Wednesday, 30 May 2007
Friday, 25 May 2007
The post-job-not-getting pity party is over, you'll be pleased
to know. I'm feeling much more philosophical about the whole thing. Serves them right that they won't get to enjoy scrummy Friday cupcakes if you ask me. I have a couple more application forms en route to me, so we shall see what's around the corner.
I have had the most peculiar morning this morning. I had to get up early to grab a shower and wash (and dry) my hair - mostly on account of me looking like I'd been dragged through a deep fat fryer backwards -Yuk! So I was up and about, all clean and showered and refreshed..... then realised that the kids were both still fast asleep (Kendo had left for work). So, it's 8.20, they're both still in bed and I'm blogging with a nice cup of tea and some peace and quiet before the madness of the day begins. There could be something in this "getting up early" malarkey you know.
On a totally different note, the post job blues did necessitate me making something crafty - which always makes me feel better - and as I wanted to make something comfy and cosy that meant grabbing the knitting needles. 10 stitches and 15 inches later and these are what we have - knitted Alice bands (courtesy of Shimelle (again!)). They're quite cute actually. I made this one for Grace (although as you can see she's less than impressed with me making her try it on while Scooby Doo was on!) and a purple one and a black and white one for me.
More on that later....peace it over it seems, both kids awake and shouting!!
Wednesday, 23 May 2007
Tuesday, 22 May 2007
Lemon and Lime Cupcakes :) because they're yummy!!!
So, this is my first time out adapting my own cupcake recipe, and they came out pretty damn fine! Here's the recipe (apologies to any UK ladies because the recipe it's adapted from was in cups):
Lemon and Lime Cupcakes
For the Cakes:
4oz unsalted butter
1 3/4 cups of caster sugar
2 lg Eggs
1/2 tsp Salt
21/5 tsp Baking Powder
3 cups Plain Flour
1 cup Milk
1/3 Cup of Lemon and Lime Juice*
Zest of 2 Lemons
Rose's Lemon and Lime Marmalade (for the filling)
Supercook Lemon Jellies (to decorate) - I found these at Tesco in the home baking aisle
*I used the juice of the two lemons I zested and made up to a 1/3 cup with Lime Juice
• Beat the butter until soft (about 30 secs)
• Add the sugard and beat until light and fluffy (for about 3 mins)
• Add the eggs one at a time beating for 30 secs after each one
• Add the sifted flour, baking powder and salt
• Mix with a wooden spoon until combined
• Add the lemon and lime juice, zest and milk and mix well
• Fill the cake cases to about 2/3 full
• Bake for 22-25 mins at 350F, 180C, Gas Mark 4
• Leave to cool on a wire rack
For the Icing:
200g Unsalted butter
200-250g Icing Sugar (start with 200 and add more to taste if needed, the sweetness fades over time so it will start to taste more buttery if you don't add enough)
2 tblsp Double Cream
1tsp Lemon Extract
1/2tsp Yellow food colouring (optional)
• Beat butter until fluffy
• Add the cream and lemon extract and beat until combined
• Add the sifted Icing sugar and beat until combined
• Add the food colouring and beat until even
Assembling the cakes:
Once the cakes are cooled, use a melon baller to scoop out a dent in the top of the cake. Add a half tsp of the lemon and lime marmalade and replace the top. Pipe on the icing. Add a jellied lemon.
I used muffin cases and a muffin pan to make these (and it made about 22 cakes). If you used normal cake cakes it would probably make about 36.
The original recipe was from Chockylit’s cupcake blog.
The cake was a little dry on it’s own but the marmalade and the buttercream soon sorts that out.
I’ll definitely be trying this recipe adapting thing again – it was great fun.
Monday, 21 May 2007
"Scooby Dooby Doo, Where are you
We got some work to do now
Scooby Dooby Doo,Where are you
We need some help from you now
Come on,Scooby Doo,I see you
pretending you got a sliver
But you're not foolin' me, cause I can see
the way you shake and shiver
You know we got a mystery to solve and Scooby Doo,
be ready for your act Don't hold back!
And Scooby Doo if you come through you're gonna
have yourself a Scooby Snack!
Scooby Dooby Doo,where are you
You're ready and you're willing
If we can count on you Scooby Doo
I know you'll catch that villian "
So, that's firmly lodged in my head now (as if it wasn't already!).
Scooby Doo: Live on Stage was great! Okay, the plot was a little thin (basically a standard Scooby episode stretched over an hour and 30 minutes) but all the gags and catchphrases were there, along with some cool songs and some audience participation - what more could a Scooby fan ask for??
