Apple Muffins (Cake)

This blog is for crochet mostly. But I also love baking. So I decided to share with you a few of my favorite recipes.

I am not a professional baker. I am just typing these recipes the way my grandma and my mom have written them in their notebooks. I hope you like them.

The first recipe comes from one of my grandma’s friends. I made this apple cake for the first time when I was a kid. My mom used to make it a lot too. It is truly a family favorite.

The only thing I have changed is the amount of sugar. I only add 1/2 cup sugar so I can use the cake (or muffins) for breakfast. To me, they are sweet enough that way.


4 eggs

3/4 cup white sugar (I only add 1/2 cup)

1/2 cup vegetable oil

4 apples (medium size)*

2 tblsp cinnamon

2 cups flour (scoop with the measuring cup and level with a butter knife)

1 tsp baking soda

Optional: walnuts and/or dried cranberries

*You can use whatever apples you have. I have made these with just granny smith, or just fuji, golden delicious, or even a mix. The muffins always come out delicious.


  1. Heat oven to 350F and spray your muffin tin or cake pan with cooking spray.
  2. Beat eggs and sugar until white.
  3. In the meantime, grade the apples.
  4. Add the oil and graded apples.
  5. Add the cinnamon, flour, and soda and beat until well mixed.
  6. Add chopped walnuts and/or cranberries.
  7. Bake at 350F until a toothpick comes out clean. If you are making muffins, it takes about 15 minutes to bake.

NOTE: I have only made this recipe the way I have written it here. I don’t know if you can substitute the oil for something else, or the flour, etc. You can try different substitutions if you’d like, but I don’t know what would work and what wouldn’t.


Amigurumi Holidays – St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Christmas

Last week, I had a CAL on Facebook and Instagram and I loved seeing everyone’s wips as they followed along and made these cute little dolls – a leprechaun, a bunny, and a Santa.

Now that the CAL has ended, I thought it will be much more convenient to have the pattern in one place and not spread out in several different social media posts. So, I have put together a PDF file with detailed instructions and many step by step pictures. Just click on the link below to access the file.




Note, this pattern is ONLY available through my blog. If you see it anywhere else, please notify me.


Sweet Strawberry

These tiny strawberries are very quick to make. You need under an hour to finish one (I am slow at crochet; some of you might need less than 30 minutes). But they are super cute! I am planning on making at least 10 and putting them in a small favor jar (the one in the picture is 3.4 oz).


  1. Aunt Lydia’s size 10 thread – red, green, and white
  2. Clover Amour crochet hook, 1.5 mm
  3. Stuffing
  4. Sewing needle
  5. Hot glue gun (or tacky glue if you prefer)


mr – magic ring

ch – chain

st – stitch

sl st – slip stitch

sc – single crochet

hdc – half double crochet

trbl – treble crochet

inc – increase

dec – decrease (invisible)

Strawberry Pattern:

Crochet in spiral.

Round 1: with red 6 sc in a mr – 6 sts

Round 2: 6 inc – 12 sts

round 3: (sc, inc) x 6 – 18 sts

Rounds 4 – 5: sc around – 18 sts

Round 6: (2 sc, inc) x 6 – 24 sts

Round 7: (3 sc, inc) x 6 – 30 sts

Rounds 8 – 10: sc around – 30 sts

Round 11: (3 sc, dec) x 6 – 24 sts

Round 12: (2 sc, dec) x 6 – 18 sts

Start stuffing the strawberry. You will need to stuff more before finishing the last round.

Round 13: (sc, dec) x 6 – 12 sts

Round 14: 6 dec – 6 sts

Fasten off and finish off. Insert the beginning and end tail through the same stitch, tie a knot, and stuff the ends inside the strawberry.

Leaves Pattern:

Round 1: with green, 10 sc in a mr; sl st to join and ch 1 – 10 sts

Round 2: *in same stitch (1 hdc, 1 trbl, ch 1, and 1 hdc), sl st in next* repeat 5 times

Fasten off and tie a knot securing the beginning and end tail. Set aside.

Stem Pattern:

With green, ch 6

1 sl st in the back bump of the 2nd ch from hook, 1 sl st in back bump of each ch – 5 sts

Fasten off.

