular ones take mere seconds (like, less than two minutes).  So maybe as a seller I shouldn't be telling you this!!

As of right now, here are some Etsy shops selling my idea of pretty scrubbies (hey, even pot scrubbers deserve to be pretty):

And for some beautiful Etsy soap:


Big Sale this Weekend!

I'm having a big sale this weekend!  Everything not already marked down is 50% off!

Here are some examples of what you'll find at my shop,, and the prices are half off what's listed.

Friday, January 16, 2009

First timer!

Welcome to my inaugural blog post :)  I'll be writing about my thoughts and activities through craft and life.

My Etsy shop is if you'd care to wander through.  This is my newest creation: