Monday, November 17, 2008

That was the week that was. . .Monday

Do you get my drift here? Red and green? Feeling the holiday spirit a bit early, I am because we've been having cold, crisp days with snow flurries. And I've been picking up the olives, et al., for Turkey Day and priding myself on my advance planning. . .well, its n.e.x.t. week! Audrey will be joining us but alas, Erica can't get away as she only has Thanksgiving off. Besides, she hates the day: 'All we do is sit around smelling the turkey cooking all day. Then when we finally eat, you know I don't like the meal, and will only eat my usual black olives, mashes potatoes, gravy, deviled eggs and rolls.' So speaks Starch-Face on every Thanksgiving Day since about 1985. Sigh.

Saturday I spent the afternoon at a couple of holiday bazaars. Besides the usual church basement delicacies, I bought the last lemon poppy seed cake because it was an adorable heart!
Speaking of yum, this is a Cupcake Hat I made for Maria, a little girl in Romania. I love this pattern recommended by my dear pal, [the other] Marianne. A quick knit. In fact, it probably took me longer to repair a purl stitch bitten through by 'Bad Cat' when I turned my back to get the tape to wrap the package, than it did to make the hat!! Bad Cat having a self-imposed time-out after flossing her teeth with the above hat.
And a recipe. . .since I now have to revamp sweets to suit my blood sugar, I gave this a try and found it to be quite yummy and not so very 'diet' like:
Orange Mocha
1 sm. pkg. sugar-free orange gelatin
1 c. hot coffee
1 c. cold coffee
2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
4 T Splenda (I used one packet & it was sweet enough)
3/4 c. Cool Whip (recipe calls for Free but I use extra-creamy)
Combine gelatin, cocoa and Splenda in a bowl. Add hot coffee, stirring until dissolved. Add cold coffee. Refrigerate until thick-- it will look like a shiny chocolate pudding.
Stir in Cool Whip Free until blended. Refrigerate until set.
note: may use decaf coffee, or increase/decrease coffee strength as desired.


Strider said...

The cat looks like he is pouting!

Marianne said...

Awww, that is one sweet little Cupcake! Love the colours, and especially the button on top, how clever of you, Maria undoubtedly will be very pleased. How good of you!

Queen-Size funny bone said...

Beautiful kitty and nie bazzar goodies.

Daniela said...

Thank you for visiting my blog! The little cupcakes are so sweet. I think the girl will like it very much. And your cat is so cute, I love it.
Greetings from Austria!

indicaspecies said...

I always end up smiling when I reach your blog. Have a lovely day!

Judy Merrill-Smith said...

Look at that hat, and that cat, and that cake! (I sound like Dr. Seuss.) I love all the bits and pieces that you share on your blog. Thank you!

Jeannelle said...

No, don't even try....I'm not ready to be in the Christmas mood.

I like the little cow creamer! And, the lovely colors in the cupcake hat!

Cloudia said...

pouting cat Poetic & lovely!!

i beati said...

I love the day to simply reflect - how blessed am I?

Julie Schuler said...

What would knitting be without cats, besides efficient and fur free and untangled? That recipe sounds lovely. I would like to make something coffee-themed, as a treat for my selfish self, something the kids wouldn't even want to eat.

Inland Empire Girl said...

I love this post with the heart, the cupcake, and the great recipe. I am eager to try it!