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1  COOKING / Dessert / Groundhog Day Cake on: February 01, 2016 04:52:09 PM
I find that Groundhog Day is highly underrated and I searched high and low for Groundhog themed decorations to no avail.  So I Improvised and made a Groundhog Day Cake!

It's really just a Kentucky Butter Cake recipe that's old as the hills, and a cut out of a groundhog.  But with a little ingenuity it looks like the groundhog is bursting from his burrowed nest to give us all the good news that winter is over!

The cake recipe:
3 cups  all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk (I used a scant cup of whole milk with 1 tbsp. white vinegar, worked great)
1 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup butter
3 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Heat oven to 325F, grease and flour bundt pan

Combine all cake ingredients and large mixer and mix for 5 minutes.  Don't worry about creaming the butter and sugar, this cake pulls together nicely

Pour into prepared bundt pan and bake for 1 hour

cool 10 minutes and invert onto wire rack.  Do not wash the pan yet!!

poke holes in the cake using a bamboo skewer, this will help the icing soak in

Combine icing ingredients in pan and boil for 1 minute without stirring, remove from heat and stir lightly

return cake to pan (careful it's still hot) and pour icing over the cake, sit back and watch as it soaks in (it's mesmerizing I tell ya)

Let sit til cool at least an hour or even better if it sits overnight.  Turn out onto cake pan, slice and enjoy!

I did a quick google search for a groundhog picture and trimmed it to fit into the bundt hole Smiley
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Boba Fett on: January 30, 2016 07:31:56 PM
The latest in my Star Wars creations!  Boba Fett!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / In Love With Color Afghan on: January 21, 2016 08:36:36 PM
I finished my #1 project for 2016!  I feel so accomplished!!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Nifty needle case on: January 04, 2016 07:09:20 PM
Moogly always has such great patterns for free!  And I love quick projects.  This needle case is adorable and it's a great needle minder for all my darning needles. It even has a space for my small scissors

so nice I made it twice Smiley

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Happy accident cowl and ear warmer on: January 04, 2016 06:57:57 PM
I set off to make an ear warmer and seeing as how I'm stubborn I didn't think it was important to check my gauge.  WRONG-OLA!
So I ended up with an enormous ear warmer but when it fell to my neck I liked it much better!  Happy accident indeed.
Yet I still needed an ear warmer (because, ya know, 60 in Florida is COLD!)
so I made an easy peasy ear warmer with fabulous flower accent.

Obligatory mug shot
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Yoda and Storm Trooper on: January 02, 2016 05:10:39 AM
I crocheted these little guys from Lucy Collin's book.  Yoda is about 2 1/2 inches tall and Stormie (my little pet name for him, he's cool with it) is almost 5 inches tall
Here they are-chillin'

and here's their individual Glamour Shots

here's the book I used, it came with the materials to make these 2 characters

I bought it at Michael's and FYI-You can't use Michael's coupons on books (bummer)
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / hand strap clutch on: December 20, 2015 02:07:53 PM
with two fat quarters, a zipper, a fun tassel, and this amazing tutorial
you too can have an adorable little clutch
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Plastic Canvas Gingerbread House Candy Jar!! on: December 07, 2015 07:45:44 PM
Now, I know what you're thinking....Beth, that's a lotta words in your title.  Couldn't you condense it into just one descriptor???  the short answer-NO!
heehee, I made this house because I've seen such wonderful inspiration everywhere and wanted to dress up my cubicle at work.  Well, after making the house it was a little "droopy" so i decided to line it with plastic canvas, then my darling husband said, "why didn't you make the whole thing out of plastic canvas?" well poo, I didn't think of that.
I wish I would've written a tutorial for y'all but I didn't, so just imagine a lot of crying Smiley
So now I have a crochet-plastic-canvas-lined candy jar for my co-workers to enjoy.

Filled with Chocolate-y goodies!!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Buddy the Elf diaper cover and hat set on: November 22, 2015 04:59:49 PM
I gotta give credit to my husband for this, trying to think of new things that are seasonally appropriate and he suggested, "why not Buddy the Elf? everyone makes Santa hats"
this man is brilliant sometimes.......
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet coasters-with tutorial on: November 16, 2015 07:28:52 PM
I love coasters, I have them in all the rooms and my desk at work.  And this Christmas season why not give a great hostess gift that will be treasured for years?  I made myself several different color variations of this coaster so I have some for every season.  The tutorial today features Christmas colors but feel free to let your imagination run wild.
Hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I do>
with G hook (G hook makes a 5 1/2 inch round coaster)
chain 6, join to make ring
chain 3, double crochet 19 more times INSIDE ring (don't crochet in each chain, crochet inside the ring you made), join with slip stitch at the top of chain 3
chain 3, double crochet in next stitch *chain 2, double crochet in next 2 stitches* repeat from * to * all the way around, slip stitch in top of beginning chain 3, slip stitch into first double crochet, slip stitch into chain 2 space
chain 3, double crochet, chain 2, 2 double crochets in chain 2 space, 2 double crochets, chain 2, 2 double crochets in each chain 2 space around, slip stitch into top of beginning chain 3, slip stitch into first double crochet, slip stitch into chain 2 space
chain 3, 6 double crochets into chain 2 space, insert 7 double crochets into each of the chain 2 spaces around, slip stitch into beginning of chain 3.
Fasten off, weave in ends

Now that you have a super easy tutorial, go make yourself 541387431537434851 of them!

Peace and blessings!!

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