Archives from May 2012

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, May 18th, 2012 in Sheri's Recipes

Mmmmm – I love peanut butter and bananas. Does anyone else still eat peanut butter and banana sandwiches, like I do? Very filling. And yummy. I came across a recipe for these smoothies on Pinterest (where else?) and we tried them last week. They taste like peanut butter ice cream and are so filling. Great for a snack, but also great for breakfast.

Peanut-Butter-Banana-SmoothiesPeanut Butter Banana Smoothies (serves 2)

2 frozen bananas, sliced*
1/4 cup oats
1/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup milk
3-4 ice cubes

Put oats in blender and blend until they’re powdery.  Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Share with a friend. (Or eat half and freeze the other half for tomorrow.)

*I froze the bananas whole. They were easy to slice frozen. The skins will turn black in the freezer, but the insides are great.

Happy weekend!

Sheri  bettingthatchocolatesyrupdrizzleontop


What Color is Your Canoe?

Photo: Sheri Berger
Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 in Camp Loopy

Have you gotten your Camp Loopy order in yet? Today is the last day for Store Week, so jump in! Last year we had a lot of fun with different Camp Loopy threads on the Loopy Groupie board on Ravelry. We divided people up each month to talk and chat and encourage each other onward and it was a fun way for fellow campers to get to know one another. We’ll do the same this summer, making sure that each month/project gets a new group designation, so that you have a chance to meet a lot of different campers! (Please note – this is totally optional and just for fun. You can certainly attend Camp and not participate in a thread on Ravelry’s Loopy Groupie board.)

For our first project, we’re all knitting a 400+ yd. project using a pattern by a designer from a country other than our own. Most of you have picked your patterns and colors (with the remaining few of you doing so today, right?). For the Ravelry threads this first month, we’re dividing you up by Canoe color. We’ll have:

Purple/Red Canoes
Blue Canoes
Green Canoes
Yellow/Orange Canoes
Brown/Black Canoes
Crazy Canoes

Your Canoe color comes from the predominant color in your Project One yarn. (Even those of you knitting the Color Affection – and there are a LOT of you! – will be using one color more than the other two. In that pattern, the color you start out with on that shawl will be used the most in your project.) If your project yarn doesn’t fit into one of the regular colors listed above, then we’ll just call you a Crazy Canoe-r.

We’ll get the Canoe Groups started shortly over on the Loopy Groupie board on Ravelry* and then you can start paddling in your Canoe group. Knitting on Project One starts May 27th!

Sheri gladit’sjustpretend.Canoeingmakesmyarmstired.

(*You do need a free Ravelry account for this optional Camp activity. Ravelry provides a great forum for knitting discussions, for those who’d like to participate.)

Cascade Superwash Sport, Dream in Color, and more!

Photo: Sheri Berger
Monday, May 14th, 2012 in Shop News

Whew – busy day here at Loopy Central today. We have lots of camper packages going out! Are you camping along with us this summer? Read all about Camp Loopy here. We’d love to have you join us. I also added a Camp Loopy 2012 Blog Button to the side of my blog, which you’re welcome to use on your own blogs if you’d like.

We did take time out at the end of the day to work on tonight’s Update for you. This week? Bags and yarn. :-) We just added in:

Cascade Superwash Sport - Available in 50 different colors, this line is great for sweaters, vests, blankets, kid/baby items, and anything that you’d like to be able to toss in the washer and dryer. We have 45 colors available now, with the last 5 on backorder. (We are also adding in Cascade 220 Superwash Worsted in a couple of weeks, for all of you who have been asking for it.)

Dream in Color Starry - We re-stocked the regular colors and added in several of the new colors that we’ve never ordered in Starry before. This is a gorgeous batch – one of our prettiest ever in this base. Starry is perfect for shawls, hats and scarves, but also fun for socks, mittens and gloves. Shown above in Emerald Darkness.

Atenti – new fabrics in the Overnighters. Just up: Monet Sun, Autumn, Tropic Sage, and Aqua Rust. They’ve also brought back the popular Camelia Sky fabric.

Atenti – new style – the Baguette. This cute bag currently comes in 5 fabrics and is the perfect size for socks and one-skein shawls. Dimensions are 15 x 5 x 4, with long over-the-shoulder straps. Shown here in Denim Bloom.

Chic-a Bags – all styles and colors re-stocked.

Have fun checking out all of the new things and we’ll be busy packing up your orders tomorrow and Wednesday.

Sheri whostillhasn’tdecidedonherfinalCampLoopyProjectOne

Special Breakfast Tomorrow?

Photo: Sheri Berger
Friday, May 11th, 2012 in Sheri's Recipes

Do you ever make something special for breakfast on the weekends? If so, you’re going to want to try this new recipe that I made last weekend. It’s oh-holy-cow yummy. It’s going to be on my menu for all special breakfasts in the foreseeable future! (Also appropriate for dessert any time.)

Buttery-Cinnabun-CakeButtery Cinnabun Cake (originally from Picky Palate)

3 cups flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup butter, melted

Topping: 1 cup butter (softened), 1 cup brown sugar, 2 Tbsp. flour, 1 Tbsp. cinnamon

Glaze: 2 cups powdered sugar, 5 Tbsp. milk, 1 tsp. vanilla

Mix all cake ingredients together except for the butter. Mix well and then slowly add the 1/2 cup melted butter as your mixer continues to mix. Pour batter into greased 9 x 13 pan.

Mix topping ingredients until well blended. Drop evenly over the top of the batter and swirl lightly with a knife.

Bake at 350 degrees for 28-32 minutes.

Top with glaze while warm.

My friend Jody says she can tell I have a sweet tooth by all of the dessert recipes I choose to pin on Pinterest. I ask you – is there anything wrong with that? No, there is not.

We’re having fun seeing all of the yarn and colors you’re picking out for your Camp Loopy projects! I have to say, it’s making me go back and forth about my final choice. I’m the one who goes through and applies the discount to your orders, so I’ve taken note of what each and every one of you are picking out. Such pretty colors and combinations. I need to just stop looking.

Have a great (sweet) weekend – with or without Cinnabun Cake!

Sheri whogetsherbestrecipesoffofPinterest

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