Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Classic Bran Muffins

Whenever I visited at my Granny's house she either offered me a bran muffin or a rhubarb muffin. She always had some made and stored away in the freezer. I always loved them! I know some people don't like bran muffins but if you try these you might change your mind. These are very moist and so tasty. The key ingredient here is the buttermilk.

Whenever I make/eat these it reminds me of my dear sweet Granny. She always said she wasn't a great cook but her food couldn't be beat. I don't think I ever disliked anything she made, it was all so good. I wish I had more of her recipes to treasure.

Classic Bran Muffins

These are a very moist bran muffin - you won't even need butter!

1 1/2 cups wheat bran
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 375F

Mix together wheat bran and buttermilk; let stand.

Combine vegetable oil, egg, sugar and vanilla - add to bran mixture.

Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to first mixture, mix until just blended.

Add raisins

Bake 15 - 20 minutes

Makes 12 Muffins

Sunday, January 27, 2013


Four Weddings and a Funeral

I'm probably one of a growing few who have opted for other options over the traditional cable t.v. services. We do have Netflix and that is growing more all the time with it's variety but I am also starting to use some of the savings from reducing my cable bill by about $100/month on purchasing series that I like to watch and will re-watch. I was looking to pick up a dvd that for some reason isn't offered on Netflix or cineplex online store, it's Four Weddings and a Funeral. I haven't seen it in ages but I really love it. So today I ordered that for $5 and I picked up a delightful BBC series called Larkrise to Candleford, a true gem based on trilogy written by Flora Thompson. The first episode I watched, I was hooked. Now that being said, I am also in love with Downton Abbey and Miss Marple. If you like those kinds of shows, you will definitely love this series. I lucked out and it was 46% off when I went to order it. I'm going to definitely treasure this for many years.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Belated Christmas

Sure Christmas is long past, but I wanted to post this earlier but I somehow misplaced my camera USB  cord and had to order another.

Something you may see only in Saskatchewan. In the summer they plant flowers in it and at Christmas it is decked out in Christmas lights. This is the only grasshopper I like. I'm terrified of the real deal and living on the prairies really is hard during the summer months when they are all over the place.

Grasshopper Sculpture - Taken Dec 24/12

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My first Knit of 2013

I've decided this is it, this is the year that I don't let fear keep me from knitting what I want to. I had this yarn since early last year. I was going to knit this shawl for Spring 2012. The yarn sat there, I thought about it but I kept thinking that maybe I should try a different pattern. I don't know why, I just had it in my head that it was complicated and I should opt for an easier pattern. I've done oodles of the Boneyard Shawl, it's turning into my go-to prayer shawl pattern. I love the flow of it, and that it is so easy to switch it up with different colours. This is good for a prayer shawl, the ease of the knit allows for quiet prayer time. Then something in me pushed to go for it and try the pattern. I read it over and saw all the 'short rows'. Up until now I've dreaded the short rows. I thought it was something extremely complicated. Sure I had done them in various patterns, but this pattern they play a very prominent role.

I'm so glad I did it. This gives me even more confidence and as long as I can continue to not over think and just take each pattern step-by-step I can try all sorts of things that have up until this point intimidated me. I've always wanted to knit socks - why wait any longer! After I get this shawl completed I'm going to try my first pair. I have knit 3 Christmas Stockings so I have a basic understanding of the steps. After that, who knows. I just know that I want to have a year of knitting on things I want, not necessarily all for me, but I will no longer knit on things that don't make me happy. Knitting shouldn't be a chore, I love it so much and I'd hate to ever dread it. So this is the 'me' year, a year where I push past my self created limitations and try things that I've always wanted to and find out what other projects make fall in love with the art of knitting all over again.

This Striped Study is knit with Madeline Tosh Sock in Antler and Isadora.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

No more Hair Colour!!!

Sadly after my third application the reaction got worse. This time it felt like my scalp was on fire at the back by my neck. It feels like a chemical burn! Is this even worth it to not be grey at 43? It worries me how quickly the reaction worsens. I now have a very sore, very itchy head. It is about half way up the back and my whole neck is itchy!
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Fun Mail

Today I got my participation price for participating in Nancy's coloring contest in December. I had a lot of fun coloring and in fact it is still on my fridge! I was surprised to find this waiting for me in yesterday's mail. As soon as I saw the recipient the lights went off and I remembered that I was getting something from the contest, how sweet!

Isn't this just the nicest participation prize! I've attempted socks once, and I lost. I did however successfully make three Christmas stockings, so some part of me understands the concept. I just have to get used to doing it with sock yarn and smaller needles. I've already discovered the pattern that I'm going to try for my first pair using the Cascade Fixation. It is Cascade Fixation Ankle socks. I rarely wear socks that go up my calves so I thought this was a good starting place for me and the pattern seems to be very easy to read. You can find it on Ravery for free.