Friday, 27 July 2012

Busy busy busy....

I am rather proud of all that I achieved yesterday. William is getting rather impatient and huffy in the warm weather and flits from one activity to the other so we spent the day coming up with new games. But before we had lunch I had already made a new table cloth for the outdoor table. Which is polished metal and painful to look at in the bright light. I had had some green cotton with tiny white stars in the cupboard for ages and this was just the ticket to knock up a new cloth. I added corner pockets to hold stones to weight it down when its breezy and a lovely flouncy frill. 
 
As you can see William enjoyed eating his lunch at it. Then we devoted our afternoon to games. We played: Catch with water balloons, 
car racing with frozen colored ice cubes on a baking tray,
ice age which involved trying to chip out small plastic animals that had been frozen in a large lump of ice,
safari animal hunt around the garden,
digging for buried treasure in the sandpit (scrunched up tin foil balls)
and then to finish we made jelly! 

Which went down a treat with ice cream after tea.
Today we have continued to be creative and in preparation for our holidays William made a holiday book with lots of summery pictures from his magazines. 

My favorite bit is the ransom note style title. 

 
We're just winding down the day now and waiting for the grandparents to call and collect William for a walk to the park. Which inevitably means they will expect to have cake with their coffee when they return. 

So we've just whipped up a batch of fairy cakes which will have to go un-iced as we've run out of icing sugar, and a Bakewell tart. 

 
Just perfect for a cup of tea and a relax as the sun goes down. x

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Mum's birthday

Hello, we started mums birthday celebrations with William telling me at about half nine in the morning he was in need of cookies. When I told him we didn't have any he said 'that's OK mummy we can make some'. He chose to make an all butter shortbread cookie and we chose animal shaped cutters. Half way through the making he got down from his chair and said 'I'm off to play mummy, you can finish this'.
Anyway he came back when it was time to ice them ...

Not much icing remained on his cookies as he kept licking it off....

As you can see by his delighted expression. 

The weather is just fantastic now and finally the garden is realizing its full potential in the flaming July. The lily's look beautiful and smell gorgeous too. Both me and mum love to garden so I decided to make here this cross stitch picture inspired by one of Jo verso's designs. 

I did wonder if she might be offended thinking I was saying she was a rubbish gardener but she took it with good humor. It took much longer than I thought to make and I only finished it half and hour before we had to go. 

I also made her a lion cake because she is Leo and William was very insistent that it should look like a friendly lion and not scary. I'm quite pleased with the result, although after eating it I should have split the cake in half and added some butter cream so it wasn't too dry. 

William also stuck with the lion theme and made Mum this beautiful card, he also wrote his name inside which I think is quiet impressive for a 3 year old. x

Friday, 20 July 2012

Summer!

The countdown is complete
Well, the wait is finally over and the summer holidays have finally begun. Thankfully the weather has also improved as I had not relished the idea of six weeks indoors looking at the rain. William has already embraced the fact that he has lots more time with me and emptied out the contents of his craft box with the cry 'what shall we make today mummy?'
already busy crafting
He is so happy to paint and make and gives a running commentary to every thing he is doing. It is lovely to sit and watch him. They have also commented on his creativity at nursery and one of my favorite paintings is still on the fridge. I can definitely see the hippo.


one of my favorites from nursery 
With the holidays now upon us and the warm weather finally here I just need to contemplate all the summer crafts I can do whilst stretched out on the lawn. I still have the patchwork picnic blanket to complete but I also like to have smaller projects I can bung in a bag and carry where ever the warm breeze takes me. With that in mind I'll sit and drink my fresh strawberry milkshake and dream of all things craft.....x

finally a taste of the summer

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Banana and ginger tray bake recipe

Banana and ginger tray bake
Hello,
here is the recipe for Banana and Ginger tray bake, a great way to use over ripe bananas. 

125g butter, 
150g golden syrup, 
100g light brown sugar, 
4 medium bananas, 
2 eggs,
2tbsp milk, 
250g self raising flour, 
2 tsp ground ginger, 
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda.

