Tuesday, October 28

Pumpkin Pecan Rock Cakes

These are so yummy, and perfect for this harvest season! I thought I'd share the recipe with you!

Now let me explain a bit. they are called rock cakes for 2 reasons. one they look like rocks, and two they are the consistency of a cake. Light, moist and pumpkinie! Some might call them cookies but to me they are far from cookie in texture, maybe in size but that is it:O)

all right here you go.

Pumpkin Pecan Rock Cakes

Preheat your oven to 350*

1 1/2 cups butter
1 1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs
1 1/2 cups of pumpkin
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix and Add:
3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
3/8 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups pecans (or walnuts)

drop on a cookie sheet using a spoon or a cookie scoop and bake for 15-20 min. depending on the size. (when toothpick comes out clean) Let cool and then mix the frosting.

Melt together:
3/4 stick of butter (6Tbsp)
1 cup brown sugar

Add and Mix:
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar.

*add some water to thin, if you need to. Should be creamy and golden, not runny.

Spoon or brush over rock cakes & Enjoy!

Just for the cuteness factor..... the kids on a Wednesday night a few weeks ago ready to go to Awana at our church! I can't believe Leah is a Cubbie and Gabe is in Sparks now. My how they grow!

Monday, October 27

out of touch

I feel like i lost a good friend... my blog.

I use to blog somewhat regularly, like on a weekly basis, if not bi-weekly. Now its what~ a monthly thing... and just to post about my socks of the month?! Not good. I don't like it, i miss it. I will be blogging regularly again. And I'm starting now! (also i found out that i have far away readers, "Hi Jane, Hi Brenda")

This past weekend i went to LLBC for a Crafters Retreat. What fun! I love going there, such a wonderful place. Once you see the sign and start up the hill going into the cabin area a deep sigh comes over you. Its time to relax. Time to re-connect with good friends. Meet new ones. Time to connect with God without little people budding in every 5 minutes asking for something....

Here are just a few pics from our crafting room....

Jane! knitting her grand kids some "cousin socks" all the same colors, but mixed up depending on the kid, really cute!

Paulette! (and her knitting area, right next to me, comfy on the couch!)

in the Forest center: (our crafting area)

And the purpose of this retreat was to craft... in my case to spin and knit! This was my view most of the time. and this was my "spot" with all my knitting and spinning goodness thrown about!

Well i didn't finish everything i brought up there but i did accomplish a good amount. I spun two bobbins of merino roving that i intend to make hat and mittens for the girls. I didn't finish spinning all of the roving but i think i did enough to make the hats. (two yummy skeins) I love pink so it was a joy to sit and spin it. Also i just love how soft merino wool is. MMmmmm! I do need to work on making it more even, but all in all i think it turned out well!

I also knit on my hot lava cardigan. I finished it up last night after the kids were in bed! I finally found a home for my handspun... It was knit quite a number of times. a hat, a shrug, a different sweater(mr greenjeans) and it didn't work out in all of those so 0n Wednesday i riped it all out and started on hot lava (ravelry link).

There wasn't enough yarn to fully complete the sweater, but the cool thing is that it looks ok with how much i did have. I would have liked to make the whole thing like the pattern but i'm ok with how it is. Actually i really like it! I'm such a warm body that if it was any bigger i might not be able to wear it. I just get so hot so easily. Its merino.... aka super warm! anywho...

project specks:

Start Date: Oct 23rd
End Date: Oct 26th
Needles: US# 11s
Pattern: Hot Lava
Yarn: My handspun
Recipient: me!

I did not however work on my socks.... but i have 4 more days to finish them... i think i can! See my progress?! This is the diamond wrap socks, written by none other than my sister Allena aka starknits!

I love it such a beautiful pattern! I am past the heels so all i have to do is finish the legs.

Well i plan on writing up a post on how i cleaned my raw fleece.... so i'll save that for another day. Come back soon..... I'll be here!

Wednesday, October 1

I got my "S"

Yep i finished my September socks! but not the "normal" sized ones that are for me. I realized that i wasn't going to be able to finish them on time so yesterday i CO for a little pink pair for Chloe! They turned out cute! I like them and so does she!

Project Stats:

Start Date: September 30th
End Date: September 30th
Yarn: Cascade 220 superwash
Pattern: Basic Stst, heel flap, 2x2 rib cuff.
Method: 2 at a time on 2 circulars, toe up, (toe up heel flap formula!)
Needles: us#3

I am still cleaning my wool... thought it is getting cold out now and i really want to finish it soon... and get it sent out so i can spin it... and then knit with it!

On a non fiberous note:
Joe and I are going to go and see the movie Fireproof tonight. It sounds really good... can't wait to see it for myself. I've been told to bring tissues...