Insert the ends of the stem through the mr hole of the leaves. Tie knots with the ends of the leaves and the stem and cut excess thread.

Glue to the top of the strawberry. Do not glue down the tips of the leaves.

OPTIONAL: Use white to sew small Vs around the strawberry.

And your tiny strawberry is finished! Now make a whole bunch more! These are FUN.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

Happy Crocheting!

Baby Penguin

This Baby Penguin pattern happened by accident. I was actually trying to make a little puppy but somewhere in the process, I decided that the puppy looks more like a penguin. I am loving this little guy! He is super cute and very, very quick to make. There is almost no sewing which to me is always a plus!

This is a free version of the pattern. If you would like a downloadable or printable version of this pattern, an inexpensive PDF file could be downloaded from my Etsy or Ravelry shops. The premium version also includes more step by step pictures as well as a pattern for a tiny Santa hat to go with your little Baby Penguin.


  1. Thread:
    1. DMC Baroque size 10, white – body
    1. Aunt Lydia’s size 10, color of your choice – coat and flippers
    1. Aunt Lydia’s size 10, yellow – beak
    1. Aunt Lydia’s size 10, light pink – cheeks
  2. Hook: 1.5 mm (Clover Amour)
  3. Plastic eyes, 2 mm (or use black thread to sew the eyes)
  4. Stuffing
  5. Sewing needle and scissors
  6. Tacky glue


MR – magic ring                                                                    Trbl – treble crochet

Ch – chain                                                                               Inc – increase

St(es) – stitch(es)                                                                    Dec – decrease

Sl st – slip stitch                                                                    

Sc – single crochet                                                                

Hdc – half double crochet    


  1. Crochet in continuous rounds unless otherwise specified.
  2. This doll is crocheted with the RS (right side).
  3. When decreasing (sc2tog), use the invisible decrease technique.




Round 1: with white 6 sc in mr – 6 sts

Round 2: 6 inc – 12 sts

Round 3: (sc, inc) x 6 – 18 sts

Round 4: (2 sc, inc) x 6 – 24 sts

Rounds 5 – 6: sc around – 24 sts

Round 7: (3 sc, inc) x 6 – 30 sts

Round 8: (4 sc, inc) x 6 – 36 sts

Rounds 9 – 11: sc around – 36 sts

Round 12: (4 sc, dec) x 6 – 30 sts

Round 13: (3 sc, dec) x 6 – 24 sts

NOTE: Stuff the body well. You may need to stuff more before finishing the last round.

Round 14: (2 sc, dec) x 6 – 18 sts

Round 15: (sc, dec) x 6 – 12 sts

Round 16: 6 dec – 6 sts

Fasten off. Finish off and secure stitches. Set aside.


Do not cut the tail from the magic ring. We will need it later.

Round 1: with pink 6 sc in mr – 6 sts

Round 2: 6 inc – 12 sts

Round 3: (sc, inc) x 6 – 18 sts

Round 4: (2 sc, inc) x 6 – 24 sts

Round 5: sc around – 24 sts

NOTE: We will start crocheting in rows, but the count will continue from where we stopped with the rounds.

Row 6: 1 sc in 16 sts; ch 1 and turn – 16 sts

Row 7: (3 sc, inc) x 4; ch 1 and turn – 20 sts

Row 8: (4 sc, inc) x 4; ch 1 and turn – 24 sts

Rows 9 – 11: sc in each st; ch 1 and turn – 24 sts

Row 12: sc in each st do not turn but continue up the side

Sc 5 sts evenly spaced

1 sc in last worked st of Round 5. See Picture A.

1 sc in next 2 sts, 1 hdc in next, 1 trbl in next, 1 hdc in next, 1 sc in next 3 sts. You should have 9 sts across the top.

Continue down the side. Sc 5 sts evenly spaced. See Picture B

NOTE: We will go back to rounds. The count continues from where we stopped with the rows.

Insert the beginning tail of the coat through the magic ring of the body and out through another stitch.

Then place the coat on the body and continue with the next round.

