Saturday, 31 January 2009
My cooker broke last night! The door literally fell off its hinges! WTF!! Its less than a year old so i called up to arrange a replacement/workman to come and fix it only to be told they have no appointments for the forseeable future!
We have 4 kids and the prospect of living off hob food only for 'the forseeable future' wasnt appealing.
I came home from the crop on a mission, I lay on the kitchen floor and fixed the cooker myself - i had to unscrew the hinges and replace washers etc but its done and less palava than any workman would have made of it! lol (Still dont like the bloody thing though - its a gas oven and im only just getting to grips with gas ovens!)
Friday, 30 January 2009
This is for anyone struggling through the day today...... see you tomorrow :)
Thursday, 29 January 2009
For desert last night i promised the boys Falling in Ove Chocolate Mousse Pie. It is meant to be one big pie but i did it as individual dishes, that way theres no 'his is bigger than mine' LOL Ben did the pouring....I also followed an English adaption recipe that didnt say whip the cream so mine was more runny than mousse! Heres the recipe i would follow in future....
Falling in Love Chocolate Mousse Pie
9-inch baked pastry shell
1 14-oz. can condensed milk (not evaporated)
2/3 C. water
1 (4 serving) pkg. chocolate pudding mix (not instant)
1 1-oz. square unsweetened chocolate
2 C. (1 pt.) whipping cream, stiffly whipped
In large saucepan, combine condensed milk, water and pudding mix; mix well. Add chocolate. Over medium heat, cook and stir rapidly until chocolate melts and mixture thickens. Remove from heat; beat until smooth. Cool. Chill thoroughly; stir. Fold in whipped cream. Pour into prepared pastry shell. Chill 4 hours until set.
As i have the boys off school poorly today im planning on finishing The Secret Life of Bees Book while we all snuggle on the sofa :)
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
I also received these yummy goodies today from Papertrey Ink - their service is perfect and the stamps are just gorgeous! Cant wait to use them! The little heart tins are just perfect too - and seeing as you can bake straight into them they will make cupcake/muffin presents :D
Mum is coming to stay so we will be crafting until the small hours no doubt :D Also a big shout out to Crafters Companion who have won an inovation award at CHA!! The purple Ultimate that i use for scoring non the less so we should see it sweeping the world soon! :)
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
This fits perfectly onto a sheet of 12x12 patterned papr or cardstock. It needs to be thick card so that the sides are stable and it will retain its box shape.I now have one of the shapes that i keep as a template to save working out the measurements each time, i simply draw around that. I forgot to leave little flaps on the sides where they are glued to the front so remember to leave approx .5cm extra to reinforce the folds.Cut it out. Then score down each of the fold marks - these are easy to work out.
Punch a shape into one of the sides of your box (this isnt necessary and you can leave it as a little windowless box if you prefer) Place double sided tape (dst) on the reverse of the hole and attach either accetate or vellum.Fold all of the sides up on themselves and attach dst to the 2 small flaps and the 2 larger side reinforcements. These are then folded in and stuck down.Fill the box with the goodies you are wanting to give and then pinch the top 2 sections together. Punch 2 holes and thread with ribbon.
Attach a tag and some embellishments if required and voila its done!Not rocket science but i was pleased i worked it out - feel free to use it as you wish :)
Monday, 26 January 2009
Friday, 23 January 2009
Thursday, 22 January 2009
Here is the layout done for my diary of this year - its entitled Fairytale? and the journalling reads...
Im sure Snow White didnt eat the apple because of a diet! This slimming is hard going, all those yummy things i cant eat. If im wanting the Happy Ever After though i will persevere!
Its raining here so im stuck indoors :(
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Since Jake was a superstar this past week he was taken to Cafe Rouge (everyone else has been except him and hes been dying to go!). Needless to say one croissant and apple juice later and Jake has a new favourite hang out! :)
I made this cute little box after blog hopping and seeing one similar. It all kind of came together really easy (ginger showed me the other day how to make the fold boxes), it was a simple case of measure cut and punch :) The sentiment is from the curvy verse set from Stampin Up.
Monday, 19 January 2009
I am off on my own journey in March. Dhanakosa is a budhist retreat in Scotland that provides weekends of yoga and meditation! A whole weekend of silence, thankful prayer and meditation - bliss! Im too excited!