Gracie's was really chuffed and SO excited. Apparently "This is the best surprise, EVER!". We bought her a cute Scooby T-shirt (like a baseball shirt, white with dark sleeves and the Scooby Gang on the front) - unfortunatley the smallest they had was age 7/8, so she's currently wearing it as a night shift (needs must!).
Ewan spent his first afternoon being looked after by Nanny Winnie and Grandad. Just a shame that he's caught Gracie's conjunctivitis so he was a bit grumpy :( Typical that's she's fine now and he's ill! If it's not one it's the other *SIGH*
Interview day tomorrow, so I'm starting to get really nervous (Zoiks, indeed!). My outfit is cleaned and ironed (I manage to find something that fits and isn't stained with orange Ewan puke), I just need to read up on their policies and stuff off the website. So far I've managed not to think too much about it (the only good thing about poorly babies!) but now it's creeping closer I keep getting that butterfly feeling in my stomach. Urrghhhh.
Right, off to do lunch for Gracie before School. Yey!! Back to School after her week off sick - Thank Goodness!!
Saturday, 19 May 2007
Mmmmmmm..... Minty Chocolatey Yumminess abounds in these :)
I have to say that the cake itself didn't turn out as nice as the gingerbread ones (but I am a sucker for gingerbread) but combined with the mint buttercream and the chocolate ganache (isn't that a great word??) these are supremely delicious.
Recipe from Shimelle (again) - God...do I not have an original thought??? Maybe next bakeday...er I mean Saturday..... there's an idea for a lemon and lime slab cake cooking in my head.
So, aside from the cupcake making what else has been going on around here?
Well, I managed to inflict a not-so-mortal craft wound on myself by slicing my finger open on a craft knife (don't panic - I was careful not to bleed in the cake mix! ;)) The cut is right across my nail bed though, which is particularly gross and made me feel all wibbly at just the thought of it. I'm just hoping my nail is going to survive intact and not go all weird and horrible *shudder*. Clearly I shouldn't be trusted around sharp implements.
In a moment of madness this weekend Kendo has convinced me to buy tickets for us (Kendo, Gracie and me) to go and see Scooby Doo:Live on Stage at the Liverpool Empire tomorrow (the 1pm matinee). We haven't told Grace yet so I can't wait to see her face when she realises where we're going (although she'll probably be disappointed that it's not a pantomine!). More on that tomorrow.
There'll be no scrapping for me tomorrow - I have to be a good little interview-going-person and read all the blurb from the website for the housing association place. I'm sure that I'll once more be thanking TPTB for my amazing memory for absolute crap information (all be it only retained until it's no longer needed - well, it got me through 4 years of University!).
Just about time for my bed I think.
Jane (my UKS "PaperAddicts" Teammate) pointed my in the direction of a great new scrapbook inspiration blog recently (at http://onelittleword.blogspot.com/). They are basically giving a one word prompt every fortnight to give some inspiration for scrapping/crafting.
The first prompt, to kick things off quite aptly was "Go". My first thought on that was immediately "Go Create" so I figured it would be the perfect start for my ideas journal. It was also a great way to finally use the BG Color Me Silly papers and monograms that I've had for over a year and have yet to do anything with (they don't really fit my scrapping style, but I love looking at them! - Bad scrap stash shopping methods! LOL). Now I'm justified in my purchase because I think they're great for this project, and I get to look at the yummy colours all the time to inspire me :)
The outside of the binder is covered with the "Believe" paper and the spine is covered with the "Enjoy" paper. On the inside of the binder I've used the "play" paper and the dividers and pockets are covered in a selection of the following paper: Believe, Play, Enjoy, Laugh, Doodle and Discover. I've used the large BG monograms for the "GO" and the smaller ones for the words on the front and the lettering on the dividers. I've outlined the smaller ones in black pen to make them stand out more and added a little bit of doodling on the "GO" monograms.
The dividers are labelled with:
I'm really pleased with how this has turned out, now I'm just hoping I get enough inspiration to fill it with ideas and that it doesn't sit neglected on my desk!
Wednesday, 16 May 2007
Poor Gracie has developed viral conjunctivitis - as if her ear infection wasn't bad enough. Her eyes look so red and sore. Poor bunny :( She's gutted because she missed her school photo today as well. She's really not having the best of luck with school events - she already missed the school play and Christmas party because she had a gastric bug.
Ewan is still well (so far!) although he's a bit chesty too. A right pair of sickly babies I have at home at the moment.
Me? I'm just knackered from only getting about 14 hours sleep over the last 4 nights. How do people deal with kids who don't sleep all the time??? I'm obviously spoilt and have gotten far too used to my full 8 hours.
