Sunday, October 27, 2013

Some cozy things!

I have been working on some fun and quick projects lately. One of them was a cowl, designed to look like pumpkins, with leaves.  I decided to use my handspun yarns for this, having spun some orange corriedale years ago, that came from my friend, Cary, at Serenity Farms.  She has beautiful Corriedale sheep and the fiber from them is extraordinary.

The cowl came out to be very warm, indeed.  :)  So, am not sure if I will be able to wear it come Thanksgiving.  Maybe I will turn the air conditioning back on and turn it down to 50 in the house, just so I can wear it.  :)  Wonder what the family will say to that.  LOL!!!! Bring your coats!

The next project that I worked on, was a pattern from my friend, Debbie, at My Mom's Work and has the pattern listed on Ravelry.
This was a very quick knit and fun project. 

The stitch pattern is fun to work and doesn't roll when finished!  Amazing.  I loved choosing my buttons and was able to use one that my mom had used on a red bathrobe that she made for me when I was a teenager! That button is in the center.

Then I wanted to embellish it and stitched on the button and little butterflies.

I also decided to add some puff paint to the back. That paint helps the cozy not to slip as much on the cup, making it more secure in my hands.  Those of you who know me well, know that I can drop and spill things.  :)  So, the precaution is well worth the effort. 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

It's Our 40th!!

So, 40 years ago today, I married my high school sweetheart, the UPS Store guy.  :)

First I had to walk down the aisle, on my dad's arm, of a packed out church building. Who knew?! But, we had both grown up there, worked in the Sunday school as teenagers, my folks did too.

Here we are after we said, "I do."

Here I am, close up.

We looked at each other this morning and said, "We made it!" Been lots of ups and downs, but all is worth it, because we still have each other. We didn't do it on our own either, every step of the way, we had our faith and trust in God leading the way.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Flour Free Chocolate Cake

Several weeks ago, I found this recipe in a Joanne Fluke mystery novel.  I enjoy listening to them while I knit.  They are not the really scarie ones, that would keep me awake at night, but they are fun to listen to. This cake has no flour, or expensive substitutes in it. It truly was a good cake and I will make it again. :)

Flourless Chocolate Cake
Oven 375 F
1/2 c butter
8 oz chocolate chips (I used 1 1/3 cups)
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla (or rum extract)
4 egg whites
1/4 cup granulated sugar
-sweetened whipped cream, shaved chocolate, berries or even ice cream.

8 inch spring form pan(I have one and used it, but next time, I am going to use my 9 inch square pan.)
Grease pan, if using spring form - grease it and line the bottom with wax papper.
-Melt chocolate.
-Beat 1/2 cup sugar with egg yolks, until lemon colored.
-Add small amount of yolk mixture to chocolate, while stirring.
-Pour chocolate into yolks, stir.
-Beat egg whites, with remaining sugar, until soft peaks form.
-Fold chocolate/egg mixture into bowl with egg whites until uniform.
-Bake at 375 F, for 35 minutes or until pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
For spring form pan:
-Cool 15 minutes, loosen spring form edge and turn onto serving platter. 
-Remove wax paper, when cake is cooled.
For regular pan: Leave cake in pan and serve from pan.
-Serve with any or all of the above toppings, or make your own topping.  :)