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Gobble, Gobble

Last weekend was Turkey day here in Canada-land. Mike and I were going to my grandparents house for dinner, like we usually do. This year though, because of the diabetes, my grandmother wasn’t going to make a pie, so I volunteered to. I have never made a pumpkin pie, especially not from scratch. So I searched online for a good recipe and after finding one, bought all the ingredients. After a long day at a bead show with my grandmother and my cousin Louise -seriously, as if my grandmother needs any more beads. My room at her house is FILLED with beads- I set out to make this pumpkin pie, sugar free of course.

I had some trouble with the crust. I had to make it twice because the first time I made it it crumbled when I tried to put it into the pie plate. I almost cried. Seriously. I had already been making this pie for a couple of hours now and the thought of having to toss it brought me to tears lol. I have made pie crust before, many times, but I don’t use a recipe. I should have just done what I usually do.
But I digress.
So I pre baked the crust, because that is what the recipe told me to do then I put the filling in and put it back in the oven.

burnt edge :(

burnt edge 😦

When I checked it about 15mins later the edges were beginning to burn. UGH! Then I remembered seeing something about putting tin foil around pan handles and putting it in the oven. Surely if that works then I could just wrap tin foil around my pie, leaving only the filling open. Sucess! it worked and the only thing burnt is the edge, the bottom was nice and golden. And to top it off it was delicious.

Mmmm

Mmmm

The recipe I used made 2 pies, but I was NOT making another crust so looking in my pantry I found a graham craker crust mix. Using that, I make a bar type thing. Was very good, better than the pie actually.

2 comments October 16, 2009

Bunnies!

Stripedy bunny

Stripedy bunny

I really like to make teddies. As a project, making a toy is very rewarding because it is so quick to make.

I made this bunny for my grandmother a couple of years ago for Christmas. I was running out of the green yarn and didn’t want to leave it unfinished. I’m really liking the stripes.

Spring bunny

Spring bunny


pink bunny2This bunny I didn’t make for anyone in particular, I just saw the yarn and really like the colour. Both are made using the Lavender Bunny Pattern.

Add a comment October 16, 2009

Blocked, washed and ready to go, FOs, WIPs and other stuffs

I cleaned the house today, just in case I go out tomorrow.

No momma I'm too cute to move!

No momma I'm too cute to move!

So I was tidying up or at least trying to when Jack decided he wanted to lay down right when I was straightening out the couch cover.
Told you I was cute

Told you I was cute


He likes to chase the broom, play in the dirt I am trying to sweep up and attack the clothes I am folding. I thought I’d take a couple pictures of him to prove how devious he is.

FO’s
I’m participating in a couple swaps at Crochetville.  For those that don’t know,  a swap is where you join a swap topic -sweater, snowflake, scarf etc,  are assigned a partner, then you make each other whatever the topic is about.  You can also add “goodies” to your package, you don’t have to but I think most people do.  Like I said, I joined 2 recently;  the Shawl/wrap swap and the Scarf swap.  I have been so lucky to have wonderful partners; Carolyn and Karen. 

I just finished washing up the shawls and then I will package them up to send off on Saturday.  I’m really excited and can’t wait to see how she likes them!

pretty ripples

pretty ripples

The first is a wrap I made without a pattern;  just a simple ripple stitch pattern.  I used just shy of 3 balls Bernat Satin in Admiral and almost 3 balls of Bernat Satin in Sapphire and a size 5mm hook.  It took me a few weeks to make, only because I had to stop for a week or two because I ran out of the Admiral color and couldn’t find it anywhere. I finally had to get my grandfather to go to Michael’s to get me 2 balls.  Over all I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  Oh and it’s longer than it looks in the picture; it’s hanging over the edges of the table.

This shawl is off the Lionbrand website called the Half Moon Shawl. DCFC0231 I can’t say enough about this pattern. Although it could have been edited and written better, the pattern is SO easy and quick. I think I did half of the entire thing in one night. I used Bernat Softee Chunky in soft taupe and a size 10mm hook.

DCFC0234 This is the Aphrodite Shawl from the Caron website- there are a lot of cute patterns on that site BTW. Made in Bernat Baby Sport in Lavender and a size 6mm hook. This pattern could have been written better as well and gave me some troubles. I wasn’t sure if it would be long enough -judging from the pattern picture- so I added a row before the pineapples start. It doesn’t look the same as it does on the model, but I think it is still very pretty. I had to block lightly to help the shape.

Swap Goodies

Swap Goodies

The swap goodies; 3 shawls, 3 flavoured hot chocolates, a book for her sons, and a cupcake made of soap. I plan on shipping it all out either tomorrow or Sunday, depending on if I go out tomorrow.

Yarn WIP’s
Mike’s daughter was over this past weekend. We finally have a house where we can have a guest room, which, and I don’t mind, is in my computer room. My computer room is also my crafting room. I have all my yarn and sewing stuff in there as well. So anyway, Tabby was over and she was telling me -as we looked at some of thing I had made- that one of her friends from school had a poncho that her mother had made her. Then she saw this ball of yarn and, picking it up, sighed “this would make a nice poncho”. I took that as a not so subtle hint since every time she saw the yarn she said this to me. Finally I told her that we could look online to see if we could find a pattern she liked and I would make her one, using the beloved yarn of course. So we looked and looked and we found no patterns that she liked. TBH I didn’t like any of them either and I’ve never made a poncho before so I couldn’t even just make up a pattern. Then we came across the Lacy Shell Poncho and she LOVED it, couldn’t stop talking about it.
I was having a bit of trouble with it at first -funny how the simple patterns are always the ones that give you a headache. TABBY PONCHO WIP It wasn’t sitting as it should and was ruffling, which it shouldn’t do. But with some help/advise from someone at Crochetville, I figured it out.
I had to change to a bigger hook size. Luckly with this stitch pattern being as easy and fast as it is, it wasn’t a big deal to start over.
TABBY PONCHO WIP2 I’m really liking how it is turning out. I will probably make a couple more in different colors when this one is finished.

SWAP SCARF YARN My partner said she likes dark blue and I have enough yarn left over from the ripple wrap to make a scarf for the Winter Scarf Swap. I really like this color blue. The picture makes it look a bit dull, but the yarn has a nice sheen and is such a rich color.

Add a comment October 9, 2009

Finally…

I’ve stepped into the word of blogging.   I have been meaning to do so  for some time now,  but just never got around to it.   Well I’ve done it,  now I just have to figure it all out lol.

Add a comment October 7, 2009

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