So today is not a baking day. Importantly, this is a day where I am preparing for tomorrow’s baking day.
So, in order to prep, I’ve done these:
Ciabatta rolls, proving ready for baking. We’re having these with the homemade cauliflower cheese soup tonight for dinner.
This is also not baking! I’ve prepped the bases for two white chocolate tiffins. One for home, one for work. So Wednesday will be tiffin day!
And these are also sort of prep. Well, the sheets of cake are the coconut sponge ready for the coconut raspberry layer cakes. The welsh cakes are for me.
Because I love welsh cakes.
Love them, love them, love them!
Tomorrow is my baking day:
And that’s all. There’s more than a little bit of decorating and assembling tomorrow, which is technically messing about and not baking. (Not my favourite bit, tbh)
In the mean time, no more baking - well, at least no more after the ciabatta are baked!
Dylan has spent most of the afternoon participating in the St George’s Day parade with his beaver troop. He looked very proper whilst he was getting ready to march and made a point of hardly looking at Aaron or me!
We cycled in, and I came home a little early, as I haven’t cycled in around 8 months and was terrified of not actually getting home again!
Dylan has just walked in though, and has gained his Chief Scout’s Bronze Award, which is the top award for Beaver Scouts!
Well done, Dyl!
I’ve been at work since 6am, and finished a busy day a little later than planned.
Good news though, as my MRI results have now been read, analysed and communicated to me (Um, not that I understood them) and I now have an appointment in May to discuss options. Woot.
I’ve done nothing else really, but my son’s girlfriend, Nichola, has made me this:
Isn’t it fab? Good enough to eat? She made it out of modelling stuff, and I am so impressed!
Apart from that, there have been passing balloons today, and a distinct lack of carrot growth.
I am so tired at the moment, I can’t really imagine doing anything other than grabbing a bath and heading to bed as soon as I can.
What an exciting life!
I loathe sewing. Just so you know.
I did spend some time with the boys over the Easter Break making some sock-based animals:
The boys eagerly cutting and sewing.
Eebal, Weebal and Tink.
They had a ball! I quite enjoyed making Eebal, but I disliked having to sew Dylan’s bloody Tink too! To be fair, he had a really good go, but poor Tink was losing stuffing even more quickly than I was losing patience!
So I have returned to my knitting. Oh, how I love my knitting! And I love it even more because this pattern is knit all in one!
Yes! So there is no sewing together afterwards! All I need to do is pick up stitches for the bands, and sew in some ends (weaving really, rather than sewing!). Technically I have to sew some buttons on, but meh!
So here it is!
It is just the loveliest thing! I’ve knitted it in Sirdar Click Dk with wool (shade 0132 since you ask), and so far I’ve used 3 balls (50g).
It’s knit from the cabled collar down, on circular needles. Then the sleeves are made by increasing to give that lovely raglan look.
The live stitches are held on stitch holders (duh), and then you just carry on knitting straight till you are as long in the body as you need. I’ll be picking up the sleeves on circulars and using magic loop to knit them in the round, so as to avoid sewing a seam at the end.
Then the bottom is finished with 44 rows of a simple 4 row cable pattern.
I honestly love this cardigan. I am actually looking forward to wearing it. If it fits that is!
I was super-good and knitted up a tension square before I started, but I have currently got a couple of doubts that this will fit. I’ll be washing and blocking it, obviously, before I wear it, but um, yes.
I do hope it’s stretchy!
Since I blarted back in mid-2012 about how I was posting twice in one day, I have hardly posted at all!
I have sold all of my machine knitting paraphernalia and am now a slow hand knitter, who also bakes. A lot of baking. As much as I can!
I actually did post another couple of entries over on my blogger blog, but I didn’t move them over here. Till now. I’m importing everything now. I think it’ll probably go tits up any second, but there is a chance it’ll work. Or duplicate everything. Or make the internet implode.
Fingers crossed it’s not the last one, huh?
Ok, so today is the first day of the rest of my blogging life (tumbling life?). And what, I hear you ask, have you done on this auspicious day?
I baked. A lot. And made a stew. But mainly baked.
(Don’t worry, I am still knitting, and I even have a project or two! Photos/info to follow. Try to be patient!)
I made some lovely homemade bread to eat with the stew:
Bread in mainly kit form.
Slow-cooked belly pork and chorizo stew also mainly in kit form!
Completed Slow-cooked belly pork and chorizo stew.
And I made cakes, muffins, tray bakes, nom nom things!
Chocolate and cherry muffins ready for the oven.
At the back we have carrot cake, and the front bake is spiced toffee apple cake.
Everything is now baked, but I am having a five-minute (ok, so an hour) break to regroup, feed the Dylan and relax.
I’m going to make a lovely drizzly orange icing to go on the carrot cake, and some melted toffee sauce to go on the toffee apple cake. The muffins need nothing, other than a glass of milk to help them down.
Naked carrot cake
Dark chocolate and cherry muffins
Spiced toffee apple cake - pre-toffee sauce.
Today was such a great day, but, as most of you know how fussy I am, here is the kitchen mid-bake:
And here it is now!
Yes, I admit, I used everything I had in the kitchen! Every utensil, baking item, ingredient! And I regret nothing!
Om nom nom!