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Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Orlaith Owl and Dolly Rosie

Well I have had no time to catch up as been busy, busy, busy but here are a few things I've been up to.
I made a delishious ginger cake and did a recipe exchange with my boss Anne and my work collegue Sue. I don't know what book the recipe is from, will have to ask  Sue but it was very scrumptious. It was lovely warmed up with some custard and as it was left over the couple of days the cake became stickier. Yum! I am told by Sue that it was meant to do that - get stickier. Here is a picture of my master piece and below is the recipe.
5 oz margarine
6 oz dark sof brown sugar
8 oz golden syrup
12oz self - raising flour
1 level teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
2 heaped teaspoons of ground ginger
1 egg
7 fl oz milk

Pre- heat the oven to 150 C. Melt the margarine, sugar and syrup in a pan.
Put the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger in a large bowl and mix together. Make a well in the centre of the flour and add the egg and gradually add the milk.

Add the melted sugar and beat well until you have a smooth, soft batter-like mixture. Pour into a 30cm * 20 cm tin lined with baking parchment.

Bake in the centre of the oven for about 30 minutes until well risen and lightly firm to the touch. Try not to open the oven door during baking time as it may sink in the middle (if it does, continue to cook and serve as a pudding with custard.) I had this with custard any way - highly recommended. Although now starting a diet to try and get rid of a few pounds for the summer months.

I have slowly but surely been working my way through the knitting pattern for the Orlaith Owl. Here is how my progression has been and where I am up to.

I am really quite excited about how this is turning out and love using the different colours. I'm not going to use crochet along the body for feathers but bits of ribbon basicly because  I can't crochet yet and am still trying to learn a basic chain. I also plan to use large brown buttons for eyes.

I also decided to do a quick knit and below is my work so far on Miss Rosie as named by my daughter Miss Ells.

This was a pattern from Let's Knit magazine with the free yarn supplied. I am going to do a little bag and hat for her too. Her head is a little on the large side as overstuffed slightly with the cotton wool but Miss Ells won't notice.

I've had some good news in the last few weeks and won a book from www.librarything.com 
Sorry picture is on the side! However watch this space for a review once I have read it Apparantly it is a romane set in Russia - Berlin - looks a good romantic adventure and it is by Irene Magers.

I have also finished reading this book and below is my rather longwinded review. If you are interested in any other Book Reviews I am on librarything under Faith76.

Sorry image on side again!

This is a book I would never have chosen for myself. However it was selected in a book club I am in. I actually chose this book out of all the book choices we were given because it looked like it was going to be a very funny light hearted read.

The book is about office affairs. It centres on Bella Chambers a young PA who has an affair with James one of the bigwigs in the company and Stella Bradberry a very professionally together lady who also has a top ranking job in the company - who has a passionate affair with Rhys a trainee.

The two separate affairs happen within the same company and I liked the comparison of opposites where you have young Bella who has an affair with an older man and Rhys the young man having an affair with the older lady.

I found that Bella and Rhys had a great deal in common with their feelings for their boss's. I found both Stella and James rather weak character's in that they are both quite needy.

I found the description of all of the character's except Bella repulsed me and got me thinking is it really worth it in the end to have an affair. Would the lady's have normally gone for such toads - I don't think so. I think it is the drama of the chase and being caught that is the appeal.

The book did not give me as many laughs as I wanted out of this book but gave a sharp insight into what can happen in an office affair. It left me feeling cold and a little flat when I finished this book as I think I just wanted the happy ever after ending but this book does not give that. However it works as I think this was trying to portray that feeling of emptyness like you could imagine when an affair has ended and your heart is broken.

I really wanted the lady's to be winners but sadly it just was not the case.

I don't think I would read this type of book again, that's not to say it was a bad book but just not my thing. I was frustrated with the subject to begin with and it just clarified my feelings on affairs in general. (


Phew! Well done if you read all that!

And finally I had a trip to Ikea and had to buy a few Knik Knacks as you do and was inspired by this.

 
Hopefully we will be jazzing up our back garden with this kind of style in the summer.

Take care and see you soon and most of all thanks for reading. :) X Leah




 

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Holiday in Coppull

In the past couple of weeks I have been to stay at my sister's for a couple of days Miss Rachel Elizabeth soon to be a MRS. Oh it was so nice to have my tea cooked for me and to put my feet up for a few days. We also went on a lovely walk at Yarrow Valley Country Park in Chorley and we stopped for a coffee break at the garden centre they had there. We are hoping to go for mother's day as they are having an offer where you can bring your own wine. Sounds good to me :). Below are some pictures I took of our country walk with Miss Rachel Elizabeth starring.

Lots of pictures of the ducks on the lake they have there. It was a very nice day with the first lot of sunshine of the year. It was also a great enjoyable way of getting exercise wich I have an allergy to.

Here is a picture of my sister's rabbit Snowey - she's a bit of a house rabbit and always charges at me as very territorial but I think you have to agree she is very cute.
I plan on knitting something Easter inspired  -- maybe for this year but definately  for next year. I plan on knitting an easter bunny for my little girl Ella. I have also come across a pattern for little chick covers that you put over some eggs - I think it would be a funny surprise to give my mum and mother in law Janice a box of eggs and see their faces when they open to see a box of little knitted chicks. I will show you my idea's next time.

When I started this blog I wanted to show you some pictures of my daughter Ella wearing the first jumper I have ever made. So here she is Miss model Ella.

I have not got very far with my knitted owl cushion I am doing and seem to be only managing a couple of rows a night but below is my progression so far.
I also want to cast on for a little knitted wooly hat for the new baby due in August ( my brother in law's partner Laura is expecting - not sure if boy or girl yet). And I have been shopping and got some yarn to start the trimming of the hat. It's called Baby Luxe in colour white. Now I admit it is cheap yarn from my local B&M bargains store but it is only for the trimming of the hat so I thought why not.

We have also been doing baking this weekend. Ella has made her own little fairy cup cakes. She had a brilliant time mixing and decorating. All these cakes have now been gobbled up - they really did not last long.  
And I came across this recipe on www.netmums.com for Chocolate Beetroot Cake. I was intrigued by how this would work with beetroot as I have never come across this before but it's the same concept as carrot cake. It really is delicisious and moist and we are currently working our way through it.
My before and after shots.

This is the recipe for Chocolate Beetroot Cake:-
8 oz Self Raising Flour
2 Eggs
1 oz Cocoa Powder
1 tsp Baking Powder
4 oz Caster Sugar
3 oz Dark Chocolate (70% cocoa) melted
3 oz Butter melted
4 oz Raw grated beetroot
Heat oven to gas mark 4 180'c and grease and line a 21b loaf tin.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.
Stir in the sugar, grated beetroot, melted chocolate, melted butter and eggs. Mix well.
Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 50- 60 minutes until it feels firm but spongy and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
And ENJOY!

WARNING:- TIP MAKE SURE YOU WEAR RUBBER GLOVES WHEN GRATING THE BEETROOT AS STAINS VERY EASILY AND YOUR KITCHEN CAN LOOK LIKE A BLOODBATH IF YOU DON'T CLEAN AS YOU GO 

Also this week  my little girl and I have been dancing away in fits of giggles to this song - which is very true to my life - as constantly feel I'm in the office and juggling my family like a lot of other woman out there so hear is my song of the week.

  Goodbye for now and thanks for reading. Have a good week :) Leah x