Yes, this is Top Secret Headquarters here, an almost total Cone of Silence and Cone of Not-seeing-ness!!! I am knitting Kermit, and I have been sewing C*ke-a-C*la and Mr Squiggle, bits of which can be seen here on the left!!! C*ke-a-C*la is finished and ready to be posted off, but I still have a little work to do lining Mr Squiggle. I loved Mr Squiggle, Miss Pat, Bill the Steam Shovel, Gus the Snail and Blackboard - "and a-hurry up!!!" I still know the song :
Here's Mr Squiggle, with lots of fun for everyone,
Here's Mr Squiggle, sing a happy tune!
You can see we're as happy as can be,
Mr Squiggle, the man from the Moon!!!
OK, enough reminiscing. There is a new Knit1 from Vogue. A few nice things I would make, some are green!!! Have you noticed I have a 'Button'?? It is green. It is boring and just says my name, but I don't know how to make paw prints on it, so I'm happy with its greenness. Please take my button if you like. (Not you MrsMacGyver. You are not allowed near any bloggy-techie things!!!)
Harki and Peri have been having a lovely time on their walk. Peri has been coming back when I call her, at a break neck speed. You have to use your 'Exorcist' or 'Goa'uld' voice to direct her though!! If you speak normally she thinks you could not possibly mean her!! She will 'come' and 'go' and 'wait' and 'stay' and will 'no' at a distance if it looks like she might be rolling in you-don't-want-to-know-what!!! Harki is an angel, though today she went off exploring own her own, much to Peri's distress. When we got home they waited in the car, dribbling on the window, pressing their noses and wet fur everywhere, till I opened the gate!!!
Despite sleep and fruit and vegetables and soup I am still feeling wan. There is no use dwelling on it, so I have been sedentary, but crafting!!! I have almost finished the Branching Out Scarf. It is very soft and warm but will need to be blocked into submission.
I have been making Frou Frou cupcakes from my new cook book. You can see a picture of them here!!!
The recipe follows. I have made a few changes, because let's face it, you can't keep cupcakes piled high with frosting and frozen but thawed raspberries!! It's eat them all now, or just tweak the recipe!!!
Frou Frou Cupcakes
- 125g butter, softened
- 220g caster sugar
- 3 eggs
- 100g plain flour
- ½ tspn baking powder
- 40g desiccated coconut
- 80g sour cream
- 150g raspberries
- 30g butter, softened
- 80g cream cheese, softened too!
- 240g icing sugar, sifted
- 1 tspn coconut essence – optional. Try lemon or orange zest/juice or vanilla
Preheat oven to 180*C(160 ff) and put 12 paper muffin cases into the muffin tray.
Beat the butter, sugar and eggs till light and fluffy, then fold in the sour cream, coconut, flour , baking powder and then the raspberries. Spoon into paper cases, and smooth the top. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Cool on a rack, then ice with the frosting and top with a few raspberries and some toasted coconut if you like.
Frosting: Beat the butter and cream cheese till light and fluffy. Add the flavouring of your choice then add the icing sugar and beat till smooth.