I’ve gotten asked a fair amount lately how I am finding time to blog. Here is my standard answer. I don’t do a lot of things that are just for me anymore but writing is something that I need to do. Blogging lets me write but also I hope that I’m creating an online cookbook for my friends, family and myself that hopefully will stick around for awhile. Watching my mom slip away has made me want to write down all the little things that happen and a lot of our family and social life has to do with food. The blog also gives me a kick in the butt to not fall back on the same recipes all the time and let us get bored with what we are having which leads to a desperate need for takeout then.

But what about the other things though?

I love to knit. Wow, sounds like I am making a horrible confession doesn’t it? I find it really soothing and it is fun to see something creative emerge. I tend to pick small projects that give me almost instant gratification and have been lucky enough to find some really funky ideas from the net. One site that I’ve been on a fair amount lately is:

There are really modern ideas for kids’ stuff and I would like to think at some point I will be able to make all of them for my wee one. BUT how to find the time?

I think I’ve solved this dilemma (just this one). I’ve started a knitting club with my students. We’re meeting a few lunchtimes a week to knit. Boys and girls-it’s actually a pretty even split.

We have music on, have some snacks and end-up talking about books. How sweet is that?

Madison might even get a fancy knit dress out of it.

Next week’s knitting snack is going to be Chocolate Chili Cookies-hope the kids like them.

Chocolate Chili Cookies

1†1/4 cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon ancho chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup softened butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons sugar mixed with 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour, cocoa, chili powder and salt on paper and set aside. Beat butter with electric mixer for 1 minute until creamy. Add sugar and beat until light in color, 3 to 4 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl.

Add egg and beat 1 minute. Add the sifted ingredients and mix in. Refrigerate dough until firm, at least 30 minutes.

Scoop cookies with 1-ounce scoop or rounded tablespoon onto ungreased pans. Bake 6 minutes, then turn and bake 5 minutes more. Let cool for a few minutes, then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.

Makes 12 cookies.

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/style/hfe/recipes/articles/0514favoritefood14rec.html#ixzz1CLSAou3i