Pumpkin bread.

I’ve not made pumpkin bread, at least not in recent memory. The students at work made some to thank staff and I got the leftover ingredients, yay. 

  
I’m going to give it as gifts if it tastes good. I had to write the recipe on a different sheet of paper to make sense of it, since the ingredients were listed by quantity instead of the order to use then the instructions weren’t clear. Plus it didn’t have the bake time for the little loaves. 

I had to smoosh the one pan to get them all to fit in the oven, we’ll eat that one. 🙂 They’re cooling right now. 

Hubby’s birthday cake

After what I’ve started referring to as the great cake disaster of 2015 ( my cake I made Monday for my boss broke in the car on the way to work Tuesday.) I decided to order a cake for hubby. He wanted an ice cream cake anyway. But I still wanted to make it personal. He’s getting excited about the new Star Wars movie so..

  
Hubby’s cousin’s awesome wife made a Darth Vader cake last week so I asked her how she did it. Sugar sheets by Wilton- brilliant. She said she used a template for carving a pumpkin. I googled Death Star line drawing for mine and had to simplify it even more and resize since I printed it bigger than the cake. It worked well and hubby liked it!

  

This is the cake that inspired me:

  
Pretty cool!

Cake – definitely home made

Tomorrow is my new boss’ birthday. I really like her so I decided to make her a cake. But I’m out of practice. Apparently “super moist” actually means “crumby”. Oh and whipped frosting is not so good for decorating. The most flattering thing I can say about the cake is that it is definitely home made.  

   
I was going to do a fall leaf motive but the frosting is too soft so I just made it all orange and went with it. She’ll know I tried, right? 

I think I bit off more than I can chew right now. I’m better with pies! Oh hey, almost Thanksgiving! 

I made treats for the dogs! 

Hubby told me this morning as he was giving the dogs treats before we left for work that we are almost out of crunchies. What? We can’t run out of crunchies. I mean, look at that face!  

 
But after work hubs was super tired so I didn’t remind him but decided to make them instead. I adapted this  recipe to make a smaller batch. I halved the flour and peanut butter and added a banana (to use it up) and only used 1/4 cup milk. 

I mean look at dat face! 

  
I didn’t roll the dough and cut it I just made little lumps. I baked the first batch for 25 minutes and this is what they look like. 

 
I tried one, they weren’t as crunchy as I’d hoped, kinda like banana bread without sugar. I gave one to my taste tester.

  
I think he liked it.

  
Don’t worry I gave one to the other two. 🙂

I haven’t been around for a while. 

Having been in pain since 2011, I crafted less and less. The pain became unbearable last fall. I changed docs, got new X-rays and discovered I no longer had cartilage in my right hip. I ended up having hip replacement at the end of June. I’m over three months out and I’m so much better! I started crocheting again onthe first few weeks after surgery. I still can’t share that project because it is a gift. But then a friend told me she is ill and I asked if I could make her something. I told her my skill level and she asked for a potholder.  Sounded easy enough. Right?

My friend said she liked blue and purple with green and yellow. I thought- flower! I found a potholder pattern with a flower on etsy from WhiskersandWool and bought the yarn. 

  
  

I’d never made anything with a pattern where I change colors and the pattern instructions I guess figured the user would know how.
  
But this can’t be right! And WTF is a yarn over!? (I still don’t know)

I had a conversation with a friend at work about crocheting that blew my mind …

THIS is how the back should look, no cutting, it makes so much more sense! 

 And this is the front: 

 
Then I made the flower and leaves:

  
The pattern called for a white back and I thought that was boring so I made another front that was opposite, except it was smaller…oops. I pulled too tight. 

 
You can even see where it got tighter as I moved up. 

So I decided to make a blue back.

   
 
It’s even the same size.

And this is the finished product!

   
 
I’ll finish the purple one later – maybe keep it. Oh and I almost forgot another delay. Did you know they make scented yarn? Yeah me either. I had to go back and buy white then discovered I’d bought scented yellow as well. Who knew?

  

Christmas Steamroller

I was feeling like a Christmas steamroller was headed my way and I just wanted to hide in my house and read, but this weekend hubby and I got almost all our shopping done, decorated the tree and I made cookies for my work friends. I have to make theirs early since the school where I work closes for two weeks in December. Maybe I can do this holiday thing after all.

The cookies: chocolate covered Oreos.

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The tree:

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