Sunday, 25 March 2012

Not according to plan

The plan for today's blog involved lovely photos and informative words but today just hasn't gone according to plan at all so that really has gone out of the window. It's been a day of waking up sluggish and remaining that way, dragging around two supermarkets (one of which was so rammed full of people that I found it hard to resist the urge to crawl under an Easter egg display and hide until it was safe to come out), forgetting to have lunch and feeling ratty, bickering, dithering, fidgeting and not feeling quite right. One of those days you want to draw a line under and start again.

But...

Tomorrow we're going on holiday! Light at the end of Sunday's grim tunnel! We've booked 4 nights at a Haven caravan site near Porthmadog in Wales, next to the sea and not far from Portmerrion, which is one of my favourite places, because it's beautiful, a bit odd and the setting for my favourite TV show, 'The Prisoner'. Me and Mr CB are both excited and have packed all the essentials. Namely Cava, pie-inna-tin (Frey Bentos - bad pie that tastes sooooo good), big blanket, coffee pot, Angel Delight. We've both been through the wars lately and are feeling battered and bruised so a hol by the sea is much needed. I wish we could go for longer - I think the last time we were away for more than 4 nights was actually our honeymoon over 4 years ago, but money's been tight and with him being self employed time off isn't always an option. But fortunately there are plenty of places in Britain which are worth visiting, so we're not going to run out of options, and the Haven sites are really cheap off season so we can afford to get away for sea air.

Anyway, I'm off to pack a few last things. I'll leave you with this picture of the impressive display of Cadbury's Fingers that my friend constructed yesterday.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Rainbows

I finished a baby blanket for a friend today and love the colours in it - I can't resist using rainbow colours, they all look so much better together.


The blanket got me looking for other rainbows. Here's a button picture me and Me CB made last year using my button stash.



And a yarn rainbow (this is what happens when I'm left alone for 3 minutes with a basket of yarn and a camera).




Now I must find more!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Freezing scones

I had some eggs that needed using up at the weekend so I made and froze a big batch of scones. I don't know why I've never frozen a batch before as it works really well. I want to share the recipe and how to freeze and defrost them, but first let me introduce you to my favourite recipe book, the Be-Ro book.


This books been in print in various editions since the 1920's and many of the recipes havn't changed a  bit, new ones have just been added as time's gone on. It's full of old favourites (sweet and savoury) and although it's small it's got masses of recipes for baking and is very comprehensive with regards to instructions for the methods involved, from making choux pastry to steaming a pudding. I got it for 99p in Morrisons a couple of years ago and have used it more than any other cookbook I own. I've not seen it in Morrisons lately but you can order it from the Be-Ro website or get the recipe's for free here, though I prefer to have the book handy.


So here are my scones (the picture shows them frozen), packed with chocolate chips and ginger and based on the recipe in the Be-Ro book.



Choc chip and ginger scones
Makes 16

500g Self raising flour
100g Margarine
50g Caster sugar
2 Eggs, beaten with enough milk to make 300ml
50g Dark chocolate chips
8 good sized pieces of crystalised ginger, chopped up small (choc chip sized)
Pinch of salt



Heat oven to 220ºC, 425ºF, Gas Mark 7 and grease a baking tray if you want to bake all or some of the scones straight away.

Sift the flour and mix in the salt, rub in margarine and stir in sugar, chocolate chips and ginger pieces.

Add egg mixture and milk a bit at a time so the mixture doesn't get too sticky.

Knead lightly on a floured surface and roll out to 1 cm (½ inch) in thickness and cut into 6.5 cm (2½ inch) rounds. Try not to handle the dough more than you have to so it doesn't become dense and heavy.
To bake: lay scones onto the baking tray and bake for about 10 mins.

To freeze: lay out on a baking try and freeze flat for a couple of hours. Once frozen you can put them in a bag or box and put them back in the freezer. To cook from frozen take them out and heat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius, 425 degrees Fahrenheit or Gas Mark 7 and leave the scones to defrost whilst the oven warms up (they don't need any longer than this). Bake for about 10 mins.


Saturday, 10 March 2012

Things that made me smile today

The first thing was sitting in bed and making these tiny beaded hearts:



They're crocheted in cotton with a glass bead at the tip. I used Attic24's Teeny Tiny Heart pattern and I'm going to make enough for a garland. The plan is to thread them onto invisible plastic thread. But I've lost it. There's no shame in loosing invisible thread.




The second thing was noticing that the miniature rose bush my friend gave me to save from near death has grown a host of new, bright green leaves. I trimmed it right down to almost nothing three weeks ago, sat it in water overnight (it was parched) and now it's on the up again:




Then there was going to None Go Bye and meeting a curious alpaca:




And a very handsome squirrel:




Thing the fourth was going to Skipton and seeing these delightful little narrow boats called Rosie and Jim which you can hire for the day:







The fifth thing was meeting and greeting lots of friendly doggies, which made me and Mr CB thoroughly broody for a dog:





It's been a lovely day and I'm glad I bought my camera with me as I've got these pics to remind me of all the little things that added to the fun.

I hope you're all having a good weekend too or if things are a little stressful then at least that there's been time for a cup of something hot and a breather.