A second no recipe cake. In which I don’t follow the instructions anyway…

So another Pinterest cake. You can’t really call it a recipe when it is only 2 things. The idea and picture on Pinterest is for an apple cinnamon cake. I didn’t have apple pie filling in a tin, so I substituted raspberry. And that is it Angel Food cake mix and a tin of pie filling mixed together. I have heard you can also use crushed pineapple instead of the pie filling.

I was getting worried at this stage, would the batter be dry with lumps of pie filling every so often?

But it did mix in and became a pink batter that filled a 9 x 13 greased pan.

The instructions said to bake for 20 minutes or until the top turned golden. I think mine was in for about 30 minutes at 350 F.

It rose above the pan and was kind of ..wobbly. It smelled very good. I could smell almonds, which is weird.

It was not really pretty and almost as soon as I took the picture it kind of deflated. The flavour is good, very strong raspberry. The texture is …sticky and there are the seeds… The whole thing shrunk away from the edges of the pan and it is a bit heavy. So, not the nicest cake to take to a potluck. But I am thinking if you cut it into chunks and made it into a trifle it would be lovely. Anything is improved by the addition of Birds custard. I should have made some. Also I think the apple version would be better, more of a breakfast cake. Should those words even be together?

Mr Murfin liked it enough to have 2 pieces, but then cake and Mr Murfin are best friends.

I’ll wait for the trifle.

Thrifty Thursday will be back next week. I did get some good finds, but failed to take any pictures.

This weekend the weather is to turn to spring. There is a layer of snow this morning but I heard double digits for Sunday, so I hope to have garden pictures. little green sprouts are everywhere. I saw a robin the other day. The size of a small chicken, must be a hardy one.

Ta ta for now!

The Artist’s Way

It was Julia Cameron’s birthday the other day. I found this out through the wonderful world of Facebook. This reminded me to visit her website. http://juliacameronlive.com/

I first discovered her book The Artist Way about 15 years ago and I can honestly say it has help to form and shape my life ever since.

I have read this copy of the book several times. There are many passages highlighted.

One of the great things about Julia and her program is that she is so generous with the tools. The basics are right there on her website free for the use.

Morning Pages are 3 pages of long hand journaling first thing every morning. I did this for a long time and still return to the practice when I am feeling out of sync.  You don’t need to think about what you write or edit or even read it again, the important part is getting it off your mind. All the messy thoughts that fill up our brains and take up space.

The second tool is The Artist Date. It is a once a week “date” with yourself to look at or do something that inspires you. I was not always successful with this tool, but it can be very good when it works.

Julia has written many other books. As you can see I own quite a few.

They are simple tools, though many people struggle with the 3 pages of writing. Julia is firm that you must write in long hand, you need to feel your hand cross the page. It does not matter what you write, no one is going to see it. In my mind I began to think of it as the Mop and Pail (M P get it..) Because it was a chance to clean out all the muck.

Just lately I have a lot going on, so I am feeling the need to return to the practice.

Hmmmm where to go for an artist’s date this weekend? The weather should be nice…maybe the beach?

Thanks Julia.

Catching up

I was really, really hoping for some sun this weekend. All of this cloudy snowy weather makes for dull pictures. I think there was sun for about 5 minutes on Sunday. I was not outside then…

I am desperate to get some crafty things done. I was able to get a few more rows on the ripple, but that is about it.

I think I will put the butter yellow in next. This is going to be a wildly colourful blanket not matter what so I might as well throw them all in! After that it is bright orange then back to the red….Yep it is going to be a shocker of a blanket. It is already warm as I work on it and very soft. It’s working out to be about 74 inches wide. Lots of room for two to snuggle under.

While shopping I saw the new Husqvarna Limited Edition Tribute sewing machine. They even made it in red….oh dear I have a serious crush on that machine. Excuse me while I go break into my piggy bank…

Miss me?

No the pond does not look like this today. Today we have white fluffy snow everywhere. I have had a busy week. I was in the big city, then recovering from being in the big city.

The view from my hotel window.

It is nice to see some interesting buildings that have not been sacrificed to the tall towers. This is Yonge Street in Toronto, Ontario.

I know many people who love living here. I just love to visit.

and eat.

