peppermints & poppies

where life imitates art

and finally… January 23, 2010

Filed under: Crochet,Knitting,Project Projects! — Katherine @ 3:14 pm

Project Projects is now up to three! The cotton baby ripple was finished this week, but it has taken until today for me to be in possession of enough natural light to photograph it in. Winter, tut. I long for the days when I can leave for work in the light, and it still be light when I get in.

It’s a fairly small blanket, a good size for a car seat or buggy, and the cotton makes it cosy without being too warm. I haven’t yet decided whether this will be Baby p&p’s first handcrafted item, or if I’m going to send it to my ready-to-pop-at-any-minute friend! If she has a boy, I think I’ll donate it.  If she has a girl, it’s mine. All mine. I don’t know what flavour mine is, yet, but am unconcerned by gender stereotypes.

On the subject of Baby p&p, the little nugget’s doing well. I heard the reassuring thump of a teeny tiny heartbeat on Tuesday, and that had me on a high all week. I’ve also started to feel movements – the slightest hint of small, secret shifts and rolls and kicks that get stronger by the day. This morning the little one’s dad had his hand on my belly, and was treated to a little, soft poke (probably the strongest kick bubs could muster!) that made it all the way to the outside world. We have our next scan in a couple of weeks, and should be able to find out the gender. I actually can’t wait.

In other news, the lovely Mr p&p gave me the gift of yarn for Christmas, and it arrived this week.

Lovely, lovely pima cotton for my Sage Remedy top. I’m hoping to have this done for spring, and the pattern looks like it will accommodate my increasing girth with relative ease!

And some long-awaited Malabrigo Worsted, to become some variety of cardigan. Oh my, this yarn. If you’ve never encountered this in person (I hadn’t, until it popped through my letterbox a couple of days ago), then you are severely missing out. It’s buttery soft, squooshy, warm – all of the things a good pure wool should be. And the colour is amazing. Really amazing. This shade is called ‘Sealing Wax’ and it’s a mixture of rich reds, with hints of orange here and there.

I think I’m in love.

 

happy new year! January 7, 2010

Filed under: Baking,Project Projects! — Katherine @ 10:22 pm

Ok, it’s been nearly a week since New Year’s Day, when I fully intended to write a post about how my New Year’s resolution was to update my blog more regularly. Woops. And even worse than that, I’ve spent the last 3 days marooned in my house because of this:

I’ve mentioned before that a couple of inches of snow brings the whole of England grinding to a halt, no? This week we had 8 inches in one day. And it’s snowed every day since. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to drive a Ford KA in 8 inches of snow up a hill, but it’s not an experience I’d recommend, especially when fairly pregnant and extremely hormonal. So no work for me. Hooray!

Anyhoo, I’m posting now. Yay!

I considered undertaking another resolution, of sorts. To complete 52 projects in one year. One for each week. Then I remembered I’m having a baby this year, and thought 52 projects was a little ambitious. So now I’m attempting 35 projects in one year. I think that’s more do-able. And I’m borrowing 2 projects from last year, to start with. If you can’t win – cheat!

So here I present projects 1 and 2. Made for my parents for Christmas, cause I’m poor and they so love the handmade goodies.

For my dad – oreo balls (recipe shortly!) covered in peppermint-scented dark chocolate (his favourite) with cutesty choc sprinkles.

For my mum – oreo balls covered in white chocolate, with pretty pink sugar sprinkles. I did these first, so they’re not as neat as the others, but they still went down well!

Oreo balls are the easiest things EVER to make, and they taste lovely. Here’s how:

Empty 3 packets (the 170g (ish) packets, NOT the boxes!) of oreos into your food processor and blitz until you can’t see any of the white bits and the crumbs have the texure of sand. The finer you can get it, the better the texture of the finished product will be.

Then chuck in one packet of Philadelphia or your equivalent supermarket branded full fat soft cheese. The 225g (ish) packet, not the huuuuuge one! Blitz again until it’s combined.

Take your gooey mass out, wrap it up and put it in the fridge for a while. I left mine overnight, but a few hours would do it. When it’s all cold and firm, roll into walnut-sized balls and chill again.

Then dunk your chilled balls in the melted chocolate of your choice to coat them. I used a mug and two forks for this, but there are other ways. And if you want to put sprinkles on, get them on FAST, cause that chocolate hardens superfast!

Place on non-stick surface, chill til the chocolate is hard, and serve!

You should keep these in the fridge between servings, and eat them all within a week (oh, the trauma!). That said, my mum was still eating hers well over a week later and didn’t die. Hooray!

Go forth and enjoy your balls. I’ll be digging my way off a very snowy hill.