Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Blueberry Lattice Pie

I don't have a recipe link for this, but wanted to share what is the inspiration for my cooking. I didn't cook this pie, my husband did and I think it looks very impressive! I don't aspire to be as good a cook as he is, but I endeavour to try and do some more cooking from now on. This is a way to desensitise my anxieties of which I have a lot around food and cooking, wish me luck!
a blueberry lattice pie made by my husband

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hairy Legs Club

I heard about the Hairy Legs Club on tumblr via the news a few weeks ago and I love the idea of sharing photos that help challenge accepted social norms. Why Do we shave our legs? What is wrong with hairy legs on women? I think the Hairy Legs Club is really inspiring! So here is a photo of my hairy legs! I've been waxing since 1988 so I have big bald patches, and I only wax in the summer. Why wax my legs in the winter when all I wear is long pants? And its winter here now in Australia. Luckily where I live in Brisbane we have very mild winters, so I can sit outside in the sun and work on my vitamin D deficiency. Here I am sitting outside, I painted my toe nails especially for the occasion!
my submission to the Hairy Legs Club!

Best Name for a Quilen Pet

My apolgies for not posting on my blog for a few months, I've been playing World of Warcraft! A few months ago I got a quilen pet for my hunter, and name it Brezzer! Don't you think that's the best name for a quilen pet? Its because they can resurrect a fallen ally during combat, otherwise known as 'brez'. Let me know what you think of my quilen pet name! But I've since gotten over my temporary WoW addiction and have got some up and coming blogs posts planned, especially with lots of cooking I have in mind, so watch this space!
My hunter Zye on the Timeless Isle, with her aptly named quilen pet, Brezzer

Monday, April 21, 2014

Flowering Aloe Vera

Happy Easter! We've had a very quiet weekend at home this year, enjoying an Easter egg hunt in the garden and a trip to the local water park. In the garden the aloe vera is still flowering, here is a closeup of one of the flowers, with the all-year-round basil in the background. I really should prune the flowers off to prolong the life of the plant but its covered in bees and I feel bad to steal their flowers!
closeup of an aloe vera flower

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Variegated Premmie Hat with white brim

I made another premmie hat yesterday, this time in variegated yarn. I ran out before the end so I did the brim in white. Its so cute, I wonder if it will ever get used? I used the same pattern as my tiny premmie hat pattern I shared earlier this month.
variegated premmie hat with white brim

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dairy Free Apple Pie

My husband is on a dairy free diet as it seems to upset his tummy if he eats dairy, so we tried this recipe for dairy free pastry. We just skipped the raspberries because we didn't have any but it worked out fine. It was a delicious as it looks!
apple pie made with dairy free pastry

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Tiny White Scallop Edge Premmie Beanie

I just love making premmie hats at the moment, they are so delicate and cute! Here is another one with a scallop edge, this time in white. I hope to add this to a collection of hats I hope to donate to the ward where my son spent the 1st 2 months of his life.
tiny white scallop edge premmie hat

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Tiny Pink Scalloped Edged Premmie Beanie, free pattern

This premmie beanie is the same pattern as the tiny premmie beanie I blogged about recently, except this time it has a pretty scallop edge
a tiny premmie beanie with a scallop edge
Tiny Scalloped Edged Premmie Hat Free Pattern by Teena Sutton Murphy
guage - the 1st 2 rounds measure 4 cm across
use soft 4 ply baby yarn and a 3mm hook, or hook to obtain guage
this is a very small hat for a young premmie

1. ch 3, sl st into 1st ch to form loop, sc into loop ch 2 (counts as 1st st throughout), 11 dc into loop, sl st into 1st dc (12 sts)
2. sc into same as join ch 2, dc into same (2 dc into ea st around to end) sl st into 1st dc (24 sts)
3. sc into same as join ch 2, dc into same, dc into next (2 dc, dc) repeat to end, sl st into 1st dc (36 sts)
4. sc into same as join ch 2, dc into same, dc ea into next 2 sts (2 dc, dc, dc) repeat to end, sl st into 1st dc (48 sts)
5-10. sc into same as join ch 2 (dc into next) repeat to end, sl st into 1st dc (48 sts)
11. (sk 1 st, 5 dc into next, sk 1 st, sl st into next) repeat to end for 12 scallops, fasten off and weave in ends

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Tiny Blue Premmie Beanie

I made another premmie beanie following the pattern I posted about yesterday, this time in blue. Again I used a very soft baby yarn my mum gave me and a 3 mm hook. I'm hoping to donate some premmie beanies to the ward where Thomas spent the first 2 months of his life, hopefully they'll be of some use to them!
tiny blue beanie for a premature baby

Friday, April 4, 2014

Tiny Yellow Premmie Beanie, free pattern

This hat was inspired by the tiny yellow premmie hat my son wore when he was first born 9 weeks early. Its 11 cm wide at the brim, and 9 cm high. My son's hat was knitted, but I don't knit so I made up my own crochet pattern. There are 4 increasing rounds, and 6 non-increaisng rounds, and 3 rounds for the brim. I used some lovely soft 4 ply baby yarn my mum gave me, and a 3mm hook.
premmie hat inspired by the hat my son wore when he was 1 day old

Tiny Premmie Hat Free Pattern by Teena Sutton Murphy
guage - the 1st 2 rounds measure 4 cm across
use soft 4 ply baby yarn and a 3mm hook, or hook to obtain guage
this is a very small hat for a young premmie

1. ch 3, sl st into 1st ch to form loop, sc into loop ch 2 (counts as 1st st throughout), 11 dc into loop, sl st into 1st dc (12 sts)
2. sc into same as join ch 2, dc into same (2 dc into ea st around to end) sl st into 1st dc (24 sts)
3. sc into same as join ch 2, dc into same, dc into next (2 dc, dc) repeat to end, sl st into 1st dc (36 sts)
4. sc into same as join ch 2, dc into same, dc ea into next 2 sts (2 dc, dc, dc) repeat to end, sl st into 1st dc (48 sts)
5-10. sc into same as join ch 2 (dc into next) repeat to end, sl st into 1st dc (48 sts)
11-13. sc into same as join (sc into next) repeat to end, sl st into 1st sc (48 sts)
fasten off and weave in ends
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