Monday, 25 April 2011

Easter in Milton Keynes

I'm so loving this weather, it made my weekend even more wonderful. I've just returned to London after spending a fabulous hot and sunny Easter Weekend at my sister's house, in Milton keynes. Most of my family were there, fifteen in all, eating, drinking, playing games and having an awesome time. My niece baked fairy cakes and all the children and the two eighteen year olds had fun decorating them. They all did a
fantastic job and even cleared up after themselves.
Of course we had to have the traditional Easter egg hunt. We sent the children, and of course the eighteen year olds, on a wild goose chase finding clues around the garden and the house, to bring them closer to the chocolate. The youngsters sent the adults on a hunt, hiding chicks and little wooden eggs in trees, bushes and any random place they could think of. We all took turns to hide and seek the chicks and eggs, with the adults being the biggest kids of all. Little prizes of toys or sweets were handed out at the end of each game.

My sister makes the most amazing meringue and I really must learn to do so myself. The large cake
was sandwiched with butter cream and lemon curd. Unfortulately it wasn't gluten free, so I cut my homemade gluten free cakes in half and filled them with the butter cream and lemon curd, yummylicious!!!
 These colourful egg cosies were really quick and easy to make. I was so chuffed with myself that I ended 
up making one for everybody. I even put their initial on them. I got the idea from a beautiful 
crafty book which my daughter bought for me as an early birthday present.
I hope you had a fabulous Easter weekend, too.
Now, Easter is over I'm back to work tomorrow, on my birthday, how unfair.
Though I'm sure I will still have a lovely day x

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Cake Stand and Gluten Free Cakes

Feeling a little peckish after a day selling at the car boot sale, I decided to whip up some yummy fairy cakes.

I've been experimenting with different quantities of ingredients and this one goes down a treat.

Preheat oven to Gas Mark 6.

Cream together 8oz Stork Margarine and 8oz Granulated Sugar in a Large Bowl. Add 3 Medium Eggs plus 3 Tsp Vanilla Extract. Whisk until smooth. Grate the Rind of 1 Lemon and Juice, adding to the bowl. Give a good stir. Sieve in 8oz Doves Farm Gluten Free Self Raising Flour and stir until mixture is smooth. Spoon 1 tablespoonful of mixture into fairy cake cases (makes 24). Bake in the centre of the oven for 20 minutes. I find that the cakes towards the front brown quicker, so I turn the tray around and bake for a further minute or two until cakes are all golden brown.

Goes down well with a cup of tea.

My daughter bought me the Cath Kidston cake stand last christmas. I used it once for sandwiches when my mum came round for lunch, and it did sit on the kitchen top for a while, but I found it took up a bit too much room and decided to pack it away.

I know my daughter was a little upset that it didn't really get much use, so I decided to put it back together, without the bottom tier and now it fits much better and looks rather pretty.

So, I dedicate this blog post to my gorgeous daughter Jazz to say thank you for my lovely present xx

Saturday, 16 April 2011

My Kitchen Window

I have been getting rather peeved with my kitchen windows lately. Mainly because I needed some privacy from my neighbour's prying eyes without blocking out too much light, but at the same time I didn't want to put curtains up. The baskets and plants on the windowsill created a little privacy, but it wasn't quite enough. So, I decided to try out the sticky back plastic for windows, and was surprised at how easy it was to apply.

What a difference it now makes. The windows looks much prettier and I can now walk into my kitchen in the nude and not be spied on, not that I do that, but if I wanted to I could...

The white shelf was purchased by my daughter at the car boot sale for one pound fifty, and looks great beside the newly painted baskets. I've also been sorting out my indoor garden by repotting my plants, plus planting salads, chillies and tomatoes. More on that in future posts.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Handmade Friendship Bracelets

I was given a lot of embroidery thread by the lovely lady in my local charity shop. She knows I'm trying to be a little more creative, so I was really happy when I went in the other day and she had saved these for me. On top of that she wouldn't let me give her any money, so I've promised to make something for her. 

Then, one day last week I had a brainwave (been having a few of those lately) and made a friendship bracelet using the embrodary thread. It took all of a minute to make one and I was quite pleased with my make. In no time at all I had made fourteen. Then, whilst spending time with my sister and her family, I made another thirty or so. Of course they all ended up with a friendship bracelet in the colours of their choice.

I think I might sell them at the car boot sale next weekend, but not sure what to price them as.
I was thinking maybe thirty pence each? 
I made the lavender cushion for a friend's birthday and of course I had to throw in a friendship bracelet. 
I've started making simple lavender cushions to sell, and now that my sewing machine is working I'll be able to make a whole lot more. Of course I'll still be making some by hand.