Ravelry, Heath Bars and Contests!

ravelry-bobIt 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.

heath-bar-coffee-cakeHeath Bar Coffee Cake

Mix together:

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
1 egg

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.

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17 comments on “Ravelry, Heath Bars and Contests!

  1. Congrats on reaching 5000 members, probably more by now, in the Loopy Groupie forum. I am sure you will have no problem finding something suitable for that beautiful shawl. Maybe something in your personal stash?

  2. Well, yay for 5000!

    And I am always looking for “THE” definitive recipe. I will make yours and see if it is the coffee cake recipe of my dreams.

    However, Heath or Skor bars never last long enough to be used in a cake.

  3. Hey, Sheri: I just finished Batik and I used the Madtosh light merino colorway sequoia that I got at The Loopy Ewe. Just took it off the blocking wires today and took some pictures which I should get up on Ravelry today or tomorrow. The Madtosh was good for Batik because it accented the cables and lovely scallops. Anyway, if you want to see my project, it is under my Rav name janineny2001. Be prepared to cast on an enormous amount of stitches.

  4. I love the idea of sharing all of the awesome patterns and projects that are on Ravelry. It is so huge, that it is completely possible to miss the gems that are everywhere!

  5. But I need something to make on a hot day — suddenly it is 83 here in Texas! While I wasn’t a big fan of 15 degrees, 83 is a bit much.

  6. Congratulations on reaching such an auspicious occasion!!! We do have a good time over there! Thanks for the coffee cake recipe! Guess who’s going to be doing some baking this week-end! Love the shawl— I’m thinking something with silk in it might be calling. Hope you will let us know what you ended up with.

  7. That coffeecake is one of my all time favorites. My recipe is so old it tells you how many nickel candy bars to use! Fond memories of Mom making that. Thanks for the reminder that it’s time to do it again!