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Bountiful Blossoming Blooms


Yes indeed dear reader, summer has well and truly arrived in my garden, as you can tell from the bountiful blossoming flowers that have appeared on my courgette plant in the photo above! Courgette flowers are definately not ‘backwards in coming forwards’ as far as blooms go, for they are indeed rather enormous and rather yellow. They do however perform the most breathtaking magic, by turning into one of these beauties…


Rather impressive is it not, dear reader? My first ‘crop’ I do declare, but maybe just a ‘cropette’ seeing as it’s just the one. My pepper plants are also producing perfect peppers of the green variety…


…and to top it all, I’ve only gone and grown real live olives on my little olive tree!


There has been much excitement in our household dear reader, at the tentative initial success of our petite patio potted allotment efforts!
It’s delightful to sit amongst the bounty of blooms in my garden, all buzzing with the hum of happy honey bees. Ho hum…

There have also been a few ‘blooms’ in evidence in my latest sewing project, for I have finally finished the cute-as-pie Lucky Bear free project from Mollie Makes. The flowery embroidery was a joy to stitch and has left me yearning for more floral-fancy needlework and as for the little bear himself, well I was so enamoured with the cheerful chappy that I just had to draw him…


He’s quite a flowery, fanciful fellow isn’t he? Talking of fancy flowers, my coloured pencil sketch of the cottage garden hollyhock ‘bloomed’ (pardon the pun) this week…


I just love the blousy blooms of the handsome hollyhock, don’t you? On the knitting front, the delightful diamond lace stitch cowl I was knitting is now complete…


…which leaves me with an empty pair of knitting needles and in a bit of a quandry as to what project to pick next, from my infinite list of ‘oh I must try that’ to-do list! I also have an endless list of ‘ooh I so have to bake those beauties’ cakes and cookies to-do list. One such scrummy delight was baked up during a rather miserably muggy day of rain at the weekend: my oat and chocolate chip cookies. A Facebook pal has requested the recipe, so as promised here it is…

Oat & Chocolate Chip Cookies
4oz (115g) butter
4oz (115g) dark brown sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3-4tbsp milk
1tsp vanilla essence
5oz (150g) plain flour
1tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
4oz (115g) rolled oats
7oz (200g) milk chocolate chips

Apologies for all the ‘ounces’ reader, for although I declare myself to be fully ‘metrical’ whilst in public, at home behind closed doors I am totally beholden to my dear old imperial chums: pound and ounce!

1. Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and fluffy, then add the beaten eggs, milk and vanilla essence, beating well. I usually add a little flour with each glug of eggy mix, so as to prevent curdling hazards.
2. Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt, stirring until well mixed.
3. Fold in the rolled oats and mix well, then add the chocolate chips.
4. Chill the mixture in the fridge for at least an hour.
5. Place 2 teaspoon-sized heaps of the mixture on a greased baking sheet or one lined with baking parchment. Leave room for them to spread a little and press them down a bit in the centre with the back of a spoon. You should be able to make about 20.
6. Bake the little beauties in a preheated oven set at 180°C/350°F/Gas 4 for 10-12 minutes, until they are just starting to colour at the edges, then carefully transfer them to a wire cooling rack with a spatula.

These cookies are of the soft and squidgy variety even once cooled, but you must devour at least one whilst it is still warm from the oven, as they are divine! They are also extremely fabulous when warmed slightly and eaten with ice-cream but they are also lovely just enjoyed with a cuppa…


Mmm, don’t they look delicious…sorry dear reader, but my cookies are calling me so I will leave you to bake, blossom and bloom my friend!

Heavenly Headboard Happiness


Well hello there lovely Reader! And a jolly Happy New Year to you too! I hope you had a wonderfully festive-fun-filled Christmas and that you are poised for all of the magical possibilities that the new year has in store for you. I spent the festive season busily hooking up the gorgeous-in-grey granny squares for my darling daughter’s headboard cover for her bed. She was hankering after silver grey granny squares with circles and I reckon I managed to fullfil her whim.


I also managed to complete the cosy cowl my other equally darling daughter had requested, in a beautiful blue. I used one of my favourite knitting stitches – American moss stitch – as I just find it so textural and effective. I think my daughter’s chosen shade of blue just glows…


My seasonal stitching wasn’t all about giving though, for I did a bit of makings for me too. I started knitting a cowl for myself in a rather lovely recycled cotton t-shirt yarn, which is truly wonderful to knit with. I chose a lacy pattern again, using the ‘Lacy Linen Snood’ pattern I’ve used before, which can be found on Rowan’s website – http://www.knitrowan.com – if you are drawn to it’s lacy loveliness dear reader…


I am working on a little something that has a certain ‘hint-of-Spring’ about it as well. I’m not quite sure what my ‘hint-of-Spring’ will become as yet, but working on it is definately casting a little sunshine over the gloomy-grey days we are having to endure presently…


Aren’t they just the cutest, candy-coloured, crocheted creations? Don’t they just sparkle with a smile-inducing ‘hint-of-Spring’ with every square? They are terribly addictive to make and look good enough to eat, bless ’em!

