“Some Cast” cake

My husband is in the cast of a local production of Charlotte’s Web, opening tonight at our town’s community theatre. My 13 year old daughter loves to hang out around the theatre, and has been helping with sets, costumes and whatever else came along. She’s gotten to know the cast and crew well and decided to make them a cake for opening night. As those who know Charlotte’s Web may remember, “Some Pig” are the words first written in the web. She decided to make a “Some Cast” cake. She baked this 16″ cake from scratch- it’s the equivalent of two white cakes with batter of a third chocolate cake swirled through it. She then frosted and decorated it. We forgot to take a picture of it at home, so this one is a bit blurry but was the best we could get in the poor light of the green room.

Some cast


Knitted Heart Dishcloth

I love knitting dishcloths, and have found that they are the perfect quick take-along project.  On Tuesday, I attended a talk by Diane Rehm of NPR and the seating was general admision.  Because I wanted a good seat, I left early and had lots of nice knitting time before the program (which, by the way,  I loved!) began.  I worked a bit more yesterday and finished this up this afternoon.

Heart Cloth

The yarn is leftover from some I hand-dyed  that I used to knit a prop baby sweater for a play my daughter was in last summer.  The pattern is from http://smariek.blogspot.com/ where there are lots of great dischloth patterns I’d like to knit and also some hat patterns I’d like to try.

Finished Pinwheel Sweater

I have been working on knitting the Pinwheel Sweater from Elann.com off and on since last fall. I finally finished weaving in all of the ends last night. I still need to block it and figure out what I’m going to use as a front closure, but otherwise, it’s finished.

Here it is all spread out on the floor:


Here’s how it will look as worn:

The front:

sweater front

The back:

sweater back

Here is the link to the free pattern:


I can’t wait to wear it!

Wool Pan Handle Cover

I mainly use cast iron pans in my kitchen, and the handles can get very hot. A regular potholder can be a little awkward to handle when moving the pot, but it’s what I’ve been using. I recently saw some pan handle covers for sale in a catalog and thought they would be pretty simple to make. I made up a quick sample the other night and really like the result. I’m going to make up a few more of these, now. The length is perfect for my griddle and aebleskiver pan. It’s a little long for my skillet, but fine if I fold the end up. I may shorten one of the next ones that I make by a few rows for a custom fit for my skillet.



Here’s the pattern, which is so simple it’s almost not a pattern:

With 2 strands of worsted weight wool held together, cast on 17 stitches. I used size 11 needles.

Knit in stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl the next) for a total of 26 rows. Cast off and leave a long tail. Use the tail to sew up the side and bottom.

To shrink the wool, I just threw it in the washing machine with my regular laundry until it shrunk the amount that I liked- this took 3 laundry loads.

This only took a few minutes to knit. Nothing fancy, but very useful!

Arbor Day Cookies

I know that Arbor day isn’t usually a “food” holiday. However, my daughter knew today was Arbor Day (which I just learned varies by state- there is no one national Arbor Day). She attends a homeschool science class and today was her day to provide snacks. Thus, she wanted to think of something with an Arbor Day theme if possible. We decided together to make homemade graham crackers cut into the shape of trees. They look a little Christmas-y but were as “Arbor Dayish” as I could come up with!

Tree cookies

These are the sort of cookie/cracker that taste even better the next day. Here is the recipe:

3/4 cups butter

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup honey

1 tsp. vanilla

1 egg

1-1/2 cups all purpose flour

1-1/4 cups graham flour ( I use fresh ground soft white wheat flour- the equivalent of whole wheat pastry flour- any whole wheat flour would probably work)

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking soda

Additional melted butter and sugar and cinnamon.

Beat butter until soft. Add sugars, honey, vanilla and egg and beat together well. Add dry ingredients and beat until a firm dough is made. Divide dough into two balls and refrigerate for an hour or so.

Preheat oven to 350 and grease a couple of cookie sheets. Melt butter (probably 2-3 Tablespoons) and mix together sugar and cinnamon (probably 1/4 cup sugar with 1 or 2 tsp. cinnamon, depending on what you like- I never really measure this!)

On a floured surface, roll out a ball of dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out with shaped cookie cutters or just cut up into squares. For some reason, we usually use a flower shaped cutter when not making them for Arbor Day :). Place on cookie sheet- these don’t spread much, so they can be pretty close together. Use a fork to make graham cracker holes. Brush with melted butter and then sprinkle on cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are just turning a little brown. Cool on wire rack.

More Easter Eggs

Last year, I heard about the Greek Easter tradition of having red eggs for Easter as a symbol of the blood of Christ and rebirth. On the Feingold message board, I saw this link to instructions for dyeing the eggs naturally using onion skins:

Greek Red Easter Eggs

Thus, a new tradition was born. I’m not really sure how many onion skins I used. I’ve been saving them for awhile and used everything in my onion skin jar. After boiling them, I cooled them and then left them in the onion vinegar liquid overnight. Here’s a picture:

Greek red Easter eggs

Here is an egg my daughter loves. She left it in blueberry juice overnight in the refrigerator.  In this picture, it sort of looks like a dinosaur egg :) .

Purple egg

Natural Easter Eggs

My daughter and I dyed Easter eggs tonight using a variety of natural materials.

These eggs were dyed in combinations of turmeric, beet juice and blueberry juice.natural-eggs.jpg

These eggs were dyed in a bath of simmering onion skins. We pressed leaves from the yard against them and wrapped them in cheesecloth before cooking them in the onion water. I love the way they turned out.onion-eggs.jpg

Baby Sweater

I’ve finally got the buttons sewn on to the baby sweater that I knitted for my cousin’s new baby girl, due any time now. Now I just need to get it in the mail!

Here is the front of the sweater, which was knitted in a washable wool yarn ( Swish superwash from knitpicks).Baby Sweater

Here is the back of the sweater: