Gentle Readers and Dear Friends no big quakes over the weekend - lots of little ones - but nothing that you could really feel. I guess here in the Bay area we become immune to any quake that doesn't shake the buildings. You hear all the time about "the big one" that's coming - and not that I doubt it for a moment, I just hope it comes after my time here.
On to nicer things.... I heard from Roberta that the ornament I made her for the HOE "Words of Christmas" Ornament Exchange arrived safe and sound. Here is a snap...
"Christmas Angel" by Midsummer Night Designs
from the 2007 JCS Ornament Issue
Although I got off to a rocky start with this exchange - I am really pleased with the way she turned out. I have stitched her before and just love the whole design!! It was a super Exchange and now with the HOE Ornament exchanges wrapping up with a "Stitchers Choice" it has been a great year of stitching ornaments!!
I also worked some on my "ABC Noel" - here is a snap, ignore the wrinkles!!
It is coming along nicely - I am finding small missing stitches in the chart that I am adding as I go - either they didn't make it to the chart, but appear in the picture or I like it better with my additions, whatever, it is still a great piece to work on!!
On Saturday we ran around to some Estate sales, I picked up a framed Victorian print, I bought it for the frame and not the print. I forgot to get a snap, I'll get one up in the morning. While out and about we ran by the Mall. Now why would we go the Mall you might ask... for a couple of reasons - to stop off a Trader Joe's, to stop off a Macy's for a Birthday Present for my Nephew and to make a stop off at William Sanoma's. I make a trip to WS every Fall to pick up this stuff.......
I buy this every Fall and have for years - they only carry it during the Fall and usually run out by Thanksgiving. I keep this soap in my refillable soap thing on the kitchen sink and every time I wash my hands during the year I get a flash of Christmas and the woods - Call me odd, call my weird but when I start to run low come August I start to get very nervous to see whether my last dribble of soap will last until I can get more!! We also stopped to get lunch at Micky D's as they have for a limited time the.......
McRib - they hardly ever get these here in SF and when they do I must have one!! All BBQ sauced and delicious!!
I baked up a really great cake that Coni over at Spinster Stitcher posted about. Called "Claudia's Root Beer Bundt Cake" you can click HERE to go to the recipe. Here is a snap of mine...
The changes I made were... to replace the allspice with some nutmeg and clove and instead of using a Bundt pan I used a tube pan and instead of butter and flour in the pan I used butter and cocoa powder, I think that turns out a nicer finish on the outside of a chocolate cake than flour. The actual cake is a nicely dense, chocolaty, brownie type of cake that goes super with a cup of coffee!!
Thanks so much Coni for sharing this great recipe!!
There you go sports fans - thanks for stopping by and for your great comments - I do love reading them!!