Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy New Year! Waffles & The Knitting Status

Well here we are a little fresher than before. I admit that I'm still "behind", but I'm not letting it get to me. I'm good. Onward and forward my friends.

Santa came through for me in 2 big ways. First, a headlamp so my night time knitting while my husband puppy snores next to me is in a real zen place. I highly recommend this if you're a late night knitter. Second, I got a replacement waffle maker since the old one died in the summer. It's fancy pants, it's Belgian! My good friend HM at work gave me this fantastic yeast batter recipe and it is DREAM city. I'm telling you, if you like a good Belgian Waffle. This is your recipe. It's from Marion Cunningham's The Breakfast Book. Here is a friendly link.


The Kid was very excited about waffles. He learned to temper chocolate at cooking class during the first week of winter break and wanted to jazz some up for dessert. Not bad right? We finished off the marvelous batter and have frozen them individually for a quick heat up in the toaster oven on rushed mornings.


I'm obsessing over yeast again, so though I will lay low during the week, I plan on taking another crack at bread over the next weekend. 

Knitwise, I finished 2 things. No pictures, I know, I'm sorry. My mother's scarf, but I still have to send it to her! I am going to the post office tomorrow at lunch. They closed the closest post office, so it's quite a hike for me now at lunch.  I also finished a basic hat for one of my friends that I exercise with. I haven't told our other friend we hang out with yet, but I'm knitting him a similar hat for him in another colorway (same yarn). They are such positive folks it's hard not to want to believe in the good in people and want to improve the world around them. One is not so much for photos, but I'll see if I can get the other to model a shot of the finished hat next week.

I'm just about finished with sock #1 of my Xmas 2016 socks. I'm determined to finish them before starting anything else new. But I have been queuing up projects in my mind. I want to work on a baby blanket for my friends who just had this doll-like daughter. I got this kit in the gradient pink. I know blankets are tedious, but you know me, I'll have a pair of socks in a travel bag somewhere. I'm going to return to hats just because I need immediate gratification, but I feel another scarf and cardigan in 2017. I'm crazy like that. 

Tell me, waffles or pancakes? Socks or hats?

33 comments:

  1. I love waffles but have never had the right equipment to make them well (stick on mess, anyone!?)
    I love to knit socks the best but I make and enjoy a lot of hats! I am on a roll of them now!

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    1. I don't have to spray this waffle maker. It's heavy duty and there's a bunch of butter in the batter ;) When you knit you're on a roll!

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  2. Mmmm.....I've got a Belgian waffle maker somewhere. Now I've got to make me some waffles.

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    1. Yes! Make waffles! Make the happy!!

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  3. It's waffles and pancakes for me....I can't pick one over the other....I just can't... but I'm a sock person for sure.

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    1. I thought I was a pancake person. I really did. But I think it was just the syrup. LOL. I love socks so much. I can't believe there was a time I said I would never knit a sock. That's what I get for thinking I knew something about something!

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  4. Oh yeah - BOTH waffles and pancakes. I cook breakfast on Sundays and usually alternate between the two. And socks for now, but plan to start knitting some hats soon.

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    1. I like both too! I might have to make pancakes this weekend to alternate, like you!

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  5. Waffles, please! I used to freeze them for a quick breakfast, too. Sadly, I don't have a waffle iron anymore; maybe one of these mornings, I go to a cafe and have some.

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    1. The life of a typical waffle iron is not as long as I thought it would be. We went through so many of the regular? - non belgian? kind before. I love it when someone else makes me breakfast it tastes like a treat!

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  6. Pancakes please! But I love a waffle in second place. Hats, always. I think it is awesome you are gift knitting for workout pals. How nice Ellen. Thrilled to hear from you on the blog. I've missed your posts.

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    1. You're so kind Kathy. You're a mad hatter, it's one of the many reasons we like you so much hehe. I am still behind in the blog world, and missed you guys too. I'll be around a little more I hope.

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  7. The good part about hats is one and you're done. I always stall on the second sock. Waffles for me, but I do also like pancakes with apples or blueberries. Good to see you back!

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    1. Yes, the second sock stall can be very wilting. I usually just need some good t.v. to get me going. I usually fizz around in the middle of the gusset believe it or not!

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  8. I've never tried a fresh waffle, but they look absolutely delicious. I am writing down the recipe. Just need to find a waffle maker now. CJ xx

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    1. I wonder what other things one can do with the batter. hm. We like to eat them hot with just a little dusting of confectioner's sugar. swoon.

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  9. I do love the crunch of the waffle. What's the difference between that yeast waffle recipe and one that doesn't? Just a puffier waffle?

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    1. I want to say yes that the yeast provides the texture fo r the waffle but I'm not exactly sure. I know that the batter for our regular waffle maker when we had it was different, closer to pancakes.

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  10. Those waffles look amazing, though I admit I'm more of a pancake person... and socks or hats? Whatever suits my mood at the time!

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    1. Pancakes make me happy too. Maybe just for my love of syrup, but works for me. I love your knitting moods and watching your amazing needles and projects progress.

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  11. Why must I choose!!! Can't I have both? I guess pancakes is my first choice. Definitely hats. Socks take toooooooo long!

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    1. I am feeling the long sock time. STill working those Christmas socks ... ugh!

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  12. my step mom got a head lamp too for a gift! must be the thing :) happy new year!!

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    1. It is a thing! A cool thing! Happy New Year to you too!

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  13. No socks or hats, I prefer to knit/crochet shawls and sweaters I never wear! Happy 2017!

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    1. Your shawls and garment work are beautiful. So are your lovely crafts* :)

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  14. WAFFLES!!! You just can't beat a good waffle!

    SOCKS, if the yarn is right. Hat, if the yarn is too soft and squishy.

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    1. We would be seriously dangerous close together Dee. My coffee consumption is increasing again AND I blame your Instagram account for me buying a new Breakfast Cookbook.

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  15. Happy New Year! As far as waffles or pancakes, I swing both ways. Don't ask me to choose 😜 But definitely socks over hats. I have both a headlamp and a reading light but the hubby still complains that I shake the bed too much when I knit. So I end up kicking his butt to the couch.

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    1. I LOVE that you kick him to the couch. My knitting hero in many ways! Your socks are so fun and inspiring. I love the neon you played with last year!

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  16. we love both.....and i got my granddaughter (age 13) a waffle maker for Christmas....she was over the moon with it! Start em early!!!

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  17. Those afford look yummy! Good luck on the pretty blanket in gradient pink. That is quite ambitious, but you can do it. I have faith in you.

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