Category: food

week 332

The hats are not great.

Top views of hats
Front views of hats

On the left, the hat doesn’t quite fit and I need to resew the inside so it does. The pillbox would be nicer if it wasn’t so stiff but probably needs to be handwashed then hung up to dry.

Progress on the painting. Guessing they’re leaves and thinking out the exact layout of the second layer over them. Decided on using salmon pink, or something more orangey, because I refuse to use red and make it Christmasy.

Painting with stencils taped over it

Made Valentine’s cards for Dylan’s classroom. I temporarily forgot the school policy that treats for the kids have to be storebought and was planning on making heart shaped choccy bikkies for them but just bought them Starbursts. For the adults, I made white chocolate topped milk chocolate fudge with hundreds and thousands sprinkled on top.

Envelope with heart sticker
A red bag to carry them
Fudge cut into bite size pieces

weeks 322-324

This blog is turning into the Once a Month project, geez. Not sure why I haven’t been blogging weekly, but it probably has something to do with wanting to do other stuff than looking at a blank laptop screen. Haven’t done much writing either.

One weekend was spent crocheting a long red circular scarf, and finished it quicker than expected. Planned on taking photos wearing it along with various people with me, but didn’t get that far.

Black scarf on left, Red crochet scarf on the right

I’ve made progress on a few other things.

The orange vest needs the button placket done, and have put them on straights.

Using up all the purple yarns in my stash, and some grey to make a top. It’s top down, with the top crochet then the rest is knit.

I counted the stitches and it’s 312 for sleeves and main body.

Purple yarns,  minus the grey yarn

Oh a few more rows of moss stitch (on an odd numbered row) on the blue pullover, so about three inches done. Two more inches before stockinette stitch.

Then there is this future scarf. It will include knitting and crochet. It’s stockinette until that yarn is over then switching colours, then repeat for the other side.

Oh, and I got fabric for a future suit. The outside will be a dark red, while the inside is a heavily pink coral taffeta. I have so many sewing projects that need to be finished ASAP but still want to start this as soon as possible. My goal is a gorgeous dress and this velvet suit; at least one by Valentine’s Day and most by my birthday in April. Still need to buy interfacing and lining for the dress.

Coral two tone taffeta and dark red velvet fabrics

I did a bit of baking over the past weekend and plan on making more next weekend. Just have to remember to buy more Molasses. Icing biscuits has become a bit easier. There is this baker who is local, that basically told me, don’t follow the directions on the Wilton container, but mix the confectioners sugar and meringue powder together then add the water and mix until stiff peaks, then add tiny bits more water, this isn’t including the gel colouring, according to whether it’s for outlining or flood icing.

Badly iced sugar wreath and fish shaped biscuits

week 220

Who’s at the tail end of another cold? This girl. Beginning of the week, I could barely function. Coffee and medicine on Tuesday and was feeling generally okay. Wednesday, although there was shopping involved and was fine, except for the occasional coughing fit, but got home and was completely wiped out.


Last Friday, after picking up Dylan from school, I was watching Harold and Maude, when started on the third house. This one will be, obviously, squarish.

house number three begun


After frogging the yarn from the one while waiting last week, I restarted something else. Completely undid the stripes pullover and made a new colour scheme and it’s going to start with the green.

It’s not obvious but took one my son’s pillows and have been using it to elevate my head. The lion pillowcase has been in someone’s possession since I was a kid. At one point, my mom has tried to get rid of it and I keep hoarding it. That reminds me. I’m not sure where my pillow from when my relatives from Germany were here, a long long time ago.

knitting project on top of other yarns


Progress on the second tube of the scarf.

progress on the second tube of the scarf


I bought something for one my sister-in-laws for Christmas and have been trying to figure out how to make a box for it. This is attempt number two.

Below it is one coaster. I need to make four more.

That’s all I can say about this, otherwise I’ll spoil it and that would not be good.

box and one coaster


After wrapping a present, I had leftover paper and found myself randomly cutting it to see what would result. I made a row of the letter D, which is attached to my son’s present.

This looks like it still needs something.

paper and yarn and felt

Boredom led me to start cutting out letters from the cardboard container that had tissues. Not sure if I can get all the letters from this amount.

letters from tissue box cardboard


Also, boredom has led me to make small envelopes that I don’t remember why I started making the first one. I had a bigger envelope and was using part of it to cover a box bottom.

small envelopes


I’m completely inept when it comes to making a gingerbread house.

Be glad I’m not an architect or something of the ilk.

side of the gingerbread house

I didn’t calculate the roof to be big enough and there would have been empty space on each side so did it backwards. I need to make more royal frosting and just dump it all on the house. This is embarrassing but this is only my second attempt, so not too bovvered.

week 183

I don’t usually post recipes or food related stuff anymore but in my experiments in baking gluten-free, dairy free stuff, was kind of impressed with myself for this bit of randomness, although you have to admit chocolate anything works.

