sunny friday

old barn

You know, I’ve been driving by this old barn almost every day for the past six and a half years. I can’t believe it hasn’t collapsed. Another old barn, just down the road from this one, finally did fall apart over a year ago. But they must have built this one pretty well.

In other news, today I am sad. I am sad that I ate the last helping of Hot Fudge Cake and I have no more left. I made this for dessert the other night in my 3-qt. Crock Pot. I’d never made any kind of dessert, let alone a cake, in the slow cooker, so I wasn’t sure if it would turn out at all. But it was out of this world. I cut back on the sugar. I used 1/2 cup of white sugar for the cake, and for the topping I used 3/4 cup brown sugar. I also added walnuts and chocolate chips. This is going into heavy rotation at Chez Carol, believe me. Go. Make this. Trust me.

hot fudge cake

I’ve been cranking away on the dishcloths for Melissa’s create-along. So far I have a pile of five completed cloths with one currently on my hook. Crochet is so much faster than knitting. It’s very good for someone like me who doesn’t have the patience for projects that take forever. February 4th was my crochet-iversary!  In knitting news, I finally got around to starting the lace columns on my Colonnade shawl and I’m planning to actually go to the monthly knit night at the library tonight so I should get a little more done. Yes, I’m going to actually try to be social! Hard to believe, I know. I have a book on hold that needs to be picked up, so that is going to be my motivation for heading down there 🙂

Lots going on this weekend. I plan to head over to another library’s book sale tomorrow morning. The boys are spending the weekend with Drew’s mom and she’s taking them to the circus. And of course Sunday is Valentine’s Day! I hope you’re going to spend time with your honey 🙂 What are your weekend plans?


  1. Tamara says:

    I have a Southern Living crockpot cookbook and it has a similar cake recipe in it that I have always wanted to try but thought it was odd to make a cake in the crock but now I think I will try it. It looks delicious Carol.

  2. Lisanne says:

    I’ve made something similar ~ was it chocolate lava cake, perhaps? I can’t remember, but it was so gooey and delicious. Cakes are yummy in the crock pot! There are several delicious dessert recipes in the slow cooker cookbook that I have.

  3. Tamara says:

    I made the dessert last night and it was good. Not great. I think your idea to add chocolate chips would spice it up alot. Also I added pine nuts. It turned out good and the sauce was bubbling through the top but the weird thing was is wasn’t chocolately enough. The chips, I think, would make it perfect! I am going to try it again! 🙂

  4. Suzette says:

    I cooked this dessert tonight and had a question for you. How long did you cook yours in the crockpot on hi? The recipe I followed said to cook for four hours!! Mine would have burnt to a crisp if I cooked it that long. I turned it off around two hours. Just curious. Loved it by the way. Thanks for posting!!

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