• Cooking 19.03.2014 No Comments

    In need of a quick, healthy soup for lunch today and wanting something different from our normal standby, Thai Ginger soup, my daughter asked for pea soup. I used 300ml water, 200g frozen peas, 1 large spring onion, 1/2 clove of garlic, 1 vegetable stock cube, a small handful of cashew nuts and half a teaspoon of mint sauce from the fridge. 7 minutes in the Vitamix and we had a lovely, pale green, steaming hot, delicately flavoured soup. Delicious!

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  • Stitching 25.02.2014 No Comments

    I love sewing and embroidery and have just begun a quilt which consists of hand stitched squares. This project gives me some hand stitching to do in the evenings and each square takes only a few hours to complete so I get a sense of achievement without having to work on it for weeks!

    The quilt is from a part work, Sew and Stitch, which I subscribe to. I picked up the first magazine in the shops, liked it and subscribed. I know it will cost quite a lot but it does come with all the fabric, ribbons and threads I need and it is sent straight to my home. It is the easy (or lazy!) way of doing!

    The quilt is on a seaside theme and the first square, which caught my attention in the first issue, is a postcard and a couple of stamps and involves appliqué and embroidery. The simple shapes were cut out, applied using Bondaweb, an iron on, double sided adhesive, and then embellished with simple embroidery. My stitches are less than perfect but I quite like the homemade effect this gives.

    I made a mistake with one of the thread colours but that just means my quilt will be unique so it’s not a problem is it?

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  • Family 14.02.2014 No Comments

    It has been a long time since I last blogged here and many things have happened since then. Sadly, we lost my Dad at the end of last summer, a time of sadness, memories and change for all the family. My daughter moved to London for a new  job in October, my son moved out in January, I started a new job and I have been diagnosed with, and undergone surgery for, cancer of the womb. Fortunately I was diagnosed at a very early stage and the surgery was a complete cure, I just need to recover from the surgery!

     

    Whilst recovering I haven’t been cooking or baking and, worst of all, I haven’t been able to go to football matches! I have, however, been able to catch up with a few of my craft projects. I’ve been doing a little knitting  and made some cards but I’ve really been enjoying some hand sewing, brushing up on my embroidery skills as I create the blocks of a patchwork quilt. My friend made me a stunning quilt to keep me cosy during my recovery and I am a long way from achieving her standards but I am enjoying what I’m doing and I intend to share it with you in future posts.

    Until then here’s a quick peek at the quilt my friend made, I can assure you it is extremely warm and cosy as well as beautiful!

     

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