Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday YOP update..........

I can't believe it's Sunday again..........already!  But I have lots to show you.   It's been a fun and productive week except for my blogging responsibilities.  I just can't seem to do it all...something always suffers but I keep aiming for balance in all I do...the intention is there.
So, without further bath mat is not done but almost!  It's so bunched up on the circular cable I can't even really see if I've made mistakes but maybe that's good else I would have frogged it by now!  LOL!
Also, I am in love with the Rowan cotton....gorgeous, doesn't split, in fact you wouldn't even know it was 100% cotton as compared with the "less expensive" variety which I used on my potholders.  It's marvelous to work with.

I cast on the sock (1 of 2) again after frogging the last one.  I need to watch the video again though before I start knitting.  I guess it's hardly worth the photo?  LOL!
I did crochet 2 yellow potholders.  The pattern I used is a little harder on my hands but it's worth it because you end up with a nice double thick potholder.  I was thinking this pattern might make nice place mats and/or trivets.  I was able to get 2 potholders out of one of those Peaches and Cream cotton yarn they have at Wal-mart although they didn't end up exactly square.   I'll definitely be making more of these.  You should use cotton if there's heat involved as the acrylics will "melt" if they get near a flame or element. 

I made 2 of these but like the potholders, one went to a friend as a gift.  These weren't on my YOP list but they were on my FAF (fast and fun) list! LOL!  They're supposed to be bookmarks in the shape of book worms but you're also supposed to have little "googly" eyes to glue on which I did not have.  So, until I get some eyes this is how they will look.  I made a red one too but it was sent off in the mail.  These would make great stocking stuffers or grab bag gifts and they do look lots cuter with the eyes! LOL!  I also discovered the tail "button" will slip into the slit on the other end and you could actually use it as a bracelet. 
  I also finally pinned my applique block so I can start stitching on that any time now....
 For those of you who only check in with me on Sunday's here's a great knitting mystery series book that I finished this week and blogged about.....if anyone would like it I would be more than willing to mail it to you and if there is more than one person then when you're done just pass it on to the next person that would like to read it....we could call it "The Traveling Unraveling"!  I will send overseas too so all you wonderfully inspiring friends across the pond and beyond.... it is not an issue.  It's the least I can do for all the inspiration and lovelies I glean from all of you!

Also, for my regular blogging buddies, I promised you the recipe for the Apple Kuchen yesterday and then didn't blog at all!  Shame on me! Here's another picture for my YOP friends that don't read me during the week.............
This was an old Betty Crocker recipe popular back in the 60's...I told you I was old.....but the 60's were great both then and now! LOL!

Apple Kuchen
1/2 C butter softened
1 package yellow cake mix
1/2 C flaked coconut
1 20 oz can pie sliced apples, well drained or 2 1/2 C sliced and pared baking apples
1/2 C sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 C dairy sour cream
2 egg yolks or 1 egg

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Cut butter into dry cake mix until crumbly.  Mix in coconut.  Pat mixture lightly into ungreased baking pan 9 x 13 x 2 inches building up slight edges.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Arrange apple slices on warm crust.  Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over apples.  Mix the sour cream and the egg or egg yolks and drizzle over the apples.  The topping will not completely cover the apples.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until edges are light brown.  Do not overbake!
You can also try these variations:
Pear Kuchen: substitute 2 (16 oz) cans sliced pears , drained on paper towels, for the apples and a package of devils food cake mix or German Chocolate cake mix for the yellow cake mix.
Peach Kuchen: Substitute 1 (29 oz) can sliced peaches, drained on paper towels, for the apples and 1 package of white cake mix or sour cream white cake mix for the yellow cake mix.

What I like about this recipe is that I can keep these things on hand and the dairy and eggs I always have.  I want to try substituting my own homemade cake mix and also yogurt for the sour cream but haven't done it yet.
Well, I'm off to see what my Ravelry bloggers have been up to this's very inspiring and humbling at the same time! LOL!  Have a great week ahead and a peaceful happy Sunday!