Monday, October 31, 2011

More cake, and Denny, and other stuff ...

At the end of last week I've baked a cake, and stuck (almost) strictly to the recipe. I just substituted white chocolate with dark chocolate chips, and added some more flavors.

Cranberries Chocolate Chips Cake

I've cut the first slice when it was still hot, that's why the molten chocolate chips smudged the cake. I used fresh Cranberries, I just love the sour taste combined with the sweetness.

Even with one cup of butter, and fresh fruits, this was a rather dry cake. If I would make this one again though, I would leave out all chocolate, and double the amount of Cranberries.

I did tell the boys to smell the cake, so I could get them into the picture. Of course Denny bullied Happy aside, and got a lick in. Ah well....


This is what Denny does, when he's spending time in my son's room, while Happy is having alone time with me. During his stay there, he whines, and yodels non stop. My son has developed an eye twitch. After he was released, Denny stayed by my side for the rest of the day. Can't get close enough. That's me sitting on the sofa, with Denny's head on my leg.

It doesn't get any closer

And here's what I've spun in October.
October 2011 spinning

I've got my knitting mojo back, and I've cast on with some of my handspun yarn. That's all I needed to get me going again. :o)
Now I have to decide, which sock design will be my November socks. I thought I'd it all worked out, but changed my mind again. I'd like to get the yarn and needles ready, to cast on as soon as the current project is done.
Heat's still OFF. Lovely wooly handknits are unpacked, and pulled on, and keeping me warm. The temperatures in the house hold steady at 13C. Yesterday morning, we had first frost. The grass was white, and the ground on top frozen for a few hours. Not a single snow flake so far though. The trees, and bushes are letting go of their leaves now. It sounds like it's raining, but it's not.


Anonymous said...

Du warst sooo fleissig mit Spinnen! Superschöne Strangen hast Du fabriziert!! Sind wunderschön!

Ach arme Dennis, er doch zum abknutschen! Wie Kinder gell? Herrlich!

Gruss von Hanne,CH.

LaurieM said...

The cake looks good, the dogs are adorable, but the yarn is the money shot. No wonder your handspun brought your knitting mojo back. Gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Your dogs antic are hysterical and sweet.
I lost my white german shepherd last month, Timber was 12 and I can't tell you how wonderful it is to see your beautiful dogs. Makes my heart smile. Denny is a heart warmer. Happy knitting!

Michelle said...

Oh Denny. He just loves you so much. Nimitz will do that to me if he has to be home with just Jon. Can't risk letting me out of his sight in case I go away again.

CelticCastOn said...

We got a foot of snow yesterday!! Want some?

Lynn One, Purl Two said...

i love photos of cake! :)
it looks delicious!

Erica said...

Look at all that handspun! With yarn like that around, it's a wonder your knitting mojo ever went wandering. =)

Stephanie said...

Your new handspun stash is gorgeous! I especially like the green-brown skein on the far right (and the blue-green skein on the far left...).

Anonymous said...

This was a lovely, and rather poetic, post. Something about the season I think. I look forward to the fruits of your knitting mojo appearing in the weeks to come.


Frieda said...

Can't blame Denny for trying to get a lick in , the cake looks yummy . I love cranberries in desserts !

Can't wait to see what becomes of the handspun ...

Wanderingcatstudio said...

If you don't read the words between the cake licking and the picture below it, it looks like Denny's been sent to the corner for licking the cake!

Sharon said...

Wow! You sure know how to keep busy!

Your cake looks delicious, and so does your hand spun.

Dogs need treats too - even if only a lick. Lucky Denny.

Stadtwaldvogel said...

Delicious! You spun a lot of yarn in October! Can't wait to see what you will knit.
Yours, Julia

Virginia G said...

and yet we had that crappy snow storm this past weekend in NYC. It NEVER snows here this early.

Anyway, the spinning is gorgeous!

Denny and the cake is pretty hilarious. And oddly, my kitten (well, he's mostly full grown now) still follows me from room to room and freaks out if he can't be in the same room as me... Never thought I'd have that with a cat.

illusions said...

Can't blame Denny at all! Just by the picture my mouth is watering, quite like Dennys!

2paw said...

Poor Happy, I am sure he wanted to have a nice smell of the cake, Deny is so funny. What a poor boy he is, separated form you, pining at the door!!