Well that’s all for now my faithful blog-reading friend, I’m off to get crafty but first I must restore my inner crafting karma, with a cosy cuppa and chocolate chip cookies (baked by me, of course dear reader!) Keep on crafting…


Huggable House♡


And a jolly-jingly-jangly hello to you my fellow crafting chums! I hope I find you suitably nestled in front of your twinkly tree, feasting on festive food and full of Christmas cheer! As you can see, I have completed my latest knitted pillow design: a hug-worthy, housey-housey cushion. I’m so pleased with how the triangular intarsia roof turned out and shall use this pattern more in future….

I also had to forage around in my felt this week, as a friend wanted me to make a foody felt brooch as a present for a relative. Well, here’s the tiny-tasty-treat I created: a magical-mini-morsel of a fat-free-forkful!


Talking of food, but this time the really-real variety, I’ve been baking up some tasty treats in my kitchen today: gingerbread snowflake cookies!


…and before you ask dear reader, yes they are truly scrumptious and no, I can’t possibly share them… I can however share the first pic of my chocolate Santa collection with you. I make a new collection of the jolly festive chaps every Christmas and so far this year I have a grand total of 8! So excited dear reader! I just love chocolate Santas…


Aren’t they adorable? They just make me smile when I look at them and fill me with a festive glow☆ I’ll  leave you now my dear reader friend, with a seasonal health and safety warning from my knitted mate Rodney Reindeer…



Presenting Pedro Penguin, One Chilled-out Chap


Well hello there dear reader! I do so hope you are in a happy-smiley-sunny frame of mind and that Pedro the Penguin has put you in a laid-back, summer hols kind of mood. He’s crocheted from an amigurumi booklet free with this month’s issue of Simply Crochet magazine and he definately brings a warm, sunny glow to my blog, bless him.

I also had a go at hooking the granny square of the month from the very same issue of Simply Crochet mag; this one’s called Granny Florence…


Aren’t granny squares fab? I have to confess that I am becoming an little bit addicted to them and the speed with which I completed my teeny-tiny granny square cowl is probably all the evidence you need dear reader, to prove my obesession! I just couldn’t stop crocheting the darling wee bundles of cuteness!


I know it’s the wrong time of year for woolly cowls and I do hope I haven’t caused you to break out in a sweat dear reader, but I am rather pleased with it and aren’t the amazing little granny squares just adorable? Truly smitten…

I also had a bit of a baking bash in the kitchen this week. First of all I rustled up a yummy-scrummy sweet-treat in the form of my Coconutie-Cakie…


If you fancy having a bake of my Coconutie-Cakie yourself dear reader, then here is my recipe:


Ingredients for the sponge:
6oz soft cooking margarine
6oz castor sugar
6oz self-raising flour
1tsp baking powder
3 eggs (beaten)
2oz dessicated coconut
2tbsp milk

Ingredients for the buttercream icing:
8oz icing sugar
3oz cooking margarine
A few drops of vanilla essence
2tbsp milk

1. Preheat oven to Mark 4/350°F/180°C.
2. Grease 2 sandwich baking tins and dust with flour.
3. Cream the margarine and castor sugar together until pale and fluffy.
4. Beat in the eggs, a little at a time, with a spoonful of sieved flour to prevent curdling.
5. Sieve in the flour and baking powder and whisk well.
6. Fold in the coconut, along with the 2 tbsps of milk.
7. Divide the mixture evenly between the two baking tins.
8. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown and starting to come away from the edges of the tins.
9. Allow to cool on a cooling rack once removed from the tins.
10. Once cool make a buttercream icing and use half the buttercream to sandwich the sponges together and the other half to cover the top.
11. Sprinkle the top with dessicated coconut and then spread the silver balls evenly to form a pretty and pleasing pattern.
12. Now admire your pretty cakie for as long as you can before you devour it! Hopefully not in one sitting…especially not all by yourself…

Well that’s all for this time dear reader chum. Let me know if you have a go at the cakie, or the teeny-tiny granny squares, or even Pedro the penguin, bless him. I’ll leave you with a couple of pics of my other yummy-scrummy baking efforts: cranberry and white chocolate fab flapjacks and oh-so-lush chocolate chunk and hazlenut cookies. Keep on making…