I also don’t have exact measurements and literally just threw a lot of things together. These are not the correct measurements.

The leftover sugar and cinnamon from chocolate graham crackers I made (probably  1/3 cup), 2 cups of ground almonds (used sliced almonds from a bag with their skins on and tried to make them into almond flour), 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 3 tablespoons of rice flour, 1/4 cup of cocoa powder, 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, cup of frozen cherries cut into fourths, half a bag of shredded sweetened coconut for the dry.

An egg, “buttermilk” (tablespoon of lemon juice and soy milk to make one cup, and let sit for about ten minutes or the half hour I had it sitting around), teaspoon of almond extract, tablespoon of vanilla extract for the wet.

Pretty sure that’s all the ingredients.

Pop them all in cupcake lined tins and bake for 25 minutes at 350F/176C.

They come out looking like this.

It yielded 20 and five of them quickly disappeared after baking two batches.

This is the first batch and I ate the first one before the picture was taken.

chocolate almond coconut cherry cupcakes

I’m tempted to venture out and start baking vegan items but not sure what’s stopping me.


So…. My knitting progress on the two projects from last week.


knit from the top pullover

The knit from the top has grown about four inches.

In case you’re curious how bad at math I am.

My stitches went from CO89 to 135 to 260 to 526 in the last increase. I did the math and was supposed to go from 90 to (90+45=) 135 to (133×2+2=) 268 to (266×2+2=) 534. I like it as it is but I’m not doing more increases or frogging the yarn and starting over.

When I need to bind off for the sleeves, I’m sure it will be less confusing.

Also, I think I need to go up to a longer length circular needle to get a better idea of how long it will be and not guessing with all the scrunched up stitches. I’m currently using a 36inch length circular needle.


progress on purple and black striped cardigan

The striped cardigan is nearing ever closer to where I bind off for the fronts and back. I still need to calculate the sleeves and where the stripes will go.

I like the way it feels and doubling up the yarn was a good idea. I get the feeling I’m going to be happy with this when it’s finished and wear it heaps.

week 171

Having a kid on vacation means you have less time to focus on other stuff.

Christmas was yesterday and I didn’t get any real baking done over the past week, which is unusual for me. I got it in my head to attempt to make lamingtons and did it the lazy way and made boxed cake which should have told me it wouldn’t work.

I made one before the cake pieces started disintegrating.


sad single lamington

In turn, I just made biscuits with the leftover chocolate, coconut, a handful of walnuts, two handfuls of sliced almonds, two tablespoons of AP flour and an egg.

I’m usually very exact when it comes to baking but this one was just throwing together a few items and hoping it would turn out.

350F/177C for about twelve minutes.


resulting biscuits

Did sneak in a few things.

I was waiting to turn this into a scarf and get more yarn but got impatient so while listening to Bat For Lashes’s curated evening on BBC6 radio on Christmas Eve, I turned it into a cowl.


bobble cowl



Before I turned to the cowl, this was done in a few minutes but I had to change one part where the bracelet connects and it ended up falling apart when I was fussing with it after I had the heart upside down. Only in claddaughs are upside down hearts proper otherwise they should be right side up.

I need a harder wire gauge because my original idea didn’t work so just strung these on flimsy wire. The original idea was to wire wrap crystals because, except one, they don’t have holes drilled in them.

I started this today.


yet another red and pink scarf

I am feeling very lazy of mind so a simple garter stitch scarf and not a lot of time spend on planning it out. A lot of projects take up planning and sketching but making simple things tide me over in-between.


This is actually my last post of 2016 and it’s weird to think this year is ending so soon.

I ended 2015 miserable over a breakup and somewhat hopeless, but a year later, I experienced another breakup a month ago after something extremely short termed, but feel okay and somewhat looking forward to what next year brings.

I have quite a few things in the planning stages that hopefully will come to fruition next year.

Hope everyone reading this is safe and in good spirits. And, getting drunk on New Year’s Eve is for amateurs. Kidding.

week 164

Slow week is slow


Continuation of this project. The bobbles are coming along nicely.


Had grated carrots and couldn’t decided between Southern biscuits and, well, biscuits/cookies.

Carrot cake bikkies won out, although I would have preferred they were crunchy instead of little puffy bits of goodness. So, I need to alter a few things.

I rarely write things down which is why rarity in posting recipes, but this is the jotted notes.

Three peeled and shredded carrots

Add to that 1/3 cup chopped pecans and add enough raisins to make 1/2 cup.

2 1/2 cups flour

+ 1/4 teaspoon of salt, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and allspice +1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 stick butter, melted

1 cup sugar (3/4 raw sugar + 1/4 brown sugar)

1 egg

1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

Drop by tablespoons apart two inches even though they don’t spread that much.

Fifteen minutes at 350F/176C