Saturday, 15 April 2017

A finish

My latest crocheted blanket is finished.
And I love it; it's soft, just the right size and those colours make me happy.

In other news the boys turned 10!

Monday, 10 April 2017

#1 visit a new country

I've just returned from Lisbon, Portugal. 
A few days away without children.
It was certainly a different type of city break.
Lisbon is an absolutely gorgeous city.
The architecture was amazing and all the painted buildings.
The weather was perfect for walking and exploring.
We ate lots (lots of seafood) and ate far too many Portugese custard tarts.
My favorite place was the Botanical Gardens, although neglected and rundown it had so many lovely trees and plants. 

We photographed many doors.

Recognise the bridge?
It's the same as the one in SF.

I was so tempted to start weeding!

 The monastery, stunning.

I would definitely return and I would love to visit more of Portugal,  although I had to promise to take the children next time. 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

#11 Use English heritage every month

Standen House with a bonus Kaffe Fasset exhibition. 
Couldn't ask for more on a wet, windy Saturday afternoon.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

#35 Bake more, bake new things

Ginger cake
I adapted this recipe

60 g butter
125 g golden syrup
100 g plain flour
25 g self-raising flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
4 tsp ground ginger
25 g crystallized ginger pieces
1 tsp cinnamon 
1 tsp nutmeg
100 g light brown sugar
125 milk
1 egg

Grease and line a 20 cm square tin or 2 lb loaf tin. I put a cake liner in a loaf tin.
Preheat oven to 160 c (mines a fan oven and runs hot)
Melt golden syrup and butter on a low heat
Put flours, soda and spices in a mixing bowl.
Add the melted syrup and butter, mix
add the sugar and egg, mix
Add the milk, mix.

The batter is really really runny, so don't worry.

Pour into tin and bake for 45 minutes. 

Cool and eat 

This make a spicy cake, which I love, but you can leave out the crystallized ginger and play around with the spice amounts. 

Its perfect with coffee.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Crochet baby blanket

Cousin's baby is due 30th January.
Today I finished the blanket.
I enjoyed the pattern as, even though it looks difficult, it's quite simple.
Lots of counting in 12's.
It came out at 95 cm square, quite big so lots of growing room.

The pattern is completed with a picot edging but I kept it simple and finished with a row of dc.

(I had also finished the wool I had  ;) ) 

I have two other blankets that need finishing but I have the urge to start a new one!
Bit like quilting really!

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

#35 Bake more, bake new things

Well I have baked more!
I made two cakes last weekend!

A baby shower cake for my cousin, her bump is cleverly hidden in the above photo.
I haven't made a fondant covered cake in forever and ever.
I realised how much I missed making the figurines.
I realised how little I missed rolling the fondant for the covering of the cake

And the second, a sweetie cake for Aubrey.
Chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream covered in sweets.
The children have decided this is the new tradition for birthday cake and everyone wants one for their birthday.
It was very easy and every single scrap was eaten!

Oh and Aubrey was 11!

Monday, 2 January 2017

#36 Bake bread

Started of the New Year with baking bread
It was delicious
However, it lasted about 3.5 seconds
Unless I stopped working, got up at 4.30 am and baked three loaves a day we won't be having hand made bread during the week!