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as mentioned in my previous post,  i am dedicating April and early May for my (in shaa Allah) final paper for my FLMI designation under LOMA. like usual, LOMA is all fun when it is very near to the exam date, and for my case, on 13th May. this week i took two days off and spent 2 days an half locked away in libraries. yeah, i spent half a day at my local library, only to be frustrated that it took me so long to find parking space, the library was very warm and their internet server was down. i drove up to KL on Friday morning, spent full 7 hours studying, slept over at Aisyah’s new place and spent Saturday at the same library.

i went back home late on Saturday’s evening and rest, crochet, gardening the whole Sunday. all in all, i’d say its a very productive week so far.

as for my MBC, i am proud to say that i am up-to-date, spent a couple of hours at Aisyah’s crocheting while talking/gossiping/watching a movie with her.

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more excitingly, i saw a post by Knit Picks on Owl Granny Square a few days back

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i think these are just so cute! i googled Repeat Crafter Me’s website and yeay, she have entries on the tutorials.

what do you think happened? haha.. this happened…

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ta-daaa… miscalculation on my part, the owl is not properly aligned with the square. i of course cant find my “normal”button stash. so i just sewn these buttons instead.

i showed the owl to Aisyah and told her about the miscalculation, she said “this is what we called as creativity”. well, ill take that as a good thing then 🙂

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the owl and April’s squares, i used the new colours already 🙂

right. going back to work tomorrow, and more study sessions next week.

ill write when i can, in shaa Allah.

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wow March came and gone!

how are you guys? long time no see. i know its been a while i didnt update my blog. i blame it on the hot weather (haha) and like usual, the stress and all those activities at work.

but worry not, i am always with yarn and needle whenever i am free, wherever i am.

i took some yarns with me during my last trip to Sumatera too.. and yeap, i finished all my 31 squares for March. wanna see?

i started my pieces for April too, just two, today’s square is still on its way 🙂

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so i am up to date, Alhamdulillah.

now i guess i could talk a little bit about Medan. as the trip was my fourth or fifth trip so far, i know i will not be able to say a lot of nice things about it. for me, Medan is the city of traffic, motorbikes and dust.

but amidst all those, i still love the warmth of the people. during the first day we were there, we took a walk early in the morning to buy some “lontong”for breakfast and everyone from each house that we passed will call and ask us to come have tea. of course we politely declined, but thats what happened for the rest of the days we were there.

teh manis (sweetened black tea) is their favorite drink and i just love to see how simple their lives are in the village.  how they all will wake up for fajr and didnt go back to bed, even small kids! i was a little ashamed when an aunt told me how her son is very lazy, saying he will only wakes up at 9am. gosh, i held my tongue from revealing what time i will wake up during my “lazy day”. hahaha

anyway, here are some photos i managed to snap. it was very warm, i was on vacation, so i was not very much in the mood of playing camera lady 🙂

right on. its very warm outside. lets cool down and continue to crochet. no little side projects on April. its the month to go study for my last paper for LOMA.

wish me luck!!

It was a better February this year. From my past experiences, my February was always a sad one. So Alhamdulillah for the better month.

So whats up with everyone?

Its very quiet here these days. I done my February stash and they are now safely stored in a box together with January stash.

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And what else i have been doing, apart from daily square for March?

Well… I saw these when browsing the internet last week.

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And so when i went to Spotlight (again) last saturday, i puchased some very while acrylic yarn (they are on sale, a 200gm ball for rm9.99). Its pretty simple to crochet really, i just followed the video tutorial on youtube and here is my  first bear

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Hehehe…i didnt get to buy the correct eyes for it. But i had let Yasmin to take it home with her. Will crochet some more soon.

So anyhow, i am typing this while in the car, my younger bro driving mom and i to airport. Leaving for a short trip to Sumatera. Will blog only when i have wifi, inshaa Allah or when im back home next weekend.

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Hence bye February….bye KL, for now.

Have a great weekend!

Its 22nd Feb and i am typing this while listening to speeches at Pullman Hotel. We are having Chinese New Year celebration during the last day of the festival and my SOCOM team is the backbone.

So i was very busy last week, leaving office late due to the meetings for our event.

Anyhow, i had two days off last weekend to recharge and to look at what i have for my MBC.

Still remember the Maybelle flowers? I made four of them, crochet their squares and toy around with what to do with them.

