Dates and Blend

It’s a cloudy Friday and I find myself wanting to cast on these beautiful colors right now, to add a little color to my day. But … I can’t. This is my June Camp Loopy project, with a June 1 start date! I might have to stash-dive and start a pair of bright colored socks in the meantime.

I’m making my second Shindig of the year. After making the first, I knew I’d make a second one. The pattern is fun to knit and remarkably quick, given the fact that it uses more than one skein of yarn. After I picked my Wollmeise Blend colors (see below), I realized they are just a different version of my original colors (see below). Blue and Burgundy vs. Royal Blue and Fuchsia. At least I’m consistent. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I looked on Ravelry and saw that a couple of people had added a third color into the stripes, so I added in that green Grunfink. We’ll see how that all goes in June!


Today I wanted to share two recipes that I have long loved. I think I first made this when we were newly married. It is a great addition to a salad meal, or to a breakfast or brunch.

Date Nut Bread

1 cup boiling water
1 Tbl. butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
pinch of salt
1 cup cut-up dates
1 egg
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix boiling water and dates, and set aside to cool.

In a separate bowl, beat butter, egg and sugar.

Add baking soda to the cooled water/date mixture. Combine with other mixture.

Gradually add in nuts, flour, salt and vanilla. Mix but don’t beat.

Bake in a large loaf pan lined with wax paper. 350 degrees for 1 hour (or 35 minutes if using two smaller loaf pans.)

Apple-Date Spread

1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese

1/3 cup milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 cup finely chopped and peeled tart apples

1 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans

3/4 cup finely chopped dates

Soften cream cheese with milk and cream. (Mix by hand – not in a mixer.)

Stir in remaining ingredients.

Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Good served on nut breads or crackers.

I hope you all have a great weekend! We’ll be back on Monday with a new indie dyer for you. (Hey – that’s the yarn I need for a bright and lively pair of socks. Forget the stash!)

Sheri thankfulforcoloroncloudygraydays

P.S. Speaking of color – did you catch yesterday’s Fabric Update? This might be my most favorite fabric collection ever. Ombres, dots, and beautiful colors. I love it!


  1. I love date nut bread with cream cheese. As a college student I would buy it as a treat at the Chock full of Nuts Coffee shop. Now I’ll have to make some. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. OMG…major overload…love your colors and really really love the recipes! Perfect timing for my God-Daughter’s visit!

    1. They’re bright, aren’t they, Syd! I go back and forth between thinking they are too bright, and then thinking a big bright pop of color is just what everyone needs in the wintertime. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a fun visit with your God-Daughter!

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