Two weeks seems like a long time ago now but I finally did some socializing yesterday, visiting DD’s house for a movie marathon with VW as well (who I hadn’t seen – or messaged because before I knew it, months had passed and how do you start a conversation then??-  in a year and missed to bits. Will be sure to keep in touch now!)

In the morning I arrived first, but only because VW had overslept. D made me watch ‘Happy Tree Friends’ as we waited – an innocent, childish cartoon until the animals all start dying in quite gory ways (I have examples but where do I start? The badger-I-Think who got stabbed in the brain with a plank of nails or the moose who basically got grated from the bottom up by the rollercoaster track? Think Final Destination’s rollercoaster scene with cute bunny rabbits and squirrels) . It is a gory interpretation of cartoon violence, in which the bloody content is turned up to the max. Never let your children near Netflix, lest they stumble upon this by accident. Heavens forbid that happens.

I think the plan was to have a movie marathon via Netflix, but this plan was slowly abandoned because we just couldn’t decide on what to watch. A Disney Film? A Thriller? Why is ‘Tangled’ not on Netflix???

We settled on three selective episodes of Adventure Time ( which I recall as ‘The One Where Finn Has Hair’, ‘The One With Bubblegum’s Pink Sweater’ and ‘The One Where Jake Meets Lady Rainicorn’s Parents’), then paraded into the kitchen to make mini cupcakes with D’s mini cupcake maker. That plan was abandoned too because the aforementioned cupcake maker seemed a bit suspicious. We went with 12 normal sized cupcakes and the conventional oven eventually. You really can’t go wrong with these.

I got four to take home and Derp snapped one up as soon as I returned, so the ones in the photo are the ones that were left. They are far from perfect as they were mistreated in the car on the way home but hey, they tasted amazing – so rich and buttery we could’ve left out the icing and they would still be great.

I think this calls for a future baking party of some sort – as long as it’s not held at my house. I love baking but our oven doesn’t agree with anyone, let alone me. 


Must Knit to Quell the Urge to Eat during GBBO…

Okay, so when I started writing ‘weekly thoughts’ it was because the things that happened in my life were far too momentous to put into their own posts. Then all of my personal writing became the weekly thoughts so now I’m trying to switch it back a bit.

I guess I am still finding my feet with this blog by experimenting which can be a bit annoying (you can contact me to tell me what you like, though! That’s why I set up an email and Twitter! Just sayin’.) but it’s also quite exciting as well. 

The Great British Bake Off is back, if you didn’t know. I was super excited all day and did a bunch of things to prepare. I roughly tidied up my room, made a hot drink, had a new knitting project ready, and BBC iPlayer in live mode because Dad and Aunt were actually using the TV for something for once- and there was none of the usual WiFi lag and quality problem, I got a crisp image almost all the way through the program and it. Was. Great.
I learnt that morning that more people watched last year’s final than those that watched the Fifa World Cup Final, which I think is amazing, and #GBBO hit #1 on Twitter’s worldwide trending list that evening. If I remember correctly, GBBO has racked up the first episode views every year by about 2 million and this year it was no different is it gathered about 9.3 million/43% viewers! It has become an essentially British thing and I love it.

Oh yes… I did just say I started a new knitting project just to celebrate.

It is being made to the Lael Cowl pattern (I will give it a personal name related to baking as it is my GBBO knitting project – but it’s not quite a Black Forest Gateau *wink*) using Stylecraft’s Life Chunky in Colourway ‘Mixtures Bracken’. This colourway is acceptably close enough to chocolate and a great neutral colourway for this winter. No reason not to start early with my knitting speed, though.

I underestimated the big-ness of it – it is also supposed to be my short break between bits of the Ilene Bag, but now I’ve finished the cast on which took me the best of half the GBBO episode, it feels like it will take a bit longer. I think I’ll just switch again when I am bored or literally just knit this on GBBO days and the Ilene Bag on the other days.

Hopefully I can get this cowl finished by the time the final rolls around!