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And i also thought of making a small bag with these four flowers but i decided not to as i dont need more bags (as if).

As to not to run away from my project, finally i made a decision to try to size the flowers so they could go along with my blanket.

So i crochet the border and here is how ill position the squares roughly

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Hope it will turn out okay once completed.

So thats my update so far. I already have 21 squares as at yesterday for feb (pheww i’m up to date albeit the crazy week).

Right, one picture of the small garden. My pot of plumed cockscomb bloomed (yeay). Here’s a picture 🙂

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See you all next update. Stay healthy!

i think i need to put in another rule for my MBC. that is, if its a month end closing week, i can have a lapse in updating the blog. having said that, it was indeed a busy week during the end of Jan. sorry for not updating my progress, and thank you for reminders!

anyhow i was also not feeling well last week, my eczema was bad, but alhamdulillah i went to see my doctor last Monday, gave me a jab and some pills and i am doing better now.

so here is the update so far. January ended and i have 31 squares wrapped in a bag and stored away.

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and i opened February with a change. i now use 2 colors only for a while. i like them all the same.

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the 6 squares of February

so there we have it, the progress of the MBC 🙂

what else have i done these two weeks? well, i learnt to crochet some coasters. the blue one was my training coaster and the green one is the second try product. gave both of them to a colleague as a birthday gift (handmade gifts are awesome).

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and today i had sometime to look at the my small garden. loving this japanese roses i planted a few months ago in a cracked tea pot given by Noorul.

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new centre piece for the dining table

right. its a long weekend due to chinese new year on Monday. will travel to Ipoh one of the days and the rest of the weekend will be for books and nap catch up sessions.

have a great one all!

and its the MBC update day!

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nah… i am now in a “too long an afternoon nap”syndrome. its a mistake to lay down at 4 pm.

before i fell asleep tho, i managed to learn to make one solid granny square, guided by, again by YouTube tutorial. Here it is:

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yeah, did not look as good as the sunburst that i learnt last week. But it will look neat if they are joined. Here is a picture of an pillow cover made using this pattern from google image

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anyhow, i am up to date with my mood blanket, done the 17 squares as today is 17 of Jan.

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long way to go!

p/s: so what have you been working on this weekend?

 

 

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Hello there!

As promised, here is the first progress report. this simply means i have done catching up for the first 10 days of 2016.

i made 10 pcs of the squares, really very random colours and like them all!

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the essentials. the small crochet bowl is for yarn tails 🙂

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the first 10 squares

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up close 

i also learnt that one skein of wool (50gms) can only make 10 squares. more shopping to come, then.

right. back to sunday house chores and lets see if i am in a better mood to do one more (i am pretty sure i will crochet more today). i might also learn a few more patterns…maybe the solid square or even sunburst.

p/s: thank you so much for all friends who encouraged this journey. sms, whatsapp, twitter messages encouragements are so welcomed! now i have a friend who will also be challenging herself to finish a few projects this year (weeehoo!). and thank you too my best buddy who is now offered to be my fellow yarn shopper (so blessed).

its his birthday weekend and i rewarded myself by applying for days off from work (haha). and to celebrate even more, i made us a mini apple pie using some left over dough from the last apple pie i made.  since the leftover dough was only enough for the pie base, i mixed up a small batch for crumble topping.

an old friend of mine wanted to have the recipe, so here i it is. (thanks for asking for the recipe, Zam, its a way of me updating this abandoned blog) 😛

i kinda fell in love with Anna Olson’s Double Crust Fruit Pie dough recipe and always been using the same one for all my fruit pie (thanks Anna!).

Please take note that the recipe is for an 8″, top and bottom pie crust, so if you are making something like i did, please just halve the recipe. i understand from my own experiences that rolling and transferring the crust to the pan going to be a bit of a challenge, but you can just roll your dough on top of a plastic sheet (dust with flour). it will be easier for you to transfer the rolled crust, trust me.

INGREDIENTS

Double Crust Fruit Pie Dough

2 ½ cup all-purpose flour

1 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

3 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 cup cool unsalted butter, cut into pieces (does not have to be ice cold)

¼ cup cool water (find the coldest water you have in your fridge)

2 tsp white vinegar or lemon juice

Filling

6 cups peeled and sliced mixed apples (such as Mutsu, Granny Smith, Royal Gala, Honey Crisp, Cortland or others) – about 5 medium apples – I always just use Granny Smith as I like my pie a little sour.

