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… well thank God – not literally.

So, my friend’s birthday is tomorrow and I decided that I would make her a cake. However, she is Romanian so when asked what her favorite cake is, her response was ‘Dobos Torte.’ I had never heard of it but I figured, ‘Heck, I can make that!’ Turns out this cake is a multi-layer project. But I still figured I could do it but it was going to involve some intense planning. Yesterday morning started off by being in the grocery store before 8 so I could grab what I needed before heading to school at 8. I did manage to leave school by 5 in the afternoon which was key. The recipe said that the cake would take 1.5 hours which I completely did not believe and it turns out, I was right.

I got home, threw my dinner together and started to go to town on this cake. The recipe called for 9 egg whites and let me tell you, those eggs did not want to split nicely but I eventually got all of them into the bowl and whipped them up. And just to let you know, when you beat 9 egg whites, there is a drastic change in volume. But I got everything together and then it was time to cook off the first layer. I started to put it in the spring form pan and thought ‘Wow, these are going to be realllllly thin layers!’ and then realized I was using a 10” spring form pan rather than a 9”. Thankfully, I corrected that mistake before I put it in the oven.

So the first layer is in and I decided to do my dishes so I could stay on top of them. So there I am, washing away, and I realize something is burning. Well, this is just 10 kinds of not good. I go into the oven to see that the new spring pan had a piece of paper attached to the bottom of it which was trying to burn. I took that out, and that layer came out awesome. I put the next one in and then looked at the batter carefully. I was supposed to get 6 layers out of the batter – I ended up with four. God only knows where the other two went. But those all cooked off nicely.

Then, I was feeling ambitious so I decided to make the chocolate butter cream and the caramel even though I had back up plans for both if they didn’t work (with me, back up plans are key). But at one point there was powered sugar and cocoa powered all over the place and all over me. And then I added too much milk to the butter cream so I had to add more powered sugar and cocoa until it even back out. In short, typical Colleen.

So I was two-thirds of the way done and I had to make caramel to go over the top. I am scared to death of making caramel because if that jumps out of the pan, that is serious. So I am making the caramel and talking to it trying to convince it to behave. It cooked down like it was supposed to and then I drizzled it over the top, put the extra in the sink, put water in the pan and then realized what a stupid thing that was to do. The caramel started to inflate in the pan causing me to be completely scared of my sink. But I eventually got it all worked out. And then you were supposed to let everything chill for 6 hours – ummm, nope! So I put it together last night and this is the result:


Ultimate test is later today when we eat it. Making cakes is tricky – there is no way to taste test before giving it to someone.

Now my plans involve this:

And I’m super excited about it!

Cheers =)



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Have you ever seen those shirts for babies that say, ‘I’m the reason we can’t have nice things’? I found out today that I am the reason small groups don’t work.

It was decided that 2.5 hours of class on small groups for our ‘How To TA Sessions’ would work out nicely. I’m not a big fan of small groups but we had to get in small groups to discuss them. Then we were giving our answers out loud to the class and I hadn’t said an answer in my group because I thought it fell under another category. When I mentioned this to someone, they looked at me and said, ‘And you’re the reason why small groups don’t work out’ and they are exactly right! I don’t like sharing information and small groups really aren’t my thing so the comment made me laugh =) But thanks to this class I now have firm hand how to run effective small groups.

Orientation has been pretty awesome. The people here are wonderful, so open, and so welcoming. I was a little people deprived because I moved down here last Wednesday and didn’t have a real in person conversation until Monday so I was thrilled to be around people again. But in addition to classes and sessions, we have been doing other things just to get to know each other which is super fun and I feel just truly happy to be here =)

But you know, there is down time in during orientation and you better believe I pulled that thneed out.

It’s pretty awesome explaining it whenever I pull it out =) And people have quite a favorable reaction to the Fun Fur (who wouldn’t?). I have now officially finished all four arms and am about to cast on for the major connecting piece. I plan on typing up this pattern this upcoming weekend and posting it for your viewing pleasure =)

Andddd the incredible Darci found this link and shared it with me. It’s about crocheting an ideal sphere. It totally reinforces and validates my senior project which looked at the mathematics that can be found in knitting. Too cool =)

Cheers =)

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So remember how I mentioned eye problems? Well, they have compounded so, suffice it to say, I won’t be knitting for a day or two. Not to mention, my knitting is smirking at me from the corner of the living room because, currently, the directions are being difficult. But because I can’t really post anything new, I’m posing a throwback.

