Feb 22, 2015

The Best Bran Muffins / Weizenkleie Muffins

These muffins are great for breakfast or an afternoon break when I crave some cake: healthy but still sweet enough to feel like a treat and very filling.
The recipe is inspired by this one by David Lebovitz but with much less fat and sugar - and hassle :-) And the added bonus-banana gives my version quite a different taste..
Try both and find your own perfect mixture!

The Best Bran Muffins (3PP each)

125 gr brans / Weizenkleie
50 gr whole wheat flour / Vollkornmehl
40 gr flour / Weissmehl 405
35 gr sugar / Zucker (brown is nice, white works, too)
1 teaspoon/Teelöffel soda / Natron (not heaped / gestrichen)
1 teaspoon/Teel. baking powder / Backpulver (not heaped / gestrichen)
1/2 teaspoon/Teel. Salt
50 gr raisins / Rosinen
175 gr water / Wasser
120 gr yoghurt / Joghurt (I usually mix about 60gr with water / ich mische meist Joghurt/Wasser halbe-halbe)
50 gr oil / Öl
2 eggs / Eier
1 very ripe banana (sehr reif), mashed / zerdrückt

Mix dry ingredients, mix wet ingredients and blend both together. It´s going to be a very wet dough. Fill 12 - 15 muffin cups and bake for about 30 minutes at 180°C or 350°F.
These muffins are good for several days if kept in a tin. Delish just plain or with nut butter and banana slices..

Let me know what you think and have a nice Sunday!

Nov 9, 2014

Knitting pattern pompom hat / Strickmuster Pudelmütze

Winter is coming..

Ha, but it´s true, we got the first snow of the year here in Munich this week. Anyway, last time I was in Berlin I spotted some very awesome PomPom hats in a shop an decided to try to make one myself. Thanks to the internet I found several patterns but none that really was what I was looking for.

So I made up my own recipe and thought I share it here with you all because a) it turned out really nice and b) it is really easy. Two very good points in my book.

Please notice that I have a hard time reading knitting patterns - so my "pattern" is more like a recipe and probaly lacks the right terminology. However, I hope you do understand what I mean - if not you are very welcome to ask or to offer all of us better/clearer expressions :-)


Materials you need


- color I for hat-body: ca. 125gr (ca. 200 meter) for 4,5-5,5 size needles. I used a bright green
- color II for edge and pompom: ca. 30 gr. depending on the size. Mine is a rather big one..

I used Lana Grossa pure wool "Bingo" which comes in the most amazing colors: 3 balls for the hat and 1 ball for the pompom.


Set of double pointed knitting needles 4 - 5,5 mm european size, or 6, 7, 8 or 9 american size


cardboard, compass, darning or other big needle and scissors

The "Pattern"

  • Cast on 128 stiches in color II on 4 needles (= 32 on each needle) and then stich 1 round 2 knit / 2 purl (Maschenaufnehmen in Farbe II, dann 1 Runde Muster: 2 re / 2 lks)
  • Change to color I and continue with the pattern 2 knit / 2 purl until the hat is about 25 cm long (Nach einer Runde zur Farbe I wechseln und ca. 25cm hoch stricken)
  • Start to decrease by knitting together all purled stiches k2tog (Nun alle linken Maschen rechts zusammenstricken)
  • For the next 3 rounds knit the stiches as they appear: 2 knit/ 1 purl (Die nächsten 3 Runden Maschen stricken, wie sie kommen: 2 re / 1 lks)
  • Then knit together all knitted stiches by pass slipped stich over, psso (Nun alle rechten Maschen rechts überzogen zusammenstricken)
  • Again, knit the stiches for 3 rounds as they appear: 1 knit / 1 purl (Wieder für 3 Runden stricken, wie die Maschen kommen: 1 re / 1 lks)
  • Next round knit together every two stiches by pass slipped stich over, psso (Nun immer zwei Maschen rechts überzogen zusammenstricken)
  • Following round: knit all stiches (Nächste Runde: alle Maschen rechts stricken)
  • Repeat the last two rounds until you only got 8 stiches left, sew them together with a darning needle and your are done (Die letzten beiden Reihen wiederholen, bis nur noch 8 Maschen vorhanden sind, dann mit Stopfnadel zuziehen und vernähen - fertig!)

Making the Pompom

This is the method I actually learned in Kindergarten - it does work, it is cheap and easy.
Decide on how big your pompom is going to be, draw a circle of that size on your cardboard. Inside this
circle draw another circle with about 1cm diameter. Cut out this template twice and then cut out the inner circles of the discs. Put both rings together and start winding your yarn (color II) firmly around the ring until the hole in the middle is not visible anymore. Use small and sharp scissors and cut the yarn open, finding your way between the two cardboard discs. Then put a longish string right in between the discs and knot it tightly togther. Done, you have got your pompom!

Using the longish string sew it onto the hat and you have a wonderful Pudelmütze = pompom hat!!

Now lets wait for lots of snow..

Oct 24, 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival: The StarPlus Quilt

Hi there,

thanks so much for visiting my blog again if you are a regular reader (and sorry for the StarPlus Quilt overload..) and welcome if you are new and come from Amys wonderful Bloggers Quilt Festival!

This year I am entering my StarPlus Quilt in the Original Design Category.

I designed the StarPlus Quilt last fall, starting with just one size of the classic Home and Hearth Block but soon got a bit bored to sew the same block over and over. So I added some medium sized blocks and really liked the outcome. However, just when I added one super-big block to the mix the top suddenly looked fabulous to me!

Although it is so simple, the design is pretty versatile: I like both of my StarPlus Quilts, the rather soft red and tan version, looking almost Christmas-sy, and the colorful, fresh one with white background fabric. It was very easy to sew (after a few blocks one really gets the hang of it :-) and it is a nice snuggle-friendly size of 60" x 80".

Writing a "real" pattern for a quilt was quite an adventure for me: I usually make up my own quilt patterns but never attempted to write one in such a way that other people could actually be able to easily follow it (just imagine the backside of a paper, scribbled on with pencil, trying different block designs and figuring out the quilt-math.. Yep, this is how the magic usually happens :-)

That was when some of my online friends, especially from Instagram, helped me so generously: they tested the pattern and gave me all kinds of valuable feedback for which I am really thankful. I love this community!

And speaking of loving the online community: I am sending out a big Thank you to Amy of amyscreativeside for hosting this great event!! There is so much to discover, please make sure to visit as many sites as possible.
And if you like my StarPlus Quilt I would be very happy if you would vote for it when "the polls open" from 1st to 7th November :-) Thanks!!

Have fun at the quilt show :-)

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