Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Egg-Free Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe...

Hi Friends!  

I thought I would share one of our favorite snack recipes with you.  I have a child who has an egg allergy.  It's not his fault that he has this allergy and so I try not to make a big deal out of it.  Instead, over the years, I have just modified and adapted all of our favorite recipes so that we can all enjoy them together.  

And if you do eat eggs and just happen to be out of them, this is a great recipe you can still make.  They are delicious and I do hope you make and enjoy them!!!

Be blessed!!!

Egg-Free Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

Yields: 12 muffins


2 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup brown sugar

3 t. baking powder

1/2 t. salt

1 cup water

1/4 cup applesauce

2 T. melted butter (can be omitted if desired)

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips or 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking power, and salt.  To this mixture stir in the water, applesauce, and melted butter stirring until all the dry ingredients are combined.  Add in the chocolate chips.  Grease muffin pan and fill with the muffin mixture.  Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 25 minutes.  Enjoy!!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Fun, Striped Knitted Socks...

Wow! This was the fastest pair of socks I have ever knitted. They took me three weeks from start to finish. I realize for most people that’s not very fast, but for me who often takes two years to finish a pair of socks, it’s pretty impressive!!! 

I used my pattern that I always use. And the yarn was actually in my stash. I really like all the various shades of blue in it.  I could not find the yarn label so I’m not sure what yarn it was but it feels a bit like wool, but like it may have a bit of cotton in it too. I’ll have to keep searching for the brand and when I figure it out I’ll let you all know. 

Oh another two things: the yarn was self-striping which I love and it always fascinates me!!! And two, I had all intentions of trying really hard to match the stripes when I started the second sock. Then I got excited about finishing the first and starting the second, and completely forgot!!!  Fortunately the yarn serendipitously worked it all out almost perfectly on its own!!! The stripes are very close to matching and I’m thrilled!!! 

I found it really hard to get good pictures while wearing the socks, but it was pretty funny! If you prefer to see the socks off my feet, here they are. 

What are you doing to nurture your soul each day? Creating something? Listening to music? Enjoying nature? Please think about what brings you joy and do it intentionally!!! It makes all the difference, Friends!!! Take care of yourself and each other!!! 



Friday, February 18, 2022

Sock Knitting in February...

All this cold weather ⛄️ inspired me to finish knitting this pair of socks πŸ§¦ that I’ve had on my needles for awhile now.  

For me knitting socks is a comfortable mixture of intense focus πŸ€” and mindlessness πŸ™ƒ. Some parts require a lot of attention and the other parts don’t. I work on the heel turns and decreases when I have the time to pay attention and keep track of the various rounds. And I work the cuff and foot of the sock while listening to an educational lecture or audiobook. That process seems to work well for me. πŸ˜Š

I used my tried and true pattern. One day I need to try a new pattern, but for now I am very content with this one. The yarn πŸ§Ά is navy Berroco Comfort Sock and I really enjoyed knitting with it. I used my size 1 1/2 Crystal Palace bamboo double pointed needles. I’ve had these needles for almost 20 years and they have been faithful, but I think they are on the edge of breaking. I am looking into some new ones. 

What have you been working on lately? Are you taking time to nourish and refresh your soul? πŸŒˆ Please do find some pockets of time each day to do something you enjoy!!! ❤️



Saturday, January 29, 2022

How to Make Elderberry Syrup...

Have you ever made elderberry syrup? It really is super simple to make and tastes pretty amazing!!! I think you should try it!!! Yes, I realize this is predominately a sewing blog, but we need to maintain our health and immunity so we can sew more!  Right? That's my plan anyway! So let's jump right in!

Elderberries (Sambucus Nigra) are deep purple berries that are known for their history with boosting the immune system and treating colds, flus, and other viral infections.  I also like to add rose hips to my elderberry syrup because they are high in vitamin C.  You could also add other things, like cloves, ginger, cinnamon, etc.  I personally prefer the combination of elderberries and rose hips. 

I like to make elderberry syrup a few times a year to have on hand for my family.  We take it as a prevention over the winter months, and we also take it a bit more often if we do find that we are feeling under the weather.  

I would like to share my recipe with you all today.