Round 13: 1 sc in next 24 sts, ch 8 and 1 sc in 1st st of Round 13 (that counts as the 1st st of Round 14) – 32 sts See Picture C

Round 14: (2 sc, dec) x 8 – 24 sts

Round 15: (sc, dec) x 8 – 16 sts

Round 16: 8 dec – 8 sts

Fasten off and finish off.

Secure the stitches by inserting the beginning and ending tails through the same stitch, tying a knot, and stuffing it inside the body.


With pink, 8 hdc in mr

Do not join to other side. Leave a tail for sewing. Fasten off and set aside.


  1. Using the yellow thread, sew the beak starting with the treble stitch from the coat and going one round down on the body. I sewed a few times.
  2. Glue the plastic eyes with tacky glue a round below the coat and 2 sts away from the beak.
  3. With pink thread, sew twice directly under each eye to create the cheeks.
  4. Sew the flippers 2 sts from the edge of the coat, about a round under the round where you glued the eyes. The flippers are sewn with the wrong side facing out. Picture D shows the left flipper. When you finish sewing, insert both ends through the same stitch of the coat, tie a knot, hide the excess thread inside the coat.

NOTE: For the right flipper, weave the ending tail through a few loops to get to the other end of flipper. That way you can sew it to the penguin with the wrong side facing out. See Picture E

OPTIONAL: Make it an ornament by inserting a thin ribbon through the top of the penguin.


If you have used the materials suggested, your baby penguin should be about 1 inch (about 2.5 cm) tall.

Thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you enjoyed this pattern.

Let me know in the comments section below. I would love to hear from you!


Mr. Chatters’ Acorn House

I thought little Mr. Chatters needed a house so I made him one.

This is a super quick and easy project. I am even thinking of making several to create a village. Wouldn’t that be fun?!

Note, this house will fit a squirrel made with Oren Bayan cotton perle 12 (or Lizbeth 40) and a 1 mm hook.


1. Lizbeth 10 thread: light brown

2. Crochet hook, 1.5 mm

3. Oren Bayan cotton perle 12 (or Lizbeth 40): green and dark brown

4. Crochet hook, 1 mm

5. Acorn top (have several handy to pick the one that will fit your house)


mr – magic ring

ch – chain

st – stitch

sl st – slip stitch

sc – single crochet

BLO – back loop only

FLO – front loop only


With Lizbeth 10 light brown thread and a 1.5 mm hook

Round 1: mr, ch 1, 8 sc; sl st to join and ch 1
Round 2: 8 inc; sl st to join and ch 1 – 16 sts
Round 3: (sc, inc) x 8; sl st to join and ch 1 – 24 sts

Turn your work. We will leave the wrong side at the bottom and the right side will be on the inside of the house.

Round 4: in BLO sc around; sl st to join and ch 1 – 24 sts
Round 5: (2 sc, inc) x 8; sl st to join and ch 1 – 32 sts
Rounds 6 – 10: sc around; sl st to join and ch 1 – 32 sts
Round 11: sl st around
Fasten off and weave in the ends.


With Oren Bayan 12 green and a 1 mm hook
Ch 4
Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next; 4 sc in last ch; on opposite side of chain 1 sc in last 2 chains; ch 1 and turn
Row 2: 1 sc in 2 sts; 4 inc; 1 sc in last 2 sts

Leave a long tail for sewing and fasten off. Sew to house.

Cross stitch two windows with dark brown Oren Bayan thread on either side of the door, about 2 stitches apart in the following pattern


Pick an acorn top that fits for the roof of the house.

And your wee little acorn house is finished!

Make several and create a village! Make some taller, some shorter, some wider, some thinner! Use your imagination!

Happy Crochet!

Little Red Wagon

A while ago I had this idea to create an autumn elf pattern. Once I made the doll, however, I started adding to it – a dress, a shrug, a hat, hair… Then came the wagon. Of course, the little doll needed a wagon. How else would she gather acorns and leaves?

The entire pattern set which also includes an adorable squirrel friend (Mr. Chatters) will be available in my shops tomorrow.

But today, I wanted to share with you the pattern of the little red wagon. I hope you like it.


Thread: red, black, and dark brown (very small piece of the the handle of the wagon

I used Oren Bayan cotton perle 12 but you can use any size thread or yarn that you like. The size should be the same size that you used to make the doll. A good substitute for Oren Bayan thread is Lizbeth 40.

