Monday, 28 February 2011

from the sewing room window - 28 Feb

Here's today's "from the sewing room window" photo. You'll maybe notice that the whirlygig has been put up - yes, I hung the washing outside today. It wasn't quite dry when I brought it in but at least I got it outside!

Oh, and T - our grass is *always* green. Even in the depths of winter or the heights of summer, our grass is green. It's due to all the rain we get - and the lack of scorching heat that you get over the pond. :o)

Saturday, 26 February 2011

banana loaf

I made banana loaf the other day and actually remembered to take a photo of it for the day I eventually get everything photographed to put in my recipe books.

I actually took 2 photos of it but neither really do it justice. This one makes the top look crusty and scrumptious - which it is!

And this one shows the inside of the loaf but I think it makes it look dry - which it isn't at all. In fact, it's really, really moist.

I might just have to take more (better) photos of it next time I make it!

Here's the recipe:


4oz butter - room temp
6oz sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 ripe bananas
8oz plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarb of soda
2 tbsp boiling milk - m/w 30 secs

160ºC fan oven (according to wikipedia, a fan oven is also called a convection oven)

Cream the butter & sugar until light & fluffy then beat in the eggs & bananas. Sift the flour & baking powder together and stir the bicarb into the hot milk. Fold both into the mixture.

Put the mixture into a 2lb loaf tin and bake in the centre of the oven for about 50 mins until well risen and golden brown. Turn out and leave to cool on a wire rack with the paper removed.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

the top and some strips

Well, I tried the top on and, whilst it did fit me, it looked absolutely awful. I looked pregnant - and at 55 years of age, that's not a good look! LOL

So, the top has been assigned to the charity bag put aside to let Jo try it on. The pattern has been put back in the box with a note on it in case I forget what was wrong with it. I suspect it will look fab on someone who isn't as - em - booby as I am. ;o)

What to sew next? No idea. I'm going to avoid dressmaking for a while until I forget the disappointment of all that sewing and ending up with nothing.

Today I dug into my crate of wee bits to see what was in there. I discovered that there was a whole pile of 3½" squares so I set to and cut a whole lot of bits with a 3½" edge.

I have a few ideas of what I might do with them so it'll be interesting to see if anything comes from this. I won't be wearing it whatever it is! :oD

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

the next blankie

The next crochet blankie is already underway. I'm doing some more hexagons so I can use up all the wee balls of wool I've got left from other projects. (When I say "wool" I don't mean it's really wool. It's acrylic yarn but we always call anything you knit/crochet with "wool" no matter what it's made of!)

Here's what I've done so far. The quality of the photo is *awful* but I wanted to get them on here. I find that blogging about something makes me get on with it. Must be a sort of guilt complex thing! LOL

I've now finished the top I showed yesterday but I haven't tried it on yet - it was too cold this afternoon to contemplate taking my clothes off to try it on! LOL I'll try it on at bedtime when I have to take my clothes off to put my PJs on! I'll let you know tomorrow how that goes. :o)

Monday, 21 February 2011

from the sewing room window - 21 Feb

finished - granny circle & a couple of random pics

Here's the granny circle blankie I've been making. I decided to stop as it fits over my lap and legs perfectly. It measures about 33" in diameter.

Here's a top I'm working on. I'm not sure I like it but I'll wait and see what it looks like when it's done. I deliberately made it in black polycotton because it's cheap and it wouldn't be too much of a waste of money or fabric if it doesn't fit.

And finally, here's what Rosie does when I do the ironing. So cute! :o)

Monday, 14 February 2011

our hearts are in the right place!

I made some shortbread hearts today - can't think why! :oD

I made them with a bit of a twist - uncooked:

Cooked with caster sugar on top.

I'd just like to say that I didn't eat all of the tiny ones that are missing from the tray. I ate a lot of them but not all of them! I did eat the big one that's missing from the tray. They're delish! :oD

from the sewing room window - 14 Feb

Friday, 11 February 2011

happy 164th birthday Thomas Edison!

Without him we'd all be in the dark! :oD

This is's header for today. Very cool! (I'm not hotlinking - I've saved it into my own Photobucket. Hotlinking is BAD!!)

Thursday, 10 February 2011

teeny tiny and other things

I was fascinated last week by this small purse tutorial on the stash manicure blog so I decided I would give it a go.

This is what I ended up with: (sorry about the yellow cast on the photos. The sun was actually too bright!)

Now I know the tutorial says it's a "small purse" but it's actually teeny tiny. Here it is with me holding it - I don't have huge hands! LOL

I do love it but it's just a smidge too small to do anything with so I decided to increase the width measurements and see what I came up with.

As can be seen in the third photo, I had to cut a seam along the bottom of this one because it was *impossible* to get that zip sewn in otherwise. To be honest,I'd had a bit of bother with the zip in the teeny tiny version as well and I'm not scared of zips so it wasn't me being dopey! It was just really awkward trying to get it sewn in.

Anyway, I like this one too but, to be honest, it was a bit too finicky to make and I probably won't make another one for a while.

Whilst I had the camera out, I thought I'd take a photo of my incredibly tidy piles of material! I'm almost scared to touch them they look so good! LOL

And here's another photo that my camera made me take. (Remember the one it made me take back in this post? Scroll down.) This is what was showing when I switched the camera on to load the photos on to the computer.

My camera is really good at seeing interesting things to photograph! :oD

Sunday, 6 February 2011

birthday cake and granny circle

Today is Douglas's birthday so we made a cake. We didn't have 56 candles so we only put one on! :oD

Happy Birthday, Douglas. Love you!

And here's a glimpse of what I'm crocheting at the moment. It's a granny circle. I love it! Nice and bright!

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

more baking

I did some more baking today. The custard creams that I made at the weekend were all gone so I needed to make something else to stop us eating chocolate biscuits. (I'd much rather eat home-baking than chocolate biscuits. Well, bought chocolate biscuits, anyway. Home made chocolate biscuits would be a different thing altogether! :oD)

I'm trying to take photos of things I bake so that, one day, I'll add them into my recipe book so future generations will know what the various things are meant to look like.

So, here's what I made today:

Meg's biscuits - recipe here

And sultana cookies - recipe below.

I know it would seem like we're going to make pigs of ourselves by me baking both things but Douglas is going to see his mum tomorrow and he's taking her half a dozen. I'll take another half dozen to my mum too so that's 12 biscuits gone before we even start eating them ourselves!

Here's the recipe for the sultana cookies:

4oz butter
3oz sugar
1 dess.sp syrup
½ tsp baking soda
8oz SR flour
1oz sultanas = approx 1 handful (I think, in the US, they're called golden raisins?)

Heat the oven to 160ºC

Melt butter, syrup & sugar slowly in a pan. Add bicarb and beat well. Add flour and sultanas. Mix well, make into balls and flatten them out a little.
Bake for 10 - 15 mins.