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.

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.

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!!!

Brian’s Cheesecake and My Cheesy Doll

A couple of weeks ago I made another hanging Matrioska/Matryoshka doll (Russian nesting doll).

I liked it when I was working on the front and stitching in the faces and decorations-

matrioska-startBut after I added the stuffing and put it together, it didn’t look as I imagined it would look-

Matrioska doll

It seems too tight around the face and the head. 

Oh, well!

One thing that I am most happy with is, the Chocolate Marbled Cheesecake that Brian made from scratch-

cheesecake-brian

For an-almost-eleven year old he did an excellent job.  I wish I had a piece now.

It was delicious!

PomahBerry Yogurt Pops

Last nights frozen pop experiment-

Brian and I accomplished what we had intended to do. That was to see if we could come up with a frozen pop recipe from the ingredients that we had on hand.

They weren’t brick hard. They had the same bite as any commercial frozen treat. My issue was with the taste. I don’t care for berry drinks and that was base for the pops. They were too tart for me. Since Brian likes berry drinks, he thought they were delicious.

Here is how we made them and the ingredients used.

Frozen Pop Treats

In a large, glass measuring cup (4 cup size) first add-

1/3 cup of fruit flavored yogurt (your choice of flavor)
3 Tablespoons corn syrup
Pour the flavored drink (again, your choice)to the 3 cup mark.

Mix well using a whisk. Pour into molds.

Store in freezer until completely frozen (6-8 hours).

We are looking forward to making many different flavors with differnt types of ingredients.

Maybe summer will be fun after all!

To Grandmother’s House We Go

I watched Nicky and Elizabeth for a short while today.

Nicky
Nicky

I tried to get pictures of Nicky without knowing. Only when he thought I was finished snapping him, was I able to get some shots of him candidly.

elizabeth
Elizabeth Ann-February 1, 2020

Elizabeth is cooing and smiling now.  She looked so cute in her little red outfit.

Get used to it kid.

Grammy always has her camera near by.

There’s no escape.

The Elves Have Taken Over

I made a crocheted sweater and hat for baby Elizabeth-

sweater_hat
Crochet Sweater and Tam/Hat

I got the pattern at Bella Bambina.  The hat/tam I made up off the top of my head.  I had the Night, Night Kitty that I had crocheted for Brian a couple of years ago model it.

sweater set
Sweater and Tam/Hat I Crocheted

Brian tightening the tree in the stand.

And who is that behind tree?

Now who could that possibly be?

It maybe one of the elfs!

Brian and the Elf
Brian and the Elf Hiding Behind the Tree

These are some pictures I took of this weekend after all the Christmas decorations were up.  I have Brian and Tom to thank for getting the decorations up.  I was procrastinating and was hoping that the elves would come and do all the trimmings to the house.

Wait!

Aren’t those elves…

Yes, Elizabeth!  There is such a thing as an elf.

dec 2009
Grampy and Brian Disguised As Elves.

I made a batch of the original, original chex mix that my mother and father made when I was a child.

It was a good weekend.  We played Christmas music, danced and just had fun.

Afghan and Ribbon

Brian took 5th place out of the top 6th winners at his school’s science fair.

Brian
Brian and his Ribbon

Afghan I crocheted for Elizabeth.

Afghan (pink)
Elizabeth's Crocheted Afghan

I have made each grandchild an afghan.

Big Whoop!