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January, 2014 Monthly archive

I’ve always found bread challenging. Cakes, cookies and desserts have never been a problem. But bread never seems to work out for me. So, inspired by Elisa Blaha’s challenges that she sets herself, I though I would undertake a baking challenge this year – try and bake 30 different breads (be it loaves, rolls or perhaps something different like croissants – not exactly bread, but you have to knead it etc.). I’m hoping that this will help my technique and give me better results 🙂

So, to start off the year, I made Beer Bread.

Beer BreadI stumbled across the recipe from a knitting blog, but the recipe is from Dine & Dish, a new to me blog. The recipe couldn’t be simpler. Literally chuck it all in the bowl, mix, pour into a greased bread pan and cover with melted butter. Put it in the oven, and an hour later you have delicious beer bread 🙂 No need for kneading, yeast or fancy techniques. A nice and easy recipe to start of the year!

I’m not a fan of beer, but I do like beer in things, like beer batter etc. I found this bread very tasty and moreish and will definitely be making it again!

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So I mentioned in my last post that I would do something like 100 goals in a year, something similar to 101 goals in 1001 days. I’ve come up with the list below so far – some fairly similar goals here and there, but I’m sure I’ll add more as I think of them (although I doubt I’ll think of 100!).

Health and Wellbeing

  • Do some sort of exercise at least 3 times a week (yoga, walking, pilates, exercise vids etc.)
  • Work on my flexibility
  • Take my make up off every night (so bad at this)
  • Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!

Cooking & Eating

  • Try to think in terms of regret when making choices e.g. Am I really going to regret saying no to this dessert 5 years from now?
  • Cook more from scratch and cleanly
  • Try more recipes and cook from my cookbooks more
  • Less take aways
  • Bake bread more often (30 breads)

Beer Bread

Crafts

  • Finish at least 2 pairs of socks
  • Finish the Starfish cardigan
  • Do more colourwork
  • Knit a few times a week
  • Dye my own yarn
  • Join a new knitting group
  • Start a quilt
  • Sew a dress
  • Don’t stop knitting in Spring/Summer!
  • Start Christmas handmade gifts early
  • Start Project Life!
  • Print out Instagram’s as magnets etc.

Social

  • Plan 2 date nights a month
  • Call my grandma once every two weeks
  • Go out more with friends

Sylvester

Finances

  • Try and save 10% – 15% of my salary every month
  • Minimise craft buying

Travel/Going Out

  • Take more pictures (Instagram & with my digital camera)
  • Go on at least 2 or 3 holidays/trips abroad
  • Explore London more often and take weekend trips around the country
  • When it’s nice outside, go on more picnics, walks etc.

Misc

  • Blog at least once a week
  • Get creative with posts like photo an hour posts, colour posts etc.
  • Read 10 books
  • De-clutter the apartment

I was looking through the goals I set last year, and I was pleased to see that as far as knitting went, I accomplished some things I didn’t think I would. I started meeting up with a knitting group regularly (which I’ve since stopped). I thought I would never work up the courage to do so. I also tried colourwork for the first time at Christmas. They are Game of Thrones Direwolf mittens (LINK) and I have to say, once you bite the bullet and just go for it, it’s not as daunting as you think. And the mittens are turning out really nice 🙂

So, those are my goals for the year. I’ll do a post now and then to check up on how I’m doing.

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So, it’s been a while.

I could go into the usual foray of reasons for neglecting the blog, but I’d rather focus on just starting (again) on here and documenting my knitting adventures. 2013 wasn’t the greatest of years of my life. Too many negative things happened. But there are some nice things that have happened along the way, adopting a cat we have named ‘Sylvester’, and being more creative than I’ve been in years.

So, I’m not going to put pressure on myself with this blog. I will write when I write. But I think I’m going to take a new stance of how I look at the blog. It’s a place for me to write down memories and keep a log of my crafty projects. Not be too pedantic about what types of posts I should be doing or trying to follow a schedule.

Anyway, I was thinking of partaking in the 101 goals in 1001 or whatever it’s called, but instead of a having the goals in 1001 days, I might just do 100 goals for the year. I like fresh starts at the beginning of a year, and 100 goals is more than enough 🙂

Happy New Year!

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