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


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

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Lavender Pouches

For years I have made lavender sachets.  They are great inside a drawer or closet.  I recall someone placing lavender inside netting and lace and placed on a fancy clothes hanger.  When my son was younger we placed lavender essential oil on his inside wrist.  At times he would be so hyper and smelling lavender seemed to help him calm down some.  The essential oil was mixed with a carrier oil so it wouldn't be too strong and possibly burn his skin.  A lightbulb went off in my head today.   I thought it may help my granddaughters sleep better.  At this time, only one of them has issues with sleeping.  Part of this is due to poor sleep hygiene practiced in her home.  (Inconsistent bedtimes is actually called poor sleep hygiene.  LOL ) I should state that all of us in my family are very sensory and we smell and touch most everything.  That may explain my fiber obsession.  Rather than giving my granddaughters a pouch of lavender buds, I decided to hang one over their heads while they sleep; attaching it to the headboards.  It could also be placed inside the pillowcases.  To make the pouch, I used a 5 inch square from my charm packs and cut it down the center.   With the wrong sides together and the right sides on the outside.  I sewed 3 sides of the pouch and left the 4th side open to fill with lavender buds.  A charm pack is a package of 5-inch fabric squares used for quilting.  After filling these pouches, I sewed the last side and pinked around all edges.  I used about a quarter-inch seam allowance and I used pinking shears to pink close to the outside stitching.  To tie the pouch to the headboard, I sewed a 12 -14-inch long ribbon across the top of the pouch.  These are portable and can go into pockets and used when needed for adults or children.  The 4th side could be left open and tied shut with a nice ribbon bow, however; kids will open the pouches and get the lavender buds all over.  I also thought that a banner or bunting made with hearts would look lovely draped across a girls headboard and it would give off more lavender aroma since there would be several heart pouches.  


Let me know if you give this a try and how it worked for you.   Dawnie