Apple Cake

I am not a fan of cooked fruit but Mike has a weird allergic-like reaction to most raw tree fruits with a pit or core. So when I saw Teddie’s Apple Cake on Alexandra’s Kitchen, I knew that he would love it.

It turned out perfect! It was very easy to make (especially since Mike peeled and sliced the apples).

I had a piece last night and it tasted really good. I still don’t loved cooked fruit but I can see how this would be a great cake for someone who does.  The cake part is so moist and flavorful and the outer part is a little more dense and chewy.

Since I won’t be eating any more of it, we froze a large portion of it (hopefully it holds up) and Mike can enjoy a few more pieces this week.

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On my needles way too long

There are three projects that have been sitting on Ravelry projects page for far too long without any updates. I decided it’s time to do something about them.

Last November I took a sock class at Stitch Your Art Out. The pattern was Toe-Up Socks designed by one of the shop owners, Cynthia Spencer. I started two different socks. One in the first class and another at home so I could practice before the second class. In the second class we turned the heel.  And then I stalled.  I stalled because there were other things to knit. I stalled because there was an uncertainty about how I would know when to stop knitting my first sock and cast off to start the next one. I stalled because maybe I don’t love knitting socks as much as I thought I would. I never even turned the heel on the second sock and that would have been easier to continue since I was using two separate skeins to knit it.

About a month or so ago, I bought a food scale so that I could weigh yarn. And today, I finally broke it out. I tested it on the leftover wool from my Honeycomb Hat.

That’s almost half a skein of Cascade 220. I was half tempted to sit and weigh and catalog all my leftover yarn but that’s a project for another day.  Maybe.

I needed to weigh my leftover sock yarn from my first sock so I know when I need to cast off so I can get started on the next sock.

This is Rabbit Ridge Designs Sock Yarn and at 100 grams, I still have a lot more to go before I will have to cast off. While I would love to be officially finished with my first sock, I’m also glad that it will get a lot longer because the taller the sock, the happier I am.

This is the other sock. It’s going to hang around for a while longer. Or maybe I should just frog it?  The Mini Mochi is so pretty and I don’t know what to do.

But the project I’ve made the most progress on is my Lady Kina. I started this top down cardigan for myself last fall and realized that it was definitely not going to fit me. I did a swatch but since it’s not American sizing, I think I misjudged. But, the good thing is that before frogging it, I brought it with me on a visit to my parents in October, tried the shoulders on my mom and it fits! So, now I’m just trying to finish it up to give to her.

I’ve knit about seven inches from the sleeves down and I think we decided it should be thirteen total, including the garter edge. I was hoping to finish by Thanksgiving but there’s no way I’ll get through it by Thursday, especially since there’s others things happening between now and then.

There are other projects that I want to start. Once this sweater comes off my needles, I’ll start my dad’s DNA Scarf. I wound the yarn for it earlier this week.

 

 

Orange Beef and Barley Stew

Tonight we made Orange Beef and Barley Stew which is an old Good Housekeeping recipe that my mom used to make when I was a kid.

This took about two and a half hours total and it was so easy. We ended up using baby carrots and halving them.  The orange flavor is very subtle and it’s a very thick and hearty stew. It’s made the house smell delicious.

Finished: Honeycomb Hat

I thought this would be a quicker knit but I have not been knitting as much during the week these past three weeks.  I hope to change that as there are a lot of things I want to finish and new projects to start.

This hat is for a friend. She requested black and gray and when I found this Cascade 220, I knew it would be perfect. However, I didn’t want to knit the most simple hat so I chose the Honeycomb Hat.

I love the way this turned out. When I tried it on, I loved the way it hugged my head.  It feels warm and safe, and that’s just what I want for this specific hat.

At first I thought I’d try to block out the way it turns up at the bottom, but I don’t trust my amateur blocking skills and I’d be sad if it got loose. So it doesn’t look as pretty laying on it’s own.  But it looks great on a head and that’s what matters most.

What makes this hat special is the honeycomb pattern around the bottom. This yarn is not the best to showcase the cables that create a beautiful pattern. But it was more important that I met my friend’s color request. To achieve the pattern, I had to do sixty cables per row, every other row for a total of 14 rows. At first, I thought I made a bad decision. But I found my groove quickly.  And it’s so worth it.

I can’t wait to give this to my friend.

Ooey Gooey Caramel Pumpkin Blondies

I enjoy reading The Tasty Kitchen blog and this week I saw a recipe I had to try.

Imagine taking those delicious caramel brownies and mixing them with my favorite pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. You get these Ooey Gooey Caramel Pumpkin Blondies.

I omitted the nuts and melted the caramels in a pot on the stove but otherwise remained true to the recipe.

These are very cakey and certainly require a fork to eat (those other brownies above are no fork necessary).  I already had a sample as I was cutting some up for knitting night tonight and they taste so good!