Torta Limón con Semillas de Amapola/Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

Torta Limón con Semillas de Amapola
1 caja de mezcla de harina para pastel de limón
3 claras de huevo
1 1/4 taza de agua
1/3 taza aciete (vegetal o canola)
3 cucharadas de semillas de amapola

1 taza de azucar glas (o de lustre)
3-4 cuchardaritas de jugo de limón

1. Caliente el horno a 350 grados F. Engrase y enharine el fondo y los lados de 10" tartera.
2. Para la torta: Combine la mezcla, claras de huevo, agua, aciete, y semillas de amapola en un recipiente grande. Prepare, hornee, y enfríe por completo antes de cubrirlo con glaseado.
3. Para glaseado: Combine azucar y jugo de limón en un recipiente pequeño. Bata hasta bien mezclados. LLovizna por encima de la torta.

Calorías: 207
Grasa: 8 g.
Colesterol: 0 mg
Sodio: 221 mg.

¡Buen Provecho!

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

1 package Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Lemon Supreme Cake Mix
3 egg whites
1 1/4 cups water
1/3 cup oil
3 tbs. poppy seeds

1 cup confectioner's sugar

3-4 tsp. lemon juice

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 10-inch bundt pan or tube pan.
2. For cake: Combine cake mix, egg whites, water, oil and poppy seeds in large bowl. Prepare, bake and cool cake following package directions for No Cholesterol recipe.

3. For glaze: Combine sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl. Stir until well blended. Drizzle over top of cake.

Calories: 207

Fat: 8 g.
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 221 mg.

For Daniel

Ok, so I couldn't stop. I had already taken out the yarn for this beanie, so I went ahead and made it up. It's for Daniel, the new kid. Couldn't leave him out. Well, that means that I have 2 more beanies to go.

Daniel's Green Striped Beanie:

You want to know a little secret...I'm about beanied out, even though every time I finish a hat, I smile to see the end product. :-)

Nick's Two-Tone Beanie

Tonight I made one more beanie. This time for Nick. If you haven't figured it out yet, I have very few girls in my class, so that is why I have made so many boy beanies. Nick decided that he wanted a red beanie with a silver stripe. Why? Because he saw a car like that. Enough said.

Here's Nick's beanie:

Las Palmas

Ayer fui a un restaurante Mexicano se llama "Las Palmas." Pedí un plato de "Bistec La Auténtica Special." El bistec era asada y hubiese servido con verduras asadas, frijoles, arroz, y tortillas de harina. Tambien, había tortillas de maíz con salsa roja y verde. El bistec era muy tierno y la comida...qué deliciosa. Y para beber, tuve un refresco de tamarindo por el tiempo primer. El tamarindo era los dos tarta y dulce.

Había tan mucho comida qué ¡yo lo he estado comiendo para tres comidas!

Yesterday I went to a Mexican restaurant called "Las Palmas." I ordered a plate of "Steak La Auténtica Special." The steak was grilled and served with grilled vegetables, beans, rice, and flour tortillas. Also, there were corn tortillas with red and green salsa. The steak was very tender and the delicious. And for the drink, I had a tamarind drink for the first time. The tamarind was both sour and sweet.

There was so much food that I have been eating it for three meals!

Jonei's "Amelia" Hat

"Amelia" because that's the pattern I used. Jonei because that's the girl the hat is for.

So, last night after finishing watching Grey's on the internet, I turned on the real t.v. for what I thought might just be for a few minutes because I was feeling drained. My mistake was crocheting a new pattern for those few minutes. I couldn't find a good stopping place until the beanie was made. Then I figured that I might as well make the flower. So I did.

The flower will be a pin but for now it's held in place by my tapestry needle. When I finish all the hats, I'll go back and weave in the ends and sew pin backs to the flowers.

Happy Saturday everyone!

Greys and Black

Tonight, I finally got around to watching part II of the season finale of Grey's Anatomy. I did that while finishing up Michael's black beanie. This beanie was the same pattern as the one for McLean, but while constructing this hat, I realized that I had misinterpreted where to stitch the fpdc when I was working on McLean's. By correcting the error, I realize that I can see the ribbing better in the crown on Michael's beanie.

For those of you who watch Grey's, wasn't the last episode a tear jerker? I literally could not crochet during the last few moments of the show. My crochet hook nearly fell to the floor and my eyes were all teary. I love that show!

On to Michael's hat:

I love this yarn - Caron Simply Soft Eco.

I thought I had 5 more to go before this beanie, but I forgot that I got a new student and so now I have 5 more beanies to go. Time to work on a girl beanie again....

