Sheared Bliss

This Cake Can’t Be Beet
May 28, 2011, 9:46 pm
Filed under: Baking, Food | Tags: , , , , ,

Are you tired of hearing me talk about how life and work have gotten in the way of me blogging?  Because I sure am.  But, go figure, it happened again.  Don’t worry, I’ll make it up to you with cake.

Chocolate Teacake

(Adapted from this recipe)

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1 cup secret ingredient*
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour (I used Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking Mix but you could use an equal amount of your favorite GF flour blend or even AP flour or whole wheat flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat your oven to 375°.  Grease a loaf pan and line it with parchment paper (to make your life easier later).  This recipe could also be made into cupcakes (just bake them for a shorter time) or, per the original recipe, doubled and baked in a bunt pan.  Cream the butter, minus two tablespoons, together with the brown sugar.  Melt the remaining two tablespoons of butter with the chocolate.  Add the eggs, secret ingredient, vanilla, and melted chocolate and butter to the butter and sugar mixture and stir until combined (it will look a little like it’s separating, but that’s ok).  Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together then add the dry ingredients to the wet.  Stir until combined.  Fold in the chocolate chips if using (nuts would also be good, as would dried fruit like cranberries or cherries).  Pour the batter into the loaf pan (it will be a sort of odd mauve color, but that’s ok).

Bake for at least 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean (mine took 55 minutes and fell in the middle – darn high altitude).  Let cool some before removing it from the pan (this is where the parchment paper makes your life easier) so that you don’t have a crumbly mess on your hands.  Cut a slice and enjoy.

Not a very photogenic cake, but very yummy with a glass of milk.

*This is another one where you don’t tell anyone what’s in it until after they’ve tasted it.  Unless you don’t want to share.  Then you tell everyone it’s Beet Cake and eat the whole thing yourself.


It’s So Fluffy!
May 9, 2011, 9:17 pm
Filed under: Fiber Arts | Tags: , ,

Ahem.  Last weekend was the Great Western Alpaca Show and there was much fluffy cuteness.

"Look over there!"

The curly ones are suris.

The fluffy ones are huacayas.

Thanks to my amazing willpower, I did not bring this one home with me.

Alpacas are very intelligent and literate creatures. The show organizers posted these helpful signs to direct them.

Or perhaps they were just warning people so that they wouldn't be disappointed when they got upstairs and found no alpacas. Not to worry though, the other sign helpfully informed us that there are other lovely fluffy things upstairs.

The End

Sheep to Shawl

Oof, life seems to be getting in the way of my blogging mojo lately.  Nothing bad, just a combination of things at work and home that are turning out to be both time consuming and exhausting.  Be that as it may, it’s a bit ridiculous how behind I am so here are some pictures from the Sheep to Shawl event at the museum two weeks ago.