Cotton Star Baby Toy

Here’s another baby toy made from cotton yarn!

I used a 5mm hook and Bernat Handicrafter cotton yarn.

Star Pattern

Make 2
Make a magic circle. In the centre of the circle, make 10sc. Join to first sc with a sl st, then ch 1.
Row 2 – make 2 sc in each sc. Join to first sc with a sl st. Ch 1. (20 sc)
Row 3 – make 2sc in first sc, then 3 sc, repeat around. Join to first sc with sl st. Ch 1. (25 sc)
Row 4 – make 2sc in first sc, then 4 sc, repeat around. Join to first sc with sl st. Ch 1 (30 sc)

This finishes the body of the star. Now we’ll make the points. You’ll make five altogether.

Row 1 – 6 sc, ch 1 turn.
Row 2 – sc2tog, sc 5, ch 1, turn.
Repeat for 4 more rows, decreasing by 1 sc each time. When you get to one st, you’ll make sl st all down the arm until you get to the body again, where you’ll repeat to make 4 more arms.
When you finish with the last arm, finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Finishing
Hold the two wrong sides together, and whipstitch around. Leave a gap for stuffing with polyester fibre fill, or scrap yarn or fabric. I also put two jingle bells inside. Finish stitching, and then tie the ends and cut them. Then give them to a happy baby!

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Banana Custard Recipe (and creme brûlée)

I had some eggs that needed to be used up. My baby is 8 months old, so I figured that he’d enjoy some custard. Here’s the recipe that I used (this makes about five cups. It can easily be halved):

Banana Custard Recipe

In a saucepan, mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 3 cups milk, 2 tbsp cornstarch, and a pinch of salt. Cook over a medium-high heat until it starts to thicken, then turn to low and cook for 2 minutes. Make sure to keep stirring so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of your pot. Separate six eggs, and set aside the whites. Lightly beat the yolks. Add a bit of the milk mixture to the eggs to temper, and then pour the egg mixture into the pot. Turn the pot back up to medium and bring to a boil. Cook for two minutes, stirring constantly. Take off the heat and add 2 tsp of vanilla. Pour into a bowl, put a layer of Saran Wrap on the top, and place in the fridge to cool for at least an hour. Just before you are ready to serve, fold in 2 bananas. Because I was making this for my kids, I puréed the bananas first. You could slice them if you were serving it to a crowd with teeth.

*Note – because I was making this for little ones, I cut the sugar in half. If you like sweet custard, you could put a full cup in. I found it plenty sweet, especially with the bananas.

I gave my husband a creme brûlée torch for Christmas last year, and he broke it out tonight. He took some of the custard and put it in a creme brûlée dish, sprinkled a little sugar over top, and then burnt the top with a butane torch.

Now… What to do with those whites? I preheated my oven to 350, and greased 4 spots in a muffin tin. I put water in the empty spaces. I then added mushrooms, ham, and cheddar cheese to the bottom of the tin, and then poured the egg whites over top. I cooked them for about 20 minutes, and then had a delicious breakfast!

I’ve only got a picture of the custard… The creme brûlée didn’t last long, and I wasn’t thinking in the morning to take a picture of the egg ‘muffins’. What do you like to make with eggs?

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