Wednesday, September 26, 2007

tick tock

I have no idea where the past week - mostly I have been buried under the burden of selection criteria and statements of claims - eeeek!

The jet cardi is still coming along nicely - I can't believe how long the second sleeve is taking.

However I do expect it wil be done in the next two days or so.
My next mission is to select the colour for the bands - I'm thinking I'll probaly go with the pale greyey purple colour.

Next week I'm in Melbourne for two nights for work and I'm thinking about taking a new project to work on....

I'm feeling the vest love (hmmm maybe its this sleeve issue that I'm having putting me off arms....) and I'm thinking about this one, but without the tie?... hmmmmm.... new project possibilities....

btw, the pic is from Denmark - we visited a little antiquey type store just down the street from my host-parents' place. This room was full of clocks - it was kind of creepy...

Thursday, September 20, 2007

grrrrrrr (arrrrg?)

It's preliminary finals time for the AFL this weekend and, I have to admit, I'm really excited (even though my Hawks are out of the running for the 2007 premiership)

Actually, mostly I can't wait to see who makes it into the big one so that I can start thinking up designs for some Grand Final cupcakes! =)

I made these guys for J-Mo's birthday a couple of weeks ago (the weekend of the cheesy brownie! =)) - they're Brisbane Lions =)

However it turns out this weekend, there's going to be some combination of blue or black with white (well, ok there may be some teal thrown in there =s).


Cats I'm down with, kangas too, but how the heck would I put a power on a cupcake???
eeeek

besos =)

ps. I have been knitting too, alongside all the footy fever!!!
I'm up to the second sleeve of my jet cardi - hoping to finish it this weekend, then I just have button-bands and making-up. jiipppppppa! =)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

They say there's always next season


Sad but true the season is now officially over for the Hawks (although having several suspensions to serve next year does kind of draw it out over the off season)

The boy and I made a lightning trip to Melbourne to enjoy the finals fever atmosphere of Septopia in the flesh, and despite the eventual result of the game enjoy we certainly did!!

On arrive around 10:30am Saturday we went looking for breakfast in one of our fave spots Block Place.
Ohh, I could sit there all day!!!

Actually, I felt kinda bad about planning my day in Melbourne around all the places we wanted to stop and eat/coffee until the Boy so eloquently reminded me that mostly what we're looking for in a Melbourne trip is "food and footy" =)

It was so exciting to be going to a football final - all day we saw people everywhere in their Hawks colours, a knowing nod or hopeful smile for each whose met our eye - kind of like being part of an exclusive club.

As it was a night game we had the whole day to hang out, most of which we spent wandering the city.

Amongst the (window) shopping highlights I managed to hit Melbourne Central Borders, AFL world, the Foreign Language Bookshop (where I picked up a danish movie I've been after for ages!) and Clegs (managed to restrain myself and left empty handed!)

Along the walk to the MCG the Herald Sun have an exhibition of some of their best footy photography - I even got to high-five Jim Stynes on the way to the ground!

The game was actually pretty ordinary - final result aside and all - with neither team really having 'come to play' finals footy.

To be honest I wasn't even that disappointed with how the game turned out.
I was just thrilled to have been in Melbourne, with my Boy (did I mention he's all finished with his study? huzzah!) at a finals game - the first of many, I'm sure. =)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

FYI

Just so you know, if anyone is interested in trying out the Sullivans sock yarn now might be a good time - today I got a 120g ball for $10 (instead of $12.99)!!!

Could be just the thing for a Southern Summer of Socks!

oh, its probably obvious but, just incase, the pic there is not from Lincraft. Its from Garnlageret, a store Mum and I visited while we were in Denmark (Aarhus, to be exact =)).

I bought some gorgeous alpaca (colour 21) there, its waiting to become a shawl....

aaaah sweet souvenir yarn!