No layouts to share just yet and because of the diet i havent been baking but thats all going to change tomorrow as the kids have requested chocolate cake so im making a Falling in Love Chocolate Pie!!
Friday, 16 January 2009
Here are a few snapshots of the cakes and a couple of the new layouts while i get my breath and come back tomorrow with a new recipe for you all! :D
Sunday, 11 January 2009
- 200 g white sugar
- 80 ml water
- 0.8 g cream of tartar
- 2 egg whites
- 5 ml vanilla extract
- In a saucepan, stir together the sugar, water and cream of tartar. Cook over medium-high heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is bubbly.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whip the egg whites and vanilla to soft peaks. Gradually add the sugar mixture while whipping constantly until stiff peaks form, about 7 to 10 minutes. Frost the cake of your choice.
Saturday, 10 January 2009
Here is one of the new layouts ive been working on :)Thanks for all the recommendations for The Secret Life of Bees, i started it last night and i love it so far!
Marshmallow Mermaid Pie
9 graham crackers
1/2 C. sweetened, flaked coconut, toasted
5 Tbs. butter or margarine, melted
34 lg. marshmallows (8 oz.)
1/2 C. whole milk
1 1/2 C. heavy or whipping cream
1 oz. unsweetened chocolate, grated
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine coconut and graham crackers in food processor until coarse crumbs form.
2. Combine crumbs and butter with fork. Press to bottom and side of 9-inch pie plate. Bake 10 minutes and cool on wire rack.
3. Heat marshmallows and milk in 3-qt. saucepan over low heat until smooth, stirring constantly. Remove saucepan from heat. Cool completely (30 minutes.)
4. In large bowl with mixer at medium speed, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Fold marshmallow mixture into whipped cream with grated chocolate. Spoon filling into cooled crust. Refrigerate pie at least 3 hours or overnight.
5. Top with mini marshmallows, maraschino cherries and rainbow sprinkles.
Thursday, 8 January 2009
We took him into our favourite hangout.....Cafe Rouge. Its where me and Ethan go for coffee and chats - putting the kiddy world to rights over a basket of pastries and 2 cups of tea :) Anyways, we had breakfast there this morning with dh and wandered around for a little while (too cold to stay for too long and Ethan just wanted to find the busker so he could give him his pennies - how adorable is he!)
This afternoon i have made a batch of cupcakes and a huge chocolate cake for dh's birthday tea - they seriously think they can skip lasagne and go for the overdose of chocolate first! LOL
I started reading Out of the Blue by Belinda Jones but cant get into it - i did pick up Marshmallows for Breakfast and The Secret Life of Bees from the charity shops, has anyone read those and what did you think? Or if you have read Out of the Blue - should i stick with it??
Sorry i have only just gotten round to picking someone for the rak set at New Year :D
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Wednesday, 7 January 2009
3rd day of detox has gone well and i have brown bread etc in for tomorrow so i can have some toast for breakfast etc :)
Yesterdays layout..... not sure on what to do for todays as im so tired (i know its the not eating properly thats knocking me out!) - will give it a think and work on something once the kids are in bed :D
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
I am still however cutting out meat, caffine and alcohol for the 21 days. - im now onto day 5 of no caffine and besides a headache again last night i feel so much better and i dont wake up with that yack taste anymore!
Alcohol - well i dont drink much anyways so thats not a problem.
Meat - now heres the deal...we are a meat eating family, always have been probably always will be . We like stews and broths, casseroles and sunday dinners. I think 21 days of no meat will maybe make me think a little more on using free range and organic animal products as its mainly the ethics that bother me if that makes sense.
OK Enough waffling.
I thought i would give Julian Graves another go after the poisonous pinenut disaster and went in today with plans of buying a couple of bags of nuts etc and i wander out with 7, yes SEVEN bags of various fruits and nuts later (had to buy more storage too!!) A lot of them were half price in the sale so well worth stocking up on when they have long dates! :) Bargain shopping too - this set of drawer will hold all my baking trays, moulds etc in the kitchen and it was only £19.99 in the sale! :DCurrently reading Shopaholic and Baby - so cool, so funny, so Becky!! Anyone who likes chick-lit has to read the shopaholic series of books.
Monday, 5 January 2009
Here is yesterdays layout - i cant share todays as it includes the before pics of my diet - not a pretty site and thats fully clothed!! LOL