Monday, 6 November 2017

Here we go again.....

Well, what a time we are having at the moment.

I am not getting much stitching done, most of the time it's being a taxi or on the phone so I get to spend alot of time at home which means, my house if spotless lol.  My sewing room is immaculate, our attic room is finally finished and ready for when the boys come home for Christmas.  The guest room is done, again ready for Christmas.  I have done all my Christmas shopping and I have even wrapped 80% of it.  My Christmas pudding mixture was made yesterday.  I have done a little research as I always make Christmas puddings, have done for years but from this year it has to be gluten free, for both me and our youngest son, once I have them finished I will share the recipe.

So what's been going on, well, it's basically eight members of the family are not well, so we are here there and everywhere for appointments and catch ups, some are near and some are not so near, we won't be the only ones going through something like this but it is all getting a bit too much which is why I have chosen to stay home for a while so we get sorted out.  We hope that 2018 will have a better start than 2017 had for us.

I will get back to stitching but it just seems like that is going to be months away if not longer.  My RSN tutor Tracy has been fantastic and put me on hold even when I am only one session away from finishing the crewelwork.  I do think about all my stitching buddies and hope that they understand what things are like and at some point I will catch up with everyone when I can.  For now though, enjoy your stitching projects and even if I don't leave a comment be assured I am enjoying seeing what you are all up to and will join you when things settle down.  Take care xx 

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Radley Kennington Bag

I had my birthday earlier in the month and decided to just let everyone get me whatever they wanted instead of me giving ideas.

I was very lucky to come home on my birthday from our eldest son's with this little beauty.
A Radley Kennington bag with a matching purse and coin purse in navy.

It looks even better in real life, I have always wanted a Radley bag.

Hubby bought me some Chanel No.5 and darling daughter bought me Jimmy Choo perfume and another Orla Kiely shopping bag to add to my collection.  Our youngest son bought me a quilting book.

We really enjoyed our day out in Windermere with a visit to The Albert pub for steak, which was delicious, the best I have had outside of the house.

At the end of the week my best friend and I enjoyed a spa day for a wonderful lava shell massage and a facial.

I haven't got any sewing done.  I have got my Christmas shopping done and wrapped - how organised is that.  I hope to be back on course this week with my stitching as I have quite a few presents to make.

I will see everyone for stitching on Friday Night :)

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Catch up...

Sorry I have been awol.

A member of the family hasn't been well and we had a week of hospital visiting, not a local hospital so 100 mile round trip every day for five days.  They are now well on the way to great, thanks to a wonderful consultant who did an outstanding job and all the nursing staff that worked tirelessly for hours.  We cannot thank them enough, they were amazing.  It did mean that once we were back home, all my energy was zapped and I have spent the week catching up with housework etc etc.  It really made me think how lucky we are to have our family.  

I hope to catch up with all my stitching buddies soon, once I have caught up with everything else :)  

Cappuccino Cupcakes

Makes 18

1 x WOW Gluten Free Victoria Sandwich Mix
225 grams of margarine
4 eggs
2 tablespoons strong coffee 

Butter cream mixed with 2 tablespoons strong coffee
1 bag Thorntons Cappuccino Truffles cut in half
Orange glitter

Mix the cake mix as per instructions and add the coffee.

Bake on gas mark 3 for 28 minutes

Leave to cool and then decorate with the buttercream and truffles.

Enjoy with a coffee.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Grandma's are the best...

I was looking at Sheryl's blog and she has posted a delicious recipe for date and pecan cookies - who doesn't love cookies.  Anyway it reminded me that a month ago our youngest son went off back to university for his second year and of course, they can't go without food so my wonderful baking mum made him an assortment of delicious cookies, biscuits and shortbread.

A great assortment of shortbread, viennese fingers, ginger cookies, viennese whirls, almond cookies, Grantham gingerbread, chocolate biscuits, muesli cookies and what you can't make it is that there is another layer underneath.

Beautiful shortbread which is suitable for diabetics, even though you wouldn't think it.

Aren't Grandma's just the best.  Our son is so funny, we asked him if he was sharing, at the moment, they are all still in his room, just for him, it reminds him of home, the lovely smell of baking but he will bring the tin back at Christmas for a top-up ;)

Sunday, 17 September 2017

WOW Cake Company

We were lucky to be invited to a Coeliac bakery demonstration on Saturday by the WOW Cake Company owned by Susan.  It is based in Lancashire - the next county to us so we had to show our support being a local business.

The WOW Cake Company make Gluten, Wheat and Nut free cake mixes and Susan demonstrated chocolate brownies and a lemon drizzle cake.

The cake mixes include chocolate brownie, carrot cake and a sponge mix.  I bought the catering size pack as I do alot of baking particularly for family, night shift and my extended family and friends so they were good value.  I checked the ingredients for these mixes and was delighted to see that they use Callebaut Chocolate.  This is beautiful Belgian chocolate with a high cocoa content and makes delicious tasting chocolate cookies and cakes along with truffles.  The mixes only need butter and eggs added to them so they are really easy to use.  They are also bringing out a pastry mix - that can't be soon enough as gluten free pastry is a nightmare, I do manage to make it but it is not something I enjoy doing unlike when I used to make normal pastry and never had a problem.

