Friday, December 6, 2019

I'll Pour: Pumpkin Cake

I'll Pour: Pumpkin Cake: The picture shows a white cake mix.  I used yellow for the pumpkin cake. My sister and I were visiting on the phone about Thanksgiving ...

Pumpkin Cake

The picture shows a white cake mix.  I used yellow for the pumpkin cake.
My sister and I were visiting on the phone about Thanksgiving food.  She mentioned a pumpkin cake.  I now had to make one.  I happened to have canned pumpkin and a yellow cake mix.  I Googled pumpkin cake.  Recipes I found ranged from those 2 ingredients I have along with pumpkin pie spice.  Those cakes looked too dense.  I made a few changes and this is what I found to be the best pumpkin cake I have ever eaten. 

Pumpkin Cake:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

1 package yellow cake mix (I used Betty Crocker.)
1can of pumpkin puree (I used Libby's)
2 eggs
1/4 cup oil (I prefer sunflower oil.)
1/4 cup of cream  (You can substitute the cream with milk)
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (I make a blend of 5 spices but it is much simpler to buy pumpkin pie spice.  I will share the blend at a later date.)

I placed all of the above ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mixed the ingredients with an electric mixer for approximately 3 minutes.

Prepare a 9 X 13 cake pan by oiling the inside and coating the oil with a light dusting of flour. 

Note: If you do not have flour, reserve a tablespoon or two of cake mix and use this in place of flour.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 min.  The cake should spring back in the center when lightly pressed with a finger. 

Cool, cut, and serve with whipped cream.

I hope this post finds you well!  Thank you for viewing!  Dawnie























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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Quilting and Crocheting



Not long ago I found 3 quilt blocks with the Dresden plate design.  I have always loved this design.  The stitching around the design is made with a blanket stitch in pink thread and of course by hand.  Most people would pass this purchase up since the blocks are older and limited to 3.  I decided to make the quilt blocks into a table runner.  I cut the blocks down, did the sewing on the top and I was making the ties when I folded the project up for the evening.    Oh no!  I was about 3/4 of an inch or more off on the end measurements.  I was so careful measuring and cutting---or at least I thought I was.  I took over half of the table runner apart, corrected the size issue, placed the table runner back together and I now enjoy it on my table.  



If you come across a single quilt square or two and you love it,  don't pass up the purchase.  There are several ways to use quilt squares.  Fabric strips can be sewn around a quilt square to make it larger and use it as a table topper.  It doesn't have to be quilted with bound edges.  I have used a quilt block I made (it looked vintage) for placing under a decorative item in a decorative grouping in the family room.  I hung the edge of the quilt block over the top of our bookcase.  This quilt top had raw edges.  Also, if you have a newer quilt block and you live in a country home or farmhouse, don't forget that you can tea stain quilt blocks used for decor.  My last suggestion is to use a quilt block as a backing for family pictures.  





Since I am not working at this time, I seem to have plenty of time to do projects.  I am using some of my hand-spun wool yarn and making winter hats.  If you need one, check out my Etsy shop.  




How is everything going for you?  I hope all is well. 

I do appreciate you viewing my blog post.  Dawnie


Saturday, October 19, 2019

I'll Pour: Bonnet Pot Holder

I'll Pour: Bonnet Pot Holder: A while back I found an antique pot holder made in the shape of a bonnet.  I wanted to replicate it, with a few little changes.  This i...

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Bonnet Pot Holder





A while back I found an antique pot holder made in the shape of a bonnet.  I wanted to replicate it, with a few little changes.  This is what I found:

The top of the bonnet has been quilted with a sewing machine.  This is very thin.

I made a pattern.  I am not an artist.  Remember that when you view my pattern.  LOL  Oh, the pattern is free......


This is what I made.  I used ric rac instead of lace.  I also put ric rac along the bottom instead of bias tape.  I used a plastic ring to hang the bonnet instead of bias tape.  I felt that the bonnet needed to be tied.  You won't notice it, but I actually quilted the bonnet at the front and along the left of the bias tape on the top of the bonnet.
I used cotton fabric I had, but you can buy a fat quarter if you don't have fabric laying around.  I made my bias binding from more cotton fabric I had on hand, but it would have been easier to purchase some.  The cotton batting I placed inside of the bonnet was also leftover scraps from quilting projects.  The ric rac came from a package, but I doubt I used more than 12 inches.  I also had the plastic ring on hand.  All of the supplies are available at a fabric or hobby store.   I used white thread so you can see the sewing.  Matching black thread would have looked better.   



Back.  I added my label.  

I forgot to add seam allowance and I think the neck and bottom are smaller.  I think the bottom could be larger and gathered to look more realistic.  Just a  thought.  I hope you enjoy this post.  If anyone decides to make it, please let me know and send me pictures.  I would love to see it.  

Thank you for viewing!  Dawnie