Crochet hook – 1 mm

A piece of plastic or cardboard

Hot glue gun

Wire (optional)

Sewing needle


MR – magic ring

Sc – single crochet

Ch – chain

BLO – back loop only

Hdc – half double crochet

Inc – increase

Sl st – slip stitch

Wheels (x 8):

Round 1: with black thread, mr, ch 1, 8 sc in the ring;

sl st to join and ch 2 – 8 sts

Round 2: in the BLO 2 hdc in each st; sl st to join – 16 sts

Fasten off.

With the right side out, sew the wheels two by two to make them thicker.

Weave in the ends and set aside.


With the red thread, make two bottom pieces. When you finish the first one, fasten off and weave in the ends. Then begin the second piece.

Ch 19

Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc until end of row; ch 1 and turn – 18 sts

Rows 2 – 11: 1 sc in each st; ch 1 and turn – 18 sts

Row 12: 1 sc until the end of row – 18 sts

Finish off the first piece.

Make the second piece but do not fasten off.

Trace the piece on a piece of plastic or cardboard and cut out the piece. Trim so it will fit between the two crocheted pieces of the wagon we just made.

Put the two crocheted pieces together. Chain 1 without turning. Continue crocheting going down on the side. 1 sc in each space. When you get to the corner, ch 1 and continue crocheting along the bottom of both pieces.

When you get to the next corner, ch 1 again and go up the side of the two pieces.

When you get to the corner (you will have 3 of the sides crocheted together), insert the plastic piece inside.

Ch 1 and continue crocheting in each stitch to close.

When you get to the last corner, sl st to join the round and ch 1.

That’s the end of Round 1. In this round, you should have 64 stitches (this includes the 4 chains you made at each corner of the bottom of the wagon.

Round 2: in BLO 1 sc in each stitch and chain; sl st to join and ch 1 – 64 sts

Rounds 2 – 4: in both loops 1 sc in each stitch; sl st to join and ch 1 – 64 sts

Round 5: 1 sc in each stitch; sl st to join – 64 sts

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

In the 5 middle front loops of the wagon (either one of the shorter sides), we will create a little part to which a piece of thread will be attached to pull the wagon. Insert the hook in one of the loops and 1 sc.

1 sc in the next 4 loops; ch 1 and turn

With a sewing needle, insert the tail through the front loop (here you made the 1st sc of the first row). Secure the stitches.

Insert thread through the brown part and tie a knot. Tie the other end too to create a loop so the doll can “hold” the end of the wagon’s handle.

Then with the glue gun, glue the wheels to the sides of the wagon.

And voila! The little red wagon is finished!

International Amigurumi Day, April 25th

When Marcia Scarpelli contacted me and told me about International Amigurumi Day, I jumped up and down at the idea.

She and her friend, Bianca Moraes, had been researching the history of the International Day of Crochet and found out that someone just started it because they wanted to. Well, Marcia and Bianca wanted to create an International Day to celebrate Amigurumi and here we are…

April 25th is now the official day to celebrate the wonderful art of amigurumi! And there are so many ways to celebrate!!!

Here are some fun ideas:

  1. Buy that amigurumi pattern that has been sitting in your cart forever. You know you want it! And April 25th is just the perfect day to get it.
  2. Get together with some other amigurumi lovers to crochet, share ami stories, etc.
  3. Create a collage of your favorite amis (you may want to make several collages; if you are like me, you have made hundreds of cute amis and you LOVE them all equally).
  4. Start a new ami project.
  5. Finish an ami project you have started ages ago.
  6. Write a post about why you love amigurumi.
  7. Introduce someone to amigurumi. Spread the LOVE!
  8. Display that ami collection you have! Show the world your love for amigurumi and your amazing talent!
  9. Learn a new technique! Advanced or beginners, there is always a lot to learn!
  10. Don’t forget to use the tags #amigurumiday #diadoamigurumi #amiday on social media to spread the news!

For more fun ideas on how to celebrate and a little more information about this holiday and amigurumi, head over to Sweet Softies. Jade wrote a wonderful and very informative post about this super special holiday!

Happy Amigurumi Day!!! 🙂