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When am not doing the everyday stuff of life i am making things. Or thinking about making things....

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Mostly art

I joined Little Bird while at the Lollibop festival with O in the summer and just saw a great offer for ANORAK' s happy magazine so I have ordered 
some as Xmas presents. They have arrived and are very lovely. I will take some to the windmill next week for half term. There
are stacks of creative kids mags out there, we have sampled Lotta and Alphabet Glue and 
Action Packs (all mentioned on the blog before) and I am sure there are more too. Do you know of any good ones?
Over the last few weeks I have made some excellent thrifty finds. Here's a few:

The linen sunflower apron was made in Italy and went perfectly with the
cookbook for Farrah's present.
Wellies for the allotment, much more comfy than the last pair!
Lovely pink egg chicken!

Cute tracing set which the kids enjoyed.
Speaking of arty kids, it was jobs week this week and J decided he wants to be an artist when he grows up so we made him an outfit!

Cute eh?! Thanks to sarah badger for the moustaches!

Friday, 12 October 2012

Mostly summer recaps part 1

i was editing my pictures and realised that there were some lovely ones of our summer adventures that i hadn’t shared with you so there’ll be a few recaps in the next posts of what you missed about our summer jaunts!. its always hard to blog over the summer, lots of kid time, watering and gardening in those long summer light evenings so it seems appropriate that as the nights draw in and we head towards Halloween and Bonfire night that we live a few of those heady 32 degree days!!

first review is our lovely trip on the william clifton with the glorious Holts. we went through the longest canal tunnel in the UK which was nice and cool for having lunch. It was one of the hottest days of the year. We stopped at Stoke Bruerne for ice creams and visited the canalside blacksmith which was fantastic. Stokie Bloke got a wrought iron door handle for his shed which made him very happy and the kids learnt all about the “tunnel dragon”from the very colourful blacksmith! I was even allowed to take the helm with Chris’s guidance though by steering left something to be desired!

I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

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second outing was the same weekend when O and I visited Lollibop festival courtesy of Carissa! it was fun though slightly overwhelming for both of us and again 32 degree heat. I felt so sorry for Clifford the Big Red Dog and the amazing polar bear animatronic thingy. All O wanted to do was dance at the Pop/Tiny Pop stand with Carissa and crew! i don’t know how they did it without melting!

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last up the only decent tomato – featured once already i know, can you tell how proud of it  i was!

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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

mostly cakes and coffee

As the kids have cake sales at school I decided to try the banoffee banana loaf cake as cupcakes. See previous post for the loaf pic.


Recipe here (from Waitrose but I couldn't see it on their website.)

75g soft butter
25g caster sugar
1 medium egg
397g can Nestlé Carnation Caramel
3 ripe bananas
225g plain flour
2tsp baking powder
Choc chips

Beat butter and sugar, add egg and then caramel and bananas until you have a nice gooey mess.

Fold in flour and baking powder and chic chips.

Put into cases and bake at gas 5 for 20 -25 mins til golden and firm to touch. Bake for one hour in a greased lined loaf tin if making the loaf style cake. Decorate in the style of your choosing! I think they will make great Halloween cupcakes with orange icing and spider webs on them!

Thrifting recently I found a giant white cup perfect for mocha or latte or hot chocolate for 50p, M&S Andante style. Also the cute little grey glass ramekins, made in Mexico for 99p! I have no idea what they were made for but I like them and will certainly find a use for them.

Ciao for now.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Mostly autumn

Butter type beans from a runner bean called the csar and autumn leaves picked on the last few lovely days of September. We've had a great late summer but the weather has turned a bit now and is rainy and windy.
Listening to instructions with earphones on may be an error!
Our last part of the giant shed project is coming along, joking up the water and electrics to the house. Here is j at work helping daddy. I couldn't watch as he bashed away with the pick axe!

Two yummy recipes! The local market had cherries on sale so armed with two pounds of them, sugar brandy and some vodka I have made some cherry liqueur. I like many before me, gave up stoning the cherries about half way through! Will have to wait and see how it turns out. The second golden jar is spiced crabapple vodka from Alys Fowlers Edible Garden. I don't normally drink vodka so again will be interested to see how they turn out. As i had the sad task of helping to cut down a crabapple tree it seemed only fitting to make as much use of the lovely crabapples as possible. along with this jar full of beauties I have about 5 jars of crabapple jelly made too! My dark under stairs cupboard is getting pretty full now but these need to be stashed away somewhere dark to preserve the colours and keep Stokie Bloke from drinking them.....