I was going to do some scrapping tonight - but I'm just too knackered to even get my head around starting a page. Then I thought I would finish the patchwork tote - but that involved dragging the sewing machine out - which involved having some energy. So that idea got binned as well. I settled on surfing for some more yummy cupcake recipes - so I think I'm going to try the mint chocolate one next...with After Eight mints. They sound delish :)
I really need to get some scrapping done....... sometime. It's the Haydock crop on Saturday, but of course Kendo's working (why wouldn't he be?) so I don't know if I'll make it (that'll be about the 4th in a row I've missed I think ).
That's about enough from me for tonight I think... definitely time for an early night - before Gracie wakes me up every hour!!
Tuesday, 15 May 2007
Monday, 14 May 2007
Saturday, 12 May 2007
Friday, 11 May 2007
I've gone with this weeks pencillines sketch for the sketch challenge, which is here (www.pencillines.com):
The scrapbooking challenge is a mixed bag this week with an either/or option:
Make a mini album/tag book/maze book/matchbook i.e. something other than a standard LO.
OR (If you just want to do a LO):
Use a Heart somewhere on your LO
Use a Tag on your LO
Use fabric on your LO
Hope everyone has fun with them.
Thursday, 10 May 2007
Wednesday, 9 May 2007
Instructions for the felt hearts are on Shimelle's site: www.shimelle.com.
Right - I've had a busy blogging night so I'm off to my bed (after I've sorted out Rach's html dilemma!!).
Gracie was back at school today (thank heaven's!) so a nice quiet afternoon with just me and Ewan (who's holding up remarkably well considering he's getting his top teeth through at the moment and is still full of a cold).
I've come over all Martha Stewart this evening and I have Rolo cookies baking in the oven (I wish they'd invented smelli-blogging because the smell wafting in from the kitchen is to die for!). If they come out okay and not a gooey mess then I'll post the recipe and some pics (assuming I don't eat them all first :)). After licking the mixing bowl clean though (everyone does that....right?) I suspect that they might be rather rich - but still delicious.
I've been ousted from my laptop tonight while Kendo does some revision for his cement/concrete/mixing hard things in a bucket course, so I might try to get some scrapping done. That's if I can move after stuffing my face with Rolo cookies - which have just some out of the oven, and look scrummy.
Back soon with the Rolo cookie recipe..... watch this space.
Tuesday, 8 May 2007
The question - how many hair bows can one woman make in two evenings?
The answer - a shed load if she has a 3 year old DD, a 14 year old Emo and twin soon to be 4 year olds to make them for!
At final count there were 17 (including the two for the bow holders for the twins). Not a bad haul for two nights work. LOL.
To be honest, bow-making was a pleasant change from listening to Gracie complaining all day long. No school today as she's "a little bit poorly" (aka she's got a cold and a slight temp). You can bet your arse she's going tomorrow though because she's driven me potty today (Evil Mother!! Mwwahhhh!!).
I'm not sure what's worse. Gracie's only being so ill that it makes her a whinge-bag or Kendo with man-flu being in a grumpy mood and snoring on the sofa all night long. It's a close call!
Onto cards for the Twins next - I have no idea what I'm going to do for those. Time to wing it again I think. No change there then! I'll have to see what I can come up with.
I was going to make Rolo cookies tonight - but the bows got in the way. I have all the stuff ready though so maybe tomorrow when Gracie's at school, or in the evening (Wednesday tomorrow, therefore totally shite telly - all the more time for crafty things. Yey!).
Crafty gift paranoid is setting in now though. What if the Twins Mum just thinks I'm a total cheapskate? This is why I don't often make gifts for none family members. At least you can tell them that they'll just have to deal if they don't like it! LOL.
Tis getting late anyway so I'm off to my bed. Just wanted to update for the day as I was feeling a little neglect-a-bloggle! Naughty me.
Sunday, 6 May 2007
....No!! Not me! I located my scrapping mojo hidden under a new scrapping technique - I'm as happy as a pig in...well, you know...what pigs are happy in ;)
My challenge LO however has been distressed to within an inch of it's life. So, I conclude that every article I've ever read about distressing techniques is true - it's Addictive! Once I'd started I just couldn't stop. All the bits got the treatment. The background cardstock was wet, crumbled, ironed and sanded. The photo mat and patterned papers were sanded and inked. The journalling strip was inked and chalked. The title was done using a mask and chalks (and some repo xyron tape) and the stamps weren't full inked so there are bits missing.
