Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Quilt blocks done and carrot cake being consumed in celebration! LOL!!

Ta Da!!!!!  Drum roll please...the blocks are all done and yes he/she is "armless" and will remain so but in my defense I did add a little jingle bell to the end of the stocking hat to make up for not having any arms.  LOL!
A hint to all you quilters out there or novice ones at least.  Square up your block BEFORE you add your embellishments.  I have a plastic square which makes it so easy to "square up" your block at the end.  I had made the background blocks 14" to be safe but the finished size needed to be 12 1/2".  Usually, I could just lay my plastic transparent square over the block and zip, zip with my rotary cutter and it would be done but oh no.....I couldn't be smart about it until it was too late.  I realized that with all that "stuff" sticking up on the block there was no way I could use my square so, of course, I had to do it the "hard way".....evidently, that seems to be the only way I know how to do things! Ha! Ha!   But they're done and I dropped them off yesterday as I have an appointment today so I won't be able to go to Guild.  I hope they like them!
I also got my carrot cake baked and frosted and partially eaten!  My reward!  The cake is good but the frosting is TOO sweet in my mind.  Whoa Nellie.....I can barely taste the cream cheese! 
I got the recipe from All Recipes website which I can't seem to link to the exact recipe but it is carrot cake by Marc Boyer and it is 5 stars. Just search for carrot cake. I will definitely change the sugar requirement.....I can't take things that are super-sweet.  I must not be used to it.  I thought it was a lot of sugar but I went with it but next time I will cut the sugar in half for the frosting.  I have a sweet tooth but it's not THAT sweet! LOL!  The cake itself is very good and moist though.   The cake batter has crushed pineapple in it in addition to the grated carrots and nuts which helps keep it moist.  The batter was so soupy I thought I'd made a mistake and it wouldn't bake up but it did!  Miracle!
I had some great herbal tea to go with it too.  I love this tea it is SO tasty.  I also love the fact that there are "no strings attached"! Ha! Ha!
Now that the blocks are done, hopefully I can get my life back to a semblance of order and normality but that might be an oxymoron!  Have a great Wednesday and stay safe if you're in the path of severe weather like it is predicted for us later today.  (Part of the reason I wanted to get this post out early).  TTYS!


  1. Applause for you on a job well done! I'm going grocery shopping today, will look for your tea to try, sounds good.

  2. Woohoo for finishing the blocks. I'm sure the group will love them! That carrot cake looks yummo! I always cut the sugar in recipes -- sometimes you just wonder why it is necessary to have so much. I like those kinds of teabags that don't have strings and labels stapled to them. Best wishes to you, Tammy

  3. Quilting is one thing I have yet to learn. It, and the carrot cake, look great.

  4. I hope you survived the weather. I'm glad you got your blocks done and the cake made!!

  5. Lovely to see you over at my blog. Your snowman block is so cute! And that carrot cake looks scrummy. I love carrot cake. I had a piece yesterday with a coffee when I went into town yesterday. That tea looks nice too. Haven't seen that over here though. Have a great weekend! Maggie xx


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