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Catching Up

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Whew.  Almost three weeks since my last post.  That’s crazy.  And now it’s September.  That’s even crazier.  Where did the summer go?  As I’ve told you, things have been crazy around here for a few months and now that things are sort of, kind of, a little bit not as crazy, I’m trying this:

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Here’s what’s been going on….

I made some more pickles:

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I worked on my Rhombus Feather Shawl:

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It’s coming along nicely, however I keep wanting it to be the color of the pattern picture on Ravelry (click up there to see it).  I love this color green, and I love, Love, LOVE this Quince & Co. Chickadee yarn, but I want it to be that purple color.

I’ve also been obsessed with these two things, which also happen to be relaxing:

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And I got this, so now I’m making all kinds of plans for fall baking:

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Then, to really get into the relaxing theme, we went on a little weekend jaunt to Cape Cod.  On the way, we drove through my alma mater:

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So much has changed since I went there frffrmphr years ago.  What’s that? You didn’t hear how long ago that was? Sorry you missed it. (Twenty-four.)  Many more buildings and amenities and restaurants and cafes and stores.  I kept telling Paul, “When I went here there was Domino’s and a Wawa.  That’s it.”

Now?  Price Chopper, Moe’s, Jamba Juice, Mooyah burgers, Geno Auriemma’s restaurant and this:

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THIS!!!  I would have LOVED to have this when I went here.

We, of course, couldn’t skip this:

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So. Good.  This picture makes those cups look kind of small.  We got “two scoops”.   I think their scoopers are half-gallon sized.  But So. Good.

On the way to the Cape, I worked on my One-Way Tee, which has been in time out since the ripping-out-two-times-because-I’m-an-idiot-knitter-sometimes incident:

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While we were there, I finished the back, finally!

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We did a lot of looking at this:

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Then, at low tide, walked waaaaaaay out on the flats at Rock Harbor:

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(We walked from waaaaay back there.)  And watched some people harvesting oysters:

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Later, at a restaurant, we heard someone ask where the oysters were from and they were from here!

We ate our favorite fried foods.  Twice.

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The second picture is from Arnold’s.  Hands down the best onion rings, fish fry and fried clam strips.  (And salad.  We had to have some sort of vegetables eventually.)

And of course, this:

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We had a nice morning view from our motel room:

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Then we did some more of this:

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So we would remember this:

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Cinnamon-Streusel Coffeecake

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Prior to getting my Sift magazine in the mail, I had my eye on this Cinnamon-Streusel Coffeecake from King Arthur Flour.  Just something that looked yummy and I wanted to try it.  So, keeping in mind that I was teaching two knitting classes this weekend, and therefore could bring it to those classes and have most of it be consumed by others not in this household (because *spoiler alert* if it stayed here it would  have been eaten in one day flat), I tried it.

Batter:

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Cinnamon-brown-sugar-with-a-little-cocoa-for-color filling:

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More batter:

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Spreading that second layer of batter was tricky:

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Swirly, swirly, swirly, swirl:

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Crumb topping:

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Ready for the oven:

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Done!:

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Or, rather, a little over-done.  I had to cook it a little longer because the middle was still wet when I tested it with a toothpick, but then the bottom got a little too browned, and the edges got a little too hard/crispy. Note to self: check oven temperature accuracy.

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HOWEVER….

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It was still SO.  VERY. YUMMY!  Especially 20 minutes out of the oven, which was when Paul and I tried it (he made a special trip in from the garage where he was working on restoring a step stool and a scooter).

It got good marks from the yarn shop customers and my knitting classes too:

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(This was the Triangle Shawl class, to learn about increasing and changing colors and lace and applied edgings – we used the Duane Park Triangle pattern.)

This recipe is a keeper for sure.

AND, one of my class participants (who-took-both-of-my-classes-that-day-and-whose-first-class-had-three-women-in-it-and-they-were-all-named-Kathy-what-do-you-think-of-that?) brought in two knitted items to show me:

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Knit using my Bulky Twisted Rib Hat pattern and my Easy Cozy Cowl pattern!!!  She said she loves them and she thought the patterns were very well written.  Hooray!

And, if you thought I was too busy with all this baking and teaching to finish Paul’s slippers, you would be wrong!:

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Ready to be felted.  As soon as I finish the laundry.  Which would take me a whole lot less time if I would remember to put the cover of the washer down so the load of laundry would actually get washed.  And as an unrelated, but sort of related side note, I also prepared something for the crock pot and then forgot to turn on the crock pot, so now we are having something else for dinner.  It’s been one of those days.  I’m blaming it on the daylight savings time change.  Because of that, I am off to read my Sift.