What's In the Bag?


Misty Wears a Dude Hat

Today I finished up McLean's hat. It was the first beanie pattern I used for a head size larger than 20". I knew I should have been able to modify the patterns I use to fit a 23" head, but I didn't really know how and I didn't feel like messing with it at the time, so I searched high and low for a pattern already for a 23" head. Now that I've made this one, I think I see where I need to increase the crown size in the other beanie patterns to accommodate the larger head circumference. Maybe later, right? :-)

Here's McLean's beanie:

"I can't see!" cries Misty.

Well, one more down, still a few more to go....

Another Pleasant Surprise....Oh, Joy!


Today, after a really intense day, my other crochet newbie student came up to me at the end of the day and showed me her first FO! Yes, folks, she has made her first scarf!!! And guess what she's going to do with it? (Jeopardy theme song plays here.) She is going to give it to her baby cousin for Christmas. She told me how her aunt made her a gift when she was a baby and how her family gets started on their Christmas gifts a little early. That's why she's starting early too. In fact, she's working on the next scarf for the baby cousin's sister. Then she said she plans to do a lot this summer and make her mom something too.

There are lots of positives here. First, her mom, who has known how to crochet for many years but just kind of quit, has started back crocheting...and this time, with her kid. Second, both my student and her mom are lefties and my student's mom is really a better help to her than I was. Everything looked upside down or backwards to me. Some sort of awkward hand motions there. My student said today that her mom started a scarf and then my student watched her mom make the same stitch before working on hers. Then her mom became the observer and made necessary corrections in the work. Isn't it amazing!

And now I present to you - the scarf.

p.s. After the kids clapped for her, another student asked if I could come by the house and teach crocheting on Saturday! I tell you, this town needs some sort of enrichment program for things like this. Until then, I'll keep pushing 4-H. It's such a great concept.

Ease on Down the Road


So, I was on my way to a meeting yesterday afternoon, after the beginning of a rain shower, and I could not believe what I was seeing in the road. Could it be a super huge turtle? Yes, it was. I knew I only had a few moments and I wasn't particular about standing in the road, but I had to get some kind of shot of this creature.

I parked my car, threw my jacket over my head to shield myself and my little camera from the rain, crossed the street and snapped a quick shot. By then, another passerby stopped by and tried to help shoe the turtle out of the road.

It all happened so quickly after that moment. A man blew his horn to hurry another car by, whisked his truck around and got that huge snapping turtle to crawl into his bucket never to be seen alive again - I'm sure. The first passerby to stop starting crying, I took one last shot (with my camera) and felt a twinge of remorse for that turtle.

I guess now s/he will become turtle soup.

Eye Candy...Isn't it Delicious?

Ok, so today at work, ANOTHER coworker said, "I have a surprise for you. I've been to Alabama..." That could have only meant one thing - she brought back yarn.

You see, this other coworker has a sister who lives in Alabama. Somehow there was a mishap with a yarn truck and the company wasn't able to sell the yarns, so she has had this major stash for years now. My coworker had told me earlier that if she could bring some back for me she would. That was a long time ago and I really hadn't thought of it since, until today.

So I introduce to you my eye candy and I ask you, isn't it delicious?!

This has to be a sign for me to get my Etsy shop truly ready.

Trying Something New

Tonight, I began working on Jessica's hat. She didn't want a flower pin, but I wanted a beanie that still looked feminine. I decided that I would make that floral slouch beret for her, but after I made the center flower, it occurred to me that as long as I could obtain 55 dcs, I could use the middle and bottom portions of just about any beanie pattern. So, I fiddled with it a little, took out a little and finally came up with this floral beanie hat.

In case you've forgotten the floral slouch beret, it's this hat I made for myself earlier this spring:

Remember the Sherbet Beret?

And now here's Jessica's hat. It's really the same blue as Yovani's Guatemala beanie, but the glare from my camera (since I'm taking this picture at night) has made the blue look a tad different.

Representing Guatemala

I have one kid in my class from Guatemala and he wanted his hat to be the colors of the Guatemalan flag, so here it is:

I know he didn't ask for it, but after I finished the hat today I thought of how cool it would be if I could have the Guatemalan coat of arms in the white part of the hat. I did a brief search online, but all I could find were patches of the entire Guatemalan flag. I'll look more later, but if I can't find it, I won't stress over it. But it did give me some ideas for the future.

A Day on the Town


Today I went with my friend Mary and her husband Andrew to the Queen City to see the production of "The Color Purple." Oh my, it was such a great production. To see this play was a double treat in that "The Color Purple" is one of my favorite dramas and also because it's been a while since I've been to the theater.

