Even though it can be a time fraught with emotions and expectations, those same hopes make for positively Maximum Enjoyment on some more earthy fronts.
Like eating special Holdiay Food…
This year, I dedided to go with what I enjoyed best, and for loooow stress, what was easiest.
The dinner was basic: spiral ham, sweet potatoes with butter, green beans with a little vinegar and freshly ground black pepper, and some sourdough bread (and, heh, more butter).
But, since this is a Festival(!) there had to be some sweets there somewhere.
And while doing something completely unreleate, I found a simple, homely home solution: DUMP CAKE.
This was something that was just totally intriguing from the get go: one pan, one can, more butter, NUTS, and ice cream. (Lots of inspiration here: 30 Delicious Dump Cake Recipes.)
PEACH DUMP CAKE
You will need:
– 1 – 8×8" inch cake pan
– 1 (16 ounce) cans peach slices (I used lite syrup)
– 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix (used only 1/2)
– 1/2 cup nuts of choice (I used PECANS!)
– about 1/2 cup butter
– ground cinnamon
1. Grease your baking pan with a little butter.
Serve plain or with some lovely vanilla Ice Cream!
If you want to make a bigger cake, use 2-cans of peaches & all of the cake mix, etc.
Unbelievably good! And you can make variations of this to infinity – you just substitute different fillings, nuts, etc and WOW!
the Homely Home Part 5: Holiday without the Crazy December 29, 2012
rrrrrrrrrrSleeves December 27, 2012
All of a sudden, now that the excitement of the Mayan apocalypse is over, it’s hit me that, indeed it’s 2012 that is running out…
I hate to admit it, but there was something a little unsettling about living through December 21st this year and although it didn’t slow me down on the holiday food/festivity front (super nom this year), it made me ignore the fact that some other important details were getting lost in the (supposed) mayhem.
En point: my UMA sweater has been lanquishing with one sleeve and two sleeve caps for a few weeks. Heh. Now, it’s fair to say that I’ve been working on some flash new designs for the Long Beach TNNA show in February (iiiEEeeeeee – hope I get done!) and have been baking up a storm and THAT’s what’s derailed my personal knitting.
But that wouldn’t quite be quite honest of me.
I stalled because I had to wind a skein of yarn.
Lame, I know, but sometimes having a fresh little stash of yarn that’s commercially wound is just brilliant (as opposed to having to take to time to finagle a hank).
I also was having an especially speedy knit going on with one of my samples and didn’t want to spook the Muse.
But enough excuses: not only are both sleeves finished now, I’m 20 rows away from being done with the second pocket lining…
I knit on this last night until my eyelids were so heavy I just couldn’t go on without sleeping upright.
What really saved me was that I had marked every increase I’d made on my 1st sleeve and then the 2nd and could easily tell not only where I was in the pattern (counting increases) but how long I ultimately made Sleeve #1. We like the match-matchy row-wise over here any day!
This made Knitting with Black Yarn so easy, I think it’s going to become a habit…
Monday Morning Mirth December 24, 2012
Monday Morning Mirth