Cupcaeks, om nom.

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.

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Week 11

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

Oven: 180c

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

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Strawberry Cupcakes

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.

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Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

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…

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Sparkles are the future

I have indeed decided that sparkles and glitter are the future. I was asked to make some cupcakes for a party, and discovered a great little cake supply shop down the road which sold, amongst other things, edible glitter. Now, I know the birthday girl was celebrating turning 25, but pink icing and glitter was the only way to go with the cupcakes. I also had great fun playing with the piping toys I got from the cake supply shop 😀 I think the icing looks much better than previous attempts – Helen’s icing tutorial was invaluable!

I’ve still not decided on my next knitting project – Hey Teach is looking appealing, as is another go at Azure Allure but I’m just not sure. I think the problem is that a cardigan is a big project, and anything bigger than a scarf invokes fear of committment in me. That, coupled with my terrible indecisiveness is just a recipe for knitting-related procrastination. Can someone make the decision for me, please pretty please? ‘Cause you know, it’s really important, like.

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This and that

Lately I’ve not been up to much of anything. I’ve been doing uni exams, the odd bit of cooking, some gardening, that sort of thing.


The lovely clematis on the patio


Blueberry and polenta cupcake from the Primrose Bakery Cookbook – excellent, by all accounts

There’s loads of things growing in the garden now, I’ve managed to not kill everything, wahey! I’ve got 30 tomato plants (!), strawberries, courgettes, radishes, a gooseberry bush, pepper and chili seedlings, and French bean and salad seeds that don’t seem to be doing anything…

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Last weekend, I baked…


Before…


…After!

We used this recipe to turn some over-ripe bananas into a lovely loaf of banana bread. I was a bit sceptical because I’m not a huge fan of bananas, especially not such over-ripe ones, but it was actually lovely!


The best way to eat them – with a big glass of milk

We also baked some chocolate chip cookies, and they were goooood!

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Cupcakes, om nom nom!


Om nom nom!

These are vanilla cupcakes with vanilla icing from Cupcakes From The Primrose Bakery. I’m chuffed with how these came out – moist and fluffy, just as cupcakes should be! These are so much easier to make now I have a hand mixer – the first batch I tried I did entirely by hand and it took me SO LONG to cream the butter! Now it takes a couple of minutes tops 😀

I haven’t much else to blog about – as always I’ve got a couple of ideas for projects but I’ve yet to motivate myself to try them out. I’m still ploughing through Moby Dick – I’m on the home straight now, only a hundred-odd pages left! I did take a break from it to read Bit Of A Blur by Alex James though. I’ve been listening to Blur a lot since I saw them live last summer, but over the last couple of months I’ve listened to the whole back catalogue on Spotify and I am hooked! His book is a wonderful insight into the band, and I genuinely laughed out loud a fair few times (which, bearing in mind I read most of it on trains, was rather amusing in itself). I also watched No Distance Left To Run (twice!) and I laughed and cried in equal measure. It gets a whacking great thumbs up from me.

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Procrastination is my middle name

I really am terrible when it comes to getting work done. I can pretty much find ANYTHING else to do to avoid doing work. I have discovered baking.


Oaty vanilla biscuits, recipe courtesy of marzipan

I made a batch on Friday night and my flatmates hoofed them down, so they definitely get the thumbs up! I made another batch today and they are fast disappearing – having them right next to me when I’m sitting at my desk is clearly a bad idea!


Made from a video tutorial here

I tried to make this skirt a little while ago but I screwed it up, and I’ve only just found the patience to try again – this one came out much better! I even wore it out, which is a sure sign that I’m happy with it (normally if something I make isn’t quite right, it ends up in the back of a cupboard somewhere, never to be seen again)

Now I’m off to find something else to do instead of work…!

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WTF

Somehow Christmas is here again. I haven’t got half the presents I need to get, I am out of money and TOMORROW IS CHRISTMAS EVE *panics*

Instead of doing important things like knitting last-minute gifts or baking, I have been playing with my new camera.


Wish upon a falling star…

I did make some mincemeat though.


It even tastes better than shop-bought!

Now, to actually make some mince pies, along with the other 974 things I need to do tomorrow…

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