After the show, we ate at this Japanese restaurant. The food was very delicious. Mary had the teriyaki chicken and California rolls, Andrew had the sushi, and I had the hibachi shrimp. Both Andrew and I had our own carafe of hot green tea. I watched the two of them share food and eat with their chopsticks, while I was content with my fork. Andrew tried to teach me how to use chopsticks, but I failed miserably. Maybe another time?

After leaving the restaurant, we stopped by Compare Foods because we wanted to check out their selection of ethnic food items. Plus, Andrew and Mary had never been there. I'm so glad that they enjoyed that shop. I was mainly looking for dry hominy so that I could prepare a pudding that I've been wanting to try. I saw two different kinds of hominy so I bought them both.

As it began to get dark, the three of us were fighting the tiredness that was creeping in, so we journeyed back feasting on plaintain chips and good conversation.

This was a really enjoyable day and I'm glad that Mary and Andrew thought of me to share their extra ticket with.

The Color Orange and The Color Purple Pt. II


So today was the day of the play. I accompanied my friends Mary and Andrew to see "The Color Purple." It was fantastic and I had a wonderful time with them. To see more of the day's events, click here.

I brought my crochet bag with me and I even snuck some yarn and hooks in my purse in case we had to wait in the theater and I felt the need to crochet. I didn't. In fact, I didn't do much crocheting in the car because the conversation was so great. But, I did manage to finish the orange and pink flower which was all I needed to finish Summer's hat. She wanted an orange and pink hat and that's what she's getting:

Isn't this such a firey orange?

The Color Orange and "The Color Purple"


I feel that orange is a beautiful color, but for the life of me I cannot understand why it is so hard for me to find that color...just plain orange. I see that rust orange like you would use in the fall/autumn and sometimes neon orange, but just a plain old regular orange, I cannot seem to cross paths with.

Well, I just wanted to show you all what I've been working on the past couple of the color orange.

Here is the afghan for Analuz. It's in "pumpkin" orange. I hope she likes it. She asked for a blanket, I said "no way" and I compromised and made her a lapghan, which is really what she wanted because she wants to cover her feet when she watches t.v. in the winter. She's 11 and very "to the point." :-)

About "The Color Purple". My friend, Mary, invited me to go see the play, "The Color Purple." I'm so glad to be able to go with her and her family. She keeps inviting me to plays and for some reason the scheduling has not been at the right time, but my plans are to go this weekend.

And last, but not least, look at what one of my coworkers gave me yesterday!
She said she purchased it because everyone kept raving about how this is the new thing to get, so she did, only not to like it at all. She's a teacher assistant by day and a seamstress by night and she says that the shears are better for what she does; this cutter is more for crafts or quilting. It felt like a lucky day!

Bitter Sweet


One of my coworker's mother-in-law is suffering from Alzheimer's. Apparently she is in a latter stage of it because now she does not recognize anyone and she only responds with this same sound, no matter what the question or statement. It is quite sad. This woman, from what I hear was a fabulous crafter. There was not a craft that she didn't do, so as a result her house is filled with all of these things. Now my co-worker will be returning to Brazil to spend the summer with her daddy and she wants to go ahead and clean out some of her mother-in-law's craft things because she and her husband live in his momma's house and there is not room for their personal things, due to his momma's stash. coworker's husband told me to come over and take anything that I would like and as much as I would like. It feels sort of strange to me, but I'm going to believe that his momma would want someone to use her things that would appreciate it.

I am supposed to stop by next week and look at what is there. Thankfully my coworker and her husband have already spent many hours sorting through the materials and placing them in storage bins. I will let you know how this turns out. And I think I can safely safe, I don't think I should buy any yarn for a while.

Remember that nursery rhyme, "There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe"?

Well, I don't want to hear,

There was this girl, Libby, who lived in a shoe
She had so much yarn, she didn't know what to do!

Then, they really will call me an old maid! (Seriously, that's not even funny anymore.) :-|

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Traveling East


Still trying to purge the kitchen, I tried a new recipe found in an edition of Vegetarian Times magazine that a friend of mine gave me recently. I chose to make the Double Coriander Eggplant Tagine mostly because the picture in the magazine looked appealing and then because I had most of the ingredients already.

