It would be quite impossible to catch you up on everything that has been going on here in the past month. I’m continually astonished at how fast time goes by and I have so much to tell you that I don’t even know where to begin! But, we are friends, right? Have you ever noticed how true friends can go long periods of time without talking and then just pick up where they left off, just catching up on the highlights since they last talked? That’s kind of what I’m going to do today because we just don’t have time for me to tell you every little detail. Ok, I’m just going to dive in now.
Firstly, I have been doing a lot of baking. Some of my very favorite bakes of late include:
Boston Cream Pie from the Canal House Cookbook.
The sponge cake part of this recipe is the real gem here. My plan is to talk about this more at a later date, but that means I need to make it again, which I will do soon. Promise.
We also loved this Tuscan Sourdough Cake, which is more like a bread.
It’s an excellent and tasty way to use up some of that sourdough starter that you need to discard every feeding time.
Recently, I also made chocolate babka using this recipe.
I have been loosely following King Arthur Flour’s Bakealong recipes. If you hadn’t noticed, I am a sort of sucker for a bakelong, knitalong, or sewalong. I haven’t made every recipe since they started back in September, but I have made a few. They have all been good.
This babka, though. Yum. I’ve made several other babka recipes in the years I have been baking, and I think this one is my favorite so far. Other babkas have been too sweet or too sticky or have huge gaps between the layers after cooling. This one has none of those problems. Plus, it was relatively easy.
These are marzipan challah loaves using the recipe from his book. My favorite thing about this book is that the recipes make a lot. Why go to all that trouble to make just one loaf of bread? My philosophy has always been to make more now and save time later. The freezer is your best friend here. We easily ate half a loaf in one sitting with our growing boys, so these four loaves will not last long.
I also have a new favorite cookbook for dinner (see I don’t always bake!).
Melissa Clark’s Dinner, Changing the Game is full of fairly easy and tasty dinners. In the first week, I made three recipes and they were all delicious. I don’t know about you, but making dinner gets to be boring sometimes and this book does a great job of bringing some new ideas to the table. Highly recommend.
Ok, on to sewing. During March and April, I was busy making a new quilt for a friend who is expecting.
Each square has fabric picked out by a different person in out little group of friends to be a virtual blanket of hugs and kisses for this little one to come. It was a fun quilt to make.
I love how quilts can be a tangible gift of love.
I’ve also been working on my collection of 12.5 inch blocks from the Cookbook Quiltalong book.
I was trying to keep up, but got behind when I had to finish the baby quilt. That’s ok.
My plan is to keep making these and combine them with other quilt along blocks I have done in the past to make one big scrappy quilt.
So far, I have 27 blocks and I think I will only need 36 for a queen sized quilt if you factor in sashing. I considered not sashing, but I don’t think that will look right.
In my knitting life, I was able to finish a pair of socks a couple of weeks ago.
I’ve also picked up my Triticum sweater again, but am afraid I am on sleeve island with this one.
I have one sleeve left to knit and can’t get up the gumption to even cast on. It’s probably because I just recently got back from the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, and I have new yarn for new projects I want to start immediately!
But, it blocked out nicely. It was very long and skinny, though.
It was hard to get it all in the picture! It was fun practicing intarsia.
This month’s project is an adorable knitted mouse, but I think I am going to skip that one because there are a lot of parts to put together. It’s a bit too much for me right now.
Also, I am taking part in The Starting Point Mystery Shawl Knitalong by Joji Locatelli. I had a few days last month when I totally went through every ball and skein of fingering weight and lace weight yarn in my stash. I eventually settled on using up a bit of my laceweight by holding it double.
Phew! You are a true friend if you have followed along during this whole post so far! I think we are mostly caught up now. I’m hoping to blog a little more often from here on out, but perhaps make the posts quite a bit shorter to make them fit better in my routine. You can also find me on Instagram as @crafteamama.
One more thing: the boys and I are closing our etsy shop on Tuesday, May 16. We have a sale going on now. 25% off your entire order with coupon code CLOSING2017. Tell your friends! Here’s a link: 1514Homemade. We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us the last several years. It was fun while it lasted!
Tell me what you’ve been working on lately! Thanks for coming by!