Thursday, 20 January 2011



A friend of mine has very conveniently had two girls both older than my youngest and she has just the same taste as me.....this is very good news especially when her girls grow up fast and she has to pass their clothes onto me. Flo was lucky enough to inherit five pairs of Boden trousers this week and I thought I would make her a thank you pair but not for her daughters for her little son. I don't think I could make something for a seven year old girl as they can be very particular about what they like. This fabric came from Fabric worm in the US. They had a great sale on recently and i bought a few fat quarters....These trousers are perfect for active boys and very warm too as they are lined. I appliqued his name on the waist band so he knows for sure that they are his.

Sunday, 16 January 2011


refashioning some children's curtains was on the agenda today. I have no idea where these came from or how old they are but the fabric is lovely and soft and should be perfect for a cosy nights sleep. I don't much stray from this pattern as it is so easy and looks great. You can embellish it without much trouble or just leave it to show off the fabric. I have put buttons for fastening it but poppers would work fine too.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

In a word "revolting" this was the feedback on the croc pot porridge. I am afraid ill have to agree with them. The porridge completely congealed and went slimy, a little more like rice pudding, so if you like rice pudding this may be more up your street. I can assure you we will not be repeating the recipe again here thank you very much......I am going to have to put up with standing by the stove for it in the future.

Monday, 10 January 2011

I am trying a few new recipes this week or at least different ways of doing something. Firstly a chocolate cake called Ho ho ho cake which is super rich but sure went down well with the kids found on http://lafujimama.com/ i would limit the frosting to one layer it really doesn't need the extra.
We have a little tradition in this House of afternoon tea on Sunday's which for the most part Carries on week to week only to be interrupted by holidays where everything goes to pot. This week I tried the Ho ho ho cake along with a great recipe for banana bread which doesn't come out stodgy. This can be common problem in banana cake.

I have to add that this cake looks very wobbly due to my impatience. I just couldn't wait for it to cool to put the icing on therefore it sunk and melted all over the place.

Tonight i am trying a new technique of making porridge for the morning. I am using my crocpot or slow cooker. I got the idea off http://weelicious.com and it sounds like a brain wave as i dislike standing around waiting for porridge to cook in the morning. Another advantage is that it will soak over night while cooking and that is supposed to benefit it nutritionally. So hopefully i won't wake up to a load of crispy porridge stuck to the side of the pan that will take weeks to clean.

Sunday, 2 January 2011


fun with cousins.....what else do u need