Monday, September 10, 2007

sweet chocolatey goodness

This weekend we celebrated a friend's birthday with a bbq on a gorgeous sunny day (in the middle of a drizzly gloom sandwich!).

When I asked whether I could bring something of the bakey variety I got a request for my easy cheesy choc-peppermint brownie (after admitting that she had tried to convince her significant other to commission me to bake for her..)

By complete coincidence just days beforehand Bells had had something of a disagreement with Nigella's version of the cream-cheese brownie, so I promised I would post the results of my Saturday afternoon brownie workshop, avec recipe, for her to compare.


Taadaa:
(does this count as an FO??)

You will need:

4 large eggs

360g castor sugar

320g salted butter

130g dark chocolate
ok, usually this is where you get the talk about using the best qulity chocolate blah blah. I recommend dark - the milk can be too sweet, I think - but other than that anything will do. I usually either use nestle dark choc melts or the supermarket brand chocolate

2 tsp peppermint essence
or not, if you're not down with peppermint - you could use orange essence, or a shot of strong coffee - hey, they're your brownies you can do what you want! =)

120g plain flour

80g cocoa

160g Philadelphia cream cheese

Ready? Ok.

- preheat oven to 160C

- beat eggs and sugar on low speed for 2 minutes

- melt butter and chocolate together, then add peppermint essence

- add chocolate mixture to the egg/sugar and mix on low speed for 2 minutes

- add flour and cocoa, mix until the batter looks matte and creamy mmmmmmmm

- now for the secret ingredient - the cream cheese! Drop teaspoons of the cream cheese into the batter and either gently fold through or beat for 30 seconds.
This weekend I tried one batch each way and have to admit I think that the gentle-(ish) fold through is far superior - moister and gooeyer, but still sliceable.

- if you like the traditional nuttiness of a brownie now's the time to fold them through - personally I prefer choc chips =D


I guess this usually takes between 30 and 45 minutes to bake.

You'll be able to tell when its ready, it will 'set', the top will crack and edges puff, and it might even rise on top (on cooling any rise will drop - I think this helps make it so dense and delish!).

From a regular size slice pan I usually cut about 20 - 24 pieces, and it is great microwaved with icecream!

Happy chocolating!
If anyone does try these out, please do let me know - I'd love to hear how they go =)

Saturday, September 08, 2007

what kind of knitter?

You know that I can't resist a good quiz (well, or a rubbish one!) so when I saw this at Judes' I had to find out what kind of knitter I am.....







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Friday, September 07, 2007

we can put man on the moon...

In this age of internettey goodness they tell us that the world is getting smaller.
So why is it that I can't subscribe to danish magazines - ooooh I want a subscription to Ingelese so much =S
With today's technology, is that really TO MUCH TO ASK???!!?
gggrrrrrrrrrrrrr argh

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Hellooooooo spring =)

We've had gorgeous spring weather here in Canberra this weekend (actually, just as I'm writing this I've realised we had the doors open most of the day and haven't used the heater at all tonight!!).

For my part, I did all I could to see in September in the most suitable way I know - as much footy as possible! =)

That said, I'm not really keen to talk about what happened in AFL today.
I don't think its a coincidence that Australian Idol starts this week, and I'm so glad it did!!!

I think Mark is my favourite, but I should probably reserve any of those kind of judgements until he actually makes top twelve, to avoid early disappointmet (see above: not wanting to talk about what happened today)

Oh, btw, my personal tool of the year award goes out to channel seven.

Whilst watching said football I managed to get some progress in on the Jet cardie I started last week - check it out =)
Huzzah for quick knit 12 ply!

I pretty much finished the entire left front during a football and Buffy watching marathon with J-Mo on Friday night!

This weekend also saw the opportunity for some gardening and home beautification, this weekend I took on both bathroom and ensuite, front balcony (geraniums, roses and herbs), as well as some cute springy cupcakey goodness =)

Mmm, bring on spring.
And, you know, there's always next week....