Thursday, October 18, 2012
Here are the blocks I received yesterday. I didn't go to Guild but one of the gals was nice enough to drop off the other blocks although I realized I'm missing one. There's supposed to be 10 including mine but I only received 9 totally. But without further ado....here they are! They are so cute but mine really stands out for it's unusual color scheme.....there are mostly blues although I was not told there was a rule for color.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
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!
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!