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May 14, 2012

postsecret tuesday

Filed under: Misc — mknit @ 10:22 am

grandmother.jpg

i hope that person called back the grandmother, after she hung up.

May 12, 2012

keep calm, knit on.

Filed under: socks — mknit @ 9:15 am

Decreases done on gusset, now on to the foot! I've almost got a pair of sock! Just in time for summer!! :D

just a pictorial update. decrease on the gusset finished, am now on to the foot. Let’s just keep chugging.

May 11, 2012

Sugar Cookies

Filed under: cookies — mknit @ 10:14 am

Vanilla cookies

First time testing out the squeeze cookies. They were a bit softer than I anticipated, I think it’s due to over beating (as I always over beat, ergh) Luckily the recipe was for a small family batch, so I can give it another go shortly.

Post-baking

This is what it looked like after baking. it just flattened out, and the shape didn’t hold. Despite the cookies not holding shape, it still tasted pretty good and crispy. I really need to stop sampling these though, it’s no good for my waist line.

May 10, 2012

Hello??

Filed under: cookies — mknit @ 3:07 pm

Hello Spoon & Forks

I got these new cookie cutters, and couldn’t wait to try them out, so I broke out the remaining chocolate dough and tested it out. The dog bone shaped cookie cutter does not cut as well…i might have to use a knife to clean up the edges a bit more. The rest worked great, and I still have to get used to using the alphabets, but i love the new cookie cutter.

Looking forward to making more cookies with them!!

May 7, 2012

relaxing Sunday with Friends

Filed under: cookies — mknit @ 11:53 am

bccookie.jpg

Nothing I love more than spontaneous friend gatherings. Yesterday, Lynn msgged me early afternoon seeing what I was doing, I said prob making cookies, then I asked if she wanted to come over. With nothing else planned for the day, Lynn, Cris & Wei-Chih came over to my house.

Agreeing on making chocolate cookies, we set to work. Everyone had a different idea of what type of cookie they wanted, we settled on cashew/banana flavor & og chocolate. So we made a double batch.

Lynn wanted to help out in mixing so I gave the reign to her, letting her mix the butter, mixing the flour & etc… letting everyone that wanted to help help out, half the fun is in the actual doing after all.

After all the mixing was done, I split the batch into two and added banana & cashew into one mix, and putting the other half in the fridge for later.

We might have had added one too many banana, so the cookie dough ended up being really moist, in that i was unable to form the mixture into a ball form, I just free formed it in scoop form.

The other half, we played with the cookie cutter…everyone had a good time using the cutters to make shapes that they wanted.

choccookie.jpg

While waiting for the cookies to bake, we played some Wii fitness.

What a fun relaxing sunday with friends.

April 25, 2012

Matcha Cookies

Filed under: cookies — mknit @ 10:49 am

I've got the love~~~ matcha cookies! success!! :)

Every week on Tuesday I always get the hankering to make cookies. I don’t know what it is.

I was torn between making the shortbread cookie shaped like a teabag dipped in chocolate (although I would not make the cookies exactly like teabags, but I’d like to try the dipping the shortbread in chocolate) and trying the matcha cookies again. (I’ve failed many times in making matcha cookies)

I let the friend that I’m sending these cookies to voice an opinion about what cookies she wanted to receive, in the end, she voted for the matcha. I was more than happy to oblige. So I typed Matcha Cookies in Chinese into google research, and got this website in the search.

I have recently realised that cookies have to be made or ARE made differently here. Most cookies are made from low gluten flour instead of ap flour…so that the taste i think is different and one has to compensate for the humidity. So I thought I’d try a chinese recipe.

I doubled the recipe to use ONE whole egg instead of 1/2 an egg.  how do you measure half an egg? and what would you do with the other half of the egg? why not just say, egg yolk or egg white, but 1/2 an egg, really??!?!?!?  My measurements are a bit weird when it came down to the 1/3 t of baking powder. I just sorta eyeballed it, since I had only 1/2 t & 1/4 t.

