Monthly Archives: February, 2012

Lemon Diversion

     Those who know me know that lemon tops the list of my dessert preferences.  Luckily for me, one daughter, who’s birthday is tomorrow, shares my fondness for lemon. 

     Although I do have a considerable number of not-so-neatly-kept lemon recipes, I am not opposed to trying others to add to the collection.  I did exactly that Yesterday.  Tried out a new one.  Still assessing the results.

     This is the first time using oil in a lemon cake in one made without a mix.  I am a scratch baker.  I gave up mixes years ago.  Although, occasionally I do buy them to research taste preferences when I create a new recipe (maybe 1 a year, if that).  I did finally try the cake mix extender recipe last year.  I know it ain’t considered from scratch.  I made it because of all the hoopla about it.  Besides that, how can I say mine is better if I haven’t yet tried it, eh?  

      I am not a cake snob by any means.  I enjoy a cake from Walmart as much as the cake from the local baker.  The difference in enjoyment, for me, is not derived from the cake itself but from the reason I get to enjoy it.  

     Yesterday’s choice for lemon cake was Ina Garten’s Lemon Yogurt Cake.  Not having yogurt though, I used sour cream.  I quadrupled the recipe and used 4, 6″x2″ and 1, 9″x13″ pans.  If it turned out, I wanted there to be extras!  If it didn’t, the sheet pan would get torted several times and get multiple fillings to disguise it.  It would not get tossed!

   It rose beautifully (I wasn’t sure of the recipe so I held back a bit when filling the pans) and the color is a rich golden yellow.  I want so badly to cut a slice from one of them to view the inside.  I hope it’s as beautiful as the images (Novice Baker blogspot’s  and The Urban Spork’s ) of it that convinced me this was the one.

     I made lemon curd 2 days ago that will be used straight up as a filling between torted layers as well as be incorporated with cream cheese and whipped cream as another filling.  It’ll be finished with white chocolate ganache.  That’s the plan.

To be continued…

ArtBugStudio’s Crochet Along continues

         I completed an amigurumi bunny  (free from Lion Brand Yarn…must sign up but that too is free) from Artbugstudio‘s crochet along.  I’m glad the bunny was chosen.  It was a nice break from the hats/wearables and the SOFA (oh my word! Perfect example of simple taking over) and to take my mind off the SOFA while I wait (impatiently) for the cording to come in so I can finish the front.

     My granddaughter loved it even before the legs and tail were sewn on.  I thought if she didn’t love it just as much afterward, I would remove them but, she came back over today and her great big smile let me know that the legs and tail would not have to be removed.











I will attempt another using a different yarn.  It’s a curly, fluffy, nobby looking yarn (I’ve long since removed the label but I’m thinking it’s a Red Heart Baby Yarn.  I’ll hunt down the exact yarn to share the name).



                                                                            Thanks Dina!

ArtBugStudio’s Crochet Along Begins

     Today marks the beginning of ArtBugStudio’s Crochet Along featuring an amugurumi character from Lion Brand Yarns.

This is my first crochet along to follow.  I am one that crochets like I’m in a race against the clock no matter what I’m making.  Making multiples of the same thing while trying to beat the previous one’s finishing time.  If it takes too long, I have a tendency to lose interest but that is something I am working on…patience in crafting.

     I am using Caron Simply Soft yarn for this project.   It’s what I have the most of on hand (must. use. this. yarn. before. buying. more.), starting with watermelon.   If it turns out well, I have some fluffy baby yarn that I plan to try if time permits.

     I managed to get the head and body done so far.

Millefiori Canes

     Time can get away quickly while working with polymer clay.   I was finally able to sit down and play with it.  I say play because that’s exactly what I was doing but, in a serious way.  I wanted to try making some of the remarkable canes I admire so much like the rose cane and a face to name just a couple.  Leigh Ross shared a fantastic tutorial for the rose on Polymer Clay Central that I followed for the rose I made:

Crochet Along

Dina, at ArtBugStudio is starting a new crochet along.  I’m going to join in the fun and see what results.  Regardless of which adorable little amigurumi character winds up being the project for the crochet along, I will be using whatever yarns I have in my stash due to an earlier promise that I would not buy not one more inch of yarn until I’ve used up the amount I already have on hand.  So, I already know mine will be ‘different’.  Different is good, right?

Please, if you choose to join in the fun, visit Dina’s site below, vote for your favorite project and stay tuned for Saturday when we find out what our crochet along project will be!