This was a lovely pork chop on a bed of sweet potato mash with carmelized onions and sautéed mixed vegetables. It was very good. And the company I ate it with was even better. Gotta love your girlfriends! In full disclosure, they both ate salads, they were nice too….I was hungry from a long drive.

Back at Hedgehog Hill  we are seeing some progress. And maybe the last snow of the year??? maybe???

It is good to be home.

Snowy weekend at Hedgehog Hill

The snow came down Friday night. It was sticky snow that clung to everything and frosted the branches.

In contrast, I am learning how to make picture collages. I chose a selection of shots from our visit to The Mount – once upon a time home of the writer Edith Wharton in Lennox Mass.

We were there on a hot and sunny day in July of 2009. We enjoyed a cooling lemonade on the porch and strolled the gardens. It could have been 1909. I hope to go back again one day.

http://www.edithwharton.org/

According to the website 2012 is the 150th birthday celebration year.

Today is a birthday as well. Happy Birthday Miss Murfin! Love you.

I am off to the big city for a conference this week. I will be back with some pictures of tall buildings and strange structures, maybe. I love to visit the big city, but I would not want to live there. I will be glad to be back to Hedgehog Hill.

Everything I am working on

So today I thought I would show every WIP – work in progress that is top of the pile. Or the stuff I jump back and forth between.

I like having several projects on the go at once, some are for when I watch TV, some are for quiet by myself time, some need more focus/light so I only get to work on them occasionally.

This is my African Flower afghan. There are lots of African flower examples all over crochet sites. I loved that it was an easy motif to do and I thought the soft colours worked well for a flower. I found a huge deal on some Debbie Bliss Prima 80% Bamboo 20% Merino. It is lovely to work with and very soft. The motifs will be variants of the four colours and I will attach them and add an edge with the off white.

This is my Rico hedgehog table-cloth kit. I ordered it from England and was pleasantly surprised that it was not too expensive with shipping and the exchange. I need really good light to work on embroidery anymore so it is a slow project.

I have wanted to make a ripple afghan for a long time and I am using the leftovers from Miss Murfins Christmas present. I have not decided about the denim blue (it is a different yarn and I don’t like it as well) and the yellow. I may decide to add them in later. Right now the turquoise is overwhelming the other colours, I think that will fade as it gets bigger and more colourful. I am following the stripe combination designed by Lucy at Attic 24.

And my vintage colours quilt. On hold as my sewing room is still in the process of moving. But I did get to play with colour combinations. I am still thinking 4 patch of 2 colours, but part of me just wants to do it random. I also think I need to add the yellow pieces sitting on the side.

That is all of my crafty projects that I have on the go, but there are a lot waiting in the wings. I hope as soon as we are totally moved in to Hedgehog Hill to get going on a whole bunch of new Projects, including some big painting/refurbing projects, and finish these of course. Not that I would add a few more to this list….

Thrifty Thursday

Well this is an extra-ordinary Thrifty Thursday. I found a few nice goodies this week, some were more photogenic than others. Several are going to be works in progress. But the most amazing ‘find’ this week was running into a fellow blogger Diane from Cozy Canadian Cottage and The Elegant Chateau!

I think I may have scared her a little. How often does a strange person approach you while you are shopping and suddenly start talking to you? I hope I made her feel a little bit like a celebrity.

Waves at Diane

We only had a few minutes to chat, but hope to get together some time soon to talk all things blogging.

But back to the regular thrifty finds photos.

OK this is a cheat again, I found this a while ago, but I fell in love with this vase and the soft colours.

I did find this great vintage tablecloth. Nice colours and in great shape!

A nice little Pyrex dish. I started buying these vintage Pyrex pieces for Miss Murfin, but I quickly discovered that I enjoy using them. Vintage, cute, and practical! I try to stick to one colour, so I buy green for me and blue for her. But if I ever saw red pieces for a good price…..

It is sitting on one of the pieces if vintage fabric. I think this one will make a cute tablecloth. The other pieces went straight into the washing machine.

And how could I resist this cute little candle holder with a wee red barn on it?

There were also some metal …things that I will make into bird baths for the garden, but they did not photograph well, so wait for them post re-do.

As I was getting out of the car I noticed this fungus growing on a tree …not everyone finds this cool, but it amazes me.

Tomorrow, a crafty post.