Monday, June 28, 2010

Guild Charity KAL

Some of the ladies in my knitting guild are participating in a charity KAL to make lap robes/throws for nursing homes that will be distributed by our local Salvation Army. We have targeted our September meeting as the time to have our blankets finished so we can show them off and admire each other's choices of color. One of our members presented a very informative and interesting program on the use and choice of color for our June meeting. I have never been confident in my color combination choices so was especially happy that we had a member willing to share her knowledge with us. I have always admired her use of color in her knitting projects.

For the charity KAL, we are using a free online pattern from Spud and Chloe called "Dream Catcher Baby Blanket". Here is the link to this pattern.

I have chosen my colors and knitted 8 squares so far. I will be posting my progress as I knit along on this blanket. That will help keep me accountable and on target, hopefully. Here is my progress so far.
I have another project on the needles that is pulling me away from the Dream Catcher Blanket. I am making my second Rambling Rows Sweater from the Cottage Creations pattern. Here is my progress so far on this project. The yarn I am using is Vanna's Choice worsted weight in colors Pink, Pink Poodle, and Magenta.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Muffins That Taste Like Donuts

Yes, that really is what they are called and they really do taste like donuts. This has been a favorite in our house for many years. The original recipe made regular-size muffins, but we actually prefer the mini muffins. I started making the mini muffins when the children were young.


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/3 cup canola oil

3/4 cup white sugar (first amount)

1 egg

3/4 cup milk

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1/2 cup melted butter

3/4 cup white sugar (second amount) mixed with 1 tsp. cinnamon

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In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

In another bowl combine thoroughly oil, sugar, egg, and milk.

Add liquid ingredients to dry and stir only to combine.

Bake in greased muffins tins at 350 F for 20-25 minutes

Or, for mini muffins bake 15 minutes.

Shake muffins out immediately and while hot, dip tops in melted butter, then sugar and cinnamon mixture.

Yield: 12 regular-size muffins or 36 mini muffins