Mr Moustache :: Cross-stitching ::

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

I finally managed to take picture of Little Baby MiH in his customised vest top - I had talked about the customisation process here (a bit of time ago now). He has been too small to wear it until now - but he is wearing it all the time now that he is able to. 

I bought a set of organic vests for Little Baby MiH before he was born, and only customised one of them. If you have a winter baby, vests are not something you get to see often. It is probably best to customise the summer ones - in case you fancy making some. 

It does make the perfect gift though - a vest is really useful, but a bit boring, so customising it adds a real personal touch - I am thinking initials to be super fancy. 

I bought the organic vests from BabiPur, the waste canvas 
from the Needle Craft Shop and use some DMC thread in brown. 
Here is my Pinterest board for embroidery pattern inspiration. 

I took a few pictures of Little Baby MiH to get these three (a mere 140...), hope you enjoyed them! 

Dotty about texture :: Knitting ::

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

I am currently testing Libby's Truly Myrtle forthcoming pattern (you can see it on her IG feed), and it is all about texture. It starts with the dots pattern, and all I can think of is adding dots to a cardigan or a jumper - it would make any block colour garment so much more exciting (for a yoke or on sleeves, maybe?).

Since the pictures were taken, I decided to actually knit a gauge... and realised that I needed to go up a needle size - doh! I knew it was a bit wrong really, hence doing a last minute gauge before I went really too far. I was not getting the light fabric Libby talked about. Anyway now that I am knitting with the new needle size, it is going fast. I should be finished by the end of next week, and will post more details then (it is the deadline, so I better finish on time!). 

Pancakes everyday :: Baking ::

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

It is pancake day - and the perfect excuse to eat pancakes all day! I am finally back on reading blogs (and even commenting), and just came across this recipe by Jeska and I just had to try it - it said healthy and sugar free in the title (ok, it may depend on how much maple syrup you add to them)! In case you wonder, it is 2 points/pancake for WW

As you can see I made some for the boys yesterday, and they loved them! I probably made them a bit bigger - a sort of hybrid between pancakes and crepes (I made 16 following the recipe). It is also a chance to use those bananas that are getting a bit soft in your fruit bowl. I swapped flour for a combination of half plain white flour and half rice flour. 

They are quick to make and really nice - totally worth a try. 

But if you fancy more traditional crepes, I shared my grandma recipe two years ago, they are also delicious. 

Blue-eyed boy - The two of them :: Knitting ::

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Nearly two years ago I posted my first blue-eyed boy post. I always hoped that my boys would look like brothers - I don't look like my brother whatsoever. However I have a feeling those two will.

All the details about this knitted jacket on the original post.

Love/Hate [Le Challenge] :: Sewing ::

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Le Challenge is back... and as per usual, I made it just...and in fact this post is really late.. But dots was the theme, and dots I give you! Let's start by the only thing that comes to my mind when I think about this project - this fabric did my head in, but I love this top. It was so slippery, I just did not control any of the sewing process - ok maybe I did a bit because it does look like the Tova it is meant to be.

Not sure I have a lot to say, except that this is my favourite make ever. It a Tova but without the collar, it is much more my style. I applied a light fusible interfacing to the placket, and finished with a bias tape (although I really need to redo this for a better finish). I also shortened the top a bit. It is a tad on the small side at the moment (to encourage me to diet better..?!)

This fabric has been in my stash for at least a couple of years, and I have no idea where I got it from. I am surprised I actually like it on me, but that blue/grey really works for me - I suppose the dots/flowers add interest? 

Here you are I hated the process, but love the result - the perfect combination for Valentine's Day?!

Does 'dots' inspire you? Link in to le challenge here for a chance to win a voucher to the Fat Quarter Shop. 

Kicca :: Cross-stitching ::

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

I love cross-stitching. It is not necessary the first craft I pick up - usually it is knitting - but it makes me so happy. I also finally managed to make something from one of the latest craft books I bought. I have not changed anything - it is totally my style. This little make (now finished) should appear soon on the blog. Stay tune.

Amaranth, ama-what? :: Baking ::

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Detox is my word for 2015 - and in addition to start my diet, I wanted to find out more about superfoods... And apparently amaranth. I had no idea this little grain existed. But I was missing out, this grain is the real deal in terms of health benefits. Finding out about it was one thing; doing something that would taste nice with it another. I had the help of this great book and ta da  we now have super dooper biscuits. And to be honest with a baby and a toddler, and Mr MiH training for a half marathon, I need all the superfood recipe I can get my hands on!

Just a little warning, these are a tad ginger-y for me, Mr MiH is a big fan of ginger biscuits, and loves them just like that. So you may want to tweak the recipe accordingly. Also I had to adapt the recipe to the content of my cupboards. 

What will you need to make 20 biscuits (3 WW points/biscuit)

60g of low fat butter
60g of coconut oil
15g of light brown sugar
55g of caster sugar
1 egg
1 tsp of vanilla extract
100g of quinoa flour
1 tsp of gluten-free baking powder
125g of dried dates
60g of stem ginger
100g of amaranth (popped following this post)
1 tbsp of lemon juice

How to make these? 

1. Preheat the oven to 180 C and line two large baking trays with non-stick baking paper
2. Cream the butter and coconut oil with the brown and caster sugar until light and creamy, then mix in the egg and vanilla. 
3. Sift the quinoa flour and baking powder and fold into the creamed butter mixture. 
4. Using a spatula, mix in the dates, ginger, amaranth puffs and the lemon juice. The mixture may seem a little dry but don't be tempted to add more liquid just press together as you are mixing so that it holds. 
5. Place spoonfuls of the mixture onto to the prepared trays and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden. 

Leave to cool slightly in trays before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. 

Here you are gluten free, low GI biscuits, these are good for you! Expect more superfood recipe on the blog, and guess what raw cocoa is a superfood, so I don't have to stop posting about chocolate! Whoohoo!