Can you believe we’re already into the first week of February? It seems like just yesterday I was taking the ornaments off the tree and packing away all the decorations. Well, I’m going to enjoy the rest of the month and then look forward to spring. I found some daffodils at the Market this week-end. At $3.00 a bunch I just had to pick up a couple. They give the house such a happy lift. And with all the snow we’re expecting this weekend, they’ll remind me that spring is only 6 weeks away. I’ve already got visions of uncovering the outdoor furniture and planting flowers dancing in my head.
I was attending a dinner with a few of my friends a few days ago and we all brought a dessert to share. I decided to make a couple of cake layers. Since I only needed one, I wrapped the second in clear wrap and foil and popped it in the freezer. I love having a few layers on hand for those sudden sweet attacks. You can defrost them and make some frosting, whip up some fresh cream and serve it with fruit or put a crumb topping on before you bake and have instant coffee cake! On this occasion, I sliced one of the cakes into cubes. I had made a container of macerated strawberries earlier in the day and right before I left the house I whipped some cream and popped the cake cubes into a plastic bag. When it was time for dessert, I simply piled the cubes into individual plastic cups, topped with strawberries and then the cream and it was ready to serve – easy peasy. To make the layers you can either make your favorite yellow cake recipe or simply use a cake mix. They’re so convenient to have on hand.
Well, as you may have noticed, I finally finished my afghan. YAY! I really like the colors, I enjoyed working on it and it will definitely keep us warm on those chilly evenings. BUT……….. the darn thing turned out so cock-eyed it made me laugh. I don’t know what I did on the first few rows but I never really noticed the mistake until it was all finished and I layed it on the floor to have a look before I added the 3 rounds of border. I don’t think I ever made anything so lopsided before, but I decided to love it exactly as it is. Have you ever done anything like that – not noticed your mistake until you were finished? I’ll have to be a bit more careful next time around.
I hope all of my friends who are experiencing a lot of snow and extremely cold temperatures are keeping warm and cozy and for those of you in warmer climates, enjoy it! Whatever the weather, I hope you’re finding some happiness in your life today.