Butter, Biscuits, & Yarn

Since this is the first week since the middle of August that I’ve been feeling sort of human again, this week has been about trying to get back on track with our schedule. We finally made it back to our volunteering gig at the Humane Society. We’re having a mostly normal school week. And I’m working on getting all my backlogged blog ideas listed so I can get writing. Unfortunately, I still have no FO photos for you — it’s been pretty non-stop rain here since my last post — aside from a short spurt of sun in which I had to get the lawn mowed, so we just haven’t had the pleasure of good photography light. You can bet I’m watching for a break though! In the mean time, I thought I’d just share a quick glimpse of what’s been happening around here.

First of all, I got a sweet little box of review items at the weekend that among other things included the new Knitter’s Pride Royale interchangeable needles. I’ll have a full review of them shortly because I immediately switched them out onto my current project…

img_4486It’s my Swoop with Dyeabolical Tenacious Sock.

img_4479This is my last Q3 1+1+1 project and you can bet that after my Q2 fail I’m trying to get this off the needles by the end of the month for a better showing this quarter. I’m on repeat 7 out of 9, so I’m thinking I’ve got a good shot at it. This project really has been my focus this week and thankfully it really is a fun knit.

Yesterday, Mr Knitting Sarah had a day off and he thought it would be fun to have a little lesson in making butter. I’m not really sure where his ideas come from, but they are always fun. He picked up some heavy whipping cream, we let it warm up to room temp, put it in a mason jar, and…

Took turns shaking!

img_4473Lo & behold, butter really does happen.

A lot of butter happens, in fact.

From there we took our butter & buttermilk & made some biscuits…

This was a new recipe and I think a combination of some overzealous rolling  & the recipe itself made them turn out rather thin. They still tasted great though!

img_4477This morning I tried out another recipe with the remaining buttermilk & a little more of the butter. It worked much better — I still need to roll them out a little thicker… and remember to put them on a higher rack in the oven, but we taste-tested again this morning and they proved yummy, too. No we just need to eat through 3 dozen biscuits and make another batch of butter/buttermilk so I can try again.

Of course, while waiting for the biscuits to bake, I did a little of what is becoming recognized by me as my ‘kitchen spinning’.

img_4481It’s been very slow-going, but this is a joy to pick up now and again. I’m really excited to get to a certain spot in the yellow where there is some sparkle mixed in, so I may try to get some minutes with it the next few days.

No doubt fueled by biscuits and fresh butter, we’re sure to finish the week strong. Maybe I’ll finish that shawl and get started on the next two projects I have lined up that have a bit of a deadline. Maybe I’ll get my Spinzilla fiber all prepped. Maybe I will wash my kitchen floor & dust my house. Maybe I will use sheer willpower to coax the sun out for 20minutes so I can get some FO photos. Maybe…

16 responses to “Butter, Biscuits, & Yarn

  1. I can’t believe how much butter you got! I don’t remember our making butter experience working out anywhere near as well. Hope you’re also reading Laura Ingles Wilder books, knitting mittens & learning to square dance. It’s a homeschool theme! πŸ™‚

    • This was from 64oz of heavy whipping cream (my husband is of the school of ‘go big or go home’ and he was the one in charge of buying it).

      We did read the Laura Ingalls books last year. We kind of have ongoing pioneer lessons — we all kind of love that time period, so we never stop going back to learn more. πŸ™‚

  2. looks like lots of fun at your house, clearly you are feeling quite normal again! I say you spin, wash the kitchen floor, spin while it dries, eat biscuits, spin a bit more, and then for a break from it all, knit. πŸ™‚ The shawl is so pretty and bright! I looks like it IS a fun knit.

    Hope the sun comes out soon, I want to SEE!

  3. YUM. My husband says I handle all dough too much. I have discovered, yes, he was right. I never use a rolling pin for my biscuits. Only knead enough to barely combine and then flatten on a floured surface with my hands. (And even make them square so there is very little (if any!) to roll out again!) I have noticed a difference. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for the tips! I think they just were rolled too thin. On the second batch this morning I folded them “like an envelope” per the instructions. And that definitely helped make them flakier. I just wasn’t too sure how much they would rise – now that I know, I think the next batch will be perfect!

  4. Now I want to try making butter! I make homemade biscuits a lot and the real secret, as noted above, is to not overwork the dough. I only knead until the ingredients are BARELY mixed. Make a huge difference. Your hubby gets great dad KUDOS!

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