Tuesday, October 02, 2007

I told my husband that I was tagged to do a seven facts about myself, but thought that I was too much like everyone else. He looked at me in disbelief and quickly rattled off seven or eight. Tagged by Hege for the seven truths.
Here are the rules:
1 Link the person who has tagged you 2. Tell 7 true things about yourself 3. Tag 7 new people
4. Leave a message with the person you have tagged so they know about it.

Here goes: (as told by my husband)
1. a germaphobic (yes, a bit I won't/don't eat off of buffets)
2. compulsive (o.k., maybe a little, i am sure you remember the ice)
3. obsessive ( aren't all knitters? O.K., I do tend to play the same song over and over, at least 250 times, whenever I find one i like, this was last weeks)
4. need quiet in the morning (yes)
5. get cold very easily (yes)
6. very laid back ( yes, it takes a lot to ruffle my feathers)
7. claustrophobic (yes, a bit, if the kids come into the bed, I have to be on the edge, but that is really not claustrophobic)

If you read this, consider yourself tagged. Play along if you would like.
You all know I love to bake. If you don't have these ingredients, you better stop what you are doing and go get what you need. This is the absolute best. Recipe was given to me years ago by a friend at my child's preschool.
Cinnamon-apple cake:

1 1/2 cup sugar + 1/4 cup :: 1/2 c butter, softened :: 1 tsp vanilla :: 6 oz cream cheese, softened :: 2 eggs :: 1 1/2 cup flour :: 1 1/2 tsp baking powder :: 1/4 tsp salt :: 2 tsp cinnamon :: 3 cups chopped, peeled rome apples, or any (2 large)
Preheat oven to 350. Beat 1 1/2 c sugar with butter, vanilla, and cream cheese at med speed until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture until blended. Combine 1/4 cup of sugar with cinnamon. Toss this mixture with apples. Stir apple mixture into batter. Pour batter into spring form pan coated with cooking spray. Bake for 60-70 minutes.

And on the knitting front, Charlie's cobblestone is finished.
Just waiting for an opportunity to have a photo shoot. This may take a little bribing.

My kids always ask me what I do all day when they are at school. I giggle and tell them that I play with their toys. I guess I will have to come clean with the fact that I try on their sweaters and wear their bracelets.

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  1. Anonymous10/02/2007

    With the exception of #6, I think you and I may have been separated at birth. I would like to see if there is a study where the connection between OCD and knitting is explored. I can't wait to try the apple cake, and the cobble stone looks great. How many moms can *fit* into their children's clothing?! ;)

  2. Holy smokes! You made short work of that Cobblestone. The cake looks great -- any excuse for cream cheese!

  3. Anonymous10/02/2007

    Giggle!Giggle! on the last part about playing with their toys and sweater! You just humoured me!

    Now, i see how some peculiar traits can be similar to a certain degree with others. All but #1, we tally. Germs don't scare me that much although I don't necessarily eat off the floor etc. I get claustrophobic(sometimes)at malls and big places like that.
    How fast you knit L. You will definitely finish all three sweaters before November. I guess that explains the obssessine knitting?

  4. Anonymous10/02/2007

    my son wears these bracelets - but for the life of me trying to make one like I did long ago is beyond me.. or those friendship bracelts with all my moms embroidery floss :) the cake looks delish! noted in my recipe book --thanks for posting it.

  5. My dh thinks I’m extreme b/c I refuse to roll-up the windows and turn on the a/c in the car – regardless of how hot it is - b/c I’m claustrophobic. Your Cinnamon-apple cake looks uber delicious. Too funny about playing with your childrens' toys when their at school.

  6. Ha-ha, I used to tell my kids the same thing. I love the last photo!

    And yes, we knitters are all a bit obsessive.

  7. I love your blog! The apple cake looks great can't wait to try it out on my family. The cobblestone is beautiful. I made an adult one for my SIL for Christmas, it was a very enjoyable knit. I would love to make one for my 7 year old son but I haven't progressed out of the knit strictly "by the pattern kind of gal." If you have the adjustments you made and would care to share I would be greatful. Thanks for your blogging generosity.

  8. I DO THAT TOO! Listen to a song like 300 times before I get sick of it & stop - it drives my kids nuts. I don't have OCD though I wish I did, I wonder if it's genetic. I try to be more OCDish, but I am way too laid back about too many things, my hubby hates it.
    Sweater looks great!

  9. I'm not at all sure how "laid back" plays out with "germaphobic, complulsive, and claustrophobic", but I'm pretty sure it's got to be a fascinating combination!

  10. That apple cinnamon cake looks absolutely delicious. yum. I think I'll be making one on my day off.

  11. *laughing*

    That's hilarious. I love that you try on their sweaters!

    I love to bake too! I'll have to try out that recipe on my husband - he's always looking for "snacky cakes". I just started baking him bread again... nothing better than a husband who comes into the kitchen... leading by his nose... saying "ooooo - what's THAT?!"


