{The List}: Gone Fishin’

Where did Summer go? And why am I asking this knowing it’s already Fall?

Because I am a slacker in my blog days. Like I have about 1,000+ blog posts to read on bloglovin.com, I have about 10 draft posts on here-not completed of course, and a pumpkin waiting to be gutted. So here is an ode to the last bit of Summer I had Labor day weekend!

For the first time in about 3 years I finally got my camping gear out! Brad and I picked a place on Whidbey Island so we wouldn’t have to go far from Seattle for some fires, s’mores, beers, dogs, and my first official FISHING trip! Bucket List #116 here I come!

Brad being an expert Eagle Scout built a roaring fire! We didn’t have any fish to cook this night. We went to Deer Lake first and it was CROWDED! Kids screaming, people boating and jet skiing. Not a peaceful fishing spot to be found. Luckily we drove further and found Lone Lake-a literally we were a lone. Perfect! Brad caught a few little ones he had to throw back. And since I didn’t know what I was doing besides hold the pole in the water, Brad was in charge of helping me with the hook and teaching me how to cast it, which turns out is not so easy (trees and fishing line don’t mix!).

Day 2 proved to be a much better day…I had yet to catch anything and Brad had a few small catch and releases. I sat and sat. I napped. I sat. Then all of a sudden I had a tug on my line! I was like ‘BRAD!’ He thought I was faking it! Until he heard the flopping fish as I reeled it in and knew I had it!

I caught the biggest trout of the day! I freaked out though and almost didn’t hold it for this picture. But alas, we didn’t keep him so I can’t say I have fully fulfilled this list item.

Shortly after my award winning catch-I named him Jones- Brad caught a fairly large one too! Although we didn’t have a boat or get to eat any of our catch, I loved how beautiful the lake was and we had great weather for sitting out all day.On our way home we stopped at the Seattle waterfront for some fish and chips, very fitting and had the most amazing sunset for the last warm weekend of the Summer.

Fall is here now and I want to go camping again. Maybe a winter cabin?

{Crafts}: Knit Baby Girl Bow Hat

My good friend is having a baby girl in December! I am so excited and had to make a hat for her! I kinda made this without a pattern and saw a hat like it on Etsy that was too cute!

Knit Hat with Bow

  • Baby yarn in two colors, I used white and green and it was a soft cotton I believe
  • US 8 circular and double point needles
  • Yarn needle
  1. Cast on 60 with MC using the double cast on method
  2. Knit in the round and place marker at beginning for about 2 1/2″
  3. Knit in CC for 1″
  4. Knit MC until whole piece measures 5″
  5. Change to double point needles, knit 8, k2tg to end
  6. knit 7, k2tg
  7. knit 6, k2tg
  8. knit 5, k2tg
  9. knit 4, k2tg
  10. knit 3, k2tg
  11. knit 2, k2tg
  12. knit 1, k2tg
  13. k2tg and then using yarn needle pull stitches together
  14. To make bow cast on 10 in CC and knit to about 5″ or desired size of bow
  15. Wrap CC around middle of bow and tighten and sew to hat in CC band.
  16. Put on baby to keep warm!

I love how easy and quick a baby knit hat is. All I ever want to knit is baby projects, and only a few friends have kids right now so maybe this Fall I’ll make a bunch of baby hats to stock up for future friends little ones!

Have any knitting patterns I must try??

{Recipes}: Mocha Coconut Cupcakes

I am so behind in life. So to make up for it here is an amazing delish cupcake recipe that I think is my new favorite! And they look just like a Starbucks Frappuccino!

Mocha Coconut Cupcakes from How Sweet It Is

Ingredients

  • 1 1/8 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons instant coffee powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, whisk egg and sugar until smooth. Add milk, butter and vanilla, and mix until combined. Sift dry ingredients together and add to wet mixture. Mix until batter is smooth, then stir in sour cream. Fold in chocolate chips and mix. Line a muffin tin with liners and add batter to each cup. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Let cool completely.

Coconut Frosting

  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 3 2/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded, sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut, toasted

Cream butter in the bowl of an electric mixture until completely smooth and creamy. With the mixer on low speed, add in powdered sugar slowly. Gradually increase mixer speed and add vanilla, then beat for 2-3 minutes.  If frosting is too thick, add coconut milk 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached If it’s too thin, add powdered sugar gradually until it thickens. Fold in shredded coconut and mix until just combined. Frost cupcakes, then sprinkle toasted coconut on top.

Mocha Coconut Drizzle

  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons coconut milk

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl, then add in one teaspoon of coconut milk. Really mix to combine, as you want it to be glaze-like and easy to drizzle. If too thick, add a drop of coconut milk and stir again. If it accidentally gets too thin, just add a bit more powdered sugar and mix.

By the way check out How Sweet It Is in general! Her photos and recipes are awesome!!