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the Homely Home Part 5: Holiday without the Crazy December 29, 2012


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I really, really, like The Holidays!

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.)


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.
2. Empty peaches into the bottom of greased baking pan.
3. Sprinkle peaches with cinnamon to taste.
4. Cover with 1/2 of the dry cake mix and distribute evenly.
5. Sprinkle with nuts.
6. Cut butter into small pieces and place on top of cake mix.
7. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 45 minutes. (Test with a toothpick for doneness).

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!

PORTLAND SIDEBAR: one of my favorite things about settling into my new city has been discovering all the different grocery brands that are out there! Notice the awesome ice cream container (which had some pretty delish vanilla ice cream inside)…

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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…

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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!

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This made Knitting with Black Yarn so easy, I think it’s going to become a habit…

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Monday Morning Mirth December 24, 2012

Monday Morning Mirth

Chic Knits Merry Christmas

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