Tuesday
Sep192017

playing with wool embroidery

I have seen some really pretty wool embroidery on Pinterest and Instagram.  Embroidery is one of those things with crochet that has a tendency to relax me.  Embroider is also much more portable then my sewing machine.  It is portable sewing for me.  Outside of just taking knit fabric with me to be sewn.

This was fun.  I took bits of hand spun yarn that just was not enough for a project.  Or I had used it in another project.  When you spinning a whole fleece, there can be a lot of yarn!

I do think I will make another if the right base hat comes a long.  The only negative is just the length of time it takes.  But it is a form of meditation.  I decided to put it up for sale in my Etsy shop.  I find as much as I like to make hats, I always tend towards my favorites.  The same can be said about shawls.

Saturday
Sep162017

for a small tree boy

Remember that wedding dress I made last autumn for my Beloved's assistant's fiance.  Where I came to the rescue.  Well, they had a small boy last month.  This small boy's birth did not even go close to plan.  We are grateful that mom and babe are alive.  All due to screwed up medical choices.  Not hers!  

Then, before the small boy had even been in this world a month, this small storm blew through.  Harvey.  Their home is fine.  Some repairs may need to happen but it was not flooded.  

There were a few other things that happened that month for this family.  Not good things but get through things.  In long term, everything will be fine.  Short term, it is hard.

This quilt is going to Rowan.  He likes patterns.  And he will be rolling in the next couple months as well so this could be a place for him to roll.  I took longer on this quilt then I did on her wedding dress.  Because there was not a deadline!

Life is strange.

Good but strange.  

Dad already likes this.  It will be interesting to see what Mom thinks.

Thursday
Sep142017

ice cream cones

I like ice cream.  I like ice cream cones.  I do not like leaving the house.  There are acceptable ice cream cones to be purchased at the grocery store but the closest store to us only has gluten free cones which taste like cardboard!  I am not kidding.  Though Koda Bear seems to like them.

So, instead of going to an ice cream parlor, I decided to make the cone at home.  Without any tools.  I think next time I might like an iron of some sort but this worked and they were tasty.

I probably did not get the cone thin enough and I could have probably spread them thinner before I baked them.  But those are learning experiences and I need to write the recipe down before I lose it.  I will admit that I used white whole wheat flour in them.  It is currently the only wheat flour I have in the house.

ice cream cones

Note:  I used the recipe from Bigger Bolder Baking but increased the vanilla and used white whole wheat flour.  

2 egg whites

1/2 cup sugar

3 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla 

pinch of salt

2/3 cup flour, white whole wheat

2 tablespoons butter, melted (but I think I used olive oil)

In a bowl, mix together the egg whites, sugar, milk, vanilla, and salt.  Mix in the flour until smooth.  Mix in the butter.  This batter is going to be very similar to a crepe batter.  I put the batter in a jar and put it in the refrigerator at this point.

Heat a non-stick or cast iron griddle over medium low heat.  Do not add oil to this surface.  When it is hot, drop two tablespoons of batter on it.  Spread the batter as thin as possible with a back of a spoon.  When you think the cone may be brown, carefully ease a thin spatula underneath all edges and flip.  Bake the other side.

When it is the shade of brown you wish, remove the cone from the griddle.  It will be hot but quickly roll it into a cone shape.  Hold the end a minute.

Place on a cloth and let cool.  Make the rest.

Now there are cones for ice cream!  It is not much harder then making a crepe.  And much tastier then a store bought cone!  They are also good as a cookie themselves.  No ice cream involved at all.

 

Tuesday
Sep122017

pumpkin babka

I have a friend who requested a pumpkin babka after seeing the pictures of funky punky monkey bread on Instagram.  I gave her options.  Pumpkin chocolate.  Monkey bread.  Cinnamon rolls.  Nope.  She wanted a pumpkin babka.  She teaches school and needed comfort food.  She did not know what shape her students were going to be in after Harvey.  They were good.  But she does not eat well during the school year anyhow so why not!

I took my pumpkin chocolate babka recipe and modified it slightly.  I wanted to get some more nutrition into her so I used white whole wheat flour and added a half a cup oatmeal.  I left out the cocoa in the dough.  I used the regular filling except making my own pumpkin pie spices because that was where I was at.

She said it was the size of a small turkey!  She actually left half of it with me.  I can say that it was quite tasty and she was not wrong on the size.  I had my half for breakfast for a week.

I would make it again.  I might cut the proportions in half though.  She was not exaggerating about the size of the babka.  But it all got eaten.  

Saturday
Sep092017

sourdough flour tortillas

I have been asked and asked to make sourdough tortillas.  I have not.  One of the things I did not pick up at the grocery store during the storm was chips.  I am still very sensitive to corn so I do have to pick up non-corn chips.  They were left on the shelf during the storm.  But the numbers of people in the store.  It was just a bit overwhelming.

So I made sourdough tortillas to eat bean salad with.

They were a success.  And easy.  They did seem to stay more flexible longer which is always a plus.  But I did have bread dough rising that was water, flour, and salt.  I know I do not do sourdough like anyone else.  So not surprised.

sourdough flour tortillas

1 cup starter (I used bread dough, about 250 grams)

3 tablespoons olive oil or butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

Flour for kneading

Put a griddle on to heat over a medium low heat.

Put the starter (or bread dough) in a bowl (Make sure you have kept something in your jar for next time).  Mix in the oil and the salt.  Mix in enough flour to be a stiff dough.

Turn out onto a clean floured surfaces and knead until smooth.  I actually had not incorporated all the oil in when I started kneading so I was kneading that in as well.  When smooth, portion into two inch in diameter spheres.

Roll out into rounds.

Cook on both sides until there are golden dots.  Remove and cool in cloth.

The interesting gotcha here is that I have never had true success with whole wheat tortillas.  I only have whole wheat flour in the house currently and these were successful.  That is huge!  I know one more thing I will be making.  But then I was looking up how to make my own barbecue potato chip today so I just think I am crazy.  But then there was also the down the rabbit hole trip for Valentino dresses.  I want to sew dresses but I do not need dresses.  What a conundrum!

And I am babbling.  Oh well.  It is a nice feeling when a trade happened for sheetrock and tile work.  A trip to the hardwar store is in the offing.