Double Coriander Eggplant Tagine

Eggplant Tagine:
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 large sweet onion, peeled and thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
12 baby eggplants, halved lengthwise
2 tsp. ground coriander
2 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 28 0z. can chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Cilantro-Mint Yogurt Sauce:
1 cup low-fat Greek-style yogurt
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. sugar

1. To make Eggplant Tagine: Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 5 minutes, or until softened. Add eggplants, coriander, cumin, honey, and red pepper flakes. Sauté 5 minutes, or until eggplants are softened. Add tomatoes, cover, and simmer 20 mminutes, or until sauce is thickened and eggplant is tender. Stir in cilantro, and season with salt and pepper.
2. To make Cilantro-Mint Yogurt Sauce: Purée all ingredients in food processor or blender until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Serve tagine warm over steamed couscous or bulgur (or brown rice if avoiding gluten), topped with Cilantro-Mint Yogurt Sauce.

My Review:
I like spice, but I should have known that this would be an interesting combination of flavors since I did make that taboulleh salad that I didn't enjoy, but looked really pretty. I will say that for me the tomato-based sauce was wonderful. I loved the bulgur and I was glad to be able to use it in something. It was just sitting in the pantry. And the coriander was a pleasant discovery. I purchased the coriander seeds and used my molcajete (mortar and pestle) to grind it. Oh, such a lovely aroma this spice has. I must find other ways to use it.

I won't be quick to say that food from this part of the Eastern world is not for me, but I will say that I need to try more things. Maybe even go to a restuarant and try the dish before I attempt it at home. At least then I would know how it was supposed to taste.

Well, that's done. I love this Vegetarian Times magazine. I've learned so much about the benefits of cranberries, garlic, and other foods. It is quite interesting.

The dishes have been washed, the kitchen cleaned, my schoolwork done, so now I believe I will do a little crocheting while I watch part one of Grey's Anatomy online. I have to catch up.

Good night!

Gift Card It!

Today I went gift carding. What I mean is that I spent the day in the neighboring county using the gift cards that I have been given over the course of the year. It was so much fun!

First Stop:
There I was able to "purchase" a microphone/headset that I can use to chat online. I recently created a Skype account, especially since my cousin Joey is playing basketball overseas in Australia (the Rockingham Flames) and one of my classmates has moved to South Korea. They both Skype. I only had to pay $7.00 to cover the difference.

Second Stop:
Waldenbooks/Borders sent me a coupon this week in my email for 25% off one item. So, coupled with the coupon and the gift card, I was able to purchase a book for myself and one for a little girl in my church who just turned 7 years old on Thursday. This is the book that I "purchased" for myself:I had this book bookmarked on Amazon for a future purchase, so I was glad that the bookstore had only one copy left. I didn't end up spending any of my own money in there, and...both of the sales clerks were crafters so they were telling of other books and about their knitting projects.

Third Stop:
Remember the gift card my students gave me? Well, with this card I was able to get all the yarn I need to finish the gifts I'm making them for the end of the year. Because I couldn't resist those two pieces of chocolates at the register, I end up paying $1.16.

After making a quick stop to Harris Teeter, I came home. I still have a Lowe's card with a little on it from last school year, but I'm going to have to think creatively for that one.

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Play Ball!


This evening I had the opportunity to attend one of my student's little league softball games. I was excited to attend this event because I still have the zoom lens I borrowed and now I would be able to see how it handled itself out in the open field. The last time I used it, I was in a small room and it really wasn't the best lens for the situation. When I got to the game, I just blended in (or so I thought). Everyone looked friendly enough.

I should not have been surprised though at the "attention" I was getting by carrying this camera with this particular lens on it. I mean, it's obvious that I was being obvious. All of a sudden I started feeling a little self-conscious. Do these parents think I'm a stalker taking pictures of their kids? In only a matter of minutes I received my answer.

"Doodle, you might be in the paper," one man said to the girl I came to watch. The paper! He thought I was with the Daily Journal. WOW! You see what a little larger camera will do. Then I explained that I was her teacher just taking some photos to hang on the brag board. I moved to the other side. The next thing I know, a long-bearded man from the opponent's team whispered, "There used to be a lady who took pictures at the games. She would take pictures of all the kids doing something, have the pictures printed and ready by the next game. She doesn't do that anymore, but you might want to consider it. My daughter's the one pitching now." (Hint Hint).

You know that did get me to thinking too. Then this lady came up to me and asked if I could get her kid (#14) in a picture since I was already taking pictures of Doodle. What is this? I asked myself. Is this some kind of untapped market? Then I thought, you know, people want pictures of their kids especially doing something positive, and not all people are going to invest in a camera and be bold enough to walk up to the fence or field and take shots.


Doodle's team won. They didn't finish the game because they consider the feelings of the other team and if there is no chance of them winning, the game is called before the last inning. How sweet!