Another in my white on white (not) series, Patience. It is made of cotton and silk, with a zipper bit. I like this one a lot, and I’m thinking it might be the contrast that I like. Or it may be the tidy edges, and straightish lines of stitches. Number 187
I just added the buttons, like it better now. The little jolt of gold on the opposite side from the zipper bit is nice.

Today I will give you a recipe. My friend Susie gave me one for German Apple Cake. I modified it by reducing the flour, sugar and oil, and adding oats for fiber. I also increased the nuts. The original recipe called for walnuts, but I only had 1/4 cup. And I eliminated the frosting, and will dust with confectioners’ sugar instead. I also added the banana and raisins, because they were here. Please tell me if you like it. (We just ate some, and damn, I’m good.) There is only a hint of banana taste, it’s mostly toasted pecans, apples and cinnamon flavors. My house smells like heaven.

Kats’ Apple Cake

1+½ cups flour
½ cup oats
1+½ cups sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1tsp. soda
½ tsp. salt
4 apples, chopped
1 banana, chopped
1/3 cup raisins
2 eggs, beaten
¾ cup oil
1Tbsp. Water
Mix all dry ingredients. Add all wet ingredients, and mix well.

Top with:
¼ cup walnuts
¾ cup pecans
Bake at 350* for 45-60 minutes.

Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar before serving.

 This is my creative act for today. An 8 quart pot of stuffed cabbage, just put it on to cook. Number 172, even though we’ll eat it.

And a 5 quart pot of stuffed cabbage. This one has all the small rolls, made with the inside cabbage. I hope I remember to take some over for Deb, who also loves to eat good heritage-flavored food.

 Yesterday I had an art day. My friend Kathy came over, and we painted fabric. The first thing I did was make a face stencil.

 I painted some faces with my stencil. It looked pretty good, so I filled this cloth. All the fabric I used was stuff I hand dyed in the past. This one may be a whole cloth quilt.

 Not sure what I wanted to do next, I made plus and minus signs and curls on this dotted piece. I think I’ll probably cut strips from it.

 The stamping and squares here were started at an art getaway a couple summers ago. I added the bottom rows, and did a little more painting.

 More curls, another face, and I’m getting in the groove.

The last thing I did was paint a pear. I saw a picture in a book that I liked, and wanted to make a pear like it. I have a long way to go to feel skilled at painting. But this was a very fun day. This makes 168 pieces this year.