Recipe: Happy Husband Muffins

Happy Husband Muffins

I am a huge believer in the bulk section of my grocery store.  Those little buckets of budget wonder are always full of interesting potential flavour combinations.  Don’t be shy to try different nut and dried fruits for this recipe. This particular nut combination is my husbands decided favorite as he “doesn’t like cooked fruit”.  Once cooled, wrap individually in plastic wrap for easy on the go lunches.

NOTE:  If you omit the oats, omit the maple syrup as well, and vice versa.

2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup canola oil
3 eggs
1/4 cup REAL maple syrup (optional – see note)
1 medium apple, peeled and grated
2 tsp vanilla extract

3-4 carrots, peeled and grated
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup whole pistachios
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup baking oats

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
in a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.  Set Aside.

In mixer with paddle attachment, combine oil, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla and apple.

Slowly add dry ingredients to mixer, until just combined.
Fold in carrots, coconut, pecans, pistachios, almonds, pumpkin seeds and oats.


Grease or line muffin tin.  Fill cups to JUST full.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25min.  Check muffins at 17min to be sure by inserting a clean knife into center of muffin.  Once knife comes out nearly clean, muffins are done.  Remove from oven and allow to cool for five minutes in the tin on a rack.   After 5 min remove from tin and allow to cool completely.

Happy Baking!

Can i brag, just for a little bit?

so i was surfing Ravelry, looking for the scoop on what’s new and exciting in the knitting world, and discovered a wee little something …

My Hurricane Hat Pattern is currently #10 most popular hat pattern on Ravelry!  can i just freak out a little bit? is that too dorky?    Just because it’s blurry, doesn’t make it any less true …

This comes at a wonderfully serendipitious time, as i am planning on releasing some patterns in the very near future…

Think sweet, simple accessories for Christmas knitting.



Pepper Poached Eggs

As promised here is my rendition of the Bell Pepper Poached Eggs from Recipes from my Kitchen.  This website is incredible – recipes for everything under the sun.  I strongly recommend it as all the recipes are original and totally approachable.   Anyway, back to the food.  See my slideshow at the end for how it all turned out!!

I used:

1 Red Bell Pepper
1 egg
1/3 slice german butter cheese
1/4 cup thinly sliced romaine lettuce hearts (trust me on this one)
red pepper bits (leftovers from red pepper lid cut off of pepper “cup”)
large pinch garlic powder
large pinch chili seasoning
1 drop Blair’s Golden Death Sauce (only 1 drop/pepper)

I did it in the following order:

1. Sliced top off pepper
2. put in muffin tin
3. Added egg
4. Added lettuce, cheese and pepper pieces
5. added spices and hot sauce
6. stirred it all up (wanted more of an omlette)

cooked for about 35 minutes

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Love, Hestia

Gooey Eyeball Neckwarmer Pattern

Gooey Eyeball Neckwarmer Pattern
Copyright Andrea Goutier – Love, Hestia – 2008.
For personal, non-commercial use only.For use with Vitreous Humor yarn. approx. 60yds (70-80yds per skein from insubordiknit)
can substitute any other bulky/superbulky slubby yarn, but it won’t be as awesome.
size 13 16″ circs
size 19 16″ circs

-cast on 35sts using smaller circular needle-
-work back & forth in garter stitch for 3 rows, slipping last stitch of each row-
-switch to larger needles-
-work in stockinette stitch for 5″-
-work in garter stitch for 3 rows-
-bind off really loosely-
-push eyeballs through the stockinette stitch as buttons to fasten-

Ta Da!
now run off and scare your neighbors.

Hurricane Hat Pattern!!

Hurricane Hat

Copyright lovehestia, Andrea Goutier 2008.

For private, non-commercial use only.


Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted, Colourway shown Pearl #36

Needles16″ Circular Needles 4.5mm, set of 4 DPNs, 4.5mm

Gauge20 stitches & 28 rows knit in Stockinette Stitch

Sizing Note: Pattern is adjustable for sizing by altering how
many inches you work in pattern before beginning your
decreases. The suggested 5″ will give you a med-large size.

Cast on 81 sts in the knitted on cast on method.  For a stretchy brim cast on using the long tail method.

Join in the round, knitting first and last stitch together to eliminate jag. Total 80sts.

Brim: Work in K2, P2 Rib for 1.5”. At the end of final row, M1 stitch for a Total of 81sts

Body: Work in K9, P1 for 5” inches. – Do not worry about how many rounds you are working.  Simply work until knitting measures 5″ from end of ribbing (total of 6.5″ from cast on edge).

Decrease Rounds:
Round 1: *K7, K2tog, P1* 73sts

Round 2: *K8, P1*

Round 3: *K6, K2tog, P1* 65sts

Round 4: *K7, P1*

Round 5: *K5, K2tog, P1* 57sts

Round 6: *K6, P1*

Round 7: *K4, K2tog, P1* 49sts

Round 8: *K5, P1*

Round 9: *K3, K2tog, P1* 41sts

Round 10: *K4, P1*

Round 11: *K2, K2tog, P1* 33sts

Round 12: *K3, P1*

Round 13: *K1, K2tog, P1* 25sts

Round 14: *K2, P1*

Round 15: *K2tog, P1* 17sts

Round 16: *K2tog* 9sts

Break yarn and run through remaining stitches. Pull tight and secure. Weave in all ends.

Please note: This pattern was originally available on my now defunct blog sunshineknits. this is my new home. 

Best Roast Beets

My go to easy & mindless beets recipe.  Keep in mind that this takes 45minutes to cook, so do this first and throw it in the oven.  By the time it is done, the rest of dinner will be too!

3-4 large, firm beets

1-2 bulbs of garlic, separated and peeled

2 tsp of good quality coarse sea salt

2 tbsp ground black pepper

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.

Peel & cut beets into 2″ x 1″ rectangles and put in pan.  I use a loaf pan because thats what I have.


beets cut and ready for seasoning

Next add garlic cloves.  Use as much as you are comfortable with.  The garlic gets yummy and caramalized in the roasting…

beets with their bff's The Cloves

Next add salt and pepper balsamic vinegar and olive oil to pan.

season's up!

Mix to thoroughly coat beets and then roast in the oven for approximately 45 minutes.  Shake beets 1x to ensure even roasting.  Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving.

bon apetit!


A late start, but a start nonetheless,

A big goal I’ve had for myself these past few years is to get myself organized and to shift gears.  To organize everything from the bottom up.  Start with the elements of our precious little lives that i cherish so much.  It is sad to see that oftentimes opportunity and experiences disappear because I fail to take advantage of them.  It is hard, when fatigued, to face the dishes, let alone anything remotely ambitious.  This year, I decide to have the simple goal of taking myself seriously.  If I want to climb a mountain, I will climb a mountain.  If I want to knit a beekeeper quilt, I will be sure to do so.  And if I want to make the perfect bundt cake, i will damn well be making the sexiest marbled bundt you’ve seen this side of Claq Mountain.