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Yummy Pumpkin Cake.

Here’s an amazing pumpkin cake recipe I’ve been making for years. It’s an easy one and is so great for cooler days, usually fall but hey I’m just a touch late to the party. It’d be yummy for the holidays too!

Here’s what you’ll need to gather up,

Dry stuffs
3 cups flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice *buy it or better yet, make it*
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Wet stuffs
4 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
15 ounces (a touch under 2 cups) of pumpkin puree
2 tsp vanilla extract

Icing
3/4 cup icing sugar
1 1/2 tbsp lemon

Mix the dry stuffs in a big bowl.

Mix the wet stuffs in another bowl and then add the dry to the wet and mix it all up.

The recipe calls for using a bundt cake pan, I suppose you could use another kind but I have no idea how that would effect the baking time. Plus it looks really cool from a bundt pan, honest. So you need to grease up the pan somehow, I use butter and smear it around the pan with a paper towel.

Pour in the batter and level it out a bit.

Bake at 375F for 55-60 minutes. When it seems done bring it out and let it cool in the pan for about 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes flip it over and hope that it pops right out in one nice piece. It’s going to need to cool a bit more, about 15 minutes, so use this time to make the icing.

Take the icing sugar and add the lemon juice to it. When I first made this it seemed like such a strange combo but it’s really great paired with the cake.

Now here’s something I’ve learned making this over and over – if you’re going to serve it right away go ahead and drizzle the icing on top of the cake and let it run down and look all Martha Stewart and gorgeous for a minute before everyone devours it. If you’re taking it somewhere or just eating it at home with your family and it’s going to take days – keep the icing on the side and just drizzle it on each piece. I find it will soak into the cake and get it all soggy if you let it sit too long. Trust me, the presentation is still great even if you do it piece by piece.

A new addiction.

Mid July I was taken to watch roller derby for the first time. I was smitten.

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Then I did something sort of kinda crazy, I signed up for roller derby fresh meat camp and I invested in my first pair of roller skates.  Before then I’d been on roller skates a grand total of two times I think. So it’s been an interesting 2+ months.

roller derby me

There’s me on my skates for the first-ish time. Petrified out of my mind. So afraid to fall (which is crazy with all that gear on, you really can’t get ‘hurt’ just going down on your gear). Didn’t know how to stop, too scared to really *go*. Looking back now it’s pretty silly.

derby tara

In the 10 weeks I learned a whole lot! I can do a bunch of things I never thought I’d be able to master, especially at 39 and in a few weeks. I also have a lot of things to improve on and look forward to doing so!

I’ve even cleared my living room out to practice balance and foot work when I couldn’t get out.

derby living room me

There were some bumps along the way for sure. But the outfits are fun and it’s a good workout.

derby outfit bruise

If you live sorta of kinda close to me check out Durham Region Roller Derby it’s a thing and it’s really awesome to watch or participate in and it’s allll over so you can find it near you too.

Giveaway Day!!

Why hello there! I’m giving away one scrappy wallet to some lucky winner! I will ship internationally (that’s anywhere in the world because you’re worth it). Please leave a comment below and make sure there’s a way for me to contact you. These are stock photos of some of my past wallets but I assure you the wallet will be adorable and meet all your accessorizing needs. We can chat about colours and patterns later.

I’ll love you forever if you like my Facebook page, I’m so close to 1000 likes!

Giveaway open until December 12 at 5 p.m. PST.
Winner will be emailed on December 14.
Go here to enter more giveaways!

Art Journaling

Well I signed up for this class and I’m excited!

Creativebug

I watched the first week for a bit while sewing and scrawled a list of all the fun supplies I wanted to run out and buy so badly. But then I just went on an organizing binge because, truthfully, I own most of that fun stuff already I just had to unearth it from my craft area.  I dug out a ton of adhesives and markers and pens and my water colour pencils . . . I have quite the stash ready to get creative with!

So I’m off to finish a sewing WIP and then sit with my sketchbook and hitagain!

Another one.

I bought another bag. I did it before with this one.

Then I did it again with this one.

Now I’ve done it with this one.
Same style I already have, just in another awesome colour.
This bag is great, I have little words to tell you how awesome it is.

I still want the grey one.

I may have a problem.

Check out the whole shop selection here.

New Jewlery display for my room

I had this.

I wanted things more spread out. So I built this.

It was just 4 pieces of wood making a square on the back and the pegboard on the front. I had my lovely little boys help me sand and paint it too.

Then I moved everything back onto it.

And kept adding.

Ta da!

I did something wild and crazy . . . again.

So yeah, I’m Canadian and I can mediocrely skate. I can roller blade. No cross overs, turning is okish, stopping involves walls and other people usually. But a few weeks ago I went to see a roller derby play off game and well, I was hooked.

Then I watched another game in another city.

Then I watched a scrimmage at the park which was also a ‘Meet and Greet’.

Then I signed up.

If your localish and want to sign up too, click the banner.

There I am practicing at the park rink. Looking tentative but honestly I did really well. I did tumble after about an hour, then was quite wobbly for a few minutes and I realized I should probably call it a night and get off my skates (I did do an hour of personal training that day and get a painful type of massage on my hip area which I had iced before heading out). I even managed to get up unassisted on my own after lying on my back and staring at the sky for a moment.

I’ll have to warn everyone if I’m away from school unexpectedly on a Monday morning it’s because I did something bad at practice Sunday night!

Finally quilted my lap quilt!

My mom bought me a really nice fluffy soft blanket for my birthday a few years ago. It lives in a basket next to the couch. It’s cozy. However, when it’s not in the basket it’s wrapped around one of my children! I can’t get a turn with my own blankie!! So I decided to make my own.

I went with squares of Japanese fabrics and just tried to use a bunch of a favourites. It’s pretty busy.

For the top stitching I used free motion quilting. I’m *very* new at that so it’s quite wonky in places but that’s ok, it’s my blankie and I made it with love.

I just have to do some trimming and squaring up and then bind it. Off to cut the fabric for that now!

Crafting away with Netflix

Making hair clips and catching up on shows. I’ll hit the sewing machine over the weekend. Promise.

Surrounded with art and creativity to get me back into art and creativity

So many months, so many WIP’s in my craft space, so much time lost, so many ideas! Well it’s time to get cracking! Since I’m off for the summer I should be able to handle this blog thing I’ve missed so much and the creative addiction I used to have. Lost my way for a bit but I’m back to spread my creative wings once again, but I’m going to try to do it in a realistic way. Isn’t it just the worst to make promises to ourselves that we can’t keep and raise the bar so high it’s impossible to get there. New leaf, new plan.

I spent time on Canada Day, translation July 1st, wandering the arts and crafts tent display at the Cobourg Waterfront Festival and I was apparently in the mood for some art because I picked up a few gems.

I walked away with two prints and a pendant necklace from Moon House Art. She has an Etsy shop as well, I picked up a fairy print, the fox in the woods and a pendant with this image in it.

I also fell in love with Cori Lee Marvin’s work. It’s breathtaking. I love watercolours and used to paint them often, something that I haven’t done in ages and ages. Her work is super realistic and absolutely amazing. She also has an Etsy shop.

I picked up this print, shocking I’m sure.

I’m also going back some day for this one, the colours in person are beautiful and I figured together with a sewing machine it was a good pairing for a crafty sometime blogger!

It was a super day browsing crafts, chatting with creative people and expanding my bedroom art wall (soon to be three walls because I have an addiction!)