Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
It's a great recipe to make as a gift as it's not hugely rich like some fruit cakes, nor is their any alcohol in it. I like all different kinds of fruit cake, but this one is light and moist and scrummy.
La Tempete's Nanna's Eggless Fruit Cake
Place in saucepan:
2 cups milk
2 cups mixed fruit
4 tablespoons butter or margarine
4 tablespoons sugar
Bring to boil and add 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda.
Stir well, cool a little and add 2 cups self raising flour & 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Beat well.
Line a cake tin with baking paper and bake in moderate over, 1 hour.
Chopped dried apricots, nuts etc can be added if desired.
(c) My Nanna!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
I made it red and green and added cinnamon and nutmeg so it smelled Christmassy!
A little stickier than other playdoughs I have made but still fun :)
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
2 cups self raising flour
½ cup butter
¾ cup sugar
dollops of jam
Beat the butter and sugar to cream and add eggs, beat well.
Add flour to make a dough. Form into round balls.
Press a thumb print into each, fill this indent with jam. Bake in a quick oven (I use 200 C/393 F for 15 mins).
- I usually use 2 eggs.
- I love these with raspberry jam
- Instead of making balls and squashing them, I roll mix into a log, wrap with plastic wrap and freeze for about 10-15 mins. Then I slice off little discs. Just like the frozen biscuit tubes you can buy in the supermarket. It keeps for a while in the freezer, so I try and keep a log there for when unepected visitors drop by.
- Cocoa, shredded coconut and peppermint essence to taste
- Smashed up cornflakes and raisins/sultanas
- Lemon curd instead of jam
- I don't put jam in the flavoured ones
Monday, December 7, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
The biggest bummer is that I can't show you any! Mainly because a couple of people that may be getting them read my blog occasionally. SELFISH. Hehe. So I can't wait until after Christmas when I can share some pictures.
Hope all is well and happy with you all, wherever you may be.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
It's just a simple tube style skirt but I love the fun IKEA fabric. Update: Fabric is called 'Belinda', designed by Caroline Abild Jessen (2005). Thank you google.com!
Life is far too short to be ironing all the time. Although I promise I or someone else in this house WILL iron things before gifting them!
Now, instead of ironing, who'll join me in a cup of coffee and some peppermint chocolate?
Monday, November 30, 2009
I plan on making quite a few in similar fabrics. Very pleased with it!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
She's hosting a giveaway as it is her birthday tomorrow. Happy birthday, Novita!
Check it out and enter. Although I really hope I win!!! My fingers are crossed tightly as I love that vintage looking aeroplane print! Still, it just wouldn't be right not to share the love :)
Friday, November 27, 2009
Also working on some Christmas craft. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, as the song goes.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Great for those with kidlets or for those with kidlets in their lives, like aunties, uncles, grandmas, grandpas and godparents! Christmas taken care of for one lucky little kidlet, or maybe a few!
I've actually got a few ideas for tutorials that I plan on posting sometime next week. They are just very simple ideas many of you may have already tried but they may help someone out there!
I know sometimes I just need a little 'handholding' through the process and I imagine I am not alone.
Looking forward to sharing.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Are you a Tigger or an Eeyore? Are you excited about life; positive and happy, or are you mainly a complainer that only sees the rain?
If you haven't seen this, please watch it here.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Also have a look at Up All Night. Meg is lovely and enthusiastic about her crafting and garden too :)
Friday, November 13, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
But I have to keep it secret for a few more days. It's so hard.
Until then I will show you another photo of a step in it's creation...
Monday, November 2, 2009
As if I needed any more inspiration to amp up my sewing attempts! The fabric at funkyfabrix is so gorgeous that I can barely restrain myself right now! Hahaha. Lucky my wallet is in a different room!
Blooming in Japan is lovely and I just love her creations. The fabrics she uses are great too, and she has inspired me to try a messenger bag after my handbag project is finished. Stay tuned for pictures! And go and check out the Blooming in Japan blog and store.
I have been collecting quite a few blogs of fabulosity so will have to share some others again soon!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I've been keeping crafty with scrapping and embroidery, but this is my first sewing project in about 4 years. So I am starting from scratch really. Please know that a pair of shorts is about as fancy as I have ever sewed! So for me, a big deal!
Also, I did not use a pattern, I just based the cut around an existing pair of shorts.
These are a 'practice pair'; so I have used scrap material and did not bother to change thread colour. They turned out OK (obviously not perfect) so I will be making some more tomorrow. My seams were a bit wobbly and I had a slight issue with the crotch sitting right, but it's all good now!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Might make some fabric flowers if time and illness allows - as seen on WiseCraft. They look awesome. Thanks for an awesome tute. These could adorn almost anything; bags, necklaces, be worn as a brooch, added to quilts or other sewing projects...I like.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
These are my plans so far:
Homesewn 'Ziploc' bags
And so many more
Hahahaha. So tired right now but links and pictures=tomorrow.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Find it at http://www.handwritingworksheets.com/; thanks AngryChicken for the tip!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Just think of all that stuff I could stash away in there. Oh to have room for my own hobbit style shed!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Here is the recipe in case you would like to help celebrate the magnificent day that is FRIDAY!!!
La Tempête's Sweet Chocolately Delight
1 cup Self Raising Flour
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
125g melted butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk
125g chocolate/choc bits
Mix everything together except chocolate. Place in greased slice pan. I mush it to equal height in pan with my (clean) hands. Push smashed up chocolate or chocolate buttons into the top.
Bake at 180 C for 30 mins. Cool in pan.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Today I have to plant out some of my new yellow pollenless Sunflower seeds (thanks MIL), repot some of the burgeoning seedlings that are too close together, and decide which plants I will be giving away.
I'm a newbie, so of couse had seed fever when I got my seeds; planted far too many of everything. Now they are fighting for space and I realise if they all survive, my potted container garden will be a market garden of some nature. I have a big family and some friends that won't mind adopting a plant or two, so they won't go to waste. The ones I have the most of are cabbage and silverbeet. I swear I only planted so many and they had a mutant party and split into many more!
Next time I plant carrots (or other tiny seeds), I am going to try making my own seed tape. Check out this link to see how.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Wish me luck!
Loving these http://www.emilypeacock.com
- Broad Beans (x4)
- Tomatoes (Black Russian, Tommy Toe Sweeties, Beefsteak)
- Bok Choy
- Potatoes (4 different 'mystery' varieties) - these are in hessian bags
- Rescued lime tree, starting to look more like a tree than a stick now :D
They are mostly all at the seedling stage now, but I am ever hopeful I will have sucessful crops. Most have been planted 4-6 weeks ago. If they do all survive, we will be well on the way towards a more self sufficient lifestyle.
Hmmm I think that's it, will post pictures soon!