Friday, January 31, 2014

Pancakes for One

Sometimes it's just about



and I.

On a day like that, I eat pancakes!  : )

Here's a recipe I've come up with, tested and eaten (many times).

Pancakes for One

1/2 cup flour (all purpose or whole wheat)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt

Mix together.

1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 egg

Add wet ingredients to bowl.
Whisk egg lightly, mixing into milk.
Mix wet and dry ingredients.
Heat non-stick skillet to medium high.
Pour batter and cook.
Flip when bubbles form on top.

Makes 5-6 pancakes. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Knitting Journey... The Humble Dishcloth

My knitting career began with a "my mother made me" baby sweater - a horrible, ratty looking little thing -  that I knit many years ago when expecting my first child.  That sweater was not a success!

I didn't pick up needles again until my first grandchild was born in 2012.  It was a bit of a challenge, but things began to click and I started making bunnies and puppies, tiny sweaters and hats, and Christmas ornaments.
Maggie's Christmas Bells

I have two rules.  The projects have to be tiny (greater satisfaction when I complete something fairly quickly) and each project needs to teach me something new.  I still consider myself a beginner!  

This past week I decided to make some dishcloths.  I wanted to experiment with patterns and texture.  Making dishcloths also gave me a chance to figure out if I wanted to tackle a bigger project.  The yellow dishcloth and the variegated dishcloth are actually baby blanket patterns.  

After the first two, I was on a roll.  I discovered Laws of Knitting.  Not only are there some excellent video tutorials for a beginner knitter on this website, I found five more dishcloth patterns!  The green dishcloth is "Noni's Favourite Pattern".

Anyway, if you're embarking on a knitting journey, perhaps some of the links above will help!

Happy knitting,

P.S.    I made all three dishcloths using Size 4 (3.5 mm) needles and Bernat Handicrafter Cotton.  When I crocheted (two rows of single crochet) around the green cloth, I used a 4.25 mm hook. 

How did I make the baby blanket patterns dishcloth sized? For the yellow one, cast on only 32 stitches. Don't worry about the variegated dishcloth. You knit on the diagonal, so when your triangle looks big enough, follow the decreasing directions.

Monday, January 27, 2014


I love walking. 

By myself - a time to shake out the cobwebs, reflect, think and problem solve.

With my spouse - a time to connect.

With friends - a time to vent, laugh and catch up.

I thought you might like reading this article I found online.  

It outlines five walking goals, each with a customized walking plan.  

Strengthen your immune system.
Keep your heart healthy.
Lose dangerous belly fat.
Stress less.
Lower your cancer risk.

Time for a walk!

Friday, January 24, 2014

An ordinary day... after an extraordinary two months...

Why, hello!  

It has been an amazing time!  A roller coaster ride of emotions.

A hectic December, preparing for Christmas and company... 

... waiting for a special little grandson who chose to enter this world a New Year's Baby!

... and saying good-bye to that little baby's great-grandmother a week later.


It's an ordinary kind of day...

... a make a batch of muffins day...

... and that's nice, too!

These Banana Oatmeal Muffins from Yummy Mummy Club are amazing for two reasons.  First, you can make them entirely in a blender.  That's right.  Throw everything in the blender and press the button!  Had to try it; glad I did.  Sadly, my Magic Bullet was not strong enough for the job, but dumping everything into my mixer and beating thoroughly seemed to work just as well.  Second, there's no flour.  Hmmm.... I was intrigued.  

The verdict?  Tasty.  I'd definitely make them again.  

Note: I made only a half batch - used 1/4 cup yogurt as the equivalent for 1/2 an individual yogurt container.