Thursday, 18 December 2014

And so this is Christmas...

...and what have you done?

...erm...not a lot, I must confess.  I have been absent here and procrastinating elsewhere...

I have crocheted a couple of baubles for the Christmas tree...inspired by these from Handmade and Home...

...made cookies and my Christmas cabbage, which I hope to share with you in the next few days...

MERRY CHRISTMAS, may it be filled with blessings for you and your families... x

Wednesday, 22 October 2014


Hello, my last post was entitled: Absence, which was really the wrong name, as I can't believe how long it's been, until this post.  So I've gone with 'snippets'

Here are a few photo snippets of what we've been up to since last time...

...a visit to the beach, where dd2 has finally conquered her fear of sand!

...Cookie Cat enjoying the cool grass on a hot summer's day...

...a birthday cake for a friends daughter...

...foraged blackberries and apples from our tree, only one option really, crumble, yum...

...a visit to Monkey World...

...the hydrangea I planted last year in bloom...

...lavender in the garden, such a heavenly scent... was difficult to get a shot of the bees...

...some bobble stitch (I think that's what it is called) crochet, a cushion, I think... baby Moses basket, I was going to sell it but found a better use!...

...Cuddles and Charlie, moved into their winter quarters...

...last but not least Goldie the Goldfish, won at the fair, slightly worried that we had him (or her) a week and hasn't eaten anything yet... that's all for today folks, I'll try not to leave it so long next time, much love x

Saturday, 26 July 2014


Hello, I truly wilt in this heat, I haven't had the inclination to do a single thing let alone any woolly bits...

...however as it was hubby's birthday a cake had to be made... was rather scrummy I must say, chocolate, Swiss meringue butter-cream and sprinkles. No fondant anywhere, I hate fondant, I am yet to find one that tastes halfway ok... off to rummage in the freezer, I don't need anything, but it is cool! x

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Work In Progress Wednesday

Hello, we are enjoying the sun again today (by enjoying I mean hiding in the cool of the shade!) The sun gets too much for both me and DD1.

This week I have been chain crocheting some more squares for my blues granny blanket...

..and adding a few more hexagons to my English paper piecing, not quite sure what I'll turn it into yet, but as it's my first attempt probably a cushion...

...this blue starry hexagon is misbehaving and will not fit the gap, I think it's going to be coming out and going back in as the last in the round, whether that will help or not, I've yet to discover!

 Not a work in progress, but just wanted to show off the Frozen cake I made for my niece!

"Hi, I'm Olaf and I like warm hugs!"

Have a good Wednesday x

Friday, 13 June 2014

Leftover lunch...

Hello, I love lunch. (Also breakfast, dinner, tea, supper, elevenses, but that's another story). I love leftovers too and often make sure that there are leftovers from tea that I can have the following day for lunch. It beats a sandwich any day!

Today is leftover Aubergine and chilli linguine, mmm. I'm not usually a fan of aubergines and was slightly apprehensive as to what DH would make of it, no meat eek! I knew DD1 would lap it up and DD2 would not go anywhere near it, perfect a recipe for 4, definitely leftovers by my calculations!

Here comes the recipe:

Aubergine and Chilli Linguine

  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large aubergine, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped (I used half a chilli for DH and DD1's taste, but would use a whole one otherwise)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 400g fresh tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 400g dried linguine
  • 50g pecorino, grated (this was too much to ask of my local Sainsbury's so made to with some regular sheeps cheese)

HEAT the oil in a large saucepan, and cook aubergine for 5 minutes until starting to brown and soften.
ADD the onion, garlic, chilli and oregano, and cook for a few more minutes.
POP in the tomatoes and balsamic vinegar with 200ml water.
SIMMER gently for 20 minutes until tomatoes are soft, reduced and thickened.
BOIL a pan of salted water and cook your linguine.
DRAIN the pasta.
SERVE with the grated pecorino

ENJOY, preferably with a large glass of wine (not on a school day though!) x

Friday, 6 June 2014

Rhubarb Gin

Hello, it's a few weeks since my last post, and since then we have had a lovely week in Dawlish with the girls, some rain, and a new favourite drink...

...Rhubarb Gin and Tonic...

This is sooo good, recipe below or find the original at Scarlett Pyjama's:

Rhubarb Gin


  • 360g rhubarb - prepared weight
  • 50g sugar
  • 70cl cheap gin
  • lemon juice
  • 100ml sugar syrup

The Process:

CHOP the rhubarb into chunks and chuck into a mason jar, with the sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice.

CLOSE the lid and SHAKE it all up.

ADD the gin and SHAKE again.

HIDE in a dark place and shake every few days for at least 2 weeks.

WATCH the gin turn pinker by the day...

STRAIN off the liquid into a suitable bottle.


Friday, 16 May 2014

FO Friday...

Hello, a teeny finished object today...

I used Stylecraft Special DK in pomegranate, fondant, candyfloss and soft peach on a 4.00mm hook... x