Like so many parents with school age children, I spend a lot of time in the car waiting. Dropping off and picking up the kids are part of my daily routine in this season of my life. I try to have portable projects to work on while I wait, and that usually means something yarn related. These last few weeks I have been working on some knitted and crocheted baby hats for a local charity. It’s fun to use some of the vintage patterns in my stash that I have picked up here and there, and also to hunt down free patterns on the internet. I especially love Crochet Pattern Central and Knitting Pattern Central. Both are such great resources!
Last week I donated two knitted hats as well as three sewn hats made from some soft stretchy terry. (I squeezed in a little night-time sewing at the machine for those!) This week I switched it up, and traded my needles for a hook and have been working in crochet. I’ve got two made and another on the hook. Baby hats are so tiny and sweet. They just make you feel good - to make them, to look at them, and especially to gift them.
In keeping with an “orange” theme, I will leave you with an orange cake recipe I am thinking of trying out for Easter. If you decide to try it out too, let me know what you think!
Orange Coconut Cake
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 Tablespoon grated orange rind
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup grated coconut
1 cup chopped dates (optional)
In large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar and add eggs. In another bowl, combine flour and baking soda. Add flour/soda mixture to creamed mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Add remaining ingredients. Pour into greased tube pan. Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour and 45 minutes or until tests done. Can sprinkle with powdered sugar or use topping below.
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup orange juice
In saucepan, mix sugar and juice. Bring to a full boil. Remove from heat. With a table knife or chopstick, puncture top of cake in several places. Pour topping over cake and let stand, covered, overnight.
With Sweet Thoughts,