Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Just like buses eh?



Ok so I don't make a post for ages and now I have added two. I have been busy as Sue launched a weekend challenge last weekend...although we have had all week to finish...so today I finished my Matchbook Album. Sue has given step by step instructions on how to make it on the forum, and I had never made something like this. It took me ages to decide on some photos - but anyway here is the end result, I hope you like it. Sadly, I am not as skilled on this 'scrapbooking' stuff, but these little albums are more my style.


















I have also made some cards for some of the challenges - but I think we have enough pics on this posts before you all drift off!

On a completely different subject - as some of you know I have started constructing a family tree. Following the census records is easy these days as it is all on the net. Well yet another coincidence has occurred we are staying on a farm for our summer holidays that used to be owned by a relative - a little distant I must admit - but still a relative. I couldn't believe the coincidence! The family name in this instance is 'Heard', working along my grandmother's tree, through all of the ladies...so a name change each generations...Dayman, Hobbs, then Heard.

On the card making front - I am enjoying the videos on the Hero Arts blog - have you seen them?

Sticky Orange Traybake




After wandering around the internet for hours I found this recipe for a lemon traybake. It is really a standard recipe, but they said it could work as a traybake, so I decided to give it a go with an orange rather than a lemon, as oranges are far cheaper at the moment than lemons! And I like eating them too!

Sticky Orange Traybake
175g/6oz margarine
175g/6oz sugar
2 large eggs
225g/8 oz self-raising flour
1 - 2 tablespoons milk
grated rind of 1 Orange

It is a basic method of cream fat and sugar, then add the eggs, and fold in the flour. I added a tablespoon of orange juice and then checked how stiff the mix was and decided it needed a little more so added a drop of milk.

I thought maybe it wasn't quite enough for my traybake tin (around 11 X 7 inch) - but as you can see it was fine. Bake for around 30 - 35 minutes at 180c

I drizzled mine with sugar and juice melted together, as soon as it was out of the oven. But thought it looked really plain so decided to quickly ice it as I iced my ginger cake and had some left over.

I cut it into 15 pieces, 5 X 3 if that makes sense. I have made myself a marker and lamintaed it so that I can cut my cakes nice and easy for the Ampthill Country Market!

Sadly I am not sure where I saw the recipe after all of the searching - but I do know there were a few very similar.

Don't forget if you are into cooking or eating, or even growing your own I have a forum the Cooks Journal to share recipes, hints and tips. And even to be challenged - it would be lovely to see you over there.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

I forgot...

....to update ny blog - I am not really sure why not - maybe I just don;t have that much to talk about! I read in the Telegraph last week about some really amazing bloggers that had now written books - so it made me feel quite humble :) Here is one Wife in the North

here is the article story: Saturday Telegraph

So back to my life....Pretty much the same old thing - still desperately looking for new baking recipes to try - my cakes have been selling well back on the market. I like to try one new recipeon a Wednesday - but have not seen anything I fancied the last couple of weeks. Although was distracted this week as I had a builder round to chat about a side extension. Having spent years dithering (and I mean years) I have (well and Paul tee hee) decided that we could do a ground floor extension to make the lounge bigger and lighter, and add a study...and now also a 'garden room' on the back with doors that slide back. So now I need to get an architect to draw up the plans.

THIS WEEKEND on the Crafts by Carolyn forum it is the BIG CHALLENGE - organised by Sue - so get on over there and check it out - I can assure you it is worth a visit - there is even a project included.

I promise to post some pics in the next few days - I am just off now to make some things.

I went out with Jane this week and she told me all about her felting course she did at the Purple Poppy Gallery in Ampthill, and I told her all about my cards that I made at LBCrafts in Olney - I have put the om the forum - and had a really lovely time. Jane has got her eye on my potential new Garden room to offer some courses!