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Crunch time.

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I promise I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth, despite the radio silence here last week. I’ve just hit crunch time for this semester… all of my energy is being funneled into coursework, job hunting, apartment hunting, volunteering, and so on. I did get to go home for reading week, though, so that was a nice break. I’m hoping I’ll be back to regular posting next week. In the meantime, I hope you’re all well- let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments!
(Knitting above- my Aidez Cardigan)

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6/52: Dinnertime.

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Every week this year, as a little photo challenge, I’m sharing a black and white shot of my roommate’s cat. To see all of the photos so far, go here.

This week, she…

Thinks that if she sits on top of the bin of food for long enough, it will be dinnertime. She’s often disappointed in this pursuit!

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5/52 : During the storm.

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Every week this year, as a little photo challenge, I’m sharing a black and white shot of my roommate’s cat. To see all of the photos so far, go here.

This week, she…
Knows that the best spot to be during a snowstorm is curled up in bed.

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Scones with blueberries and cream.

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L came to visit last weekend, so I made a quick batch of these scones and we had them with fresh blueberries (an indulgence in Canada in January!) and whipped cream.

These scones are my favourite plain scones- they’re not sweetened, so they’re perfect for topping with fruit and cream or even just butter and jam. The recipe is really quick and easy, so if you’ve never made scones before, I’d encourage you to give it a go!

Scones
Adapted from Edmonds Flour.
Yield: approx. 2 dozen scones

Ingredients:
3 cups all-purpose flour
6 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup butter
1 – 1 1/2 cups milk

Preheat oven to 425 F (220 C / Gas Mark 7).
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Cut in butter using a pastry cutter or two butter knives. Add milk until dough just comes together. Knead gently. Roll out onto floured surface and cut circles using a mason jar or a glass. Bake in preheated oven for 10 mins or until tops are golden brown.
Serve with blueberries and freshly whipped cream.

What are you favourite toppings to have on scones?

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Lately.

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting // my Aidez cardigan, hoping to finish it before it’s too warm to wear it. (Rav link)

Reading // Suite Francaise by Irène Nemirovsky, for my course on Holocaust literature.

Baking // Scones, check back tomorrow for the recipe!

Loving // Having a kitty around the house to pet and play with. More pictures of her here.

Looking forward to // brunch, rotated between our place and two friends’ places.

Fascinated by // Campbell house, where I helped a friend take some photos for a project.

Working on // my hat and a few extras for Liesl’s Myatery Hat Swap.

What have you been up to lately?

Linking up with Yarn Along.

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4/52: For her (of course).

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Every week this year, as a little photo challenge, I’m sharing a black and white shot of my roommate’s cat. To see all of the photos so far, go here.

This week, she is…
Certain that the clothes left on the floor must be for her evening nap. Obviously.

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Morning Glory Muffins.

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I made a batch of morning glory muffins this week and they’re perfect- they remind me a lot of the morning glory muffins at a cafe in the town I grew up in. I’ve included the recipe below in case any of you want to try it.

The reusable silicone muffins cups were a Christmas gift and I love them! I think they’re from Ikea but I can’t seem to find them anywhere online. They’re quite similar to these ones though.

You’ll also notice a sneak peak of my new apron in the photos above! G made it for me as a Christmas gift and I love it. More pictures to come.

Morning Glory Muffins
(Adapted from Once Upon a Chef)

Yield: 2 dozen medium muffins

Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp dried ginger
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups grated carrot (approx. 2-3 large carrots)
1 cup grated apple (approx. 2 small apples) (I used macintosh)
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup wheat bran
3 large eggs
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup orange juice
2/3 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C / Gas Mark 5).
Place raisins in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let sit while preparing the rest of the recipe.
Combine flours, sugar, baking soda, spices, and salt in a large bowl. Add carrot, apple, coconut, sunflower seeds, and wheat bran and mix throughly.
Combine eggs, oil, vanilla, and orange juice in a small bowl.
Add wet ingredients into large bowl and mix thoroughly. Drain raisins and stir into batter.
Spoon batter into lined muffin tin and bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until tops are browned and a toothpick inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean.

Enjoy! Let me know if you decide to try them out.

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3/52: In her chair.

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Every week this year, as a little photo challenge, I’m sharing a black and white shot of my roommate’s cat. To see all of the photos so far, go here.

This week, she is…

Slowly finding places around the apartment to claim as her own. Favourites so far include windowsills, H’s closet, under or at the foot of my bed, and the rocking chair in the living room (pictured above).

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2/52: Lyra

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Every week this year, as a little photo challenge, I’m sharing a black and white shot of my roommate’s cat. To see all of the photos so far, go here.

This week, she… has a name! Lyra!

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Grey Days.

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The weather around here has been pretty grey lately… lots of rain. I actually quite like fall weather but it does get a bit tiresome after a few weeks. At least I’ve got knitting that matches the weather! I’ve just finished the first few rows of the baby cardigan I mentioned yesterday. I’m making it for my cousin’s baby who was born at the end of September. I’m making the 3-6 month size, because I won’t be seeing her until Christmas, so hopefully it’ll fit then. The yarn is Begere de France Caline in a really pretty grey, and it’s so soft! Like I said in yesterday’s post- since the yarn is so plain, I want some nice buttons to make the cardigan really special- do you have any suggestions?
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I’m still working my way through Lord of the Flies (by William Golding) and The Beggar’s Garden (by Michael Christie). I’m enjoying both of these… hopefully I’ll be able to read a bit more of the short story collection this week. Most of my reading time right now is being eaten up by academic readings.

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

Linking up with Yarn-Along.

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