Archive for Baking

New Year 2015

Happy New Year!! First bread of the year turned out handsome, if I dare say so myself — I choose to think this is an auspicious sign for the year!


….And Immi learned to crochet. She learned it quickly too — good for her! Right now she is making a scarf. But I know Immi, she’ll make several scarfs (or some such thing) and then one day she’ll have a ginormous and ingenious idea and make it happen. Anyhow I’m excited, if there’s two of us that enjoy crafting with yarn, surely it justifies stash expansion expedition.


Merry Cookie Day

Despite their parents’ lack of enthusiasm for  holidays in general, kids LOVE all of it. I have no idea how that happened. Kids unanimously wanted reindeers on our front lawn, I drew a very firm line there. I helped them bake cookies and they decorated them. Merry Cookie Day! …says Immi.


Anyhow, I’m wishing you all warm and cozy longest nights of the year!


Ashland drew this picture, I love how cheerful it is.


Favorite Breakfast

Kid’s absolute favorite breakfast is Dutch Baby. I make it once a week or so, which is about how often I get completely fed up with kids being super picky eaters and just want to make something they all love to eat that does have some amount of nutritional value (it uses LOTS of eggs).


Baking Bread


Valentine Cookies

Made some cookies.


Immi came home with all these from school!


Baking Bread Sticks

I wondered if bread sticks can be made from regular bread dough…and it totally worked!


Pumpkin Muffin

The pumpkin we got from pumpkin patch was baked into pumpkin muffins.


It’s Totally Almost Autumn

I know that it’s not autumn for few more weeks according to the calendar but, it totally feels like it’s just around the corner. …So I baked some bread! This one is roasted garlic and green olives.

I wondered if I’d forgotten how to bake bread from few months break, but I’m right where I left off. This autumn, I’m hoping to learn more about bread baking — trying out different methods and finding/tinkering with recipes.

Handmade Birthday — Making Play Tent

It was Immi’s 5th birthday a few days ago. And while gifts aren’t central to any holidays we celebrate, I wanted to make her birthday special because now she understands that it is ‘her’ special day and she has been looking forward to it since Ashland’s birthday in July and then Lucian’s in November. I would have been tempted to just go to a toy store and buy something, but Immi doesn’t even like toys much anymore — she loves pretend play, dressing up, and uses various items (toys or otherwise) as props but she doesn’t use toys as activities — so I thought to make her a play tent! She has had several of them over the years (3 to be exact) and thoroughly enjoyed them but they don’t stand up to daily [ab]use.

After some poking around the web, I compared some instructions and then came up with a design that I thought were best for our purpose. I found this to be great for the basic idea, and this instruction that uses PVC pipes helpful for the poles, and then got some design ideas from this one. Essentially, it’s a teepee, but I don’t want to be responsible for cultural incorrectness so I’m calling it a “teepee inspired boho princess play tent”.

I had Todd go to home improvement store for PVC pipes which they kindly cut it down to specs for me. The 6 poles and 12 end caps cost us total of $15.64. Basically, this was the only items I didn’t already have in the stash so this is the total project cost 🙂 Todd drilled holes in them (like it’s done in this instruction) because I figured this would probably keep the poles together nicely. From there, I happen to have a huge sheet of knit jersey fabric that a retired seamstress gave me years ago and I was glad I finally found use for it!


Here’s Lucian, he woke up from a nap and NOT helping me. (This is why I don’t generally even bother trying to make large items!)


And here it is all done! It’s exactly roomy enough to fit 3 kids in.

Here’s the details of the top portion. I reinforced the top edge  that comes around the poles with corduroy in the same color (I happen to have some, also from the same retired seamstress!) because the main fabric is stretchy (which was a factor I was willing to work around because using this fabric — which doesn’t fray — means I won’t have to hem the seams!). I made loops to lace the cord which is attached to the center of gigantic semi-circle to hold the fabric in place over the poles. I added strips of sari fabric and glittered bell and key for decoration.

While at it, I also made the birthday cake.


Lots of Baking = No Knitting

So I’ve been baking a lot. Which is great, lots of fresh breads and treats for much less than they would be from bakeries, and I can also quality control ingredients. …But this means I haven’t had much chance to knit/crochet at all this winter. Looks like it’s going to be spring here soon without having had much to do with yarn!