Saturday, November 15, 2014

First Arm Knitting Experience

I've been kind of bored lately. Mostly because I've been too lazy to workout in any form. The only exercise I am a participating in is lifting my arm to my mouth. Pathetic, I know. It doesn't help that I'm a total stress eater and I'm stress out of my mind. I was determined to do something other than watch Netflix.

I decided to try my hand at knitting...again. I once knitted a scarf. I have a good friend who is an amazing knitter and she was willing to teach me. My first project is a hat. I'm using a circular needle. The hat is looking good so far. I think I got the knit and purl down. I even added two decorative rows to make it look neat. I had to stop because I haven't learned how to start tapering off.

As I'm waiting for my next knitting lesson, I did some research on arm knitting. Haven't heard of it? Arm knitting uses your arms as the needles. It makes the knit very loose.

I purchased some yarn and started. It took me about 25 minutes to knit an infinity scarf. It didn't work out at all. When I was all finished knitting, I didn't end it correctly. I'm not sure what I did wrong, but it all unraveled into one messy heap. I gave up for the night.

Yesterday, it took my 2 hours to unravel the heap of yarn. Thank goodness for TV.

I started the whole process again today. This time it worked out wonderful. And it was easier the second time around. See for yourself.

This is the site that I used:
Want to learn to arm knit? Click here!

My unfinished hat

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Pumpkin Waffles

Halloween was yesterday. I did my darnedest to limit my candy consumption. I did a pretty good job...I hope the scale will reflect it.

It was difficult to get up this morning, but I did it. It helped that I had a trail run scheduled with a friend. We tackled Wadsworth Creek. There were still fall colors on the trees. Truly beautiful.

After running, all I wanted to eat was pumpkin waffles. I've never had them before, but I had exactly 1 cup of pumpkin left from the pumpkin pie fudge and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies this week. And I found a recipe that sounded delightful.

I made them for dinner. So freaking delicious.

Pumpkin Waffles
makes 4 round waffles

1/4 c. brown sugar
3 tbs cornstarch
1 1/4 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 large eggs
1 c. milk
1 c. pumpkin
4 tbs unsalted butter, melted and warm

whipped cream
maple syrup

1- Spray the waffle iron and let it heat up
2- Combine the brown sugar and cornstarch in a large bowl. Mix together and add the rest of the dry ingredients. Mix.
3- Separate eggs: place yolks in a medium bowl and egg whites in a small bowl.
4- Add pumpkin and milk to the yolk. Whisk and set aside.
5- Using a hand mixer, whisk the egg white until they form stiff peaks. (about 2 minutes).
6- Whisk the butter into the pumpkin milk mixture.
7- Add the pumpkin milk mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir. It will be slightly lumpy.
8- Add egg whites and fold them in until you can no longer see white.
9- Pour batter into the waffle iron and cook until done.
10- Top your waffle with whatever toppings you like and prepare yourself for the BEST pumpkin waffle ever.

Recipe adapted from