It's a Scrapbook Inspirations freebie bonanza on this page - free papers from Rob and Bob Studio and free flower stamps (from some time last year). The journaling reads:
Here now.........be with them
Innocent...........delight with them
Kindhearted......learn from them
Magical.............fly with them
Open minded.....respect them
Talented............believe in them
Xtra special.........celebrate them
Zany...................laugh with them
I figured it was about time I actually did a LO for one of my own challenges anyway. So there you go. Now.....what new techniques can I find to play with for the next one......
Saturday, 5 May 2007
It's a (rather cold and grim) Saturday morning - where'd the sunshine go? Eh? Kendo is at work, Grace has gone to see Nanny Tish, Ewan is napping and I am enjoying the blissful peace and quiet. I've turned off the TV, the washing machine's not running, the dishwasher's not running (I did briefly try the radio but Neil Diamond was playing *shudder* so that got the boot asap). So I'm just sitting here, chilling, with a hot cup of tea in my favourite mug (I know! Hot! When was the last time I drank tea that hadn't gone lukewarm?) and a couple of choccie biccies thrown in for good measure. Bliss.
Of course, there are a million things I could be doing, like making hair bows for the presents for the birthday party Grace has next week (it would be twins to start the party season off wouldn't it), or housework (yeah right) or even mowing the lawn, but this is far nicer.
It's strange, when I was little, and even when I was a student, I never much cared for the quiet. I was always happier with there was loads going on. I our house you had to be. LOL These days I'm happy for every minute of peace and quiet I can grab. Just to have your brain not distracted by "Mummy I need, Mummy I want, Mummy Ewan has..." or "What have you done with my....." is a blessed relief. Of course, the problem with shutting my brain off for a short period - there's always the danger it won't start back up again!
Do you know. I think I might go and have a mid-morning catnap. Sleeping, in my opinon, is HIGHLY under-rated. We should all do more of it!
Friday, 4 May 2007
- Use doodling on your LO
- Use a Proverb or Saying on your LO
- Use a decorative edge on your LO (doesn't matter how it's cut)
It would be rude not to share everything on here that I have on the BW post - so you can have the Cheerleaders too:
The sketch challenge came from the Scrapwitch site www.scrapwitch.com.au and it looks like this:
I supposed I'd better pull my finger out and actually do my own scrapbooking challenges this week! For a change.
Better go hunting for that mojo. So far it's still AWOL!
Thursday, 3 May 2007
I think I must have scrappers burn out from my cybercrop scrapping frenzy. I have seriously lost my scrapping Mojo. I'm sure I left it around here somewhere......maybe I should check behind the fridge?
I was going to say I can't remember the last time I made an original LO, but techincally the Queen of Hearts one and the Pout/Grin ones were original. Maybe I mean I can't remember the last time I made an original LO that I was enthusiatic about. I have moments where I'm hit with the divine scrapping inspiration stick (usually when I'm in bed) but recently the inspirational thwackings have been few and far between.
I hate scrappers block!
I do have a couple (million) other projects in the pipeline so maybe I need to take a break from the scrapping to concentrate on something other craftly.
Friday tomorrow though, so even if I can't inspire myself, I need to get my challenge writing head on to inspire others. I'd better get my thinking cap on too - those BWers are a tough crowd to please ;)
P.S. I couldn't resist the Mojo chews picture.......who remembers those? Banana ones were my favourite. Yum.
Tuesday, 1 May 2007
Rach has tagged me, so ......
The rules are simple.
Each player gives 7 random facts about themselves which they post on their blog along with the rules of the game.
They then choose 7 people to tag and list them. So that they know they've been tagged you have to post a comment on their blogs telling them about and inviting them to look at your blog to find out more.
So, here's 7 stupid and random facts about me (don't you just love this "getting to know you" crap? ;-) ) :
1. I used to play the saxophone, clarinet and flute (albeit not very well).
2. I got married in a black wedding dress.
3. I used to have a huge crush on Steve Irwin (before his run in with an angry stingray).
4. My favourite take out food is Chinese (roast duck and roast pork with fried rice and chip - yum-my).
5. I suffer from Chronic Ideopathic Urticaria - which basically means I get itchy in the heat, I've been doing it for a long time, and they haven't the first clue what causes it.
6. When I grew up I wanted to be a forensic scientist (shame I sucked so badly at chemistry).
7. I always have to sleep on the side of the bed nearest to the door. Not sure why - maybe so I can make a hasty exit in the event of natural disaster?
To steal Rachel's statement - now I need to find 7 people to tag (don't know if I know that many people with blogs).xx