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71  My real 1st project- scarf for my daughter in Knitting: Completed Projects by redflags on: March 14, 2010 10:39:40 AM
Last week I posted a sort-of 1st project, a wrist warmer that came into being because I was attempting a scarf and got bored with the colors I was using. A few days ago my daughter decided she wanted a scarf, so I picked out something in bright pinks (her favorite) and got to work.

I've only been knitting for a week, but I was getting so bored doing nothing but garter and stockinette stitch. So I decided to just play around with it, and wound up doing k5 or 6 then p1 or 2, experimenting to see what would happen. In the end, I got a very...interesting pattern  Cheesy

I added some very hasty tassels at the last minute, and Cthulhu knows there are plenty of mistakes here (like when I was binding off and pulled something way too tight, making the one end all wonky). But my daughter absolutely loves it, and that makes me happy. I wish I would have worked with something better (it's acrylic), but since I was practicing I didn't want to mess up anything too nice.

Here it is, with an action shot (I wish the pattern would have shown up better):

I am so in love with knitting, it's absurd. C&C very welcome (I never know what exactly I'm doing wrong)!

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72  Extra-sweet granola bars in Dessert by redflags on: March 10, 2010 10:18:19 AM
These are much sweeter and more dessert-like than your average granola bars, and it's what I made for tonight's dessert.

I started with a basic granola bar recipe, but modified it so much it's pretty far removed from it. I added peanut butter, honey, dark chocolate chips, raisins, and coconut. The recipe called for instant oats, but I really don't like those. So I used old fashioned rolled oats instead, and they stand up much better in th bar without being tough or chalky. Next time I really want to try some dried strawberries and cherries, and maybe some pecans or cashews. You can pretty much add or subtract anything and everything to these (recipe below).

The finished product:

Modified to include the recipe as I used it:

2 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 - 1 c. packed brown sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. peanut butter (I used creamy, but I bet crunchy would be good)
1 c. raisins
1 c. chocolate chips
1 c. sweetened coconut flakes (unsweetened would work also)
1 tsp. salt
1/2 c. honey (I may have used a few Tbsp. more)
1 egg
1/2 c. canola oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350

1. Combine oats, sugar, cinnamon, flour, raisins, chocolate chips, coconut, and salt.
2. In a separate bowl combine honey, peanut butter, egg, oil, and vanilla. Beat until creamy
3. Mix the wet and dry to combine well
4. Pour granola mixture onto a large cookie sheet lined with foil that's been greased, or use parchment paper (which I prefer). Use your hands to spread it out evenly (utensils don't work very well for this)
5. Bake 20-30 minutes, depending on your oven (you really have to keep an eye on it, and take it out when the edges just turn golden brown. Mine went from golden brown to almost burned in about a minute)
6. Let cool for 5 minutes and then cut (it you wait longer to cut it the granola will get crumbly and just fall apart).
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73  My 1st project: buttoned wrist warmer in Knitting: Completed Projects by redflags on: March 09, 2010 07:44:30 AM
So I learned to knit (somewhat) over the weekend (thank you, YouTube), and started on making a scarf. However, I got bored with the yarn I was using and decided to finish it up, sew some buttons on it, and call it a wrist warmer.

There's a decent number of flaws, but overall I'm pleased as punch with it.

If anyone has any tips/suggestions, I'm all ears  Smiley
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74  Chocolate Cream Pie in Dessert by redflags on: March 07, 2010 03:39:20 PM
Hi everyone! This is my first post  Smiley

My grandmother sent me an awesome stoneware pie plate as a surprise yesterday, so I had to use it immediately. I decided on a chocolate cream pie. These always sound complicated, but from start to finish takes me about 30 minutes.

For this one I made a chocolate chip cookie crust (I made the cookies the other day, and had some left over so I used them to make it, but a standard graham cracker crust works well also). I made a really rich chocolate mousse for the filling using a mix of semi-sweet and bittersweet chocolate, and then topped it off with a pretty standard whipped cream (I use a little less sugar than most, though), and then dusted with unsweetened cocoa powder.

Here's the result:

This pie plate is a bit deeper than I'm used to, so next time I'll compensate so the pie reaches the top completely, but over I'm very happy with it.
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