Sunday, 25 July 2010

Sock Bunny Friends...

Wow how tasty is this!
Thankyou for making a new friend Aunty Faye x

Berry Pie...

On our walk up the hill that leads to our local secondary school sports centre we happened to notice an abundance of blackberries by the side of the road and rather than walking home in a circuit we came back the same way. In less than 10 minutes we managed to gather just under a pound of free fruit and so our seasonal berry pie was born...

Ingredients:

1lb fresh berries
3 peeled pears chopped into small chunks
3 tablespoons of caster sugar
1 block of frozen pastry
butter for greasing tin
1/2 a bar of dark chocolate finely grated

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200c (slightly less if fan)
  2. Soak freshly picked fruit to get rid of bugs and dust, drain and rinse
  3. Grease an 8" pie dish/tin
  4. Roll out pastry to line tin and trim over the edge as there will be shrinkage as you blind bake, prick the base with a fork to prevent bubbles forming (any excess pastry can be cut into pretty shapes to decorate the top of your open pie
  5. Blind bake for 10 minutes, remove and set aside
  6. Fill base with fruit and sprinkle over the caster sugar and chocolate.
  7. Place on any pastry shapes
  8. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes, until fruit soft and juicy and pastry has gone golden brown
  9. Leave to cool for 5 minutes
  10. Serve with good local cream or ice-cream (best eaten outside with the sun at your back and a breeze through the trees)!

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Wedding Day Best...

Congratulations to the happy couple, here we are in our finery...

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Anyone for Pizza...


Take a tortilla wrap some passata, cheese and you have the basic base for a pizza - throw on anything else you think would work (in my case some Mediterranean veg and Mozzarella) and 20 minutes later in a hot oven you have the quickest make your own pizza on the crispiest thin base. Half fat cheeses and basically a wafer for a base and this is considerably less caloric than anything you can find in the supermarket or take-away menus!

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Happy 1/2 Birthday little boy...

Meet Scrap Bear (so called because I had two random skeins of bamboo mix yarns that happened to be DK and just enough to complete the bear)
And here's the birthday boy before and after at a whole half year old (I know that makes no sense but I like it)...
Raspberry and banana puree - seriously pink and seriously tasty!

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

3 hour Fingerless Mitts...




Made to my own pattern, which I'm trying to get on here but not working currently, will have to re-think how to do it!

Edited to add - link to my mitts is on the right now yay!

Super Soft Baby Hoodie...

Third in the baby installment - finished knitting ages ago just waiting on buttons that will suit it's sparkly nature so didn't think to photograph it until now.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Shalom...


The finished article! Today I completed my Shalom (pattern found on ravelry.com) and also another quick project ready for a certain persons special day coming up! More on that on the 18th.
I now have no projects lined up and feel a bit sad about that - I'll have to go and see what I've got queued and choose something from there! Happy Knitting x


DH very kindly took pic and I very kindly was asking him to hurry it along when this was taken- best of the bunch for the top so uploaded.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Geranium happiness...

I wanted a quick splash of colour to fill my pots and bought a tray of mixed geraniums without knowing what shades I would get so here in close up they are (I only wish I knew their names but no labels with them):

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

07/07/07...

Happy Anniversary DH, Leather for 3 years of marriage and here is the most gorgeous messenger style bag in soft, deeply scented mustard leather I have ever seen, Thank you DH x

Thank you to all who sent cards and remembered this special date with us.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

First Pattern...


I was looking through my folder and boxes of knitting patterns and magazines and in amongst a very tatty looking plastic wallet I found the first pattern I ever knitted to. It was a piece we had to complete to pass a test at school, I can't remember if I passed or not but I do remember doing this during a lesson. It was in the most horrible acrylic yarn with plastic needles and my tension was horrendously tight so I really struggled.

In a way I'm glad I didn't find this sample too, it doesn't bring back the fond memories that I have since overcoming my early tension issues!

What was your first knit?

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Close up...

Look what little man spotted out on our decking only a metre away from the french windows and when I took the shot I was less than 30 cm's from it. I only just pressed the shutter before little man came running to try and stroke it (he believes he can stroke all birds as he's held both a chick and a duckling in the last week).

Friday, 2 July 2010

Jumping...


We had a family day out Tuesday just down at the Cotswold Farm Park (fabulous facilities and things to see and do) but for me this was the highlight - the Jumping Jack Pillow was completely free for the over 6's so off go DH and big little man to make use until any over 6's show up, which was at least 15 minutes later!

Look closely and the shadow on the bouncy pillow isn't attached to their feet.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Pastry Part 2...

So yesterday I posted about the savoury use of my ready to roll pastry - here is the sweet version, mini mini jam tarts as proven by taking this shot next to my thumb (which incidentally is unusually small anyway). Red is raspberry and Yellow is lemon curd. Yum!