Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Charity Squares, CrockPot Cake & Leo


Happy Tuesday! I hope this finds you all well and happy.

I took a little bit of time this weekend and crocheted some 7x9 squares for Stitchy’s call for donations of squares for victims of the last round of tornadoes that tore through Kentucky. I sent them off yesterday with a note. I’m hoping she will have time to photo them incorporated in a blanket. The two-blue one is parts of the peek blanky I showed. The two colors together are awesome.  And you can see that the other two are ‘different’. :o)  I just finished testing a pattern using the orange and yellow and had them on my table and this other lavender in Caron. I made the orange one first and loved the two colors together. So then I went for it with the yellow and lavender. I’m not too crazy about the yellow and lavender but love the orange and lavender.  All of them are spring colors and kind of Easter colors too. They were kind of a challenge to get to the 7x9 size requirement. I used an f hook and a combination of hdc and sc.


kentucky blanket squares


I’m still working on the sneek peek blanket. It’s that boredom thing going on. I have to do something else and come back to it. I’m starting to run out of time because there will be a baby shower around the 1st of April and I need to be done with it. I started a couple of hats to break up the boredom. One I finished and then I started another last night….although I didn’t get any pics. Sorry. (I counted my hats – 27 so far….my tote filleth up)

I did however get a pic of a crockpot cake I made Sunday. OMG. First ever one I have made like that and it was soooo good. It was so easy to make too. Here’s the recipe:

1 box chocolate cake mix
8 oz sour cream
1 cup chocolate morsels (I used peanut butter)
1 cup water
4 eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 pkg chocolate instant pudding mix
mix it all together, spray crockpot with nonstick spray, pour mix in crockpot. cover and cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours. I went with the high and it was done in 3 hours. You will not be disappointed. I was going to make icing to go on top but decided that since I knew I was going to eat the whole thing myself (over the course of a few days) (comes with the territory of being a single female…lol) that I didn’t need it. And I was right. It was soooo moist. Less calories to worry about. :o)

crockpot cake

We had a few bad thunderstorms Friday night and Saturday night. So Leo was, of course, freaked out. Jack Russell’s are pretty bad little dogs but they (at least the 3 I’ve had) are reduced to mush when a thunderstorm comes along. I got some much needed rain – an inch Friday night and an inch and a half on Saturday night. But I sure could have done without the doggie drama. I pretty much cannot do anything. I tried to sit in my chair crocheting and he crawled up the side of me panting like a little mad man and scratched the crap out of my side. I try to hold him real close and he just won’t have it. I went so far as trying a shirt on him and held it close so that it’s like a thunder shirt. Nope…that didn’t work. I love my baby but that is one aspect I will not miss when he’s gone. I’ve been through it with Misty and Pee and that wasn’t fun. They both used to jump in the bathtub to hide. It was a lot harder when I had them both and a storm came. And Leo wasn’t that bad when he came to live with me but once he saw Pee get scared on the first one it was history. He was scared too from that point on. He never liked fireworks. Jeff used to have a heck of a time with him. He lived in the city and the fireworks every 4th of July were not far from his house and Leo would be like this every time. Now he’s a country dog and thunder storms are his undoing.  I wish he was like this all the time:
Leo napping

In that pic he is sleeping with his head resting against the arm of the recliner.

And lastly is the pattern I was testing for. Mine is the second one in Melissa’s post. That’s what I was using the orange and yellow on. Cute little blanky. :o)

Other than that it’s been nice here weather wise (minus the storms). Oh…and Leo got out of the gate Sunday as I was bringing the wagon back in from taking the garbage down to the road. That’s the first time he’s gotten out. And he would not come back as I called him. He just kept on a going. So I went in the house, got his leash and necklace and started up the truck (which did not want to start because dummy me hasn’t been out there to start it up lately). As I am going down the driveway and round the bend there is Leo, sniffing everything and anything. So I honk the horn and he looks back at me like huh? Who’s honking at me?  I opened the door and called him, he made a circle around the truck and I told him ‘come on…let’s go for a ride’. He jumped right in! :o) Tah-da! Mama’s smarter than the average bear sometimes. lol.  His freedom was short lived but I bet he couldn’t believe his good fortune.

Anyways…I hope your week is full of love, life and laughter. Life is too short for it not to be. Cya soon!



  1. Before I even read your post today, I have to tell you that I thought your title was CRACK POT CAKE!

    ROFLMAO ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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  3. I like the QUAKER, whoops, QUACKER you made.

    Indy sends Leo a High 4!

  4. Thank you so much for making the squares, they are just lovely. You are so wonderful! :)

    Awww my pal Leo having a time with the storms? Poor little guy. I wish there was something that I could think of to settle him down, but I got nothin'. I know he will be ok though, he's got a really good Mom. :)

    I love the cake idea! I'll have to give it a try. :)

    I loved your "Quackers" so very cute...I love test crocheting things, it's a great source to learn new things and it's always cool to get a free pattern too. You did a really great job.

    Wishing you and my pal Leo a wonderful day and no more thunder storms...just quiet rain...

    Blessings always :)

  5. Well that cake sounds yummy. I'm going to try it sometime. Maybe I should try it for Easter! My crock pot is oval shaped...like an egg....hmmmm......

    Poor Leo. Dixie used to get out all the time. We have put boards up around the entire bottom of our fence. When I put the harness on him, he never got out again. I don't know if it's a mental thing, or if he tried and the harness got caught on the fence. No matter, he doesn't get out and I'm glad!

    Cindy Bee

  6. I don't know if it would help your dogs, but thundervests are supposed to be effective for about 80% of dogs who experience storms the way yours do. I had a dog that was a wreck during storms, so I can sure appreciate your weather predicament.

  7. HAve all the ingredients . . it today for our evening" snack.

    Better be as good as you say :0}

  8. How wonderful of you to make the squares. Something I need to do as well. Such a shame so many suffer so much. The cake looks wonderful. Never have used the crock pot for baking, now I think I have to try it. Loved your last sentence. Have a wonderful rest of the weekend.

  9. PAULA and all her CRACKBERRY...and am I related to you..and if so, how?
    Because you were called BARBARA, and you kept sending me VIAGARA - PHARMACEUTICALS.
    And so it's " NO WONDE" that when there were constant emails with CARON,things just started "coming together".
    And it was all the RYSEA- TED SEA- TESS SEA-
    Mr. Lick Lick.
    You like to SUCTIM-SUCCO with PPLOMP?
    Don't you " worry".
    We got all that " STEAMPUNK" for our movie.
    See you in CANNES.

  10. made this today and omg i ate 3 big bowls before the kids got home from school ...on high for 3 hours ...........so good


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