Having an electronic mixer (borrowed from friend) helps in mixing…i love it.

I have a small oven, so I used my scale and divided the dough into 10~11g balls. I got about 36 balls in total. After i rolled them into balls, I then flatted them into a disc, and used a small cookie cutter to indent into the disc. The shape you indent into the disc will hold during baking…I rather like this way of making a design onto the cookie, so i’ve been doing it this way.

Matcha cookies pre-baked

Without further ado

Matcha Cookies (original here)

Unsalted Butter 100g
Sugar 80g
1 egg
Gluten Free Flour 180g
Matcha Powder 2 Tbspn
Baking powder 2/3tspn

  1. Bring egg & butter to room temp. Whisk together flour, baking powder & Matcha Powder & sift. (dry ingredients)
  2. Cream the butter & add sugar in 3 separate times, until the butter turns pale (whiter)
  3. Add in the egg slowly to the butter mixture, mix well.
  4. Mix in the dry ingredients, be sure to scrape the sides. After your cookie dough is incorporated, refrigerate for at least 30 mins to firm up the dough. (i didn’t do this, i worked the dough directly into 10-11g balls)
  5. Pre-heat your oven now to 160C (i always pre-heat my oven when i’m ready to bake), and roll out your cookie dough and cut to desired shape. Bake at 160C for 15 mins. or until slightly brown on edges.

Notes: if you do not want to cut the cookies to shape, you can roll them into balls like i did and just squish them flat to bake, it gives them a bit of an organic/homemade look that i like. I also am using grams instead of cups because that’s what the original recipe went with.

April 24, 2012

lunchtime knitting/lunchtime napping

Filed under: socks — mknit @ 2:52 pm

4/16: Rep4...
this is my escape of writing a long long post about the second sock. the picture was taken at 4/16 @ 4 reps.

I’ve designated this as my work knitting, leaving it at work, to work on during my lunch hour when I’m not napping. Today I did 3 rows before the nap got the best of me. But there is always tomorrow to work on it a bit more.

Let’s see how long this will take for me to finish it…even it doing a few rows per day will speed up this sock knitting than having it sit at home and not knitting.  Before I started knitting today 4/24, I was at the 6th rep, last rep of the leg pattern.

Looking forward that the heel flap & gusset heel will be the doom of me…but one row at a time.

that’s the motto, one row at a time.

April 16, 2012

1down1togo

Filed under: socks — mknit @ 2:40 pm

Last

this is what I had to work with at the end of Friday night… and on Saturday… this.

4/14 done

tada! one sock down… and now slowly working on the other sock…

April 12, 2012

This sock Snares me

Filed under: Knits — mknit @ 2:36 pm

Devil's snare in progress

I am finally past the decrease of the heel flap part. And now it’s just smooth sailing from here.  I even tried the partridge heel…modified.
modified partridge heel

The color is a bit more colorful in the picture, but it’s pretty accurate, should it be really saturated.

The leg part is pretty long, but I like it better that way for winter socks.  I’ll try to see if I can finish this sock by the end of this month… if not both socks, then at the least, this one sock. :)

The weather is getting pretty warm, and I have been distracted by other hobbies that have been taking my time away from knitting.  I should try to get a handle on continuation of knitting and not let it fall to the way side.

cheer me on!!

March 31, 2012

springy blue

Filed under: nails — mknit @ 8:19 am

Nails 3/27

Got bored with plain nails, and having to keep them short for piano. I mean I normally like to keep my nails short, but I feel like I have to keep them extra short for playing the piano.

So I did this, simple, using scotch tape to half my nails, and then just pain the half that’s not covered.

Then the next day when things were dried, I added some more flair.
Flair
But I only did this on the left hand, cuz I’m unskilled with my left hand, even at dotting.

Cute huh?

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