Warming Up For Winter

A selection of gloves and wristwarmers from previous seasons.

A selection of gloves and wristwarmers from previous seasons.

Winter conjures up all sorts of pictures and thoughts in our minds. My thoughts naturally go to three topics:

  1. Where are my best wool socks and gloves?
  2. How can I bake pumpkin into every cookie and scone I make?
  3. When will I see some snow?

After 15+ years of knitting my socks, gloves, scarves and sweaters, I have quite a collection for myself. But those gloves pictured above are not in my collection. They were special orders or items sold at a local artisan store over the last 3 years. My gloves are sold under the moniker of MountainWoolies, and have found homes in 17 states so far (that I know about).

If you see a pair you like, or even a style you like, feel free to leave me a message – I’m always taking orders. I knit with, unless otherwise requested, 100% wool yarn, and I can accommodate most color preferences. I have sizes available for children, women and men.

It is my hope to have my Artfire store open within a week, and I’ll post a link to that when it is available and updated.


Cocoa-Almond Biscotti

Yummy Cocoa Biscotti with Almonds!

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to bake. I love homemade cookies and pastries of all shapes and flavors. I have a biscotti recipe that I have used for years; I really like these cookies and they usually go over well when I share with others. Unlike some of the commercial brands of biscotti you might have tried, these are not hard enough to break your teeth. They are a bit softer, but they still absorb plenty of coffee (a requirement for me).

Recently though, I adapted this biscotti recipe to include cocoa for a chocolate dough (as opposed to just adding chocolate chips). Here’s the recipe for those who are interested:

Cocoa-Almond Biscotti

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (at high elevations like where I currently live – 8,700 feet ASL, I add an extra 1/2 cup of flour)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3 Tbsp. cocoa (more to taste, if you like)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Cream together sugar and shortening. Mix in eggs one at a time. Add in vanilla.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder. I mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients about one cup at a time until everything is well-incorporated. Stir in almonds.

I like to line my baking sheets with silpats or parchment. Form the dough into 4 logs, each about 12″ x 2″ on lined baking sheets. Bake for about 15 minutes or until logs look golden and done. Remove logs from oven, wait a minute (this helps them hold their shape just a bit), and then slice into 1″ cookies. Turn each cookie on its side and place pans back in oven. Bake for an additional 5 minutes.

Cool and enjoy! I love them with a vanilla latte. 😉