1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

½ cup granulated sugar

⅓ cup packed light brown sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp ground allspice

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

1 recipe Double Crust Fruit Pie Dough

2 Tbsp rolled oats

2 Tbsp unsalted butter

DIRECTIONS

Double Crust Fruit Pie Dough

1. Combine the flour, sugar and salt together. Add the oil and blend in using a pastry cutter, electric beaters or a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, until the flour looks evenly crumbly in texture.

2. Add the butter and cut in until rough and crumbly but small pieces of butter are still visible. Stir the water and vinegar (or lemon juice, if using) together and add all at once to the flour mixture, mixing just until the dough comes together. Shape the dough into 2 disks, wrap and chill until firm, at least an hour.

3. The dough can be made up to 2 days ahead and stored chilled, or can be frozen for up to 3 months, thawing in the fridge before rolling.

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what i made last two weeks, huge portion for 10 people

Filling

1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.

2. Toss the sliced apples with the lemon juice. Place half of the apples in a sauté pan or saucepan and heat over medium heating, until some of the juices cook out and the apples soften, about 10 minutes. Remove the apples from the pan using a slotted spoon and stir with the remaining uncooked apples to cool.

3. In a separate bowl, stir the granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg to blend, then stir this into the apples and set aside.

4. Pull out the dough from the fridge 15-30 minutes before rolling. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the first disk of dough into a circle just less than ¼-inch thick. Dust a 9-inch pie plate with flour and line the plate with the pastry. Sprinkle the bottom of the shell with the oats (this will help absorb any excess juices). Spoon the apple filling into the shell and dot with the butter. Roll out the remaining disk of dough to the same thickness and place over the apples. Trim any excess dough and pinch the edges of the crust together, created a fluted edge. Brush the pastry with the egg wash. Stir a little sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle generously overtop. Use scissors to snip opening in the top crust to allow steam to escape.

5. Place the pie on a parchment-lined baking tray and bake for 10 minutes at 400 F. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 F and continue to bake for another 40 to 50 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Cool the pie for at least 2 hours before slicing to serve.

Here is the recipe for the alternative crumble topping

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (i put a little more as i just love the salty from the topping and the sweetness of the filling)
  • 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Blend first 5 ingredients in processor. Add chilled butter cubes; using on/off turns, cut in until mixture resembles wet sand.

Toss filling to redistribute juices; transfer to crust, mounding in center. Pack topping over and around apples. Bake pie on baking sheet until topping is golden, about 40 minutes (cover top with foil if browning too quickly). Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake until apples in center are tender when pierced and filling is bubbling thickly at edges, about 45 minutes longer. Cool until warm, about 1 hour. Serve with lots of vanilla ice cream. yums!

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my mini crumble apple pie, ready to go into the oven

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the final result, bit of burnt top as we like a little burnt taste. hahaha. We finished this for breakfast this morning (oh my diet)

I have been craving for some cakes. Last week i wrote an email to my dear girls, asking for a recipe of the heart warming oatmeal cake baked for me when i visited Dubai in 2013.

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Baked by Haleema

The reply arrived and i was eagerly waiting for the weekend to bake and spoil my diet silly. I posted some pictures on Instagram and a few friends messaged me for the recipe.

Here it is… I copy and paste from the original email 🙂

1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 cup oats
Pour boiling water over the oats in a bowl and set aside.

1/2 cup butter/margarine, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
Cream these together well.

2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt

Beat the eggs into the cream one at a time. Mix in the rest of the ingredients. Stir in the oatmeal mixture. Bake in greased pan for 30 – 35 minutes.

Topping:

6 tablespoons butter or margarine
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons cream or milk
3/4 cup dessicated coconut
3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Put all ingredients into a saucepan. Heat and stir to melt butter and dissolve sugar.

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Once the cake is baked, spread this topping over the cake, and broil six to eight inches from heat until browned and bubbly. (I don’t have a broiler, so I have always put the cake on the bottom rack in the oven and baked the topping with the oven door slightly open. If your oven has a heating element or fire at the top, then you can broil it there.)

There you go. Mine look like this when done:

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i think i over broiled my topping!

I did not wait for an hour for the cake to cool down before i cut it. I cant wait that long!

Happy baking uolls!!

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