Sunday, February 26, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Lots of tv watching later the beautifully silky smooth angora is in knitable form. Thanks to a wool winder. My sewing machine was fixed faster than the untangling took but I have also been clearing out my craft area, a very t tough job.
I entered a competition with Good Magazine and I have won Annabel Langbein's newest book - Free Range in the City. I am so thrilled. They emailed me today.
I love the magazine for all it's green tips. How to recycle, reuse and lower you affect on the planet. Lots of good craft ideas too.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The whole project took me 1 hour and 20 minutes (only because putting the casters on took a while).
I am now power tool mad. The more power tools the better!!! I used a saw that had a blade poking out of it (see I don't even know the technical terms) and trimmed the sticking out ends of the drawer. I then had to trim approx 15mm off the front of the draw and 10mm of the sides so that once the casters were on it would still fit under the bed. Re-glued the end bit of wood in as while cutting it showed it was loose. Then I sanded it down with the father-in-law's sander. Fantastic quick job. Rounded all the corners and ensured all the varnish was removed. Put the casters on the bottom (yes I followed instructions from my father many years ago and used a tiny drill bit to do a whole before putting the screws in. I remember him saying that helps to prevent the wood from splitting when putting in screws.) I was very nervous about the wood splitting at the back of the drawer as it was thinner than the front.
|To glorious this!!|
Thursday, February 16, 2012
The cucumber plant in the glasshouse is the only one that is seriously fruiting. The ones in the garden gave me fruit just after Xmas but then because of the colder summer they have not produced since. But they are producing female flowers. So I am diligently picking female flowers from the outside vines and going into the glasshouse and fertilising the male flowers. Look at the fantastic results!!!
Monday, February 13, 2012
The boys rated it 10/10 for look, smell and taste!!!
Updated and improved on 15/1/2014
Karen's Butterscotch saucy pudding
cream together 100g butter, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 c brown sugar. Add one egg and mix well.
Add - 1 c flour, 1 tsp B.Powder and a pinch of salt. Start mixing. When the mixture is crumbly add 1/2 c milk. Mix to smooth but stiff batter.
Put into large deep dish (3 litre or more capacity). No greasing needed.
Make sauce: 1 c brown sugar, 4 T golden syrup, 50g butter - melt in microwave or on stove top. Add 500mls boiling water and carefully stir in 1 Tablespoon cornflour, whisk until there are no lumps and pour sauce over the batter. Put into oven at 190 C for 30-40 min until sponge is cooked and sauce bubbling underneath.
Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.
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Thursday, February 9, 2012
My sister over here also made apricot jam yesterday. She gazumped me!!!! I made mine in the afternoon and she did hers in the evening but she blogged it first.
Anna has put her recipe on her blog. Mine is the same quantity wise but method is a tiny bit different at the beginning. I heat the water and sugar on low until the sugar is fully dissolved and then put the apricots in. Halfway through cooking (about 15 min) I also put in the juice of 1 lemon for every kilo of fruit.
So go to her site and use the recipe but remember my hints!!!
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