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Shawls and cornbread

Life has been a bit insane as of late. Grad school is at the final stages. The hubby moved to Maryland for a job. I have been working as much as I can and eating and knitting during every single little break. As a result, here are 3 shawls and a delicious cornbread recipe that I have now made a dozen times and never fails. Variations are endless.

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Citadel by Janina Kallio  knit in Duck duck wool silky singleton

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Another Janina Kallio pattern, Orbit. Knit in Madelinetosh tosh DK

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Finally, Neato shawl by Jumpercablesknitting. If you’re wondering why mine doesn’t have stripes of holes all the way across, it’s because I skipped row 13. The yarn is Malabrigo arroyo in Marte color way. Absolutely love this yarn!

Last, but not least, Sean Brock’s cornbread. It’s out of this world good.

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Lime curd

lime curd w letteringA few weeks ago, I made this delicious lime curd for a tart recipe which I’ll share very soon. But first i wanted to share the curd recipe, which is very very simple. Here we go!


curd ingredients

 The whites will be used for the tart meringue, you can save them in the fridge for 1 or 2 days. 

zest + sugar

 This will help the oils from the zest break free and go into the sugar. Now let’s make the mix! Add the following ingredients and whisk them in. Keep the double boiler at a simmer, enough to make the bowl hot but not overboil. You don’t want your eggs to cook to a scramble!

curd collage

 You now have all the ingredients in the mix! It’s time to just wait for the curd.. 


finish curd

 Put it in a jar, in the fridge and store for up to 2 weeks. You can add the curd to tarts, cookies, cakes, toast… but, our lime curd tarts are coming up soon!!! 



Homemade sour gummies


Have I mentioned I love sour gummies? Well, I do. What I don’t love is all the junk that comes along with the sour tastiness. The solution: make your own gummies.

How do you make them sour, you ask? Use citric acid! And where can you buy it? I’m sure you could buy a pound of it online. I bought mine at New Seasons. You can probably find it at Whole Foods or any other store that has a reasonable bulk spices section. Did I mention it’s cheap? Very cheap. And you only need a little bit.

You can add the citric acid straight to the gummy mixture. I prefer to use it as a coat, along with some superfine sugar.

Now for the ‘recipe’. Please keep in mind I used homemade jam for this. The raspberry jam used is very runny. The strawberry jam has the consistency of what the store would call preserves. Hopefully the following pictures help.

Raspberry jam


Strawberry jam/preserves


Extra sour raspberry-lime gummies
1 cup raspberry jam
1/2 cup water
1 package of lime jello or 1 package of gelatin + 2 tbsp lime juice (fresh)
Superfine sugar + citric acid in a 1:1 mixture

In a non-reactive pot, add the jam and the water and bring to a boil. Add the gelatin and stir well until there are no clumps. If necessary add more water. but be careful because excess water will make your gummies sticky and they will not set as well

Pour the mixture into a glass/silicone mold and let it cool to room temperature before transferring it to the fridge. Let it cool overnight.

Unmold the gummies and dip them in coating. If poured in one big mold, cut in portions before coating. Keep refrigerated.


Sour strawberry gummies
1 cup strawberry jam
1 cup of water
1 package gelatin
Citric acid + sugar for coating

Follow the same instructions as for the prior batch.


Remember, the more you coat them, the more sour the gummies. I recommend you keep these in the fridge as they ‘sweat’ when left at room temperature.