Here it is, after the middle of June and it doesn’t feel like spring will ever come to the west coast! Our one consolation is how beautiful and green everything is – but it sure would be nice to get some sun and warmth!
Today is Father’s Day and I’ve been busy pampering Keith! I made him his favourite pancakes for breakfast, and am just getting ready to bake a cake for dinner tonight – we’re going to our son’s house for dinner to celebrate Father’s Day (it will be my son, Chris’ first father’s day, but not officially since the baby isn’t due until October!) and also Chris’s graduation from BCIT. We were very proud to go to his convocation ceremony last Wednesday and watch him be graduate with distinction, be awarded with the Top Student award as well as another award from the Pacific Aircraft Engineer’s Association!
When Chris was little, one of his favourite cakes was a chocolate Wacky Cake. I used to make this for him because he has many allergies, and since Keith was recently diagnosed with allergies, I pulled this recipe out of my cupboard and started making it again – I had forgotten about it over the years. This is a delicious chocolate cake that’s easy to make and is good enough that everyone will enjoy it and ask for seconds – and it’s dairy free, egg free and nut free so is great for many allergy sufferers. I’ve recently started to add some chocolate chips to the batter and they add an extra richness.
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup white sugar ( I use Splenda because we have diabetics in the family)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup cold water
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8×8 inch baking pan.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, sugar, cocoa powder, and baking soda. Mix well with a fork, then stir in oil, vinegar, and vanilla extract. When dry ingredients are thoroughly moistened, pour in cold water and stir until batter is smooth. Stir in chocolate chips and pour batter into prepared pan.
- Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a rack.
I have doubled this recipe and baked it in two 8” round pans or one 9” x 13” pan.
Some of the new fabric that Pam and I ordered at Quilt Market has just arrived in the store. It is just in the process of being checked in and should be ready for sale in a couple of days. There are three new collections from Riley Blake designs. We received Happier, Hoo’s in the Forest, and Lola’s Poppies and here are a few of the swatches of these beautiful fabrics:
We also have a great selection of trims, ribbons and buttons coming in that will coordinate with these and others of our fabrics: grosgrain ribbons, rick racks, printed ribbons, mini pompoms and more.
I spent a great week in Chicago last week , participating in Bernina’s “Software Infusion” where I was trained and certified in the Bernina Editor Plus and Designer Plus software. Now that I’m back in the store, I’ll be working with our staff to train them. Give us a few weeks and come in with your Bernina software questions!
Before I go to finish my baking, I wanted to show you one of the projects I’m working on right now. Some time ago, before I knew that I was going to be a Grandma soon, I started a small quilt for my “Grandmother’s Hope Chest”! We had received some great kid’s flannel in a monkey print, and since I, probably like many of you, had sung my kids the “3 little monkeys jumping on a bed” song many times, I thought I would make a baby monkey quilt. I have had the quilt top finished for some time, but just finished digitizing an embroidered appliqué monkey design to embellish the quilt with. Here is a photo of my test stitch-out. I’m also going to embroider the words to the song on the quilt. When I have it finished, I’ll post a photo, and I’ll also post the free embroidery design on our website for you to download.
Bye for now – I’ll write again soon!