Sunday, 27 February 2011

Crowns for Christchurch

Lots of people are banding together to fundraise for those affected by the Canterbury quake. I've been busy making some crowns for both the quake and for a friend who's mum is dying of cancer and wants to raise money for hospice to say thank you for all their wonderful support. I've made six, but two small people claimed one each, so I have four to donate so far, I have more cut out, just need more sewing time to create a few more.





And here is my first ever attempt at quilting, it hasn't come out quite the right size, but still quite proud of it!

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Christchurch, words cannot express :(

Calling it New Zealand's wost natural disaster doesn't do the terrible loss of life and heartache justice.
Our thoughts and love are with you

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Gratuitous Chicken Pictures

I just need to show off our four lovely chookies, since the last photos posted we have been given a wee brown shaver called Flossy, (we call her Bossy Flossy!) she is lovely, very friendly - lets the kids cuddle her, and generally tells us what to do and bosses us around. The other three are now bigger than her which is funny for us as when she arrived she was the biggest and bossed them around, now she just tries to boss them, and they ignore her for the most part, but they are all happy so it's all good.











Here's a preview of the pumpkins in the self seeded pumpkin patch (aka the compost heap). This pumpkin doesn't look like much in the picture, but it's about the width of a beachball!


And here is a warning picture of what happens if you leave a 4yr old alone in daddies office for more than 5 seconds with the self inking stamps.....

Monday, 7 February 2011

Things to do with fabric scraps

More because I'm a serious horder than I ever get around to using the stuff, but I cannot bear to part with fabric scraps, even overlocker trimmings have their own bag, destined to be filling for some cushions for the four legged beasties.

So what can you do with those small bits left over?

Too small for Adult clothes?
Make kids ones, if too small for kids, try baby sized!

Flannelet:

Patchwork blankets, as long as you have the patience to sew them up, flannelet blankets are great for using up PJ scraps
Panty liners - similar to mamma pads, just made from 3 layers flannelet
Patchworked together and then cut out to make larger clothes
Baby wipes

Fleece:

Warm hats, if you have really small bits you can use wedges to make your hat
Mittens
Baby booties


Cotton

The obvious is patchwork
Applique


Tee shirting:

Fabric flowers
Ruffles - those long strips can be gathered and added to garments

I'm sure there are tons more things you can do with your fabric scraps, but maybe this will inspire you (and me!) to use some.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Frozen avocado chocolate cheesecake

This is probably the most unlikely combo to make a cheesecake from, but it works, the original avocado mousse recipe isn't mine (though I've changed it a bit), but after freezing some leftovers and eating the mousse like icecream the flavour just screamed to be made into cheesecake.

Base:
1 packet of Arnotts Nice biscuits, crushed (250gm)
80gms margarine
20gms Kremelta

melt margarine and kremelta together and pour into the biscuit crumbs. Press into spring form cake tin so the crust comes at least ¾ ‘s up the sides of the tin. Put in the fridge to set.


Filling:
1/2 cup Golden syrup
1/2 cup water
2 medium-sized avocados (300g flesh)
1 tsp mint (or vanilla if you don't like choc mint, or orange if you'd rather) essence
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup good quality cocoa powder
Juice of 1/2 small lemon



Put all ingredients in a food processor and process to combine or put in a bowl and use a stick blender and blend. Pour/ spoon into the base and cover with glad wrap, freeze until firm, slice and enjoy!

Note: Be really careful not to use more than 1/4 tsp of cinnamon as it will make the mix bitter.

Courgette soup

Well not totally courgette, - this one is based around potato soup because it's such a favourite here.

2 large or 4 small potatoes
1 medium courgette (or more if your garden has gone mad like ours)
2 wedges of pumpkin (you could use kumera instead)
oil
Massell chicken style stock, about 2 cubes/ 2 teaspoonfuls
boiling water
1/2 cup red lentils

salt and pepper to taste

Chop veges into cubes, leave pumpkin in wedges with the skin on.
Heat oil and lightly fry the potato cubes and the stock, add the other ingredients except seasonings, bring to the boil and then simmer until everything is tender/ mushy. Remove skin from pumpkin and discard if necessary (depends on type of pumpkin- must do this with butternuts and the big grey ones)
mash or stick blend, season to taste and serve with scones or crusty bread.

Really you could put just about anything that will go soft in this soup, but this combo is a real hit with the kids.