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Snow, a Fruitcake, and Some Recent Knitting

Posted by mrssmythe on December 13, 2017 in Baking, Crafting, Critters, Week in Review |

I wonder what question the bug was asking when he carved a question mark into this oak leaf. Ginger found it today on our walk.

Maybe he was asking why the fruit you bake into a fruitcake always sinks to the bottom.

What a sad fruitcake. It tasted all right, but it had a tumultuous beginning. It started out in a springform pan, but the batter was so thin, it dripped through the seams and nearly caught fire at the bottom of my oven. By the time I figured out what was going on (the smell alerted me), the cake had been baking for about ten minutes and the kitchen was filling with smoke. I had to pull the whole thing out, transfer it to another set of pans, air out the kitchen, wait for the oven to cool, clean charred batter off of the heating element, heat the oven back up, and then finally re-bake the cake, guessing about the baking time this time because I was winging it with the pan size. Hopefully, the rest of my holiday baking will go more smoothly.

Knitting, at least, has been going well. Here’s the progress on my sweater vest. (The Valley Vest by Rosemary Drysdale).

Very pleasant knitting.

Another recent success: these “yoga socks” for Ginger:

She wears them at ballet – generally over her ballet shoes. I used Patons’ Kroy Socks yarn in the “Mexicali Stripes” colorway.

In weather news, we got our first snow on Saturday. Pepper managed to get the chickens out for their daily “walk” before things got too bad.

By Sunday morning, the yard looked like this:

Ginger pulled the sleds out of the shed and got straight to work…

…and even talked me into taking her to a nearby park for some sledding while everyone else was in school on Monday (one of the advantages to home schooling).

Now, though, rain has left us with only patchy snow, and brisk winds are keeping everything very cold. It’s a good night to hunker down with some knitting and a cup of tea…which is what I think I’ll do.

From the dining room table, hoping you have a lovely evening planned as well,

Mrs. Smythe

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