Wednesday, 26 October 2011

More halloween stuff

I think we might have a break on the Halloween makes as William woke up at 4 this morning asking about monsters. But I thought I'd just share a photo of the bats we made because I think they are so cute. Unfortunately you can's make out their glittery red wing backs in the pic.
Also been busy discussing alternative career options to get out of secondary school teaching. If anyone wants a skilled crafts / textiles / cookery teacher / lecturer let me know. x

Monday, 24 October 2011

half term halloween warm up

Halt term is here and William and I can finally get some quality crafting time in. Here's the round up of our first Halloween makes. 
Red Glitter twig display to hang cookies and bats from.

Lemon Spiderweb cake

Baby pom pom spider

Daddy Pom pom spider

Not a Halloween make but I've just finished it and I'm very proud. Hope Harry's mum likes it!

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Back to school

First week back at school and it has certainly had an impact on mine and William's crafting time. Still we have managed to fit in a little baking and every drawer in the house is smelling of lavender. Ruth x

Smarties and stars cake
Chocolate and Banana muffins


more lavender pyramids  

orange flower cakes

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Recipe for chocolate and courgette muffins

Here is the recipe for the muffins:
225g grated courgette
175g self raising flour
25g cocoa powder
1 egg
100g margarine
75g sugar
180c gas mark 4
12 muffin cases

cream the margarine and sugar together until light and fluffy
beat in the beat and grated courgette
sieve the flour and cocoa powder and lightly fold into the mixture
divide into muffin cases and bake for 30 mins until they spring back to the touch.

A moist chocolate muffin that doesn't taste of courgette.

Don't let the decoration put you off. That's what happens when you let your little boy free with the icing pens.
Recipe for chocolate and courgette muffins

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Round up of the week, not done a great deal as I had another wisdom tooth out after a night of no sleep. Only one remaining. 
New peg bag

Lemon flower cupcakes

New chocolate courgette muffin recipe developed.

Salt dough decorations my attempt

William working on his decorations

William's very soggy salt dough and pasta decorations

x

Friday, 19 August 2011

Round up of the week

We have had a very busy week this week. In between visits to the farm and the library we have managed to fit in a lot of baking and crafting.
We have made:
a banana loaf,
jam tarts
flower  cupcakes
pasties
a treasure chest.
I have also been consumed with making for the upcoming births (Dawn and Gemma). I have tried my hand at cross stitch for the first time. I don't know how people with bad eyesight can do it! I have made lavender bags for the nursery's. I also want to make a change mat and fabric books for each but since the first one is due in October I better get a move on.
I'll post photos later.
Ruth

Friday, 12 August 2011

Recipe for smarties cake


Here is my recipe for my smarties cake.
4 medium eggs
200g Self raising flour
200g Margarine
200g sugar
1 tsp of vanilla extract
25g cocoa powder
2tbsp of cherry jam
2 tbsp of chocolate spread
1 tube of smarties

preheat oven to gas mark 4 or 180c
Grease and line two 8'' sandwich tins
cream the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy
beat the eggs and add a little at a time beating well with each addition
Stir in the vanilla essence
Sieve the flour and cocoa powder and fold gently into the mixture.
Divide between the two tins and bake for 25mins until the cake springs back to the touch
allow to cool and remove from the tins
sandwich together with cherry jam
spread chocolate spread on top of the cake and stick the smarties on.
Recipe for smarties cake

I have just submitted it to the mencap make with me website. Hopefully they will like it as much as me and William have.
Ruth

Thursday, 11 August 2011

trifle

here's the trifle photo

A little bit of craft

As promised smarties cake photo, problems uploading the trifle photo so you'll just have to take my word for it that it was amazing. 
 
We've had a quieter day today, but have managed to fit in a bit of craft. We had the shell collection out and William spent a good half an hour threading shells to make a necklace. I'm just finishing the book proposal and hope to send it off tonight. 
Ruth x

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

A busy Tuesday

Just having a bit of downtime now, William is napping and I am having a much needed break. It's amazing what you can fit into the day when you are woken by your two year old at half six and they want to do a new activity every 20-30 minutes. So here's the round up, in between do the food shop and cleaning ( the boring bits ) we have:
Made some more lavender pyramids ( nearly every drawer smelling lovely)
Made a strawberry trifle (I'll post photos once we've added the cream)
Baked a smarties cake (likewise the trifle)
Sorted the cupboards
Made 5kg of muesli
Made a cardboard city ( more paint went on William than on the city so also had to afternoon bath time as well!)  
No wonder we're tired by the time Dan gets home.
Ruth
Lavender pyramid

Cupboard sorted! + banana bread

Layers of homemade museli

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