Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Stupid dye lots!

I promptly started a Seascape Stole in Cleckheaton Studio Mohair 8 Ply after returning from the trip. I've stalled 3/4 of the way in though. I bought three balls of yarn, all different dye lots but perfectly matching. Then I decided that I needed another ball, and because of the different dye lots of the first three balls I didn't think twice about buying it from a different store. Yep, it doesn't match. I discovered that four days ago, and I'm still waiting for a chance to get back to the original store and get another ball. Frustrating!

In the meantime I whipped up a pair of hand warmers for wearing at the computer.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkins are in abundance in Australia at the moment and despite having pumpkin with dinner almost every night, I still can't get enough of it. So I made pumpkin pie. I've never made pumpkin pie before, and I've also never eaten it before. I used this recipe here, and I'm not sure if what I ate is classic Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, but it was really good. The shell was cookie crumbs style, using oats, coconut, spelt flour, and butter because I can't eat wheat. It was perfect.

Monday, July 7, 2008


Last week we welcomed two new members to the family. Helmut the budgerigar died recently, leaving his boyfriend Herbie all alone. We went to the pet shop to get him a new friend, and came back not only with a new budgie, but also a cockatiel. After four pets' names coincidentally starting with 'H', it's become a tradition, thus our new friends are called Himmel and Hello. Himmel means sky in German and the new budgie is blue, plus there's the novelty value of calling him Him. We think the cockatiel is female but wont be sure until she matures, so we needed a gender-neutral name. After repeatedly saying hello to her for three days, we decided that may as well be her name.




Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Berry Cheesecake Brownie

My brother came round to have a look at my photos from the trip, so I had to bake something. The bro loves cheesecake, but I couldn't go past this Berry Cheesecake Brownie recipe that I found a while ago. It turned out really nicely. Next time I will put a little bit of flour into the cheesecake mix though, to give it a proper cheesecake texture. The colour from the berries is so beautiful, it could easily have be dressed up and made really visually impressive, but I just chucked it in a bowl with vanilla ice cream and chocolate rum sauce and everyone here was happy.