I was also lucky enough to win four packs of the standard size mixes in the raffle which was absolutely brilliant, I don't win at raffles so I was really pleased.

This is what happens when you find a product that you believe in, when you have watched someone with a passion for good food and taste do a cookery demonstration.  30 eggs picked up at the farm on the way home and get the Callebaut chocolate out of the cupboard.

Today's sample is going to be Mint Chocolate Brownie. One pack of the Chocolate Brownie mix, 114 grams of butter, 3 eggs and a whole bar of Peppermint Aero chopped up into pieces.  The smell coming from the oven is delicious.

Oh My Goodness.  They taste divine, you can smell the mint before you even eat them.  The texture is melt in the mouth but also chewy, just what you expect from a brownie.  The packet says it makes 12 however I cut mine into 16, nine for Borge's work, seven for home.  When it comes to cost I worked out it was 5.67 for 16 making it 35p per brownie.  This is very good value as I only know one other brownie that can comes close to taste and they cost 1.70 each.

Many thanks to Susan and also to Peter and Jean Forster for holding the demonstration at Braithwaite.  We thoroughly enjoyed our few hours and also our gluten free lunch.  We look forward to meeting again and also to the Gluten Free Food Fair at Penrith on Sunday 8th October 2017. 

Saturday, 16 September 2017

My Friday Night Sew-In...

Berries and Bluebirds Block 6

Another two turquoise birds for the quilt, couldn't resist, it is my favourite fabric in this collection.

I managed to line the backing fabric with weaveline and get all the applique pieces cut out, turned and glued.

Saturday will be a day of stitching the pieces on and then onto the seventh block.

Have a great weekend all :)

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Friday Night Sew-In ...

Yes, it's here already, the third Friday of the month is on the 15th September, so if you want to join in and get some stitching done you can sign up HERE

Remember, you don't have to carry all that stitching stash, just pick something to work on and then share photographs of what you achieved over the weekend with all the other stitchers and crafters.

Enjoy and see you there :)

Surprise package...

Well I wasn't expecting this little package today.

I decided to purchase the new Lizzie Kate 2017 Mystery Sampler Kit from my local (addictive lol) quilting and embroidery specialist shop - Fobbles.  I got an email to say it was in stock, unfortunately while hubby is away with the car I don't have transport so decided to get it posted to me.  As usual Bev's customer service was top notch and my parcel arrived today beautifully packaged in tissue paper along with a thank you note.

I also added a couple of reels of the Aurifil 80wt thread to my growing collection.

I absolutely love the colours in this kit, the Heartland fabric is gorgeous along with all the buttons and beads and the little needle nanny - yes - I went all out and bought everything.

I am not sure I will get it done for this Christmas but I certainly will for next.  (Don't mind my iron for my applique and my gluten free goodies to have with a caramel latte - very naughty, but that is my one treat).

If you haven't had a look at the Fobbles website, it is well worth a visit.  Bev stocks most brands of hand dyed threads as well as the usual embroidery silks, beautiful sampler kits, Shepherds Bush Designs, Jeannette Douglas Designs and has a large selection of patchwork fabrics and Aurifil thread.  There are regular workshops for both quilting and embroidery.   Sign up to the newsletter and you will get the information on what is happening over the next few months as well as advance notice of tutors who will be teaching in the next couple of years.  Regular tutors include Patti Medaris Culea (Cloth Doll Making), Phillipa Naylor (Quilting/Patchwork) and Jeannette Douglas (Embroidery/Samplers).

Back to my stitching now, will post again later with an update :)

Monday, 11 September 2017

Gail Pan Berries & Bluebirds Block 5 ...

After a very hectic week last week and some unexpected appointments I finally managed to get back on track today.

Setting out Block Five.  It made me realise how near I am to finishing the quilt so I am going to carry on and get it completed.  (That's as well as getting the laundry done as it has been a beautifully sunny day today and got it all line dried.)

I love the colours that have been put together for this quilt, they all work really well together.

The vine for block five with trendy leaves.  I cut all the bias tapes so that I just have to put them through the bias binding maker which saves alot of time when moving from block to block.


After being diagnosed as Coeliac in April after many years of horrible symptoms I thought I was going to see the back of all those horrid illnesses once I took gluten out of my diet.  Unfortunately alot of my symptoms have come back and last week was a week of ecg's, echo's, blood tests etc with the outcome being I am going to have repeat ecg's whilst they keep an eye on things.  I am lucky that I have a wonderful hubby who looks after me so well, even when I am grumpy, frustrated and agitated.  Our daughter is looking after me this week whilst hubby got a few days off seeing his family in Lincolnshire who are also going through a bit of a rough time.  Here's hoping to some healthier times for all of us. :)