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Good Fun: part two.

Here is part two of my time with Grace…

Tuesday:


The oven had bread in it all morning but we had to bake cupcakes for a party in the evening. We seriously made them right before we got in the car to go. It was so close. They tasted delicious though.

Wednesday Night:


We made little cream puffs…


with amazing chocolate cream filling.
We whipped cream (by hand) and folded it into chocolate pudding.
What a good filling.


Yes, I ate so many of them.
(and I even balanced them on my tongue. You should try that, it’s not easy.)

Thursday Morning:

The last meal (a.k.a. – Breakfast ).

I think Grace and I will always make these when we are together.
These Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls…
man oh man they are the best thing ever.


Breakfast has never been better.
They were the perfect thing with a cinnamon latte for our departure breakfast.
The grand finale to such a wonderful time.

There was much more too. We did some sewing. We watched the entire Little Dorrit mini series in two sittings. Those were some late nights but totally worth it. We drank tea. Brisk, Balanced, and Inspiring tea actually. Knitting happened. There was this one mexican potluck…

So many new memories for Grace and I to add to our collection.
I’m so thankful to have her as a friend. I love the fact that we can talk about the things that we both love. Like new bunt pans and butter.
Thank you, Grace, for always being there for me.

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     I really want to start on Christmas presents now.  I have a few ideas.  I haven’t knit something for a while now and feel like knitting so much.  I’m hoping to start knitting a sweater for my nephew, Jason.  Looking for a handsome pattern is not easy.  There are a lot of ugly sweaters out there.  I finally found one that is a vintage pattern. It has ships and dots on it but…I’m going to change mine to stripes.  Just little stripes. Anyways, the site had some really neat patterns that truly are vintage.  It’s called Free Vintage Knitting.  It was pretty cute.

     Yesterday I worked an espresso machine!  I’m so excited to learn the ins-n-outs of making good coffee. There is a difference between coffee and good coffee. I definitely need practice in the steaming area. I think I was told I made Starbucks foam a few times (not good).  Dear Me. It is really fun to hear Starbucks being made out as the epitome of ‘bad coffee’.  It is different, as most people adore beloved Starbucks.  Anyways, back at it this Sunday. We’ll see what sort of foam I’ll make this time.

     I received one of the best gifts ever for my birthday this year.  Mom and Dad got me a down comforter.  O how wonderful it is!  I went to work on Monday and dreamed all day about being under my comforter.  I love my new blanket.  I can’t stop thinking about it.  I think it’s an addiction!

     I made a Pumpkin Spice Cake with cream cheese frosting and it turned out SO good. I believe I’ll share it with you.~
    

 For the cake~

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice (or 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon each allspice and cloves)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin puree

For the frosting~

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, very soft
  • 1 bar (8 ounces) cream cheese, very soft
  • 1/4 cup honey or enough powdered sugar to make it sweet enough for you
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch square baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin-pie spice. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, butter, and pumpkin puree until combined (I added a tad bit of cream as it seemed rather thick for a cake batter) . Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture, and mix gently until smooth.
  3. Turn batter into prepared pan, and smooth top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool cake 10 minutes in pan, then turn out of pan, and cool completely, right side up, on a rack.
  4. Make Honey Frosting: In a medium bowl, whisk butter, cream cheese, and honey until smooth.
  5. Spread top of cooled cake with honey frosting. Cut cake into squares to serve.

     I hope you enjoy it! I absolutely LOVE it.

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knit…knit…knit…

I have been knitting ALL day.

(no joke)

My fingers are hurting.

I have to be done by Saturday.

I sure hope it all turns out nice. I started knitting yesterday afternoon. (when I realized fair entries are due this weekend) So far I have finished a cupcake, a teapot, and I just have to put a handle on my teacup. I have left to knit: one teacup, one cupcake, and possibly (if there’s time) two saucers, one sugar bowl with lid, a few sugar cubes, and a teabag.

Oh boy.

Back to my knitting….

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