It was a fast week in Portland, Oregon, with our grandkids. We did make that train cake. The 9-piece mold worked! More low-key decoration than pictured on the recipe--just a little white icing, "Grandma, can I have a piece now?" The Gingerbread Spice quick bread sold by Williams-Sonoma, conveniently placed near the cake pan, was delicious.
My daughter had a good idea: laminate the cardboard picture that came with the pan. Now it's a placemat, shows the cake fully decorated, and has the "official," from-scratch, recipe on the reverse side. He likes having his own placemat. We added to his map collection (another fascination) with this one of Oregon sold at the Fat City Cafe, a very-Portland place in Multnomah Village, described here in Wikipedia, site of one of our outings.
Then there was the teddy bear switch. Arrived with an almost-complete knit bear for my youngest grandchild, this adorable 15-month old. Her brother saw it, hoped it was for him, and now it is. I added a sweater knit from the same Peace Fleece worsted in her new sweater--which could have been a smaller at the neck. I did a bit better on the bear's. Teddy and sweater are both from Sandra Polley's The Knitted Teddy Bear book. My first success with completing a knit bear!
With yarn I'd brought along for a smaller bear, I made another for little sister. Called "Bubby," online HERE from the Knitty.com site, quick to complete. The yarn used is Plymouth Encore and #4 needles.
It's late now. Time to wish us all a good new year, with the possibility of troops home from Iraq...peace for my family and yours.