Preheat oven to 180c / gas mark 4
Mash the bananas in a large bowl.
Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a small pan over a low heat. 
Add all the remaining ingredients to the bananas and beat. 
When the syrup mixture has melted and allowed to cool slightly add to the mixing bowl and beat. 
Pour into a lined tray bake tin 7'' x 10'' roughly
Bake for 20-25 minutes until browned and the top is springy. 
Enjoy x


Saturday, 14 July 2012

Buttons and booties

Hello, Since making the necklace for sports day, I have been looking at my button box and thinking of other jewellery ideas. I decided to make a necklace from the red, black and white buttons. I didn't pick them in any order just plunged into the box randomly and then threaded them onto jewellery wire. I'm quite pleased with the result as the necklace can be shaped and sits nicely on my collar bone. Iv'e already had a few compliments on it at work.  I have also been attempting to make some felted booties, I based the design on a moccasin but they still need some adjustment. The back seam stands proud and would irritate a little baby foot. So in my remake I'll make the pattern slightly smaller and stitch the seam flat. I've just got to wait for someone to have a baby so I can make them some. Finally the last thing I've done this week is apply for the Great British Sewing bee. I saw it mentioned on the Making magazine Facebook page and its being produced by the company who does the Great British Bake off (which I also unsuccessfully applied for). Here's hoping I have better luck this time. x
Classic coloured jewellery 

Felted baby booties test run 1

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

go go golds!

Hello,
The weather continues to be awful and our postponed school sports day has suffered again today. We had to run the event inside and even when limited to two year groups at a time the noise was deafening. Any way to show my school spirit I made a new piece of jewelry to wear in the house colours - gold (well yellow but .. )

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Everyday easy chocolate cake recipe

When you have a craving for cake, this is my go to quick and satisfying chocolate cake recipe.

Everyday chocolate cake.
  • 175g self raising flour,
  • 200g caster sugar,
  • 200g stork margarine,
  • 3 medium eggs, (weigh them and adjust the ratio if needed)
  • 1tsp baking powder,
  • 25 g cocoa powder.
  • For the butter cream icing:
  • 175g icing sugar,
  • 25g cocoa powder,
  • 75g stork margarine,
  • 1tbsp milk.
Everyday easy chocolate cake recipe
  1. Preheat oven to 180c of gas mark 4.
  2. Grease and line two 8'' sponge tins.
  3. Add all the cake ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix with an electric mixer until smooth consistency.
  4. Pour into the two baking tins and bake for 25 mins until they spring back when touched in the middle.
  5. Remove from tins and allow to cool on a wire rack.
  6. When completely cool prepare the butter cream icing.
  7. Add all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix with an electric mixer until smooth.
  8. Use half the mixture to sandwich the sponges together and then pipe the rest of the icing on top using a star nozzle. Easy! x

Everyday easy chocolate cake recipe


Friday, 6 July 2012

Physics cake

Hello, here is the physics inspired cake I made for my brother last week. He had to have a belated birthday as he was sitting his 2nd year exams. So we waited until he broke up from university. He is studying a physics degree in London and I thought I would try to incorporate that into his love of chocolate. So the base cake is 2 maderia's which I then filled and coated with chocolate butter icing. This is not an icing I had used before and although the book said you had to work quickly with it I didn't realize how quick and so the icing dragged a little on the pallete knife despite me dipping it into hot water. Then I decorated it with a smarties spiral and a galaxy of white chocolate stars. I also added maltesers around the bottom for a space ship look. Not physics I know but a took a leap... He enjoyed it so that's all that matters. x

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Great British Bake off melting moments


William and I tried the Great British Bake off recipe for melting moments yesterday. I must say that they didn't exactly turn out like the ones in the book. For one thing it's harder than you imagine to paint a line of red food colouring down the inside of your piping bag and the mixture was so hard to push through the star nozzle on my piping bag that it burst off and we ended up with swirls that look a little more dog poo than I would like. Any way see what you think....

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