Sunday, February 10, 2008

Irish Hiking Scarf

This is one of the many projects that I did during last semester but only post now because luckily, I have a schedule that now allows me to spend some time for myself. =p

This scarf is made from the Irish Hiking Scarf pattern on Hello Yarn. It was a Christmas gift for my sister and while I was anxious about giving her an handmade gift, she loved it and has made it her ''official scarf''. It was my second project with cables and a very easy pattern to follow. I knit it all while watching TV. After a month of knitting my first sweater, I am dying to knit something this simple again. Anyone want one?

Detailed information:
Pattern: Irish Hiking Scarf by Adrian Bizilia
Published in: Hello Yarn
Yarn used: Georga 100% wool in the colorway Gray. (3 skeins)
Needle size: US 8 / 5mm

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Berry and Granola Muffins

Two of my good friends recently moved out into their own apartment. Being the supportive friend that I am, I decided to help them out by cooking an healthy breakfast alternative for the nachos and salsa that seem to be the only thing on their diet these days. I found the basic recipe for these in Everyday Food Magazine but changed the majority of ingredients to make them meet my friends' demands.

Berry and Granola Muffins (by Odri) makes 12
1 3/4 cup Nutri Flour Blend
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3/4 packed brown sugar
1/2 cup strawberry low-fat yogurt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3/4 granola
2 cups mixed berries
Granola topping*
*In a bowl, mix together 1/2 cup granola, 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1/4 cup all purpose flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cut 3 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter into pieces and add to the mixture. Mix with your fingertips until clumps form.

1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 12-cup standard muffin tin with an anti-adhesive spray and line it with paper liners.
2.In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
3.In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, brown sugar, strawberry yogurt and butter.
4. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour egg mixture into well. Mix until well combined. Fold in the berries.
5. Divide batter evenly among lined cups filling each 3/4 full. Sprinkle with granola topping. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let cool a few minutes before serving. You can serve these muffins the day they are made or refrigerate them.