Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
I’ve only recently discovered the delights of the American Red Velvet but I find it definitely suits this time of year. Intense dark and chocolaty it’s all I want in a cup cake now the weather has turned colder. And what a revelation cream cheese frosting is; like a heart attack on a cake it’s so moreish I couldn’t stop at one. Now it the time to put on an extra layer of fat for the winter, no one will see my tummy under a big jumper anyway!

Lavender felt hearts

lavender felt hearts in progress

So the lavender in the garden has been very lush this year and I’ve cut swaths of it from the garden to dry. I am trying to make lavender hearts for each hanger in my wardrobe but when I counted 52 hangers in just the one side. I think I may have set an unrealistic goal. I am working on them in stages and have chosen to do each set in a different colour way. These are red and white ones and I think they would also do as great christmas decorations too. 

finished set of lavender felt hearts

Peanut butter rice krispie cakes

Here’s something I whipped up after school last night. The in laws always come around on a Friday afternoon and always expect cake of some sort. So feeling rather tired I tried out this quick recipe for peanut butter rice krispie cakes. It’s from a Annabel Karmel cookbook and it did suggest that you made them to look like bears but that seemed too much effort on a Friday afternoon.

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My mother in law and my brother in law were so impressed they both asked for the recipe.

Apple pincushion

You can never have too many pincushions as far as I’m concerned and I just made this apple pincushion from an old issue of Mollie Makes Magazine. 
I tried out the pattern to see if it would be suitable to be made larger for my year nines fabric food project. The only thing I would adjust is the size of the stalk and leaf as I think they are a bit oversized for the apple. 

Getting organised – cross stitch button jar labels

Set of jars with cross stitched labels
Continuing the theme of organisation, I have been sorting out my button collection and trying to organise into colour. I love the bon mamon jam jars and have a big collection of them in regular and miniature size. So they were perfect storage solutions. I have cross stitched the labels for them in matching colour. Although I have a long way to go till they are all done.

close up of cross stitched label

close up of cross stitched label

close up of cross stitched label

Getting organised – back to school

Nursery kept commenting that I had not clearly labelled William’s bottle and lunchbox. So before returning at the start of the new term, William and I had a crafty afternoon labelling. I used my sizzix die cutting machine and a new alphabet die I had bought and some sticky back plastic. I cut them out and William stuck them on, hence the slightly wonky look but I’m just a perfectionist. He also wanted to add his age, I have reminded him that he will have to change it soon but never mind. Nursery have yet to comment if this is suitably labelled.

Pin board revamp

I have revamped my notice board in my study this weekend. I based it around a wallpaper sample I picked up at Homebase. I love the blossom and butterfly pattern, but I’m not sure that my room could carry off the black background even on one wall. I then added all my favorite images and works in progress. I find it good to have a place where I can stick things and stare at them. Some of the works in progress include: some laminated jewels, some magazine paper flowers, a pom pom, a wire beaded hear and a tassel made from the cut out hanging ribbons from clothes.

weekly menu – gnocchi with sausage

 For one reason or another, I haven’t managed to photograph or update the rest of last weeks menu. So I will make sure that I remake those dishes soon and I will post the results. However this is a new week and I am continuing to cook from the same recipe book I bought. With tonight’s dish being gnocchi with sausages in a tomato ragu. I must say that whenever I cook gnocchi I am always concerned that it never looks enough. But I was pleased to be full after eating this and the sausage made a nice addition to what is a fairly standard ragu sauce.

Weekly menu – gnocchi with sausage 

Pumpkin Curry – weekly menu No.1

Here’s the pumpkin curry. It was very easy to make and basically could be left alone once it was all in the pot. The good thing about it was it was quiet mild and so William could eat it with no problems with the addition of some yogurt.
Pumpkin curry – weekly menu No. 1

Stuffed peppers – weekly menu No. 1

Here’s a photo of Tuesday nights dish – Stuffed Peppers. They were stuffed with rice, cherry tomatoes, carrot and feta cheese. I made the addition of spring onions as I wanted a stronger flavour to balance out the feta as it can get a bit overpowering. I was overall very pleased with them, the only thing I would want to change is where the breadcrumbs hadn’t quiet covered the rice, it had overcooked and gone to hard.
Stuffed Peppers – Weekly menu N’o.1