This was inspired by patterns in Tasty Crochet by Rose Langlitz. I took her sushi roll pattern and followed it. However, I made the ginger by following her lettuce pattern and using a different color. The wasabi is actually modeled off the head pattern I made for my Eve doll from Wall-E. I then got velcro and velcroed all the pieces to a plate I got from the dollar store along with chopsticks also purchased at the dollar store. Simple little art piece that I think is pretty cool to look at =)

Cheers =)

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Hello, I am a guest blogger today. I appear as a model for some of Colleen’s earlier projects, and she is a dear friend of mine. Colleen has asked me to share a craft today. My sister has really taken off with these, so I’m posting her projects instead of mine.

These lovely home furnishings were crafted by the fabulous Kimberlyn B., art student and craft lover. These are super cool – tee shirts crocheted into a rug. Kimberlyn experimented by making one large, multicolored rug:ImageShe then decided to take it apart and go a bit more color-coordinated, resulting in several crazy awesome ones.


Here is Kimberlyn posing with her rugs. She is quite proud of them, and rightly so, since cutting apart each tee shirt and adding it to the rug takes about 30-45 minutes. When asked about how many tee shirts she has cut so far, she answered, “A million…” However, her more accurate estimate is “probably over 70.”

I love you, Colleen!! Thank you for allowing me to contribute to your blog. I sincerely hope I get to knit with you someday at Charlie Murdoch’s 🙂


-Bethany B.

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It is officially the Monday of the week before finals! School work isn’t going too badly either. Last week, I did my senior math presentation which knocked out my Math Seminar. Then, I found out that I do not have Economics anymore because I was happy with my grade as it is, so there goes another class. This weekend, I had my Probability final to work on. I had to choose 10 problems out of 13 and found out 4 of the problems were on a chapter I wasn’t required to learn. Tricky. But I was able to complete that final. Once I turn that in, I have one less class. This week, I have an Abstract Algebra test and I am playing in a piano recital which is completely manageable. Once, I finish this semester, it is on to France. As of today, I am officially one month and one day out from my adventure to France!

I did have knitting time this weekend as well! I finished my scarf.

Okay, I am 99% done – I have ends that need tucked in =]

I also started on my next project which is a pair of hand socks long over due for a friend.

Well, it is barely started but started nonetheless =]

And today the knitting that I left at home is coming up to school and I am super excited to get that hat project back!

Have a rich and wonderful day =]

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Flannel Friday

Today, I am celebrating Flannel Friday

and I am so comfy and so happy with this decision.=]

And I have been crocheting like a champ! I finished the black and purple hand socks and now I finished the next set too!

They are fraternal, not identical hand socks which I am completely okay with. I love how each of them turned out. If you are looking for the pattern for these hand socks here it is. While you are there, poke around – all of the projects are very nicely put together. And they are quite a quick crochet. I had to modify the pattern while I was going along (always a little tricky when it is the first time you are using the pattern) because I think a) the pattern was meant for someone with really little hands and b) I crochet really tight. But it worked out great.

Quick story: Just a reminder before starting, I am a math and computer science major. And I always carry my computer with me. I did realize at one point that not everyone carries their computer with them which I can understand. However, the other day in my Economics class, my teacher asked everyone to bring a calculator for the rest of the week and I was stunned. It never even occurred to me that people may not always carry a calculator around. Not only do I carry my calculator, I also carry the cord to give people programs off of my calculator (but even I know that is really nerdy =] ).

Scary thought: I am out of knitting/crocheting and I go home on Tuesday – the weekend should be interesting =]

Have a completely lovely and relaxing weekend =]

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“If you are happy with the simpler things in life, you are happier more often.’ I completely agree with this quote. And let me tell you that having two eggs over easy for breakfast goes a long way towards making my day a good one.

Obviously one of the eggs had been demolished by the time I took the picture but I promise it was there =]

*Happy dance!* I finished applying to all my American grad schools!!!!! I did such a happy dance when I realized this, I made myself temporarily dizzy but it was well worth it. This now means I have free time so look what I did.

That’s right – I finished both of my hand socks and even tucked the ends in on one. And …

I’m ready to go for the next pair!!!! Life is going well and I will give a considerable amount of credit to my eggs over easy =]

Have a great one =]

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