- 220 g plain flour
- 100 g sugar
- baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 160 ml milk
- 75 g butter or margarine, melted
- Jam (your choice I used damson jelly that my mother made last autumn)
Its very basic! Mix all the dry ingredients together in one bowl and beat up the eggs, milk and butter in another and then combine the two. Spoon half of the mixture in first and then add a little jam (or a lot if you love jam) Spoon over the rest of the mixture to cover up the jam. Bake at gas mark 6 until they're nicely browned, around 20 minutes - I usually check them once I can smell them.
28 May 2009
27 May 2009
26 May 2009
Lovely day had by all!
22 May 2009
I'm hoping be able to do a shop update this weekend just a few wristlets without the beads, they're mostly done just need to make up some straps which is the most time consuming part as my machine has a tendancy to munch the fabric (I'm still not sure why, too much tension, blunt needles I've tried it all, I think it just has a strop for no reason)
Also I'm trying to find time to make up a few little frogs next week (haptree-frogs!) I'll post up some proper pictures, once they've metamorphosised from inside my brain - so far I have only this sketch to show you, but I'm not sure how these shapes will look once they're 3D - trial and error I suppose. I'm hoping I'll be able to use the japanese material for their backs and the millefiori beads for boggly eyes. I need to investigate what is best to fill them with, I want them to feel like the little bean bags you threw about in PE, I was thinking maybe rice or lentils.
20 May 2009
And here is a handful of little flowers (yes more!), lovely spring colours - awful grubby fingernails, E's not mine!
19 May 2009
Wow, less than 24 hrs after my first post and kaboom... a sale, I'm so pleased, thank you Noel from Springfield, your bead kit is on its way already!
Whilst writing an email to said buyer this afternoon my laptop blew up... mild exagerration, but it made a bang and the screen went black and stayed black, I was fairly distraught. Given it was 5 yrs old and exceptionally well used (and well loved I have to say, computers are a bit like cars in that way for me) I made the exciting decision to head directly to PC World and wave my credit card at the nearest spotty salesman. Voila! welcome Robot Pants the 2nd, hopefully he will serve us well! Now to try and retrieve all my files and work out how to plug my camera in...
The material for this blue wristlet is so pretty, its called Ume (Japanese Apricot), I have the yellow version as well, its such a cute pattern, it must be a subconscious seasonal urge to surround myself with an abundance of tiny flowers.
I'm really pleased with the yellow zip and pink strap- its so bright and zingy.
This is the contents of the kit - my daughter has been going crazy over these beads ever since my supplies arrived - the glass millefiori are all so unique (and yet more tiny flowers, it actually means a thousand flowers). Although duh! as you can see I spelt it wrong in the labels - more printing for me today I think!
I hope you like them, there's 3 styles in the shop at the moment but I'll be updating on a regular basis.
Enjoy the sunshine...
14 May 2009
It's OK though! I'm just waiting on some photo shopping from W and some new (and ridiculously expensive) ink cartridges (never buy a Lexmark) so I can print off the cute labels for my bead kits, and then I can do the photos.
In the mean time I can show you a pic of this amazing National Trust plant sale at Ashridge last weekend, but be warned it's a bit of a bun fight or a cream tea and scone fight at the very least. This pic was taken before the masses of crate carrying bargain hunters arrived. My 5yr old daughter (E) got shoved out the way by an old dear desperate for a particularly miserable looking violet and another lady climbed over P's buggy for an oxe-eye-daisy! Who'd have thought it of these mild mannered horticulturalists! Well worth it though it's a stunning place to visit.
12 May 2009
... some days I actually manage to fit these things in, yep really I do!
Here though as a nod to the real Good Life is my beautiful salad bed which may be a little scruffy, but of which I am still very proud, its real food grown by me!