Sunday, August 9, 2009
This is my 17 yr. old Chit-Chat. With her around I no longer have to talk to myself, she will carry on a great conversation with anyone.
This is my Pumpkin. She has a serious attitude problem. We do exactly what she wants, when she wants it! :) She is actually a sweet girl.
And this is my baby girl, Missy Muffet. She is the biggest cuddle-bug!
Here she is having a visit with her friend Mrs. Squirrel.
I tried a new recipe yesterday and I just have to share. It is the most delicious chocolate pound cake!
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 5 tablespoons cocoa
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 3 cups sugar
- 5 eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
10-inch bundt pan (I just spent $1.49 on a beautifully detailed one thrifting this week)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Grease and flour a 10-inch bundt pan. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cocoa and set aside. Using an electric mixer, cream together butter, shortening, and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, and mix well after each addition.
Add flour and buttermilk alternately to butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour. Add vanilla and mix well. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour and 45 minutes or until cake is done.
Remove from oven and allow cake to cool in pan for 10 minutes. Invert onto cake plate and serve.
I didn't have any powdered suger to sprinkle and no whipping cream to dopple on it, so I decided to play....I blended cream cheese, heavy cream, chocolate sauce (the kind you top ice cream with), and some raspberry preseves. It came out great, wicked sweet, but oh so good! Try it and let me know what you think. Hope everyone is having a great weekend,
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I know exactly what I am making until I see something I like better. I can not tell you how many times change my mind. As an example, I am going to make mother a sweater, so I go pattern hunting online, I find the perfect one, so I head to my local yardgoods store to buy yarn, on the way I see a farmer's market, I squeal with excitement and stop. I find the softest baby alpacha, spun and dyed be a close friend so I must buy it, but it is not a shade of yellow that she would like, but it is the exact blue I have been looking for to make socks for big J. Back to the yardgoods store I go to find a sock pattern I like. Of course once in the store you must walk through the fabric section to reach the patterns. Ugh! They have the new line from Micheal Miller! I could make little J a quilt for his bigger bed, so I buy the fabric too. Now that my wallet is empty I head home to knit and sew. Finally my head can stop spinning and I can start creating.....until I walk past the neighbors house and smell the yummiest apple pie since grandma! Oh no, not another gift idea!!!!
Why am I telling you all this? Well, it seems Taiya has the same love of Christmas that I do. To celebrate the season she is giving away some great Figgy Pudding by Moda. Head on over to her A Cargo of Joy to enter!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I recently finished my second semester of college, yes, you heard me right, this forty-something momma has gone back to school. I received my grade report today and I have to say that I am in a state of....I dunno, shock, astonishment, denial, with a healthy amount of "OMG someone will realize this mistake and take it all back" thrown in for good measure. Do I dare say it? I have a 3.89!
Ok, this may not seem like that big of a deal to anyone, but it is huge to me! You see, I tried it once before, after High School I was a good girl and went to the University, as I thought all good girls should do. I did not do so well and gave up after only one year. I did not do so well in High School either. I was pretty much a C kinda gal, if it was chorus or some other fluff class I would get an A.
For the longest time I have been thoroughly ashamed of myself and who I was. I didn't like the girl I was, and had no hopes for the woman I was becoming. I hated me. I spent my days convinced that I was not good enough, yet tried so hard to find just one person who believed better of me. I did some crazy things, said some crazy things, met some great people who would have been great friends if I had not said and done those crazy things.
Maybe this was all due to the death of my father and grandfather when I was only 13. Moving back to a community that I hadn't know since fourth grade, living apart from my mother, my family, trying to belong, yet not knowing when I would be pulled from my comfort and moved again. It amazes me how one act or a group of acts can affect a young mind, how it can change/shape a personality.
I suppose the lesson I have taken from this is I was who I was, I am now who I am now, and I will forever strive to be who I want to be.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
I must be!!!
I have only been quilting for a very short time and only one of the quilts I have made was done by the book, the rest I was just crossing my fingers and going for it. You should see the work that these artists are creating. Yup, that's it, I am crazy....................but I think I like it ;)
These are the fabrics I have decided to use....
Not the greatest of pics, I'm still learning.
Ooooo, and Dana is giving away great gifts every week of the sew-along, the grand prize being a Janome 6600P sewing machine !
The first give away was for 9 Olfa sets, each included the following...
1 Olfa 12"x12" rotating self-healing rotary mat
1 Olfa 45 mm quick change rotary cutter
1 Olfa 6"x12" frosted non-slip ruler
Little Ol' me won a set and it arrived today, so I am saying goodbye for now and off to cutting my fabric.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
A few years ago I picked up some knitting needles and fell in love. I quickly became addicted to knitting, not that I was all that good at it, but I loved it. I made a few sweaters, blankets, mittens, hats, scarfs and even learned how to make socks. So much to make, so little time :(
A friend suggested I try quilting. Ooooo, I found a new passion! Now I have only taken a few weeks of classes, but I have completed 5 lap quilts and two king sized tops. Addiction has bitten me again and it feels good! I hope to post some pics soon.
I have to share, most of my inspiration has been this fantastic lady. http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/ She is amazing! Thank you AmandaJean.
OK, enough babbling. I should get back to studying. At the age of $@ I returned to college in January. I actually like learning now!