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Welcome to my blog. I hope it inspires you to try something new as I share with you my crafts and a bit of chit chat.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

I don't know me anymore

Gone is the collector of junk and rubbish, gone is the lady that will craft with anything.  I am now going to concentrate on my doll house.  I plan to make it quite modern and use all my different crafting skills to make all the furniture and curtains, cushions etc.  I plan to bead some tiny little pictures for the wall and will embroider tiny cotton sheets and pillowcases. It wil become a labour of love and I will be pinning all manner of ideas. Having said that, I have had to start a new pinterest account as I can't for the life of me remember my login details. I

Monday, 20 February 2017

The Christmas Poinsettia

We have never managed to keep a green leaf let alone a red one on a Poinsettia.  Usually by the end of Christmas the poor thing is ready for the compost bin..... So........ Ta Da......... waddya think of my Poinsettia today. It did  drop a couple of leaves in early January and we thought it was on its way out.   Can someone advise me whether I should be cutting it back now or just leave it alone


Saturday, 18 February 2017

Fish pie for tea

I am currently emptying my freezer and have just made a lovely fish pie for tomorrow's tea.  I knew that I had a couple of Basa fillets, some smoked salmon and a packet of frozen salmon fillets in the freezer so I used up one salmon fillet, the basa and smoked salmon for the fish pie.  I poached the fish in a pint of milk and then flaked it all into a bowl reserving the milk to make a bechamel sauce. I cooked a few broccoli pieces and a handful of pasta and gently stirred them into the mix before stirring everything into the bechamel sauce.  I chucked a handful of frozen peas into the pan and then spread it all into a large buttered dish.  I have topped it with lovely buttery mashed potato. When it is cool I will cover it and pop it in the fridge for tomorrow.  Before cooking it in the oven I will throw some grated cheese on top. It has made a huge dish full so I will freeze half of it for another day


The house hunting continues

Yesterday we had the first of the local estate agents around to give us a valuation... we were quite pleased with his suggested price and with a bit of wiggle room we might get somewhere near what we would like for our house. Monday and Tuesday will see two more estate agents calling in and then we will have a general idea of what we can realistically expect.  My craft room now looks like it should look all the time... Loads of crafting and storage space and only a bit of junk. 
Last night we were around at our friends house for supper.  We had a lovely evening and got home around 11.30.   As we were tired we went straight to bed........ I woke at 01:10......wide awake and feeling as though I had slept all night.   I tossed and turned and eventually went back to sleep...... until 03:40. At 04:10 I gave up tossing and turning and came downstairs for a cup of tea.  This darn insomnia is a real pain.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

The big tidy up

Tony went for a walk with his friend Ken this morning. While he was out walking I made a start on the spare bedroom.  This is of course also my craft room so is never going to look pristine but I am really pleased with how it looks so far.  I am working my way through each of the sweet tins and chucking out loads of cr*p.   I have no idea how I managed to work in the craft room but at last I can see some floor and spare bed in there now




Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy Valentine's day

I hope those of you that are romantically attached received at least a little acknowledgement that it is Valentine's day. Tony brought me a cup of tea in bed this morning.  There was the offer of breakfast but I wasn't hungry.  He bought me the most beautifully fragrant bouquet of cream roses .  They smell absolutely divine.  Not red roses? I hear you asking. Well when we got married he bought me a stunning bouquet of cream roses and almost every year since he has bought me cream roses for Valentine's day.  I am so touched that he even remembers my wedding flowers let alone thought to make it an annual occasion.  We are going out for lunch to our favourite little pub but I thought you might like a peep at my roses. I divided them into two vases.  One for the bedroom and one for the conservatory.  The card is the one that I made for Tony




Friday, 10 February 2017

The finished blanket

I have finally finished the little crocheted blanket that my neighbour asked me to finish...... the one that I had to complete frog and start all over again.




Thursday, 9 February 2017

Yummy Scrummy recipe

I am posting this exactly as I received it.  These are not my words but those of a lovely lady called Nicky.... Thanks Nicky I made a pan full today and it is absolutely gorgeous.  Anona, you will love this.. It tastes very much like Pad Thai......

You need oil - peanut is great, we use olive oil - any good oil will do.
onions,
garlic,
yams or sweet potatoes,
some form of tomatoes - tinned, paste, fresh -it's up to you
chilli powder,
a stock cube,
peanut butter (we use crunchy - and it has to be straight peanut butter....no additives other than salt))
nutmeg, carrots, beef or chicken (the last four optional).

Sauté onions and garlic in oil till soft, add chilli powder, mix well. A couple of minutes later add yams/sweet potatoes (+carrots).
After about 10 minutes add tomatoes and some stock.
Cook until yams/sweet potatoes are tender.
Take about 250 ml (more or less) of cooking liquid out and mix well with 2 tbs peanut butter. Put back into pot and mix well. Cook a little longer and then EAT

....with rice.

If you want to use meat, add and brown it (beef) or part cook it (chicken) before the vegetables. If beef, only sauté vegetables enough to thoroughly coat them in the oil etc.....otherwise they might disintegrate while the beef is cooking. I sometimes add nutmeg with the chilli.

I was shown how to make this many, many years ago, by a Gambian friend. I have tweaked it over time and have only very rarely used meat in it. I now use sweet potatoes as yams are not thick on the ground here! They do cook more quickly too. I have been known to add miso, with the peanut butter, to give it more 'depth'. I have seen West Africans (and West Indians) use smooth peanut butter and less of it, too......not me


I have passed this on to so many people....our kids all still make it.



I have left the quantities open. Taste as you go.....you are aiming for sweet, smooth, and hot....how hot is your choice!
I crush garlic with the side of a knife blade, chop it if you prefer.
The 'stew' needs to be a bit thin at the point of adding the magic ingredient because you are using it to thicken it.....as well as to satisfy your passion!


Any questions, just ask!
...and enjoy



  • Cherie
    Thanks Nicky. I cooked it and we had it for both lunch and tea..... OMG it is yummy. ermmmmmm Lincoln is a long way from Nunthorpe
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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

WI Green Hearts

I stitched these two brooches for the WI green hearts challenge ... https://www.thewi.org.uk/campaigns/current-campaigns-and-initiatives/Climate-Change/show-the-love-make-a-heart-to-wear-and-share-on-valentines-day




Monday, 6 February 2017

My multi national blog readers.

After reading a blog post today I thought I would take a look to see where my blog readers are from so here is my all time list.  Can I just say a very warm welcome to all my readers past, present and future. I hope that you enjoy seeing the things that I make and share. 

United Kingdom

51429
United States
25021
Russia
2751
France
2358
Canada
2213
Australia
1566
Ireland
793
Germany
762
Ukraine
554
China
381