cake.

Last night, I whipped up a simple depression era classic: whacky cake. It was popular during times when pockets were tight and access to cooking items like eggs, and milk, and flour were scarce. This cake has no dairy and features vinegar, which gives a distinct, red velvet-esque type taste.

Its so simple and moist and delicious without any kind of frosting.

Grab the recipe over here.

wip: striped noro.

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I’ve made so many striped noros. They are a go-to when I need a fast knit that makes me feel accomplished in less than a week. Plus, I haven’t met a soul who doesn’t adore these scarves when gifted one.

Jared Flood is a damn genius.

Just another Noro Striped Scarf in Noro Silk Garden for my guy. He can never have too many of these because the color combinations are endless. Here he is sporting one in Noro Kureyon for his first Boston February experience last winter.

stash.

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Getting ready for holiday gifts early this year, some gorgeous skeins of Madelinetosh tosh vintage just landed on my doorstep. The 3 skeins of glazed pecan will become a decadent scarf for my guy, and the other skeins will be used in a fair isle motif on a sweater for myself. The leftover yarn will be used for hats and mittens and other small items to be gifted to friends and family this winter.

The other color ways are: applewood (discontinued), tomato, bloomsbury, and steamer trunk.

Aren’t they beauts?

simmering sauce.

Weeknight eating can be tiresome. Home from work, no one to cook for but myself, I sometimes lack inspiration.

This is one of my go-to meals on such nights; mum’s homemade tomato sauce–no frills, just plain, great, home-cooked taste–piled high on a bed of spaghetti.

It looks plain gorgeous right before I hit it with an immersion blender, doesn’t it?

The smell, its just grand.

wip, umbrellas.

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My Umbrellas cardigan is blocking out once before I finally add some sleeves. The pattern calls for a nice short, capped style, but it’s not really practical in Boston, given our weather most of the year, so I’m modifying it to include a full sleeve.

Umbrellas is knit using Malabrigo Yarn Sock in cote d’azure for the main color, and then solis and terra cotta for the accents because I had bits of them laying around.

This is a pretty quick knit once you get passed the short–and simple–color work section. Loads of stockinette in the round which is perfectly mindless for meetings, train rides, movie watching.

morning puzzle.

I’ve always loved puzzles, but after completing this gorgeous 1,000 piece gem in one day, I’ve got the puzzling addiction again. Wouldn’t it be grand if every morning could be complete with coffee, and summer fruit, and solace with a puzzle.

coffee & love.

Hot pressed and cold pressed coffee from the incredible Intelligentsia in Chicago, from me and my guy’s annual windy city pilgrimage for July’s Pitchfork Festival.

If we could do this every day, we’d be, well, straight happy. Of course, if you want to see snaps from the trip, here.