Time for a new(ish) start…
In the last FIVE MONTHS (how ridiculous) I’ve been up to a few things…
Orange and lemon cupcakes…
Vanilla and chocolate cupcakes…
WEDDING cupcakes! My most nervewracking order to date!
Just needs a matching hat now…
And some more…
I went to Spain* (and took some photos this time…!)
One of the tiny cobbled streets in Albaycín, Granada
The famous Alhambra, Granada
La clave eres tú…
Clichéd, but I couldn’t help it!
In the next couple of weeks, I’ll be moving house (yaaay!), I’ve got plenty of knitting and sewing ideas to work on (and some shop shenanigans afoot…) but most importantly I’ll be returning to university for my final year. It’s a long time coming, and I can’t wait to get back to London and get back to work 😀 I think it’ll be a little bittersweet, and I’ll be devastated to say goodbye to all my friends and lecturers at the end of it, but at the moment I’m just focusing on getting back to the good times and enjoying myself (and getting down to some hard work too!).
*I realise this is very déja vu, looking at my previous post…!
… I have baked…
… and baked…
… and baked.
I’ve also done a fair bit of reading…
… and have completed one of my New Year’s Resolutions already! I’ve been on a bit of a book-buying spree recently, so have plenty more books from the list to get through.
Oh, and I went to live in Spain…
… but that didn’t really work out. I was in a beautiful city and I didn’t take a single picture. What a fail.
I’ve been asked to make 100 mini cupcakes for a party next month, so I thought I had better make a practice batch… I normally make giant cupcakes, more akin to muffins, but I think the smaller versions are actually a bit better – much less sickly. These cupcakes were supposed to have pillarbox red icing, but no matter how much colouring I put in, I couldn’t get it redder than this – is it possible?! And don’t even get me started on the green icing I tried – it was supposed to be a nice festive moss green, but ended up a neon lime green (plus it tasted foul). Very disappointing.
I also baked an apple cake (recipe here), which was absolutely delicious. I don’t have the sweetest tooth, but this was lush. My sister gave us a bag of apples she had been given, that must have weighed 5 or 6lbs – I think there are lots of apple crumbles and cakes coming up…
And I’ve also been doing some knitting…
Not the best picture, but hey. I managed to knit this in a day and I’m really pleased with it (despite the whole thing nearly unravelling; there was a knot in the yarn which was actually tying two ends together… Until it came undone. Not happy.) Anyway, I hope the recipient likes it 🙂
Well my last post was post 150. And what a distinctly underwhelming post it was. Today I have not much better, but I do have sparkly cupcakes.
Pink and sparkly, for a baby shower (let’s hope it doesn’t turn out to be a boy…)
In other stuff, I’ve made some scary realisations…
My yarn stash was previously housed in this – a roughly 16-20l box (that and a couple of plastic bags). After a bit of reorganising, it’s grown.
That’s a 55 litre box, as well as the old one. And it only just fits. I was scared by this point. I also updated my Ravelry stash page. I managed to mark 4 skeins as used. I added twenty two “new” skeins (to be fair, I had already had most of them for years, they had just evaded my last stash-checking). But still. That takes my stash up to eighty skeins of yarn. And that’s just the whole skeins, not the half-skeins or odd left over bits.
WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH IT ALL?
Seriously. I even went to the library and picked up a couple of books in the desperate hope that I’d find some inspiration and get knitting. Instead I just got all intimidated and indecisive.
I know I am being a MASSIVE FAIL of a blogger. I should be on week 32 of Project52. I’m being a massive fail in many ways at the moment.
Finally, a finished project
I FINALLY finished the baby blanket I started in APRIL. I didn’t get it finished before the recipient was born (I knit one of the border sections whilst waiting for him to make his grand appearance) but I DID get it finished before he starts school, so I guess you win some, you lose some.
Horrid editing -_-
I’m glad it’s finally finished – overall I’m pretty pleased with it, and I think my nephew is too :3 I wish I’d tried a row of garter stitch between colour changes (as suggested) to make the line a bit crisper, but you live and learn, hey. And I must add a huge thank you to Mary Jane for her invaluable advice and pattern notes, so graciously offered in the face of me being so cheeky for asking.
Chocolate chip cookies, om nom nom
These made a very rainy Sunday afternoon a wee bit better.
Choc chip cookies
100 grams margarine
75 grams soft light brown sugar
2 tablespoons golden syrup
175 grams self raising flour
100 grams choc chips
Cream together margarine and sugar. Add rest of ingredients and mix well. Line baking tray and scoop up small balls of mix and drop onto tray. Place well apart (no need to flatten or shape them). Makes approximately 18. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until lightly golden. Best enjoyed warm and with a cold glass of milk 🙂
Mum found this recipe somewhere – I sincerely apologise I can’t link to the source, but I wanted to share it because it’s such a quick, foolproof recipe 🙂
An orchid that seemingly thrives on neglect
Another cupcake post – this time Strawberry and Cream, again from the Primrose Bakery Cupcake Book. These were entirely more successful than the Lemon Meringue cupcakes I tried a couple of weeks ago…
Hidden inside was a big dollop of strawberry jam, which worked much better than the lemon curd did in my last batch of cupcakes – the key seems to be adding it after cooking, rather than before.
A few weeks ago, I discovered Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard on 4od, and I ended up watching the whole series in an evening. I didn’t really do any baking at uni this semester but now I’m home with full access to a well equipped kitchen, I’ve felt a bit more inspired to try out some new recipes. I started with Lemon Meringue Cupcakes.
They certainly tasted good, and I was quite proud of myself for making lemon curd from scratch (I had no idea it was so easy!) but I definitely need to practice… My piping wasn’t great, and I used an electric grill in lieu of a blowtorch, which was both unsuccessful and ended up burning half the cupcakes. I was also hoping that the dollop of lemon curd in the middle would be like a doughnut, but it really wasn’t :/
In other news, there’ll be a little bloggle about Paris coming in the next few days…