Monday, March 12, 2018

Muffin Monday: Easy Banana

Fun fact: You can bake things with Miracle Whip dressing instead of eggs and oil and stuff.

This week's recipe is the first banana recipe from my muffin book, and the first of two in the book involving Miracle Whip.

Very easy, just a few ingredients, no spices, no blueberries or nuts or chocolate chips. Mash up bananas with MW, add flour, soda, salt and sugar. Sort of like this.

They are okay, but not spectacular. A bit funny-textured, rubbery. I won't be switching to this for my favourite banana muffin recipe, but if one is stranded with only Miracle Whip and no eggs or oil, it's serviceable.

I took the remaining bran muffins out of the freezer the other day because we had people over for brunch, so I shall have to replace them with a few of these, because we still can't each eat a muffin a day. Mention was made today of my muffin "crusade," which I think is a bit much, really! Not even really an obsession....

Monday, March 05, 2018

No muffins today

Although it is Muffin Monday, I have no muffins for you. I still have some from previous weeks in the freezer. Who knows, maybe we'll have Muffin Thursday this week!

I am knitting away on my Thing-that-is-not-a-shawl.

I have started the second side of the front, and am fussing more about colours. I don't have anything like that dark green in the original shawl, and that is sorta bugging me. 

But we soldier on. Blues instead of the pinks of the right front, and a bit of rusty laceweight. I'm starting to wonder about the back, and change my mind about the sleeves, but it'll all work out!

Friday, March 02, 2018


My Black Panther wrap has definitely turned into a cardigan now.

I've been thinking mainly of this picture, with the two quite different sides. My right side is made of paler yarn, held together with a grey lace-weight yarn.

Along with the greens, I have some scraps of every crazy colour, and this side got the pinks. In the middle there, I used some goldy-brown leftovers, and for the lace yarn, some Kidsilk Haze, totally fuzzy and changing from chartreuse to plum!

My phone has not been talking to my computer nicely, so I have to e-mail myself photos, which kind of cramps my style. Otherwise, of course, I would have a picture of every little colour change and a close-up of all the patterns. All in good time...

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Everybody's talking about it

My family went to see Black Panther. If I'd known about this wrap, I surely would have gone, too!

Just a note here, these are absolutely not my photos!

The designer for the movie posted on twitter about the yarns she used. Four different ones. And I hear it is just a rectangle, with different textures here and there.

Well, I have a load of greenish Koigu that I was wondering what to do with.

This one, this is my photo!

And I have a shelf or two of books with patterns for wraps, shawls, ponchos, dusters, oversized things with or without sleeves... I got this.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Muffin Monday: Mom K's bran

As predicted, I had to find a recipe that needed buttermilk for this week's muffins. I got my little muffin book and found the one closest to the beginning: Mom K's Bran. It's not online anywhere, but it's a bit cute, so I'll just give it to you here.

Let your young cook try this recipe... so quick and easy... just one of each ingredient.

1 tbsp shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup natural bran
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 pinch salt
1 cup raisins
1 cup sour milk or buttermilk

Cream shortening, sugar and egg in a large bowl. 
Combine dry ingredients.
Sift in dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk.
Add raisins and stir until moistened.
Fill muffin cups and bake at 450º F for 12-15 minutes. 

It's a pretty basic bran muffin, good for breakfast or a snack any time. You don't need to add the whole cup of sugar if you don't want, and you can, of course, use Craisins or even chocolate chips in place of raisins. I added a bit of vanilla, and a shake of cinnamon wouldn't be crazy.

Now the Olympics are over; I'm just watching a replay of the ice skating gala as I type this. I got my knitting medal and am ready to move on to some new, or maybe old, knitting.

More on that next time!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Ravellenic Games

I finished my Namorita shawl Friday night, scoring myself a gold medal in Shawl Skating in the Ravellenic Games, which I still think of as the Knitting Olympics.

This pattern was given to me by someone in a charity knitting group on Ravelry, on the understanding that the finished product would go to charity. Since I need such a thing like the old hole in the head, I am happy to do that.

As you can see, I ran out of my main yarn! The pattern says it needs 272 meters of laceweight yarn; I used thicker fingering and used more than 366 meters! Luckily, yarn is something we have around here, so I managed.

It's hardly what I would call a shawl, more of a shaped scarf. The depth is not much more than a foot at the widest point. The yarn, Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles, is soft and warm and super nice. Also cost a wee fortune, but what the heck.

I've always been intrigued by this colourway, Typewriter. I think a plain garment in it would look great, with little, black, word-like splodges here and there.

There are still the Parallenic Games in March, so I must find a project for then! And soon, more muffins!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Muffin Monday: Bacon Cheddar Corn

This week's recipe comes again from my Cooking Light baking book, and is one that I have always passed over. Bacon in a muffin? Jalapeño?

The cornmeal adds that mealy texture, which usually I don't go for. The bacon could have been crisper, but I only had turkey bacon, not actual pork bacon, which I am sure would have been perfect. The jalapeño could have been cut more finely, the cheese could have been sharper. But, all in all, pretty good! Perfect with a taco salad or chilli.

There are a couple more recipes in this book, and then on to the main event, I think! But I have to prioritize, and maybe whip up some more muffins quickly before my buttermilk goes off. And I do have to make sure to use the cornmeal, now I have it! Yes, I might sneak in another batch this week.