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Friday, 1 July 2011

Mostly Blue

 yes it's been a very blue kinda time on the thrifty front. i even added to the beauties below with a blue top for O and a blue Spiderman top for J today (for when he is about 9!)i am a sucker for linen which the two from the left are and the cotton one on the end is so soft and comfy i've worn it alot (despite it being a blokes one i think) the stripey one will become trousers for J in the future- see below in fact. the t shirts are gorgeous shades of blue too and have necessitated a t shirt sort out. 3 sad items will be either sent to charity or cut for my latest project - a rag rug!!!




i am a big fan of condensed milk. it has a vast amount of sugar in it but adds a rather wonderful chewy moistness to biscuits.which is lucky as i left these in too long this time and they were more crunchy than chewy and they still tasted good. hurrah!

Chewy yet Crunchy Cookies

  • 225g (8oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 225g (8oz) caster sugar
  • 170g tube condensed milk
  • 350g (12oz) self raising flour, sifted
  • 100g (3½oz) dark chocolate, chopped ( or milk or white if you prefer!)
  • 100g (3½oz) hazelnuts, roasted, chopped (or other type of nut or raisins, cranberries etc)

Method

  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until pale. Stir in the condensed milk. Mix in the flour and then work in the chocolate and the nuts. Divide the dough in half and place each half in a square of foil or cling film. Roll into two thick sausage shapes. Chill well; this dough will keep quite happily in the refrigerator for a week or so.
  2. When ready to bake,preheat the oven to 180˚C 350˚F Gas Mark 4.
  3. Peel off the cling film or foil, cut off thick slices, and batch bake in the oven on trays lined with baking parchment for about 15 minutes or until golden brown at the edges, but still a little soft.They also taste good if you leave them in the oven a little too long because you are gardening. Just a little crispier!

thrifty fabric find


John Lewis fabric "Sparkle"

nice isn't it. not quite sure what i will do with it as it doesn't really go with any colour scheme i have in mind for the house. however the kids shed is green so maybe some cushions or curtains for there? its a Jonelle (John Lewis) cotton called "Sparkle" and it's rather nice.not sure what era - tempted to call it vintage for a laugh!

Dress for O from free fabric


upcycled to a new skirt

This was always one of my favourite fabrics and was a freebie from an old charity shop. i made O a dress from it in one of my first sewing classes which sadly shes grown out of. no matter. i chopped off the top turned it over and added elastic and now have a new floral summer skirt for at least this summer and next (as it's quite long). a very happy O bouncing on bounceline and happy mummy admiring new skirt.
http://www.thecraftycrow.net/a-book-a-craft-series/

just a link to this wonderful series a book and a craft. such fun

and and see also this link  for a great list of childrens literature reviews.

Once upon a Thread is a great blogseries from "no big dill" totally awesome - I still need to read it all!http://thedillspiel.blogspot.com/search/label/Once%20upon%20a%20thread%20'11
                   
             
and as promised, boy pj's from man's shirt a la Dana's pattern for Kid Pants at http://www.dana-made-it.com/!

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