Saturday, 22 January 2011

Frogging and Heaven in Muffin Form

Welcome to Saturday at the TB house. How's your week been?I have had a positive week. Mr TB and I have been sticking to our New Year Resoloution of spending more quality time together when the chance comes along and I am already feeling much more positive about life because of it. It has helped because he hasn't been away so much this week.

Now for the wooly bit!

Do you remember the beautiful yarn I got in my Ravelry swap?
It's so beautiful and I was impatient and had to make something immediately with it, so I tried a scarf ...................................

However I ran out of yarn and it has been sat in my WIP bag ever since. So I frogged it this week and decided to rework it and make another Queen Anne Scarf with it

And I am sooooo happy with it!!!!! I love the colour change through the motifs and it will go with anything now.

I have been on the socks again!

They are coming on a treat but I am now at a grinding halt!
It's heel time and I haven't got a scooby. I did my last pair cuff down and a short row heel but these are toe up and I need to do a heel flap which I have never done before and can't work it out. I have told you before I am a bear of very little brain. I have looked at patterns online but they confuse me with some kind of code that I am not privy to.
Put the left flange over the right dubryferkin and wiggle the waggle til it decreases the subplumb sort of thing! Crochet Club on Wednesday can't come quick enough, to speak to Lucy the wonder brain that owns the LYS. She has far too much wooly knowlege than is good for one person who is also a lovely lady. I bet when she shows me it will all fall into place and not be such a big deal but the frustration until I can get on with then is shocking. I keep leaving them at night with the instructions I downloaded in the hope the teach themselves how it works over. Maybe I liked The Elves and The Shoemaker story a little too much as a child ;o) ??

My other major discovery of the week was bananas in the bottom of the fruit bowl that the kids were avoiding as if they were poisonous! I hate waste and can't stand to throw out perfectly good food. I went to the Nigella Lawson website and searched banana and found
 happiness in muffin form!

Banana Muffins.

  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 125ml vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 250g flour
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 150g butterscotch (or chocolate) morsels


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6 and line a 12-bun muffin tin with muffin papers.
  2. Mash the bananas and set aside for a moment.
  3. Pour the oil into a jug and beat in the eggs.
  4. Put the flour, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder into a large bowl and mix in the beaten-egg-and-oil mixture, followed by the mashed bananas.
  5. Fold in the butterscotch morsels, then place equal quantities in the prepared muffin tin - I use an ice cream scoop and a spatula - and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
This recipe is lovely but I am not in the habit of having butterscotch to hand so I went for white chocolate cut in to chunks and they were DELISH! Oh and if you sprinkle a little demerara sugar on the top before you pop them in the oven they have a gorgeous caramel crispy top.

I will never throw away old bananas again!
I am so going to make these to take to Crochet Club on Wednesday. It's my Birthday next Friday and one of the other lovely ladies Birthday soon after so we deserve a treat me thinks.

Have a great week all of you!Hope the sun shines on you all. Bye for now. xxxxxxxxx


  1. The Queen Anne scarf is beautiful.

    Butterscotch morsels -I've never seen them in my life. Where does Nigella get these things from? White chocolate sounds like a good sub. I always through over-ripe bananas in the freezer to bake with when I have enough.

  2. Love the striped socks! When I am in a sock mood, I want to sit down and try that toe up bit. I got stumped at the cast on!
    I have sooooo much sock yarn!

  3. I love your scarf. It is absolutely beautiful. I wish I could do socks. Ah one day I will learn. Muffins look wonderful. I have made banana bread but not muffins. Must try!

  4. Love the scarf and what beautiful yarn!

  5. Your post made me laugh! Sock elves, wouldn't that be wonderful. I hope you do get to grips with the flappy bit as they are looking fabulous. I left a little comment on Rav but it's worth a mention here too - I love your scarf, the colours are divine and hats off to you for the whole frogging / starting over bit.

  6. The scarf is SOOOO beautiful!!! I've been thinking on making one of those! I should give it a try!

  7. I remember that yarn! I think it was the first post I read on your blog and I looooooooooooooved it! Wow, it has made a stunning queen annes lace scarf! I love the way the colour changes after a couple of motifs instead of right through them, I am so envious! Wear it with pride!