Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Made by Me

I posted the other day about what I would be baking. Here are my rhubarb muffins right out of the oven.

Of course, you can't share a yummy picture like that without also sharing the recipe! So Tina, just because you asked, here it is:

Rhubarb Muffins

125g butter
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 egg
2 cups self raising flour
1 cup milk
2 cups diced raw rhubarb

Preheat oven to 190C
Line muffin pan with patty pan papers, or grease holes well.
Cream butter and sugar together, add vanilla and egg and mix well.
In a separate bowl, sift flour.
Add half the flour and have the milk to the butter mixture and mix well. Then add the remaining flour & milk and mix well again.
Fold the rhubarb through the mixture.
Spoon mixture into muffin pan.
Bake for about 25-30 minutes.
To serve, dust with icing sugar.

This mixture usually makes around 18 muffins. Yesterday I got 17 LOL.

And this. I'm VERY proud of this! It has taken me nine months, but I have finally finished my first ever hand-knitted garment! I picked this pattern for a cardigan because the body of the garment is just straight knitting. I figured if I got stuck on the lace I could hand it over to Mum ;-) As it turned out, the lace was pretty simple once Mum should me the 'k1,s1,k1,psso' bit!

I don't really enjoy knitting for the sake of it. I find it slow and tedious and much prefer to crochet, for the quick results. However, knitting a dying skill that I did not want to lose. My Grandmother is no longer able to knit and my Mum isn't getting any younger either. I decided that I should remind myself before Mum wasn't able or around to help me fix my mistakes! I now know how to do that and will probably seek to knit one thing a year and build on my teensy bit of knitting knowledge LOL.

I am now looking forward to the coming cooler days, being able to wear something warm and cosy with a skirt, that doesn't look as formal as a black jacket does.

I have to say....I'm VERY proud of myself.


Tracy said...

I'm very proud of you, too! And impressed. Really, really impressed!

Anonymous said...

The cardigan looks lovely and hopefully the cooler weather isn't too far way. The muffins look yummy. I use basically the same recipe for all of my muffins just change the fruit eg banana, apple for whatever is on hand. If there isn't any fruit to use, I use chocolate chips :)

DianneE said...

Tracy, You did a wonderful job on the sweater, it looks beautiful and it will really be nice for the cooler days coming up.

Your muffins look really yummy too! I love rhubarb especially rhubarb-strawberry pie. I think I will try your recipe.

Anonymous said...

Your cardigan looks beautiful. I have never knitted anything that ambitious.


Tracy said...

Thank you all for your encouragement! Kate, until this past year, neither had I. Despite how wonderful it looks, it was really very simple. I consider myself somewhere between beginning and intermediate so it really wasn't tooooo ambitious!

Anonymous said...

Tracy, you clever girl! SO beautiful! And thank you my dear for posting the recipe...I can't wait to try them...all I need is to wait for the rhubarb to be ready!

Love, Tina :)

Tracy said...

My rhubarb looked more like celery by the time I picked it, but Miss Mischief and I share a muffin to taste test and they were lovely.

And the recipe won't be lost ~ it'll be right here when you want it ;-)

The Tin House said...

Tracy - what a vast collection of busyness! Knitting, cleaning, hosting!!! Love the knitting. The muffins are scrumptious (I can attest to it having cooked them twice). I hope your playdate was fun. Lisa x

Busy Woman said...

The muffins look great, I will have to try them.

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