Here are the ingredients that I use:

1 cup elderberries, dried

1/2 cup rose hips, dried (optional, but I like them)

2 cups water

Local honey (amount explained below)

Let's get started:

Measure your dried elderberries and rose hips into a medium-sized pan. Add in the water and bring to a slow boil.  Turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring gently here and there.

Using a fine strainer, strain out the plant materials, collecting the liquid in a clean container.  (I collect it in a glass measuring cup.)  Then measure how much of the liquid elderberry-rose hip liquid you have.  Measure out the same amount of honey and stir it into the elderberry-rose hip liquid.  

Pour your syrup into a jar with a tight-fitting lid, store in the refrigerator, and use the syrup within the next three months.  Also make sure to label your jar with the contents and the date you made it.

To use for prevention:

Children take 1 tsp. daily

Adults take 1 T. daily

To use when ill with a viral infection:

Children take 1 tsp. several times daily

Adults take 1 T. several times daily

Some misc. random thoughts:

*This is a cross post from my Cindy Johnson Homeopathy website.  It can be found here if you are interested in following me for health and homeopathy.  

*A good friend of mine pours some of her syrup into ice cube trays and freezes them before putting them into a container and storing in the freezer.  She said this way she always has some available and she can quickly thaw out a cube or two in the refrigerator.  I am definitely going to try this!

*Dried elderberries and rose hips can be purchased from your local herb shop.  If you don't have a local herb shop to support, you can also purchase online.  

*Also please make sure to use local honey. It really makes a difference!

*I am not a medical doctor and the information I share is solely for educational purposes.  Please consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about using this elderberry syrup. 

Monday, December 27, 2021

Cute and Charming Make-up Case...

How was your Christmas this year?  I do hope it was lovely and relaxing!!!  That is usually my goal!!!

This year I only made one handmade Christmas gift!  That's kind of shocking for me.  I used to make a lot of my gifts each year.  But this year, with so many other things going on in my family, I decided to keep it simple and keep our focus on the birth of our Savior!!!  I am so glad I did!  This left the week before Christmas wide open to bake treats, hand deliver them to our neighbors and church family, work on puzzles, watch Christmas movies, etc.  It was a delightful week indeed!!!

I want to tell you about the one gift I did make.  It was a supplement to a gift for one of my daughters.  I bought her several pieces of L'BRI makeup and I wanted to have a cute case to put them in.  I pulled out one of my favorite books and found a fun pattern I have made before.  I also dug through my fabric stash and tried to find fabrics that my daughter would like.  I came up with a floral, a gingham, some scrap batting, and a fresh zipper!!!  I love the combination of florals and ginghams!!! Do you? 

I was pleased with how charming this little make-up case turned out.  And even better than that, my daughter is thrilled with it!!!  

Did you sew any of your gifts this year?  I'd love to hear about them!

Happy Stitching, Friends!

xoxo, Cindy

Saturday, November 06, 2021

How to Make Flannel Burp Cloths - Step by Step Tutorial...


I finished the tutorial on how to make flannel burp cloths. They are so easy and so fun to make!!! I split the tutorial into two parts so that I could share a lot of tips in case you are new to sewing. But once you know how to make them, you will be creating them in 5-10 minutes from start to finish!!! So very quick!!! 

Let me know if you have any questions or comments!!! I’d love to see what you create!!! The tutorials can be found HERE and HERE.  Enjoy!!! πŸͺ‘🌸🧡

~ Cindy

Sunday, October 31, 2021

31 Days of Creating 2021 - Day 31


“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your fsoul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.” ~ J. S. Bolen

Happy Sunday!!! Thank you all so much, friends!!! I have so enjoyed sharing these 31 days of creating posts with you. I do not do this each year to show all the crafts and sewing I do. I do it to hopefully inspire you to carve out little pockets in your days and fill them with little things that bring YOU joy. It’s all about what kind of days you are creating. And if you can bless others in the process that’s great too!!!

To wrap up, my daughter played “The Old Rugged Cross” and “How Far I’ll Go” for me. I’ll link her YouTube videos here once she uploads them. She plays piano beautifully!!! 


~ Cindy

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