Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Amazing Apple Crisp

As you may know, I recently moved to Windsor to do my Masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology. Since I didn't know anyone in Windsor, I thought that it would be a good idea to make some new friends, so I invited my four classmates from the Child Clinical stream over for dinner. I made this apple crisp for dessert, and although I should probably leave part of it a mystery, it isn't as hard as you would think! Growing up, this was one of the desserts that my mom would actually make, and I love it! Warm it up with some vanilla ice cream, and bam! Instant comfort food :) Enjoy!

Apple Crisp 


2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups butter
2 quarts/8 cups peeled, cored and sliced apples

Preheat oven to 350F (175C). In a large bowl, combine the flour, oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. Cut butter into mixture until crumbly. Take half of the mixture and pat it into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Cover crumb mixture with apple slices, then sprinkle apple slices with remaining crumb mixture. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 to 50 minutes or until apples are tender. 

Monday, 3 September 2012

Knitting Update

I have been a horrible blogger recently as it has been about 2 months since I last posted something! My excuses are working full-time, buying a house, and getting everything ready for our wedding! (There will be lots of wedding posts coming up soon!) Another tough thing about my blogging is that most of the things that I make are for gifts, and I don't want to post pictures until after I have given it to whoever it is going to, and sometimes I don't know who I am making something for. This post is basically just a menagerie of different knitting projects that I have done recently and am either keeping or have already given to their recipient. I am sorry that I do not have the patterns posted, most of the ones I use have been from my mom's collection from yarn labels, booklets, and other sources. The Bernat website has lots of great patterns to check out too!

Knitted Mug Cozy

Cable Mittens

Corner-to-Corner Throw Blanket
Corner-to-Corner Baby Blanket

The pattern for the two blankets above is way too easy not to share! It's basically the same as the basic dishcloth pattern, but rectangle and with thicker yarn. Get some yarn and a round needle with the appropriate gauge (I used Homespun). Cast on 3 stitches. Knit 1, inc 1, knit to end of row. Repeat until desired width. Alternate row 1 [Knit 1, inc 1, knit to end of row.] and row 2 [Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit to end of row] until desired length. Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit to end of row. Repeat until 3 stitches left, cast off.

Throw Blanket
This blanket has a story.... I made up the pattern to this one all on my own. I was sitting looking at someone's sweater, and figured out the pattern for it, and made it into a blanket pattern. I started knitting with some brown yarn that I had got on sale, and after I started onto the 3rd ball I realized that it was a different colour! Somehow I bought 3 balls of chocolate brown, and 3 balls of another shade of brown. The moral of the story is to always double check the name of the colour on the lables before you buy 6 balls that you think are the same colour! Needless to say, I ripped out the blanket, and haven't tried out my pattern again yet. 

Baby Hat and Bootie Set

Crocheted Scarf

Flower Neck Warmer

Baby Flower Hat

For this hat, I just followed a basic baby hat pattern, and used the pattern for the flower in the neck warmer above but with smaller needles/yarn. I got my mother-in-law onto this, so now all her baby girl hats have flowers on them. Way cuter this way!

Knitted Seed Stitch Throw Blanket

Cowl Scarf

Cabled Hat

Cabled Throw Blanket

Knit Throw Blanket
 This blanket also has a story to it... I bought two different colours of yarn, brown and beige on clearance at Michael's and was knitting with the two strands together. I got about 3/4 through and realized that I didn't have enough beige yarn to finish, so I went back to Michael's. Unfortunately the yarn was discontinued, so I couldn't get more of it! So I ripped out the whole thing, and started over by knitting 3 strands together- 2 brown and 1 beige. I did finish it in time for the wedding it was a gift for! I am pretty sure that this pattern was either straight knitting, or seed stitch (k1 p1 for a row, p1 k1 on alt rows)

Adult Flower Slippers

Classic Baby Booties

Earflap Hat and Baby Booties

Mini Knitted Sweater Garland
These little sweaters made an appearance on my blog last Christmas, you can find the link to the pattern through my posting here.

Knitted Dog Vest

Classic Baby Hat and Booties

Baby Carseat Blanket

This pattern is for a carseat blanket; the hole is to put the buckle through. I feel like I need to put a picture with the blanket because it is often mistaken for a baby poncho. This was given to my sister-in-law, who had a baby girl just 2 weeks ago! The baby shower post is here.