snack saturday

Peanut Butter Fudge Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup water
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
16 ounces (about 1 & 1/2 cups) creamy peanut butter
For the icing:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
16 ounces confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9” x 13” baking pan.
Whisk together flour, sugar, and baking soda in a large bowl. Set aside.
Place butter in a medium saucepan. Melt over medium heat.
Stir in cocoa powder. Then, stir in water, buttermilk, and eggs. Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture boils.
Remove the mixture from the heat and add to flour mixture. Stir until smooth. Stir in vanilla.
Transfer batter to prepared pan and spread evenly.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Then, spread the peanut butter over the cake. Allow to cool completely.
To make the icing, place the sifted confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl. Set aside.
Combine butter, buttermilk, and cocoa in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture begins to boil.
Remove from heat and pour over confectioners’ sugar. Stir until smooth. Stir in vanilla.
Spread icing over peanut butter. The cake can be served immediately or can sit at room temperature to allow the icing to set.

Christmas past

Was looking through my client quilt pictures and realized I hadn't blogged some extra special Christmas quilts.

This first one was pieced by Janice; I love this quilt.


Janice didn't want any quilting on the pieced sections of the blocks, just to keep the quilting simple.
I went with a simple stipple in the block backgrounds.


This block cracks me up


Next, this gorgeous McKenna Ryan quilt by Sharon.


So many pieces!!


I did a lot of stippling, echoing, and ditching. A lot of ditching.


I did a ribbon stitch in the inner border and ditched the outer one.


Very fun!

Lastly, this embroidery quilt for Hamels Quilt Store


The center tree, it took 8hours for the piecer to trace it out. In total, she was at over 30hours of time with the embroidery alone. 

I darkened some of the pictures so you can see the details easier.


Hamels didn't want any quilting on the embroidery so I went with a somewhat tight stipple to get the embroidery to pop.

This block. Love.



The borders were going to be scalloped after quilting so I kept it simple and went with beadboard quilting.


And the tree


Unfortunately, there was quite a bit of fullness in the block so I had to make my stipple more of a meander to get it all squished in.
I also did some quilting in all the 'snow' on the tree.

The kit can be purchased here; if you hurry, maybe you can finish it for this Christmas! 













quilt monday

I saw this quilt on Instagram and immediately started making it.


I used some charm packs of First Crush and the pattern can be purchased here.



quilted with Tickle Too

I adore this binding.


Have a free evening? You could easily make one too!





tidbits

I posted in December about these Jelly Roll Star quilts that were a class offered by a local quilt store. I was able to get in on a class this past Saturday.


I have all my blocks together and hope to assemble the quilt top tomorrow on my day off.

I also finished the appliquing of a new snowman quilt.


Now to get the embroidery bits finished. 

I also got the last fabrics I was waiting for to make a quilt for Boy1.
I'm excited about making an all solids quilt and even more that we are using Grunge solids.


Maybe I'll get one of these finished this week!



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