Sunday, June 27, 2010


Corny title - I know lol ;P, but I really am hooked on crochet.  It's been great to pick it up again after not doing it for years - much to the detriment of my housework lol. I started this beanie last night and finished it off this afternoon. It's not such a great photo - it's actually a rich chocolate colour and the flower is dark pink & brown. The patterns for both the beanie and the flower are from Patons Learning To Crochet book that I think I bought from Big W last year. It's a great book for someone who doesn't know how to crochet - lots of easy to follow diagrams and instructions. I can see a new obssession starting! I have a pile of cardigans and jumpers that my daughter has grown out of that I'm planning to unravel to make some more beanies :) I've been making great progress with my granny squares too - the upside to being unwell and stuck on the lounge for a couple of days. I've done about 25 squares now. I'm not sure howmany I'll end up with, I originally planned to make a blanket 10 x 15 squares, but not sure if I'll get that far. Partly as I don't know if I'll have quite enough wool, and partly because I forgot how time consuming it is and I have so many other projects I want to start and I'd like to get this one finished. So it may end up just being a knee rug... time will tell :)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Apple Pikelets

You HAVE to make these pikelets!!! I based the recipe on one that I found in Donna Hay's Kid's Magazine. I've added a couple of things to her original recipe. I love Donna's recipes, they are so simple and easy to cook as well as always tasting great.

I remember cooking pikelets often when I was little. We just had plain ones in our house (with butter or jam & cream). I always loved them. But I think this new recipe with the addition of apple, cinnamon and brown sugar is going to be a new favourite in our house. They are so good! Perfect for an after school snack or a lunchbox treat. One thing I will try next time is to use a cup each of wholemeal and white SR flour.
Apple Pikelets
Ingredients (Makes about 30)

2 cups self raising flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 apple, grated (leave skin on)
3 eggs
30g butter, melted
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
Extra melted butter for cooking.

Sift flour, cinnamon and sugar into a mixing bowl and make a well in the centre.
Add the rest of the ingredients, except apple, into the well and stir until combined.
Stir through grated apple.
Heat a non stick frypan over a low heat and melt a small amount of butter.
Drop heaped tablespoons of batter into the heated pan and cook for a couple of minutes, or until bubble appear on surface. Then flip and cook for another couple of minutes, until golden.
Serve warm or cold with your choice of vanilla yoghurt, jam, honey, butter and cinnamon sugar.
Tips for making pikelets:
  • Don't over mix the batter or they will go rubbery. It's better to leave some small lumps than to overmix.
  • Cook in a non stick frypan if possible.
  • Don't let the pan get too hot or the pikelets will cook to quickly on the outside and still be raw in the middle.
  • Only use a small amount of butter in the pan. I have some melted butter in a small dish and use a pastry brush to "swish" a small amount around when the pan gets a little dry. Too much butter makes the outsides brown too much, too quickly.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Finished "quilt"

I managed to finish my quilt for uni just in time (please excuse the black corners on the photo, I had to crop & rotate it). It's not really finished seeing as I didn't end up having time to quilt it - it was finished enough though. After the stress of finishing it way to close to the deadline, I was really happy when my teacher commented on how neat my stitching was. As nice as it is to get encouragement from friends who sew, it's really nice to get positive feedback from those who don't sew (especially those who will be grading me on it lol) - kwim?
The assignment was about gardening and we were asked to choose one plant and choose an audience (I chose pre-school aged children) and tell them at least one thing about the plant. We could choose to make whatever we wanted so I decided on a quilt to show how a tomato grows from a seed.There was a lot more I was going to add, but there are only so many hours in a day so I had to downsize my original idea. But as I said, the finished product serves its purpose.

Time for a break from uni now which hopefully means I can get back to some crochet, knitting, baking, sewing... just for me (and my family) with no deadlines! Looking forward to some downtime :)