Friday, 31 January 2014

Sugar Crusted Scones

Sugar Crusted Scones
Sugar Crusted Scones

I was wading through some of my draft posts the other day and realised that I had this recipe for scones that I had been meaning to post.

I haven't made them in a while, but remember how liberally I would spread butter on a scone and take a satisfying guilt free bite. I've never felt guilty about eating anything and feel that there's nothing wrong with a bit of indulgence once in a while. I know that most people eat scones with jam and clotted cream but for me butter is the only way to go.

Though this recipe is for Sugar Crusted Scones, I sometimes skip this part especially if the tripolatas are likely to sample a scone or two.

With the help of family these never lasted more than a day, so I can't say exactly how long they'll keep. I'd imagine that in an airtight container you'd be good for a few days.

Click here for the video version

Sugar Crusted Scones
Makes 12.
Prep 10-15 mins. Baking 10-12 mins

225g self raising flour
50g butter, diced
25g caster sugar, plus extra for coating
75g raisins/sultanas
120ml milk
1 egg, beaten

1. Preheat oven to 200 C/ 400 F/Gas mark 6
2. Add the flour and butter into a bowl and rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
3. Add the sugar and raisins/sultanas and mix well
4. Make a well in the center of the bowl and add the milk. Then mix the milk into the mixture using a palate or table knife. 
5. Flour a clean work surface and tip out the dough. Using your hands, bring the dough together, trying not to handle it too much.
6. Using your hands press the dough into a rectangle that is about 1" thick.
7. Using a 2" circular cutter, cut out the scones. Do not twist the cutter, simply press it down and lift it out again.
8. Dip the top of each scone into the beaten egg and then into a bowl of sugar and then place on a greased baking tray.
9. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until risen and golden
10. Cool, serve and enjoy.

To add a little variety, you can substitute the raisins/sultanas for chocolate chips or other dried fruit.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

CranApple and Breakfast Fruit Drops Recipe

I'm always on the look out for healthy treats and snacks to give to my boys. Fortunately they absolutely love fruit, but like all children they also love crisps and biscuits. For this reason I prefer to bake them biscuits myself so that I know what's inside, but there isn't always the time and a lot of recipes use too much sugar for my liking.

So I went off to Pinterest in search of some tasty, HEALTHY treats and came across raw fruit bars. They all looked so yummy, and are easy to make.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Knitting and Crocheting Wrist Exercise

Wrist exercise
Wrist Exercises by Stacey Trock

As someone who knits and crochets as often as possible I find that at times I develop pains and stiffness in my wrists and elbows. I know that this is most likely due to the fact that I'm not sitting properly or supporting my arms in the correct way whilst working on my latest project, but I can never seem to stay in one position and sometimes it's not possible such as when I'm on public transport, or in a waiting room.

To eliviate any discomfort I have discovered a great set of exercises, the ones featured in this post are perfect for anyone with aching wrists. They come courtesy of Stacey Trock from her blog Fresh Stitches.

If like me you are experiencing knitting or crochet related wrist pain, give these a try.

Wrist exercises for knitters and crocheters

Do you know of any other exercises?

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Pocket Poncho Update

Yesterday I finished knitting up the pocket poncho. I'm very happy with the results and am now thinking of how to put it together. I tried one method which actually looked good, but then realised that it would be harder to line the pocket. I've now decided to unseam it, make a pocket with material that I'll hopefully buy tomorrow, then re-seam the ends. The pocket itself will now be bigger than I initially planned, more of a pouch than an actual pocket, which has given me some ideas for a name.

Knitted PonchoKnitted poncho with pocket

One thing I need to think about is the closure, Do I use snaps or a button? Most likely I'll use a button unless I can find snaps that aren't too small and fiddly.

As I initially thought, this project was quick to knit up, so it will be a project that I will sell as a finished product as well as a pattern. This one of course will be mine, but I will play around with variations in color, and pockets/pouches.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

I'm Back With Two New Projects

After a break over the Christmas holidays I am now back. Hubby returned from Nigeria last Saturday after leaving on Christmas day, yes.. Christmas Day. This was a very long Christmas holiday with the Tripolatas asking for their dad every night and practically crying themselves to sleep. I didn't get much knitting done but was able to do a lot of thinking about future patterns.

I am now roughly two pattern repeats away from finishing the main body of the Madison poncho (more on that later).

At the same time I have started two new projects.

The first is the Ijeoma Ruana, in my last post I talked about my chosen yarn (Patons Colour Works Aran) being discontinued. I have now found a substitute in the form of Rica Design Fashion Country Aran. The stitch gauge is 1 stitch greater than Patons, but this is fine as I can just add  a few more stitches in the areas where there is no patterning.

The second project is the Pocket Poncho (TBC). It's a poncho (obviously), that has a pocket on the front. I'm using Patons Fab Big. It's based on a poncho I made for my sister as a Christmas present last year (2012). The pattern is simple and the yarn is chunky so it shouldn't take long to knit up.

Even so I've been procrastinating a little, there always seems to be something that needs my attention and by the time I'm able to relax a little it's after 10pm and I'm wandering whether I should stay up and work a few rows or sleep.

I just have to keep reminding myself that in eight months the trio will be in school full time and I'll have more opportunities to do all the creative things that my fingers are itching to do, boy I can't wait.