February 18, 2011
It was fun to log on to Ravelry this morning and see that my favorite group (the Loopy Groupies) had hit 5000 members in the past day. Wow! That’s very exciting to us. I love that our board has a lot of active conversations going on, I appreciate how warm and welcoming all of you Loopy Groupies are over there, and I like knowing that if anyone has a question about a pattern or technique or just needs advice and posts on our board, people jump in immediately to help. (Actually, that happens all over Ravelry. What a great group of knitters and crocheters.) In celebration of hitting that 5000 mark, I have a contest going on over there. Just leave a link in the contest thread and we’ll be drawing a winner next week. See the first post on the “5000 Contest” thread for details. I am adding so many projects to my Favorites list over there, as a result of that thread. (Note – this photo is from our post on Ravelry’s Bob, when he was featured in our Loopy Limelight. You can’t have a big reference to Ravelry without Bob’s cute face, right?)
I’m watching our Facebook and Twitter groups, too. We’ll celebrate with a contest when each of those hit 5000 as well. Facebook is close, but we have a ways to go on Twitter. It’s always fun to celebrate with a contest. And speaking of that, we have RED yarn to award to several of you, as a result of our Valentine’s Day blog contest. Most of you found something to appreciate about that day, although a few of you still don’t like it, and that’s ok. I liked reading about all of the Valentine birthdays. And I like that so many of you feel loved the whole year through. We used the Random Number Generator to pull the winners. We’ll be sending beautiful red yarn to: Carol L in NY, Pat F in WV, Marla G in CA, Karen S in MO, MIchelle M in Ontario, Canada, and Kathy R (comment #1102, who was glad she’s SINGLE – but Kathy, I can’t find you in our system – please email me so that we can get your prize out to you!)
Here’s a quick coffee cake recipe to whip up on a cold day. The brown sugar in the mix gives it a caramel-cake kind of taste, and of course the crunchy topping is delicious. We had this here at Loopy on Valentine’s Day to go along with our morning coffee.
1/4 lb. butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
(Reserve 1/2 cup of this for topping.)
Next, add in:
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix and pour batter into greased 9 x 13 pan.
Take the 1/2 cup reserved topping mixture and add in:
1/2 cup crushed Heath bars (or Skor toffee bits)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Mix well and sprinkle over the top of the batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
It’s another long weekend here in the U.S., since Monday is President’s Day (and a no-mail Monday). We’ll be back in on Tuesday to get your orders packaged up from Monday night’s update. We have a big batch of Dream in Color’s Smooooshy with Cashmere that arrived this week, so watch for that to go up on Monday, along with a few other fun things as well.