Thursday, December 11, 2008
I have been a little worried lately after hearing that my LYS is going to be sold as the owners are moving... I love the atmosphere there, and the comfy couches that are always available to sit down and knit on. (I talked to my husband about wanting to buy it, but with 3 little kids running around I think it may not have been the greatest idea!) To my surprise they've already found a (possible) buyer who will, hopefully, keep everything the same. I'm still a little concerned it could turn into one of those cluttered little get in and get out places, but hopefully not!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
After just 2 lessons he's pretty much mastered the bunny hill. He can do the snowplow, turn and stop fairly consistently, but his favorite part is the magic carpet, because that's what takes him to the top of the hill so he can do it again!
Although I've been busy with kids activities I have been knitting, and baking quite a bit. I'll get posting more regularly now... I hope!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
1 egg yolk
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I used the Brown Sheep Company's Wildfoote in Sonatina. I used just over 1 skein, so now I'm tyring to think of what to do with the rest.... maybe some baby socks or leggings for my little girl?
I've also been working on some spinning lately, I changed my mind about the project I had originally started spinning for, so I've been tossing around numerous ideas, and we'll see what it turns into! Ideas?
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
That's right, cupcakes, cupcakes and more cupcakes! Trying recipes over and over and trying to decide which ones would be perfect for my cousin's wedding. Then I moved on to gum paste daisies, then even more cupcakes. I finally settled on 4 cupcake recipes, and they were an absolute hit! I made over 200 for the wedding, and by the end of the night there were less than 12 left! This recipe makes 32 cupcakes, but it is easy to cut in half, or even quarter if you're wanting a smaller batch.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes
1 c butter, softened
2 1/2 c sugar
4 eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 c cocoa powder
1 c milk
2 tsp vanilla
Beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Add eggs one at a time and beat until well combined.
Whisk together dry ingredients. Ina a separate bowl combine milk and vanilla.
Add 1/3 of dry ingredients to butter mixture, mix until incorporated. Add 1/2 of milk to butter mixture, mixing until incorporated. Continue adding dry then wet ingredients, ending with dry. Beat well after each addition.
Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full. Bake 22-25 minutes at 350.
Makes 32 cupcakes.
9 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 c heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
2/3 c diced strawberries
Put chocolate in heat proof bowl. Heat cream in saucepan until bubbles form around the edges. Pour cream over chocolate and let sit 1 minute; stir to combine. Add vanilla and salt.
Divide ganache in half. In one portion add diced strawberries. Transfer this portion to the refrigerator to cool. Leave remaining ganache sitting on the counter. (Yes, the ganache in the fridge will thicken faster, this is what you want!)
1 cup butter
2 T pureed, strained strawberry juice (I used my juicer)
1 t vanilla
4-6 c icing sugar
Cream butter until soft. Add strawberry puree and vanilla. Mix in 4 cups of icing sugar, adding more until desired consistency is reached.
Now to put it all together....
Using the cone method fill the cooled cupcakes with the strawberry portion of the ganache. Next glaze the top of the cupcakes with the remaining ganache. After this has set ice with the strawberry buttercream.
Friday, October 17, 2008
In honour of the occasion my boys (all decked out in their John Deere aprons!) and I got down to business this morning and baked up some of their favorite (well...okay mine too!) chocolate chip cookies! There's still plenty of time to whip up a batch for the game tonight, or for any other occasion, or maybe just because you're like me and love chocolate chip cookies!
3/4 c butter, softened
1 t baking soda
Cream together butter and sugars until smooth. Add egg and vanilla. Stir in flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Stir in chocolate chips.
Flatten slightly and bake for 8 minutes, until edges are golden.
Bring butter and cottage cheese to room temperature. Beat with paddle of stand mixer until well combined. Add salt and flour and beat until smooth and elastic. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Divide dough into 4 equal parts. Roll each part into a 6" circle (about 1/2"thick). Cut each circle into 8 wedges, and roll up each wedge starting at the rounded edge. Place seam side down on an ungreased baking sheet, curve slightly, and repeat with remaining dough.
Bake 30-40 minutes until nicely browned. Cool on racks.
Combine milk or cream and icing sugar and drizzle over cooled crescents.
Monday, October 6, 2008
My oldest son now "needs" a new stocking, because he just has "an old yucky one from the store." I've currently got a few projects on my needles, and one that I'm still spinning the yarn for. I'm hoping to have them all finished by Christmas.... hopefully I find the time to make a couple of stockings for my boys!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
The best thing about this project is I started and finished it in one afternoon. I used up some leftover yarn in my stash, and I've got another Christmas "present" finished! Thanks for the pattern Melissa!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
For these mittens I used Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift, which was okay, I wasn't crazy about the yarn. I found that it broke quite easily, there were a couple of times that it broke while I was looping the yarn around my needle. The other thing that I found about this yarn was that the first skein I used didn't quite complete the first mitten. I was halfway through the thumb and had to break into the next skein. The second skein finished the first mitten, and the entire second mitten, with a little left over at the end. I'm not sure about the length difference, the tension was the same throughout, and I undid and used my sample guage... Despite my not being crazy about the yarn I love the pattern, and am very happy with the finished product!
2 Christmas gifts down, many left to go!