Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Cake


 
This morning there is Easter cake to bake.
While I am not the most talented baker, what I lack in skill I make up in enthusiasm. I love to bake. I always think that my cakes are going to look just like the photos in the book. Now I don't know about you, but one of my must haves when it comes to cookbooks is that the pages must have beautiful large photos. While I'm mixing and stirring, I'm convinced that my finished cake will look just like the beautiful, perfect tower of frosted sweetness. It never does. In fact I'm lucky if my cake isn't over done, or tilted or falling apart... We won't even talk about decorating with frosting. Is it frosting or icing? What is the difference? See? How can I decorate perfectly, when I don't even know the difference between frosting and icing?
 
Todays cakes are for brunch tomorrow. A blueberry coffee cake and a raspberry coconut bundt cake and thankfully nothing requires frosting/icing. Glaze doesn't count.

If I'm truly inspired, I think I might make those hot cross buns after all. It is Easter, and they would go perfectly with tonights ham and scalloped potatoes and asparagus.

I hope the Easter bunny brings you loads of chocolate eggs!


Friday, March 29, 2013

Preparations

 
 
Today and tomorrow I have a lot of things to get ready for our Easter celebrations. We are having a family brunch, and I have Easter eggs to fill for a hunt with some of my favorite peeps on the planet. If you have Grandchildren, you know what I mean. I don't mean the marshmallow chickies...
 
 
I have hot cross buns to bake, and a coffee cake. I have a hash brown casserole to put together, and more shopping at the market for other goodies. Have you ever had the casserole I'm talking about? The one with buttery corn flakes on the top? The one stuffed with sour cream, butter and cheddar cheese? Holy cow! More calories than are legal, but oh so fabulous for a celebration. I hope I have room for the buns and coffee cake.
 
 
I can hardly wait to see my Grandchildren and of course my sons and daughter in law. I wish I didn't have to drive two hours each way to see them, but that is one of the prices I pay for living in beautiful Twain Harte.
 
I don't think that my current obsession with applique will be fulfilled today. I think I'll be stuck in the kitchen. 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Obsessed With Applique

 
 
 
Good morning! I know you think I disappeared again, but I have an excuse. I was on a trip with my Son and his family to the happiest place on earth, and a personal favorite of mine. Disneyland! I hadn't been since DCA was a parking lot, so I had a lot to explore. Of course, the most magical part of the whole experience was being with some of my Grandchildren. Seeing the magic reflected in their eyes was the most memorable part.
 
I came home with more than memories and tired feet, however. I came home with a lovely virus that required days in my flannel pajamas and my recliner with honey infused tea and an afghan. Thankfully that has passed away like a bad memory.
 
 
Now I've been working like a little bee on finishing the hand quilting on one project, and I've started two new ones. I have a lot of catching up to do, because I was so sidelined in the last few years by the problems with my neck. When you can't bend your head, or even feel your fingers it sort of puts a dent in your ability to hand applique. Enough of the self indulgent whining... On to the good part!
 
 
I am working on a bird quilt that was designed by Barb Adams and Alma Allen from Blackbird Design .The name of the book is In the Meadow. The name of the quilt is Birdsong.
 
I have been diligently stitching away on many of the 144 four inch leaf blocks. Yikes! I have completed one large block and I'm almost finished with one other. I have more freezer paper shapes ironed on to fabric and ready for stitching!
 
I'm on a roll!
What have you been working on?