Friday, February 24, 2012


Sometimes simple is good. Really good.
Nothing fancy. Just plain old deep, dark chocolate cake and buttercream.
Or maybe you prefer yellow with chocolate.

The kind you find under one of those big metal cake domes.

With blue check cloth napkins.

And a big glass of milk. No straw.


P.S. - Love this song! It has a great beat and it's easy to dance to.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Here are two hats I've recently completed. One is for a newborn and the other is for her older sister. The pattern is from Sweet City Knits and it works up very quickly on circular or double pointed needles. The hat is knitted in one piece, including the frosting ruffle and cherry on top.

Of course, everything is better with sprinkles!

Hey - two posts in two days! That's a record lately.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012


When I went to bed last night, this plate was piled high with felt cookies, but somehow they disappeared while I was getting ready this morning. They had been tucked into Valentines and sealed with heart stickers, so there was no way they would be photographed. This is all that was left - a linzer heart, a black & white, and a not quite finished mini chocolate frosted doughnut with sprinkles. You don't get to see the sugar cookies with pink frosting and pink sprinkles, the sugar cookies with white frosting and red & white sprinkles, the hearts with chocolate ganache and pink bead trim, and so on.

Sadly, the children at Frannie's school will not be devouring any of these:

You see, a year ago, the superintendent banned all treats and snacks of any kind at the elementary level. That means no Halloween candy, no Christmas goodies, no Valentine sweets, and most upsetting of all, no birthday cupcakes to celebrate their special day. We were told that it was to promote a healthier student, to fight obesity and increase productivity. Well, dear, "sweet" superintendent, it has been a year since this ruling was put into effect, and personally, I have not seen one leaner, meaner learning machine walk down your halls because of cupcake prohibition. If students learn more and weigh less, it's because of the parents, teachers and physical eduction. The only thing you succeeded in was producing the sad face on a child when you have to explain why they can't bring in a cupcake for their birthday. Why don't you take away the chocolate milk and sugared cereal from the cafeteria instead.

Happy Valentine's Day