Monthly Archives: November 2011

Bunny slipper crochet


Just thought I’d post a quick image of the book I’m making my bunny slippers from. It’s one of the first crochet books I ever bought and I’ve made just about every project in it. The bunny slippers were a very early project for me and they were a disaster. So I intend on doing them properly this time! See photos for details on the book and project. I’ll share my finished slippers with you when I’m done!





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Posted by on November 28, 2011 in crochet adventures


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I’ve not forgotten!

I’m not neglecting my blog, but I’m in the middle of the busiest three weeks I’ve had in a while. So much going on at work!

As soon as I get a chance I’ll be updating about my party dress, a quilt I’m about to start, the crochet bunny slippers, a chocolate and raspberry tart, my cranberry and Wensleydale cheese tartlets for our Christmas day lunch, Christmas cupcakes and a partridge in a pear tree. Maybe not quite a partridge, but it certainly feels like it!




Chocolate lime pie

Strictly speaking, not a baked item, but a chilled dessert with a biscuit base.

It’s still chilling in the fridge, it will be ready in a few hours and I’ll post photos then as long as it’s good enough. I suspect I’ve made my biscuit base a little thick.

I followed a recipe by Nigella Lawson for the pie and it was very simple and quick to do, but it does need to chill for at least 4 hours. I used the recommended quantities and the correct tart tin, but had enough to do that and a second small tin. Maybe I’m stingy with filling!

It’s not the tidiest in the world! I don’t prefer a biscuit base, I don’t have a food processor at the moment, so it’s a bit of a pain to make. However, it tastes fantastic! You can find the recipe in Nigella Lawson’s ‘kitchen’ book.

I’ll update later when it’s ready to be devoured elegantly consumed with a cup of tea. 🙂


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Posted by on November 13, 2011 in baking adventures


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Archive sewing/crochet

I’ll be adding photos of early projects here, some good, some bad.

The main thing however, is not to notice the mess in my former flat. It was technically a ‘spare’ room, so that’s a licence to fill it with everything you own, right? RIGHT?!





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Posted by on November 12, 2011 in sewing adventures


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Archive baking

A few of my ‘archived’ projects. Or ‘stuff that sometimes went a bit wrong, but hey! We all have to start somewhere’





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Posted by on November 12, 2011 in baking adventures


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Party dress

Quick post!

I’ve just started working on a party dress for the festive season and a hen party that I’m going to next month. It’s a science themed hen party (yes, we are that nerdy and we’re all science educators!)

This is the fabric I’ve chosen, our dresses need to be flame test colours or element colours etc.

Will post updates!



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Posted by on November 11, 2011 in sewing adventures


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Gingerbread men

Very quick, simple recipe for gingerbread men, mine aren’t decorated as yet, but watch this space for my formula 1 inspired biscuits 😉

In a bowl, weigh out 350g of plain flour, a teaspoon of baking powder, 2 to 3 teaspoons of ground ginger and a teaspoon of cinnamon, stir in a pinch of salt.

Melt 140g of butter, 100g of golden sugar and 3 tablespoons of golden syrup (or treacle if you like. You can also use dark brown sugar too) in a pan and then mix it with the dry ingredients.

Work it into a dough, roll out to about half a cm thick and cut out the gingerbread men. I get about 10 large gingerchaps from that amount of dough.

Lay out on a greased and lined baking tray and cook at 200 degrees for about 12 minutes. Remember to turn the oven down a bit if you’re using a fan oven.

When cool, decorate how you fancy! I’m going to do some more for Christmas. The smell from the oven is pure Christmas and they would make a nice gift too if you’re nifty with the boxes and the cellophane and the ribbon. I’m not!


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Posted by on November 9, 2011 in baking adventures