Archive for January, 2010


Sunday, January 17th, 2010

It was a beautiful day on Saturday and on the spur of the moment, knowing there was snow predicted for Sunday, we drove to New Paltz for lunch and some wandering.

I found an old slotted spoon for my collection.

Some of the holes are not fully drilled, the hole in the handle is off-center. Perfectly imperfect.

pine cones

Monday, January 11th, 2010

It was very windy over the holidays and when I went out to get kindling one morning I ended up gathering armloads of pine cones, blown down from the Norway spruce. For fun I filled a casserole dish with them, tightly lined up side by side.

A couple of days ago I found some of the cones on the floor and thought I knew for sure who the culprits were. But last night we heard a strange sound and when we investigated, discovered that the cones have been expanding in the heat and popping themselves out and away.

Not everything can be blamed on the woozles.


Saturday, January 9th, 2010

new year cake

Friday, January 1st, 2010

I made a Cranberry Upside-Downer Cake for the New Year’s party I went to last night. It was yummy. Emphasis on past tense.

The recipe is from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking from my Home to Yours. I came across the book at the library and have since realized that every baker on the internet has been using it for years. Where was I?

I once had a German roommate who baked a cake every Saturday. God, that was a great year. We would sit perched on Indian bedspread-covered chairs and couches and eat our way through her delicious kuchen.

I’m thinking 2010 should be the Year of the Cake. I love to bake but almost never make cakes — time to rectify this. In my old roommate’s honor I think I’ll try a Bundt next.