Crochet Child’s Poncho

Using my imagination and left-over yarn, I crocheted this poncho for my far-away, granddaughter.

poncho

I haven’t seen her in over two years.

poncho stitches

I am but a stranger to her now.

poncho closeup

She was two years old the last I saw her.

poncho flora

This year she turns five.

Life is so short and the days zoom by.

scraps-ends

I guess most wonder when.

window-siggy

Sweet Lizzy

Two years ago my grandchildren moved 1200 miles from me, I don’t get to see them. Not seeing them leaves such an empty feeling. When I think of them, I get a lump in my throat and my eyes well up and tear. I see how they have grown through photos.

Yesterday, I took a photo (of my granddaughter) that my daughter posted on Facebook and made a scrap type page with it and then framed it.

Sweet Lizzy

For just a little while, the emptiness was put aside as I worked to frame her pretty face.

Lizzy

I miss my family.

folkdoll

Owl Ways Love You

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I designed and crocheted this stuffed owl a couple of weeks ago and didn’t get it upload until today.

Crochet Owl

I also made a larger one and with the instructions, pattern and photos, I am hoping to add it to my Ravelry store as a PDF file.

On my computer desk this morning, I found some gifts from Tom and Brian.  I had completely forgotten that it was Valentine’s day. They surprised me with a few of my favorite things-

my valentine's gifts

I received a gift bag full of chocolate hearts and peppermint patties, Yankee candles, two little cast iron fry pans, and their picture framed in a heart.

I didn’t expect anything, but their thoughtfulness made my day a little brighter.

Elizabeth Filet Crochet

Last winter, Carrie asked me if I would crochet a name plaque for my granddaughter, Elizabeth.  I got busy and charted out a graph-

Elizabeth filet graph

I have crocheted many filet crochet patterns and names over the years.  Reading a graph, while I am crocheting, can become confusing as to where I keep loosing my place. That tends to frustrate me and slow me down. I write down the rows and the steps-

Filet Crochet Numbered Chart

Two nights ago, I finally stiffed it with fabric stiffener-

Elizabeth Filet Crochet
I made another Elizabeth one previous to this one, but I didn’t like how the “Z”  font looked.  So, I charted this one and was ok with the outcome.  I just wish I had added more of a frilly border.

Now, I just have to put it into a pretty, matted frame.

A Baker’s Joy

After the pumpkin pie was eaten, I promised Brian that he could bake.  Yesterday, I we both decided that he should bake a Victoria Cream Cake.

Victoria Cream Cake

Although this recipe only calls for one layer and since there is only the three of us, it is big enough for just us. It is filled with (homemade) whipped cream and raspberry.

Brian & Cake

It is delicious!

Victoria Cream Cake

While the baking was happening, I tended to my homemade turkey soup.

As they say, “Waste not, want not.”

Homemade Turkey Soup

Below is the recipe we used for the Victoria Cream Cake. It was slightly adapted from this recipe (Victoria Sponge Cake) which calls for marzipan for the filling-which is probably good too.

Victoria Cream Cake

1/2 cup unsalted butter-softened
1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar (about 4 ounces)
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
scant 1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup minus 1 tablespoon self-rising flour (about 4 ounces), sifted
1 pint heavy cream
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup raspberry jam, preserves or filling

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. With shortening, grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.

In a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or using a hand mixer), cream the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and cream well. Add the eggs, vanilla, and salt and continue to mix well, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula occasionally. Fold in the sifted flour and pour the batter into the Prepared cake pan. Bake until golden brown and firm to the touch in the center, about 25 minutes. Cool the cake in the pan on a rack. Unmold and, using a serrated knife, slice the cake in half horizontally into 2 layers.

In a mixing bowl; beat cream, sugar and vanilla until somewhat firm about 3-4 minutes.

Fill half layer with the raspberry and on top of that spread the whipped cream. Top this with the other layer and dust with confectioners sugar.

I have added my turkey soup recipe to my recipe pages here on this blog. For years I have been wanting to write it down,but was too lazy I guess. When I make turkey soup, I just throw all the ingredients into a pot. Finally, I took note of what I was doing and wrote it down.

You Can’t Scare Me

scare me

Carrie and the two youngest grandchildren will be leaving for Texas in eleven days to start a new life.  And, if all goes well, they will be headed for New England this coming May to live.

Since Brian and Nicky won’t be trick-or-treating this year, Tom wanted to have a Halloween Supper Party for them.

Setting-up

grampy-ghoul

Grampy Ghoul/Tom

Earlier, I made-from scratch-Chocolate Cupcakes with Caramel Butter Cream Frosting. Having very little money to spend on decorations, etc., I made the little cupcakes signs-

Chocolate Cupcakes/Caramel Butter Cream Frosting

and name plaques for each child placing the plaques into an apple.

Name Plaques

I made a punch for the kids and for us grown-ups…Well, you can see by the picture what kind of punch us grown-ups drank.

Grampy's Punch

Look at how relaxed Grampy is while drinking Grampy’s special punch.

Go grampy!

Tom/Grampy

The day before, I made fruit punch-flavored ice cubes with gummy worms sticking out of each cube.

Bat Blood Punch

For food we had teriyaki chicken wings, hot dogs rolled in crescent rolls, bacon wrapped water chestnuts, baked beans, brussel sprouts (a scary veggie-LOL) and hash browns.

Tom cut the hash browns into Halloween shapes before they were baked. I thought that was a cute idea.

Halloween Hash Browns

The kids were happy with all the food and the decor on the table.

Brian

Nicky Cheesecake

Lizzy

After supper, Brian took his saxophone outside to play. He is doing so well and has an ear for music and can play songs by ear.

Brian

As the day worn down and after the clean-up-

The Human Dishwasher

all the ghouls settled down-

Brother Ghoul

 and the family portraits were taken down-

Uncle Ghoul

we hoped that we have given the two oldest grandchildren a good childhood memory.

A Mock Science Project On Crystallization

The show must go one-so they say.

After a couple of days of grieving over the loss of my beloved, Shadow, Brian had to work on his “Mock Science Fair Project”. He had about a week to do this.

Thinking about what we could do with the least amount of money-he chose crystals. We grew a crystal from a solution of sugar and water-a.k.a. rock candy.

mock science project on crystallization

A couple of years ago, when he was in the 4th grade, he placed 5th out of 6 in the school’s science fair.

Brian 5th place in science fair
December, 2009

I, for one, am glad that this project was finally put to rest. But, the real science fair will be in January.

Ahhhhhhhh!!!

Making Memories

Because we are experiencing some beautiful Autumn temperatures, Elizabeth was able to wear one of the hats that I crocheted for her today.

I just couldn’t resist taking some pictures of her and making some memories.

elizabeth

elizabeth

elizabeth ann

I sure am going to miss them when they move to Texas. But, that’s a post for a different day.