Thursday, January 24, 2013

Random: oh dear......

 {sometimes, they are the best of best}

 {zippered pouch to be}

 {S' single girl.. the background prints arrived, just in time}

 { strawberry coffee cake}

8 ounces cream cheese at room temp.
1 stick butter at room temp.
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped almonds


preheat oven at 350 degree. butter and flour 9"x13" baking pan.
baking time: 40 mins.

combine cream cheese, butter, sugar till light and fluffy
stir in milk, eggs, vanilla.
add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt.

half of the batter in the prepared pan, scatter the berries evenly over the batter, dot the remaining batter over the berries, mix the brown sugar and nuts together and sprinkle evenly over the batter .

 { the chair needs a new cover}


 { weekending to do list #1 sort}

 { post-it everywhere.. accompanied by these lovely drawings by S}

 {late night shopping is dangerous}

{ a week left.. might need another a week on top of that}

It has been an extremely cold week here in N.D.  We have been in negative temperature since last week and is hoping it warms up next week. It has been a week of ... oh dear.. oh my week... We have had few weather related incidents. We weren't able to get in our home due to the door lock froze up. The key was not able to make the turn. We waited inside the car for half an hour and finally got some help.  So on and so on... It feels the week is long when things aren't going right. Yesterday afternoon the door was not able to open again and we were so lucky to get help from a gentleman. He helped us to get in our home and I wished I could offer him a cup of hot coco, but he was on duty; bless his good soul.. or we might not be able to get in at all, since the University closes at 4:30p.m. 

With an good intention, I woke up early this morning to get the cake mixed before take S to school. We left home early, so I could stop by the local grocery store to pick a box of fresh strawberries.  I asked S if she'd like to have a doughnut for afternoon treat. We got two of them and I had my this morning. These are good. Indeed, very good!  When the days are not going right. They made me feel rewarding and comforting. 

I made another {Single Girl} and the background fabric arrived in no time. These are sketch print that I bought from {here}. I think S will love this quilt! She still doesn't know it is for her.. I keep myself quiet about the quilt  receiver.  She has been telling me how nicely the blues and greens that I used for this quilt.. {Oh.. I wish I have a quilt would look like this, mama}. On the other hand,  I am trying my best of best to get this quilt finish.. I have 10 days left.  

The the temperature has been making me feel cold all the time.  I wrapped myself in layers of clothes and S on the other hand doesn't seem need any more than a t-shirt and a hoodie sweatshirt inside her jacket when she goes out. I need to find some woolie socks to keep toes warm. Many quilts on top of our chairs and lots quilts on top of bed.  Our beds have additional down comforter on top and the furnaces is running in the 70's or higher when we are home. brrr.. send us some warm heat... 

I will be running this place a little slower than I would like for next few days... Hopefully to share {single girls} soon and hope you also stay warm if you are in a cold climate area. 



  1. I can sympathize about the cold - about 4 degrees here in Rhode Island today! Would love that Strawberry coffee cake recipe - looks yummy! Good luck with getting that quilt finished!

  2. Bless your heart, I would like some of your cold...not much, but a little to cool down this 79 degree temp in Texas would be nice. Take care :)

  3. Lovely things you are making Chase. I love the pictures of your new fabric. I've been complaining about the cold and it has only been about 28 degrees around here, the coldest and it warms up during the day... I should stop. I send you warm wishes from California and I hope you get to finish your single girls wnhen you plan.
    The strawberry cake looks yummy!

  4. I feel your pains! I am from ND and have experienced the frigid freezing temps! (I can say that unless you have lived there you don't know what cold is!) And my brother and sis n law live there! So, I feel your pain! All I can say is buying more fabric will keep your heart warm! :)

  5. Hello!!! I love late night shopping. But I agree, sometimes it is dangerous :) Fabrics look pretty. And strawberry coffee cake... yummy... good choice! :)

    Unfortunately, I am from Czech Republic and we have snowing and snowing in this time. So I can´t to send some warm wave to you. Keep warm! Jolana

  6. Oh.. those fozen locks! Not fun at all! So happy you got help.
    Love to see your stacks of fabric!
    Wish I could send you some warmth but we are negative temps here too. So very cold! I will send warm thoughts though.

  7. with this diet, I might not be able to read your blog anymore. The food is looking so good and your projects are always beautiful. They are on my diet. The more I sew and read about sewing the less I will eat. For now anyway! Stay warm. Sending you and S a hug full of sunshine.


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