New Hobby

I have always wanted to get into knitting. I have been sewing since I was about 11 years old and love to make quilts, but have always thought it would be fun to be able to knit as well. Knitting is no longer for grandmas – with all the amazing patterns and yarns currently available anyone can find something they would love to create.

When I lived in New York City I would often go and look at the shop Purl Soho – it is filled with beautiful fabrics as well as yarns of all types and colours. If you are ever in NYC you should for sure go and check it out, even if you don’t sew or knit it is a fun place to get lost in for 30 minutes or so. I didn’t end up having the time to take any of their classes (because my culinary program was so demanding and strenuous); but knew that once I returned to Calgary I would love to enroll in a beginners knitting class.

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This past weekend my sister and I had our first knitting class at The Loop in Kensington. It turns out knitting is more difficult than I expected, but that only adds to my desire to be able to master it. I practiced for a couple of hours last night and think I have finally figured out how to cast on and do the knit stitch.

I thought it would be fun to share a few projects from Purl Soho that I would like to make in the near future. Below is only a small sampling of what Purl Soho has available – all of their yarns and patterns are available on their website, so if you like anything below you can order it online. knit2

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Images 1-4 from One Sheepish Girl and 5-8 from the Purl Bee (Purl Soho’s blog.)

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Vintage Inspired Children’s Clothing

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Since I found out that I was pregnant I have been on the hunt for vintage inspired baby clothes. If you know me you know that I love anything from the 1940’s-1960’s. I couldn’t have been more excited when my mom and sister found the children’s clothing store Janie and Jack while on vacation in Arizona. There clothing stores are only in the United States, but they ship internationally, so even if you don’t live in the US you can still order all of their merchandise online.

Janie and Jack carry high quality and classic style clothing for ages newborn to size 8.  Even Suri Cruise is often seen sporting their outfits. Their clothing collections are released in a style line.  Each line is given a name.  For instance, they recently released “Holiday Rose” for girls and “Tattersall Train” for boys. Both lines have a cohesive colour scheme and theme and include several shirts, pants/shirts, hats, belts and accessories. All off the pieces in the line are interchangeable and can be mixed and matched with one another. What I love about their clothes is that the boys outfits are just as cute as the girls – something I rarely find at most children’s clothing stores.

I can hardly wait to find out if I am having a boy or girl so I can start buying some of their gorgeous outfits!

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NYC for baby!

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Since David and I met and fell in love in New York City I thought it might be cute to buy some NYC inspired baby clothes, books and toys for the little guy. This is what I have found so far:

1. This is New York by Miroslav Sasek

2. Kid’s Qeuf Taxi

3. New York in A Bag

4. Alpaca Apple Pillow

5. Piccolini NYC Hot Dog Pretzel NY onesie

6. A Walk in New York by Salvatore Rubbino

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French Blueberry Muffins

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I feels like it has been forever since I have done a recipe post. I love to blog recipes but my perfectionism has been holding me back lately. I am so worried about taking the perfect photographs and often compare myself to other more popular blogs. I realize this is silly, but it can be hard not to feel like your content simply isn’t good enough and that no one is going to read it anyways. It doesn’t really matter if I am the only one reading this blog because it brings me joy to take photographs and to share recipes that I think others will also enjoy. All of the other more famous blogs that I compare myself to had to start somewhere and probably often felt not good enough. Over the next few months I am going to set the goal to post at least one recipe every couple of weeks and even put it up if the photos don’t seem perfect enough to me. The only way I will improve my photography and writing skills is to practice regardless of whether the post is “perfect.”

Now on to this recipe for French Blueberry muffins. These muffins come together in no time at all and have a buttery, slightly lemony flavour and are bursting with ripe blueberries. They are there most delicious when served right out of the oven or within 12 hours of baking, but would freeze well if you don’t think you could make it through 12 muffins in one day. I like to eat them warm, slathered with salted butter and a steaming mug of coffee. Even if you are not a really confident baker, muffins are the perfect recipe to build your baking skills.

French Blueberry Muffins

Recipe from the Sweeter Side of Amy’s Bread
Makes 12 standard sized muffins

Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup whole milk, room temp
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, grated
  • 1 2/3 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen

Method

Position rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease 12 large muffins tins or line them with baking paper. In a large bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt and whisk together. Set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, eggs, milk and lemon zest. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the liquid in the middle.  Gently fold until everything is moistened.  Do not over mix your batter. Fold the blueberries into the batter until just combined.

Gently scoop the batter evenly into 12 large muffin cups. Bake for 25-30 minutes (rotating half way through) or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  The tops should be golden brown in colour. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes, then remove and place on wire rack to cool completely.

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