I haven't done any baking recently besides a few necessary loaves of bread. With a big Easter brunch coming up I'll be baking up a storm this coming week and weekend. In the meantime I decided to try two things that have been on my list for quite a while : canning and crocheting.
My brother and his girlfriend have a knack for picking out great gifts for me and for my birthday they got me this book about canning. I read cookbooks cover to cover like novels and by the time I was done read this one I was too excited to wait till fruit was in season to start canning. The recipes are easy to follow and make small batches which are perfect for my pantry. I decided to try the recipe for cocktail onions seeing as we go through a jar of them every couple of months in our house. I love a cocktail onion or two in my martini.
This recipe doesn't need to be sealed in a hot water bath because they will be keep as refrigerator pickles for 4 months. However, I really wanted to see if I could get them to seal so I processed the canned onions for the specified time in boiling water. Later I heard and *pop* *pop* pop* of the cans sealing as they cooled. Now I really can't wait for spring and summer to get here so that I can make some jams! It's really satisfying to have a pantry filled with jars of things you made yourself.
Obviously canning and crochet are very different but they hold the same appeal for me. It's nice to have things in your house that you've made yourself using the same techniques and skills that have been passed down through generations. After seeing this post on the blog Ninewaysdown I knew that I wanted to make a big colourful afghan of my own. Luckily, there are lots of videos on youtube for left-handed people. Unluckily, I just could not follow the one for making a granny square. Instead of looking for another video I just started making up my own blanket pattern and so far its coming along nicely.
In fact, I only really have one issue.
Wellington and the yarn.
No matter where I keep the yarn Wellington gets into it. I had placed these on the floor to take a picture, turned around to grab my camera and Wellington had already scattered them and was making a move for the grey wool.
Even my crochet blanket isn't safe. The second I set it down he runs over and sits on it with his furry butt and covers it in cat hair.