Wednesday, 14 March 2012

The lego brick cake

My eldest son Lucas turned 8 two fridays ago and as he is a massive fan of the Lego Wii games I thought I would make him a gold Lego brick cake.

It was some mean feat! I had to make 3 square cakes and four muffins (for the studs). As I only had one square cake tin this took some time.

14 eggs, 775g flour, 775g butter, 775 g sugar, the grated rind of 3 lemons and two lots of butter cream later. Ta da -

I added some fondant icing.....

.......and found this amazing gold spray.

He was well chuffed so think it was worth all the effort. this is a beast of a cake and think I may have put on a few pounds eating it!

He had three friends for a sleepover on his birthday and think they were impressed by the cake, look -

Lucas is the one coughing all over the cake!

Hotdogs for tea in home made rolls -

I am so glad I don't have to do all that again until September for Isaac. Phew!

B xxx

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Beaky, beaky, beak, beak,

A very Beaky table cloth for the the dining room.

Its been nice to make something for me for a change.

Oh and what do you think of my new chandelier ? Bought with Christmas money. Bet you can't guess where its from.

and here's my first attempt at a wallet, well its more of a clutch purse really. It has spaces for cards, a zippered part for change and an elasticated loop with a keybring to keep it closed. This also fits the wrist when not being used to keep the clutch closed. You could probably even fit your phone in it - I must check that.

More home improvements coming soon.

B x

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Spring is coming. Well I hope it is.

Isn't it great to wake up to some lovely sunshine? Isaac my 5 year old asked me a few mornings ago after looking out of his window - Does that mean its not winter any more? I wish the answer had been yes! Later that day I took the boys out for a ride around on their bikes. I was standing with my head tilted upwards and my eyes closed enjoying the sun on my face. I opened my eyes to find a guy looking at me as if I was a weirdo!

Above is a lovely Spring inspired treasury from A Second Life who makes some fantastic polymer clay magnets. I likes these lacey ones

and these rocky ones

and there is 25% off your order at the mo. Great!

B x

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Time for action

Ok so I have done it again. Has it really been 7 months since my last post? Its been a funny old half year or so. I felt like I had lost my way and my motivation to do anything. My shop has suffered because of this and I had a very quite Christmas sales wise. I have tons of ideas but just haven't been following them through. You only get out of something what you are willing to put in.

Whats this? -

....and this?

I think my mojo has returned

B x

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

(Was gonna be Monday then Tuesday but is now) Thursday manger doesn't have quite the same ring to it!

Oops sorry I'm a few days late. Such a busy foody and boozy weekend! Friday I had my mums hen do and we went to Terracotta which is an amazing all you can eat chinese buffet restaurant. I made sure I had lots of the expensive stuff like Salmon, Tiger prawns, Mussels and lets not forget the sushi (Oh how I love sushi!). We went for drinks after but as we had so much to eat we just sloughed on a big comfy sofa and couldn't move!

Saturday we went to Fins second birthday (all day) bbq. I think there were 3 or may be four rounds of food, my favourite being some super spicy tiger prawns. The party was at my friend Lucys inlaws. They have an amazing out door space and lots to keep the kids entertained for hours. We only left at 11pm cos the boys had finally had enough and just wanted to go to sleep. Funny they still managed to wake up at 8am the following morning. Far to much Cider and Pimms was consumed to get up that early - How rude! Thanks again to the Boyles for a fantastic day xxx

Sunday night I went for another meal this time at San Carlo a fantastic authentic Italian. We were celebrating Lozzie my sister inlaws 30th birthday. It was a lovely meal and a really nice get together.

To say that I was pooped after all that drinking and eating is an understatement. Was a bit of a zombie the next day. But I did manage to design this -

Its a poster for the village Gala in a few weeks.
Now I just need to pack for my hols!!

Really quick recipes this week -

Grate 1 carrot and 1 courgette, add some mayonnaise, freshly ground black pepper, mix and tada! Carrot and courgette coleslaw - Its delish!

I'll be back Mon 28th! B x

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Wonderful wellies

Why? Well because I need a pair and just can't seem to make my mind up.

Heart buttons - £17.99 and free delivery

Knit print - These are the ones I really, really want but they only have size 3 available.
Boo hoo!!

Next lets meet the lovely Doris - Pink sweetpea print

Oh and I just had to include this kids pair - Botte Kenza. So wish they did this in an adults size 5 or that I had a girl to put them on!

At the mo I think my favs are the zebra print (apart from the knit one that I can't have!) but I am still looking and an very likely to change my mind a few times before I actually get around to ordering some. May be can help me decide. Which is your fav?

Obviously the most import thing about your wellies is that they keep your feet dry when splashing in puddles. A very close second for me is they must be FUN!

Seeya Monday!
B x

Monday, 4 July 2011

Monday manger - Courgettes, carrot, curry, chicken..... Oh and a parcel too

Oops never got around to posting on Thursday. I went the the allotment and planned to post photos but managed to forget my camera. Well I'm not really a morning person and its hard enough get me and the boys ready. Especially if its a morning after I have worked at the pub. Any way no photos of the actual allotment but we had our first harvest -

The courgettes are going crazy!

Baby carrots from pricking out, just couldn't throw these away so they went in a bolognaise.

1 radish is better than none.

This is only half our bounty as Debbie had the other. Have been again today and picked about 8 more courgettes. Any tasty recipes for these greatly would be great. Managed to remember the camera today just didn't get around to taking any piccies.

Also look a parcel. For moi?

Yes! Look at this amazing parcel notebook I received.

Sent by the lovely Justine (blog). Thanks x I love it!

She won some of my postcards and wanted to send me something in return, so it was more like a swap. These are available in here.

Heres the Chicken and chickpea curry I made last night it was delish (I added some spinach from the garden). The recipe is from the New curry secret by Kris Dhillon . If you want an authentic Indian restaurant curry this book is a must have.

Better see how dinner is doing. The chicken thighs I had in the fridge with todays us by date on were green!!!! Do you think courgette makes a good chicken substitute? Moroccan Courgette any one?

Back on Thurs,
B xxx