  12. Ummmm, I bet your not as germaphobic as I am:) Do you bring your own little alchol spray on vacations with you to spray down everything in your hotel rooms? I do! The toliet, door knob, phone and remote control. At least I don't have to have my dad yelling at me to wash my hands when I come in from outside everytime. Do that too.
    Ok, you are a total knitting machine! What is in your coffee and please share it with me. LOL
    Super cool braclets!

  13. Can't wait to see the Cobblestone. Nice song and I'm gonna have to run to the store because that cake looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  14. I was just given a large bag of apples this morning so this recipe is perfect!

  15. again with the crazy sweater knitting! i'm in awe that you've got one down, but i'm not surprised.

    i'll be making the cake sometime soon. my daughter requested chocolate chip cookies and the other daughter asked for pumpkin pie, and both want them done today.

    take care! oh and i love your blog's new title banner!

  16. Anonymous10/02/2007

    you crack me up....trying on their sweaters. bet it looks good on you, too.

  17. I loved reading this post.

    that apple cinnamon cake recipe looks fantastic! It has to be good, it has cream cheese in it.

  18. Anonymous10/02/2007

    ack, husbands.

    i like your list. but it does sound like stuff husbands notice. i bet there's more than that that's original about you.

  19. HA!! I just discoverd the wonder of the apple core gadget literally yesterday!!! I LOVE IT!! And also discovered pink lady apples! YUM!!
    I bet that cake is even better! ;o)

    LOL @ bracelets

    Oooh you SO got to get him to model the Cobblestone!!

  20. Anonymous10/02/2007

    Mmm...that looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe - and the facts about you. We have a couple of things in common. :)

  21. thanx heaps for the recipe I have been searching for a nice apple pie/cake recipe to take out the the farm this weekend.... YAY....
    Also.... luv the bracelets did u make em?? would u share the pattern??
    luv Abby

  22. Mmmm... the cake looks so good. I love anything with cream cheese:)

    I can't wait to see Cobblestone. You are so fast!

  23. I love Colbie Caillat and bonus: I have all those ingredients right now on hand!!

  24. i was going to tag you a few days ago but i was afraid you would never speak to me again. you are so much more than your husband's observations... i LOVE your new "header."

  25. Obsessive and Knitting. I'm thinking there might be a connection there - both are a fit with me!

    You finished the Cobblestone fast! Look forward to your photos.

    Cute bracelets!

    P.S. Your blog is one that shows up in all script font… this stinks! I guess I'll need to call my internet provider??? Thanks for letting me know that you are not having this problem on your end - so it's all me :(

  26. mmm - thanks for the recipe - that looks yummy!

    can't wait to see the sweater - cobblestone is such a great pattern!

  27. I am so with you on the edge of the bed thing, I hate being hemmed in by them.

    Love the sweater and the slightly weird fact that you are dressing up in it! Look forward to seeing it further modelled. I love the pattern, was it very difficult to scale down?

  28. Funny! I have to admit a certain fondness for my son's train set... :)

    Cobblestone looks like it came out beautifully, and that apple cake must be delish!

  29. Oh, this was a delight to read! And I think all 7 your true facts could be written about me. :)

    That apple cake is a must try--this week. I am crazy for apples and this looks delicious. I have to invite someone over when I make it though, or else I might eat the whole thing--love apples!

    Charlie's sweater looks great--can't wait to see more of it. And the bracelets--sweet.

  30. Anonymous10/03/2007

    Hee hee! I secretly play karaoke revolution when my kids are at school! The cobblestone looks great - did you noticed that the wool softens up a lot after blocking?

  31. That cake looks so good.

    I hope you can talk your fella into a photo looks so awesome!

  32. You might have moved me away from this song :)
    (I am a firm believer in the 'repeat' button!)

  33. I had a lot of the same seven things. My compulsion is checking and rechecking door locks, stove elements, toilets, before leaving the house. It usually tacks on another five minutes to leaving so i can make sure everything of off and secure and not running.

    You are sneaky. But I like it!

  34. Anonymous10/04/2007

    we have the same names in common. but our lists were quite different. though i do like that colbie song. thanks to your husband for helping you share.

  35. You are such a cool mom. :) :)
    How did I miss another finished sweater!?
    I printed out your cake recipe. I think I am going to make it this weekend. Yummy!

  36. Anonymous10/05/2007

    Oh, hello...are we related? Reading your 7 things, I thought I was reading about myself... except, I am not going to be wearing an of Little Sir's handknits anytime soon!

  37. Thanks for the cake recipe. Just tried it and it tasted great :)

  38. you're hilarious!
    btw, my momma made your cake thing for thanksgiving dessert along with pumpkin pie this weekend. she said, "Leigh-Ann...I got it from A Friend To Knit With"...
    It was cute the way Mom said was proud of her connection to blog world... she said I could tell you this if it was good... and here i am telling you ;) (it was a big hit!) :)